Let’s say you’re one of the producers of The Simpsons, still on the air after an astounding 24 seasons. For years, you’ve ignored spec scripts and story pitches from pretty much everyone possible. And then you learn that Judd Apatow, who is now kind of a big deal, wrote a Simpsons spec script as his first-ever stab at writing for television. The smart move would be to make sure that thing gets made, even if it is an early effort from someone who was at the time an unformed talent.
And so here we are: the script Apatow wrote in 1990 — way back when The Simpsons was almost as new and green as Apatow was at the time — looks like it will be made at last. Read More »
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Judd Apatow‘s movies all have a common thread. A person who acts younger than they should is forced to leave their youthful ways and become a grown up. Exhibits A, B, C and D are Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Seth Rogen in Knocked Up, Adam Sandler in Funny People and both Pete and Debbie (to a slightly lesser extent) in the upcoming This is 40. Apatow is well aware this is his thematic bread and butter.
At a recent screening of This is 40 hosted by Film Independent, the writer/director/producer whose work has had such a profound effect on comedy traced that conceit back to the first thing he ever wrote: a spec script for The Simpsons. What was it about? Read his quote after the jump. Read More »
New York Comic-Con starts Thursday and while it hasn’t quite reached the insane heights of San Diego, it’s getting there. One company that’s certainly helping is Spoke Art, who’ll have a massive booth at the Con with no less than eight exclusive prints, previously sold out editions and much more.
The bulk of the exclusives will be the kick off of their third annual Bad Dads art show, featuring art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. We’ve featured both years (extensively) in the past and this year, with a new movie in theaters (Moonrise Kingdom), there’s even more excellent art by artists such as Max Dalton, Joshua Budich, Issac Bidwell and Dave Perillo (the exhibit will then continue in San Francisco later this month). Plus, Tim Doyle has released a new Simpsons themed piece in his Unreal Estate series and it’s the Worst. Print. Ever. Yes, you guessed the location. That show, too, will continue in the future.
After the jump, check out all the new Spoke Art pieces that’ll be at New York Comic Con booth #3223 beginning this week and more. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from serial killers and motorcycle gang leaders to Canadian pop songstresses. After the jump:
- A new Dexter teaser reveals the serial killer’s worst nightmare
- FX dishes up a promisingly tragic new trailer for Sons of Anarchy
- Bob’s Burgers‘ new Comic-Con poster offers choking first aid tips
- HBO sets return dates for Boardwalk Empire and Treme
- Jay Roach teams up with Paul Giamatti for HBO’s K Blows Top
- Benedict Cumberbatch lands a double guest role on The Simpsons
- Lost‘s Jorge Garcia could head to ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time
- “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen heads to 90210
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Five years ago The Simpsons Movie hit screens, and while the show has soldiered on in the interim, TV’s amazingly long-lived family hasn’t hit movie screens since. That changes next week with the opening of Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift. Playing before that movie will be a Simpsons short called The Longest Daycare, in which Maggie returns to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, and runs afoul of her arch-enemy Gerald, aka the baby with the one eyebrow.
Check out a super-brief trailer for the short below. Read More »
“It’s hard to do a 20-minute Maggie episode, but in four minutes it’s great. She’s like Charlie Chaplin.” That’s Simpsons executive producer Al Jean describing to Entertainment Weekly why the youngest member of The Simpsons was chosen to star in The Longest Daycare, a four-minute 3D short film that’ll play in front of Ice Age: Continental Drift when that film opens July 13.
Jean also discussed the origin of the project, its plot, who may or may not cameo and the possibility of another feature film. Read all that and more after the jump. Read More »
A highly underrated moment in the history of The Simpsons was in 2006 when 20th Century Fox sneakily placed the first teaser trailer/announcement of The Simpsons Movie in front of Ice Age: The Meltdown. That relationship between Homer and Scrat continues next month as a 3D Simpsons short film will play in front of Ice Age: Continental Drift. It’s called The Longest Daycare and will star Maggie Simpson. Check out a teaser clip below. Read More »
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There’s always a ton of news on the TV front but, instead of featuring it all, we occasionally pick out the good bits. After the jump read about:
- J.J. Abrams‘ new show, Revolution (above), directed by Jon Favreau has been picked up.
- James Cromwell will butt heads with Jessica Lange on American Horror Story Season 2.
- Showtime is developing a show called The Angry Buddhist.
- Star-making director Debra Granik will direct the HBO pilot American High Life.
- See what Lady Gaga will, partially, look like on The Simpsons.
- Chevy Chase still doesn’t think Community is funny.
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