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"Simpsons" Scriptwriter Jon Vitti Takes on Angry Birds

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The Angry Birds movie received a major boost when it was announced that Jon Vitti was hired to write the screenplay for the upcoming animated feature film based on the popular video game. Vitti is an animated industry veteran and has written five episodes of King of the Hill, 25 episodes of The Simpsons as […]

Don Payne, "Simpsons" Scriptwriter, 1964 - 2013

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Writer Don Payne passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home in Los Angeles, CA, at the age of 48. The cause was sarcoma, according to fellow writer John Frink, who worked with Payne as a scriptwriter on The Simpsons. Frink and Payne wrote for sitcoms like Hope and Gloria and Men Behaving […]

"The Simpsons" Co-Creator Sam Simon Undergoing Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer

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Sam Simon, who co-created The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, revealed that he has been diagnosed with colon cancer, and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for the disease. Simon revealed that the cancer has already spread to his liver, kidneys, abdominal connective tissues, and lymph system and possibly his brain. In addition to […]

LewToons Video: Toon News, Episode 3

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In Episode #3 of Toon News, Chad discusses the upcoming Disney animated feature, Frozen, Seth MacFarlane’s appearance on next year’s season premiere of The Simpsons, IDW’s recently announced title, John K Presents: Spumco Comic Book and the latest news surrounding the Dexter’s Laboratory episode that had been banned from television. For more LewToons, be sure to check out […]

10 Animated Shorts Eligible for 2012 Academy Awards

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The Hollywood Reporter has listed the 10 animated short films eligible for nomination in this year’s Best Animated Short Film category: “Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films) “Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.) “Dripped,” Leo Verrier, director (ChezEddy) “The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal […]

"Simpsons" Producer Al Jean Spearheads Emmy Nominations Protest Campaign

The Simpsons producer Al Jean is spearheading a campaign to compel the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences to reconsider the way it categorizes eligibility for the Emmys. The trigger for Jean’s protest is the fact that NBC’s live-action sitcom Community was allowed to submit for nomination in the comedy series, writing, and animated program […]

"The Simpsons" Season 14 (Blu-ray): Not a Disaster, But Not Groin-Grabbingly Good

Ah, what a powerful thing peer pressure can be. This is especially true when it comes to The Simpsons. If you want to be part of the “cool” crowd, will say that there are literally no good moments after a certain point in the series (usually season 8 or 9, depending on the individual), and […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "The Simpsons"

Welcome to the very first “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature at the Toonzone blog! Rather than offering the usual ranked list, for this feature our goal was very simple: get a bunch of the Toonzone staff together and let them briefly reminisce about their favorite episodes from great cartoons. No ranks, no winners and losers, just […]

No "Simpsons" Movie Sequel Yet, "Several Years" Left for Series

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, stated at a TV industry event at Cannes that, “someday there might be a sequel” to The Simpsons Movie, “but not yet.” At a press conference later, executive producer Al Jean stated that he felt the series “has at least several years left” and noted the so-far unsuccessful quest […]

Nancy Cartwright Interviews David Silverman on "The Simpsons" at AWN

Actor Nancy Cartwright, who provides the voice for Bart Simpson, has interviewed with David Silverman about his work on The Simpsons in her latest column for AWN. Among other topics, Silverman discusses his “lucky break” into animation, how he works with the animation crew and the voice acting performances on a show like The Simpsons, […]

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