During an interview broadcast today on NPR's Fresh Air, Simpsons creator Matt Groening revealed that the Fox News Network had threatened to sue The Simpsons over a parody of the right-leaning news channel. The highly sensitive news organization, which is headed by Roger Ailes, made headlines this summer with an ill-starred lawsuit against humorist Al Franken's book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. The Fox suit was thrown out in court and only succeeded in making Franken's book a bestseller. According to Groening, the Simpsons team refused to cut out the segment, which Groening told Fresh Air he 'really liked,' figuring that Rupert Murdoch wouldn't allow the Fox News cable network to sue the Fox Broadcast Network, which carries The Simpsons. The Fox News Network did back down on its threat, although it has told The Simpsons creators that in the future, cartoon series will not be allowed to include a 'news crawl' along the bottom of the screen, which might 'confuse the viewers.'
Over a Parody Segment
Posted by ICv2 on October 23, 2003 @ 11:00 pm CT
DVD Round-Up: 'Major Crimes,' 'The Last Kingdom,' 'Beauty & the Beast,' 'Haruhi Suzumiya,' & 'Speed Racer'
Week of May 30, 2017
May 28, 2017
This week’s home entertainment releases are slim,but there are a few items of real interest including the latest season of the best police procedural on American TV, a gritty medieval historical drama that should appeal to fans of Game of Thrones , new editions of two anime classics that have been selling for big bucks online, plus a reduced price edition of the complete Beauty and Beast live-action TV series.
May 28, 2017
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales didn’t measure up to box office analysts' expectations ($80-85 million), but it did earn $62 million from Friday through Sunday, and easily topped a weak Memorial Day weekend that was 15% below the same frame last year.
ICv2 Stars: 3.5 (out of 5)
May 30, 2017
Here's a review of Japanese Notebooks: A Journey to the Empire of Signs HC , published by Chronicle Books.