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A Scottish University Is Offering A Course On The Philosophy Of Homer Simpson


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The University of Glasgow is offering a unique philosophy course, based on TV series ‘The Simpsons’.

‘D’oh! The Simpsons Introduce Philosophy’ is a short course which costs £30 and will explore ideas of philosophy through Matt Groening’s long running animated series.

The SimpsonsYou can now take a university philosophy course based on TV series ‘The Simpsons’

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The Simpsons React To Their Donald Trump Presidency Prediction


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Among the many American surprises over the past week, there was one thing that many people weren’t totally taken aback by - popular animated cartoon The Simpsons had predicted events all along.

The SimpsonsThe Simpsons have reacted to President Trump - and they're not happy

Sixteen years ago the show heralded Donald Trump as America’s president and, in an eerie replica of what actually happened, their Trump character descended the escalator to rapturous applause.

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'The Simpsons' To Break Episodic TV Record With Two-Season Renewal


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The Simpsons’ is set to enter the fourth decade of its existence and break the record for most episodes of a scripted television series, with the news that Fox has renewed for an unprecedented 29th and 30th season.

With Friday’s news (November 4th) that the network had given the green light to two more seasons of ‘The Simpsons’, it means that the yellow, four-fingered family will overhaul Western drama series ‘Gunsmoke’ as having racked the most television episodes ever for a scripted series.

The Simpsons'The Simpsons' has been green-lit for seasons 29 and 30

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The Simpsons Broadcasts Its 600th Episode


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One of the world’s best loved comedy shows depicting one of America’s most loved families has reached a new milestone: The Simpsons has broadcast its 600th episode. The show, which follows the exploits of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, is only one of two shows that has reached this impressive number.

The SimpsonsAmerica's most-loved family has broacast its 600th episode 

The latest episode was shown in the US and was a Halloween special, making the show the second-longest only to Gunsmoke - which ran for 20 seasons and 635 episodes.

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Homer Simpson Answers Questions About Donald Trump As 'The Simpsons' Goes Live


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After well over a quarter of a century on the air, ‘The Simpsons’ attempted an animated TV first during last weekend’s episode when Homer appeared live via motion-capture technology in order to answer fan questions.

During the final three minutes of Sunday night’s episode (May 15th), titled ‘Simprovised’, Homer appeared in a separate segment in order to answer pre-screened fan questions about events that had happened that very day. Dan Castellaneta, the voice artist who provides Homer’s voice, did a set of questions each for the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts.

The Simpsons'The Simpsons' went (almost) completely live on Sunday as Homer answered fan questions

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'The Simpsons' Show Producer Shares Script From Rejected Prince Episode


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Many famous faces have made appearances in ‘The Simpsons’ over the years, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and JK Rowling, but one star whose planned episode sadly never made it to screens was the late Prince. On twitter showrunner Al Jean treated fans to a look at two pages of the un-produced episode, which was rejected by the singer himself.

PrincePrince had been asked to appear in his own ‘Simpsons’ episode.

According to ‘Simpsons’’ lore, the episode was a follow-up to season three opener ‘Stark Raving Dad’ in which Leon Kompowsky believed he was Michael Jackson, with the King of Pop providing Leon’s voice.

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Smithers Finally Comes Out As Gay In New 'Simpsons' Episode


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After 27 years of barely being in the closet, ‘The Simpsons’ character Waylon Smithers finally came out as gay in this weekend’s brand new episode of the animated show.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, the episode in question titled ‘The Burns Cage’ and which aired on Sunday night (April 3rd) was inspired by a ‘Simpsons’ writer’s relationship with his gay son. In the episode, Smithers finally comes to terms with his unrequited love for his boss Mr. Burns, whereupon Homer (who else?) steps in to find a better match for him.

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Homer And Marge To Split, Lena Dunham "The Other Woman"


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Homer and Marge Simpson are rumored to be splitting up on The Simpsons, with the family patriarch apparently set to fall for a pharmacist voiced by Girls star Lena Dunham.

The SimpsonsAre Homer and Marge finally splitting up?

After a screen-grab of a new episode in which Bart writes "Homer and Marge are not breaking up" on the chalkboard in the opening credits, rumors of a split began doing the rounds on Twitter. The Simpsons denial was posted on the show's official Twitter account, along with a caption "RT and stop the rumors!"

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Are Marge And Homer Headed For A Shocking Split On 'The Simpsons' And Is Lena Dunham To Blame?


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One of the most enduring couples in television history could be headed for splitsville, as Homer and Marge Simpson are reportedly set to ‘legally separate’ after 27 seasons of marriage. The shocking news has left fans reeling, but it appears the person to blame for the famous couple's troubles is none other than ‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham.

the simpsonsThe new season of 'The Simpsons' looks set to bring some unexpected storylines.

In an interview with Variety the show's executive producer Al Jean let it slip that Homer and Marge will be experiencing marriage troubles in the upcoming season premiere, titled ‘Every Man's Dream’. “It’s discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy and it’s an incredible strain on the marriage,” Jean revealed.

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Lena Dunham To Guest Star In 'The Simpsons'


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We know that Lena Dunham is returning to our screens when the fourth season of ‘Girls’ takes its bow on HBO this weekend, but NYC is not the only place she’ll be appearing this year. Entertainment Weekly has revealed that she’ll also be seen in Springfield when she makes a guest appearance on ‘The Simpsons’.

The 28 year old actress and writer won’t be appearing as herself, or her ‘Girls’ character Hannah, however. She’ll be voicing a pharmacist called Candace who becomes romantically linked with Homer when he becomes diagnosed with narcolepsy, which makes him continually fall asleep.

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Lena Dunham will be a guest star on 'The Simpsons' later this year

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Goodfellas Vs The Simpsons: 'Goodfellas' Actor To Sue Fox Over The Simpsons Mob Character


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'The Simpsons' face a lawsuit of $250 million after Frank Sivero, who plays wiseguy Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese's gangster movie 'Goodfellas', claims the show stole his likeness for a recurring character.

The cartoon comedy series often uses celebrity likenesses in cameo roles for humorous effect, but Sivero is hoping he'll get the last laugh as he puts forward a multi-million dollar suit claiming the 'Simpsons' character - referred to as Louie - has contributed to him being typecast and is a fraudulent use of a role created and developed by Sivero himself for 'Goodfellas'.

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The Simpsons under fire for Frank Sivero misappropriation

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The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover Has Line, "Your Sister's Being Raped"


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Fox is under pressure to remove a line from its upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy in which Stewie tells Moe Sizlack, "Your sister's being raped". The episode is due to air on Sunday (September 28, 2014).

The Simpsons Family Guy crossoverThe Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode airs on Sunday

The much awaited episode sees Bart Simpson and his family hanging out with Stewie and the Family Guy crew. The controversial line appears in a segment in which Bart is teaching Stewie the art of the prank phone call. Bart dials the number of Moe's Tavern and asks if there is anything with the last name Keybum, first name Lee. 

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Richard Branson Has Recorded A Simpsons Cameo


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They say you haven’t ‘made it’ – i.e., reached the peak of your career- until you’ve had your Simpsons cameo. And even though Richard Branson was depicted in a season 22 episode alongside fellow billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, his voice has never featured. 

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But now it has. The Virgin overlord will star as himself in an upcoming episode due to air early next year. “Richard Branson is the Flanders to Mr. Burns,” executive producer Al Jean told EW. “He’s Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbor.”

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The Simpsons - See The Town Of Springfield In Lego Form [Pictures]


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Matt de Lanoy has taken his love for The Simpsons and Lego and combined them in the form of a lovingly recreated Springfield.

“Oddly enough, I ended creating my own Simpsons' house because the LEGO set was a bit too big to fit in my town plan,” explained the Lego enthusiast. 

Everything from The Simpsons family home – complete with annoying Flanders residence next door – stupid Flanders – to Homer’s place of work at the Nuclear power plant has been created. You can also check out Moe’s tavern, and the iconic moment when Bart lopped Jebediah Springfield's statue's head off to appear cool to the local bullies in the episode ‘The Telltale Head’. 

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Jane Fonda And Willem Dafoe Amongst The New Faces (Voices) For Simpsons Season 26


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As The Simpsons enters a remarkable 26th season, Jane Fonda and Willem Dafoe are set to lend their voices to two characters in storylines pivotal to the main characters in the show.

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Fonda will play grumpy millionaire, Mr. Burn's, girlfriend, while Dafoe will have the daunting task of being Bart's new teacher, Mr Lassen, although he has a few surprises in store for Bart that are sure to make his school life even more of a living hell. We know we’d rather be in charge of terrorising Bart than fraternising with ol' Burnsy. 

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5 Of The Best Animated Matriarchs (Animatriachs?) Now That Marge Simpson Is The Face Of MAC Make-Up


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Marge Simpson has finally got her moment. After years of living as Springfield’s most dependable blue-haired mom, Homer’s often down-trodden better half has been thrust out into the spotlight as the new face of MAC cosmetics.

Marge SimpsonMarge Simpson: The new face of MAC cosmetics

As Mrs Simpson fronts this new range of lip glosses, false eye lashes and brightly coloured eye shadows, it’s not unreasonable to look through sketching history and wonder if there aren’t some other animation mums that have been somewhat taken for granted.

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The Simpsons' Producers Comment On 'The Simpsons LEGO Spectacular' Episode


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'The Simpsons' will look very different on this Sunday's episode (May 4th).

The beloved animated family will be celebrating its 550th episode by getting a completely new makeover. The famous family, Springfield and the rest of the colourful characters will be going all LEGO in 'The Simpsons LEGO Spectacular.'

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'The Simpsons' as LEGO pieces in Sunday's episode

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The Simpsons Pays Tribute/Mocks The Hell Out Of 'Mad Men' Season 7


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The Simpsons has the ability to be incredibly scornful and delightfully playful at the same time, even when dealing with some of the darker aspects of American culture, like institutional racism, corrupt politicians and the poverty crisis. It also handles the satiation of popular culture with expertise, as evidenced by the show’s almost perfect homage/jab at Mad Men.

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With AMC’s slick drama set to resume smoothness this weekend, The Simpsons took it upon themselves to mark the occasion with a riff on the ‘next week’ montages used by AMC. It features a host of characters from the legendary cartoon saying ominous/inane things in Mad Men’s typically fast and stylish manner. 

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Jonah Hill's Tiny 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Pay Packet & The Other Stars Who've Taken A Pay-Cut For Success


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Jonah Hill has made headlines recently after it was revealed he was paid just $60,000 for his Oscar-nominated role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, $60,000 is a lot of money to a lot of people, but in the world of Hollywood actors and their big pay cheques, Hill was paid pitance for his work. Still, he is not the only one to take a pay cut for the sake of the project paying them.

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Jonah Hill is apparently nothing like his character in Donnie Azoff

Hill decided to take a pay cut, from the usual 6-7 figure digit he tends to receive, because he was so determined to get the part of Donnie Azoff so he could work with the director of the project, Martin Scorsese. By putting his dreams first and his bank account last, Hill has received his second Oscar nomination to date and has been roundly praised by critics for his role. What's more , Hill isn't alone in taking one for the team and opting out of a big pay cheque for the sake of the project he's appearing in.

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FXX Obtains 'The Simpsons' Cable Rights For $1 Billion?


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FXX has won the bidding war for 'The Simpsons' cable rights and will now air reruns of the hugely success animated series in 2014. Fox sold the rights to the comedy based network in one of the most syndication deals in television, the network said on Friday.

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'The Simpons' new home will be FXX

FXX, which is owned by Fox, will begin airing previous episodes of 'The Simpsons' in August 2014.

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'The Simpsons' Reruns Set To Air On FFX In 2014


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FXX has landed exclusive reruns of The Simpsons following a lengthy bidding war between cable networks. FXX is owned by Newscorp; other candidates thought to have competed for the show include TBS, Comedy Central and TV Land, amongst others.

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Reruns of The Simpsons will air on FXX next year.

The Simpsons is the longest running comedy series in history, its first episode aired in 1989 and after 25 seasons, the show has been renewed for another due to air next year. The record breaking nature of The Simpsons is something FX President John Landgraf felt strongly about, in a statement he said "The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history," said FX president John Landgraf in a statement."We are honored to have it associated with FX Networks and FXX." Details relating to how much the deal has cost FXX have not been released, but it is presumed it may be the most expensive deal in history too.

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'The Simpsons' 26th Season Confirmed, Time For A 'Futurama' Crossover?


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A 26th season of the ever-popular cartoon series, The Simpsons, has been confirmed by Fox, as reported by Sky News. What has become America's longest running television show ever will now continue "with no end in sight," according to producer Al Jean.

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The Simpsons Showing No Signs Of Running Out Of Gags.

The 25th season premiered in the US on Sunday with a well-timed Homeland spoof, entitled 'Homerland' and attracted 6.4 million viewers and will draw in a worldwide audience with later DVD releases and TV airings.

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Which Simpsons Character Will Be Killed Off? Bookmakers On Red Alert


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Over 10 million people tuned in to watch the finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday (September 29, 2013). 83 million people tuned in to discover who shot J.R, while 19.8 million simply couldn't wait to find out who gunned down Phi Mitchell on Eastenders.

The SimpsonsWhich Simpsons Character Will Be Killed Off?

Now, millions are expected to tune in to discover which major character from The Simpsons will be killed off, with bookmakers are already taking bets on the subject.

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The Simpsons Season 25: Someone's Going To Die - Will Scratchy Finally Kill Itchy?


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The Simpsons is both a kids’ show, and an adult show. For the young ones, the brightly animated characters and slapstick comedy ensure belly laughs keep rolling through, and for the older generation, the humor is laced with a dark comedic streak.

The SimpsonsIt can't be any of these core dudes, can it?

But one thing the show has never shied away from is death, and it looks as though another major character is set to meet their make in season 25; only thing is, it could be any of many. Al Jean confirmed that someone is going to be worm food, but wasn't about to divulge who the victim would be.

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Sam Simon, Co-Creator Of The Simpsons, Continues To Donate Millions To Charity


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Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, continues to donate millions of dollars to charity. Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer earlier on this year. He has decided to see the profits of his many years work go to help others, whilst he is still able to see the huge difference his donations have made.

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Sam Simon at 4th Annual CP Poker Tournament in Las Vegas, 2011.

Simon's fortune largely stems from his involvement in The Simpsons. He left the show in 1993 but is still listed as an executive producer, a privilege which earned him a fortune. 

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Eddie Redmayne To Play Stephen Hawking In New Biopic


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Les Misérables star, Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in a new biopic Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh, according Deadline.com Redmayne is currently filming Jupiter Ascending starring alongside Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. It is currently unknown who will play Hawking's first wife. Filming for Theory of Everything is scheduled to begin this autumn.

Stephen Hawking is the world's most famous and revered scientist. The brilliance and accessibility of his works - A Brief History of Time, Horizon and a collection of science books for children - have ensured Hawking has a place not only in academia but in popular culture. 

However, Hawking is as well known for his disability as he is for his work. The world famous physicist was diagnosed, aged 21, with motor neuron disease. The illness, progressively worsening since Hawking's diagnosis in 1962, has confined Hawking to a wheelchair. He is unable to speak without a voice simulator. Despite all the difficulties Hawking faces he continues to teach at the University of Cambridge. 

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The Sopranos Named Best Written TV Show Ever: Do You Agree?


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Last night (2nd June), the Writers Guild of America (the WGA) unveiled its list of the 101 best written television shows in history voted for by members, who are split into east (WGAE) and western (WGAW) guilds in an online ballot.

Following the WGA's 2005 '101 Best Screenplays', the new list saw New Jersey mobster drama The Sopranos (created by David Chase) top the TV Guide Magazine-sponsored list. After debuting in 1999, the show ran for six seasons and 86 episodes before ending in 2007. The show, starring James Gandolfini as lead-character Anthony "Tony" Soprano, has received glowing critical acclaim over the years with New Yorker editor, David Remnick proclaiming the show to be "the richest achievement in the history of television."

Indeed, this is not the first time the highly lauded series has topped a 'best of' chart, with previous rankings including TV Guide's 'Top 50 TV Shows of All Time', and 'Channel 4's Greatest Television Series of All Time.'

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The Simpsons Tribute Breaking Bad


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The Simpsons are doing Breaking Bad once again in this week’s episode. The Fox series is paying tribute or poking fun – take your pick – of the AMC drama, now in its final season. Of course, no drugs are actually featured in the opening credits video for The Simpsons. Instead, Marge dons a “Kiss the Cook” apron and goes into her lab... err... kitchen to cook up some blue cupcakes. She then sells them to the neighborhood kids, while Homer lurks suspiciously in the background, wearing Walter White’s trademark black hat. It’s all very suspicious and probably delicious. The entire sequence is set to Tommy James and The Shondells’ Crystal Blue Persuasion and, when the camera pans away, we see Bryan Cranston's Walter White and Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman in their lab suits watching the animated show on their own couch.

And this is how we know that Breaking Bad is legit. Emmy awards? Please. A show is only successful after The Simpsons have made fun of it. Now we can all finally relax and watch the fifth season in peace.

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You know a show has reached iconic status when it gets parodied on The Simpsons.

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The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare: Better Than Ice Age Continental Drift?


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The Simpsons short film, The Longest Daycare, was shown prior to screenings of Ice Age: Continental Drift, on July 13, 2012, in the United States. But with so many positive reviews, many are saying the 4m30 short is better than the glacial feature that helped launch it.

Claudia Puig of USA Today is convinced that "the brief tale is far more clever and whimsical than any sequence in Ice Age," while Sun Herald critic Leigh Paatsch said the short film "displays all the wit and creativity missing from Continental Drift." Ouch. San Francisco Chronicle writer Amy Biancolli, on a similar vein, wrote that the mini-Simpsons film is "only a few minutes long, but those few minutes boast more imagination, pathos and suspense than the entire film that follows." Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that while the short takes place in a daycare, it features more "artistic maturity" than Continental Drift.

Maggie Simpson gets her overdue starring role in director David Silverman's "The Longest Daycare," which is actually one of five films up for an Oscar in the animated short films category. Given the success of the film's parent series, The Simpsons, it's difficult to see any other film taking the gong for a short. 

Simpsons Actor Sues: Hank Azaria To Sue Over Character Rights


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Hank Azaria, who provides the voices for a host of characters on "The Simpsons," including Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum, is suing over the rights to one of his characters, reports The Wrap.

The dispute finds its roots in a character called Jim Brockmire, who appeared in a Funny Or Die skit in 2010. (A character Azaria claims he created as far back as 1983 whilst at college.)

The sketch is said to have led to various possible movie opportunities for Azaria. However, actor Craig Bierko is also claiming he had a part in creating the voice of Jim Brockmire. "(Bierko's claim of ownership) has created a cloud over the rightful ownership of the Azaria Voice (which is an integral part of the Jim Brockmire Character) such that Plaintiffs' ability to develop a feature length motion picture based upon the Jim Brockmire Character is being significantly impeded," reads the Lawsuit. The Simpsons actor is seeking a declaration that Brockmire is a copyrightable character. He also wants the court to declare that Bierko has no claim to the character, but is seeking no monetary compensation apart from legal fees.

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