with a daring, bleak opening credits sequence that was masterminded by Banksy, the mysterious British graffiti artist. Viewers were taken on a surreal journey into an Asian sweatshop where kittens were used as stuffing for Simpsons dolls, and a shackled, defeated unicorn was used to make holes in Simpsons DVDs. Shudder. EW.com rang up Simpsons executive producer Al Jean to get the behind-the-scenes story on the Banksy gag. READ FULL STORYWho says The Simpsons isn’t as subversive as it used to be? Last night, the animated Fox series raised eyebrows—and corners of mouths—
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While The Social Network was becoming the biggest movie of the weekend, Mark Zuckerberg was piggy-backing on Sir Richard Branson’s shoulders and engaging in a playful chicken-fight against Bill Gates and Nelson Mandela Muntz. The Facebook founder, who’s portrayed as a cold and calculating outsider in director David Fincher’s new film, was much friendlier in his cameo on Sunday night’s The Simpsons. Take a look: READ FULL STORY
Perry’s “Hot N Cold” duet with Elmo is too hot for TV, The Simpsons is rolling out the yellow carpet for the pop star. EW.com has learned that Perry will guest in a Christmas-themed episode of the animated comedy—and in an unusual way: She appears as herself in a live-action segment that features Simpsons characters as puppets. “In the wake of Elmo’s terrible betrayal, the Simpsons puppets wish to announce they stand felt-shoulder-to-shoulder with Katy Perry,” quipped series executive producer Al Jean in a statement to EW.com. Not only does the singer wind up leading Homer & co. in a rendition of “The 39 Days of Christmas,” she plays the unlikely role of… Moe’s girlfriend! Yes, from Elmo to Moe she goes. (And her sartorial choice—adorned with Simpsons characters, not visible in the photo above—probably wouldn’t have been Street-approved either: The PBS show announced on Sept. 23 that it wouldn’t air Perry’s performance after previewing it on YouTube and receiving complaints about her cleavage-revealing outfit. By the way, her Simpsons bit was shot in mid-September, prior to the fuss.) Perry, the musical guest on Saturday Night Live tonight, won’t be the only celebrity gracing this episode; Martha Stewart also pops up, but in cartoon form. “The Fight Before Christmas” airs Dec. 5 on Fox.It looks like Katy Perry will get to sing with a puppet on TV after all. Although Sesame Street has decided that
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brings Homer and Bart to L.A. for the Oscars. (Gervais is not penning the episode.) Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Laurie, and Martha Stewart are among the other celebrities getting animated in season 22, which begins Sept. 26 on Fox.Ricky Gervais is making a return trip to Springfield! The co-creator and star of The Office will lend his voice to an episode of The Simpsons this coming season, EW.com has learned. Gervais—who wrote 2006’s “Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife,” in addition to guest-starring in it as a brownbeaten husband who appears with Marge and Homer on a reality series—pops up this time as himself in an early 2011 installment that
Interested in a Berry-flavored serving of The Simpsons? Halle Berry will play herself in an upcoming installment of the animated series, exec producer Al Jean tells EW.com. The Oscar-winning actress (Monster’s Ball) tosses off a few quips while presenting a trophy at the Academy Awards, which features Bart and Homer as nominees for their animated short that’s based on Bart’s cartoon webseries Angry Dad. “It’s a bit of a satire of the different Oscar acceptances where two people clearly race to the stage to get there first,” says Jean, “and Homer and Bart are fighting to be the one that accepts.” The episode is scheduled to air in early 2011.
Another film star, Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man), will grace a different episode to be broadcast early next year. After a humiliating JumboTron incident involving Bart, Homer is sent to a “fathering enrichment class” run by Rudd’s Dr. Zander, a therapist who’s horrified to learn that Homer has a habit of throttling Bart. “For 20 years we’ve shown Homer strangling Bart and we’ve never had anybody go, ‘Oh, that’s horrible!’” says Jean. “So Paul Rudd goes, ‘That’s terrible!’ and he tries to cure him.” Also lending a hand—or two: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Jean adds that the NBA legend “puts on a Homer wig and then starts strangling Homer to show him how it feels.” Season 22 of The Simpsons premieres Sept. 26 on Fox.
The Simpsons is serving up a side of Hamm: Mad Men star Jon Hamm will voice a character on an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, exec producer Al Jean tells EW.com. In the episode—titled “Donnie Fatso” and slated to air in December—Hamm plays an FBI supervisor whom Homer reports to when he becomes an undercover informant in prison and infiltrates Fat Tony’s inner circle (which means, yes, Joe Mantegna returns to reprise his mobster role). But don’t expect to see Don in this don-themed episode. “There’s no Mad Men reference,” says Jean. “Jon’s a gruff FBI man. Homer asks if he can pick his undercover name and finally Jon just says, ‘Your name will be Nicky Blue Pants Altosaxophony.’ Homer says, ‘Do I get to keep the name when I’m done with it?’ and Jon says, ‘No, it’s the property of the government.’ He has no patience for Homer.” And how did the recording session go with Hamm, who has also guested on 30 Rock and SNL? “You gave him one note and he immediately did 12 great things with it,” reports Jean. “He was really funny. And handsome. He had it all.”
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