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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 »
Well, X-Men: Days of Future Past’s stay as the biggest earner of the year didn’t last long, with Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction shrugging aside almost universal negative reviews to become the highest-grossing movie of 2014 so far, with a whopping $752 million worldwide just three weekends after its release. The fourth instalment in the Hasbro franchise looks set to become the first (and only?) release of the year to crack a billion – although The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies may have something to say about that.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out now, with 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 »
- Gary Collinson
World Cup final live: BBC One & ITV, 7pm
Final between Germany and Argentina (kick-off 8pm) at the Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
Germany are the favourites after demolishing Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals, but perhaps the stage is set for Lionel Messi to shine. Which country will lift the trophy this year?
T in the Park: BBC Three, 8pm
It's the final day of the Scottish music festival, with Greg James and Jen Long presenting the coverage.
Highlights include performances by indie rock band Bastille and singer-songwriter Sam Smith.
Futurama: Sky1, 8.30pm
Bender (John Dimaggio) signs up for a fox hunt after enjoying sporting the uniform during a shopping trip.
Leela (Katey Sagal) disapproves of his desire to slaughter an innocent furry creature. However, when Bender discovers that the prey is actually robotic, he is furious. Patrick Stewart guest voices as the huntsmaster.
Photo found at Dorkly
Are you ready for San Diego Comic-Con?! The event is closing in on us really fast, and it's going to be so great to be in San Diego among hundreds of thousands of other like-minded geeky individuals. Every year I attend Comic-Con it's like coming home. It's my most anticipated event of the year. Comic-Con International has released the full event and panel schedule for Friday, July 25th that you can see in its entirety here. But I've provided a few of the most notable panels that will be taking place that day below. It's a big day for TV as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones panels will both be held in Hall H.
- Joey Paur
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
In this week’s episode of Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the alleged ‘leaked script’ of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (read our breakdown of it here), reveals which former-Superman is joining the cast of Arrow, has a tantalising first dinosaur glimpse of Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, and sees how well those other, more mechanical dinosaurs are doing in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Here’s a clue: box office record-breakingly well.
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- Oliver Davis
The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
- Jonathan James
The box office juggernaut that is Transformers: Age of Extinction just keeps on rolling. One day after becoming China’s highest-grossing movie ever, the Michael Bay-directed sequel has now passed the $600 million mark worldwide, with a domestic haul of $185 million and an international take of $421.2 million giving the film a whopping $606.5 million already. It’s surely only a matter of time before Age of Extinction overtakes Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the biggest earner of the year so far, and at this stage it looks all but assured that it will go on to become the first billion dollar release of 2014.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is out now, with 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 »
- Gary Collinson
Prior to the production of Transformers: Age of Extinction, there was a deal in place between Paramount and motor vehicle company Polaris for them to create Transformers based off their machines. These would have included ATVs, snowmobiles etc. For whatever reason, the deal didn’t go through and the characters were scrapped.
Michael Hirtz (via Cbm) has now shared some of his concepts for what those Transformers would have looked like. They also write, “he informs us that these robots would’ve been relatively small as compared to the normal-sized Transformers. Somewhere around 8-10ft max, based on the types of vehicles Polaris manufactures. Hritz’s designs also do a great job of incorporating the look of Polaris’ vehicles by ‘exposing shocks and linkages, using roll-cages and vehicle structure, aggressive/colorful forms floating over blacked-out mechanical parts.’”
See the images below:
- Luke Owen
It’s been top of the Us box office for two weeks and it looks to be taking the crown from Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie when it’s officially released here in the UK this Friday, but it looks like Transformers: Age of Extinction has broken new ground in China already, knocking Avatar from its box office record spot.
The film has grossed RMB740 million ($119.8 million) in its opening week to combine with the RMB628 million ($101.7 million) it took in its opening weekend. That gives Transformers: Age of Extinction a 10-day total of RMB1.37 billion ($221.9 million).
Avatar‘s has held the box office record since its release in 2009. The press release given to Flickering Myth also states that the Chinese currency is appreciated more, which means it has made more dollars per Rmb than James Cameron’s movie.
Paramount are yet to confirm these figures.
The movie has also way-surpassed its predecessor, »
- Luke Owen
One of the greatest cinematic travesties of 2013 was the ‘blink and you’ll miss her’ casting of Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (Capote) in Captain Phillips. Don’t get me wrong – it’s an exceptional movie – but you don’t put Catherine Keener in your film just to relegate her to one speaking scene, and an action shot of her running down some stairs. It’s a shameful waste of one of our most talented actresses. But, fret not. Almost by way of compensation, we have a trailer for War Story, in which Keener seems to own the screen in an honest-to-goodness leading role.
Keener also produces the film, which is the second directorial effort of Mark Jackson – after his 2011 debut, Without. The script, which Jackson also penned with Kristin Gore (Futurama), centres on Lee (Keener) – a war photographer in the midst of a period of self-exile in Sicily, dealing »
- Sarah Myles
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