11 items from 2015
As movie marketing campaigns go it is not quite up there with Godzilla’s (1998 version) crushed cars in central London, The Simpsons Movie’s bid to transform thousands of local convenience stores into Apu’s Kwik-e-Mart, or Chronicle’s flying-people-shaped drones. But 20th Century Fox’s offer to send Us fans of Ridley Scott space thriller The Martian their very own potato has to be one of the most surreal.
The studio has joined up with Us company Mail a Spud to offer fans the chance to send themselves, or anyone they know, a potato to celebrate the debut of its new release in Us cinemas this weekend. The Martian stars Matt Damon as an astronaut left behind after a mission to the red planet goes terribly wrong. »
- Ben Child
Al Jean has been in his current office on the Fox lot for about 10 years, though he’s been with “The Simpsons” since the show started in 1989. What you won’t find there: his Peabody or eight Emmy Awards, which stay at home. As showrunner, Jean actually oversees two writers’ rooms. “With this show, you’re always working on five things at once,” he notes. “But everybody’s been here so long, everybody knows what they’re doing. It’s a really good group.”
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The one animated character in doll form that adorns the office is Spider-Pig (aka Harry Plopper), which first appeared in 2007 in “The Simpsons Movie”; Jean teases he’ll make an appearance on the show this fall. He loves that Spider-Pig dolls are now for sale, saying, “I had a hand in creating the character, so I was thrilled.”
- Jenelle Riley
At their worst, the movies from WWE Studios have a tendency to play up the weirdest parts of Vince McMahon’s fever dreams; the type of stuff that occasionally pops up on Raw when the writing staff is too tired to try to reason with someone who signed off on Mae Young giving birth to a hand.
While these occasionally horrific ideas are easily glided over in the constant grab bag of storylines that makes up WWE’s weekly episodic programming, it’s much harder to overcome these failures when they’re a major part of an actual movie.
Think of it this way: 3,000 jokes not landing over the course of The Simpsons TV show is the same as one not landing in The Simpsons Movie. It packs a bigger, more unfortunate whollop on the big screen.
And although WWE Studios is a relatively new company, with only »
- Jacob Trowbridge
Cinema has an almost unparalleled ability to upset and offend. From the terror caused by the train heading towards the audience to the copy-cat crimes that caused Stanley Kubrick to voluntarily remove A Clockwork Orange from circulation, films have inspired negative reaction since their very beginning. That’s where the censors come in.
It’s the job of ratings boards like the BBFC (in Britain) and the MPAA (in America) to make sure films that have the ability to disturb, offend or otherwise be awful on a wide scale are either cut – as is the case with every Human Centipede film – or otherwise banned – as it the case with every Human Centipede film until Tom Six acquiesces with the requested cuts.
Without wanting to celebrate censorship, most ratings boards usually have a good reason for banning a film: it’s horribly violent, racist, sexist, involves rape, invokes terrorism, »
- Tom Baker
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
The Simpsons Movie wound up being a huge hit when it came out back in 2007, but if you're hoping to see a sequel any time soon, you may be disappointed. This is because there are no plans to make another film until the series comes to end, as the whole production is simply too much of a distraction from the show. With The Simpsons about to head into its 27th season on the air, Variety recently had the chance to sit down with Executive Producer Al Jean, and a discussion was had about the prospects for another Simpsons Movie to happen. And while Jean surely understands that there is a demand to see a sequel, he says that it's not really feasible to do until The Simpsons is off the air. He explained, The movie was such a time-intensive operation, it pulled a lot away from the show. I would »
The greatest cat and mouse game in cartoon history will finally end this fall when Bart Simpson meets his unseemly demise at the hands of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons' annual Halloween special, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Executive producer Al Jean revealed the plot during a Simpsons panel at Atx Festival in Austin, Texas over the weekend. "I'm one of the people that always wanted to see the Coyote eat the Roadrunner," Jean said. "I hated frustration comedy, so we'll scratch that itch."
Voiced by Kelsey Grammer, Sideshow Bob was introduced in Season One, »
★★★★☆ The debut feature from BBC veterans Andy Hamilton and Guy Jerkin, What We Did on Our Holiday is one of 2014's most big-hearted, surprising and thoroughly likable films. While in many ways essentially the big screen version of an acclaimed, subtly developed sitcom - In this case, Outnumbered - it skips around the traps that befell the likes of The Inbetweeners (2011) or The Simpsons Movie (2007). Those films most resembled out of control episodes of their parent television shows, where jokes were allowed to repeat, fester and wear thin on even thinner story arcs. This feature uses allows the themes of the show to crystallise; the writers pushing the boundaries of the classic British family film.
- CineVue UK
Considering The Simpsons Movie grossed $527 million back in 2007 and the show continues to pull in strong ratings in its 26th season, it’s a huge surprise that we haven’t seen Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of Springfield back on the big screen.
Last year, as the show celebrated its 25th anniversary, James L. Brooks discussed the chances of a second movie, suggesting that there’d not really been any talk of a sequel; however, executive producer Al Jean has now revealed to EW that the January 4th episode ‘The Man Who Came to Be Dinner’ – which saw the family abducted by the aliens Kang and Kodos – almost served as the basis for The Simpsons Movie 2:
“Two of the allures were exploring the rules of the new world and the cinematic nature of doing something in space,” states Jean. “But then we were worried that people »
- Gary Collinson
After years of wondering whether we might ever see a Simpsons Movie sequel, it turns out we’ve already seen it. Sort of. In the first episode of 2015, the family was whisked away to Rigel 7, the home planet of aliens Kang and Kodos, where Homer is almost eaten as a meal. Now Simpsons executive producer […]
The post A Recent ‘Simpsons’ Episode Was Almost ‘The Simpsons Movie 2′ appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
The plot for an abandoned sequel to The Simpsons Movie has been revealed.
Recent episode 'The Man Who Came to Be Dinner' was originally intended to serve as the follow-up to the comedy's 2007 big screen outing.
The episode saw Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie visit Diz-Nee Land, before being snatched by drooling aliens Kang and Kodos and taken to their home planet of Rigel 7.
Kang and Kodos gave the family a tour of their home planet, before revealing that the family were prisoners. Homer is then chosen to be eaten as part of a ritual.
However, they all narrowly avoid being served up to the Rigellians and are sent home on a spaceship similar to Star Trek's USS Enterprise.
However, he »
11 items from 2015
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