Nothing is as good as it was 25 years ago, but The Simpsons comes close. The longest running animated show in history may not have the cultural impact or consistent comedy impact it did in the 1990s, but in the past few years, it has expanded beyond mere television. Mobile games, mobile apps, marathons, concerts, The Simpsons is now more than a TV show. It’s a way of life.
That uptick in cultural relevance has not gone unnoticed by the executives at 20th Century Fox. They’ve once again asked producers to do a sequel to 2007′s The Simpsons Movie. But, like the producers said in 2007, 2013 (twice) and now in 2014, it’s still not happening. Read producer James L. Brooks‘ thoughts on a Simpsons Movie sequel, as well as his take on the original film, below. Read More »
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Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.
To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.
Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »
News of a new G.I. Joe film, the continuation of Pacific Rim and some crazy riffs on potential follow-ups are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.
- Jon Chu confirms Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for G.I. Joe 3.
- Sandra Bullock doesn’t think there will be a sequel to The Heat.
- Despite rumors, there are no plans to do a sequel to The Simpsons Movie.
- Gareth Edwards comes up with a hypothetical idea for a Godzilla sequel.
- James Wan says he’d love an electric car in Fast and Furious 7.
- Mel Gibson‘s brother wants to lend his voice to the Mad Max video game.
- Travis Beacham promises more Pacific Rim, at least in comics.
- Dolphin Tale 2 gets a greenlight and the whole gang is back.
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Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Who exactly is G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s Cobra Commander? Find out after the jump. Also:
- Expect the cast to return for Oz The Great and Powerful 2
- Josh Duhamel will make a cameo in Transformers 4
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
- Don’t hold your breath for a Simpsons Movie sequel
- A Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance stuntman is suing Sony
- V/H/S 2 gets a release date and some new images
- See images and video from the Star Trek scoring studio
- Just what is in that new Star Trek Into Darkness teaser?
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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. Watch the clip and read the quote after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 by David Chen
Those who saw The Simpsons Movie know that Homer Simpson’s oft-advertised singing of the song “Spiderpig” encapsulated either everything that was awesome with that film, or everything that was wrong with the Simpsons franchise as a whole (depending on how big of a fan you were at that point). I happen to fall in the latter category. Apparently, police from Blairgowrie, Perthshire may agree with me.
After a summer night of drinking, 22-year old David Mullen broke curfew while on bail and assaulted a police officer, which netted him eight months of jail. But on top of that, while sitting in the police van, he started singing the song “Spiderpig,” which he claimed to do because it was his ringtone. He also called an officer “ginger.” For breaching the peace through these actions, he was recently sentenced to an additional three months in jail. This is unquestionably a stunning rebuke of The Simpsons Movie by the legal system. However, sadly, those around us that continue to quote The Simpsons ad nauseam remain unpunished.
The opening to last night’s season premiere of The Simpsons began where The Simpsons Movie left off. Wonder what happened to Spider-Pig? Or Homer’s Pig Crap silo? Want to know what happened to Springfield? And what about a Simpsons Movie sequel? Bart writes on the chalk board “I will not wait 20 years to make another movie.”
Check out the full clip after the jump.
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The Simpsons Movie is the sixth biggest movie of 2007, beating such contenders as 300, Ratatouille, Live Free or Die Hard and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. It’s easily the biggest tv-to-film adaptation of all time. The film will likely end its run with $500 million worldwide, not bad for a $75 million animated flick.
Talk of a Simpsons sequel began before the credits ended, and will continue on screen in the September 23rd 19th season premiere with Bart Simpson writing “I will not wait 20 years to make another movie” on a blackboard. However, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean says there are no current plans for a sequel.
“We would only do a sequel if we believed it was a movie that had to be made, just like we did with the first one,” Jean told the New York Post. “We wouldn’t want to do it just because the first one was successful, or because we wanted to make money off of a movie. We’d only do it if we had a script that we thought was great [and] there’s no script at this point.”
I’m sure they can fin d a script when Fox offers to double everyone’s salary for a sequel.
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