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"You've gone from Taxi to this," Jimmy Fallon cracked at Danny DeVito during Tuesday's Tonight Show, as the duo geared up for a game of inflatable flip cup. "When this is over, I'm gonna kick your ass," the actor fired back. Host and guest channeled their inner frat boys as they raced to down Solo cups of beer and flip over the cups, all while wearing random poofy suits.
Fallon took an early lead in the contest, holding on for a victory – despite a strong surge from DeVito, whom Fallon »
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, "Why Venezia 72"? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.
Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Under the new pact, Shearer will continue to lend his voice to the characters of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner on the long-running Fox series through seasons 27 and 28.
Shearer’s return comes after a public contract dispute, ultimately resulting in Shearer tweeting, back in May, that he’d be exiting the hit animated series after 26 seasons. He said, “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.”
At the time, “Simpsons” exec producers Matt Groening, Al Jean and James L. Brooks released a statement, confirming his departure, and adding that Shearer’s roles would be recast, rather than his characters being killed off. “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Update: It might not be the most shocking news, but it is at least a pleasant surprise. While details of the new deal were not released, Shearer and his multitude of voices will return for the show's 27th and 28th seasons. Woo hoo!You might know Harry Shearer's face from his portrayal of Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, but his voice has been echoing around your brain for over 25 years, as his work on The Simpsons has seen him play the likes of Otto, Montgomery Burns, Seymour Skinner and Ned Flanders - but now, that gig is up, with Shearer leaving the series.Announcing the news on Twitter, Shearer mentioned a letter from the show's producer, James L. Brooks:from James L. Brooks' lawyer: "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.". (1/2)— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015This because I wanted what »
Peace has been restored in Springfield.
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The fresh pact ensures that Shearer will continue to voice such characters as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner for the foreseeable future.
Update 7/7: Several weeks after Harry Shearer, voice of Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto and many other iconic characters on The Simpsons, announced his departure from the legacy show on Twitter, EW has learned he has now signed a deal and will return to the show for its 27th season.
Shearer has reportedly signed the same deal as his counterparts on the show. The show will remain on schedule ahead of Season 27’s September 27 premiere, as they’ve previously reserved seven episodes filmed during the previous season that do include Shearer’s voice work. Read the original story below, along with a round-up of Shearer’s best non-Simpsons moments.
The Simpsons recently got picked up for an additional two seasons, which will bring the show through its 28th season. But one cast member who has been with the show from the beginning, Harry Shearer, will not be joining it.
- Brian Welk
The greatest cat and mouse game in cartoon history will finally end this fall when Bart Simpson meets his unseemly demise at the hands of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons' annual Halloween special, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Executive producer Al Jean revealed the plot during a Simpsons panel at Atx Festival in Austin, Texas over the weekend. "I'm one of the people that always wanted to see the Coyote eat the Roadrunner," Jean said. "I hated frustration comedy, so we'll scratch that itch."
Voiced by Kelsey Grammer, Sideshow Bob was introduced in Season One, »
When a brief sonic burp of a microphone being taken in hand echoed through the darkened hall that hosted this past Tuesday’s All-Media screening of Cameron Crowe’s "Aloha," the audience looked up from their texting and then did a double take to see the director himself addressing them. Briefly, calmly, he referenced the public perceptions that have been snowballing since the Sony hack by North Koreans revealed an assessment by (soon-to-be-banished) Amy Pascal that an early cut she saw “Never…not even once...ever works.” While Pascal is known (not wrongly, except perhaps in this film’s case) as a keen sponsor of various James Brooks-ian auteur films that snuck into her studio’s slate underneath the would-be blockbusters, she (and co-producing frenemy Scott Rudin) were all over Wikileaks pounding their foreheads (and each other’s) in anguish over the film. Crowe cited this toxic buzz—“Some of it private, »
- Fred Schruers
Disappointing news today for fans of The Simpsons. Longtime voice actor Harry Shearer has quit the show just as contracts were being signed for the upcoming Season 27 and Season 28. While Harry Shearer did not agree with the terms of his new Fox contract, that doesn't mean his characters are going away. It has been confirmed that they will all be recast.
Harry Shearer has voiced many characters on The Simpsons over the years, some incredibly important to the show, including Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Dr. Hibbter, Lenny Leonard, Otto and Rev. Lovejoy. In a statement on Twitter, Harry Shearer says he left because he no longer had the freedom to do other projects, something he claims to have been able to do in the past. Current show runner Al Jean countered that with the following statement:
"Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, »
Harry Shearer could come back to "The Simpsons" after all, because we've learned both sides want to make it happen .... but there's still a major hurdle. Harry said Wednesday night his negotiations with producers had broken down and he would not come back to the show. Producers said they were moving on and finding new people to do Harry's voices. But James L. Brooks, the exec producer of the show, just tweeted, "Hey, we tried. »
- TMZ Staff
When The Simpsons returns in the fall, it will be without one of it most iconic voices. Amidst contract disputes, Harry Shearer, who has helped give life to characters such as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers, and Principal Skinner, will be leaving the series. “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed,” The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said in a statement to the New York Times. “The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard. We do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voiceover talent available.” Shearer later confirmed his departure on Twitter, stating that his decision was made “because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.” He also thanked Simpsons fans who have watched the show throughout the years. »
- Chris King
The Simpsons scored two more seasons from Fox last week with Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria all signing deals to continue voicing their characters , but it looks like one key cast member isn’t returning, Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Otto and more. Here are the tweets Shearer shared quoting a letter he received from executive producer James L. Brooks’ lawyer: from James L. Brooks' lawyer: "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.". (1/2) — Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015 This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2) — Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015 Shortly after retweeting Shearer’s tweets, showrunner Al Jean posted the following: .@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever The show will go on, made by people who love it »
- Perri Nemiroff
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Shearer, the voice behind such characters as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner, is leaving the show amid a contract dispute.
“Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed,” exec producer Al Jean said in a statement to the New York Times. “The show will go on and we wish him well. »
Details are scant, but Shearer -- who voices Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner, among many, many others -- set off a firestorm early Thursday when he tweeted about a letter he said he received from "Simpsons" producer James L. Brooks indicating that he was being kicked off of the show for pursuing other creative endeavors outside of Springfield.
"From James L. Brooks' lawyer: 'show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best,'" Shearer wrote on Twitter. "This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work."
Shearer followed up on those remarks in a short statement sent to CNN Money, writing, "In last four years, I've »
- Katie Roberts
Update: Simpsons co-creator James L. Brooks tweeted his hopefulness that Harry Shearer may still be a part of the show. "Hey, we tried. We're still trying," Brooks wrote. "Harry, no kidding, let's talk."
Harry Shearer, the voice actor behind Ned Flanders, C. Montgomery Burns, Smithers, Otto and countless more beloved The Simpsons characters, announced on Twitter that he is leaving the show after a run dating back to the series' 1989 debut. Shearer's shocking admission comes just days after Fox revealed that the long-running animated show had been picked up for two more seasons. »
Harry Shearer, the voice of many characters on The Simpsons — including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Seymour Skinner, among others — has indicated via Twitter that he won't be lending his prolific voice-acting talents to the seemingly immortal show any longer. In a pair of late-night tweets, Shearer quoted executive producer James L. Brooks's lawyer, saying, essentially, that he's leaving Springfield. The reason? Apparently Shearer wanted to balance some work elsewhere; his second tweet hints that such a notion wasn't taken very well.Reports from earlier in the week implied that Shearer's 26th season might be his last, thanks to cryptic, last-minute contract hold-outs for the series' newly inked 27th and 28th seasons (TMZ has said it had to do with merchandising payments, but the actor's tweets say otherwise). At the moment, it's still unclear why Shearer, who's been with The Simpsons since the beginning, is alighting. On his »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
This is far from "excellent": Harry Shearer is leaving The Simpsons. The actor, who has been with the show since it started all those years ago, will not return to voice iconic characters such as Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner. Everybody with us now: D'oh! Shearer took to Twitter to announce his exit. "From James L. Brooks' lawyer: 'show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best,'" he tweeted. "This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best." The Simpsons was recently renewed for seasons 27 and 28, making it the longest-running scripted series in American »
When Fox recently renewed The Simpsons for two more seasons, producing studio 20th Century Fox TV had the cast on board with deals except for one member, Harry Shearer. The show has been doing recording sessions without him. Shearer has been holding out in the contract negotiations, with the stalemate recently escalating, and Shearer tweeting late last night that he would be leaving the show. “From (Simpsons executive producer) James L. Brooks’ lawyer: ‘Show will go on… »
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