20th century fox world

As Disney and Universal continue to butt heads in the ongoing war between their theme park empires, 20th Century Fox is looking to enter the arena in a big way. Armed with the rights to some of the biggest and most beloved movie franchises of all time, they have the right ingredients for something special.

But most of you reading this are in for a bit of a trip if you want to visit the newly announced 20th Century Fox World. The new park and resort is heading to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where it will capitalize on the nation’s increasingly huge tourism industry. Hit the jump for more details.

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Simpsons Halloween couch gag

One of the staples of The Simpsons has always been the couch gag that happens at the end of the opening title sequence to the long-running animated show. In more recent years, the gags have gotten even more complex, with producers bringing in other trademark animators or paying tribute to other cartoons to liven things up a bit.

Recent couch gags have included the likes of Rick and Morty as well as the familiar gang from Futurama when the sci-fi series crossed over with its predecessor. And now Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi has put together a pretty trippy sequence that has some flares of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but if they were in an acid nightmare. Read More »

The Simpsons gay character

The Simpsons just began its 27th season lat night, and thankfully, after some rough negotiations over the summer, Harry Shearer was back with the rest of the veteran voice cast, reprising a few of his many voice roles on the show.

We already know a couple of fun storylines for episodes coming in this new season of the long-running animated comedy, and now one more has just been revealed by showrunner Al Jean (who we just interviewed recently as well). It turns out one of the characters on The Simpsons will be coming out as gay.

This season, The Simpsons gay character will be… (spoiler after the jump, you have been warned). Read More »

Simpsons Al Jean Interview

Al Jean may be the only other person alive who’s seen as many Simpsons episodes as I have. As showrunner for most of the series’ 27 plus year run, he only missed two years while he ran the short lived series The Critic, but still kept up with The Simpsons. I have literally never missed an episode which seems daunting now, but as it was running I just thought, “Well, there’s a new Simpsons this week. I’ll tape it so I can still see it if I’m not home.” That was 26 years ago. When I once told Jean I’d never missed one, he said, “Me too.”

So I’ve met Jean a few times. At the twice yearly Television Critics Association press tours, he’s usually the one representing The Simpsons, and I always have more questions for him. Season 27 premieres Sunday, September 27 on Fox, and this year almost brought massive changes. Harry Shearer had decided no to renew his contract but ultimately changed his mind. The season premiere promises Homer and Marge break up, but spoiler alert, Jean told us how that was going to turn out, as well as discussing HD cropping of earlier episodes, the FXX marathon and specific characters like Comic Book Guy.

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Ned Flanders metal band

Hey-Diddly-Ho, Neighbor-eeno! What if I told you there was a metal band called Okilly Dokilly inspired by the The Simpsons’ overly kind, Jesus-loving, bespectacled, mustachioed neighbor Ned Flanders? Would you be excited? Because this is a real band, purporting to be the first and only “Nedal” band. Get it?

Straight from Arizona, every member of this band is dressed as Ned Flanders, and their names are all different rhyming versions of the character. There’s Head Ned on vocals, Red Ned on Synth, Thread Ned on bass, Stead Ned on guitar and Bled Ned on drums. And if you’re curious as to what a Ned Flanders metal band sounds like, you can check out their demo below. Read More »

Best Stories of the Week

It’s been quite the long week for us, having just returned from Comic-Con in San Diego. But now that we’re back home, let’s count down the Best Stories of the Week.

Below we recap major stories such as Phil Lord & Chris Miller directing a Han Solo spin-off movie, a bunch of new images from Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters, Harry Shearer returning to The Simpsons. We also have new trailers for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Goosebumps starring Jack Black, not to mention a whole slew of news and coverage from Comic-Con.

So let’s get down to the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

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Harry Shearer Returning to ‘The Simpsons’


Harry Shearer is headed back to Springfield. Two months after the voice actor revealed that he was leaving The Simpsons, Shearer has finally agreed to rejoin the series as it heads into its 27th(!) season. His signature characters include fan favorites like Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner. More details on the Harry Shearer Simpsons return after the jump.  Read More »

Homer Marge the Simpsons divorce

Next season, The Simpsons is really shaking things up. We’ve already heard the Treehouse of Horror episode will give Sideshow Bob his ultimate wish, and now executive producer Al Jean has revealed they’re going to fool around with one of the show’s most sacred institutions. The 27th season will premiere with an episode that sees Marge and Homer get legally separated. Find out more about the storyline, and some other new Simpsons episodes including an homage to Boyhood, below. Read More »

Sideshow Bob bart simpson

Krusty the Clown’s former assistant Sideshow Bob has long been defined by two things: his crazy red hair and a need to kill Bart Simpson. Basically, Bart foiled one of Sideshow Bob’s early criminal plans and ever since, Bob’s devoted his life to killing Bart. Time and time again he’s concocted nefarious schemes to kill the skateboarding wise ass and every time Bart, usually with the help of his sister, outsmarts the mastermind.

That changes this year. The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean revealed that, in this year’s Treehouse of Horror episode, Sideshow Bob will finally kill Bart Simpson. Read More »