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'The Simpsons' Pays Tribute To Sam Simon In Latest Episode


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The Simpsons’ has remembered its executive producer Sam Simon with a touching tribute on its most recent episode.

Simon, who passed away on March 8th following a battle with cancer, was credited variously as a co-developer and executive producer during his long association with the beloved animated series. The Sunday March 15th episode featured a black and yellow message at the end, saying “One of the greatest comic minds ever” followed by “Thank you, Sam”.

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'The Simpsons' paid tribute to one of its first developers Sam Simon

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Celebrities courtside at the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball game

James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson - Celebrities courtside at the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball game against The Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder defeated the Clippers by the final score of 104-98 in game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th May 2014

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James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson

Celebrities at the NBA playoff basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors

James L. Brooks - Celebrities watch the NBA playoff basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 113-103 to take a series lead of 3-2 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th April 2014

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James L. Brooks

Celebrities attend the Los Angeles Clippers playoff game

James L. Brooks - Celebrities attend the Los Angeles Clippers playoff game against the Golden State Warriors in game 2 of the 1st round of the NBA playoffs - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st April 2014

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James L. Brooks

Celebrities at the Clippers playoff game

James L. Brooks - Celebrities at the Clippers Playoff game. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by the final score of 109-105 in game 1 of the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs, at the Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 19th April 2014

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James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks

Celebrities at the Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball game

James L. Brooks - Celebrities at the Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball game held at the Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 113-103. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 19th February 2014

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James L. Brooks

Sam Simon, Terminally Ill 'Simpsons' Co-Creator, Donating Entire Fortune To Charity Before Death


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He has spent years helping to bring laughter to millions, and now the co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon's actions will benefit others once again. The 58 year-old writer-producer is battling colon cancer which he has been told is terminal however he plans to spend his final days benefitting the lives of humans and animals. Exactly how much time Sam has left is not known, but he doesn't have any children to benefit from his fortune so the needy will benefit from his entire financial legacy.

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Simon has revealed that he earns "tens of millions" annually from popular cartoon The Simpsons royalties plans to donate his entire fortune to charity before he passes away, he tells The Hollywood Reporter. He's selected charities he feels strongly about and will make sure they receive the money he intends for them, including a Malibu dog rescue haven, animal charity PETA, Save the Children and marine charity, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. His own Sam Simon Foundation in Malibu is reportedly worth $23 million (£15m) and he feels strongly about shutting down roadside zoos and abusive animal shows. His foundation focusses attention on starving humans - who are given vegan food - and also looks after stray dogs.

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How Do You Know Review


OK
Brooks is back with another warm, smart romance along the lines of As Good As It Gets. The snappy characters are well-played by a strong cast, which makes it steadily entertaining even if it's not hugely believable.

Professional softball player Lisa (Witherspoon) and businessman Paul (Rudd) are strangers who are set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. But they discount the possibility of even meeting because Paul has become serious with his girlfriend (Conn) and Lisa is seeing a star baseball player (Wilson). Then their lives both take a turn. Lisa is cut from her team, and Paul becomes the target of a Federal investigation into the business he runs for his father (Nicholson). As their paths keep crossing, they begin to see each other in a different light.

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How Do You Know Trailer


Since being cut from the USA softball team Lisa hasn't been having the best time of it, her relationship with her professional baseball pitcher boyfriend isn't as strong as she'd like and there's not much else going on in her life; until she meets George in a lift, George is instantly infatuated with the beautiful Lisa and so begins a love triangle, but who'll win out? The business man in the middle of a crisis or the baseball player?

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The Simpsons: Season Ten Review


Good
By the end of the 1990s The Simpsons, the former enfant terrible of Rupert Murdoch's once upstart Fox Network, was well into its mature middle period of cultural acceptance. Earlier seasons (the first full episode aired back in December 1989) had seen a lot of attention paid to Bart's supposedly dangerous antisocial tendencies. But throughout the 1990s, the show had honed its satire and firmed up its roster of stellar voice actors, turning what had been seen first as the animated equivalent of Married With Children into something of a national institution. Seasons 8 and 9 had provided some of the show's greatest episodes, like "Homer's Enemy" (a devastating stab at American lassitude featuring Homer's nemesis Frank Grimes) and "Lisa the Skeptic" (where consumerism and religion get a similarly brutal treatment).

The 23 episodes of Season 10, broadcast between August 1998 and May 1999, reveal a show securely positioned both as money-making endeavor for Fox and well-regarded repository for smarty-pants satire. The show's writers, one of TV's greatest collections of comic minds since the stellar days of Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, know exactly what notes to hit, and they hit them over and over again; meaning, in short: lots of Homer being an unthinking idiot. Homer could save Grandpa's life with a kidney transplant, but he's too scared of the operation and keeps running away, ala the climax of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Homer becomes a bodyguard. And so on. But all this attention also means that the writers are constantly feeding Homer the best lines ("Are you sure this is a sci-fi convention? It's full of nerds."), though Bart gets plenty of one-liners as well ("Dad, you make a great hippie; you're lazy and self-righteous!").

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The Simpsons Movie Review


Excellent
Best. Animated. Movie. Ever?

Not quite, Comic Book Guy, but the long-gestating and highly anticipated The Simpsons Movie does deliver a raucous feature-length venture that should satisfy faithful fans while still entertaining audience members who don't know Homer J. Simpson from a hole in the wall. By stretching a formula normally applied to a 22-minute episode, Simpsons lobs comically sacrilegious spitballs at an environmentally sensitive storyline that justifies its big-screen treatment. The humor stays irreverent without making the still-running sitcom irrelevant.

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As Good As It Gets Review


Excellent
Some of the most memorable one-liners of the year, Jack Nicholson's best role since Chinatown, Greg Kinnear's best role since... well, since ever, and a story I think we can all relate to - what does As Good As It Gets not have?

Aside from a few quibbles, As Good As It Gets really stands out as one of the year's best films. Mark Nicholson down for a well-deserved Oscar. In fact, just watching him do two hours of his irredeemable Melvin by himself would be a treat. Match him up with a fine supporting cast, and it's golden.

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Spanglish Review


Excellent
In the world of James L. Brooks' Spanglish, the human act of communication is in a shambles. A deteriorating American family, presented with a pleasant sadness, moves through each day short on personal fulfillment and miles apart emotionally. The result is often uncomfortable and completely gratifying.

Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni, actors best known for their comic energy, build the foundation for this awkward clan using more dramatic skills than comedic. They are John and Deborah Clasky, married, parents of two, living high on the hog, but completely unhappy opposites. As their emotional distance lengthens, enter Flor (Paz Vega), the new family maid, an assured Mexican immigrant who speaks not one word of English. With Flor's presence, and that of her bilingual daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce), the language gap widens. But will the communication gap ever close?

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Broadcast News Review


Good
Rather dated now, this acclaimed tragicomedy about the network news sheds a little light on how the news gets made -- namely about how pretty boy anchormen are fed everything they say -- but its romance falls on the flat side. Holly Hunter (hard-boiled producer) and William Hurt (aforementioned pretty boy) are just too mismatched to make for a believable pair, and quirky Albert Brooks (geeky reporter) would never in a million years be allowed on the air. It's absurd but often funny, usually when it's dissecting the TV trade.

Riding in Cars with Boys Review


Extraordinary
Chick flicks can be hard to watch. I'll admit it: It was painful to sit through Beaches. Steel Magnolias was a trial. As a man, even as one who prides himself on being fairly sensitive, there's something almost disturbing about watching films that beg for audience waterworks. In short, don't set me up for an emotional episode. If it's going to happen, let it happen; don't lead me down a fiery path to tearjerker destruction.

Riding in Cars with Boys follows the life of Beverly Hasek (Drew Barrymore) as she takes up the difficult role of motherhood at the age of 15, while at the same time, never giving up her dreams. And, while a quintessential chick flick, Riding in Cars chooses to take a higher road -- a genuine road, filled with life lessons so real you can feel them burning their way down your throat and tugging at that little place inside you that says, "Hey, this could have been me!"

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