A month after Hank Azaria announced that he was stepping down from voicing Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in The Simpsons, the actor is opening on his reasons for leaving. Azaria had voiced the character of the Springfield convenience store owner (in addition to numerous other characters) for 30 years, even winning three Emmy Awards for his voice acting performance.
But the character has come under fire in recent years for being a broad, outdated South Asian stereotype, with Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu in particular bringing attention to the character. It was the outcry, and The Simpsons‘ botched attempt to address the issue in the episode “No Good Read Goes Unpunished” that led to Azaria quitting the gig, the actor revealed.
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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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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, a video essay explores the art of sales by looking at the unconventional methods of Michael Scott from The Office. Plus, the Zack Galifianaikis web series Between Two Ferns returns with two new guests, and The Simpsons voice star Hank Azaria breaks down his career on the big and small screen. Read More »
The problem with Apu has reached a fever pitch ever since The Simpsons decided to clumsily brush off criticisms of the character’s Indian stereotypes. But the voice actor behind Apu, Hank Azaria, has a much more dignified response to the controversy.
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Posted on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 by Fred Topel
Last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary called The Problem with Apu, addressing problems the titular character from The Simpsons, a convenience store owner of Indian-American descent. Hank Azaria, who voices Apu, was on a Television Critics Association panel for season two of his IFC series Brockmire when he was asked about the documentary. Azaria was grateful for the chance to respond, but does it mean The Simpsons will make any changes to the character?
Find out what Hank Azaria had to say about The Simpsons Apu problem below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Angie Han
HBO kicked off its winter 2017 programming this past weekend with The Young Pope, but they also took that opportunity to remind you there’s even more great stuff coming up on the horizon. Like The Wizard of Lies, the first-ever HBO project starring Robert De Niro. He plays Bernie Madoff, whom you may remember as that investment advisor who was arrested in 2008 for perpetrating one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as his wife, Ruth Madoff. Watch the Wizard of Lies teaser below. Read More »
Technically, The Simpsons is the longest running scripted TV show of all time. With their 28th season, they have long surpassed the two shows in second place, Law & Order, and Gunsmoke. However, when it comes to the latter program, Gunsmoke is actually still the longest-running scripted TV show by episode count, because even though it lasted just 20 seasons, those seasons in total contained 635 episodes. But The Simpsons will soon blow that record out of the water as well.
Fox has confirmed that The Simpsons has been renewed for a 29th and 30th season, and when all is said and done, that will take their episode count well past Gunsmoke‘s record-holding number. However, with all the trouble Fox had getting all the cast back for the last renewal, can we expect any more issues this time? Find out after the jump. Read More »
Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.
To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.
Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Amanda Seyfried‘s covered more genres in the few of years than some actors do in their entire careers. She’s done an indie drama (The End of Love), a thriller (Gone), a musical (Les Misérables), a romcom (The Big Wedding), a kids’ cartoon (Epic), and now, she’s gonna do porn. Er, that is, a movie about porn.
Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein‘s Lovelace chronicles the story of Linda Boreman, who became an international sensation after changing her name to Linda Lovelace and starring in the crossover porn hit Deep Throat. Seyfried plays the title character, while Peter Sarsgaard co-stars as her husband/Svengali Chuck Traynor. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
Update: While the original embed was removed at the studio’s request, the official version has been released and can be found below.
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If you were looking for a “debutante falls in with kids from the wrong side of the tracks” movie for seven year-olds this summer, The Smurfs 2 is probably it. The film once again features Hank Azaria as the Smurf-hating Gargamel and Neil Patrick Harris as the human who befriends the little blue guys. This first trailer lays out a plot where Gargamel creates some fake Smurfs as part of some inane plan, then kidnaps Smurfette to try to turn his fake Smurfs into real ones.
Don’t try to make too much sense out of it; the idea basically seems to be to create a framework for butt jokes that kids will love, with maybe a little room for some moralizing. Ardent Azaria and Harris fans, and those who need to figure out if they’ll want to take their kids to The Smurfs 2, may be the only ones who should give this one more than a passing glance. Check it out below. Read More »