9 items from 2015
Eyeballs, top hats and tuxedos make up the signature look of the mysterious avant-garde musical collective known as The Residents, who are at the center of a new documentary premiering next month at SXSW. "The Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents" provides an examination of the band's 40-year legacy. Documentary filmmaker Don Hardy Jr. received access to The Residents' archive of material through the band's management, The Cryptic Corporation, from which the film derives a large portion of its footage. Hardy Jr. also interviewed the likes of Les Claypool and Matt Groening, whose own work has been heavily influenced by The Residents. Check out the trailer and poster for "The Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents" below, exclusively on Indiewire. Read More: 6 Highlights From the SXSW 2015 Lineup »
- Shipra Gupta
Matt Groening can draw Bart Simpson doing anything -- and he can do it in his sleep -- so if you say "make it interesting" when he's doing a custom sketch for you ... buckle up! "The Simpsons" co-creator was doodling for a few fans at Lax this week, and one guy got way more than he expected. If you've ever wondered what a strung out, crack alley version of Bart looks like ... wonder no more. »
- TMZ Staff
Spyke, the cantankerous bike messenger played by Fred Armisen on Portlandia is forced to eat the shorts of justice when Simpsons creator, and Portland native, Matt Groening takes him to court over bootleg Bart Simpson T-shirts in a new clip taken from an episode of the IFC show airing Thursday night at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.
The knock-off dud in question boasts the wonderfully awful ska pun "Bart Ska-mpson" along with a crude drawing of Bart skanking and proclaiming, "I'm a rudeboy!" After some confusion over the pronunciation of "Ska-mpson »
TV Picks: Portlandia – Matt Groening v. Spyke! Matt Groening takes Spyke to court for ripping off Bart Simpson. Season 5 Episode 6 – See the full Portlandia episode tonight – Thursday, February 12 at 10:00Pm Et/Pt on IFC.Portlandia’s resident angry bike messenger Spyke (Fred Armisen) is more outraged than ever! The Simpson’s creator Matt Groening is suing Spyke for copyright infringement for his bootleg “Bart Ska-mpson” t-shirts, but he is ready to prove his innocence. EW got a chance to speak with Groening about his hometown experience with Armisen and Co.:On his love for the show: Groening tells EW: […] »
- April Neale
I knew you think you’re a fan of the best show on television, but unless you mean Portlandia, you’re just fooling yourself.
Well, I may be caught up in the excitement, and thus prone to overstating things a bit, But!
It is certainly one of the best shows on (and I mean the top three or four), and this is a good time to commit yourself to it, and binge the previous season, because you know it will be around.
The Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein show has always stood out as not only hilarious, but inventive, and frequently uncomfortable. As the seasons have moved on, we’ve gotten a fascinating look at the characters that hail from the soggy northwest, without sacrificing any of the genius behind the show.
Stay tuned, another few weeks, and more seasons may get ordered.
IFC Renews Hit Comedy for »
- Marc Eastman
Currently in Season 5, IFC has renewed Portlandia for Season 6 and Season 7, ordering ten half-hour episodes each. Creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with co-creator and director Jonathan Krisel, will remain at the helm for both seasons. Portlandia is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.
Said Fred and Carrie in a joint statement.
"We are so excited to get to do more Portlandia with IFC. Getting to work with Jon and our talented writers and crew, it really is our favorite thing in the world. Also, we get to spend more time in Portland!"
"Portlandia may be a place where young people go to retire, but IFC is not retiring Portlandia. And if you order a book from Toni and Candace at the Feminist Bookstore right now, it might even arrive by the time season seven rolls around. »
For fans of The Simpsons who don’t have an irrational hatred to anything Matt Groening and company produced after 2001, they’ll know that in the episode “Any Given Sundance” from 2008, Lisa makes a documentary about her family and then wonders if she should make a follow-up. “No! One Simpsons movie was enough,” Marge says.
But then you know Hollywood. One is never enough when there’s money on the table (ding ding ding!). So of course there was hope for a sequel, no matter how late it came or for how much longer The Simpsons TV show decides to actually keep running.
According to Entertainment Weekly however, the idea that was originally reserved for a sequel just aired as part of The Simpsons’ latest season. The episode “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner” involved Treehouse of Horror favorites Kang and Kodos abducting the family, taking them to their »
- Brian Welk
When Fxx ran their 12 day 552-episode marathon of every episode of The Simpsons, I knew we would get some copycats. But there aren’t many television shows that have enough hours of content to compete with Matt Groening’s animated juggernaut. But there is Saturday Night Live, which will be celebrating their 40th season in 2015. […]
The post 19 Day Long ‘Saturday Night Live’ Marathon To Lead To 40th Anniversary Premiere appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
We recently brought you the story of Kohlsen Fisher; the lil'est, most devoted Flyers fan, whose prank Christmas gift of a Penguins jersey gave us one of the last (and best) viral moments of 2014. But the story didn't end there! Dean Fisher uploaded this clip of an intense care package the Flyers delivered to Kohlsen after they'd got wind of the video. Flyers captain Claude Giroux sent Kohlsen a signed jersey - and a ton of other Flyers gear - and best of all, an invite for his family to come meet Giroux and the team at a game. If »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
9 items from 2015
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