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Last month at Comic-Con, producers of The Simpsons announced that Tesla mastermind Elon Musk would be dropping into Springfield this season to serve as a thorn in Mr. Burns’ financial side. Now it appears that another extremely rich dude is going to match wits with the town’s terrible tycoon. Virgin founder Richard Branson has recorded a cameo as himself for an upcoming episode of the animated comedy, EW has learned.
“Richard Branson is the Flanders to Mr. Burns,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “He’s Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbor.”
The episode featuring Branson—who was briefly depicted in »
- Dan Snierson
So the big Emmys don't air until next Sunday night and at Moviefone we will have, of course, full coverage. But last night the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out, for the people that are largely responsible for making these shows that you absolutely love -- you know, the behind-the-scenes talent tasked with conceptualizing and realizing your favorite programs. Oh -- and some guest actor and actresses awards were handed out, so there's that too!
In the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category Uzo Aduba took home the prize for "Orange is the New Black." Since we are, very shamefully, one of a handful of Americans who hasn't seen a single second of "Orange in the New Black," this doesn't mean a whole lot to us, but we are very happy for her! (We promise, we'll watch soon.) For the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, the »
- Drew Taylor
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles last night (August 16).
HBO scooped the highest number of awards, with Game of Thrones and True Detective among the winners.
Digital Spy presents a full list of all the winners and nominees below:
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Programme
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Programme
Deadliest Catch - Winner
Million Dollar »
The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls. Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black," for example, won Emmys for editing, series casting and for Uzo Aduba, who is considered a guest actress for the purposes of these awards. No other comedy series was able to build any other momentum going into next week's show, with "The Big Bang Bang Theory," "Nurse Jackie," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" grabbing isolated tech prizes and Jimmy Fallon winning the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series award for the second time in three years for his "Saturday Night Live" hosting duties. The two guest acting awards on the drama side »
- Daniel Fienberg
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist
Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist
(Winner) “Downton Abbey”
Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist
Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist
Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist
Kimi Messina, »
- Variety Staff
In this week’s episode of Flickering Myth TV’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys takes a look at what Marvel Studios’ next big movie might be, the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set photos, Jason Momoa officially announced as Aquaman, Michael Bay leaving the Transformers franchise and the already-announced sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Somebody call Vanilla Ice!
For all that and more, watch this week’s Movie Newsgasm below…
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016, with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, »
- Oliver Davis
All voiceover jobs begin the same way for Maurice Lamarche. “They all involve a microphone and a room with carpet on the walls,” Lamarche said Aug. 6 at a Screen Actors Guild Foundation panel honoring nominees for best animation voiceover performance at the upcoming Creative Arts Emmy Awards. “That’s where I start from.” Lamarche (“Futurama”) was joined in a two-hour conversation at the SAG Foundation Actors Center in Los Angeles by Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”) and Stephen Full (“Dog With a Blog”), as well as moderator James Arnold Taylor. The voice behind multiple characters on “Futurama,” Lamarche was asked about the difference between doing an animated series and doing commercial work. He noted an episode of the animated series “The Critic,” in which he voiced 26 characters. “I look at it as a chance to play and bounce all over the place and change vocal tensions,” Lamarche said. He contrasted that »
Though he has appeared on a number of TV shows himself – The Simpsons and Futurama to name but two – and is the subject of any number of books, Professor Stephen Hawking’s life is only just arriving on the big screen. The first trailer for The Theory Of Everything has arrived online, and it certainly looks promising.Man On Wire director James Marsh called the shots on this one, based on a script by Anthony McCarten. Theory follows Hawking’s (Eddie Redmayne) early life, from his first studies and his marriage to Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) after meeting at Cambridge. When his world was rocked with the first diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease, they pledge to stay together, even as Hawking throws himself into his work, studying the farthest reaches of time as he explores the origins of the universe.As his health deteriorates, he and Jane fight the disease as a team, »
As Marvel celebrates another huge opening for Guardians of the Galaxy, with the film pulling in a hefty $160 million debut at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has hit a landmark, with the fourth instalment in the blockbuster Transformers franchise becoming the first movie of 2014 to cross $1 billion worldwide. Age of Extinction has earned $241.1 million domestically and $763.8 million from international markets for a combined gross of $1.004 billion to date, which makes it the second-biggest earner of the series behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.123 billion), as well as the eighteenth-highest grossing movie of all time.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver »
- Gary Collinson
I haven’t watched a full season of The Simpsons for quite a few years now, but my I’ll dip my toe in every now and then to see if it’s worth taking the plunge and keeping up with the show again. Unfortunately, I just haven't felt the magic of seasons past when I tune in to watch new episodes. The show has piqued my interest recently, though, with the 5-minutes of footage Fox released for their upcoming Family Guy crossover. And there is yet another crossover coming this season that is too irresistible to pass up.
The Wrap reports that this November The Simpsons will have a Futurama crossover that will feature voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice Lamarche, Phil Lamarr, Lauren Tom, and Tress MacNeille. There’s no word on how their characters will cross paths with the Simpson clan, but we’re »
- Eli Reyes
Creator Matt Groening and his team, including David Silverman, Al Jean and Mike Anderson, converged on San Diego for their annual Comic-Con panel, this time teasing The Simpsons Season 26. We have the video from this panel, which finds the quartet sharing information on upcoming episodes and giving the fans a chance to ask a lot of questions. Find out more about the highly anticipated upcoming The Simpsons/Futurama crossover episode and so much more in store for The Simpsons Season 26!
Now the longest running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. Homer works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant; Marge tries to keep the peace in her family; Bart is the mischievous 10-year-old hellion; eight-year-old Lisa is the intelligent, saxophone-playing, vegetarian member of the family; and baby Maggie conveys emotions via pacifier sucks.
The Simpsons returns to Fox this fall! »
Comic-Con is celebrating a very important anniversary today - 25 years of The SImpsons! We're in the famous Ballroom 20 again to bring you all the gossip from today's panel - featuring Matt Groening, exec producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson and director David Silverman. We've been told we might find out about Treehouse of Horror and more, so stay tuned to Digital Spy when the panel kicks off at 10am Pt / 1pm Et / 6pm UK...
10:42"Enjoy the show and remember - as soon as it's over, you should probably get in line for next year," Homer tells us before heading off stage. That was really good fun! But that's a wrap for this panel - thanks for joining us!
10:41Homer is answering all the questions - Springfield is in any State, he doesn't know why they're yellow, and Matt would love to read the audience's screenplays if they email them to. »
San Diego - Come on, kids, check out what Tom Kenny has to say about self-actualization. The famed voice actor behind "Spongebob Squarepants" -- and "The Powerpuff Girls," "CatDog," "Transformers: Animated," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "The Boondocks," "Futurama," "Winnie the Pooh" and on and on -- was on hand at San Diego Comic-Con, talking characters and talking like his characters. As the new sequel "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" comes down the pipeline, Kenny has been reflecting on his favorite roles. His longtime yellow underwater pal has "huge positivity and being comfortable with who he is." His other favorite? The Ice King, on Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time," who's clouded by "self-loathing... I've never thought about that!" Maybe Kenny should take on Jekyll and Hyde next. Watch the video above to hear what Tom Kenny thinks about all the fans who rush up to him screaming "I'm ready! »
- Katie Hasty
In music there are only 12 notes, so it's no wonder so many songs sound the same. But what about someone's voice? The way someone speaks is not bound by any kind of scale or music theory, rather it's the sum a person’s upbringing, their physicality, and their personality. So why do so many cartoon characters sound so eerily familiar? In this list we highlight 10 cartoon characters whose voices (and often their likenesses) are based on other actors. We also mention 5 other cartoon voices that are impressions in the bonus sections of related entries. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these actors have been thoroughly praised by some of the best.
Over the past 3 decades The Simpsons has been on the air, America’s favorite family has gone through many changes. Aside from the quality of the animation, the most noticeable »
- Eli Reyes
Speaking at the TCA's this week, the producers of Fox's supernatural procedural hit "Sleepy Hollow" say they don't plan to shake-up the successful formula anytime soon. For starters, the Abbie and Crane relationship won't devolve into flirting/underlying sexual tension for a good while as yet.
Producer Len Wiseman says: "[Abbie and Ichabod] have a respect for each other. We're really not playing their relationship on the romantic side". The expanded second season will also boast new villains including the Pied Piper, a Succubus and a Wendigo. Timothy Busfield will guest star as Benjamin Franklin, while Sakina Jaffrey will play no-nonsense Sheriff Leena Reyes. [Source: The Live Feed]
"Twilight" hunk Taylor Lautner tries something very different in the upcoming second season of BBC3's comedy series "Cuckoo". Lautner takes on the role of the hippie son of Andy Samberg's character from the first season, and the network has just launched the first trailer today. »
- Garth Franklin
Bernadette Peters will soon help write the Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
The Tony winner will guest-star on Bravo’s upcoming original scripted drama, the network announced Monday
, playing the mother of Janeane Garofalo’s Lyla, who comes to town to help Lyla with her kids.
Related Bravo Renews Million Dollar Listing, Orders Two New Series
Inspired by books from Vicki Iovine, Girlfriends’ Guide follows Abby (House’s Lisa Edelstein), a self-help author who turns to her divorced friends after splitting from her “perfect” husband. The series will bow Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 10/9c.
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Good news, everyone! And woo hoo! The crossover between Matt Groening series “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” is coming in just a few months. The crossover episode of the two series will air on Fox as an episode of “The Simpsons” in November, “Simpsons” producer Al Jean said during a panel at the Television Critics Association on Sunday. Also read: ‘Simpsons’ Vet Hank Azaria to Voice Fox's ‘Bordertown’ The crossover episode will feature “Futurama” voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice Lamarche, Phil Lamarr, Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille. After originally running on Fox before getting picked up by Comedy Central, »
- Tim Kenneally
If you think the next new episode of The Simpsons will be casualty-free, you’ve made a grave mistake: The anticipated installment that features the death of a familiar face has been slated as the season 26 premiere. Speaking to EW last fall, executive producer Al Jean promised viewers “an emotional story” and dropped just a few hints about who will wind up pushing daisies. One, the actor who voiced this character claimed an Emmy for his/her performance in the role, and two, the character has appeared in more than two episodes. (Update: During a Fox panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, »
- Dan Snierson
It may have lost top spot at the box office to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has pushed its worldwide haul to a whopping $886 million this weekend, further extending its lead as the highest-grossing movie of the year as well as surpassing the $709. million of the original Transformers and the $836.3 million of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A billion looks all but assured for Age of Extinction, while the franchise high of $1.123 billion set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon is certainly an achievable target.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver (Lost) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of »
- Gary Collinson
Following the Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedules, San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Sunday, July 27, the last day of the Con. You clickHere to check out the entire lineup, which includes several comic book events and panels, but we have pulled out all the relevant movie, DVD and TV panels for your convenience.
Nickelodeon: New Animated Comedies-Bringing You Buds, Baps & Bad Seeds!
Be the first to see an exclusive peek at Nickelodeon's new Lol-inducing animated comedies! You'll also get an insider's look at the creative processes behind these funny, warped, endearing, and booty-shaking shows. The panel features Breadwinners creators Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele, Pig Goat Banana Cricket creators Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper, and executive producer David Sacks. Chowder creator C.H. Greenblatt will be showing off his brand new Nickelodeon series with the working title Bad Seeds. Moderated by Rich Magallanes (Svp »
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