Edward Norton has played a man of the cloth on the big screen (Keeping the Faith, left), and he’ll commune with God again on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. Executive producer Al Jean tells EW that the Bourne Legacy actor — who also starred as an altar boy/murder suspect in Primal Fear — will voice “the most lovable minister in the world,” and one who poses problems for Reverend Lovejoy. “He is much more popular than Reverend Lovejoy, if you can believe it, and Lovejoy is really upset and becomes a hot tub salesman,” explains Jean. “It comes down to a battle between the two of them… and there’s a surprise at the end.” READ FULL STORY
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Springfield invaded San Diego on Saturday, as The Simpsons offered up two sneak peeks and one surprise guest (but very little news about the upcoming 24th season) in their Ballroom 20 Comic-Con panel. Here’s your 30-second rundown of the proceedings. READ FULL STORY
Turns out, Maggie Simpson makes a rather charming silent film star. Seen here recreating an iconic image from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, the youngest member of the family will return the big screen today to star in The Simpsons‘ 3-D dialogue-free short The Longest Daycare, which will run before Ice Age: Continental Drift. In Daycare, Maggie goes back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, where she is informed that her future is… “Nothing Special.” She does look pretty handy with a wrench in this promo photo, though. (Okay, someone get her down right now. This is dangerous.) READ FULL STORY
It’s been five years since The Simpsons invaded movie theaters with the aptly titled The Simpsons Movie. Itching and scratching to see the Springfield clan return to the big screen? It’s happening shortly, in all senses of the word. Served as an animated appetizer to 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift (opening July 13), The Longest Daycare is a four-and-a-half-minute 3-D short featuring a lot of Maggie Simpson and no dialogue.
The plot: Baby Maggie makes a return visit to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, which doesn’t start promisingly, as a machine scans her and determines that her future is “nothing special.”
For a preview of the action, watch the following trailer, which confirms the presence of a butterfly, lice detector, at least one other Simpsons family member, and Maggie’s arch rival, the unibrowed Baby Gerald. Granted, the tease is only about five seconds, but, hey, the movie’s not even five minutes.
EW has put together a guide of all the TV madness happening at Comic-Con this year. Whether you’re dying to know what’s going down next season on Glee, searching for the inside scoop on buzzy new shows like Arrow, or just hoping to catch a glimpse of Ian Somerhalder speak, there’s a panel that’s got you covered. Drop in to learn what’s going on with your favorite television programs, and be sure to keep checking back to this page as we update with more panel info and star appearances as they become available. Comic-Con takes place July 12-15 in San Diego. But don’t worry if you can’t make it — EW will be on ground bringing you updates as it all unfolds.
Thursday July 12:
-Beauty and the Beast (The CW): Stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, along with executive producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper.
-Dexter (Showtime): Stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, and special guest star Yvonne Strahovski. Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto.
-MAD (Cartoon Network): Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
-Nikita (The CW): Stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Forseca; Executive Producer Craig Silverstein.
-Psych (USA): Stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen, along with creator/executive producers Steve Franks, EP Kelly Kulchak, and EP Chris Henze.
-Teen Wolf (MTV): Stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes, along with executive producer Jeff Davis.
-Wilfred (FX): screening and Q&A with Elijah Wood.
Simpsons fans who have been awaiting the show’s return to the big screen, you may now let out a short, silent “Woo Hoo!”: A four-and-a-half-minute dialogue-free film, titled The Longest Daycare, will be shown before Ice Age: Continental Drift when that movie hits theaters on July 13. (There’s a little history between these two Fox franchises: The trailer for 2007′s The Simpsons Movie was stealthily placed before Ice Age: The Meltdown.)
Teased at the end of the season 23 finale on Sunday, the short marks The Simpsons’ first 3-D adventure (not counting the exploits of “3-D Homer” in Treehouse of Horror VI). “[Executive producer] Jim Brooks thought we should do an animated short — a la the ones Pixar does before their features, a la the cartoons you used to see in the theater years ago — as a fun thing to give our fans,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “We just wanted to do this as a way of saying, ‘We appreciate how much people have stayed with the show and watched it for 25 years.”
Seriously, she’s bringing the egg (er, vessel) — along with 18 different costumes and who knows what else — to the season finale of Fox’s The Simpsons. How exactly does the monster pop star wind up in town? When Lisa’s scheme to boost her popularity at school goes horribly wrong, Gaga, who happens to be chugging past Springfield on the Gaga Express, magically intuits that her help is needed. She’s determined to cheer up Lisa — and the rest of Springfield — by all means necessary, including through song and flash mob. In this clip from the episode, you will see that Lisa isn’t exactly going gaga for Gaga, and that hurts Gaga’s feelings. And when Gaga’s feelings get hurt, something priceless happens.
And there’s your fashionable answer. It appears that the already-animated pop star will lose little in translation to cartoon, sporting a seafoam-and-white punky dress accented with a tiara and platform shoes. Behold the cool-as-ice queen! READ FULL STORY
Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Silverman join Zooey Deschanel on 'The Simpsons' -- EXCLUSIVE
When Bart’s love life heats up again on The Simpsons, it will involve an old flame or two. Actually, make that five. Not only will Zooey Deschanel guest-star on the animated comedy by reprising her role as Mary Spuckler — that adorable hillbilly daughter of Cleetus whom Bart nearly married in season 19 — four other former girlfriends, voiced by Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Sarah Silverman, make cameos in the same episode, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY
The Simpsons took a little shot at Fox News during Fox’s anniversary celebrations Sunday night. Fox re-aired the original holiday special/pilot of its long-running animated hit as part of the network’s 25th anniversary specials. In the credits for the pilot, the card below appeared. Though Fox broadcast network and cable channel Fox News are both owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and tend to get lumped together in the minds of some casual viewers, the networks are under separate day-to-day management and tend to have rather different personalities. And of course, this isn’t the first time The Simpsons have taken aim at the news network. Click below for the pic.
Julian Assange’s upcoming talk show will debut on April 17, Russian network Russia Today (RT) announced this morning. Titled The World of Tomorrow, the 12-episode series will be broadcast online, as well as on RT, according to a statement released by the channel.
The guests on the 26-minute episodes will consist of “politicians, revolutionaries, intellectuals, artists and visionaries,” as well as “iconoclasts, visionaries, and power insiders,” though RT did not reveal the identity of the first guest.
Assange is currently under house arrest as he waits to hear on the UK Supreme Court ruling of his possible extradition to Sweden based on accusations of sexual assault.
Assange recently starred as himself on the 500th episode of The Simpsons that aired in February.
What’s in the cards for Jennifer Tilly? A guest spot on The Simpsons. The actress and poker expert will make a cameo appearance in an episode as herself, popping up in an instructional DVD that Lisa watches to brush up on her card skills. (It turns out that Homer doesn’t trust banks and has stashed Lisa’s college fund in an online poker site.) “It was a real pleasure to have the Bride of Chucky on the show,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “Only three people in the crew were mysteriously killed.” READ FULL STORY
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