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The X Factor isn't only about the wide-eyed hopefuls with ambition/potential/comedy value. Ready to cheerily steal their thunder are a revolving door of well-established musical guests who give a special performance during the live shows.
Only the best of the best are ever offered this prime opp, though, so after more deliberation than Cheryl picking who to save (including a cry of "ah cannae choose between 'em!"), we present the seven who most definitely made the cut.
1. Rihanna – Diamonds
Ri-Ri's such a regular fixture she almost has her own fridge shelf at the X Factor Wembley studios. Her performances are generally quite strange – involving everything from hanging out on hairdryers to surreal food fights – but we were totally transfixed when she premiered 'Diamonds'. The voice! The rain! The high drama! We need a sit-down after that.
2. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
On the very same show – what »
Season twenty-six saw The Simpsons break new ground by crossing over with two other big animated sitcoms: Family Guy, once seen as an heir to The Simpsons throne, and Futurama, created, as was The Simpsons, by cartoonist Matt Groening.
Crossovers on The Simpsons generally come few and far between: the show, while openly lampooning popular culture on an almost weekly basis, and featuring guest star after guest star (often in cameo appearances playing themselves), generally sticks to its own little world. Rarely have other animated icons – or characters from other shows in general – appeared on the series, which is what makes two in one season, and full blown episodes as opposed to just minor cameos , so special.
Of course, those weren’t the first times characters from other series have made appearances, or even the best of the crossovers the show has had. And with that in mind, lets »
- Jay Anderson
Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?
Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.
A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.
As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »
Following its unveiling at the San Diego Comic-Con where William Shatner read excerpts from the book, Titan has announced that Family Guy and Futurama writer David Goodman’s The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is set for release this September.
Chronicling the greatest Starfleet captain’s life (2233–2393) in his own words, from his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, through to his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, This in-‐world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek Tm fans have never seen before…
With excerpts taken from his personal correspondence and captain’s logs, alongside a unique colour illustrations insert of the captain with his many memorable colleagues and friends, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is a captivating piece of Star Trek history.
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk is »
- Gary Collinson
With the word Boss inscribed across his chest (the Hugo half being hidden by his suit jacket), William Shatner lived up to that title—as well as the rank of Captain—as he read excerpts from the upcoming book, The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, which will be hitting shelves on Sept. 8, the anniversary of Star Trek’s premiere. Shatner got huge laughs reading, and especially riffing off, the material. He also spoke with the book’s author, David A. Goodman, a writer on Family Guy, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Futurama, for which he penned the Trek homage, “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.” Learn how Shatner coined several new sexual euphemisms and much more below.
The post William Shatner Reads from Captain Kirk’s Memoirs and Things Get Sexy at Comic-Con appeared first on Collider. »
- Anna Kaufman
Over the past few years, many iconic TV comedies have come to an end, leaving fans desperately searching for something new to fill the void. Original greats like 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother and Futurama all went off the air within a few years of each other, while so many new sitcoms struggled to live up to that high standard as replacements, many cancelled before we even got to know them at all.
Let’s face it, Selfie and Animal Practice aren’t about to become your new addiction. Nobody is going to remember S*it My Dad Says with William Shatner as anything more than a complete and utter waste of time. And how Melissa and Joey managed to make over 100 episodes before viewers were put out of their misery, we’ll never know.
While the hole in your heart left by »
- Brendan Morrow
The guild released a list of candidates chosen by its nominating committee Friday — including several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn, Mara Brock Akil and Meredith Stiehm. Candidates can still be nominated for the next month by petition with 50 signatures and a July 23 deadline.
Seventeen candidates are seeking eight board seats, including incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray. Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin.
- Dave McNary
Actress Nichelle Nichols, known to legions of fans as the original Lt. Uhura from the "Star Trek" series, suffered a mild stroke at her Los Angeles home on Wednesday night, but appears to be doing well after a series of tests at a local hospital.
A rep for Nichols, Zach McGinnis, announced the news on Nichols's Facebook page early Thursday, writing that the actress "is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts." Despite that scare, those tests appear to have gone well, and McGinnis updated Nichols's Facebook page later in the day. He wrote:
Nichelle Nichols has had both a Cat scan and an Mri today. The Cat scan came back negative and we are awaiting the results from the Mri. Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations. Her right side has shown minor »
- Katie Roberts
Last night while at her home in Los Angeles, actress Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke and was taken to a hospital. She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Her publicist provided a statement to EW: “Nichelle Nichols is resting comfortably and undergoing tests. We do not have a prognosis yet but everyone’s prayers and well wishes are appreciated.”
Nichols, 82, is best known to fans as Lt. Nyota Uhura on Star Trek in a diverse career spanning over fifty years including appearances on stage and screen, from singing with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands to voice-overs on Futurama and The Simpsons, with possibly her biggest impact coming from her volunteer work with Nasa to help recruit minority and female candidates for the agency.
We hope she gets better quickly, and look forward to seeing her at conventions soon. This lady is »
- Glenn Hauman
Her rep Zach McGinnis announced the news on Facebook.
“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” McGinnis wrote. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”
Nichols was next scheduled to appear at New Jersey’s Eternal Con on June 13 and 14.
Nichols, 82, appeared in the original “Star Trek” TV series, which ran from 1966-1969, as well as the “Star Trek” movies. She also played the role of Nana Dawson in the ABC show “Heroes,” and voiced characters in the TV series “Futurama,” “Gargoyles” and “Spider-Man.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Futurama is both one of the funniest and one of the smartest TV shows ever made. In addition to just being consistently hilarious, quotable and often poignant, the show is packed to the brim with obscure references that only a handful of fans will probably pick up on the first time through.
A lot of these references are math or science related, as many of the show’s writers have pretty impressive academic backgrounds. The head writer and executive producer, David X. Cohen, graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in physics. He also has a degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. Another one of the show’s writers, Ken Keeler, graduated from Harvard with a PhD in applied mathematics. In fact, Keeler famously invented his own mathematical theorem for the Season 7 episode The Prisoner of Benda.
The show is also a love letter to »
- Brendan Morrow
If we can take anything at all from the animated burger restaurant Belcher clan, it’s that you don’t need Seth MacFarlane’s name in the rolling credits to make an utterly brilliant cartoon series.
In competition with other animated comedies including Family Guy, American Dad, and Futurama, Bob’s Burger’s (after a slow start and initially poor ratings) now has a huge following of fans, both on Fox and on the internet.
Bob and Linda and their three eccentric children make it look easy to create and recover from absolute chaos in 20 minutes. From accusations of making burgers out of human flesh, to Bob being the worst yet best husband ever, to Tina’s zombie obsessions, to Louise and Gene’s sibling rivalry, there seems to be no end to the imagination of the screen writer and director who has created this marvellously entertaining program.
Funny it may be, »
- Rachel Bailey
First 52 Episodes of Popular Animated Series Arrive Today on Two Blu-Ray Discs
Teen Titans Go!, the popular Warner Bros. Animation television series airing on Cartoon Network, gets the full HD treatment via Warner Archive Collection when Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-rayTM today (April 21). Orders are now available via wbshop.com.
What happens after everyone’s favorite teenage super heroes have saved the planet from total annihilation? Swing by Titans Tower and find out as Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy chill out after a hard day of crime fighting and take on some real challenges like laundry, chores, video games and plain ol' trying to get along! Enjoy the laughs when Beast Boy introduces his new villainous girlfriend, Raven's demonic father stops in for a visit, or Cyborg has his birthday »
- Matt MacNabb
The original film centered on the cast of a canceled "Star Trek"-like space opera TV show who are accidentally sent to a real spaceship and must save an alien nation. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni starred.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
With Futurama, Matt Groening created his second incredible animated television show. People will always compare it to The Simpsons, but really it is its own beast entirely. In the end, comparing the two is rather pointless and takes away from just enjoying them both for the hilarious programmes they are.
Futurama’s appeal stems largely from its science-fiction elements. Being set in the distant future opens up a whole new way of thinking about jokes, and the writers have a lot of fun with that. At the same time though, what is just as funny about the show is how much of the comedy manages to be timeless. Fry, especially gets some of the show’s best lines and often speaks on behalf of the audience as a 1990s man stuck in the 3000s.
Futurama is an amazing achievement as a piece of sci-fi and comedy, and its »
- Joe O'Brien
Leonard Nimoy has passed away, leaving behind a body of work extending to The Simpsons, Futurama, The Pagemaster, and some interesting studio recordings. Sketchy remembers him this week with this tribute episode. Enjoy and Llap!
Listen on iTunes!
The post Sketchy Episode 158 – ‘Leonard Nimoy Tribute’ appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Ryan Clagg
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