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New documentary charts the story of National Lampoon, the magazine that spawned Animal House, Caddyshack and America’s most influential comics
The first time that the Simpsons’ writer, producer and showrunner Mike Reiss read National Lampoon magazine, he had swiped his older brother’s copy of the Lampoon’s Best of #4, which he remembers as a compendium of the greatest bits from the fourth year of the Lampoon’s existence. “That was the best stuff from the best year of probably the best humour magazine ever, and that was the first thing I saw. It hooked me,” said Reiss. “I remember thinking, if I get a lot better or if the magazine gets a lot worse, I bet I can work there.” He achieved his goal, joining the staff of the Lampoon after he graduated from college: “I didn’t get any better, but the magazine did get a lot worse. »
- Melissa Locker
Responding to a suggestion that DeVito could replace Cooper in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Gunn said: "Not gonna happen.
We already know that The Simpsons won't be cancelled soon because Fox renewed it for a 28th season earlier this year. How long will it continue to be one of the network's top-rated shows? Can it go on forever? 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 -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.Read More… »
"...'Scotty Boom', a 'Chew Network' super-chef, challenges 'Homer' to a smoke-off.
"But when someone steals Homer’s secret weapon – a smoker he bought off a mysterious man at a BBQ shack – 'Lisa' and 'Bart' are on the case..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Simpsons: Cue Detective"...
- Michael Stevens
Nearly 50 men and women stood packed in the back room of a hole-in-the-wall video game novelty store in Tempe. They endured the heat, sweat, stale air and rowdy atmosphere for a chance to play video games against each other in an organized tournament.
The grand prize for their dedication and patience? $100 and bragging rights. This is a glimpse of the highly competitive and fast growing video game tournament scene in Arizona. It is a digital aged sub-culture grown from the nerds and geeks through their beloved yet societally ridiculed past time: playing video games. The $100 prize this day may seem like a meager reward this day but it can range into the hundreds of thousands on a worldwide scale.
Now a non-gamer might ask themselves: Why waste time learning virtually worthless video game techniques instead of picking up life skills like talking to girls or not being a total social »
- Ryan Espinoza
Though August’s The Unauthorized Full House Story drew only tepid ratings as Full House fans eagerly await a more genial return to clan Tanner in Netflix’s upcoming Fuller House, Lifetime has given two popular ’90s nighttime soaps the same kitschy teleflick treatment. The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story and The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story bow on back-t0-back Saturdays this month and feature The Simpsons‘ Dan Castellaneta as uber-producer Aaron Spelling (see below). According to the network, The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story “will show the roller-coaster ride of the program’s first four seasons, highlighting the drama between cast members and producers both on and off … Continue reading →
The post Lifetime bows ‘Unauthorized’ Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 films this month appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Lori Acken
The Lego series of video games has been top-notch quality since its first installment, and has gone to strength to strength. When the announcement came earlier in the year that they were throwing their small plastic hat into the “Toys to Life” ring, competing with games like Disney INfinity and Skylanders, interest was high. As reports came out as to which of their licenses would be available in the game, that interest sailed even higher. Confounding the old belief that “It can’t be that good”, Lego Dimensions is a perfect mix of the Lego game franchise, that the company have been doing for years, with the interactivity and variety of the collectible figures and vehicles that the company have been doing for decades.
Of all the unique things the game brings to the table is the play pad itself. Like Disney and Skylanders, figures are placed on the pad »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Christopher Lloyd is officially back in the DeLorean for a new Back to the Future 30th anniversary short film, Doc Brown Saves the World. But this is far from the first time he's portrayed the Doc outside of the classic '80s trilogy.
1. Back to the Future: The Ride (1991)
It became a mini-film in itself as Thomas F Wilson turned up as Biff to swipe the DeLorean and kick things into gear. The ride closed in 2007, although if you're willing to rack up the air miles it's still going strong at Universal Studios Japan.
2. Back to the Future: The Animated Series (1991-1992)
This Saturday morning cartoon series only made it to two seasons, but it did »
In 2005, fans of Joss Whedon’s shiny space western “Firefly” had spent a couple years deploring the show’s cancelation on Fox, and the sci-fi series had only just begun to garner its cult following thanks to the power of the DVD. With support from its growing fanbase and with some persistence from Joss the Boss, the canceled series finally got a conclusion to the tale of the ragtag crew of the Firefly-class ship Serenity with the release of a feature film. That film — named for the crew’s beloved spaceship — was released in theaters 10 years ago today, on Sept. 30, 2005. The film featured all nine regular cast members of “Firefly,” along with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the antagonist role, years before his Oscar nomination, and a brief appearance from Sarah Paulson, before TV viewers would come to know her for “American Horror Story.” “Serenity” ultimately under-performed at the box office, »
- Emily Rome
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
This is looking to be a groundbreaking season of The Simpsons : Marge and Homer separate , Homer's been diagnosed with narcolepsy , and now "one of the greatest stories of unrequited love in modern popular culture is about to move to a new phase," per the Guardian . To wit: Waylon Smithers, one of Springfield's long-rumored gay characters, will maybe, finally come out to his boss, Mr. Burns, "after decades of lusting after the skeletal billionaire," as the paper cheekily puts it. Showrunner Al Jean tells TVLine that "most people [in Springfield] know [Smithers is] gay, but obviously Burns doesn't," adding that they »
- Jenn Gidman
One episode was provided prior to broadcast.
There’s a pervading sweetness running throughout Fox’s new sitcom Grandfathered, premiering alongside The Grinder this fall. Although both shows feature a somewhat cliche structure that’s largely the same, in reverse – Rob Lowe returning to his family in The Grinder, John Stamos discovering he even has one in Grandfathered – where this show prevails slightly over Lowe’s sitcom is in two important areas. One: it’s funny. Two: I wouldn’t mind spending a few weeks getting to know these characters more. Both facts run right in the face of the show’s stock playboy-settles-down plot arc, which lets its characters move around and have fun thanks to its simplicity, unlike The Grinder‘s stifling, largely humorless stranglehold over nearly everyone on screen.
The show opens with Jimmy Martino (John Stamos) making the rounds at Jimmy’s, the local fancy restaurant he owns and operates. »
- Mitchel Broussard
The Simpsons just began its 27th season lat night, and thankfully, after some rough negotiations over the summer, Harry Shearer was back with the rest of the veteran voice cast, reprising a few of his many voice roles on the show. We already know a couple of fun storylines for episodes coming in this new […]
- Ethan Anderton
Over the course of The Simpsons' lengthy run, one of the long-running jokes is Waylon Smithers' undying love for his boss, Montgomery Burns, characters who are both voiced by Harry Shearer. While Smithers' sexual orientation has never been explicitly stated on the show, it has been inferred since the first season that Smithers is gay. The Simpsons showrunner and executive producer Al Jean has revealed in an interview with TV Line that Smithers will finally reveal to Mr. Burns that he's a homosexual in Season 27.
"In Springfield now, most people know he's gay, but obviously Burns doesn't. We deal with that in two episodes. We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options."
Ironically, the long-running animated series lost Mr. Burns and Smithers voice actor Harry Shearer, after a contract dispute in May, but he eventually »
ABC’s Quantico premiered on Sunday to 7.1 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, up sharply from what Revenge did in the time slot a year ago (5.3 mil/1.4) and also besting that sudser’s two-hour series finale (4.8 mil/1.3).
RelatedQuantico: Did ABC’s FBI Mystery Successfully Recruit You?
Quantico delivered ABC’s best numbers in Sunday’s 10 o’clock slot since May 2012 (second hour of Desperate Housewives series finale) and September 2012 (666 Park Avenue‘s debut), respectively. TVLine readers gave the Priyanka Chopra-fronted FBI drama an average grade of “B+.”
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Al Jean may be the only other person alive who’s seen as many Simpsons episodes as I have. As showrunner for most of the series’ 27 plus year run, he only missed two years while he ran the short lived series The Critic, but still kept up with The Simpsons. I have literally never missed […]
The post Exclusive Interview: ‘Simpsons’ Showrunner Al Jean on Harry Shearer’s Characters and 16 x 9 Cropping appeared first on /Film. »
- Fred Topel
In an interview with TVLine, Simpsons showrunner Al Jean reveals that the show's 27th season will be a big one for Waylon Smithers, lovelorn assistant to megalomaniacal businessman Mr. Burns: After decades of pining, Smithers will finally come out to his boss. "In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t," Jean notes. "We deal with that in two episodes." And, in what seems like an even bigger step for Smithers, his steadfast loyalty will waver for the first time. Says Jean: "He gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options." Will Smithers, without Burns, wither and die? And will Burns, without Smithers, realize that they really weren't saying Boo-urns?In another interview with THR, Jean also states that he thinks it's possible that The Simpsons, which was just renewed through season 28, could end after its 30th season. "I wouldn’t »
- Nate Jones
Will it no longer be unrequited love? Waylon Smithers has long pined for boss Mr. Burns on The Simpsons without the self-centered owner of Springfield’s nuclear power plant ever the wiser, but things are finally changing. Yes, it took only 27 seasons, but executive producer Al Jean told TVLine that the loyal personal assistant will finally make his feelings known. Sure, the rest of the townsfolk have known that Smithers is gay, but Mr. Burns? Not so much. (Guess Smithers’ puppy-dog eyes, blind devotion, and the big [...] »
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