Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2020 by Fred Topel
/Film has been covering the issue of Apu on The Simpsons since Hank Azaria addressed Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu two years ago. The issue gained more attention when The Simpsons produced an episode, “No Good Read Goes Unpunished”, that specifically addressed it.
Voice actor Hank Azaria told Stephen Colbert he would be willing to step aside as the voice, but subsequent to that, Al Jean and Matt Groening have preferred not to talk about Apu in interviews with /Film. After a panel for the final season of his IFC series Brockmire, Azaria himself answered /Film’s question about Apu.
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NECA’s new line of Gremlins action figures has been a blessing for fans who want as many of the little monsters as possible with all the appropriate accessories. This past holiday season brought us two different sets of caroling Gremlins, and a new Ultimate Gremlin before that came with soda, beer, cigarettes, candy, and more. Now NECA is releasing the Ultimate Flasher Gremlin, complete with a trenchcoat and sunglasses, as well as a slew of other accessories from the wild bar scene in the horror comedy. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as Robert Downey Jr. recalls his time on Saturday Night Live, remembering some embarrassing sketches he was in during one of the show’s worst periods. Plus, check out franchise end credits for the Harry Potter film series in the style of Avengers: Endgame, and see Awkwafina play Six Degrees of Separation. Read More »
Did you know Spider-Man is getting a Wild West comic soon? Want to see what Superman‘s new suit might look like in Superman & Lois? Ready to play as Joker in Mortal Kombat 11? Are you interested in a musical episode of Lucifer? Want to meet Gal Gadot‘s stuntwoman for Wonder Woman? Who is Taskmaster in Black Widow? Want a Funko POP commemorating Tony Stark’s death? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Every great romantic comedy is driven by that sexual tension, and Sex Education has that in spades. The Netflix teen sex comedy continues the will-they-won’t-they dynamic between unlicensed junior sex therapist Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and his bad-girl crush Maeve (Emma Mackey), who may finally be ready to return his feelings. But wait! He’s moved on to the adorable Ola (Patricia Allison). High schoolers have it rough, don’t they? Watch the Sex Education season 2 trailer below. Read More »
Do you spend the entire runtime of a movie trying to pinpoint who that voice coming out of the CGI gorilla belongs to? Then Dolittle is just for you. The new family adventure film starring Robert Downey Jr. revives the classic character for a new generation, complete with CGI animals voiced by way overqualified actors. And Universal Pictures, who probably spent a lot of money getting those actors into the recording booths, is dropping a series of new Dolittle character featurettes to remind you of that all-star cast, which includes the likes of Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, John Cena, Octavia Spencer, Rami Malek, Marion Cotillard, Kumail Nanjiani and more.
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Now that Josh and Benny Safdie, the filmmakers behind last year’s sustained cinematic panic attack Uncut Gems, have given audiences around the world anxiety, they’ve reteamed with star Adam Sandler to provide a slightly lower-key viewing experience in the form of a new short film. Check out Goldman v Silverman below, a six-minute short in which Sandler and Benny Safdie face off as street performers in Times Square. Read More »
Jon Bernthal is ready to coach some tennis…in the movies, that is. Bernthal is in talks to play Rick Macci, the tennis coach who trained Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard. The movie isn’t so much about Venus and Serena Williams as it is their father, Richard Williams, who will be played by Will Smith. Reinaldo Marcus Green is directing the drama.
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Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 by Fred Topel
HBO presented a Television Critics Association panel on their miniseries The Plot Against America, adapted from Philip Roth’s book. Writer and executive producer David Simon was on a panel with cast members Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle and John Turturro. The book and the show tell a story of a world in which Charles Lindbergh ran against FDR and got elected President of the United States in 1940.
The story deals with anti-Semitism in World War II, as a different American President, and one with anti-Semitic leanings, alters the course of history.
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The ever-busy Taika Waititi is already part of the Star Wars universe, having lent his voice talents to and directed an episode of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm want more. A report states that the Star Wars proprietors are courting Waititi to develop a new Star Wars movie. This news is as vague as it comes – do they want him to write, direct, or both? We don’t know. But we do know that Waititi remains in high-demand, so this makes sense.
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