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John Hughes doc 'Don't You Forget About Me' finds distributor

John Hughes died Thursday afternoon, and by midday Friday, the producers of ‘Don’t You Forget About Me,’ a documentary about the director and his influence on Hollywood, had found a distributor in Alliance Films International. Matt Austin and Kari Hollend discuss what happened last week in this CNN video, and their trailer for the film appears below.

Matt and Kari actually interviewed me for the project, back in November 2006. I don’t expect to be in the final cut, as this was my very first time on-camera (aw!) and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t stop rambling about how the girl in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who lazily blew an enormous gum bubble in class was, like, a totally realistic depiction of high school. (Wait, never mind. This is a brilliant observation and should definitely appear in the film.) Anyway, I loved how they set up that particular shoot in the middle of a small NYC art gallery to give it a Bueller/Dream Academy vibe. Let’s hope that if the producers never did track down Hughes himself, they’ll get enough funding to include plenty of footage of the director from on-set interviews, etc.

'The Simpsons' gets two more seasons: Are YOU still watching?

Simpsons_l_2The news wasn’t shocking, but certainly enough to make fans shout "Woohoo!": Fox has renewed The Simpsons for two additional seasons, which means that we will be treated to at least 493 episodes of Homer’s odysseys. (The network couldn’t have picked up seven extra episodes to make it an even 500? C’mon!) Currently in its 20th season and averaging 8.7 million viewers, the animated series is already the longest-running prime-time comedy ever. And while The Simpsons no longer carries the must-see clout it did in the ’90s, it can still pack a punchline. (I’m definitely hoping the writers will huddle again soon to whip up another movie.)

What do you think? Are you happy that that the Springfield gang will live to see a few more years? Will you hang in there until the bitter end? Let’s play a little game called Guess How Many Episodes The Simpsons Will Make. You write your prediction below, and many moons from now when we learn the answer, maybe we’ll award the winner something cool, like a case of Duff beer.

More ‘Simpsons':
‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening looks to the future [CNN]
The 25 best (and 1 worst) ‘Simpsons’ episodes
Clip du jour: ‘The Simpsons’ – ‘Mad Men’ opening
Watch ‘The Simpsons,’ from EW’s New Classics Collection
‘The Simpsons': 16 great guest voices

'Meh' and you: Words we learned from pop culture

Simpsons_veggies The Collins English Dictionary has welcomed into its fray the now-real word: Meh. According to Radar, the word originated in a 2001 episode of The Simpsons, when Homer suggested Bart and Lisa do something other than watch TV and they couldn’t bring themselves to employ a real word, let alone eye contact or complete sentences. (I would have erroneously pegged "meh" to South Park, because "meh" sounds exactly like what Cartman tends to lisp instead of "me" or "my.") Anyway, please vote (for anything but "McDreamy," for the love of god) in our new-word poll, below. And check out the inspiration for our somewhat blurry image to your left, the amusingly vegetative compilation of "Every Simpsons Couch," on YouTube.



Clip du jour: "The Simpsons" - "Mad Men" opening

From last night’s "Treehouse of Horror" episode.

Kathy Griffin wins another Schmemmy and 'F--ing Matt Damon' is still all the rage

Kathygriffin_l Winning a second Emmy would normally be enough to get you off of the D-list, but taking home the trophy for best reality show will always be D-list. Right?

The Creative Arts Primetime Emmys were held Saturday night in Los Angeles, and Kathy Griffin, who’s dubbed them the "Schmemmys" because they’re given out before the actual Emmy broadcast (Sept. 21 this year), once again accepted the award for her Bravo series My Life on the D-List. According to Gold Derby by Tom O’Neil, she started her speech with "Well, well, well! Here we go again, f—ers. Here we go again!" (I still don’t get why she got in so much trouble last year.) Apparently, she and Cesar Millan weren’t the biggest stars in attendance for once. She continued: "Hanks, Gandolfini — what the f—! I’m not going to tell anyone to suck it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

Speaking of making love, Sarah Silverman also accepted an award Saturday night for "I’m F—ing Matt Damon," which earned an Emmy for its original music and lyrics. According to People, she acknowledged her ex gracefully: "Thanks to the person for whom this whole video was made: Jimmy Kimmel, who broke my heart — ohh, who’ll always have a place in my heart."

In case you forgot:

For a complete list of Creative Arts Primetime Emmy winners — including 30 Rock, Mad Men, The Simpsons, South Park, and Battlestar Galacticaclick here. For EW.com’s continuing Emmys coverage, including bracket games to name the best Emmy-winning drama and comedy of all-time click here. And, of course, don’t forget to vote in our first annual EWwy Awards, which honor the series, actors, and actresses snubbed in the Emmy nominating process. (Last time I checked, Battlestar Galactica was tied with Bones for Best Drama, ahead of Friday Night Lights, The Wire, and Big Love.)

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Comic-Con: 'The Simpsons'...coming to an end?

Simpsons_lWe’re not sure it’s possible for Simpsons fans to bedisappointed in the presence of their deity-on-Earth, series creatorMatt Groening. But if you want them to get there, try presenting aComic-Con panel with absolutely no one from the cast. That’s right, all ninepeople onstage, including showrunner Al Jean, and Groening, himself,were either writers, directors, or producers. No Dan Castellaneta, no JulieKavner, not even a Hank Azaria graced the Saturday panel.

But there was a clip! Simpsons fans took in portions oftwo acts from the upcoming "Treehouse of Horror XIX." The first followed Homer on Election Day (appropriate: these Halloween-themed eps always fall inNovember), as a recalcitrant electronic voting booth turns his vote for Obama into one for McCain. Thesecond scene, an homage to Charles Schulz, dropped the Simpsons characters in the world of Peanuts.Lisa and Milhouse make like Sally and Linus, waiting up on Halloweennight for the "Grand Pumpkin." Hint: If you’re trying to make nice witha giant gourd, don’t feed him pumpkin bread.

Once the Q&A session started, the panel took great delight in extolling the Simpsons ride at Universal Studios, "If you take drugs and watch The Simpsonson TV, you don’t have to take drugs anymore," said Groening. "Just goon the Simpsons ride. It’s great. You’ll think you’re going to die."

As for spoilers, they’re after the jump, so stop now if you want to remain happy and clueless.


Watch 'The Simpsons,' from EW's New Classics Collection

What’s left to say about The Simpsons after 19 years? It’s really the signature pop-cultural achievement of our era. It was the clear choice for the top spot on our list of the Top 100 TV Series of the last 25 years in the new EW 1000 issue. The show’s universe has grown so vast that each episode seems like an encyclopedia of the human experience as we know it today — take, for instance, last month’s "Mona Leaves-a" episode (which you can watch in full, below), whose opening credits alone trace the evolution of life on this planet from single-celled organisms to Homer Sapiens.

This is the fifth installment in EW.com’s selection of 10 great episodes of programs on our top 100 list. We’ll be streaming an episode from a different show every day, or you can watch the entire slate in one sitting at Hulu. The first half of the list is here; Part 2 is here.

'Simpsons' no, 'Baywatch' sí

Bartsimpson_l¡Ay caramba! According to Reuters, Venezuelan TV has pulled The Simpsons from its 11 a.m. slot, with the argument that the show is bad for children. Going up in its place: reruns of Baywatch Hawaii. Now, granted, kids can probably learn a lot more about some subjects (CPR, human anatomy) from the bouncing lifeguards than from the four-fingered toon family, but still, harmful for children? Why, look at the United States: for the past 18 years, an entire generation of American kids has grown up watching Bart’s mischief, and look at how they turned out…

Uh, never mind, Venezuela. Carry on.

Bored, striking TV writers swap shows

Theoffice_lThere must be a little-known proviso in the Writers Guild rules that permits striking TV writers to pen scenarios for shows other than their own in snarky magazine articles. So it is with New York magazine, which cross-assigned teams of writers from various strike-afflicted shows to dream up season-ending arcs for other strike-afflicted shows. (Hat tip to TV Barn and TV Tattle for the link.) The results aren’t as funny as I’d have hoped, though I did enjoy the Simpsons crew’s apocalyptic take on The Office. I’d still like to see what, say, Tina Fey’s 30 Rock-ers could do with House or Heroes. How about you, PopWatchers? What TV writer swaps would you like to see?

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We're stoked about the new 'Futurama' DVD!

"Good news, everyone!"  Futurama is back! Not on any network schedule, but in Bender’s Big Score, a feature-length DVD — the first of a planned four — that went on sale today. That’s 88 minutes of what is most assuredly animated-comedy gold featuring Fry, Leela, Bender, and the other space-faring misfits of the Planet Express delivery service.  (My copy was pre-ordered many weeks ago and is now, hopefully, in a brown truck of the pathetically Earth-bound UPS delivery service.) Below is a short clip featuring the first five minutes from the new movie.

I know I’m not the only one that has missed the Matt Groening-created series (although I confess to jumping on this wagon after FOX grounded the show in 2003). Innumerable viewings on DVD have only convinced me that the finest episodes of Futurama can stand toe-to-toe with the finest episodes of The Simpsons. In fact, I’d even venture to claim that misanthropic and larcenous robot No. 2716057 (aka Bender Rodriguez) is the best character to have come from either series. So, who else out there is excited about this movie?  And while you’re at it, what are your favorite Bender-isms?

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