July 16, 2012 | 2:51 p.m.

Maggie Simpson gets her Hollywood close-up

Maggie Simpson is in the spotlight in “The Longest Daycare,” the animated short that precedes screenings of “Ice Age: Continental Drift” — the Fox sequel that finished its opening weekend with a cool $42 million. The 3-D “Daycare” short has been getting some especially shiny reviews, but many are built around comparisons to the less gleaming main feature.  “Fox has attached a hilarious ‘Simpsons’ short feature prior to this film,” writes Claudia Puig of USA Today. “Sans words and set largely in the Ayn Rand School for Tots, the brief tale is far more clever and whimsical than any sequence in ‘Ice Age.'” We’d love to see the the Simpsons back in the land of floor popcorn in their own feature film, but in the meantime, here are two new selections from a poster series that will show Maggie in different poses and settings from classic films. — Geoff […]
Nov. 18, 2011 | 12:36 p.m.

‘The Simpsons’ and Neil Gaiman heist ‘Twilight,’ ‘Hunger Games’

Ever feel like the world’s bookshelf has been hijacked by “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games“?  If so, you might want to visit Springfield this Sunday night when”The Simpsons” delivers one of its most ambitious episodes — an elaborate heist spoof that finds Homer, Bart and guest star Neil Gaiman trying to steal the thunder of today’s mega-successful publishing series. The episode, titled “The Book Job,” is a parody of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” (and, yes, that is Andy Garcia playing the wealthy, cold-blooded heavy) but it saves its most savage parody for today’s novels of the fantastic which target young-skewing audiences. And, according to Matt Selman, an executive producer and longtime “Simpsons” writer, the episode has stirred excitement for the show’s creative team. “The show is all about the world of young-adult fantasy novels, as Homer assembles a team of Springfielders to write […]
May 10, 2011 | 9:58 a.m.

‘The Simpsons’ writing team brings Springfield to UCLA on Wednesday

Meet “The Simpsons” — or, more precisely, meet the people who put the words in their mouth. Nine of the current writers for the Fox series will come together at the UCLA Faculty Center on Wednesday for a panel and mixer presented by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the school’s Young Alumni Program. The featured writers are Joel Cohen, Kevin Curran, John Frink, Tom Gammill, Dan Greaney, Rob LaZebnik, Bill Odenkirk,  Michael Price and David Silverman, and the panel will be moderated by Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher. The 7:30 p.m. event is free, but space is limited and RSVPs are suggested. To sign up, call (310) 206-1349, or send an email to RECENT AND RELATED Donner brings “Superman” to Hero festival Beatty, “Dick Tracy” will open Hero festival Favreau, “Iron Man” films will close Hero festival “Star Trek” takes centerstage at […]
Oct. 23, 2010 | 3:07 p.m.

‘Harry Potter’ countdown: Dan Radcliffe vamps for ‘Simpsons’ spoof of ‘Twilight’

“The Simpsons” have had plenty of fun with the stars of J.K. Rowling universe — way back in 2001, there was the “Wiz Kids” spoof during the show’s Halloween episode with Lord Montymort and the Springwart’s School of Magickry, and then who could forget Harry Plopper, the wizard pig from Homer’s sublime feature film in 2007 — but the real magic begins Nov. 7 with “Tweenlight,” a parody of “Twilight” that stars Dan Radcliffe in the role of a brooding vampire who arrives in Springfield and falls in love with Lisa Simpson. Considering the longtime bookstore animus between “Harry Potter” brainy kids and the heavy-panting “Twilight” crowd, this Halloween episode should be a trick-or-treat throw down. Here’s the trailer… Hey muggles, just curious, heard any good “Twilight” insults lately? And “Twilight” fans, any hard feelings about Radcliffe spoofing Robert Pattinson? — Geoff Boucher <<  PUT YOUR FACE […]
July 24, 2010 | 4:43 p.m.

COMIC-CON 2010: ‘Simpsons’ collectibles from around the world

BOOTH PROFILE: DAVE & SUE’S COLLECTIBLES With the exhibit hall at Comic-Con chock-full of merchandise of virtually every conceivable character, it’s hard to get noticed — unless you’re America’s reigning animated family. As fanboys filed from booth to booth, they were greeted at Dave & Sue’s Collectibles by the familiar dim-witted glow of Homer Simpson. A cutout of the patriarch, whom Entertainment Weekly just named the greatest character created for television and film in the last 20 years, stood at the entrance of the booth. The booth, stocked with a variety of items including Betty Boop, Snoopy and “Family Guy,” was a haven for die-hard Springfield fans, with plenty of rare finds on the shelves, including cans of (long-ago-expired) Duff beer, stuffed animals, Happy Meal figurines and even air fresheners. For co-owner David Descoteau, selling the merchandise — at prices […]
Oct. 09, 2009 | 11:46 p.m.


Playboy has had brunets, blonds and redheads grace the cover of its monthly magazine. Now it’s going blue. For the first time, Playboy is using a cartoon character, Springfield’s own Marge Simpson, as its cover girl. The November issue will hit the newsstands next Friday, said Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy’s editorial director. “It’s a very, very racy pictorial, with implied nudity at the very least,” Jellinek said. “Whether or not you see more …  well, you’ll have to hit the stands to find out….” THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST 
Feb. 16, 2009 | 11:34 p.m.

‘The Simpsons,’ new opening sequence

Last night was the first episode of “The Simpsons” to air in HD. It came with a new opening sequence and, if you missed it, here it is… Hey I think I saw Plopper in there…! –Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Bart’s blackboard sayings: The Top 20 Al Jean on his five favorite “Simpsons” guest stars Behind the scenes with the “Simpsons” creative team Artwork courtesy of Fox
Jan. 14, 2009 | 8:45 p.m.

‘Twilight’, Patrick McGoohan, ‘Terminator: Salvation’ and Stan Lee, all in Everyday Hero headlines

Welcome to a Wednesday edition of the  Everyday Hero report, your roundup of headlines from across the fanboy universe … PATRICK MCGOOHAN DEAD AT 80: Some very sad news today that Patrick McGoohan, an actor who could be simultaneously suave and cryptic, has died. Just the other day we told you that there are plans by AMC to revive the late actor’s signature show, "The Prisoner," and if that moves forward as expected, it will only enhance the legacy of the actor and writer. Here’s an obituary written by Dennis McLellan: "Patrick McGoohan, an Emmy Award-winning actor who starred as a British spy in the 1960s TV series ‘Secret Agent’ and ‘The Prisoner’ and was known for playing various villainous roles in films and on television, has died. He was 80. McGoohan died peacefully Tuesday in St. John’s Health Center […]
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