Ralph Breaks the Internet - Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

A few weeks ago, I sat down with directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, alongside producer Clark Spencer, to discuss their latest film Ralph Breaks the Internet. We talked about what made this worthy of being a rare Disney animated sequel and the evolution of the story through development; Johnston told us what’s going on with Reply All and Phantom Tollbooth; we discussed how Moore helped create Ned Flanders on The Simpsons; and the inspiration of Slaughter Race, the unlikely possibility of a theme park land based on this new creation, and much more.

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Fox commercials

In an effort to figure out just what the hell it is their viewers want, Fox is about to test some new commercial formats during its fall Sunday lineup. There will be two types: longer commercial blocks running for more than five minutes, and shorter spurts that only air two commercials at a time.

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Ready Player One Video Essay

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, video essay focuses on how Ready Player One replicates some of the more seedy and unpleasant sides of gamer culture but seems to reward them in the end. Plus, find out about the differences between the original articles (and eventual novel) and film adaptation of Fear and Loathing and Las Vegas, and watch a supercut of clips from FOX TV shows making fun of the FOX network. Read More »

Best Action Director

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 how James Cameron might be the best action director in the world. Plus, The Simpsons voice star Yeardley Smith teaches slang from the animated FOX series in character as Lisa Simpson, and witness the age of female superheroes on the big screen in a powerful montage of inspiring heroics. Read More »

The Simpsons Al Jean Interview

The Simpsons is about to his another landmark. This season will be the animated show’s 30th. Last season saw The Simpsons pass Gunsmoke’s record for the most number of episodes produced. But much of the focus on The Simpsons recently has been on something else.

Last year, a Simpsons controversy heated up. Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu aired in November 2017, criticizing the stereotypical nature of the Indian character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. The Simpsons responded in their episode “No Good Read Goes Unpunished.” The response sparked more debate than the documentary originally did, and /Film has been covering it closely.

Al Jean, showrunner for The Simpsons, sat down with /Film at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association, and he was prepared for more Apu questions. He wouldn’t budge from those earlier statements and opted to talk about the show’s milestones and some history revealed in Mike Reiss’s recent memoir Springfield Confidential. Read More »

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Castle Rock season 2 may bring back characters from season 1
  • Check out a preview of American Horror Story: Apocalypse
  • Billy On the Street is returning with new web episodes
  • Law and Order: Hate Crimes is the latest Law and Order spin-off
  • Go behind the scenes of The Deuce season 2
  • One of the producers of The Simpsons noticed a major continuity error from a 23-year-old episode
  • A new Walking Dead season 9 trailer
  • HBO renews Ballers and Insecure
  • The CW is developing a Nancy Drew series
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina now has an awesome poster
  • Gomorrah TV series getting prequel film
  • GWAR destroyed the Rick and Morty pop-up bar that never was

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The Simpsons Michael Jackson Episode

In the early days of The Simpsons, one of the most highly publicized episodes was “Stark Raving Dad,” featuring a mental patient character named Leon Kompowsky. That’s because the character, who thought he was Michael Jackson, was supposedly voiced by the King of Pop himself. But for years, fans of The Simpsons weren’t sure if Michael Jackson really voiced the character or if it was all some kind of prank. Now we have our answer. Read More »

Mexican Homer Simpson

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, meet the Mexican voice actor who brings Homer Simpson to life on The Simpsons for millions of Latin American fans. Plus, take a walkthrough of the traveling Warner Bros. Studio Tour to find out about the movie magic of the Harry Potter franchise, and watch as James Corden and Ariana Grande give Titanic a whole new musical soundtrack. Read More »

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Check out a new Bumblebee poster
  • Power Rangers sequel may or may not be in development, depending on who you ask
  • Jake Busey dishes on how The Predator treats Predator 2 as cannon
  • James Roday wants another Psych movie
  • Shane Black would love to make a Nice Guys sequel if someone would just give him the money
  • Old Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger gets together with new Terminator Gabriel Luna
  • Fede Alvarez reveals why he re-cast everyone for The Girl In the Spider’s Web
  • The worst scene in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was inspired by E.T.
  • A new poster for that new Johnny English movie, in case you care
  • Simpsons movie sequel is in the works
  • Peter Berg reveals an abandoned sequel idea for The Rundown
  • The Back to the Future cast offer up their their thoughts on Back to the Future 4
  • Sylvester Stallone once again teases Rambo 5
  • A new poster for The Nun decides to just rip-off The Exorcist, because why not?

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the simpsons apu

The Simpsons is about to enter its landmark 30th season, having already become the longest running scripted series in television history during its 29th. However, all the Simpsons milestones have been overshadowed by the controversy over its character Apu.

During the Fox executive session for the Television Critics Association, Fox Television Chairman and CEO Dana Walden told /Film that she has spoken with the creators of The Simpsons about this matter. Find out how the Fox brass feels the show’s creators are handling the negative feedback, and how Simpsons creator Matt Groening responds to voice actor Hank Azaria’s willingness to stop voicing Apu.

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