Christian Hamaker's Article on The Simpsons
Posted 30 June 2003 - 12:17 PM
Russell Lucas (unregistered)
Posted 30 June 2003 - 12:31 PM
Posted 02 July 2003 - 08:30 AM
Anyway, I'm told the article was cut down some from the original, which was a broader article about Christianity, the Bible and comedy, using "The Simpsons" as the primary example. I'm glad to hear you didn't perceive the final product as a striaghtforward fan-appreciation celebration of "The Simpsons," which is what I hoped to avoid.
The rest of the issue looks strong from what I see on the RELEVANT site. Odd, though, that I'd end up writing in "The Movie Issue" about something other than movies!
Posted 02 July 2003 - 04:40 PM
Posted 05 April 2004 - 11:07 AM
Book on a related topic:
Mark I. Pinsky, The Gospel According to the Simpsons
Posted 08 April 2004 - 06:03 PM
: Has he updated any content in the book since the first edition?
Not to my knowledge -- just the endorsements, I think. Perhaps it would be better to call these new "printings" of the book, instead of "editions".
Posted 14 April 2004 - 04:53 AM
Is that the one entitled "What would Jesus d'oh?"
Posted 23 December 2009 - 12:03 PM
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Vatican paper says 'The Simpsons' are okely dokely
To put it as the devout Ned Flanders would, the Vatican's newspaper thinks "The Simpsons" are an okely dokely bunch.
L'Osservatore Romano on Tuesday congratulated the show on its 20th anniversary, praising its philosophical leanings as well as its stinging and often irreverent take on religion. . . .
Associated Press, December 23
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 23 December 2009 - 12:04 PM.
Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:16 AM
He is an idle, pea-brained glutton with a permanent craving for doughnuts and Duff beer, but Homer Simpson has been declared a true Catholic by the Vatican's official newspaper.
The long-running cartoon series explores issues such as family, community, education and religion in a way that few other popular television programmes can match, according to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily broadsheet.
The newspaper acknowledged that Homer snores through the sermons of the Reverend Lovejoy and inflicts "never-ending humiliation" on his evangelical neighbour, Ned Flanders.
But in an article headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics", the newspaper said: "The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes."
The family "recites prayers before meals and, in their own peculiar way, believes in the life thereafter". . . .
Telegraph, October 17
Posted 06 December 2010 - 08:35 AM
I just wanted to note that I've been watching this current season, and I have to say that I think THE SIMPSONS is on a bit of an upswing. Not too long ago I was calling for THE SIMPSONS to come to a close. It had a good run, but was kind of dull. But this season has changed my mind; contrary to my expectations, it's been pretty delightful. THE SIMPSONS isn't back at True Classic status, but high above the nadir of a few years ago.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 08:01 PM
A money dispute between Fox and the actors who voice the characters on The Simpsons may force the long-running hit series to shut down next spring. Lloyd Grove reports exclusively.
Daily Beast, October 4
Would ‘The Simpsons’ Be Worth More Dead Or Alive?
RBC Capital Markets analyst David Banks raises that intriguing question in a report today based on some back-of-the-envelope calculations. He says Fox has been hamstrung by a 17-year-old deal that limits syndication to local TV stations. “At the time, cable was a relatively insignificant contributor to major off-network syndication revenues; but over the ensuing years, cable grew to be as big an opportunity as (if not bigger than) local broadcast,” Banks says. But if the show is canceled, then the restriction evaporates and Fox can offer reruns to additional markets — especially cable or an online service such as Netflix. Banks figures Fox can score $1.5M for each of 506 episodes. That delivers $750M and with a cash flow (EBIT) margin of 60%, and a tax rate of 35% it adds 10 cents in earnings for each News Corp share. 20th Century Fox TV wants to keep The Simpsons going but is playing hardball, saying that it “cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model.” The cast offered to take a 30% pay cut, but Fox wants 45%. . . .
DAVID LIEBERMAN, Deadline.com, October 4
Magic Bullet? Report On Windfall From ‘Simpsons’ Cancellation May Help Sign Cast
Fox should send RBC Capital Markets analyst David Banks a gift basket. His report today that News Corp is sitting on a pot of $750 million that can only be tapped if The Simpsons is canceled gives strong ammunition to 20th Century Fox TV in its salary dispute with the voice cast of the long-running animated series. . . .
NELLIE ANDREEVA, Deadline.com, October 4
'Simpsons' Actors Say Show Has Made $1B in Profits (Exclusive)
The "Simpsons" voice actors have commissioned a study estimating the show has made $1 billion in profits as ammunition in their negotiations with 20th Century Fox TV over its demand that they agree to have their salaries cut nearly in half. The study projected that the studio will eventually make about $2.8 billion from the show through 23 seasons.
The six actors have been asked to decide by noon Friday whether they will accept a demand from Fox that they cut their payment per episode from $440,000 to $250,000 per episode, according to people familiar with the talks. The actors offered last week to accept cuts to $300,000 per episode, in exchange for back-end payments they don't currently receive, but the studio rejected the offer. . . .
TheWrap.com, October 5