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Lots of posters in the Twitter-Wood feed seemed to be shocked about one thing or another today, whether it was Michael Ian Black reacting to news of Natalie Portman's pregnancy or David Spade commenting on Amber Portwood's domestic battery charge.
Meanwhile, Paul Feig didn't seem shocked about his problems flying out of JFK yesterday so much as he was concerned with figuring out alternative means to get to London, Judd Apatow was afraid of how "Rabbit Hole" might make him feel, and Omar Doom likely frightened some people with the money he's been trying to use.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for December 28, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@tubatron Various sketches I did from Ye Olde Simpsons Shorts days. I liked making them yell. http://twitpic.com/3kbk6j
@OfficialKat How to fix problems, Kat Dennings style http://yfrog. »
- Brian Warmoth
Twitter-Wood experienced a small Christmas miracle today as an outpouring of photography and song revealed that a double rainbow can still grab more attention than Lindsay Lohan in our feed. There were enough posts to fill a special-edition Tw coffee-table book with images from those who saw it... and laments from those were out of town and missed it. But even that book wouldn't be able to capture "Twilight" actor Justin Chon's musical celebration of this natural spectacle.
Other highlights of the last 24 hours included Steve Martin's continuing jury duty adventure, as well as Kevin Smith's triumphant declaration that he's finished his sound mix for "Red State." You'll find those retweets and Christmas-related shock from Anna Kendrick after the jump.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for December 23, 2010.
@SteveMartinToGo Report From Jury Duty: Now forcing my autograph on other jurors. Also starting whisper campaign of innocence based on Magic 8 Ball. »
- Brian Warmoth
Let's all agree and just be done with it: The Simpsons isn't the show that it used to be. The series has been in decline since season 10 (coincidentally the year that Brad Bird left the show) and simply isn't as poignant or funny as it used to be. That said, it's also hard to argue against the quality of The Simpsons Movie. Showing Homer as a caring father who simply makes a lot of bad decisions rather than just your run-of-the-mill village idiot, the film capitalized on what we remember the show originally doing so well. Let's hope that they can strike gold twice. James L. Brooks recently spoke with Coming Soon and revealed that there's a story swirling around for a Simpsons sequel. According to Brooks, who serves as the show's executive producer and wrote/directed How Do You Know?, which comes out next week, the cast and crew »
After more than two decades on the air, one would assume it might be difficult for The Simpsons to remain current and culturally relevant. However, while it's not as popular as it was fifteen years ago, week after week, the show remains as solid as any comedy on TV. Then, every once in a while, the show does something so outrageous, we all step back and marvel at their brilliance. There was that awesome Banksy moment  a few months back and it happened again Sunday night when, during their Season 22 Christmas episode called The Fight Before Christmas, the final segment of the show was done in live action featuring a cameo by pop superstar (and wife of Russell Brand ) Katy Perry. Plus, producer James L. Brooks has stated he and his fellow show producers have jumped the biggest hurdle when it comes to possibly making a sequel to The Simpsons Movie. »
- Germain Lussier
The first film was 20 years in the making, but when The Simpsons Movie hit cinema screens back in 2007 and ended up grossing a massive $527 million dollars, it’s no big surprise that the creators decided they may want to get a sequel out a bit quicker.
ComingSoon spoke to The Simpsons writer, James L Brook recently to find out what he thought about a second movie. He said, “[The Simpsons Movie] was a huge success and we’re very open to [a sequel] [...] We have a beginning notion if we want to do it, but the series always comes first with us.”
Brooks also spoke about how difficult the first movie was to make:
“It was much harder than we anticipated, [...] It took us a year to try and get to the point because we were all so scared of ‘What are we going to do to the Simpsons’ and ‘What if the movie is no good? »
- Laura Stackhouse
After nearly two decades of unprecedented success, the pop culture phenomenon known as The Simpsons finally got its long-expected chance at the silver screen. The Simpsons Movie opened in theaters during the summer of 2007 and blew away expectations after raking in well over half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office on a $75 million production budget.
So, how does a film based on a long-running franchise, which earned very positive reviews and fans new and old, on top of a hefty profit margin, not get a sequel greenlit? Well, according to James L. Brooks, Simpsons executive producer, they’re definitely open to it, but that the first one was tough to make.
Our pal Ed Douglas at Coming Soon has the exclusive after chatting with Brooks and bringing up…
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- Rob Keyes
The Simpsons Movie may reportedly get a sequel in the near future. According to Coming Soon, the show's executive producer James L. Brooks has said that a follow-up to the 2007 film may be on the way. Brooks revealed that Simpsons producers are "open" to the possibility of a Simpsons Movie 2, but admitted that starting the first film was tough in itself. He said: "It was much harder than we anticipated. It took us a year to try and get to the point because we're (more) »
- By Tara Fowler
I have the maybe-not-so-proud experience of having seen every episode of The Simpsons from the first to the 17th season, and with the occasional episode after that. I’ve spent a lot of time watching this show, and therefore I know more about it than most people (swear I’m not bragging). I not only count myself as a fan of The Simpsons Movie but also felt it was a strong part of the whole franchise, some of the best stuff produced by that creative team in years. So executive producer James L. Brooks’ comments about us possibly seeing a second film has me generally happy, although we may have to wait a while before we get the movie.
Speaking to ComingSoon (via ComicBookMovie), while promoting his newest directorial effort How Do You Know, he stated that the project was being put into consideration. While he made it clear that they were “open to it, »
- Nick Newman
Back in 2007 The Simpsons Movie made $530 million at the worldwide box office and a further $100 million on Us DVD sales, which for any other animated movie would have prompted a greenlight for a sequel. But as the movie took so many years to make and with the creative talent busy on the [...] »
Back in 2007, The Simpsons Movie was one of the biggest breakout hits of the summer, far exceeding any expectations at the box office. Many fans of the show knew that the movie was a long time coming, having been in development for many years before finally coming to fruition. Considering how fast hit movies have sequels greenlit, it's somewhat surprising that there hasn't been any official word on the sequel. Earlier today, ComingSoon.net had a chance to talk with the show's executive producer James L. Brooks about his new movie as a filmmaker, How Do You Know , and we asked him whether that success has convinced them to do it all again for another movie sometime down the road. "We're open to it," he told us, adding the disclaimer, "It was much harder than we »
Best Buy has updated their Cyber Monday Blu-ray titles to expand the selection of films on sale from a small handful over the weekend to 35 total.
Almost everything in Best Buy's Cyber Monday Blu-ray list is slotted into either a $7.99 or $9.99 price point. Starting with the $7.99 group we have Predator, Independence Day, The Princess Bride, Live Free or Die Hard, Slumdog Millionaire, Kingdom of Heaven, Showgirls, I Robot, The Wrestler, The Day After Tomorrow, Mr & Mrs Smith, Reservoir Dogs, Jumper, Juno, Master and Commander, What Happens in Vegas, Australia, 27 Dresses, The Simpsons Movie, American Psycho, Fargo, 12 Rounds, Little Miss Sunshine, The Silence of the Lambs, and Walking Tall.
In the $9.99 category are X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Taken, Fight Club, Valkyrie, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?, and Dr Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog. Lastly for $12.99 are Hot Tub Time Machine, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, »
The Simpsons Movie benefitted hugely from an NFL overrun as Fox won primetime on Thursday night. Between 8pm and 10pm, the film averaged 7.58m, while repeats of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita took 2.24m and 3.2m for The CW. CBS reruns held up well: a Big Bang Theory double bill appealed to 6.36m and 7.14m at 8pm and 9pm, while $$#*! My Dad Says and Mike & Molly amused 6.05m and 6.5m at 8.30pm and 9.30pm. (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Fast National ratings for Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
An NFL game that bled into primetime gave Fox a ratings victory on an otherwise quiet Thanksgiving night. Concert specials from Taylor Swift on NBC and Beyonce on ABC drew about equal-sized audiences -- neither one of them very big.
Thanks to the New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys game, Fox averaged 7.6 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/8 share in primetime (though that will change some because of the live NFL coverage). CBS (6.9 million, 4.1/8) was not far behind in second place. ABC's 4.4 million viewers and 2.4/5 was good enough for third, beating NBC's 4.1 million and 2.5/5. The CW (2.7 million, 1.4/3) had its numbers inflated some because its New York affiliate aired the nighttime NFL game.
Fox also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.7 rating. CBS took second with a 1.7, ahead of ABC's 1.4. NBC drew a 1.0 and The CW a 0.9.
Thursday hour by hour:
Fox: NFL overrun/"The Simpsons Movie" (10.5 million viewers, »
Some of the first edition voice actors are returning to Cars 2, like Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy, but a lot of new voices will be making their debut in the spy-tastic sequel. Michael Caine (Inception) will voice spy car Finn McMissile. Emily Mortimer (The Water Horse) will voice spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell. Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, pictured) will play Siddeley, the spy jet. Peter Jacobson (Transformers, "House) will voice Acer, Thomas Kretschmann (The Young Victoria) will voice Professor Z and Joe Mantegna (The Simpsons Movie) will voice Grem. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
HollywoodNews.com: Veteran animation and television writer Mike Scully has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ 13th annual Animation Writing Award, recognizing his prolific career and outstanding contributions to the craft of film and television animation writing, as well as his efforts to organize animation writers on behalf of the Writers Guild.
The Awc’s lifetime achievement award will be presented to Scully tonight at the Awc’s annual awards ceremony held at Wgaw headquarters in Los Angeles.
“Whether penning episodes of The Simpsons, one of the most acclaimed, influential, and long-running series in TV history, or playing a key role in organizing the field of animation writing on behalf of the Guild, Mike’s contributions to both the craft and business of animation writing make him more than deserving of this award,” commented Wgaw President John Wells.
“Mike Scully, now in »
- Linny Lum
Veteran Simpsons writer Mike Scully will receive the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ 13th annual Animation Writing Award, a lifetime achievement honor, which will be presented to him tonight at the Awc’s annual awards ceremony. “Whether penning episodes of The Simpsons, one of the most acclaimed, influential, and long-running series in TV history, or playing a key role in organizing the field of animation writing on behalf of the Guild, Mike’s contributions to both the craft and business of animation writing make him more than deserving of this award,” said Wgaw president John Wells. Scully’s television writing credits include Parks and Recreation, Everybody Loves Raymond, Complete Savages and The Pitts. He also co-wrote The Simpsons Movie and is an executive producer of the upcoming Fox animated series Napoleon Dynamite. Previous Awc Writing Award honorees include Al Jean, Brad Bird, Michael Reiss, Linda Woolverton and Stan Berkowitz. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
You may not be able to attend the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" premiere in London, but a handful of folks in the Twitter-Wood feed received invitations and shared what they were up to en route.
Another traveling tale that showed up today came from David Slade, who happened to see someone watching a pirated version of his movie "Eclipse" on a plane. You can check out how he felt about that after the jump, as well as what Duncan Jones and Edgar Wright had to say about the passing of "Blue Velvet" producer Dino De Laurentiis... and how Jim Gaffigan views Veterans Day.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for November 11, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@TheRealNimoy Three Spocks. Leonard, Zachary and Jacob. Llap http://twitpic.com/35ybb6
"Deathly Hallows" pt. 1: @WarwickADavis My kids are watching 'HP6' »
- Brian Warmoth
"The Simpsons Movie" co-writer David Mirkin is going to know a lot more about Richard Benson as he puts together the adapted script for his memoir "Richard Branson: Loosing my Virginity". Don't ask me what's up with the title of that book, I'm not the one who named it. The writer is also latched on to produce along with Steven Paul who's on the project under the Junction Films label. The autobiography he's adapting focuses on Branson's rags-to-riches tale as an entrepreneur with roots in the music business, as well as his love for death-defying stunts, including riding across the Atlantic Ocean in hot-air balloons. Mirkin will also be directing the biopic, but there's no word on who could be playing the billionaire.His new company Virgin Produced will be attached to the production. The new company is tied together with Relativity Media.Source: Variety »
Yes, he looks like the inspiration for Sabretooth, but Sir Richard Branson is worth more than the planet is. Seriously. If we tried to sell earth to another race of beings, they might be outbid by Branson. The owner of all things Virgin (including that cell phone in your hand) has a knack for jumping out of airplanes (that he owns), and now David Mirkin’s deep comedy roots are going to dig their way into Branson’s virgin soil. According to Variety, Mirkin is set to make an adaptation of Branson’s memoirs “Losing My Virginity” his second feature film. Mirkin wrote the screenplay for The Simpsons Movie (and has worked on the show for years), and he’ll be writing and directing the feature for Branson. Oddly enough, Branson himself was Simpsonized in the episode “Monty Can’t Buy Me Love.” It’s good to know the guy can take a joke. »
- Cole Abaius
David Mirkin ( The Simpsons Movie ) will write and direct an adaptation of Richard Branson's "Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way," reports Variety . Steven Paul ( Ghost Rider ) is producing through Junction Films along with Mirkin. The book is described as follows: "Oh, screw it, let's do it." That's the philosophy that has allowed Richard Branson, in slightly more than twenty-five years, to spawn so many successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), to retail (Virgin Megastores), and nearly a hundred others, ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none. Losing My »
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