‘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 »

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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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The Simpsons

FX’s $750 million syndication deal will soon deliver benefits to fans. Starting this August, the first 24 seasons of The Simpsons, totaling 530 episodes, will be available to stream on FX’s new app, FXNOW, which is available to qualifying cable subscribers. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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When Homer Simpson and a salaryman friend wander the streets after drinking too much wine, they find themselves in an altered reality derived from the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Yep, in The Simpsons‘ ceaseless quest to catch our attention with short, referential sequences, the show has bowed deeply to the master animator with a sequence packed with visual gags that will be recognizable to even casual fans of the director.

That’s one of the sequence’s big nods, above, but there are plenty more in the scene, which you can see below. Read More »

The Simpsons House

Maybe it’s just personal nostalgia but Lego seems to be getting cooler by the day. Their Cuusoo program is bringing fresh new properties to the platform and almost every set they create feels more impressive than the next one. They’re also adding new brands to their roster and one of the latest is The Simpsons. A slew of sets based on the hit show are on the way and now the first images of the first set, the Simpson House, have come online. Check it out below.

UPDATE – We’ve updated the post with some official images and information about the set including cost and release date. Read More »

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The latest Simpsons couch gag to riff on other material draws on the style of Disney’s ‘30s shorts — specifically ‘Music Land,’ from the Silly Symphonies series. So, in ‘Music Ville,’ we see the entire population of Springfield incarnated as musical instruments. Lisa is, of course, a saxophone. Check out the gag below. Read More »

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