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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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This Sunday, 'The Simpsons' does something it's somehow never done before

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This Sunday, 'The Simpsons' does something it's somehow never done before
When you're "The Simpsons" and you've been around for 27 seasons, and close to 600 episodes, doing something new is almost impossible. For the most part, the show's better latter-day episodes(*) mix and match stories the show has done a half dozen times or more in the past, finding amusing and/or poignant variations on old themes. Last week's Maggie subplot, for instance, featuring the triumphant return of Spider-Pig, had more than a little in common with the Oscar-nominated "Simpsons" short "The Longest Daycare," while the delightful "Cue Detective" episode from two weeks ago was cooked up from ingredients used in many past food-related episodes. (*) And, yes, the series is still capable of doing very good, and at times, great, episodes even if it's not with the frequency of the first decade. We picked out some of the better recent installments in the later installments of our guide to Fxx's Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon.
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Animator David Silverman on 8 Early and Previously Unseen Simpsons Sketches

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Animator David Silverman on 8 Early and Previously Unseen Simpsons Sketches
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.
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Fxx Will Air All 25 Seasons of The Simpsons in Order for the Longest Marathon in TV History

We told you that Fxx acquired The Simpsons, but now it’s getting real. They have the syndication rights to all episodes of the animated series, and announced 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.

Wow. I know there is a good chance if you turn your TV on at any time of any day you will find The Simpsons on, but this just made it a lot more convenient.

Fxx will also make all Simpsons episodes available on demand through the Fxnow app—available on smart phones, smart TVs, and game consoles—and SimpsonsWorld.com starting in October. Fans will
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That Lego Simpsons rumour? Here’s the official word

Remember that Lego Simpsons scoop we brought you way back in September, well by now you’ll have seen the pics of the new Lego Simpsons house (if you haven’t I’ve embedded a video showing all the pics below), however Lego have now also officially announced the minifigure line – priced slightly higher than previous lines, and the Simpsons Lego TV episode. Read all about it in the press release below:

The Lego Group Announces Partnership With Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products To Launch Lego® And The Simpsons Branded Merchandise Construction Set and Minifigure Series Based on the Popular Show Available Beginning February 2014

Products To Coincide With Lego-Themed Simpsons Episode, Airing May 2014 on Fox

Billund, Denmark, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Lego Group today announced a new partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to produce a construction set and licensed Lego® minifigures inspired by the iconic television series, The Simpsons.
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'The Simpsons' Ink Deal With Fxx

'The Simpsons' Ink Deal With Fxx
The producers of The Simpsons have inked a deal with Fxx, the spinoff network of FX, for the exclusive cable rights to all seasons of the show. This only excludes new seasons of the comedy, which will still air on Fox.

The channel will begin broadcasting Simpsons episodes in August 2014. The deal also includes the exclusive streaming rights to the series, which would belong to Fxnow, a mobile app that will debut soon. That deal effectively prevents Netflix, Hulu or others from carrying The Simpsons. When the deal goes into effect,
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The Simpsons 25th Season Begins Today – Ay, caramba! Indeed

Our Simpsons week comes to a close today, we hope you enjoyed all the fun as much as we did. If you were playing our Screenshot-o-rama on our Facebook page then you know how hard it was to stump Kevin who put it all together, thanks Kevin.

We now look to the future and what will inevitably a great 25th season for our favorite cartoon family. Here is a trailer for this Sunday’s episode “Homerland” where an FBI agent helps Lisa find out why Homer suddenly becomes polite after attending a nuclear power convention. Guest star: Kristen Wiig:

The Simpsons’ twenty-fifth season will begin airing on Fox on September 29, 2013. In this season, Homer sells his Mapple stock to buy a bowling ball, Marge blames herself and Kiss for Bart’s rebellious streak, Lisa becomes a cheerleader for Springfield’s football team, and Homer delivers a baby. Guest stars
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Fun With Short Films – Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare

In 2012 Maggie Simpson starred in her very own 3D short film. The Longest Daycare debuted prior to Ice Age: Continental Drift on July 13, 2012. This film would be the second Simpsons movie to grace the big screen and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

In true Maggie fashion, The Longest Daycare features no dialogue, yet the story plays out rather effectively. Like any other Simpsons product, the jokes are present, albeit a bit more subtle. The story is constantly in motion; amazing animation and a fantastic soundtrack make The Longest Daycare a great watch and well worth the time for Simpsons fans and non-Simpsons fans alike. While I am nowhere near as passionate for the series as Kevin and Graham are (I argue it peaked around the 7th and 8th seasons), The Longest Daycare contains everything you would want in an animated short. Not that I
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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Class of 2013: 276 New Members Invited to Join the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got
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Academy adds record number of new members

Academy adds record number of new members
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.

That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.

AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.

Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham,
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276 Receive Membership Invites From The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:

Actors

Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno

Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface

Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises

Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid

Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town

Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator

Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl

Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,
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Film Academy Invites 276 New Members

Film Academy Invites 276 New Members
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay and Paul Feig are among the 276 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.

“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”

Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.

Among the other
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85th Annual Academy Awards Winners!

85th Annual Academy Awards Winners!
The 85th Annual Academy Awards took place earlier today, hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Take a look at all the big Academy Awards winners below.

Best Picture:

Argo

Amour

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:

Ang Lee - Life of Pi

Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Michael Haneke - Amour

David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook

Steven Spielberg - Lincoln

Best Actor In A Leading Role:

Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook

Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Denzel Washington - Flight

Best Actress In A Leading Role:

Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

Emmanuelle Riva - Amour

Quvenzhan&#233 Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts - The Impossible

Best Actor In A Supporting Role:

Christoph Waltz
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The Oscars 2013 Winners

It’s the biggest night in Hollywoodland and we’re along for the crazy, caffeine-fueled night. Whether it’ll be Lincoln’s night or a wider net of awards there’ll be plenty to talk about for weeks to come.

If you’re on Twitter then follow us tweet the night away over at @heyuguys and you can keep abreast of all the winners as they are announced right here.

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi took home the most awards, with four statues to its name for Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.

Ben Affleck’s Argo and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables were next, taking three apiece. Affleck’s third feature took the most coveted award of the evening, very much deservedly winning him, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov the Best Picture award, as well as taking home the Best Film Editing and
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"Argo" Tops 85th Academy Awards! Argo F*&k Yourself!

And in the end, it was the movie with a snubbed director that took the top prize. Ben Affleck's "Argo" rocked the Academy Awards by winning the Best Picture of the year award. The biggest surprise for me was Ang Lee who went home with the Best Director trophy for "Life of Pi" while Steven Spielberg went home empty handed. His "Lincoln" still won two Academy Awards, one for Best Actor for the great Daniel Day-Lewis' fine performance as our beloved 16th President, and the other for production design.

Just as I predicted to the lovely Anne Hathaway three months ago, she went home with the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her brilliant performance as Fantine in "Les Miserables." This sort of is a blessing from the Academy as well for turning in a memorable Catwoman performance in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Jennifer Lawrence won (and fell,
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Go Oscar Bowling, Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Nick Allen’s Picks for the 85th Academy Awards

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling), created by Jeff Bayer.

Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor,
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Oscar 2013 Predictions -- My Complete, Fearless Oscar Predictions in All Categories!

Predicting the Oscars? Whew! It.s a tough one this year! Besides, honestly, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis, there.s no clear-cut favorite at the 85th Academy Awards. Even Hathaway and Day-Lewis are on shaky grounds, okay, not that much. They may be surefire but what about for Best Picture, or heck, Best Director with the presumed frontrunner, Ben Affleck, missing from the race?

But, every year, I slaved to give you my honest, heartfelt Oscar predictions, which should help you with your Oscar pool.I hope. If you win anything, just give me an Oscar buck!

So here you go, my complete 2013 Oscar predictions for all categories:

Here's the video of the top categories, for the complete predictions, keep on reading :happy

Best Picture

"Amour"

*** "Argo"

"Beasts Of The Southern Wild"

"Django Unchained"

"Les Miserables"

"Life Of Pi"

"Lincoln"

"Silver Linings Playbook"

"Zero Dark Thirty"

Will Win: .Argo. . Why?
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Go Oscar Bowling, Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Shane T. Nier’s Picks for the 85th Academy Awards

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling), created by Jeff Bayer.

Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor,
See full article at Scorecard Review »

Go Oscar Bowling, Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Jeff Bayer’s Picks for the 85th Academy Awards

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling).

Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress).

You
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