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‘The Simpsons’ Has Been Renewed For Two More Seasons

6 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

TV’s The Simpsons has been renewed for another two season, taking it to a near record-breaking 28. Besides the Western Gunsmoke, The Simpsons will, at the end of season 28, become the second-longest prime-time television series ever with 625 episodes to its credit. Gunsmoke made it to 635.

The Simpsons debuted in December 1989. Created by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Sam Simon, the show has been syndicated around the world to record-breaking ratings. It’s 26th season climaxes in a season finale in the Us on May 17th.

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- Paul Heath

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‘The Simpsons’ Renewed for Two More Seasons

22 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Simpsons” is coming back for two more seasons.

The pickup for seasons 27 and 28, announced by Fox on Monday, will bring the series to 625 episodes total. The animated show already holds the title as the longest-running scripted series in TV history.

Expressing his excitement, Homer Simpson quipped, “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction.”

The Simpsons” premiered in 1989 and has since won 31 Emmys, became the first animated show to win a Peabody Award, was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for theatrical short “The Longest Daycare” and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.

Currently in its 26th season, the show has surpassed 570 episodes; another animated Fox hit, “Family Guy,” just hit its 250th episode this weekend. The latter series has yet to be renewed, though the season 14 order is a no-brainer. “Bob’s Burgers, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Round-Up: Scream Factory’s Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness Blu-ray, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 2 Premiere, Pernicious

28 April 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory has added another Blu-ray release to their Summer of Fear Part 2: a double feature of the 1990 Italian horror films Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness. Details on the season two world premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the release details for James Cullen Bressack's Pernicious, are also included in our latest round-up.

Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness Blu-ray: Scream Factory has slated their Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness double feature Blu-ray for a late August release.

From Scream Factory: "Our "Summer of Fear Part 2" lineup continues to roll out with more retro Italian-made horror films both coming to blu-ray for the first time! 1990’s "mad science" film Metamorphosis will be doubled-billed with the 1990 haunted house-themed Beyond Darkness (and from the Director of Troll 2!) for a planned late August release. Pre-order links will go up next month."


From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: The sophomore »

- Derek Anderson

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Film Review: ‘Ride’

27 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The image of Helen Hunt determinedly trying to climb onto a surfboard — looking clumsy, tired and frustrated, yet refusing to accept defeat — is irresistible enough to offset some of the more wobbly missteps in “Ride,” an alternately endearing and exasperating dramedy that represents the actress’s first directorial outing in the eight years since “Then She Found Me.” Warm and engaging when it focuses on Hunt as an uptight New Yorker learning to mellow out on the beaches of Los Angeles, the film turns gratingly forced whenever her naive, angsty son steps into the frame, occasioning so much shrill, self-involved mother-son bickering you long for a tidal wave to come along and sweep them both out to sea. Fortunately, calmer waters ultimately prevail, and with its calculated, crowd-pleasing elements, this labor-of-love effort should earn some fans as it makes its way through the distribution pipelines.

The first scene in “Ride »

- Justin Chang

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »

- D. Zhea

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StreamFix: Movie classics on Netflix written by women over 40

21 April 2015 2:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Meryl Streep, who is officially a genius angel sent from a better dimension, is funding a screenwriting lab for women over 40. The initiative aims to create opportunities for that contingent, and it'll be run by New York Women in Film and Television and Iris, a collective of women filmmakers. Because this idea is so brilliant, we'll toast a bunch of 40+-year-old female screenwriters whose works are available on Netflix now. The Kids are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko) Aside from the fact that "The Kids are All Right" feels like a prime James L. Brooks feature, the 2010 family drama gives you a myriad of irresistible moments and performances. Annette Bening is biting and funny as an alcoholic lesbian mother; Julianne Moore is harried and loving as her conflicted wife. Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson add perfectly pitched dramedy with their sincere roles. You want to hug this movie, but »

- Louis Virtel

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While We’Re Young Director Noah Baumbach Talks Reinvention, James Murphy, and More

15 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Noah Baumbach’s latest comedy, While We’re Young, is one of his funniest and most accessible efforts yet in a vibrant 20-year filmmaking career. The entertaining social satire explores what happens when a fortysomething couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) facing a midlife crisis befriends a young hipster couple half their age (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) whose passion for life reinvigorates their humdrum existence. Trouble begins when Stiller’s character, a once promising documentary filmmaker whose career has stalled, realizes he’s been eclipsed by his talented and ambitious protégé (Driver). Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz also star. In this exclusive interview, Baumbach talked about what drew him to the project, the intergenerational aspect of the story and its rich thematic elements, the ability to reinvent oneself at any age, how Henrik Ibsen’s play The Master Builder inspired him, what the cast brought to the film, his »

- Sheila Roberts

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The Atx Television Festival announces its second wave of attendees

10 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The rise in television programming over the years has led to a number of television festivals where show fans and show casts and crews can get together to discuss series. Among these festivals is the Atx Television festival, which is held in Austin Texas every summer. Set to go into its fourth incarnation this year, the festival will be held from June 4th to the 7th, and a new slate of attendees have now been announced, as per Variety.

The festival will formally begin with a look at the upcoming series Complications. The USA Network drama’s screening will be followed by a panel with the show’s stars and creator Matt Nix, who is also onboard as producer.

The festival will also feature a conversation with legendary Simpsons, Taxi, and Mary Tyler Moore writer and co-creator James L. Brooks, who will be sitting down for a conversation with journalist Phil Rosenthal. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Atx Festival Adds ‘Hannibal,’ More ‘Dawson’s Creek’ & ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

9 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Even more television is heading down to Austin, Texas, this summer for the fourth annual Atx Festival on June 4-7.

Panels for NBC’s “Hannibal” with creator Bryan Fuller and Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” with creator Dan Goor and cast members have been added to the festival, along with a “cancelled too soon” panel for Amy Sherman Palladino’s former ABC Family series “Bunheads.”

USA Network’s upcoming drama “Complications” will kick off the fest with an opening-night premiere, featuring creator and exec producer Matt Nix and the series’ cast members.

Atx will also feature the season-five premiere screening of USA Networks’ “Suits,” a 25-year anniversary screening of Marta Kauffman’s HBO series “Dream On” and a “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading, presented by creator Kevin Williamson and surprise guests.

Also Thursday, Atx’s co-exec directors and founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson announced James L. Brooks as the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Atx TV Festival to Host Bunheads Reunion, Dawson's Reading and More

9 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Gilmore Girls won’t be the only Amy Sherman Palladino-created series featured at the Atx Television Festival, taking place June 4-7 in Austin, TX.

The event will host a “cancelled too soon” screening of the ABC Family dramedy Bunheads, with Palladino and cast members Kelly Bishop, Sutton Foster and Stacey Oristano in attendance.

RelatedGilmore Girls Reunion at Atx TV Festival: 9 More Castmembers Joining Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel

Additional programming announcements, which can be found below, include a Dawson’s Creek script reading and sessions for Suits, Hannibal and more.

The fest has also announced that TV icon James L. Brooks »

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'The Gunman' TV Spot: Sean Penn Kills 'Em All | Exclusive

17 March 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Critics are in love with Sean Penn as he takes on his first full-fledged action movie in The Gunman! Open Road Films has let us debut an exclusive TV spot, which brings plenty of praise for this taut thriller. Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel "The Prone Gunman," this adaptation centers on Sean Penn's Jim Terrier, a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd who tries to reconnect with his long time love. But first, he must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.

Though Jean-Patrick Manchette passed away in 1995, his novel was later translated by James Brooks and published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Light Books in 2002. The novel's main character is named Martin Terrier, who is renamed Jim Terrier for this adaptation, although the story is expected to follow the same basic plot from the novel. »

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Dan Castellaneta of ‘The Simpsons’ Remembers Sam Simon

16 March 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sam Simon left a big impression on those he worked with during his long run as a comedy writer, director and producer. 

The co-creator of “The Simpsons” also made sure that his legacy would endure well beyond the screen, thanks to his well-documented effort to give away most of his fortune after he was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in 2012. Simon died March 8 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 59.

Dan Castellaneta, a stalwart of “The Simpsons” as the voice of Homer and many other characters, also worked with Simon on three other series: Fox’s “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “The George Carlin Show” and ABC’s “Sibs.” Here Castellaneta shares memories of the writer-producer he credits with changing the course of his career. — Cynthia Littleton<

“I first met Sam while we were doing “The Tracey Ullman Show.” My first memory of him from those days was that »

- Dan Castellaneta

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The Simpsons Honors Sam Simon With Touching Tribute

16 March 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Simpsons said goodbye to a one of their own. The Sunday, March 15 episode included a tribute to executive producer Sam Simon. Simon, who is credited as a co-developer on the beloved long-running animated comedy, died at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. Simon helped develop the show with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks in the late 1980s, but left in 1993. He remained an executive producer on the Fox series. The tribute at the end of the episode included a video clip of Simon and the below tribute cards. "I see it as kind of a triumph of doing your work from that very pure place of just doing stuff that you personally enjoy," Simon said in the undated clip at the end of the »

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Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, dies aged 59

10 March 2015 12:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon finally lost his battle with colon cancer over the weekend...

Sam Simon, who co-created The Simpsons, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles at 59. The Emmy winning writer, who was diagnosed in February 2013 with terminal colon cancer, spent the last few years of his life as a philanthropist, giving millions to charity. Much of his work focused on helping animals. After Simon was diagnosed with colon cancer, he bought zoos and circuses and freed the animals.

Simon was an honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which named its headquarters The Sam Simon Center.

"It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over", the Sam Simon foundation said in a statement. "We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. »

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Sam Simon Remembered for Career, Philanthropic Achievements

9 March 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sam Simon, who died Sunday of colorectal cancer, will not just be remembered for his work on “The Simpsons,” “Taxi” and other memorable TV shows. He was also an active philanthropist, including creating the dog-focused nonprofit the Sam Simon Foundation and serving as honorary director of PETA.

Here, Variety has gathered tributes that have highlighted both his personal and professional endeavors.

The Simpsons” creator-executive producer Matt Groening:

“We will miss Sam’s phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and sly sense of humor. He is gone from our industry too soon.”

The Simpsons” executive producer James L. Brooks:

“He was truly one of the great ones. He found so much outside the work to give him pleasure and left so much behind for others.”

The Simpsons” executive producer-showrunner Al Jean:

“He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, »

- Variety Staff

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Former ‘Simpsons’ and ‘Taxi’ showrunner Sam Simon has passed away at 59

9 March 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Prolific television writer and producer Sam Simon has passed away, Deadline is reporting. Simon succumbed to the colorectal cancer that he had been fighting since 2012. He was 59.

Simon began his career in television working on animated features such as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a storyboard artist. Having an interest in writing as well, Simon submitted a spec script for the television show Taxi, which subsequently led to the hiring of him as a writer and eventual showrunner for the series’ final season, where he first worked with James L. Brooks.

His path through television led him to the writing rooms of other luminary TV shows such as Cheers, Barney Miller, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ultimately leading him to be a writer and producer on The Tracey Ullman Show, where he once again worked with Brooks.

Simon, Brooks, and Matt Groening eventually worked together to make The Simpsons, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Dead at Age 59

9 March 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Co-creator of The Simpsons Sam Simon has passed away. Simon was born in 1955 and grew up in Beverly Hills. While still in college at Stanford, Simon got work as a sports cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. Upon graduation, Simon parlayed that experience into a job working for the animation studio behind Mighty Mouse and Fat Albert. Based on the recommendation of a producer, Simon wrote a spec script for Taxi, which landed him a job on the show's staff and quickly led to him becoming the showrunner. It was on Taxi that Simon first met James L. Brooks, which would come into play a few years later, when Brooks was working with Matt Groening to turn his Simpsons cartoon into a TV series.Simon's impact on The Simpsons cannot be overstated. As co-creator and co-showrunner, he is often credited with establishing the show's sensibility »

- Jesse David Fox

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Sam Simon R.I.P.

9 March 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Comedy writer, director and producer Sam Simon passed away last night. He was 59 years old, and had been diagnosed with terminal cancer since late 2012. Simon was quite accomplished as a writer/producer of TV's “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before teaming up with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks to develop The Simpsons in 1989.  Simon began his career at Filmation - writing Fat Albert and Heckle & Jeckle cartoons. He moved into live action selling scripts to Barney Miller and Taxi in 1981. In 1989 he joined the Simpsons development team after a stint on The Tracy Ullman Show. Simon co-wrote several Simpsons episodes during shows first seasons, serving as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer. He left the show day-to-day in 1993 - but remained involved an executive producer. He won nine Emmy Awards (seven for The Simpsons / two for Tracey Ullman) for his...


- Jerry Beck

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'The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon dies - 5 classic Simon 'Simpsons' moments

9 March 2015 1:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sam Simon, a nine-time Emmy winner and one of the co-creators of "The Simpsons," died on Sunday (March 8) after a long battle with colorectal cancer.  He was 59. A writer and later showrunner on "Taxi," Simon also produced and wrote for "Cheers." Simon was part of the original team that helped develop "The Simpsons" into a regular-length series after it began its run as shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show." Credited as series co-creator with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, Simon assembled the original team of "Simpsons" writers, a murderers' row that included legendary show scribes including John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky. Simon, and the staff he brought together, has been given much of the credit for helping craft the sensibility of the series, as well as the ever-expanding universe of Springfield. Simon left the show in 1993 and had a wildly eclectic »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Hollywood, PETA Mourn 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon

9 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The news that Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has died was greeted with sadness from those who worked on or were fans of the long-running Fox series. Simpsons showrunner Al Jean said of Simon, "He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, but I will do my best to help every animal I can in his memory." Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, with whom Simon developed the show, both released statements remembering their colleague. "We will miss Sam’s phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and

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