The Vatican's newspaper, "Aristotle's Virtues and Homer's Doughnut."
Why would the Vatican heap such praise on a show that has long made religion the butt of so many jokes? (My favorite is from The Simpsons Movie when Grandpa flips out during church and Marge asks Homer to do something and all Homer can do is flip through a Bible and scream, "I would but this book doesn't have any answers!" ) The newspaper says that Homer's attitude toward religion are "a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith."
So I guess this means that the Protestant Church is going to give Family Guy their annual Martin Luther Award.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Fox graphics will turn yellow to celebrate 'The Simpsons'' 20th anniversary, beginning the week of Jan. 3. Among the items going yellow include on-air graphics and promos, social networks -- even local news anchors' ties, according to the report.
The "yellowing" continues an aggressive marketing campaign that has already featured stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service and an online scavenger hunt.
As previously reported, a special one-hour "documentary" entitled 'The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: in 3-D! On Ice' will air on January 10, directed by 'Super Size Me' director/star Morgan Spurlock.
Matt Groening and Al Jean said an interview with Morgan Spurlock, the Super Size Me star and director hired for the show's big anniversary extravaganza, that they have no plans to start doing another Simpsons movie anytime soon.
They didn't rule out the possibility of another movie, but it certainly won't be in the foreseeable future. The pair said the process for the first movie was so frustrating that they couldn't fathom even starting a second one without some kind of heavy duty anti-psychotic medication.
But what started as the nerdy thought of an overworked blogger also held a deep lesson in humility.
The late Sen. Kennedy, lampooned in the long-running Fox sitcom by actor Dan Castellaneta's voice-over caricature, actually embraced the animated politician as part of a contest held in conjunction with the theatrical release of The Simpsons Movie.
Just head on over to the post linked above, read through the rules and make the applicable comment there (not here!) We'll notify the winners next week.
Some other details:
- To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating who your favorite Simpsons character is.
- The comment must be left before December 21, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
- You may enter only once.
- Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
- Five winners will receive a copy of The Simpsons Movie on DVD (valued at $29.99).
(S19E01) Blackboard Gag: I will not wait 20 years to make another movie
Adam, this one's for you.
To begin this review I would like to speak to all of the continuity wonks out there in the audience. You know who you are! You're the folks who keep writing about how nothing changes in Springfield, even after something major happens the episode before. Well, The Simpsons has plenty of continuity. If not, then Ned's wife would still be alive the week after she died and Selma's last name would not be Selma Bouvier Terwilliger Hutz McClure Stu Simpson, Continuity is there . . . it's just subtle.
But there's no denying that all the promotional tie-ins, Simpsonizing web sites, and just the general popularity of the show paid off, now that the weekend's box office totals are in: the movie came in at #1 for the week, bringing in an impressive $71.9 million. Even Adam Sandler's latest epic, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, couldn't withstand the power of Yellow: it came in second with just over $19 million in sales.
AdAge.com details what's been changed in the promotion, which runs until the end of the month. The signs out front will be different, of course, but a series of Simpsons-branded products will be sold in the store, including Buzz Cola and Krusty-Os cereal. Even the Slurpees will be called Squishees.
A few gems from the interview:
- The movie will not be about Bart losing his virginity. Someone once asked one of the writers what the movie would be about, and he joked that this was the plot. It's not. Some folks don't seem to know a joke when it sleeps with them.
- When asked straight out whether the movie will reveal what state Springfield is in, Groening replies "Yes. We actually have a really good joke about that. Remember, I said joke.
" I'm going to take that as a no.
- Thanks to all the pop culture references thrown into The Simpsons over the years, Groening's kids (and millions of others) have seen movies like Casablanca later in life and said to themselves "Oh, that's just like that Simpsons episode!"
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