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Kevin Feige is already the master of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but soon he’ll be the star of a major comic book movie franchise within the animated world of The Simpsons.
An upcoming episode of the 31st season of FOX’s animated family sitcom will lean into superhero movies in a big way when Bart Simpson ends up seeing an early screening of the latest sequel in the Vindicator comic book movie franchise. Instead of playing the shepherd behind the scenes of this superhero franchise, Kevin Feige will be playing the Vindicator’s villain Chinnos, a riff on the Avengers villain Thanos and his massive, bulbous chin. Before the episode premieres this weekend, you can get a tease of Kevin Feige voicing Chinnos in The Simpsons Avengers parody clip below.The Simpsons Avengers Parody Clip
Chinnos has gotten ahold of some kind of doomsday mobile app that allows him to destroy the planet and restart it as a utopia. It’s not a far cry from Thanos’ plan to use the Infinity Stones to wipe out half the universe’s living creatures in order to bring balance to the universe. In fact, you can even see a reference to the stones in a quick glimpse of the phone screen in Chinnos’ hands.
This weekend’s episode of The Simpsons, titled “Bart the Bad Guy,” will also make a villain out of Bart Simpson. After seeing the new Vindicator movie, he decides to be the ultimate troll and threatens to reveal spoilers from the movie in order to blackmail others. However, the studio executives behind the movie aren’t going to let that happen, and they just so happen to be voiced by Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony & Joe Russo. They try to hush up Bart and keep the movie’s secrets intact. Chinnos demands your silence.
Marvel movie star Cobie Smulders will also make a guest appearance as the voice of the superhero Hydrangea, and she’ll be joined by her real-life husband Taran Killam as the hero Airshot in the Vindicator movies. Famous YouTube personality Tal Fishman lends his voice to the episode as well, and Joe Mantegna even returns as Fat Tony. There may even be some other surprise voices making an appearance.
Between this and the recent news of a Simpsons animated short playing before Pixar’s Onward, it would appear the synergy between Disney and Fox is quite strong. How long before Disney pushes another Simpsons movie into existence?
“Bart the Bad Guy” airs this Sunday, March 1 at 8pm ET on FOX. Here’s the epic Avengers-inspired poster:...
Captain Marvel may have been a great gig for actress Brie Larson, but starring in a potential Animal Crossing movie seems to be her true dream job. This weekend, Nintendo released the Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest installment of the popular video game series. Among those already pouring hours into the new game includes Larson, who's been a longtime fan of the franchise. 'The original game, the first time I played it was on Nintendo's GameCube and it was just so important to me and my sister,' Larson explains in a recent interview with People.
The original Animal Crossing game was released in North America all the way back in 2002, meaning Brie Larson has been a big fan of the series for nearly two decades. Given her status as an Oscar-winning actress, Larson was also asked in the People interview if this love for the series means she would be up for playing a role in a potential Animal Crossing movie adaptation, if one were to be made at some point in the future. 'Of course. I support Animal Crossing all the way, through and through. I think it's good for our hearts,' Larson says in response. Though she doesn't specify any specific characters, I personally think she'd make a great Isabelle.
For anyone who hasn't played the video game, Animal Crossing can best be described as the most wholesome video game series ever. Rather than smashing goombas, stealing cars, or shooting terrorists, Animal Crossing vastly differs from other games by encouraging friendship and kindness. In the games, players move into a fictional town inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, and the goal is basically to befriend them and contribute to the wellbeing of the town. You can write your animal friends nice letters, send them gifts, or do other favors for them at their request. Additionally, you can catch fish, capture bugs, dig for fossils, and other simple activities to help pass the time.
An acclaimed actress, Brie Larson won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the 2015 movie Room. She also had memorable roles in movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Trainwreck, and Kong: Skull Island. Larson is also very well known for her starring role as Carol Danvers in the 2019 movie Captain Marvel, a role she reprised in Avengers: Endgame. She is expected to play the part once again in an upcoming sequel to Captain Marvel which is aiming for a release in 2022.
On social media, Larson has also been showing off her love for the Animal Crossing series in some recent posts, making it clear she's very much a big fan. One post on Instagram has Larson wearing an Animal Crossing style shirt while holding the special edition Nintendo Switch themed after the game, while a tweet from Larson's Twitter account retweets a series of photos of Larson looking similar to various Animal Crossing characters. You can take a look at those posts below, and you can read more of Larson's interview about the game over at...
There’s one particularly telling and effective moment in The Skywalker Legacy, the feature-lenght documentary that’s included on the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home release that sums up much of the ambivalence and consternation that some had with J.J. Abrams’ return to the Star Wars universe. After showing the intricate construction of a giant, practical snake monster, the doc cuts back to footage of Jabba The Hutt, that old analogue beast that slithered its way into our hearts. The sentiment is clear – we’re making movies like we used to! A celebration of practical effects, the dripping of k-y jelly to give viscosity just like the old costume days, it’s all there. There’s excitement on set, everyone talking about how amazing it looks, how lifelike, how this is how you’re supposed to do movies like this.
Cut to Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett who shatters the myth, letting us know the creature was replaced by a CGI version in post.
Guyett’s resume is mighty. Having made his bones on groundbreaking films like Twister and Casper, he helped Spielberg bring the events of D-Day to screen in Saving Private Ryan, helped bring to life the best looking film in the Harry Potter series, Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban, and even made the theatrical version of Rent feel more than a stage production. Guyett has had many collaborations with Abrams – from the Star Trek Reboots through The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker he was even second unit director on the former, as well as working with George Lucas on Episode III to round off the prequels. He’s in a unique position to speak to these changing landscapes of epic filmmaking.
We spoke at length about the apparent contradictions and indulgences in making a Star Wars film, and he made the case for why nothing was wasted and all contributed to the final presentation. He was erudite and open to the discussion, making for a dream conversation with a man who quite literally has helped shape what amazes us on screen for decades.
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We see practical effects being championed as almost a marketing ploy with the “postquels” as a mix of nostalgia and an attempt to delineate from Lucas’ second trilogy. In some ways the love of the practically-realized snake undercuts the extraordinary CGI you and your team accomplished, and raises questions about why the need to fetishize the on-set inclusions when they’re replaced anyway. Could you talk about that ethos, that somehow doing stuff on a computer is a “cheat” while doing an effect practically is not?
I think at the end of the day we’re all trying to do the best that we can, trying to make the best, most dramatic or emotional movie we can visually. I’m coming from figuring out how do you get the most...