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The Simpsons Season 17 has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray, bringing the 2006/2007 run of the animated giant to home video for the first time.
These mid-teen years aren’t always regarded in the best way by the show’s constantly emergent detractors, but just because this isn’t the best season of the show doesn’t mean there’s not things to enjoy – two episodes from this run managed to win Emmys. If you’ve somehow missed these episodes, it’s worth checking them out – it is still The Simpsons, which promises at least a couple of good jokes per episode, after all.
On top of some genuinely well-written episodes (The Seemingly Never-Ending Story is a stand-out), there’s also a sense of reverence in the season, with numerous nods to some of the earlier episodes. Here’s a run down of ten of the best easter eggs in »
- Alex Leadbeater
Kino Lorber has been in the specialty DVD/Blu-ray business for years now, but while some labels make their home in niches based on genre (Scream Factory, Synapse Films) or ” important” films (Criterion Collection) Kino’s focus has been on quality world cinema both contemporary and classic. Their various imprints release films as diverse as The Long Goodbye, Elmer Gantry and Burt Reynolds’ Gator. They don’t dabble in horror a lot, but they don’t exactly shy away from the genre either as evident by titles like To All a Goodnight, Jennifer and Nosferatu. Their two latest horror releases — The Bubble and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari — fall heavy on the classic side as they’re 48 and 94 years old, respectively. The Bubble is the lesser known of the two and features a plot device that will feel familiar to fans of Under the Dome or The Simpsons Movie, while The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is still »
- Rob Hunter
As one of the longest running TV shows of all time, The Simpsons holds many notable distinctions — not the least of which is the sheer number of guest stars who have appeared on the program during the course of its 25-year history. Literally hundreds of celebrities (Wikipedia credits 652, including those in The Simpsons Movie) have been committed to cartoon form, either playing one-off characters or voicing versions of themselves. In the best cases, a confluence of great writing and impassioned voice acting creates something highly quotable and truly memorable.
Here are the best of the best — ten guest stars whose brief appearances have become iconic over the years. With only their voices to represent them, they delivered performances that stood side by side with those of the regular Simpsons cast — and really, what higher praise is there than that?
Just a note — this article focuses exclusively on guest stars who »
- Scott Fried
As The Simpsons celebrates its 25th anniversary, producer James L. Brooks has been talking about the possibility of the beloved characters returning to the big screen for a sequel to 2007’s The Simpsons Movie, stating that they’ve been asked to do another feature, but they are yet to start any development… and seem reluctant to do so.
“We’ve been asked to but we haven’t. But we’re doing a lot of other stuff and that’s really… I don’t know what it’d be like a second time,” Brooks tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The first time it was, you know, we felt we were risking everything, risking everything about The Simpsons. What if the movie stunk and stuff like that. And I think it took us two years just to get loose. Just to breathe a little like we do on the show. And so it »
- Gary Collinson
Just how many Simpsons stories do you think the creative team have left? The animation series has been on the air since 1989, spanning a massive 26 seasons. And in 2007, the talent took on an Under the Dome-type spoof story for the feature-length The Simpsons Movie. But will they do it again? James L. Brooks, executive producer on the Simpsons saga, admits in an interview with THR that he has been asked by 20th Century Fox to come up with an idea for a Simpsons sequel. But before you get your hopes up, Brooks sprinkles cold water on the possible project, saying: We have been asked to [develop it], but we haven.t. We.re doing a lot of other stuff." That "other" stuff likely refers to the ongoing television series. It also could refer to live events like the Hollywood Bowl Simpsons show that recently was held in Los Angeles. This »
Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage have all nabbed roles in the upcoming "Angry Birds" movie at Sony Pictures. The studio has also released the first official photo which you can see below.
The news was announced in a press release which also reveals which characters they play: Sudeikis is the leader Red, Gad is Chuck (yellow), McBride is Bomb (black), Rudolph is Matilda (white), Hader is an unnamed pig, and Dinklage is the legendary Mighty Eagle.
Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Romeo Santos, Ian Andrew Hecox and Andrew Padilla also lend their voices to the film adaptation of the popular game which Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis are directing. Jon Vitti ("The Simpsons Movie") is penning the script.
Source: Sony Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
Are you or a loved one anxiously awaiting the animated Angry Birds movie that is landing in theaters from Sony and Rovio Mobile? Well, today, fans from around the world need your help in unlocking the first look at this anticipated release, which promises to be one of the biggest family films of summer 2016.
Sony has launched the new website Unlock the Flock in conjunction with the Angry Birds animated feature. clickHere to help the Angry Birds unlock this exclusive surprise by sharing #UnlockTheFlock on your Twitter page. Every share is being tracked globally, along with gameplay action that will launch one bird in your favor. When 1 billion birds are finally 'flung', we'll get our first look at this anticipated release based on the hit mobile app.
What sort of surprise can we expect? Anything from a teaser trailer, to a new poster to maybe even the first characters revealed in an exclusive image. »
Animator David Silverman has been with The Simpsons since the beginning — literally: He directed the first episode of the series, as well as subsequent classics “The Way We Was,” “Krusty Gets Kancelled,” and “Homie the Clown,” not to mention The Simpsons Movie and the Academy Award–nominated short The Longest Daycare. Fxx’s recent marathon and upcoming "Simpsons World" experience in the Fxnow app has reignited an interest in the show’s earliest days, so Vulture asked Silverman to share the stories behind some previously unreleased sketches and storyboards from his personal collection. Twenty-seven years later, the characters look virtually the same as they did then, an impressive feat when you consider their animation motto at the time was “done equals good.” Click through to see eight early prototypes and to read Silverman’s stories behind each of them. »
- Josh Kurp
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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Mark counts down 15 great episodes of The Simpsons from its often-overlooked past 15 years...
Last week, we counted down our list of the top 50 episodes of The Simpsons ever made. It's a tough list to make, picking out less than 10 percent of the 552 episodes broadcast to date, to select the very best of the best. This is despite the off-hand consensus of some viewers that the series has been total rubbish since season 10.
We don't hold much truck with this assumption. The Simpsons is an institution and to suggest that more than half of it is garbage is more than a bit reductive. Admittedly, there's much to support the argument that few episodes produced in the twenty-first century can quite stand up to the genius of the earlier canon, but anything would suffer in comparison to that golden age of the show.
If you're one of the people who stopped watching the series after the nineties, »
Fxx was so woo-hoo! thrilled to acquire the rights to The Simpsons that it programmed a 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes as well as The Simpsons Movie. (Only three-and-a-half-more days to go, sleep-deprived masses!)
The marathon, which has been a big ratings hit for the fledgling network, is actually just a training run, though: Fxx announced today that starting September 2, it will offer up Simpsons reruns on Mondays from 6 p.m. to midnight, Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.
That leaves you »
- Dan Snierson
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 9 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fxx is airing "The Simpsons Movie." Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon. And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'n'a Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though! Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites... Katie Hasty Recommends: "My Fair Laddy" (1:30 a.m.) Episode #368 Why you should watch it: There are characters in the Simpsons universe that should be sprinkled, »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall and Katie Hasty
The 12-day marathon of every episode of The Simpsons ever made (plus The Simpsons Movie) has done well for Fxx, and it still has five days to go as of this writing, continuing through Sept. 1. Fxx says that through its first six days, the marathon grew in viewership each day, and Fxx has ranked as a Top 5 Basic Cable Network on each night. Tuesday night’s primetime portion (8-11pm) drove the network to a No. 1 rank among all basic cable networks in Adults 18-49 (1.07 million) and Adults 18-34 (764,000). It ranked No. 1 outright, inclusive of broadcast … Continue reading →
The post Fxx announces post-marathon schedule for “The Simpsons” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
With the Doctor Who series 8 opener coming to cinemas tomorrow night, Mark asks whether more TV could be screened as cinematic events...
If you're a Doctor Who fan lucky enough to see 50th anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor in a cinema last November, you probably saw it the way it was meant to be seen. With a giant “Woo” moment coming approximately every ten minutes, it has the air of a story that is too big for your living room. It may still have been a feature-length episode, but it's one that was meant to be watched surrounded by other fans.
That one worked out pretty well for BBC Worldwide - the special screenings took £6m globally in its opening weekend. That's not bad considering it only showed on Saturday evening and Sunday morning in most cinemas. Having proven a viable strategy, the BBC are doing the same »
Grab your doughnuts and Duff beer because Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever marathon of The Simpsons is now in full swing. The 12-day marathon will showcase more than 500 episodes of the long-running Fox animated series to kick off its syndication run on the FX sister channel. The marathon kicked off at 10 a.m. Et today, Thursday, Aug. 21, and will conclude on Monday, Sept. 1 1 at 12 a.m., making it the longest-running marathon in TV history. All episodes will be shown chronologically through season 25 with The Simpsons Movie airing after episode 400. Chances are you're going to watch some quality Simpsons episodes over these 12 days. But nobody has time for all 552 episodes, right? If you do, we're jealous. If »
“The Simpsons” are going interstellar. In a new biblical, sci-fi themed promo for the show's cable premiere on Fxx, the network has released a promo that shows everyone's favorite cartoon family taking over the universe, quite literally. Also read: ‘The Simpsons’ Co-creator Sam Simon to Chronicle Cancer Battle in Fusion Documentary Every episode of “The Simpsons” will air on Fxx over 12 consecutive days, culminating in the airing of “The Simpsons Movie.” Fxx won a bidding war in November for the off-network rights to “The Simpsons,” which has aired on its broadcast cousin, Fox, since 1989. The deal, the biggest ever of its. »
- Linda Ge
Fxx has released a trailer for its “The Simpsons” marathon, beginning at 10 p.m. Aug. 21, to kick off the network’s acquisition of syndication rights of Fox’s beloved animated series.
The marathon boasts every episode ever, as well as “The Simpsons Movie,” airing all 552 episodes and 25 seasons of the show in chronological order. It will run for 12 days, from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1.
Additionally, in October Fxx will launch Simpsons World, a free website hosting all the episodes of the series as well as a wealth of show-related content.
- Kevin Noonan
Woo hoo! TV’s longest-running marathon gets underway Aug. 21 on Fxx, which will air every episode of The Simpsons — 552 episodes, 25 seasons — back-to-back in order over the next 12 days. Fxx will also air The Simpsons Movie on Aug. 29. Thank you! Come again! You’ll need a wheelbarrow full of tacos to provide adequate sustenance for this marathon. In a historic deal, Fxx won exclusive pay-tv, on demand and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, and the network is celebrating with the longest marathon on TV history: all 552 episodes from Seasons 1-25 and The Simpsons Movie … Continue reading →
The post Play D’oh!: The Simpsons Fxx marathon schedule appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
The Simpsons fans rejoiced when news broke that FX’s new specialty (ie. comedy-centric) channel Fxx nabbed the syndication rights to all episodes of the legendary animated series, and now there’s reason to celebrate once again. Fxx announced today that it will kick off its syndication of The Simpsons by showing all 25 seasons (that’s 552 episodes) in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), starting on August 21st. The episodes will run 24 hours a day until the series is up to date on September 1st, making it the longest-running marathon in TV history. Starting September 2nd, Simpsons episodes will be in heavy, regular rotation on Fxx. Hit the jump for more, including how you can access every full-length The Simpsons episode on demand. Following this exciting The Simpsons marathon, the network will make all Simpsons episodes available on demand through the Fxnow app—available on smart phones, »
- Adam Chitwood
One of Fxx's promos for the channel's upcoming premiere of every "The Simpsons" repeat ever — not to mention a new website/app called Simpsons World that will allow fans to watch any episode, or clip, at any time — features a post-apocalyptic America where the world has fallen apart because people are too busy watching old "Simpsons" scenes to do anything else. By the time Fxx executives and longtime "Simpsons" showrunner Al Jean got done explaining all the features of Simpsons World, that promo seemed less parody than prophecy, at least for the "Simpsons"-loving TV critics at the press tour panel, all of whom seemed to be drooling like Homer Simpson contemplating the thought of free goo. Just from a traditional (or linear) standpoint, Fxx will have access to all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons" so far, and will marathon them all in order from August 21 through September 1, 24 hours a day for 12 days. »
- Alan Sepinwall
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