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[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] And then there were only two. Day 8 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "The Regina Monologues" to "The Italian Bob," or from early in Season 15 through to early in Season 17. Honestly, I think that some of these are mighty funny installments for a show that went past its 350th episode in this period, but there's no question that a fair amount of repetitiveness had set in here and an impressive number of plots feel either cribbed from earlier shows, or at least siblings to earlier plots. I mean... Homer gets an Rv again! Sideshow Bob tries to kill Bart a couple times! The Simpsons go to... Italy and England and China! Perhaps that's why we're now just down to me and Sepinwall and Katie Hasty giving recommendations. But don't worry, we offered five up good episodes and I added two episodes that you can skip, though I »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty
When the “Every Simpsons Ever” mega-marathon of The Simpsons began last Thursday on Fxx, it renewed interest in a show that will go down as one of the all-time greats—but has nevertheless been struggling commercially and creatively for awhile at this point. The show’s unimpeachable heyday in the ’90s is rightfully heralded, and as the marathon got going, it was those episodes that created the most excitement. Sure, they’ve been out on DVD for some time, but rebroadcasting them in order emphasized how great the show was at its peak.
Precisely when The Simpsons began to descend »
- Kyle Ryan
Chat shows can sometimes be snoozy watches, celebs going through the motions giving their latest album/TV show/film the hard sell. This was never the case when it came to Robin Williams, who brought his crackerjack comic energy to the talk show circuit to entertain millions of TV viewers.
Digital Spy takes a look at 6 of his best chat show guest spots below:
"I suffer from severe dyslexia... I was the only child on my block at Halloween to go Trick or Trout," he quipped. "'Here comes that young Williams boy again, better get some fish'. »
Malcolm Tucker swearing is funny. He does it a lot. The comedy creation – based on former Pm Tony Blair’s “spin doctor” Alistair Campbell – is the highlight of BBC Two comedy The Thick of It and its movie spin-off In The Loop, and is a horrendous grotesque, a spitting, threatening pig of a man
The post How Do You Stop Malcolm Tucker Swearing? [Video] appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Christian Cawley
Flies can be a nuisance at the best of times, let alone when you're trying to talk live on television.
Presenter Dermot Murnaghan urgently asked his colleague if he needed a break, as he starts to choke up and pull bizarre facial expressions.
"No I'm fine, I swallowed a fly but I've recovered now," Boulton replies while pulling at his tie and attempting to move on from the subject.
For the first time since the release of this seminal football documentary, legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson gives an exclusive interview which can be viewed on The Class Of ’92 Extended Collector’s Edition. Available to own on Blu-ray and DVD 9 June 2014, this provides football and film fans the opportunity to unlock all-new exclusive footage and we’ve got Three to giveaway on Blu-ray!
At the heart of this ambitious film is the tale of how six 14 year-old working class lads from diverse backgrounds came together to play for the same club, became the spine of the most lauded team in world football, and who throughout their period of unparalleled success remained best mates. Sir Alex Ferguson talks about his belief in building a foundation for youth football and the pride he felt in seeing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers. »
- Dan Bullock
To celebrate the release of the must-see extended edition of the football film phenomenon that ranks as one of the greatest football documentaries ever released, we’re giving 3 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the opportunity to win a copy on blu-ray. The extended collector’s edition includes an additional 28 minutes of unmissable footage including an all new, never-before-seen interview with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The players that inspired a generation: The Class of ’92 is a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville). The film covers the period 1992-1999, culminating in Manchester United’s European Cup triumph, and dramatically interweaves and mirrors the highs and lows of its football odyssey with the immense social and cultural changes taking place in Britain at the time. At the heart »
- Simon Gallagher
By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.
Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials »
Directors: Benjamin and Gabe Turner
Running Time: 98 minutes
Synopsis: The Class of 92, a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville).
If there is one thing that the UK does well, it is showing the Football love. But surprisingly, it’s reign of sport documentaries have never really compared to the epic feel of other countries counterparts…except for The Class Of ’92, which is such a surreal story you just might be surprised that it has not been made into a film yet.
- Lucy Cave
As Skye recovers from her injuries, episode 15 sees Agent Coulson and his team of agents encounter Lorelei, a deadly seductress who has escaped from Asgard and enslaved a biker gang to be her private army in a quest for power. Another Asgardian also arrives on Earth, Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander, reprising her role from Thor and Thor: The Dark World), who has come to thwart Lorelei's evil schemes. Lorelei seduces Ward and escapes with him, as they prepare for a battle of godly proportions.
Flintoff's Road to Nowhere: Sky1, 9pm
This is the second part of the former cricketer's travelogue, as he - with his friend and cycling writer Rob Penn - pedal along Brazil's 1,200km Trans-Amazonian highway. The duo discover more about the imminent threat to wildlife from deforestation as they arrange to meet one of the few legal local logging companies. »
In an interview with Fortune magazine, the 83-year-old media mogul admitted that he was "shocked" when he got to know that his former wife kept diary entries about the former British Prime Minister, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The News Corporation chief has confessed that he first learned of the alleged relationship between Deng and Blair while he was on a trip to Australia, and he filed for divorce within a week, in November last year.
According to Vanity. »
- Smith Cox
The Britain's Got Talent judge is dreading the day little Eric asks for an audition
Behold, the Britain's Got Talent judges, who hilariously brought along their dogs to the show's official launch this week, in a stunt that neatly lays to rest any suggestion the format may have run out of ideas. Otherwise, the event was notable only for an uncharacteristically telling comment by Simon Cowell, who voiced horror at the idea of his own son, little Eric, wanting to audition one day. "I'm kind of dreading that moment," he revealed. "'Daddy, can I go on one of your shows?'"
Well quite. One can't imagine anything more ghastly for one's pride and joy. No doubt Rupert Murdoch has similar nightmares about his daughters wanting to be on Page 3, while Tony Blair shuddered at the thought of his boys joining the army. Happily, none of these fathers need worry. »
- Marina Hyde
Three months of remembrance and mourning culminated today in Rwanda as the country marked the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide that divided a nation and shocked the world. President Paul Kagame was joined by world leaders, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with a crowd of some 30,000 Rwandans, in the city of Kagali's soccer stadium to commemorate the lives lost. Several mourners, overcome with emotion, had to be escorted out of the remembrance ceremony. The powerful images out of Rwanda are proof that while its residents and the world community have moved past the violence, the emotional wounds it created are still fresh. Kagame's words themselves were evidence of that; French diplomats refused to take part in the commemoration ceremony today after a recent interview in which Kagame was critical of what he suggested was complicity on the part of France and Belgium in the genocide. The bloody »
- Lindsay Miller
George W. Bush is quite the talented artist. The 43rd president unveiled his impressive oil painting collection of world leaders during an interview with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager on Today. "Who woulda thought it?'' the 67-year-old said of his work. "I was little reluctant to put them out [publicly], because I'm not a great artist. I don't want people to think I'm a great artist. On the other hand, I did want to refresh the Bush Center. I want people to come and visit us. We view ourselves as a place where people can learn." The unique collection, which includes paintings of Russian president Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Afghanistan's »
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Today show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager welcomed her dad to the show Friday to unveil his latest masterpieces. Since retiring from the White House, Former President George W. Bush has taken up a new hobby: painting! This time, his subjects are his former peers. W painted world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and his former British counterpart Tony Blair. He also offered his opinion on the men behind the portraits, saying, "Vladimir is a person who in many ways views the United States as an enemy. I felt he saw the world as either the Us benefits and Russia loses or vice versa." And he got a little personal: "As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart - Putin dissed him and said, 'You call it a dog?' »
- Annie Gabillet
Van Gogh. Renoir. Bush. President George W. Bush unveiled his portraits of world leaders on NBC's “Today” show Friday for his daughter, correspondent Jenna Bush Hager. The portraits are on display at his presidential library in Dallas. Bush joked that his latest self-portrait was an “improvement” upon his first attempt. Also read: Former President George W. Bush to Jay Leno: ‘I Did the Best I Could Do’ (Video) “The one in the bathtub!” Hager exclaimed. “That one made me look like Alfred E. Newman!” Bush joked. Bush said that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was incredulous when he »
- James Crugnale
What's the former leader of the Free World supposed to do when he suddenly finds himself with copious free time? Paint portraits of his cat - obviously. To the surprise of many, former President George W. Bush has become a passionate painter since vacating the White House in early 2009 - portraying everyone from the Dalai Lama to his cat, Bob - and later this month the 43rd president will publicly display his artwork for the very first time. The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy, an exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University, »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Michael Sheen came to the Masters of Sex Q&A at PaleyFest and tried to class up the joint with a lot of talk about playing Hamlet, and reading Arthur Miller as a teen only to discover Miller’s plays had no bad characters — just people making bad choices. Fortunately, he was greatly outnumbered on stage at the Dolby Theatre by the women of Showtime’s 1950s-set drama series about real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. They wanted to talk about the drudgery of maintaining a ’50s hairdo and the best way to pee in a girdle. Related: ‘Masters Of Sex’ Team Has Sex Talk With TV Critics Sheen, known for playing David Frost in Frost/Nixon and Tony Blair in The Queen, said playing Masters was the “perfect combination” for an actor, because he was a famous historical figure but was »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
We last saw Johnny Worricker three years ago in Page Eight, standing in front of an airport departure board. Last night he turned up in Turks & Caicos (BBC2) for the second part of David Hare's post-9-11 political trilogy. The tax haven off Miami isn't the worst place in the world for a former MI5 agent (Bill Nighy) to eat lobster on the beach, but it's an even better one to go to when waiting for trouble. Trouble, in the shape of CIA agent Christopher Pelissier (Christopher Walken), soon showed up and Worricker was quickly drawn into the complex, grubby world of corrupt financiers and politicians that satisfyingly led back to the compromised British prime minister, Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes), from Page Eight.
As you would expect from Hare, »
- John Crace
Host of stars and 2,000 wellwishers pay respects at memorial for Stakhanovite broadcaster, who died last August
Sir David Frost pulled off his last big showbusiness coup on Thursday, albeit posthumously, when a memorial plaque to the broadcaster's 50-year career in television was unveiled in the floor of Westminster Abbey in the presence of the Prince of Wales and 2,000 other members of the Frostie fan club.
Not bad for a Methodist minister's son from Kent who never slept a night away from home or touched alcohol until he went to Cambridge. As Greg Dyke, Frost's old boss at both TV-am and the BBC, observed in his address from the pulpit, he made up for it afterwards. "White wine is a non-alcoholic drink," was a Frost saying.
Frost's career always had an improbable aspect to it, no more so than on Thursday when the dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, led a »
- Michael White
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