politics on tv
Call it a win for those of us who had to listen to friends self-righteously claim to “not own a TV” for years, knowing all this time that what they really meant is that they were watching on their laptops. Read More
The Simpsons, the venerable Fox network animated series, made light of Karl Rove’s election night antics–attempting to un-call a decisively won election for President Obama–with an animated “chalkboard joke” at the beginning of last night’s episode. It reads “I will not concede the election till Karl Rove gives me permission”–a lesson Megyn Kelly et al. seem to have literally taken to heart for a time last Tuesday.
Eat My Shorts
The hottest commission for starchitects these days is not some new condo or office tower, or a serious new cultural center, but instead an opera stage. Santiago Calatrava and Herzog & de Meuron are among the boldface designers who have come up with new stages, and now none other than Frank Gehry, king of them Read More
It’s a fun day to be David Einhorn: As Green Mountain Coffee Roasters stock plummeted in the wake of disappointing second quarter results, the Greenlight Capital hedge fund manager—famously short Green Mountain, maker of K-cup coffee pods—published a 4,000-word homily in Huffington Post that ranges from jelly donuts to the Simpson family’s financial future to Read More
On a conference call yesterday, Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, spoke about Julian Assange’s cameo on the upcoming 500th episode. “Obviously, he’s a controversial figure and that was discussed before we agreed to let him do it,” said Mr. Jean. (The Simpsons‘ corporate cousins at Fox News have aired a call Read More
SPIDER MAN: PUT ON THE SLING
As a nice break from Googling “Simpsons‘ Characters” on the Internet and ending up on some weird porn site, Milan-based artist Alexsandro Palombo has taken a stab at turning our beloved Homer and Marge into more classy representations of themselves.
Having already received their Taiwanese animated reenactment, it was only a matter of time before the hot mess that is Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark‘s epic screw ups received a larger pop culture callback. Last night, The Simpsons aired their yearly “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode, which included a not-at-all-subtle slam on the show’s troubled Broadway production. The producers officially responded this morning, and of course—as is the case with any Broadway producer—are using the wildly insulting lampooning for a press moment.
Next Media Animation
Because of his successful style, Frank Gehry sometimes comes under criticism for being a hack whose buildings all look the same—even if in their 50th iteration, those waving bands of metal still look amazing, fresh and different. This sensibility was, like so many other things, immortalized on The Simpsons, in which Mr. Gehry was perhaps the first and only architect to ever make a guest appearance—an appearance that still haunts him to this day.
Next Media Animation has never missed an opportunity to turn a marginally important news event into cheap-looking — but hilarious — computer animated interpretations. But with “The Simpsons” relevant again thanks to its back-and-forth fighting with Fox News, the CGI news satirists have gone meta and chosen to include a cartoon in Read More
The Webby Awards just announced their nominees for their 13th annual awards show. No surprise that NYTimes.com got 13 nominations, including the “Newspaper” category (The New York Observer was also nominated, along with the UK’s The Guardian and The Independent). NBC.com and Read More