The Simpsons Movie
Posted 08 April 2004 - 06:45 PM
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Posted 08 November 2004 - 01:30 PM
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SIMPSONS PRODUCERS SHELVE MOVIE VERSION UNTIL 2008
The long anticipated movie version of The Simpsons has been put off until at least 2008 because those connected with the TV show don't want work on the movie to affect it, exec producer Al Jean has told Entertainment Weekly. "The biggest thing is you don't want to do a movie that's not reflective of the quality of the show, and you don't want the quality of the show to slip because you're doing the movie. So we're taking a little time," Jean said.
Posted 27 December 2006 - 05:10 PM
Perhaps in that scene Marge is reminded of the admonition by God to bury our human waste properly in Deuteronomy 23:12-14
Posted 26 April 2007 - 10:35 AM
BROOKS: First of all, what we're calling secrecy is just keeping the work private until you're ready to show it. But it started out as people wanting to know what it was about, and then we were having fun with it, putting out false story lines. We've revealed more with each successive trailer. We'll continue to do that.
GROENING: Even though there are some very misleading things in the trailer.
BROOKS: We saw a trailer the other day, and somebody said 70 percent of the things in it -- based on where we were eight weeks ago -- are no longer in the movie, because we keep on fooling around.
Entertainment Weekly, no date specified (probably sometime in April)
Posted 02 July 2007 - 04:58 AM
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7-Elevens become Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts'
Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of "The Simpsons" fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. Those stores and most of the 6,000-plus other 7-Elevens in North America will sell items that until now existed only on television: Buzz Cola, KrustyO's cereal and Squishees, the slushy drink knockoff of Slurpees. . . . For 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and Homer's creators at Gracie Films, the stunt is a cheap way to call attention to their movie, since 7-Eleven is bearing all the costs, which executives of the retail chain put at somewhere in the single millions. At 7-Eleven, they're hoping it shows the ubiquitous chain has a trait seen in few corporations -- the ability to laugh at themselves. . . .
Associated Press, Jul 1
Posted 02 July 2007 - 10:22 AM
I asked whether Duff beer is available. No. They wanted to keep the promotion "family friendly."
Posted 05 July 2007 - 12:58 PM
The upcoming Simpsons movie takes a typically irreverent dig at religion and environmentalists, and features a nude scene involving 'toon teen Bart that had the audience at a preview show applauding.
Reuters, July 5
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Dear God, please don't let this movie pattern itself after the preachy Lisa episodes. Please let it pattern itself after one of the OTHER episodes instead.
Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:16 AM
Anyway, the only scheduled screening so far is ... Thursday night, July 26. That'll probably be "opening night" for all I know, with the critics possibly seeing the film with paying audiences. That happened earlier this summer.
The only reason I care about this is because I was assigned to review the movie, but the late screening jeapordizes that. Were there an earlier daytime screening for those who don't work elsewhere from 9 to 5, Crosswalk could have another critic review it. But that doesn't appear to be the case in D.C. Not yet.
Has anyone else received word of "Simpsons" movie screenings in their markets? I suspect that the night-before-opening applies elsewhere, but I'd like confirmation.
Edited by Christian, 12 July 2007 - 11:17 AM.
Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:21 AM
: Anyway, the only scheduled screening so far is ... Thursday night, July 26.
FOX STRIKES AGAIN!!!
Seriously, this is the same studio that refused to show Pathfinder AT ALL in most cities (even cancelling press screenings in Vancouver, where it was filmed, and in Chicago, etc.), and then held preview screenings for Fantastic Four 2 and Die Hard 4 the night before the movies opened (i.e. only a few hours before the midnight screenings and/or matinees were open to the public). I had been wondering if they would pull the same stunt with this film. Looks like they will!
Posted 17 July 2007 - 02:37 AM
Some critics won't get a look at "The Simpsons Movie" until three days before it opens nationally, a strategy Twentieth Century Fox is using to preserve the film's plot from Internet pirates and scoop-hungry movie bloggers.
The film, which "Simpsons" fans have awaited for years, is set to premiere in Westwood on July 24 with a wide release on July 27. Fox is hosting screenings for most critics and reporters on July 24, 25 and 26.
The late screening has prompted speculation that "The Simpsons Movie" isn't all that its gargantuan marketing campaign has promised. A Fox spokeswoman denied those rumors Thursday.
"Anybody who's needed to see the film has already seen it," said the spokeswoman, who asked that her name not be used. "We're not concerned about audience response to the film. The audience response has been overwhelming." . . .
Los Angeles Times, July 13
Posted 17 July 2007 - 01:12 PM
Another indication of Fox's extremely guarded screening policy is their decision to screen The Simpsons Movie for onliners on Thursday, 7.26 -- the night before the nationwide opening. No other studio has done this to myknowledge -- they either don't screen dicey films or they screen them two or three days before opening. Fox also stipulatd that no plus-ones will be allowed to attend the 7.26 screening.
Fox's message is basically "we don't trust you and we really don't trust your friends." Obviously they don't want early reviews because it's the Wild West out there, etc., but the Simpsons brand skews older and smarter and could presumably benefit from early-ish reviews from the right people.
Edited by Christian, 17 July 2007 - 01:13 PM.
Posted 17 July 2007 - 01:21 PM
... Whoops, turns out that's what Jeff Wells is talking about. I pause in the middle of writing a post to take a phone call, and then by the time I've finished the post, I've been scooped. Ah well.
Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:02 PM
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 07:51 PM
You made the cut, Peter.
It's been a tough review month for me. I just learned that the Lindsay Lohan movie I'd been asked to review -- AFTER having "Sunshine" pulled out from under me (not the studio's decision) -- is, not surprisingly, "going out cold," as the PR person told me. No previews for that one.
Edited by Christian, 19 July 2007 - 07:52 PM.