January 2007 Archives

Matt Groening Is Ugly

At least according to the author of a new book, Stupid, Ugly, Unlucky and Rich: Spike's Guide to Success:

"I'm not saying that being good looking won't get you a date, but as for success - forget it," said [Richard] St. John, who names multimillionaires Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates as examples of that principle.

"I apologize for calling them ugly," he said. "In fact, I think they are just average, but there's an inverse relationship between looks and success. The uglier they are, the richer they are."


Ugly people discussed in the book include Groening, Rudy Giuliani, Barbra Streisand, Russell Crowe, Martha Stewart, Norman Lear, Quincy Jones, the Google founders, the discoverer of DNA and Ben of Ben & Jerry's. [Buffalo News]

Who Cares About The Movie, It's Time To Start Anticipating The DVD!

Matt Groening:

"The scripts evolved incredibly. Characters have come and gone, story twists have changed, huge sequences have been storyboarded and then deleted. One of our favourite new characters is totally out, just to streamline the story. Nothing's sacred. As good as the film is going to be, the DVD, with all our deleted scenes, is going to be a hell of a bonus package."
[Empire via No Homers Club]

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]

Bongo To Hire Deviant

Girl draws an anime version of The Simpsons which gets posted all over the internet, gets a job offer from the comics company that makes Simpsons comics. More people on DeviantArt try anime-izing other Western cartoons in attempt to achieve their own 15 minutes of internet fame. Digg, modest as ever, downplays its role, if any, in parlaying the job offer. [The Star]

Simpsons Movie Delayed By Cartoon Characters Stealing Film Reels

Here's a pretty generic update on the upcoming movie from the LA Times, with some mildly entertaining new tidbits - the producers seem to advise walking in with low expectations, Groening doesn't know off-hand how many spikes of hair Bart has, director David Silverman wants it to be as wide as possible. But the real highlight of this article is this delightful Silverman drawing of Homer and Bart being chased by Silverman, Groening, Al Jean and James L. Brooks:

[Los Angeles Times]

Now You Can Get A Cell Phone With The Simpsons Movie Logo Slapped On It

Not to be outdone by TVs that look like Spongebob, Samsung has made some cell phones with The Simpsons Movie logo plastered on them, which probably also come with some annoying Simpsons ringtones. According to the reporter, "if done right, these have the potential to be the geek phone of the year." He probably should have waited a day before making such a pronouncement. [The Inquirer]