The new World Cup-themed commercial from Nike is one of the best advertisements of all time. Heck, I’m just barely holding myself back from calling it one of the best soccer movies of all time. Featuring a cross-cultural cast stacked with some of the best players in the world, the ad cuts from on-the-field action to viewers watching around the world. It also features a few kitchen-sink cameos by non-soccer celebrities, because why not? Quick, watch it after the jump before I spoil anything… READ FULL STORY »
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Maybe it’s because it’s Friday. Or maybe I’m just feeling a little nostalgic for the mid-1990s today. But when I read the news that the Planet of the Apes prequel is moving forward, I couldn’t help but wonder: How long do we have to wait to see The Simpsons‘ Planet of the Apes musical head to the big screen?
Okay, I’m only half joking. But I would argue that Troy McClure’s finest hour in 1996′s “A Fish Called Selma” trumps all five Planet of the Apes films. Of course, that could be because, as is the case with many films, I saw The Simpsons episode before I saw the Charlton Heston classic. So when I finally did check out the 1968 film — and its sequels — I could hardly pay attention to the plot with “Dr. Zaius” running on a loop through my brain. I can’t help it, guys! It’s a catchy song! (See it — with Spanish dialogue! — after the jump.)
Now we know we know the musical will never have a place on the big screen without its leading man, voiced by the late great Phil Hartman. But come on, fellow Simpsons fans — it’s really tough to even think of Planet of the Apes without starting to hum “Dr. Zaius,” right? (Can we at least see it on Broadway?!) Sing it with me: “‘Can I play the piano anymore?’ ‘Of course you can!’ ‘Well, I couldn’t before!’”
P.S. And I would never fail to also acknowledge the genius of “Chimpan-A To Chimpan-Z.” But I will not include the lyrics for those who haven’t seen Planet of the Apes. It’s filled with spoilers! (Same with the Spanish-language video below!) READ FULL STORY »
Ha, Ginger-ly. Anyone catch The Simpsons‘ subtle chalkboard shout-out to South Park last night? “Simpsons did it!” So did Jon Stewart. Which show will come out in support of last week’s heavily censored South Park next? It’s gotta be House. A Danish wind turbine will huff and puff and blow the words right onto that white board in between “Lupus?” and a rough sketch of Cuddy’s ass.
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Better make sure those boughs of holly are perfectly arranged: Martha Stewart will play herself on a Yuletide-themed episode of The Simpsons, EW.com has learned. “Marge Simpson receives a nighttime visit from the most powerful force in the universe who teaches her the true meaning of Christmas: Martha Stewart,” teases Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. He adds that when the media empress flies to the Simpsons’ house in the dream sequence, “she cuts off Santa Claus and yells at him, ‘I bring joy to more people!’” The episode — titled “The Fight Before Christmas” and written by Dan Castellaneta (Homer!) and his wife, Deb Lacusta — is slated to air on Fox in December.
Best in Show bracket is down to the final four: Community, The Simpsons, Lost and Burn Notice. Fight!Hulu’s
The drama bracket seems pretty tied up — it’s got to be Lost. But the comedy showdown is less settled: Freshman series Community beat out Glee, Modern Family, and Parks and Recreation to land in the comedy finals, while the The Simpsons took on American Dad, Family Guy and Castle. So which comedy should win? READ FULL STORY »
Every few years, pop culture and linguistics fans are treated to some version of the same story: The Simpsons has affected the English language. D’oh is in the dictionary, a scientist used the term “embiggen” in a research paper, etc. These are perfectly cromulent stories (easy, but I had to use it), but they ignore what to me is the single biggest contribution: yoink.
What else can you say when you accept someone’s offer of a chip, and you have to reach your hand in the bag? Or when someone hands you cash in an otherwise nontransactional setting? Or when you faux-steal something from someone, say, the sock of their foot as you walk by the couch? You say “yoink.”
(Some suggest that the term originated on this episode of The Flinstones, but it sure doesn’t sound that way to me.)
What’s your overlooked Simpsonsism, PopWatchers? (“Meh” and the rest of the usual suspects don’t count.)
Last night’s new episode of The Simpsons featured a House spoof brought to you by Itchy & Scratchy: Mouse, M.D. I love the soothing reprise of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” as Dr. Mouse abandons very reasonable catpatient-of-the-week solutions like “acid enema” and “go through wallet” in favor of following his own light-bulb instincts. Press play below. There will be violence.
The facial scruff on that mouse is really doing it for me. Anyone else?
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