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Posey will join a cast that already includes Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis. As is typical for an Allen joint, casting has been under way for months, even with Irrational Man only opening in theaters this month.
The prolific director has been putting out a movie a year for some time now, and this next one doesn’t seem to be shaping up any differently. Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson are all again involved as producers.
Allen has a history of teaming with the same actors for multiple projects after taking a shine to them. Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Shearer, the voice of many of the show’s most popular characters, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Smithers and Kent Brockman, originally left because he felt the show’s schedule didn’t give him enough freedom to work on other projects. Apparently, there was a misunderstanding between him and executive producer Al Jean, in which Jean wanted Shearer to work during time he believed he had off. Jean recently posted about the incident on Twitter.
I would like to clear up a misunderstanding. I have recently been told that during a period where Harry Shearer believed he had a (More)
— Al Jean (@AlJean) July 7, 2015
five week free period from the Simpsons, I was unaware of this fact, and did in fact request material from him. »
- Justin Cook
It's only been in the last few weeks that my kids have started to express any interest in "The Simpsons," but they fell in love with their first episode, and now they're looking forward to all the catching up they get to do. "The Simpsons" has been on the air in one form or another since I moved to La in 1990. At this point, the show feels like something permanent, like a cultural fixture, unchanging and permanent. That's ridiculous, of course. We've lost cast members along the way, and it still smarts when I see an older episode and Troy McClure shows up. I'm not sure I'd watch a version of the show that didn't feature the voice actors who have been there since day one, but I'm not sure anyone would actually keep making the show if they lost their voice artists. Fox announced today that they managed to finalize deals with Dan Castellaneta, »
- Drew McWeeny
The Simpsons have come to terms with actor Harry Shearer, who voices iconic characters such as Ned Flanders and Montgomery Burns, to return for Season 27 and Season 28, two months after we reported that he left the long-running series. Entertainment Weekly confirms that he signed the same deal as the other main cast members, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria, to keep the show's original voice cast intact. The deals are reportedly for $300,000 per episode, which span four years and include options on Season 29 and Season 30, which haven't been officially ordered yet.
Fox renewed The Simpsons for Season 27 and Season 28 in early May, but just a few weeks later, Harry Shearer revealed he was leaving the show, because he "wanted the freedom to do other work." A few weeks later, the actor revealed on his Twitter page that "discussions are happening at a level where decisions can be made. »
About a month ago, we reported that The Simpsons cast member Harry Shearer (voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Otto and others) would not be returning to the series he’s been with for the last 26 years. But! Fans may now rejoice, because according to TV Line, Shearer has settled his dispute and signed a new contract to stay with the show for the foreseeable future (The Simpsons was recently renewed for 2 more seasons). During those public negotiations last month, executive producer Al Jean told the New York Times that Shearer was offered the same deal as his co-stars (including Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria), but declined to continue with the show (in other words … he wanted more money). On his Twitter, Shearer said he was looking forward to pursuing other work, and the plan at that time was to recast the characters. »
- Allison Keene
There was a big scare in Springfield a couple of months ago, when it looked as though Harry Shearer, who voices many of The Simpsons' secondary denizens, including Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, and Ned Flanders, would be departing. But fear not! Fox has announced that Shearer, along with the show's five other principal voice actors — Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria — will be returning for two more seasons. The two-season pickup extends the show's phenomenal run to 28 seasons (it's already the longest-running scripted show on TV). All's well in Springfield: Homer and Marge aren't breaking up, and neither are Mr. Burns and Smithers. »
- E. Alex Jung
Harry Shearer is returning to The Simpsons. Now everybody do their best Mr. Burns impression with us and say "excellent"! Despite walking away from the show back in May 2015, E! News has confirmed Shearer will rejoin the show for seasons 27 and 28. "Fox is proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series' voice cast will be returning in the roles they've brought to life since the show's beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago," the network said in a release. Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria are also returning to their iconic roles on the long-running series. In May, Shearer took to Twitter to »
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
As Mr. Burns would say, excellent! Harry Shearer, who voices the nuclear power plant mogul, Ned Flanders, Smithers, and a host of other characters on The Simpsons, will be returning for the long-running animated comedy’s 27th and 28th seasons, Fox announced on Tuesday, July 7. The other principal voice actors — Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria — will also be back to voice the characters they’ve brought to life since the award-winning show debuted in 1989. News of Shearer’s return comes [...] »
Entertainment Weekly reports that Shearer has just inked a deal to revive his large, beloved cast of characters -- including Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, and many more -- for the next season, and beyond. The site writes:
Shearer has signed the same contract as did the other five primary voice actors-Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria-keeping the show's original cast fully intact, EW has learned. These deals, which run for four seasons (including a network option for seasons 29 and 30), are estimated at more than $300,000 per episode. Fox recently renewed The Simpsons for a 27th and 28th season, which will bring its episode tally to 625.
Shearer caused a firestorm back in May when he announced on Twitter that he was leaving the long-running animated program. »
- Katie Roberts
"Inside Out" is Pixar's dynamic exploration of a young girl named Riley's maturity. We're treated to five physicalized emotions -- Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger -- who dictate her state of mind from a control center. Anger, voiced by "Daily Show" alum and caustic standup comic Lewis Black, is the grumpiest but maybe most lovable denizen of Riley's brain. We caught up with Black to discuss playing the (fitting) character, what he learned from Woody Allen on the set of his first movie "Hannah and her Sisters," and his feelings about "alternative" comedy. You play a character named Anger, which strikes me as a good fit. Did you have methods of making sure he didn't seem one-dimensional? The attack on the line is important. You break it down like notes almost. You do it three times or so, but then they'll say, "Why don't we try it...?" You're really doing it in a vacuum. »
- Louis Virtel
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
"The Simpsons" is about to lose the voices of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and many of its other most memorable supporting characters. But it's not going to be losing those characters. Last night, original castmember Harry Shearer posted a trio of tweets suggesting he wouldn't be continuing with the show, which Fox recently renewed for two more seasons. 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 Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support. — Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015 This morning, longtime "Simpsons" showrunner Al Jean confirmed Shearer's exit to me, saying, "Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted and passed. We »
- Alan Sepinwall
One of the most inspired ideas in late-middle Woody Allen pictures comes in Deconstructing Harry, a movie about how Allen loves Bergman, hates Philip Roth, and isn't quite clear on what “deconstruction” means. Allen stages passages from fiction written by the protagonist, a novelist named Harry; one features Robin Williams as a screen actor who, in his real life, has gone out of focus. He's no use on set, as the camera can't film him, and at home his wife, played by Julie Kavner, can only suggest he go lie down.
Sometimes, in other movies, when Williams himself dialed back and attempted to portray some likable everyman, he, too, seemed to blur a bit, radiating vague sincerity and niceness but not always suggesting an actual human being. Now, in The D »
"...police 'Chief Wiggum' is mistakenly delivered a military jet pack, which he gleefully accepts and uses in order to fight crime.
"But when the jet pack crashes into the church, the congregation, led by 'Marge' must resort to gambling and counting cards in order to collect money to repair the damage done..."
Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph' and Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse'.
- Michael Stevens
Streaming video is a godsend if you want to catch up with recent seasons of TV series. But what's a TV fan to do who wants to stream older shows? Netflix has very little from before the millennium, and Amazon Prime has very little from before 1990.
That's not a knock; the big streaming services know their market. Still, it's worth remembering that Amazon's initial appeal as a bookseller was it's long-tail catalog, the notion that comprehensiveness was worthwhile because somebody somewhere would want that obscure or ancient title, that the markets for all those titles were collectively significant and worth catering to, and that the Internet had at last made it easier to connect those customers with what they wanted.
But until the big streaming services step into the long-tail breach, Shout Factory TV (at shoutfactorytv.com) is ready to make a home there. The boutique streaming service, which is free and requires no subscription, »
- Gary Susman
Sneak Peek "The Simpsons" episode "Walking Big & Tall", airing February 8, 2015 on Fox...
...with guest voice Pharrell Williams:
"...when 'Lisa' learns the 'Springfield' anthem was stolen from another town...
"...she writes a replacement.
"Meanwhile, Homer learns the meaning of 'Wide Pride'..."
Regular voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph' and Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse'.
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- Michael Stevens
Twenty-five years ago, the first episode of The Simpsons aired in the Sunday, 8 p.m., time slot that the show still occupies today and has for most of its quarter-century run. In the past 25 years, the show has generated laughs, riffed on countless pop culture sources, and even introduced whole words to our language. However, The Simpsons has also had more tender, human moments than one might expect from a show starring cartoons with massive overbites. Check out 25 moments when the show reminded us that there's some genuine heart beneath all that yellow. 1. 'And Maggie Makes Three'In a flashback, Homer »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Woody Allen is coming back to television, signing a deal to create a series for Amazon Studios, where he will write and direct every episode. Amazon's press release didn't have much more info on what's for now referred to as "Untitled Woody Allen Project," save that the series will, of course, premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime in the Us, UK and Germany. “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” Amazon Studios vice-president Roy Price said in a statement. “From 'Annie Hall' to 'Blue Jasmine,' Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.” "I don’t know how I got into this," Allen added in the statement. »
- Alan Sepinwall
"...'Bart' has a new accomplice and best friend when 'Homer' is hypnotized at the circus and believes he is a young boy again..."
Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson, Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph' and Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Simpsons: Bart's New Friend"...
- Michael Stevens
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