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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 2

29 December 2013 10:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

HBO’s rise from the you’re-spending-my-subscription-money-on-that-crap? original programming basement to cable TV’s creative gold standard can be charted over a period of about ten years with the successes of several key original offerings.

By the end of the 1980s, the movie box office was becoming dominated by young-skewing sci fi and fantasy adventures, over-the-top action blockbusters, and sequels to sci fi and fantasy and over-the-top blockbusters. Box office Top Tens for 1989-1990 included the likes of Batman (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Home Alone (1990), Total Recall (1990), and Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990). Over on the small screen, the penchant was for the sweet, the nice, the inoffensive. TV series at the top of the rating charts during the same period included The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, Wonder Years, Who’s the Boss?, and Murder, She Wrote.

There were writers and directors and producers in Hollywood itching to do something different, »

- Bill Mesce

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Why we need to re-evaluate the films we once called great

19 December 2013 5:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nobody wants to rock the boat when it comes to reassessing the classics, but face facts: Gregory's Girl is clunky, 2001: A Space Odyssey is never-ending, while Dirty Dancing is still brilliant

A few weeks ago I watched The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford horse opera that is routinely described by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. In 2008 the American Film Institute named it the finest western ever, as well as the 12th best American movie, while the British Film Institute slotted it in at number seven on the all-time greatest list.

Are these guys serious? The Searchers, which deals with a mysterious, morally ambivalent Johnny Reb's relentless quest to find – and perhaps kill – a niece abducted by marauding Comanches, is padded out to epic length with all sorts of daffy comedy. The gags and slapstick fistfights undercut the serious message of the film: that most white »

- Joe Queenan

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Daniel Radcliffe, Chevy Chase sign for new Sky series of The Kumars

19 December 2013 3:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sky's revival of The Kumars has been given an air date by Sky1 and a selection of A-list stars have been signed up for the comedy series.

The Kumars, the comedy creation of Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal and Vincent Ibrahim, returns to screens on Wednesday, January 15 on Sky1.

The show, which was previously titled The Kumars at No.42, aired on the BBC between 2001 and 2006.

New celebrity guests lined up for the comedy chat show include Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, Us comedy legend Chevy Chase and Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman.

Guest stars previously confirmed include Ray Winstone, Rupert Everett, Dame Diana Rigg, Emilia Fox, Richard E Grant, Caroline Quentin, Elizabeth McGovern, Harry Shearer, Kay Burley, James Corden, Terry Gilliam and Twiggy.

Speaking about the show's comeback, Bhaskar said: "It's incredibly exciting to revisit these warm, oddball characters and to be given the opportunity to bring them up to date.

"We've »

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The top 25 underrated films of 2003

18 December 2013 5:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 19 Dec 2013 - 06:30

Our journey through the lesser-known films of the 2000s continues. This week, it's 2003...

It was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger went from Terminator actor to Governor of California, and when The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King dominated the global box office with a gross of more than $1bn. 2003 was also the year the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy thundered to a close, the year Freddy Krueger clashed with Jason Voorhees in, er, Freddy Vs Jason, and the year Pixar scored another hit with Finding Nemo.

But as you've probably gathered by now, 2003 was also a year of quite brilliant, less lucrative films. The movies we've included in this week's list were chosen for a variety of reasons - some were ignored in cinemas, while others were harshly treated by critics. Some were modestly popular or given awards on release, »

- ryanlambie

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No 7 – For Ellen

12 December 2013 3:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

So Yong Kim's story about a vulnerable rocker and his daughter is music to Andrew Pulver's ears, as we continue our list of this year's top 10 films

• The 10 best films of 2013: Have your say

For Ellen arrived somewhat unheralded in cinemas, a product of the 2012 Sundance film festival; unheralded, perhaps, because of its opaque title and director So Yong Kim's track record of wispy meditations on Korean-American identity. But what a pleasure it turned out to be. It's never easy to create a plausible musician on screen – Spinal Tap has seen to that – and particularly a nail-varnish-wearing, soul patch-sporting rocker of the type that Paul Dano impersonates here.

But instead of attempting to distil a hard-partying, cooler-than-thou muso, Dano's Joby Taylor is an intensely vulnerable, childlike figure, as ineffectual as a 10-year-old. We first see him as he drives chaotically through the snow into a small American town (naturally, »

- Andrew Pulver

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"The Simpsons: Yellow Subterfuge"

8 December 2013 5:05 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new footage from "The Simpsons" episode "Yellow Subterfuge" airing December 8, 2013 on Fox:

"...'Principal Skinner', waking up from a day-dream "Django" parody, promises the students that the best-behaved among them can take a ride in a submarine.

"When Skinner gives all the kids a clean slate, 'Bart' believes even his own past indiscretions will be forgotten if he doesn’t get into any more trouble. Meanwhile 'Lisa' tries to help a cash-poor 'Krusty' to turn things around by suggesting he sell the foreign rights to his shows..."

Regular voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson' and 'Krusty', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo', plus Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Simpsons: Yellow Subterfuge »

- Michael Stevens

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"The Simpsons: Yellow Subterfuge"

20 November 2013 9:23 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images from "The Simpsons" episode "Yellow Subterfuge" airing December 8, 2013 on Fox:

"...'Principal Skinner' promises the students that the best-behaved among them can take a ride in a submarine.

"When Skinner gives all the kids a clean slate, 'Bart' believes even his own past indiscretions will be forgotten if he doesn’t get into any more trouble.

"Meanwhile 'Lisa' tries to help a cash-poor 'Krusty' to turn things around by suggesting he sell the foreign rights to his shows..."

Regular voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson' and 'Krusty', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo', plus Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Simpsons"...

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- Michael Stevens

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The X Factor: Josh Levi Is 'Straight Up' the Star of the Night

14 November 2013 5:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The X Factor was all about big hair and even bigger results Wednesday night. Carlos Guevara was the first Top 13 contestant to be eliminated as the show kicked off by announcing results after last week's technical glitch nullified the voting. Then it was back to the '80s, as the contestants took on songs from the era of Madonna's fingerless-gloved heyday. Lillie McCloud, 54, who kicked off the night with Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody," impressed judges by making the song current and prompted Simon Cowell to ask, "You're a naughty little thing, aren't you?" Carlito Olivero, 24, sang "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, »

- Wade Rouse

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The Simpsons: Season 25 Ratings

11 November 2013 1:54 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The longest-running scripted TV series primetime, The Simpsons has remained one of Fox's top-rated shows. Will it ever be cancelled? Will it be renewed for a 26th season soon? Will it ever end? Stay tuned!

On The Simpsons, the yellow family that never gets older continues to wreak their own kind of havoc on the strange town of Springfield. The voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.

How are your shows doing? Check the season rankings: ABC »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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5 Things You Don't Know About Kat Von D

8 November 2013 11:31 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Currently making headlines for having one of her Sephora lipstick varieties yanked from shelves due to complaints over its name, this Los Angeles-based tattoo artist shot to fame through her TLC reality show La Ink. Here are five things you may not know about Kat Von D.

1. Born Katherine von Drachenberg on March 8, 1982 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico -- her parents are both Argentinean.

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2. The first tattoo she ever gave was at age 14 on a friend -- a depiction of the skull logo for the punk band Misfits. She used a homemade ink machine rigged up with a cassette player motor and  guitar string to draw the tattoo.

3. Her favorite band is Motley Crue and she likes the group's song Starry Eyes best.

Related: Kat Von D Accepts Bizarre Twitter Proposal

4. Has always been obsessed with the music of classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven and has been playing classical piano herself since age seven.

5. Among »

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The Simpsons Exclusive First Look: Rachel Maddow Has a Message for Kent Brockman!

29 October 2013 10:13 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Breaking news: Rachel Maddow has roots in…Springfield?

Yes indeed, the MSNBC anchor guest-stars on this Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (8/7c on Fox), and we’ve got your first look at a flashback to her days of co-hosting a talk show with none other than Kent Brockman.

In the first photo below, we see Maddow and (a darker-haired) Brockman on the set of Eye on Springfield, where they’re interviewing muscle-bound Austrian film star Rainer Wolfcastle about his classic actioner Skull Crusher 4: The Concussioning.

Related | Simpsons Actress Marcia Wallace Dead at 70

The second image is from the present day, »

- Michael Slezak

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New Episode Of "The Simpsons"

23 October 2013 2:52 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images from "The Simpsons" episode, titled "Yolo", airing November 10, 2013 on Fox (and Global in Canada), with guest voice Jon Lovitz as 'Llelwellyn Sinclair':

"...'Marge' encourages Homer to embrace his 'You-Only-Live-Once' spirit by inviting an old pen pal to stay with him...

"...crossing items off of his 'to-do' list from when he was a 10-year old.

"Meanwhile, 'Lisa' institutes a new honor code at 'Springfield Elementary'..."

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', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse' and 'Jimbo'and Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph'.

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- Michael Stevens

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Scott Rutherford and Ben Peyser Talk Ghost Team One

11 October 2013 2:05 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ghost Team One is kind of like if the folks from Mystery Team made a found footage horror comedy. Two stoners attempt to make contact with the dead in hopes of hooking up with a girl who believes that their house is haunted.

With so many found footage films falling flat, it’s refreshing to see a different take on the subgenre that doesn’t take itself too seriously. One thing that’s promising is the fact that the laughs start right away instead of most found footage horror movies where nothing happens ever until the final reel. The directing team of Ben Peyser and Scott Rutherford talked to Dread Central the other day from the oldest building in Los Angeles, the Avila Adobe building.

DC: Are you guys actually doing a press day at the Avila Adobe house right now? Any weird shit going on?

Ben Pyser: Yes we are. »

- Drew Tinnin

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'Simpsons' producer on mystery death in Springfield: Even the actor doesn't know yet

11 October 2013 11:51 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean turned a few non-animated heads recently when he mentioned that the long-running comedy is planning to kill off one of its characters. His big clue? He/she is voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for this role. (That seems to limit our victim pool to a character played by Anne Hathaway, Kelsey Grammer, Marcia Wallace, Jackie Mason, or any of the series regulars with the exception of Harry Shearer. Yes, Shearer — the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman and Reverend Lovejoy, among others — has never won an Emmy for his Simpsons work. »

- Dan Snierson

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Lars Ulrich Exclusive Interview: “After Some Kind Of Monster, Nothing Scares Me”

9 October 2013 7:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

They say never meet your idols, and I can appreciate the underlying wisdom in that, though it has always struck me as being a bit of a joyless and dour belief. Definitely a very British one, as well.

Statements like this tend to make my hackles rise. I know within my heart of hearts that even if my hero spat on my shoe, stole my girlfriend and then drop-kicked me into moving traffic, I would still rather take the chance than fear that they would not live up to my expectations. I don’t mind my bubble being burst every now and again, and – more to the point – what if “they” are wrong? What if by some stratospheric twist of fate the person you have revered for countless years actually proves to be every bit the legend you believed he or she was all along?

Following the Metallica: Through The »

- Mike Willoughby

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Why I Love … Adam Schlesinger's movie pop songs

9 October 2013 6:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Songs written for film's fictional pop stars typically miss the mark, but Schlesinger has shown it's possible to hit the right note

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You couldn't make Miley Cyrus up; Madonna, Britney and Divine did it for you. Pop music parodies itself all the time, but film finds it tricky. On the surface, film's fictional pop stars are in key with their real-world counterparts: they're shallow and self-centred, often a bit dim, and always image conscious. It's when it comes to the songs that the fiction falls flat. I can't buy Matt Damon as a sneering punk bro in Eurotrip (2004). It's not because of the fake piercings, or his horrible lip-synching, but because the song was written for the film and sounds like it. It gets skate-punk nearly right, so we nearly believe the performance. Nearly enjoy it, too.

Not many songwriters can write a »

- Henry Barnes

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Must Watch: Opening Credits for The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Xxiv by Guillermo del Toro

7 October 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Less than a week after its 25th season premiere, Fox has announced the pickup of Season 26 of The Simpsons. In case anyone is wondering why, Exhibit A would be the fact that the opening credits (you know, the couch gag) from last night’s broadcast of their annual Halloween episode “Treehouse of Horror Xxiv” were directed by Guillermo del Toro. Yes, the completely famous movie director, comic book author, etc etc. In case you missed it, we have it here for your appreciation:

Clip: The Simpsons – Tree House of Horror Xxiv Opening Credits by Guillermo Del Toro

You’re welcome. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of The Simpsons on the new season pickup.

The Simpsons, starring the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, and Hank Azaria, airs Sundays at 7/6c on Fox. »

- Erin Willard

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Guillermo del Toro's Simpsons Treehouse of Terror Opening Dissected

7 October 2013 12:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last week Guillermo del Toro's opening for "The Simpsons Treehouse of Terror Xxiv" was revealed. Today website MoviePilot dissected the opening to make sure you didn't miss a single reference.

The opener of the 24th annual “Treehouse of Horror” is from Guillermo del Toro and features monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history. In “Oh The Places You’ll D’oh,” the first of three spine-tingling stories, Homer rides around Springfield wreaking havoc as “The Fat in The Hat” in a rhyming Dr. Seuss-ian tale. In “Dead and Shoulders,” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident; his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final terrifying tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and »

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Fox renews The Simpsons for a 26th season

6 October 2013 11:06 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its annual Halloween special Treehouse of Horror Xxiv this weekend, 20th Century Fox Television has announced that it's renewed The Simpsons for a 26th season, with cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer all expected to return without the usual drawn-out contractual negotiations.

"For more than a quarter of a century, The Simpsons has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures," said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox. "This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season."

Overlooking the fact that The Simpsons is far from the longest-running scripted show in television history, a 26th season is still a mighty achievement for the animated series, particularly »

- Gary Collinson

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Dig on Guillermo del Toro's Epic Opening for The Simpsons Treehouse of Terror Xxiv

3 October 2013 3:08 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The legendary Halloween episodes of "The Simpsons" have just gotten even more epic in scope and fun! How could this be possible, you ask? Three words: Guillermo del Toro. Check out the man's take on the opening for "The Simpsons Treehouse of Terror Xxiv" and get excited!

The Simpsons titles are so iconic and yet they’ve never been riffed in this vein,” Del Toro tells Entertainment Weekly. “I really wanted to land the connections between the [show’s] set pieces and the titles and some of the most iconic horror movies and intersperse them with some of my stuff in there for pure joy,” he says. “For example the idea that Ms. Krabappel could be outside the school with Alfred Hitchcock, which is a reference to the sequence in The Birds that happens outside of the school in Bodega Bay. To use Chief Wiggum as the Cyclops from Harryhausen, dipping the [Lard Lad] donut in a water tank, »

- Uncle Creepy

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