Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Planet Express crew is making a special delivery to your TV this weekend. No, Futurama hasn’t been revived again — Bender, Fry, and the gang are setting a course for Springfield in the next episode of The Simpsons, in hopes of preventing a disastrous future event.
But before it gets to that, though, the Simpsons episode will begin as all Simpsons episodes must — with a couch gag. And in keeping with the Simpsons / Futurama crossover theme, it brings back a minor but much-loved character into the Simpsons family living room. Watch the Simpsons Futurama couch gag after the jump.
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You may not know the name Frank Sivero but, if you’ve seen a mob movie, you know his face. He played Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, the afro-sporting mobster who buys his wife a mink coat and ends up on a meat hook. He’s also an extra in The Godfather and had a bigger role in The Godfather Part II. In recent years, fantasy became reality as he was arrested for gun possession.
Now, the actor is attempting a new way to make money. A massive, massive lawsuit against The Simpsons. Sivero says the Simpsons character Louie, one of the henchman of mobster Fat Tony, is based on his likeness from Goodfellas and he wants $250 million in compensation. Read more about the Goodfellas Simpsons lawsuit below. Read More »
Sunday on Twitter, former Simpsons consultant Brad Bird said “In The Simpsons universe, Christmas comes at Halloween; all stops are pulled, budgets are increased, no holds are barred.” He was referring to the show’s annual Treehouse of Horror event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sunday. The highlight of the show’s three segments (all of which were pretty fantastic) was A Clockwork Yellow. The story reimagined Moe, Homer, Lenny and Carl as Alex and his droogs from Stanley Kubrick‘s A Clockwork Orange. It borrowed dialogue, settings, shots, and music; in the story things get weird, and eventually just nosedive down a Kubrickian rabbit hole. It’s a much-watch for fans of The Simpsons and Kubrick alike. Read More »
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 »
In the past couple years the producers of The Simpsons have allowed a few different filmmakers and artists to go wild in revamping the show’s opening “couch gag.” Banksy envisioned a mine in which slave labor animates the show and grinds up kittens to stuff Bart Simpsons dolls; Guillermo del Toro scripted kaiju battles and cameos from Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and a legion of other horror characters from his own films and others. This week, Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt got his shot, and the Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons couch gag has got to be the most bonkers animation that will run on mainstream TV this year. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Springfield is already slated to get visits from Family Guy‘s Griffin clan and Futurama‘s Planet Express crew this season, but the next planned Simpsons crossover may be the strangest yet. For Homer and company will be crossing paths with… themselves.
In this year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode, the Simpsons will find their home haunted by a family of ghosts, The Others-style, who turn out to be the Simpsons from the Tracey Ullman Show era. Hit the jump for your first look at the Simpsons / Simpsons crossover.
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Futurama will return to to the airwaves with Fry, Leela, Bender and company appearing in a special episode of The Simpsons airing on November 9th 2014. Hit the jump to see the first look at this Futurama Simpsons crossover episode.
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