2019 WGA Awards Winners

Over the weekend, the Writers Guild of America handed out their annual awards honoring the best writing in film and television, and they’re definitely shaking things up in the final week before the Oscars.

While Roma has been the Oscar favorite for some time now, earning the Directors Guild of America’s top honors, Green Book walked away with the Producers Guild of America’s big trophy. Meanwhile Black Panther landed a Screen Actors Guild awards victory for ensemble cast, and the American Cinema Editors awarded both Bohemian Rhapsody and The Favourite. These are the awards constantly looked to in order to determine who might walk away with Best Picture. Find out how the 2019 WGA awards winners make things even more complicated Read More »

The Office Funko POPs

The 2019 New York Toy Fair is in full swing, and that means we’ll be hearing a ton of new announcements regarding toys and collectibles inspired by your favorite films and TV shows. It should come as no surprise that the folks at Funko have churned out a bunch of new announcements expanding their endless line of Funko POP figures. And some long-awaited franchises will finally be making their vinyl figure debut.

Funko has announced a new wave of The Simpsons POPS, a line that will likely become one of the biggest the company has ever released. The Office fans will be happy to see that the employees of Dunder-Mifflin are also getting a whole like of Funko POPs. And those who still like The Big Bang Theory can finally add more POPs to their collections. But there’s so much more than that from the 2019 Funko POP announcements. Read More »

the simpsons season 31

Fox announced today that The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons, ensuring the animated show will last through season 32. However, this is more than just a renewal of their longest legacy show. As the Fox/Disney merger comes to fruition, 20th Century Fox productions falls under the Disney side. 20th Century Fox produces The Simpsons, but this renewal is the first time the Fox network has made a Simpsons deal with Disney in the mix.

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the simpsons final season

The Simpsons has been on for…*checks notes*…500 years, and it shows no signs of stopping. But that might change once Disney takes control of Fox properties as part of the big Disney/Fox deal. It’s not that Disney has anything personal against The Simpsons. Instead, it looks like the animated series is worth more dead than alive to the House of Mouse – all because of that sweet, sweet syndication money. Is The Simpsons final season at hand?

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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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