Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Gone are the days of being able to watch The Simpsons in syndication every single evening. The show has been on the air for so long (25 seasons) that many of the original syndications deals have sputtered out. Cable TV companies saw that as an opening and, in recent months, a bidding war began for the rights to air the classic cartoon. A winner has now emerged, but it wasn’t cheap.
FXX, the Fox-owned spin-off channel of FX, will end up paying about $750 million for the rights to air The Simpsons in syndication on their network over the next ten years. The deal also includes the ability to make all seasons available on demand on their soon-to-launch VOD app, FXNow. Read More »
Pumpkins, costumes, candy and horror movies have long been Halloween traditions. One of the newer traditions, over the past few decades at least, is The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror. Sick, twisted, and hilarious spins on Springfield’s most famous family referencing gothic film, literature and so much more.
To commemorate these incredible episodes, which now have 24th reincarnations, Acme Archives and artist Dave Perillo have collaborated on a poster. It’ll be release November 13 and you can see it below. Read More »
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The Simpsons producers are starting to key in on what brings extra viewers to the show on Sunday nights of late: long couch gags that recruit famous contributors or parody notable films. The guest appearance for the couch gag is hardly new — Bansky’s crazy opening was done in 2010, for example. But this is the second big one we’ve seen in a month. Guillermo del Toro just did a great horror one, and now we’ve got an appropriately long extension of the Simpsons couch gag opening based around The Hobbit. Watch it below. Read More »