The Simpsons Lego Episode

I think a great many people who gave up on The Simpsons years ago might tune in on May 4. That’s when the long-in-development Lego episode of The Simpsons — called Brick Like Me – premieres. In the episode, Homer wakes up in a Springfield where everyone is Lego. He has to figure out what’s going on. The show creators have mixed multiple forms of animation and teamed with Lego to create a wholly unique look for the episode, filled with puns and references to the collectable building toy.

Below, check out 11 new images from The Simpsons Lego episode featuring the characters as regular animation, Lego animation, and a blend of the two. Read More »

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Simpsons Lego Minifigures

The Simpsons Lego episode airs on May 4 and the first two images have been revealed. [Not that image above, which is of the actual Lego Simpsons toys.] Talking to Entertainment Weekly the two men primarily responsible for the episode,  co-executive producer Brian Kelley and executive producer Matt Selman, also revealed the plot, the difficulties in the production, connections with The Lego Movie and more. Check out the images and read about The Simpsons Lego episode below. Read More »

Harry Potter universal studios hollywood expansion

Universal Studios Hollywood is getting a major expansion culminating in the 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The movie-themed park announced this week not only the date for Potter land, but a significant expansion to The Simpsons area, a new Fast & Furious Supercharged ride on the studio tour, and more. Read the full press release for the Universal Studios Hollywood expansion and see tons of brand new concept art below. Read More »

Simpsons Lego Minifigures

The Simpsons and LEGO are total besties. Milhouse appeared in The LEGO Movie, the Simpsons residence is available as a large set and a LEGO-fied episode of The Simpsons airs in May. To tie all of that together at retail, LEGO will soon release a huge array of Simpsons minifigures. Sixteen characters will be available, all mystery packed, making them ultra-collectable. Below, check out images of all sixteen The Simpsons LEGO minifigures. Read More »

‘The Simpsons’ Couch Gag by ‘Triplets of Belleville’ Director

Possibly the best recent take on Homer Simpson is in The Simpsons couch gag, by Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet. Homer is the sort of guy who would probably turn up his nose at “snooty” French stuff, only to discover that escargots can be pretty delicious. So it’s pretty neat to see the French animation director, who also did The Illusionist, taking charge of latest couch gag for The Simpsons.

Chomet pushes the TV family into slightly new territory, but the underlying jokes are all pretty familiar: Homer is fat, Bart is impish, and Lisa likes animals. But it’s a pretty weird take on all that, and very much worth watching. Read More »

Tim Doyle - Springfield regular

Austin-based artist Tim Doyle has been making posters of The Simpsons for years. Most of them are part of his three Unreal Estate exhibits. Today, he’s released what could potentially be his final look at the legendary show. He and Spoke Art have released “Springfield,” an 18 x 24 inch screenprint available either in either a regular or glow in the dark edition. It’s on sale now, but don’t rush. It’s an open edition. They’ll print them as long as people buy them. Check out all the images below. Read More »

Lego Simpsons 5

There’s a moment in The LEGO Movie where Milhouse, Bart’s best friend from The Simpsons, is at a gathering of master builders. It’s one of the film’s odder cameos, until you realize two important things. The first we knew. LEGO recently licensed likenesses from The Simpsons to make a brick version of the family’s iconic house available to buy. The second is new. The Simpsons will have a fully LEGO animated episode on May 4. It seems this partnership between the popular toy and the animated series has been in the works for a while. Read More »

WGA Rewards ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’

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By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.

In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.

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