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SNL alumni Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph will lead the voice-acting flock of Angry Birds, an animated film adaptation of the hugely addictive video game franchise created by Rovio Entertainment.
On Wednesday, the company detailed the high-profile cast, which also includes Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Gad, Danny McBride, current SNL cast member Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Latin musician Romeo Santos and stand-up comedians Hannibal Buress and Cristela Alonzo.
Sudeikis will get top bird billing by voicing Red. »
The cast for the animated Angry Birds movie has been revealed.
In an overall pretty good first week of the television season for the broadcast biz, NBC ruled in all key demos and CBS prevailed in total viewers — while third-place ABC was arguably the most impressive of all the networks.
It was mostly slow going for Fox, though it book-ended its week nicely with newcomer “Gotham” and its “Simpsons”-“Family Guy” crossover episode.
The networks combined were down 2% in adults 18-49 rating vs. their premiere week of 2013 (9.6 vs. 9.8), according to Nielsen “live plus same-day” numbers, but they could erase that deficit in “live plus-3″ results. CBS, which added “Thursday Night Football” to its early-fall schedule, was the only network up vs. last year in 18-49.
In total viewers, a category skewed by tune-in among adults 50 and older, the networks held up better. Their combined audience of 34.39 million was up 1% from last year’s 34.11 million, with ABC, CBS and NBC all up a bit. »
- Rick Kissell
The Flickering Myth Podcast looks at a crossover for the ages….
Taking a break from our coverage of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, Flickering Myth Podcasters Luke Owen and Scott Davis sit down to give a review of the first episode of season 13 of Family Guy, a crossover with The Simpsons titled “The Simpsons Guy”.
Read our review here.
“Peter and the Griffins get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson, who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The families get along famously: Stewie becomes obsessed with Bart and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa takes Meg under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge and Lois ditch housework for a little bonding; and Peter and Homer fight over the best beer in town – Pawtucket vs Duff.”
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- Luke Owen
I was hoping Sunday night's Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover would've faded from my memory by now, but it's as vivid as ever, and not for reasons series creator Seth MacFarlane would appreciate. Except for a couple of scenes in the second half — notably Peter and Homer's version of the "chicken fight,” which was hilarious until it sunk in just how lame this episode was for recycling it, and the intellectual-property trial, an intriguing germ of an idea that didn't go anywhere — it's sort of an anti-classic, a peerless example of what not to do. The episode contained many preemptive criticisms of itself as an example of a half-baked "crossover" episode, but even by the lowered standards of crossovers, it was weak. What it did do, though, is clarify that the creative team on Family Guy is carrying around a pretty major load of self-hatred over the mostly unflattering ways »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Premiere week ratings are in: NBC and CBS have reasons to celebrate while Fox’s numbers are far from utopian.
NBC led the first week of the 2014-15 broadcast season by a wide margin in the key adults 18-49 demo, while CBS was tops among total viewers. Though NBC’s demo victory is more enviable from an advertiser perspective, CBS has the important bragging point of being the only network to show a gain among 18-49 compared to last fall—CBS was up 9 percent in the demo, while NBC, ABC and Fox were down between 3 and 9 percent each (full charts »
- James Hibberd
Last Sunday, The Simpsons finally delivered its long-hyped episode which would kill off one of the show’s long-standing characters. Speculation had been rife for around a year, with everyone putting in their own two cents, though after the episode title was announced to be “Clown in the Dumps” over the summer, the smart money was on Krusty the Clown being the one to bite the bullet. However, as it turned out, his father, Rabbi Krustofski, was the one to die, suddenly dropping dead early on in the episode, as Krusty then has a crisis of confidence about the quality of his work.
Showrunner Al Jean expressed fears ahead of time that the death had been over-hyped, and boy, was he right or what? Krusty’s dad has only appeared in around a dozen episodes in total, so it’s not like audiences were especially attached to him, and to that end, »
- Jack Pooley
Sunday night’s season 26 premiere of The Simpsons delivered on its promise to kill off a character when it aired in the United States, but was dead on arrival. For months now, hype has been mounting as to which Springfield resident would bite the dust, with the likes of stalwarts Chief Wiggum, Sideshow Bob, Moe Szyslak and Krusty the Clown all in the frame.
Much excitement has been building ever since Executive producer Al Jean revealed a character would meet their maker last October, with the popular animation having not killed off a permanent member of its ‘cast’ since a stray tee-shirt knocked Maude Flanders off a racetrack grandstand in Season 11 episode ‘Alone Again, Natura-Diddily’ way back in 2000.
The episode title ‘Clown In The Dumps’ indicated stand-up comic Krusty might be about to take his last custard cream pie to the face, (as predicted by some) but instead, it was his father, »
- Joseph Dempsey
After two not-exactly-surprising celebrity heave-hos kicked off Season 19 in ho-hum fashion, Week 3 of Dancing With the Stars found our remaining 11 celebs getting high… on Hollywood.
In tonight’s “Movie Night” extravaganza, the ballroom was transformed using classic themes from the silver screen – with very mixed results – and also showcased the delightfully welcome guffaws (if not dancing expertise) of this week’s guest judge, comedian Kevin Hart. (Apparently poor Len Goodman already needs a break from Julianne’s yammering. I kid! I kid!)
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Dance Of The Night | Janel Parrish »
You know when your restaurant table has a wobbly leg and the waiter promises to fix it, but no amount of wadded-up napkins or coasters or old baguette can seem to even things out? That’s kind of how I felt about most of the performances from Night 3 of The Voice‘s Season 7 Blind Auditions.
Something was amiss — and not just with the ears of our four coaches, who turned their chairs with the brazen indiscriminateness of Golden Retrievers snatching dropped foodstuffs from a toddler’s high chair.
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Sexually unapologetic women are all over TV these days: From “Outlander” to “Orphan Black" The Starz series, with its “revolutionary” wedding episode, joins a several recent shows "that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest,” says Maureen Ryan. She adds: "But almost lost amid this welcome expansion of protagonists is a really important fact: In these narratives, sexual women are not shamed by the shows themselves for their desires. The women own their sexuality and the narratives are interested in exploring their desires -- and in judging their mistakes, carnal and otherwise, without stealthily blaming them for being sexual in the first place." Study: Tweeting while watching TV can leave you with fewer brain cells University of Sussex researchers found that "people who used a higher number of media devices concurrently also had smaller grey matter density in the part of the brain »
- Norman Weiss
Talk about your blink-and-you-missed-it moments. Embedded along with the countless other pop culture references to be found in The Simpsons' 26th season premiere last night was a tribute to Joan Rivers—who, in addition to being an inspiration for the funny folks who've been making the show happen since the 1989, also provided the voice of Krusty the Clown's agent (and former lover) during a 2011 episode. Yes, we know what you're thinking: "Wait, where?!" We certainly didn't catch it either, despite our attempts to pause right on the spot where Joan's animated character was glimpsed, not even knowing it was her but just on the hunch that we were missing something »
Last night, fans of both Family Guy and The Simpsons received a crossover that no one specifically asked for, and yet people were very “Hmmm ... sure” about, at least if you go by the impressive overnight ratings. The gimmicky episode was a mixed bag: Certain bits seemed to honor both shows’ traditions, while others brought down the quality of both animated Fox franchises. Here’s our assessment of what worked and what didn’t.Worked 1. The hippie-murderers joke When Lois thanks Marge for letting her family crash at their house, Mrs. Simpson replies, “And thank you for not being a band of hippie murderers.” Homer chimes in with “And now this again. You bring home two bands of hippie murderers and suddenly it’s all you’re about.” It was one of the few jokes that felt like a complete mix of both shows' sensibilities. 2. Stewie’s instant infatuation with »
- Jesse David Fox
Though he's probably best known for his work on the 1995–98 animated sitcom Pinky and the Brain and for channeling Orson Welles in several other cartoons, Emmy Award–winning voice actor Maurice Lamarche has played everyone from Yosemite Sam to Toucan Sam. Lamarche calls himself a "utility" actor, a pinch-hitting performer who steps in for supporting roles when he gets the call. To aficionados, his voice is instantly recognizable and totally charming; once you've identified him by ear, you'll notice that he pops up everywhere (like on last night’s season premiere of The Simpsons, in which he voiced Rodney Dangerfield). Lamarche is one of several voice actors in The Boxtrolls, a new animated movie about trash-hoarding goblins and the human boy who loved them. Vulture talked to Lamarche about smoking Cuban cigars, filling Mel Blanc's shoes, and dying repeatedly in video games.You still have to audition for parts, »
- Simon Abrams
Today, Vulture's Jesse David Fox was a guest on Kpcc's "The Frame" to talk about The Simpsons and Vulture's list of the 100 best Simpsons Episodes. To go along with the conversation, "The Frame," Southern California Public Radio's new arts and entertainment show, went down to The Simpsons animation studio in Burbank to take photographs of how the show gets made. See animators at work, what the average animator cubicle looks like, some in-development sketches, and more. (Subscribe to "The Frame" at iTunes or Stitcher.)Character layout artist Debbie Mahan at work. Longtime Simpsons director David Silverman in his office. (Read our interview with him here.) Animator Tuan Nguyen's work station. Eli Balser coloring a scene from a future episode. Each folder contains drawings of models for particular episodes. Just because they work on the show doesn't mean the animators don't have a jones for Simpsons collectibles. »
- Vulture Editors
It's hard to imagine that The Simpsons will ever be cancelled. Despite a decline in the ratings last season, it remained one of Fox's top-rated shows. Will the numbers go up this year or continue to sag? We'll see.
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.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, CSI, Madam Secretary, 60 Minutes, and The Good Wife. Sports: Football Overrun, The Ot, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football: New Orleans at Dallas. Specials: Once Upon a Time: Storybrooke Has Frozen Over. Reruns: (none).
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It's always fun when outside filmmakers and artists jump on board The Simpsons train to create the opening couch gage. Some of those people have included Bansky and Guillermo del Toro. This time producers brought in Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt to give us the couch gag for last night's season premiere, and holy crap… it is insanely kooky. If you're familiar with Hertfeldt's work, then you won't be surprised with what you're about to see. If you aren't familiar, prepare yourselves for really weird ride. I also included one of the animator's previous works below called The Animation Show.
- Joey Paur
NBC is plotting a threesome of epic proportions.
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I first came to know animator Don Hertzfeldt through his Oscar-nominated "Rejected", a collection of animated shorts he created for commercials and television network interstitials for the Family Learning Channel, all of which were, to no surprise, rejected. My favorite of the bunch (which you can watch at the bottom of this post) is the very first one in which a character screams "My spoon is too big!" before he's joined by a talking banana. No, it doesn't make any sense, but that's exactly what I love about it. Now, "The Simpsons" have opened the door to Hertzfeldt to take over their "couch gag" scenario that plays at the beginning of each episode just as they did with Banksy (watch here), Sylvain Chomet and Guillermo del Toro (watch here) recently. To no surprise it is completely batsh*t insane, but I'm largely posting it so you can watch the "My spoon is too big" piece, »
- Brad Brevet
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