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'The Simpsons' Dan Castellaneta: Homer has come a long way from Walter Matthau

Zap2it: When "The Simpsons" started, Homer sounded like Walter Matthau. Was there any of that in him?Dan Castellaneta: The only reason I just thought of Walter Matthau is because he had a kind of a big mouth, and Homer had a big mouth, and the characters were a little more droopy, and he seemed a little more deadpan like Walter Matthau. As it progressed Homer got a little rounder. His emotions were going all over the place. I sort of just found it by accident. I just found its place.Zap2it: When you are out, say ordering dinner, how often do people recognize your voice?Dan Castellaneta: No, people don't recognize. They may have seen me on TV in an interview situation and put two and two together.Zap2it: On a lot of animation shows, the voices are done separately. How do you get the feel of a regular performance?Dan Castellaneta: By and large everybody is in the... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/the-simpsons-dan-castellaneta-homer-has-come-a-long-way-from-walter-matthau.html

'The Simpsons' finale: Lady Gaga performs a Little Monsters song with a jet-pack bra

For "The Simpsons" Season 23 finale, pop/dance sensation Lady Gaga lends her voice when she guest stars as herself. When Lisa's get-popular scheme backfires and her popularity plummets to an all-new low, Lady Gaga receives a psychic force telling her Lisa needs help. Gaga bursts into town to help Lisa and all the Springfieldians realize that being yourself is better than being anyone else, in an episode titled "Lisa Goes Gaga," airing Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.Check out these preview clips. In the above clip, Gaga (in a hummingbird-turned-Grammys dress) performs a "Little Monsters" song dressed a little bit like "Vogue"-era Madonna. In the below clip, Gaga advises Lisa that she needs a flash mob. Are you excited to see Gaga get "Simpsons"-ized?... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/05/the-simpsons-finale-lady-gaga-performs-a-little-monsters-song-with-a-jet-pack-bra.html

The Simpsons Season Finale 2012 “Lisa Goes Gaga” Season 23 Episode 22

The Simpsons  season finale  “Lisa Goes Gaga” Season 23 Episode 22  airs Sunday May 20 2012 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  Lisa tries to reverse her status as one of the least popular  girls  in school by ghostwriting positive things about herself on the school blog. When her plan backfires, her social ranking plummets to a new low – until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga (guest-starring as herself) that Lisa needs her help. With Gaga’s assistance, Lisa and the entire town of Springfield realize that being yourself is better than being like anyone else in the all-new “Lisa Goes Gaga” season finale episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, May 20 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/20/the-simpsons-season-finale-2012-lisa-goes-gaga-season-23-episode-22/  

The Simpsons “Ned ‘N’ Edna’s Blend” Season 23 Episode 21

The Simpsons  “Ned ‘N’ Edna’s Blend” Season 23 Episode 21 airs Sunday May 13 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  When the town  of Springfield discovers that Ned (Harry Shearer) and Edna (guest voice Marcia Wallace) have secretly gotten hitched, Marge offers to throw them a congratulatory reception. However, bringing everyone together makes them all realize that no marriage is perfect. Meanwhile, Edna tries to help Ned’s children become more socially acceptable by changing some of the rules in the all-new “Ned ‘N’ Edna’s Blend” episode of THE SIMPSONS  airing Sunday, May 13 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/13/the-simpsons-ned-n-ednas-blend-season-23-episode-21/  

Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Silverman join Zooey Deschanel on ‘The Simpsons’

EW  has confirmed that the animated comedy series T he Simpsons  will be welcoming back Zooey Deschanel ( New Girl ). The actress will be reprising her role as  the voice  of Mary Spuckler. As fans will remember she is the daughter of Cleetus. The former flame of Bart’s returns in the storyline that will center on the oldest sibling’s love life and his mission to find the one girl who got away. Zooey Deschanel isn’t the only big-name to pay a return visit in the episode either. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer ), Natalie Portman (Black Swan ), Sarah Silverman (There’s Something about Mary), and Anne Hathaway (One Day ) will also be returning to play Bart’s ex-girlfriend’s in the episode. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/08/natalie-portman-anne-hathaway-sarah-michelle-gellar-sarah-silverman-join-zooey-deschanel-on-the-simpsons/  

The Simpsons “The Spy Who Learned Me” Season 23 Episode 20

The Simpsons  “The Spy Who Learned Me” Season 23 Episode 20 airs Sunday May 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis :  After going on “date night” to a spy movie starring crime fighter Stradivarius Cain (guest star Bryan Cranston), Marge becomes upset with Homer for blurting out embarrassing remarks throughout the film, but Homer’s attempts to reconcile with Marge do not seem to fix anything. Later, Homer is knocked off a ladder and suffers a concussion on the job, leaving him out of work for six weeks. Instead of telling Marge, Homer decides to use the time to learn how to become a better husband with the help of someone whom he believes is Stradivarius Cain in the all-new “The Spy Who Learned Me” episode of THE SIMPSONS  airing Sunday, May 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/05/06/the-simpsons-the-spy-who-learned-me-season-23-episode-20/  

The Simpsons “A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again” Season 23 Episode 19

The Simpsons  “A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again” Season 23 Episode 19  airs Sunday April 29 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  When Bart sees a commercial for the ultimate cruise, he begs his parents for a family vacation. Low on cash, the only way they can go is if each family member sells one valuable. Once they’re away, Bart is determined to make the vacation last forever. So he comes up with a plan to make sure they never have to return home in the all-new “A Totally Fun Thing Bart Will Never Do Again” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, April 29 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2012/04/29/the-simpsons-a-totally-fun-thing-that-bart-will-never-do-again-season-23-episode-19/  

'The Simpsons' trashes Fox News during 25th anniversary special

Leave it up to "The Simpsons" to add a little bite to FOX's 25th anniversary party.The network celebrated a quarter century on the air on Sunday (April 22) with the broadcast of the series' first episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." But that's where the fun kicks in.After the credits roll, show execs added a note saying "Congratulations FOX on 25 years...We still love you." Then in small print at the bottom of the screen it reads, "This doesn't include Fox News."This is hardly the first time the show has gone after Fox News. Previous jabs include "Fox News: Not Racist, But #1 With Racists" and "Fox News: Unsuitable For Viewers Under 75."... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/the-simpsons-trashes-fox-news-during-25th-anniversary-special.html

'The Simpsons': Bryan Cranston to guest as a super spy

If the whole "Breaking Bad" thing doesn't work out for Bryan Cranston, he may have a new career working in cartoons. Just weeks after being featured in a two-part season finale on "Archer," Cranston will star on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons." TV Line is reporting that Cranston will play a James Bond-type character named Stradivarius Cain. The publication adds that things get wackier when Homer gets a concussion and starts believing he's getting marital advice from the super spy.In addition to "The Simpsons" and "Archer," Cranston has worked on cartoons like "The Cleveland Show," "Robot Chicken" and the upcoming film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."The episode titled "The Spy Who Learned Me" will air May 6 at 8 p.m. ET.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/the-simpsons-bryan-cranston-to-guest-as-a-super-spy.html

'The Simpsons': Matt Groening reveals the real Springfield

One of the great mysteries of "The Simpsons" has finally been revealed. After more than 500 episodes, many of which feature hints and teases, show creator Matt Groening has finally announced which Springfield the show takes place in - and it's exactly what you thought.In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, Groening says that the wildly popular animated show takes place in Springfield, OR, a city about 110 miles south of his hometown of Portland."Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show 'Father Knows Best' took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown," Groening says. "When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/04/the-simpsons-matt-groening-reveals-the-real-springfield.html
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