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“Futurama” star John Dimaggio is starring in a brand new film coming to theaters in 2015. The film, “The Shoot,” gives a humorous and dark take on the music and fashion industries. Take a look at the synopsis: “Written and directed by John Adams and Toby Poser, the film is a dark, sometimes funny comment on American dreams and nightmares in the rock and roll and fashion industries. In the pic, a fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hard up rockers try their luck at robbing it.” The film seems to be a promising thriller/horror with dark comedy elements, so if you’re into off-kilter films, take [ Read More ]
If you’re looking for a science fiction cartoon that is full of hilarious characters and sharp writing, then you should look no further than Matt Groening’s Futurama. As one of the most beloved cartoons of its generation, Futurama soared on Fox from 1999 to 2003, producing some of the finest in comedy animation.
It created a vision of the future that seemed credible while also being just nutty enough to sustain 22 minutes of humor week to week, along with a very grounded protagonist in Fry that was a charming stand-in for 20th century humans. And even though it was born from the same pedigree as The Simpsons, Futurama was able to attain an even higher degree of quality than perhaps any animated show ever did.
Futurama’s first run on Fox was easily the single best animated program ever made, with its consistent quality from episode to episode serving »
- Matthew Fisher
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
That’s right, coming up is a crossover with Matt Groening’s “other” show, the little sci-fi animated comedy that could, Futurama. Aired, cancelled, brought back in televised movie form, resurrected, then cancelled again – and now brought back by way of The Simpsons – it’s hard to keep the Planet Express team down.
Futurama has popped up a couple of times for throw-away jokes in The Simpsons, but this season sees a full blown cross-over between the two. The cast of characters are incredibly different, prompting some exciting potential moments. Really, the only thing close to the Futurama cast on The Simpsons would be Kang and Kodos, and they’re usually relegated to appearances on Halloween specials.
How will The Simpsons handle the influx of new characters? »
- Jay Anderson
Just in the same way that good people die, sometimes good TV shows get cancelled. And just like people, sometimes those TV shows rise from the dead with the sole purpose of finding us and consuming our brains. In a good way.
There are plenty of reasons a TV show can get cancelled. Whether it’s poor ratings, financial problems, or bad reviews, shows are regularly taken off the air to make way for something else. Sometimes shows aren’t cancelled because they were bad though, or even necessarily that unpopular. Maybe they just hadn’t reached the right audience. Perhaps they were ahead of their time or just weren’t a big hit in their home country. Maybe the network was just too shortsighted to see a cult classic in the making.
Let’s look at some shows that rose from the dead to live another day.
As you probably know, »
- Jonathan Milward
Pics: Robin Williams and More Stars We've Lost
Hooks joined SNL in 1986 as a part of a cast that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller. She made a name for herself on the sketch show through her spot-on impersonations of Bette Davis, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor, Jodie Foster and Hillary Clinton.
The Georgia native was nominated for an Emmy in 1998 for her guest role on 3rd Rock From the Sun and was most recently seen on television in NBC's 30 Rock as Verna Maroney, the mother of Jenna Maroney (played by Jane Krakowski).
After her appearance on 30 Rock, Tina Fey said in 2013 that it was one »
The Simpsons' media gimmicks, crossovers and auteur couch gags have become a bigger story than the show itself over the last few years...
“It's not selling out, it's co-branding. Co-branding!”
So says Homer Simpson in the throes of a feverish nightmare at the beginning of Brick Like Me, the 550th episode of The Simpsons, which then unfolds mostly in a Lego version of Springfield.
It's a cute way to start an episode that uses an exercise in product placement to tell a story about parenting and creativity, which is mirrored at the end of that story when the episode acknowledges how The Lego Movie did the exact same thing a few months earlier.
Such meta-textual hat-tipping may be appreciated by more pernickety fans of The Simpsons, (it's also telling that the antagonist of Brick Like Me »
Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues. “At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy," says Carole Tomko, general »
- Jeff Labrecque
The first thing to remember when you watch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover is that it is an episode of Family Guy. This is when you groan, because Family Guy is an unoriginal rip-off of The Simpsons that retells tired old gags with an ironic approach. Or maybe you cheer, because you're over The Simpsons: It hasn't even been good in 13 years. Those aren't my opinions. Those are the implicit opinions of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover–or at least, those explicit self-mocking assertions are how "The Simpsons Guy" portrays every possible critique you could have about the two shows. »
- Darren Franich
They are two of the most famous creators in the universe. Their work is quoted almost as often as Scripture. They have turned their pens into ATMs, making them richer than the creator of the universe. They have given rise to—and remain the symbolic deities of—two sides of a pop culture debate that is being fervidly argued out on some message board as you read this. But on this toasty summer afternoon in L.A., dressed in white shirts, jeans, and sneakers, Matt Groening, the 60-year-old creator/exec producer of The Simpsons (and Futurama), and Seth MacFarlane, the »
- Dan Snierson
The Simpsons enters its 26th season Sept. 28. Pause and try to absorb that information. Good? Okay. Now think about how recognizable and familiar the style of The Simpsons actually is: Can you think of another animated series from the past quarter-decade of American animation that's quite as iconic? Family Guy comes close, but it's still far off. Which is what's so cool about this collection of art from DeviantArt user Adn-z. It takes the familiar Simpsons aesthetic and applies it to other popular TV shows, like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. (Adn-z runs the Draw The Simpsons Tumblr, so he's something of an expert. »
Among the many gratifying aspects of Fxx's recent Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon was the way that it helped shift the overall critical narrative about the series ever-so-slightly away from the conventional wisdom that the series is a shell of its former self — that "The Simpsons" should have gone away after season 9, and that its legacy is forever tarnished because it kept on going and going and going. I've written before of my strong disagreement with that idea — that if the show isn't as consistently great as it was in, say, seasons 4 or 5, that it's still capable of greatness a few times a season, and still one of the more satisfying comedies on television even outside its best recent outings — and was pleased to see so many critics and fans continue watching the marathon in its later days and admitting that, hey, "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" or "500 Keys" or »
- Alan Sepinwall
It’s finally time for Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin to bro down and drink up. On Sept. 28, from 9 p.m. all the way to 10 p.m., the animated worlds of Fox’s The Simpsons and Family Guy will collide colossally when Family Guy’s season premiere features the Griffins breaking bread/donuts with the Simpsons. Friendships are formed between the two families before Homer and Peter get in a massive fight over their respective beer of choice.
Dying to know how this crossover came to life? Wondering what to expect when the Quahog crew cruises over to Springfield? Still »
- Dan Snierson
If you caught any of Fxx’s epic 12-day Simpsons marathon, then you must have seen at least one great musical moment. Now Springfield is getting the big Hollywood salute it deserves with three performances of The Simpsons Take the Bowl.
Hosted by Hank Azaria (and the countless characters he voices on the show), the event—featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—highlights some of the sitcom’s best song parodies and musical scoring. Also on tap: Special guests, both in person and in animated form. Here are 6 of the most memorable moments from Friday night’s opening concert:
The Simpsons are fans too! »
- Jake Perlman
Nearly twenty years after "Married With Children" ended its television run, the Bundys could be returning in a spin-off focusing on Bud Bundy, played by David Faustino. It's still unclear if any of the other original cast-members, including Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal and Christina Applegate, would be involved in the spin-off. Unlike Faustino, they all have gone on to success. O'Neill currently stars on "Modern Family," Applegate starred on several TV series and films like "Anchorman." And Sagal was a regular on "Futurama" and "Lost," and is currently wrapping up the final season of the "Sons of Anarchy" series. »
Tim here. Earlier today, we posted our Team Top 10 for the best voice performances in the movies, focusing on ten individual performances that impressed us the most. But as good as those vocal performances all are, I wanted to follow that post up by singing the praises of a different sort of voice acting. As great as any one performance in a single feature film can be, there’s also something truly exceptional about those people who have created entire careers out of voice acting without necessarily having the kind of showcase roles we were talking about today. With that in mind, I’d like to share this list of some of the most important contemporary voice actors that you should know about.
Why you know him: He’s the current voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for Disney.
Where else you’ve heard him: An astonishingly prolific Disney workhorse, »
- Tim Brayton
For a show entering its 26th season, "The Simpsons" has been generating a lot of fresh news lately. There was last month's Fxx Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, in which all 552 episodes and the movie were aired in sequence, single-handedly transforming Fxx from a cable curiosity into a destination. For lucky residents of Los Angeles, there's this weekend's The Simpsons Take The Bowl three night event. Starting on Friday, September 12, Hank Azaria will host a trio of live shows at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the likes of Conan O'Brien, Nancy Cartwright, Beverly D'Angelo, Jon Lovitz, Yeardley Smith, "Weird Al" Yankovic, series creator Matt Groening and more, with musical performances accompanied by clips. [Timed around the Bowl show is Thursday night's "Simpsons" music-themed marathon on Fxx, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.] And then for everybody, "The Simpsons" returns to Fox on Sunday, September 28 with a fall of new episodes that include a major character death and a "Futurama" crossover and that's not even mentioning the "Family Guy" premiere, which features a much-discussed visit to Springfield. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Not content with crossovers with fellow Matt Groening show Futurama and rival Fox animated series Family Guy, it has now been announced that The Simpsons will be meeting up with their original counterparts from The Tracey Ullman Show shorts as part of the annual ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Halloween special…
According to Entertainment Weekly, the October 19th ‘Treehouse of Horror’ will feature “a segment that parodies The Others, in which the Simpsons are haunted by another ghostly family living in the house. These ghosts turn out to be none other than their crudely drawn former selves.”
The Simpsons of course made their debut back in 1987 as the stars of a series of 48 animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, before the launch of the actual show in 1989. It returns for its 25th season on September 29th.
- Gary Collinson
Back in July, Fox debuted an extended five-minute clip from Family Guy's Season 13 premiere, "The Simpsons Guy", a crossover with the long-running animated hit The Simpsons. With just under three weeks until this one-hour TV event takes place, Fox has debuted new photos from this highly-anticipated episode.
The premiere follows the Griffin clan as they somehow get stranded in Springfield, where they eventually encounter The Simpsons. These images show Peter Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Homer Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) bonding over donuts before getting into a physical altercation. We also see Chris (voiced by Seth Green) trying out a pacifier alongside Maggie, Brian (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) showing contempt for Santa's Little Helper, Lisa (voiced by Yeardley Smith) trying to teach Meg (Mila Kunis) the saxophone and Bart (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) showing Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) how to skateboard. Check out these images, including »
Some things are just meant to be.“I’ve been walking on those stars my whole life,” says L.A. native Katey Sagal of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, to celebrate her 40-plus year career in the business, the actress is getting a star of her own — an honor she calls “humbling.”
“It makes me think of my family, it makes me think of my father,” she says. “What I do is what I was raised around, so there’s something familial about that.” Sagal’s father, Boris, was a TV and film director who gave her a start in the business, along with her SAG card — even though she insisted she had no interest in becoming an actor. “But maybe that’s because I was a very dramatic child,” she jokes.
Back then, she only wanted to play music, and that’s how she made her living. »
- Debra Birnbaum
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