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James L. Brooks Teases Big Guest Star

Spanglish director and Simpsons head honcho James "Jimbo" Brooks recently teased an upcoming guest star on Twitter, claiming it's on par with Michael Jackson's appearance in 1991:

It's gotta be Obama, right? Dude's willing to do a Funny or Die sketch, but not the venerable American institution known as The Simpsons? They've already gotten three Beatles, a sitting prime minister, a reclusive author, AND telephone voice Joan Kenley; who else is even notable enough to get these old grizzled comedy writers all jazzed up?

Other guesses I'm throwing out there:

  • Bob Dylan - Turned them down before, maybe he relented?
  • The Game of Thrones guy - All the writers are horrible nerds, so...
  • Pope Francis - Hey, it could happen.
  • Ella Fitzgerald - Maybe Brooks discovered a way to revive the dead during his time at My Mother The Car?

Speculate away in the non-existent comment section below.

NEWS BRIEFS: Annie Awards, Butts, Gangnam Style

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  • The Simpsons lost every Annie Award it was nominated for (including one for the infamous rag episode), but Simpsons alumni Rich Moore won Best Director and his film Wreck-It Ralph won Best Feature, so good for him!
  • My Google Alert for "Yeardley Smith sex tape" has finally beared fruit! Here is a photo of Lisa Simpson's voice actress cavorting with a naked man in broad daylight.
  • Simpsons producer James L. Brooks is literally on the National Rifle Association's enemies list. No word on Matt "NRA4EVER" Groening, though.
  • Speaking of Brooks, looks like he got his Twitter hacked, with little success at stopping it. He appears to be waging a hilarious battle with the Twitter-jacker over which one is the real one. Just goes to show you, even if you're a big-time Hollywood mega-producer, you can still get your stuff hacked. Stay protected, yo. [via @vmcampos]
  • Former showrunner Bill Oakley posted the pre-distortion audio file of Ned Flanders from Homer's chili-induced hallucination. Much respect for Harry Shearer.
  • UNRELATED SIMPSONS IN THE NEWS: 81-year old ex-senator Alan Simpson, namesake of the Simpson-Bowles commission, attempted to perform the Gangnam Style dance in a bid to turn young people into granny-starving deficit hawks. [via kushibo]

James L. Brooks Warns of Siri's Threat to Humanity

james l. brooksSimpsons executive producer James L. Brooks took to Twitter on Thursday to express his growing concerns about the iPhone search application Siri. Announcing that he was "on the brink of an insight through a troubling plot against us," Brooks spent the next 45 minutes tweeting observations about the app. Mainly, he suspects Siri reflects our emotions, nothing "I believe that when I was hyper the other day she talked faster." How, exactly, this proves Siri is plot against mankind is unclear. Nevertheless, Brooks is optimistic "we have a chance against her diabolical programmers" if he heed his warnings.

Producers Not Hiding Any Terrible Secrets, Tried To Stop Tell-All Book Anyway

Al Jean, executive producer and current showrunner:


"Nobody's perfect," Mr. Jean said in a telephone interview. "But I don't think we have terrible secrets to hide."

John Ortved, author of The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History:

The story ran in the August 2007 issue, and by the fall I'd signed on with Faber and Faber to expand the material into a book. When word of this got out, [executive producer James L.] Brooks sent a letter to every current Simpsons employee, and all the former ones he thought mattered, asking them not to speak to me. The writers' agents sent denial after denial for interview requests and eventually stopped responding altogether. When I asked a mutual acquaintance to put in a query with Ari Emanuel, chief of the Endeavor agency (now WME Entertainment) - where many of the Simpsons writers were represented - Emanuel told my friend he couldn't even begin to talk about it. James L. Brooks was on the warpath.

Groening and Brooks Join Writer's Strike

Along with at least 100 other showrunners, Matt Groening and James L. Brooks joined in solidarity with the WGA strike, signing a pledge and vowing that they "will do no writing" until a deal is made. Wait, they still work on the show? [WGA.org]

State of the Movie Address

The Simpsons Movie, which has been anticipated for nearly two decades, and in production over the past three years or so, is finally coming out in only six short months from now! What's the latest status on its progress?

"We're still trying to figure out what the movie is about," admitted show producer James L. Brooks during a recent Television Critics Association panel discussions attended by FilmStew.
[FilmStew.com]