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Halle Berry, Paul Rudd to guest on 'The Simpsons': EW Exclusive

berry-ruddImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images; Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesInterested 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.

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'Simpsons' exclusive: Jon Hamm to guest

jon-hamm-homerImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; FoxThe 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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Witness the Epic World Cup Commercial, starring Homer Simpson, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the entire planet

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

'The Simpsons': Matt Groening and Dan Castellaneta on EW's Greatest Character, Homer Simpson

homer-simpsonImage Credit: FoxHomer is where our heart is: Yes, Mr. Simpson has topped our list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. Of course, the endearing, goofy, impetuous quarter-wit at the center of The Simpsons didn’t win over America all by himself. EW.com caught up with Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, and Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer, to talk about our No. 1 D’oh! boy.

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Homer! Buffy! Jack Bauer! Find out why they made our 100 Greatest Characters list

We laugh at them. We quote them at will. We love them more than we do some of our own family members. They are, of course, the truly iconic characters in pop culture, and in the current issue of EW, we celebrate the heck out of them with our list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years, featuring quotes from the men and women who brought these creations to life. In addition to picking up a copy of the issue, check out the following video, in which Jeff Jensen and I pay tribute to honorees including Homer Simpson, Sydney Bristow, Jack Bauer, Don Draper, and a guy we may have talked about once or twice on Totally Lost: John Locke. (By the way, we’ll keep you posted when the final Totally Lost is ready to post.) You’ll also hear Glee’s Jane Lynch and 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan talk about their onscreen alter egos. After you watch the video, do some role playing of your own and tell us: Who are your favorite characters of the last 20 years?

The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list!

1105_coverTo help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY

'Planet of the Apes' prequel? I'd rather see Troy McClure's 'Planet of the Apes' musical!

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 SimpsonsPlanet 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

'The Simpsons' gingerly supports 'South Park'

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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'The Simpsons' exclusive: Martha Stewart to guest as...Martha Stewart

Martha-Stewart-SimpsonsImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; FoxBetter 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.

Also: ‘The Simpsons': 20 years of great guest stars

'Community' vs. 'The Simpsons': Who wins this week's Hulu bracket?

community-simpsonsImage Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC; FoxHulu’s Best in Show bracket is down to the final four: Community, The Simpsons, Lost and Burn Notice. Fight!

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

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