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Fox developing The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers movies

In an article over at The Wall Street Journal discussing the impending 20th Century Fox takeover by The Walt Disney Company, it has been revealed that Fox is in development on a second Simpsons movie, as well as a live-action/animation hybrid Family Guy film and a Bob’s Burgers feature.

The Simpsons news isn’t entirely unexpected, as there have been several comments from the likes of Al Jean and James L. Brooks over the years suggesting that Fox was very keen on the idea of a follow up to 2007’s The Simpsons Movie. Similarly, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has teased a possible movie for over a decade now, stating back in 2005 that it would happen “soon”.

The WSJ article doesn’t give any indication how far along the development process any of these three projects are, but it does confirm that Disney intends on finishing and releasing
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Family Guy Movie in the Works with Live-Action Elements?

In a new report about the state of affairs at Fox with the latest Disney merger news, it reveals that Fox Animation has been developing a Family Guy movie that will contain live-action elements. This certainly sounds like something that series creator Seth MacFarlane would dare to pull off. In addition, it was also revealed that a Bob's Burger feature-length film is being developed as well along with The Simpsons Movie 2. However, these plans could be put into jeopardy with the Fox and Disney merger.

According to people close to the projects, the Family Guy movie will contain live-action elements, which sounds pretty interesting. It would be the first time on the big screen for the wildly popular series, and it's something that fans have asked about for years. The Simpsons Movie didn't come out until 2007, and it was teased for years, so the idea of a Family Guy movie
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The Simpsons Movie 2 Reportedly in Development at Fox

There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the Disney and Fox deal, mostly having to do with the Marvel implications as well as how much more of a juggernaut Disney will become at the box office. A new report reveals that the long-awaited sequel to The Simpsons Movie is currently in development at Fox. This is definitely exciting news for fans who have been waiting for The Simpsons Movie 2 to hit theaters for over a decade. But, could the merger have a negative impact on the sequel seeing the light of day?

In addition to The Simpsons Movie 2, the latest report states that a Bob's Burger movie as well as a Family Guy movie are also in development at Fox. Upon the 10th anniversary of the world's introduction to Spider-Pig last year, The Simpsons Movie writer-producer Al Jean and director David Silverman admitted that a follow-up could happen, but
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Matt Groening to Appear on Late Night for First Time in a Decade

Matt Groening to Appear on Late Night for First Time in a Decade
Matt Groening is set to appear on late-night TV for the first time in more than a decade. 

The Simpsons creator will stop by NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday to promote his upcoming Netflix show, Disenchantment. Meyers' other guests will include Jessica Biel and Awkwafina. 

Groening previously appeared on Late Night With Conan O'Brien (a former Simpsons writer himself) in 1994 for the show and again in 2007 to promote The Simpsons Movie. His first late-night appearance was on Late Night With David Letterman in 1989 to promote the pilot for The Simpsons.

The press-shy Groening has granted a number of interviews ...
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Here Are All The Properties That Disney’s Acquiring In The Fox Merger

As if The Walt Disney Company didn’t already wield an intimidating level of influence in the pop culture landscape, the colossal entertainment conglomerate is all set to obtain a whole studio’s worth of major properties after the company’s $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox.

As you may well know already, this will pave the way for dozens of Marvel characters to come home to the McU, most notably the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the various enemies and associates of those respective superhero teams. But the acquisitions don’t come close to stopping there.

ComicBook.com have helpfully compiled a long list of properties that the House of Mouse will be getting in the merger deal, and you can feast eyes on some of the biggest names below:

X-Men Deadpool The Fantastic Four The Simpsons Avatar Family Guy American Dad! King of the Hill Bob’s Burgers
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‘The Simpsons’ Producer David Mirkin Directing Sally Thorne Novel ‘The Hating Game’ For Big Screen

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‘The Simpsons’ Producer David Mirkin Directing Sally Thorne Novel ‘The Hating Game’ For Big Screen
Exclusive: Four-time Emmy winning The Simpsons producer David Mirkin is set to direct the feature film comedy The Hating Game, based on the USA Today bestselling novel by Sally Thorne.

Christina Mengert adapted the book. Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of Bcdf Pictures are producers.

The Hating Game tells the story of kind-hearted Lucy Hutton and her cold-efficient nemesis Joshua Templeton. Resolving to achieve professional success without compromising her ethics, Lucy embarks on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against Joshua, a rivalry that is impossibly complicated by her growing attraction to him.

Mirkin’s directing credits include Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow cult classic Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Heartbreakers which starred Gene Hackman, Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman. Mirkin is a longtime writer/producer of Fox’s The Simpsons and also co-wrote The Simpsons Movie
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Kendrick Lamar, Jk Rowling, Jonathan Nolan and 20 Other Surprising New Academy Members

  • The Wrap
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a record-breaking number of new member invitees that puts the organization on track to reach its 2016 goals of doubling the number of non-white and female members.

Some of the 928 invitees were quite curious, either because it was surprising they weren’t already members — or that the Academy would even think to induct them.

Consider French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry, who won an Oscar for co-writing his 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but somehow never snagged an invite from the Academy until now.

Also Read: Oscars Academy Has Doubled Non-White Members Since 2016, on Track to Double Women Too

Or Jonathan Nolan, who earned a nomination with his brother Christopher for 2000’s “Memento,” but has been passed over all these years despite his acclaimed scripts for “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”

Then there’s “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling.
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Fox promotes Chris Green to UK theatrical MD

Green is promoted from marketing director.

Twentieth Century Fox has appointed Chris Green as UK theatrical managing director, starting from July 1.

He is promoted from his previous role as marketing director, a role he held for seven years.

In his new position he will oversee strategic and operational responisibilities for Fox’s theatrical offices in the UK and Ireland, reported to executive vice president Emea Paul Higginson.

Green joined Fox in 2003 as part of the trade marketing team, becoming marketing director in 2011. In his time at the company he has overseen campaigns on films including Avatar and The Simpsons Movie,
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Yes, ‘The Simpsons’ Is Still Funny

Depending on where you draw the line, The Simpsons stopped being especially relevant in the larger American pop-culture sometime around the turn of the century. Most people attribute turnovers in the writing staff, the shifting nature of televisual consumption and distribution that followed the rise of internet ubiquity and the increasing compartmentalization of fandoms following the 1990s, when all-encompassing “water cooler” shows were less important of a cultural touchstone owing to the fact that everybody wasn’t

Yes, ‘The Simpsons’ Is Still Funny
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Freeform Taps Fox’s Erin Moody As Vice President Communications

Freeform has tapped former Fox communications executive Erin Moody as vice-president, communications. In her new role, Moody will work closely with Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform, and be responsible for all strategic corporate communication efforts, consumer press campaigns, awards outreach and talent relations for the business unit. She’ll report to Kevin Brockman, Evp Global Communications, Disney|ABC Television. Moody replaces Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul who recently moved to Netflix.

“What impresses me most about Erin is her passion for communications, her infectious positive outlook and integrity, and the breadth of her experience,” said Brockman. “She approaches our craft with a unique point-of-view that is sure to complement and propel the team’s already stellar efforts.”

“In addition to Erin’s abundant talent and experience, what makes her a great addition to Freeform is that she is already a fan of our shows and network,” said Ascheim. “Her boundless enthusiasm and innate dynamism will
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Frightfest Glasgow: ‘Primal Rage’ Review: Dir. Patrick Magee (2018)

Primal Rage Review: A couple go head-to-head with Bigfoot in this riff on Predator.

Primal Rage review by Kat Hughes.

Primal Rage Review

Sasquatch, or Bigfoot as it is better known, is one of mankind’s biggest myths. Unlike vampires, werewolves and mummies, there are plenty of people who believe that the forest-dwelling beast could exist. It’s strange then that there aren’t many movies featuring Bigfoot, especially in the horror arenas, as all other monstrous entities have had hundreds, if not thousands, of cinematic adventures. When pushed to name a Bigfoot-centric film, all that springs to mind is Harry and the Hendersons, and that’s not exactly frightening. All of these reasons make director Patrick Magee’s movie Primal Rage a very intriguing prospect.

Screening in Glasgow as part of the Horror Channel Frightfest programme, Primal Rage offers a dark tale of a couple lost in the woods battling a vicious,
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How to Make That Ned Flanders Hot Cocoa From “The Simpsons Movie”

Here we are back with Babish to make the Ned Flanders hot cocoa from The Simpsons movie. This is the same cocoa that made Bart Simpson mutter “Oh my God” it was so good. You know Bart, he doesn’t offer comments all that often and if he does it usually means that he’s being sarcastic in some way. All the same however this cocoa looks quite decadent and as though it might give a person a cavity just by looking at it for too long. You’ve got to give it to Ned Flanders, he knows how to make a good

How to Make That Ned Flanders Hot Cocoa From “The Simpsons Movie
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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

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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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