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Afm: China Lion Picks ‘Patrick,’ Boards Animation ‘Extinct’ (Exclusive)

Multi-territory distributor China Lion Entertainment Production has picked up China rights to family entertainment film “Patrick.” Operating as a producer-financier, China Lion has also boarded “Extinct,” an animation project to be directed by “Monsters Inc.” co-director David Silverman.

Patrick” is the story of a young woman whose already messy life is made more complicated when she inherits her grandmother’s defiant dog. The film, which will be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Buena Vista Intl. in the U.K., is directed by Mandie Fletcher from a script by Fletcher and Vanessa Davies. It stars Jennifer Saunders, Emilia Jones and Gemma Joneswill.

China Lion acquired rights through sales company The Exchange. It plans a mainland China release in the third quarter of 2018.

“Extinct” involves several members of the team behind “The Simpsons” including writers Joel Cohen, John Frink and Rob Lazebnik. Silverman was also director of the 2007 “The Simpsons Movie.” China Lion will
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Solar Eclipse on TV: Marge Simpson and Don Draper Show What Not To Do This Monday

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Solar Eclipse on TV: Marge Simpson and Don Draper Show What Not To Do This Monday
Don’t be like Marge Simpson and Don Draper this Monday.

That’s perhaps the unexpected takeaway from memorable eclipse storylines on both “The Simpsons” and “Mad Men.” Marge and Don both look directly at the sun, with mixed results. And they’re not the only ones with bad eclipse habits.

As the continental United States embraces Eclipse Fever, here are a handful of recent TV series and movies that have incorporated the solar event into storylines and plots. The website Eclipse Guy has put together a thorough database of movies, TV series, music videos and commercials that have included eclipse scenes; IndieWire has curated a list of six recent ones on the small screen.

The Simpsons

The 433rd episode of “The Simpsons,” 2009’s “Gone Maggie Gone,” starts off with a sequence in which Marge, who gives her camera obscura to Homer (who had naturally broken his), decides to peek
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‘The Simpsons’ First Screenwriter Says She Was Kept Out of the Writers’ Room for Being a Woman: ‘No One Ever Called Me’

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‘The Simpsons’ First Screenwriter Says She Was Kept Out of the Writers’ Room for Being a Woman: ‘No One Ever Called Me’
126 people have written or co-written an episode of “The Simpsons,” most of whose names you probably don’t know. Among that company is Mimi Pond, who happens to have penned the long-running show’s first episode; in a new Jezebel interview, Pond says that she never became a full-time member of the writing staff because she’s a woman.

Read More:‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker

“I was never invited to be on staff, and I never knew why for the longest time,” she says of her experiences. Eventually the truth came out:

“No one ever called me or explained to me or apologized or anything. And it wasn’t until years later that I found out that Sam Simon, who was the showrunner, didn’t want any women around because he was going through a divorce.
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‘The Simpsons Movie 2’ Is in ‘Earliest Stages of Development,’ According to Director David Silverman

‘The Simpsons Movie 2’ Is in ‘Earliest Stages of Development,’ According to Director David Silverman
It’s been 10 years since “The Simpsons Movie” arrived in theaters and pink donuts arrived in 7-11. Given how successful the film was — it made around $527 million and earned positive reviews — many have naturally wondered if and when a sequel might happen.

According to David Silverman, who directed the 2007 film, a silver-screen return to Springfield might be in the cards after all — though it’s still in “the very earliest stages” of development.

Read MoreMatt Groening and ‘The Simpsons’ Producers on 30 Years, Beating ‘Gunsmoke’ and Taking On Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

“I certainly am cautious about a couple things. I wouldn’t want it to be risky in terms of budget, and I would not want it to be anything that we did purely for the money,” he tells Entertainment Weekly while marking the film’s 10th anniversary. “I would want it to be a really great movie.
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A Sequel To The Simpsons Movie Could Still Happen

With The Simpsons now being well on its way to becoming the longest-running show in television history, some can’t help but observe that this summer marks the ten year anniversary of when our favorite Springfield residents made the jump to the big screen. And, in the time since The Simpsons Movie opened in cinemas, those same folks have probably pondered the chances of a sequel.

In fact, the film’s director, David Silverman, told Entertainment Weekly that he’s certainly up for such a thing, but he’s also being a realist:

“I’d love for there to be another one. We’re still a ways away from it. We talk about this and that. We’re thinking it over, but nothing’s happening just yet.…. It’s still daunting because it really knocked the stuffing out of us to do the movie and the show at the same time.
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The Simpsons Movie director & producer say a sequel is still a possibility

  • JoBlo
10 years ago on yesterday audiences finally got what they had been begging nearly two decades for. Not world peace; not an end to global starvation; and not even a flying car. No, it was The Simpsons Movie. America’s favorite animated family had at long last hit the big screen, and in the end garnered terrific reviews and a $530 million global box office tally. Those are tremendous numbers even by... Read More...
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‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel Still a Possibility

The Simpsons Movie came out just about 10 years ago today and the award-winning animated series is still going strong as it approaches the debut of its 29th season on Fox this fall. With viewership still showing a healthy interest, the writing remaining solid, and the cast and crew still invested after all these years, what are the chances we'll be seeing another feature outing for Springfield's most famous family anytime soon? Probably pretty slim, at least in the short term, but there's always hope for a feature in the future. Many have wondered just how …
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Dealing with the Baggage of ‘The Simpsons Movie’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

I was born in June of 1992, a year particularly important to Simpsons lore. On one hand, my date of birth fell three months before the airing of the show’s fourth season, which is considered by many
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‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive

‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive
It’s now been more than 30 years since the Simpson family first showed up on TV, as interstitials on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Fox had only been in existence for a few months when Matt Groening and James L. Brooks first introduced the world to a crudely-drawn version of what would eventually become one of the most successful franchises in television history.

The Simpsons” has generated billions of dollars of revenue over the years, and remains the crown jewel for Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. Now, the network and studio are celebrating the characters’ 30th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con with a poster that highlights that evolution.

Read More‘Bob’s Burgers’ Comic-Con Poster Gets Graphic By Explaining How Digestion Works — Exclusive

The one-sheet can be hung either way – depending on whether you’d rather have modern-day “The Simpsons” or its circa 1987 ancestors as the focal point. As Comic-Con tradition,
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‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive

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‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive
It’s now been more than 30 years since the Simpson family first showed up on TV, as interstitials on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Fox had only been in existence for a few months when Matt Groening and James L. Brooks first introduced the world to a crudely-drawn version of what would eventually become one of the most successful franchises in television history.

The Simpsons” has generated billions of dollars of revenue over the years, and remains the crown jewel for Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. Now, the network and studio are celebrating the characters’ 30th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con with a poster that highlights that evolution.

Read More‘Bob’s Burgers’ Comic-Con Poster Gets Graphic By Explaining How Digestion Works — Exclusive

The one-sheet can be hung either way – depending on whether you’d rather have modern-day “The Simpsons” or its circa 1987 ancestors as the focal point. As Comic-Con tradition,
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Comic-Con 2017 TV Schedule: Is Your Favorite Show Heading to San Diego?

Comic-Con 2017 TV Schedule: Is Your Favorite Show Heading to San Diego?
With a surge in television content this year, it should be no surprise that the small screen offerings at San Diego Comic Con are continuing to grow in numbers as well. To keep you updated on the happenings this year, Variety has compiled a master list for the July 20-July 23 pop culture convention. Bookmark this page to stay up to date on the schedule, as we will continue to update when networks and studios release their schedules for the event.

Thursday, July 20:

Ghosted (4:45-5:45 p.m., Room 6Bcf, Fox) Be among the first to see Craig Robinson and Adam Scott partner up for Fox’s new action-comedy, which chronicles two “polar opposites” who are recruited to investigate an unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles. Join Robinson, Scott, Ally Walker, and executive producers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten as they discuss this paranormal buddy comedy coming to Fox this fall.

The Exorcist
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Comic-Con 2017: The Gifted, The Orville, 300th Family Guy and More Fox Panels

Comic-Con 2017: The Gifted, The Orville, 300th Family Guy and More Fox Panels
It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and a glimpse of the upcoming season’s best new offerings at Comic-Con 2017. Below, we’ve compiled the dates, times and locations of all the major TV-related events.

Photos2017 Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New

We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark it and check back often!

Wednesday, July 19

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Thursday, July 20

Legion (FX) | Tba

Rocko’s Modern Life: Return to Earth!
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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild
The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.”

Shonda Rhimes
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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild
The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.
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The Simpsons renewed through to season 30, Fox wants another movie

It’s already the longest running sitcom in history, and now The Simpsons is set to enter the record books once more, with Fox renewing the show for a 29th and 30th season, which will take it to 669 episodes in total, shattering the record of 635 set by Gunsmoke.

“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Fox CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt Groening, Jim Brooks and Al Jean. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series – from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team– you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of Simpsons fans around the world,
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The Simpsons: Renewed for Another - Record Breaking - Two Years

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Fox has ordered 29th and 30th seasons of the pop culture phenomenon The Simpsons.

The renewal takes the long-running animated series to 669 episodes, the largest number of episodes for any scripted television show ever, breaking the record previously set by Gunsmoke (635).

“Take that Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn't even know you were running!,” said Homer Simpson.

“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group.

The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al."

"Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series – from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team – you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium.
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‘The Simpsons’ Makes TV History, Renewed for Record-Breaking 29th and 30th Seasons

‘The Simpsons’ Makes TV History, Renewed for Record-Breaking 29th and 30th Seasons
TV history has been made.

The Simpsons” has been renewed for Season 29 and Season 30, an unprecedented feat, becoming the longest-running scripted TV show of all time.

With the double renewal, the animated sitcom will hit 669 episodes during its 30th season, breaking the record for most episodes of any scripted show, among both animated and live-action series. Previously, that record was held by “Gunsmoke,” the Western drama that aired from 1955 to 1975, hitting 635 episodes.

Take that ‘Gunsmoke!’ You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!” said Homer Simpson in a statement today, celebrating the renewal.

Currently in the midst of its 28th season, “The Simpsons” debuted in 1989. Executive producers are Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Al Jean.

“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “‘The Simpsons’ has meant so much to the network, the
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