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‘The Simpsons’ Writer Mike Reiss on the Show Predicting Trump’s Presidency

‘The Simpsons’ Writer Mike Reiss on the Show Predicting Trump’s Presidency
Multiple Emmy Award-winning U.S. writer and producer Mike Reiss was one of the first members of the original “The Simpsons” writing team in 1989 and still works on the show, now in its 29th series, albeit one day a week. He is currently at the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event to give a master class on writing and producing animation to aspiring Arab animators. In Doha Reiss spoke to Variety about the global reach of “The Simpsons” and why the show’s alleged predictive aspect is just a fluke.

It’s hard to find a country that doesn’t like “The Simpsons” but the show reaching TV audiences in the Middle East made a bit of a splash. How do you feel about it?

It boggles my mind. You know, we write it in a little room in L.A. We don’t even think: ‘will they get it in the Valley? Or
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A Ten-Year Anniversary (2004-2014): Top 10 Cinematic Duds from Yesterday

Has it actually been ten years already since we have been engaged in the realm of films dating back to 2004? A decade is certainly a long period of time to build our appreciation for cinema up until this critical point in 2014. In looking back at 2004, one can recall fondly some of the more desirable releases to come out at that time. For instance, the superb Million Dollar Baby was the Academy Award-winning film for 2004. Even the comedies that were released that year gave movie audiences cause to rejoice with such ditties as the sleeper indie hit Napoleon Dynamite and well as mainstream laughers in Mean Girls and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Unfortunately for every gem there is a dud and then some. And 2004 had its share to say the least. So how about getting nostalgic and recalling some of the notable misses that were heaped on misled moviegoers
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