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Turnabout: Pop Culture Homages to Quentin Tarantino

15 hours ago | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The reference-r becomes the referenced.

You can’t talk about Quentin Tarantino without talking about his penchant for pop culture references. The worlds of film, television, literature, music, art, animation, and more are all fodder for Qt’s frenetic screen language. Because of this, in part, pop culture has embraced Tarantino in a way it does few other filmmakers, it made him a figurehead overnight, a touchstone source for all things kooky and cult-y, and in fact on several occasions pop culture has returned the favor by referencing the director and his work.

Movies like Swingers, Neighbors, and Space Jam, and television shows like The Simpsons, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Office, and even the music of pop princess Lady Gaga are just a few of the various media that have paid homage to Tarantino, and now thanks to editor extraordinaire Jacob T. Swinney, you can see them all in one place.

These »

- H. Perry Horton

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When good TV goes bad: how The Simpsons ended up gorging on itself

24 April 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You can hardly blame the legendary sitcom for 2014’s self-referential Treehouse of Horror special: after almost 600 episodes, it had nothing new to say

There was a time when The Simpsons wasn’t just the best thing on television, it was the best thing in life. At its zenith (which, as any true fan will know, was seasons one to eight during the 90s) the animated working-class residents of working-class Us town Springfield had the power to make you feel everything there was to feel in less than half an hour. In its golden age, The Simpsons was silly, sweet, deep, fiercely political, absurd, sharp, sad and, above all, hilarious. Nothing before or since has matched its capacity to be at once so profoundly clever and so unbelievably stupid.

The joy begins with Danny Elfman’s retro theme tune and all the tiny variations in the opening sequences – from Bart’s »

- Chitra Ramaswamy

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Nancy Cartwright’s ‘In Search of Fellini’ Set for September Release (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ambi Media Group has acquired North American rights to coming-of-age drama “In Search of Fellini” from Nancy Cartwright’s Spotted Cow Entertainment. Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, and Mary Lynn Rajskub star in the film.

Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, launched Spotted Cow last year.

The film will be released Sept. 15. It’s screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival and USA Film Festival and will be shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday.

In Search of Fellini,” was directed by Taron Lexton and written by Nancy Cartwright and Spotted Cow President Peter Kjenaas. The movie was inspired by Cartwright’s early years in the entertainment industry, when she set off to “find herself” in Italy before establishing herself in Hollywood.

Solo, whose credits include “Black Swan,” “Orphan Black,” and “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” portrays a small-town girl from Ohio »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Simpsons’ 30th Anniversary: 12 Best. Memes. Ever. (Photos)

19 April 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Simpsons” has been on for 30 years, and in that time, it has become an essential part of the pop culture lexicon. Here are 12 essential gags, quote and moments that have come to permeate the Internet. Old Man Yells at Cloud Applicable to nearly everything online, this classic comes Season 13 of “The Simpsons,” in the episode “The Old Man and the Key.” ‘Me Fail English?’ Ralph Wiggum is the dumbest kid in Springfield, but the public school system is definitely leaving him behind. The quote comes from the Season 6 episode “Lisa on Ice.” Also Read: 12 Times 'The Simpsons' Predicted the. »

- Phil Hornshaw

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Happy birthd'oh!: The Simpsons celebrates 30 years of cultural milestones

19 April 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As the animated hit comedy reaches its 30th birthday, a look back on some of the key moments throughout its run

Matt Groening’s The Simpsons is 30 years old today, its titular family having first appeared on the Tracey Ullman show in 1987 in a very weird short during which Homer and Marge put the kids to bed. Since then it’s become a ubiquitous cultural force: a theme park ride, half a dozen different action figure series, several video games, a whole line of comic books, and of course 28 seasons – and counting – of television.

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- Sam Thielman

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12 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future (Photos)

19 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to Nobel Prize Winners. Here are 12 times the long-running comedic series got it right. Lady Gaga On the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga is shown suspended by cables flying over the audience at a concert. Well surprise, surprise because at the Super Bowl Li’s halftime show, Gaga descended from the stadium’s roof with suspension cables wearing pretty much the same outfit on her episode. 2016 Nobel Prize Winner In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and sure. »

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The Simpsons: Has the Fox TV Show Been Cancelled or Renewed for Season 29?

18 April 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture WatchHow much longer will the Simpsons family stroll the streets of Springfield. Has the The Simpsons TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 29th season on Fox? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is a dedicated place to track the status of The Simpsons season 29. Bookmark it or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About?An animated satirical comedy series, airing on the television network, The Simpsons centers on the dysfunctional Simpson family, as well as their neighbors and friends, and life in the fictional town of Springfield. A safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, the buffoonish Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is married to Marge (Julie Kavner), a sweet, if typical housewife. Together, they have three children. At ten years of age, their son Bart »

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TV Ratings Report: Is There Hope for Once Upon a Time?

17 April 2017 6:07 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Easter Sunday's ratings aren't the most exciting we've ever seen.

Not only are they padded across networks and timelines by repeats (and deservedly so given the holiday), but CBS spent two hours visiting the musical achievements of the Bee Gees. That might have been a winner.

We'll find out!

On ABC at 7, they had an hour for the kids titled Inside Disneynature: Wild. I'm not sure if Disneynature is different than other nature, but it pulled in a 0.6 with the 18-49 crowd and did marginally better with the 25-54 kids.

(Let me warn you right now. There isn't a single case, ratings-wise, in which the 25-54 crowd didn't outperform all others by at least a tenth, and in some instances (I'm looking at you, Stayin' Alive) over an entire ratings point. The young kids aren't watching TV like they used to.)

Still on ABC at 8pm, Once Upon a Time »

- Carissa Pavlica

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‘The Keepers’: Netflix’s Next ‘Making a Murderer’ Phenomenon Could Be a Nun’s Cold-Case Killing in New Docuseries

17 April 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For those wanting another true crime obsession on your TV, Netflix is obliged to deliver.

The streaming service that brought you “Making a Murder” is now tackling the cold-case murder of a 26-year-old Baltimore nun who was found brutally murdered a couple months after she went missing in November 1969. The case potentially involves sexual abuse, a massive cover-up, and the Catholic Church.

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Here’s Netflix’s full description and a look at the poster for the series:

From director Ryan White (“The Case Against 8,” “Good Ol’ Freda”) comes “The Keepers,” a riveting seven-part documentary series about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

The series opens with the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Horror Highlights: Wizard World Minneapolis, Comet TV April Contest, Two Sentence Horror Stories: Ma

17 April 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In today's Horror Highlights, we have an exciting update on the guest lineup for Wizard World Minneapolis, as well as Comet TV's April contest and details on Two Sentence Horror Stories: Ma, which will be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Minneapolis Wizard World Lineup: Press Release: "Minneapolis, April 2017 – Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) continues its 2017 schedule with its fourth trip to the Minneapolis Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis, May 5-7. Charlie Sheen (“Two and a Half Men,” Platoon), Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman (“Doctor Who”), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) and “The Monkees” duo of Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the comic con and pop culture extravaganza.

Sheen, Carpenter, Capaldi and Coleman will attend Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7; the others are scheduled for all three days. »

- Derek Anderson

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Movie Review – The Fate of the Furious (2017)

15 April 2017 2:49 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Directed by F. Gary Gray.

Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, ChrisLudacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Luke Evans, and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Dom turns into a bad guy and the Fast & Furious family try to get him back. FF8: Civil War, for short.

There’s a running meta-gag across TV shows and film: the action movie parody. Sometimes a joke trailer, others a made-up scene. The Simpsons‘ McBain. Saturday Night Live’s MacGruber. The guns are too large, the heroes comically muscled, the one-liner puns painfully obvious and action stupidly over-the-top. The gags usually finish with a title card appearing over numerous explosions and Epic Movie Voice Over Guy.

‘Generic Action Film 39: This Time It’s Personal’.

It’s no mistake that – with every other franchise shedding their instalment numbering »

- Oli Davis

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Newswire: Christopher Lloyd and William Shatner are having a Senior Moment

12 April 2017 2:12 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Variety reports that the sci-fi star crossover of our dreams is finally happening—albeit not in the way we might have expected when we were mashing our Star Trek and Back To The Future action figures together when we were kids. Christopher Lloyd has signed on for William Shatner’s romantic comedy Senior Moment, playing a buddy of Shatner’s hotshot former test pilot who gets busted by a program designed to get “dangerous” senior drivers off the road. (We can only hope that Lloyd’s test to keep his license doesn’t include the dreaded question, “What does a yellow light mean?”)

The former Taxi star has been keeping busy in recent years, with appearances in everything from The Big Bang Theory to The Simpsons. In film, he just appeared in Morgan Freeman’s “old dudes partying” flick Going In Style, and as a suspected murderer in last year »

- William Hughes

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Bill O’Reilly Harassment Allegations: The Murdochs Must Take Action to Preserve Fox’s Legacy

7 April 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even with the defection of more than 50 advertisers, Bill O’Reilly is weathering his latest sexual-harassment scandal. Ratings for “The O’Reilly Factor” are up, his new book “Old School” is a bestseller, and he just signed a rich new deal with Fox News Channel.

That makes this an even tougher test for corporate parent 21st Century Fox, and leaders James and Lachlan Murdoch. While O’Reilly is apparently immune to dishonor (and to fleeing sponsors, as long as his faithful viewers tune in), the corporation’s reputation is on the line. And the Murdochs haven’t done much to condemn the allegations of sexual harassment, or detail how they plan to expand efforts to make sure employees, and particularly women, feel safe in the workplace. A hotline isn’t enough.

Ironically, the company has recently made great strides in naming women to high-profile posts on the film side. Stacey Snider »

- Michael Schneider

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Bill O’Reilly Harassment Allegations: The Murdochs Must Take Action to Preserve Fox’s Legacy

7 April 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even with the defection of more than 50 advertisers, Bill O’Reilly is weathering his latest sexual-harassment scandal. Ratings for “The O’Reilly Factor” are up, his new book “Old School” is a bestseller, and he just signed a rich new deal with Fox News Channel.

That makes this an even tougher test for corporate parent 21st Century Fox, and leaders James and Lachlan Murdoch. While O’Reilly is apparently immune to dishonor (and to fleeing sponsors, as long as his faithful viewers tune in), the corporation’s reputation is on the line. And the Murdochs haven’t done much to condemn the allegations of sexual harassment, or detail how they plan to expand efforts to make sure employees, and particularly women, feel safe in the workplace. A hotline isn’t enough.

Ironically, the company has recently made great strides in naming women to high-profile posts on the film side. Stacey Snider »

- Michael Schneider

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TVLine Items: Brockmire Renewed, Sponsors Bail on Bill O'Reilly and More

5 April 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

IFC has renewed Brockmire for a second season — just hours before the new, Hank Azaria-led comedy steps up to the plate.

Brockmire, which stars its executive producer Azaria (The Simpsons) as the titular character, follows a famous baseball announcer 10 years after a public meltdown (triggered by his learning of his wife’s infidelity) that ruined his reputation and made him a viral sensation. The show’s cast also includes Amanda Peet (Togetherness) as the strong-willed owner of the Morristown Frackers minor league team and Tyrel Jackson Williams (Lab Rats) as an social media-savvy intern.

“This show is the most fun I’ve ever had. »

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Flashback: 'Married… With Children' Cast on How Their Unique Humor Was a Recipe for Success

5 April 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

On April 5, 1987, there was something different about Los Angeles. The Hollywood sign, perhaps L.A.’s most identifiable landmark, had seemingly been erased off the hillside it’s resided upon for decades. In its place was a three-letter word that was easy to read from the city below as spotlights had been installed for maximum visibility: Fox.

Meanwhile, another longstanding staple of the entertainment industry was undergoing a change as well. CBS, ABC, and NBC, or the “Big Three,” were about to face a brand new ratings competitor. In an effort to drum up publicity for the debut of its primetime line-up, Fox Broadcasting Corp. had received permission to temporarily black out the iconic sign. For a few days, the world-famous photo op for tourists would instead read “Fox” instead of “Hollywood.”

Looking back on the marketing stunt, another word might have sufficed: “Bundy.”

Across town, there was a party at Fox Plaza, home to the »

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‘Stranger Things,’ Beyonce Among Webby Awards 2017 Nominees

4 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Honoring the “best of the internet,” the 21st annual Webby Awards announced their nominees April 4. The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Iadas), and their awards fall into two categories: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. The 2000-member body selected nominees in both cases, but the winner of the People’s Voice will still be decided by the voting public. The six major categories are Websites, Film and Video, Advertising, Media and PR, Social, Mobile Sites and Apps, and Podcasts and Digital Audio. R/Ga, a New York–based web agency, received an impressive 13 nominations. The list of additional nominees this year doesn’t disappoint—“Stranger Things,” “Game of Thrones,” Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Spotify are just a few of the contenders. See below for a partial list of nominees! To view the full lineup, visit WebbyAwards.com. Comedy: Individual »

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From Sherlock sandwiches to gay daleks: 30 secrets about your favourite TV shows

3 April 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Why did Matthew Perry almost not star in Friends? How did Bananarama inspire Absolutely Fabulous? And what went on between Donald Trump and Samantha from Sex and The City?

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- Stuart Heritage

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‘The Simpsons’ to Parody Trump University 2 Days $25M Fraud Settlement Approved (Video)

31 March 2017 7:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This Sunday night, “The Simpsons” will air a suspiciously timed new episode parodying Trump University, the now-defunct for-profit real estate college owned and operated by the Trump Organization until it went out of business in 2010. The episode will feature “Burns University,” a for-profit college established by evil businessman Montgomery Burns, with guest appearances including Neil deGrasse Tyson. You can watch a preview of Tyson’s appearance as well as a look at the episode’s plot, in a video first posted by Indiewire, above. As it happens, the episode will air just two days after final approval was granted for a $25 million. »

- Ross A. Lincoln

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Sleepy Hollow Finale: Ep Breaks Down Crane's Stunning Deal With the Devil

31 March 2017 6:59 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Warning: The following post contains spoilers from Sleepy Hollow‘s Season 4 finale.

Well, would you look at that: The road to hell really is paved with good intentions.

The Sleepy Hollow season finale on Friday finds Ichabod offering Satan a lien on his soul in exchange for The Philosopher’s Stone, which the Witnesses use to revoke Malcolm Dreyfuss’ immortality long enough to wound him. Then, thanks to a ticked-off Jobe — who doesn’t like hearing that he’d be nothing more than Lara’s babysitter in Dreyfuss’ dystopian future — the demon henchman grabs his former boss and immolates him »

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