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The stories behind TV production company closing logos

10 August 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?

Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.

A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.

As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »

- louisamellor

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'Simpsons' are taking aim at 'Boyhood'

11 July 2015 6:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In their 26 seasons on the air, “The Simpsons” have seemingly parodied just about everything… twice. But then something new comes along and, of course, they’re bound to go after that too. Their new target, Richard Linklater’s Oscar-nominated film “Boyhood.” According to THR, show creator Matt Groening and Ep Al Jean announced at their Comic-Con panel today (July 11) that Bart will be at the center of an episode called “Barthood” -- a send-up of the coming-of-age film shot over 12 years -- for their Christmas episode. Because of the age range involved, Nancy Cartwright notes it was a real challenge performing as Bart. "This one was tough because… he was 2, 6, 13 and 14," she says. It’s been an interesting few months for the long-running animated series. In May, Harry Shearer (who voices Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and others) quit the show in a contract dispute. But he’s since made up »

- David Eckstein

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Comic-Con: 'The Simpsons' to Skewer 'Boyhood' in Christmas Episode

11 July 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the Harry Shearer flap under its belt, Fox's The Simpsons returned to Comic-Con on Saturday with its eyes on season 27. TV's longest-running comedy will return in the fall, already renewed for its 28th season with all six of its voice actors having the option to sign on through an impressive 30th run. The animated series created by Matt Groening and from showrunner Al Jean has had a busy off-season, settling a contract dispute with Shearer that made headlines after the actor behind fan favorites including Mr. Burns threatened to leave the series. On top of that, the family comedy made headlines when rumors swirled

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Comic-Con 2015 schedule: Ultimate Guide to TV and Movies, including Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Hunger Games and more

9 July 2015 2:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Comic-Con 2015 has kicked off in San Diego, and below you'll find Digital Spy's mega-guide, listing all of the major movies and TV panels for each day.

Note: All timings are in California's Pacific Standard Time (Pst), for GMT (UK time) add 8 hours. So 12 noon in San Diego will be 8pm in London.

13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015

Browse our ultimate guide day-by-day:

Thursday, July 9

Friday, July 10

Saturday, July 11

Sunday, July 12

Thursday, July 9

Open Road (10.45am local time/6.45pm UK time, Hall H)

Movies Tbc

The Autobiography of James T Kirk (10.45am local time, 6.45pm UK time, Ballroom 20)

William Shatner will read excerpts from this new Star Trek in-world memoir, at a panel moderated by author and former Family Guy exec David Goodman.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 / The Last Witch Hunter (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)

New footage presentation, plus cast and filmmaker »

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Comic-Con 2015: Full Movies and TV schedule for Saturday, July 11, from Batman v Superman to Hannibal

9 July 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Below is Digital Spy's daily guide to the major movies and TV panels happening in San Diego this Saturday, July 11.

Once Upon a Time (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Ballroom 20)

Cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue, Sean Maguire and Rebecca Mader appear for a Q&A alongside co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The session will be moderated by Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and also features a sneak peak at season five.

Warner Bros: Man from Uncle, Pan, Batman vs Superman (10.30am local time, 6.30pm UK time, Hall H)

Footage presentations and Q&As.

Man from Uncle: Cast members Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki.

Pan: Cast members Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller and Garrett Hedlund, director Joe Wright

Batman vs Superman: Cast members Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, »

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13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015, from Game of Thrones to Batman vs Superman

8 July 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Thousands of colourful fans are descending upon San Diego this week for the biggest date in the geek calendar, as Comic-Con 2015 will begin tomorrow (July 9).

As with every year, there are plenty of things happening to get ridiculously excited about, whether you're actually there dressed up as Wonder Woman or you're at home awaiting the news and videos as they come in.

Comic-Con 2015: Everything we know so far

Digital Spy is in San Diego to give you the latest updates, but here are just a few highlights to look out for (all times are GMT):

1. Batman v Superman takes centre stage

When: Saturday, 6.30pm (visit Digital Spy for our live blog)

With Marvel deciding to stay home this year, the Warner Bros panel is arguably the biggest ticket around. Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the main attraction, with Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, »

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Harry Shearer Staying on ‘The Simpsons’ After Inking New Deal

7 July 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Mr. Burns” will be back. After negotiating a new deal, Harry Shearer is in fact returning to “The Simpsons,” Variety has confirmed.

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

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The Residents To Perform At L'Etrange 2015

4 July 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

There are giant eyeballs headed to Paris with word that iconic rock band The Residents will appear at the 2015 edition of the L'Etrange Festival.After Kenneth Anger in 2012, Jello Biafra in 2013 and The Pere Ubu Film Group in 2014, The Residents will take L'etrange Festival 2015 by storm! The XXIst edition of L'Etrange Festival will take place in Forum des Images, Paris from September 3 to 13.The Residents are ''The most influential collective in the history of  20th century pop music'' according to Simpsons' creator Matt Groening, long-time fan and official biographer of the band  The Residents will perform Shadowland, third and final part of their Randy, Chuck and Bob trilogy two evenings in a row and in a brand new version. This...

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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Sued By Hispanic Nanny Claims Discrimination

30 June 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has been sued by his former nanny, who claims he has it out for Hispanics, even though Matt's wife is Hispanic. Tania Cardona claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Matt and his wife treated employees "like animals," claiming she was not only worked to the bone, but harassed over her heritage. Cardona says Matt would say his son was not going to speak "good English" because there were »

- TMZ Staff

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Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton

29 June 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.

The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »

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Comic Con 2015 Saturday Schedule

27 June 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.

10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants

The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »

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Comedy Central Orders ‘TripTank’ Spinoff Series ‘Jeff and Some Aliens’

24 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The aliens have landed.

Comedy Central has ordered the animated series “Jeff and Some Aliens.”

The series follows average guy Jeff and his three alien “roommates” who were sent to study him to determine if humankind should be destroyed. This includes forcing Jeff to participate in grueling intergalatic decathalons and perform Azurian honor killings to restore interstellar balance.

Thus, Comedy Central president of original programming Kent Alterman made a valid point when he announced the news on Wednesday and said “it would be so weird if this show wasn’t animated.”

“Jeff and Some Aliens” is exec produced and created by Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli and exec produced by ShadowMachine’s Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley. The show is based on sketches that appeared on Comedy Central’s satirical animated shorts series “TripTank.”

“We’d like to beat the trolls to the punch and be the first to say: ‘They cancelled ‘Futurama’ for This? »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Palm Springs ShortFest Celebrates Brevity

19 June 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To all the filmmakers and audience members en route to the Palm Springs Intl. Festival of Short Films — or ShortFest, if you’re into the whole brevity thing — spare a thought for executive and festival director Darryl Macdonald and the rest of his programming team. As soon as the Palm Springs Film Festival wraps in January, the group begins its mammoth task of whittling down a 330-short film festival out of more than 3,300 submissions. This year the fest runs June 16-22.

“From Feb. 1 through late May, we’re pretty much watching short films until our eyes bleed, looking for that one in 10 that really stands out above the rest,” he says. “But even when you start to burn out, it just takes that one film that blows you across the room, and your batteries are recharged and you want to keep watching.”

One of the biggest events of its kind, »

- Andrew Barker

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Women Rule at This Year’s Annecy Animation Festival

14 June 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even successful animation pros have admitted that sometimes they’ve felt relegated to “the kids’ table” on the awards circuit. But that doesn’t happen at Annecy, the world’s longest-running festival for animated films. At the French festival, legends like “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening attract rock star attention, while studio execs scout talent and directors unveil upcoming films.

“Annecy holds a special place,” says DreamWorks co-president and producer Bonnie Arnold, who premiered “How to Train Your Dragon 2” there last year. “There’s no greater pleasure than to see the response of your peers in animation.”

This year, Arnold will sit on the short film jury, which she expects will give her a glimpse of emerging talent. “So often, shorts become the launching pad for the animation directors of the future,” she says. Her role also makes Arnold part of Annecy history; for the first time in the festival’s 55-year run, »

- Ellen Wolff

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Women Rule at This Year’s Annecy Animation Festival

14 June 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Even successful animation pros have admitted that sometimes they’ve felt relegated to “the kids’ table” on the awards circuit. But that doesn’t happen at Annecy, the world’s longest-running festival for animated films. At the French festival, legends like “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening attract rock star attention, while studio execs scout talent and directors unveil upcoming films.

“Annecy holds a special place,” says DreamWorks co-president and producer Bonnie Arnold, who premiered “How to Train Your Dragon 2” there last year. “There’s no greater pleasure than to see the response of your peers in animation.”

This year, Arnold will sit on the short film jury, which she expects will give her a glimpse of emerging talent. “So often, shorts become the launching pad for the animation directors of the future,” she says. Her role also makes Arnold part of Annecy history; for the first time in the festival’s 55-year run, »

- Ellen Wolff

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Comic-Con 2015 Film and TV Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Supergirl’ & Much More

11 June 2015 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Comic-Con 2015 is fast approaching, and the San Diego convention — now in its 46th year — is set to feature a bevy of television and movie previews, panels and Q&As. Bookmark this page as Comic-Con draws closer, as Variety will keep you constantly updated with the latest scheduling moves from Sdcc.

July 8 (Preview Night)

Pilot screenings for “Supergirl,” “Blindspot,” “Containment” and “Lucifer,” along with a new episode of “Teen Titans Go!,” will take place from 6 p.m. in Ballroom 20.

Thursday, July 9

Film:

“Mockingjay – Part 2″ and “The Last Witch Hunter” (12 p.m., Hall H) Q&As with the stars and filmmakers will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the two fall releases, along with first-look footage.

Television:

“Damien” (6:45 p.m., Room 6A) A first look at the inaugural season precedes a Q&A with cast and producers.

Doctor Who” (Time Tba, Hall H) Expected to attend: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez »

- Seth Kelley

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Comic-Con 2015 Film and TV Schedule: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Supergirl’ & Much More

11 June 2015 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comic-Con 2015 is fast approaching, and the San Diego convention — now in its 46th year — is set to feature a bevy of television and movie previews, panels and Q&As. Bookmark this page as Comic-Con draws closer, as Variety will keep you constantly updated with the latest scheduling moves from Sdcc.

July 8 (Preview Night)

Pilot screenings for “Supergirl,” “Blindspot,” “Containment” and “Lucifer,” along with a new episode of “Teen Titans Go!,” will take place from 6 p.m. in Ballroom 20.

Thursday, July 9

Film:

“Mockingjay – Part 2″ and “The Last Witch Hunter” (12 p.m., Hall H) Q&As with the stars and filmmakers will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the two fall releases, along with first-look footage.

Television:

“Damien” (6:45 p.m., Room 6A) A first look at the inaugural season precedes a Q&A with cast and producers.

Doctor Who” (Time Tba, Hall H) Expected to attend: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez »

- Seth Kelley

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Comic-Con 2015: Your Guide to the TV-Related Panels and Screenings

10 June 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and the upcoming season’s best new offerings at San Diego Comic-Con. Below, we’ve compiled the dates, times and locations of all the major TV related events.

We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark and check back often!

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars

Wednesday, July 8

6 pm Preview Night exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes for Supergirl, »

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Palm Springs ShortFest announces titles

4 June 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New work featuring Murray Abraham, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn, Rufus Wainwright, Katie Holmes and Zachary Quinto will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market from June 16-22.

Jonathan Demme and Matt Groening appear in the documentary I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!, Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Kimmel in the world premiere of Miss Famous, John Cusack in the world premiere of Red Rider and Bryce Dallas Howard directing and starring in solemates.

Richard E Grant narrates Teeth and Jason Patric, Danny Trejo, Rose McGowan and Marisa Coughlan appear in the world premiere of The Weight Of Blood & Bones and selections include Twin Visions by Louise Salter and Gavin Bowden and H Positive by Glenn Paton.

All in the all the festival will present 330 films including 77 world premieres, 65 North American premieres and 19 Us premieres across 54 programmes. More than $115,000 in prizes are on offer.

More than 3,000 of the festival submissions are available in the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Kimmel in Lineup For Palm Springs ShortFest

3 June 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market announced its lineup Thursday, screening June 16-22 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

Among those featured in premieres are Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Kimmel in “Miss Famous,” produced by James Franco; Zachary Quinto in “The Future Perfect” and Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn in “Almost Not Beautiful.”

“The overall quality of the films submitted to us this year was staggering, both in terms of sophisticated filmmaking technique and the diversity of the subject matter and storytelling styles,” said Darryl Macdonald, festival director. “The difficult part for us was narrowing the 3,500 submissions down to just 330 titles for the final festival line-up, given the wealth of exceptional work we watched.”

Other titles include “Eternal Princess,” directed by Katie HolmesJohn Cusack in “Red Rider” and Ed AsnerJonathan Demme, Matt Groening and Kevin Pollak in the documentary short “I Thought I Told You To Shut Up! »

- Reece Ristau

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