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Hank Azaria wins copyright tiff with Bierko over sports character

February 25th, 2014 3:00am EST
Hank Azaria
Actor Hank Azaria has won a legal wrangle with Cinderella Man star Craig Bierko over a comical sports announcer they both insisted they had created.

The Simpsons regular asked a judge to declare his copyright over the Jim Brockmire character, which he portrayed in a 2010 FunnyorDie.com video following a spat between the two actors.

The copyright dispute was resolved on Friday (21Feb14) when a judge ruled in Azaria's favour, allowing him to move forward with plans to create a film featuring the brash baseball announcer, despite opposition from Bierko.

Azaria claimed he created the Brockmi...

Check Out 'Happy Feet Two' On Blu-ray, DVD & Download March 13

March 3rd, 2012 7:00am EST
Happy Feet Two
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning hit, "Happy Feet Two" finds tap-dancing penguin Mumble (voice of Elijah Wood) and his pals using their smooth moves to save the penguin nation.

Mumble and Gloria (P!nk) have started a family of their own, and their young son, Erik, is just finding his footing among his fellow emperor penguins when a dire new threat thrusts their future into jeopardy.

Just when it begins to look as if all hope is lost, the penguin nation bands together to dance the darkness away.

Writer/director George Miller and star Robin Williams both return i...

'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Receives Hollywood Star

February 15th, 2012 8:03am EST
Matt Groening
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the same week the 500th episode of the classic cartoon aired.

Groening, who created Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson in the 1980s, was joined at the ceremony on Tuesday by Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith, who voice several of the characters on the show.

The screenwriter said at the unveiling, "I want to thank Nancy Cartwright, who channeled a ten-year-old, troubled boy, the day I met her in 1987 and here's a secret about the show - whenever we run into a spot of...

Photos Of Amanda Seyfried As Linda Lovelace

January 7th, 2012 11:00am EST
Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace
We spotted Amanda Seyfried with brown hair wearing a cream sweater on set of the 1970's pornstar biopic "Lovelace" in Los Angeles yesterday.

Seyfried is set to play sex starlet Linda Lovelace. The film chronicles the life of the porn star-turned-anti-porn activist.

Demi Moore, Adam Brody, and Eric Roberts recently joined the cast, alongside Sharon Stone and Hank Azaria. Moore will play feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Reports suggest James Franco is joining the cast as Hugh Hefner.

James Franco May Play A Young Hugh Hefner In Porn Biopic

December 21st, 2011 10:00am EST
James Franco & Hugh Hefner
James Franco is in talks to portray a young Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic about porn legend Linda Lovelace.

Amanda Seyfried has replaced Kate Hudson to portray the adult actress-turned-porn activist in the forthcoming project, opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor.

Oscar nominee Franco was previously linked to the role of Traynor, but now he's being touted to take on a smaller part as the Playboy magazine founder, reports trade paper Daily Variety.

Hank Azaria has joined the cast as Jerry Damiano, the director of hit porn film "Deep Throat."

Little Blue Invasion! Check Out 'The Smurfs' On Blu-ray & DVD Dec. 2

November 26th, 2011 7:00am EST
The Smurfs in 3D
In their race to escape the malevolent wizard Gargamel, the little blue forest dwellers find themselves suddenly transported to Central Park in "The Smurfs."

Now stuck in a world populated by towering giants, the Smurfs must find a way to elude Gargamel, and find a way back to the village they call home. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Paul Reubens provides the voice of "Jokey" Smurf in a film also featuring Hank Azaria, George Lopez, Fred Armisen, Anton Yelchin, Sofía Vergara, Nei...

Fox Orders Two More Seasons Of 'The Simpsons'

October 8th, 2011 9:20am EDT
The Simpsons | Photo Credits: Fox
The Simpsons will live on!

Fox has renewed the longest-running comedy for two more seasons, Seasons 24 and 25, which will include the show's 500th episode in February 2012, the network announced Friday.

The Simpsons cast close to signing deal — but how much will they make?

The renewal comes as a relief to fans. On Monday, the network reportedly gave the cast an ultimatum: Agree to take a 45 percent pay cut by Friday or the animated series will be...

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Hank Azaria's New Show Canceled After Three Episodes

October 6th, 2011 9:07pm EDT
Hank Azaria
The Smurfs star Hank Azaria's new TV comedy has been cancelled after failing to win over viewers.

Free Agents has been axed after just three episodes.

In the show, Azaria played a recently divorced man trying to get back into the dating game with a colleague, played by Kathryn Hahn.

The show was based on a British series starring Stephen Mangan and Sharon Horgan.

Spanish Village Goes Blue For 'Smurfs' Premiere

June 16th, 2011 10:50pm EDT
The Smurfs In 3D
A Spanish village has been painted blue for the upcoming world premiere of The Smurfs In 3D.

Sony executives randomly chose Juzcar, near Malaga, as the site of the upcoming premiere and locals agreed to let them color the village blue.

Film bosses have promised to repaint the village after the premiere, but reports suggest locals like the blue hue.

One resident says, "We like the idea of being the Smurf village. Everyone is very excited, children are wearing Smurf hats."

The film, which features Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris and the voices of Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez...

NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...

Hank Azaria and James Marsden Joining Will Sasso in 'Three Stooges'?

March 28th, 2011 11:22am EDT
So far it's been a wild parade of stars lining up for their chance to poke, prod, and eyeball-doink each other to hilarious effect in Peter and Bobby Farrelly's spiffy new rendition of "The Three Stooges." Everyone from Sean Penn to Johnny Knoxville has been in the running so far, and we'll wager even Lindsay Lohan had an audition as Moe at one point.

The Farrellys have noted in the past their intent to cast one person first and then build the rest of the trio of Moe, Larry, and Curly around that individual. Now, in a glorious case of casting to-type, Canadian cueball Will Sasso seems to b...

Timberlake, Knoxville, Harrelson, Azaria & David All Potential Stooges?

February 24th, 2011 1:46pm EST
Justin Timberlake
As Peter and Bobby Farrelly make the interview rounds for their new gross-out comedy "Hall Pass" they're dropping some tantalizing tidbits in anticipation of finally getting to make their "Three Stooges" flick.

Despite word that the director brothers are looking at a wide range of unknowns, a surprising array of celebrities are lining up to bring the nyuk nyuk to the contemporary take on the Stooges.

According to the Boston Herald, the Farrelly Brothers are sifting through such chowderheads as their "Kingpin" star Woody Harrelson, Justin Timberlake, or golfing buddy Larry David for Larry,...

Watch The New Trailer For 'Hop,' Starring James Marsden & Russell Brand

February 9th, 2011 1:07pm EST
From the creators of "Despicable Me" comes a comedy about candy, chics and Rock 'n' Roll. The new live-action/CG animated comedy "Hop" stars Russell Brand and James Marsden and hits theaters April 1.

Blending state of the art animation with live action, "Hop" is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer.

He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car....

Review:'Love and Other Drugs' 'Two Jews On Film' Have Lover's Quarrel (Video)

November 24th, 2010 4:13pm EST
'Love & Other Drugs' directed by Edward Zwick is what you call an unconventional, quirky love story. Anne Hathaway portrays Maggie, a free spirit who won't let anything get her down. She also enjoys having sex...lots of sex...preferably, meaningless sex. And that works just fine for Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhall), a very charming, good looking, pharmaceutical salesman with a hot bod and not much consciousness. So these two pretty people hook up...over and over again, always reassuring each other that the last thing they want to do is... fall in love. Well, we've all seen enough Holl...

Katy Perry Was Banned From Watching 'The Smurfs'

July 2nd, 2010 8:36am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry is relishing her role in "The Smurfs" movie, because she was banned from watching the TV show as a child. The pop star is making her foray into acting by voicing the character of Smurfette in an upcoming adaptation of the popular cartoon series.

However, Perry admits she was never able to watch the program when she was younger, because her strict pastor parents deemed the Smurfette character too saucy for kids.

She explains, "It's funny because I was never allowed to watch The Smurfs growing up. My mom thought that Smurfette being the only female in the village was a little b...

Daniel Craig Is Top Of The 'Pec-King Order'

September 4th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Daniel Craig
Bond star Daniel Craig has pecs appeal - he has topped a new poll to find Hollywood's hottest torsos.

The scene in which the British hunk emerged from the sea wearing only tight trunks in Casino Royale proved the biggest hit with women in a Lovefilm.com poll. Scottish tough-guy Gerard Butler was second for his ripped appearance in Spartan epic 300.

In third place was Brad Pitt, who showed off his toned torso in Troy, while hairy comic Sacha Baron Cohen's green 'mankini' scene in Borat was voted into fourth.

The hapless Kazakhstan reporter even beat out competition from veteran s...

Hank Azaria's A First-Time Dad

June 11th, 2009 8:33am EDT
Hank Azaria
Hank Azaria is celebrating after becoming a father for the first time.

The funnyman's girlfriend, Katie Wright, gave birth to the couple's son Hal on Saturday. The tot was premature but "healthy and strong," according to Azaria's spokesman Stan Rosenfeld.

Azaria, who stars in new movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, announced the pregnancy in February.

He revealed he had been speaking to his unborn son, using the vocal skills he honed as a voiceover actor on The Simpsons: "We pump a lot of Beatles music into the womb. I get inspired to talk to him like Joh...

'Night At The Museum' Takes Top Box Office Spot

May 25th, 2009 2:00pm EDT
Night at the Museum
Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller are laughing their way to the top of the U.S. box office - their new film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian has toppled the competition in its opening weekend.

The comedians co-star with Amy Adams, Owen Wilson and Hank Azaria in the film, which took in $53.5 million over the Memorial Day weekend.

The win was a shock for movie reviewers, who insisted Terminator Salvation - the fourth movie in the sci-fi franchise - was poised to take the top spot after scooping more than $13 million on its first day of release. But the film...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 18th, 2009 9:25am EDT
Terminator Salvation
The first three weeks of the summer movie season started out a bit slow, but from here the momentum really starts to build. There's a spike in the number of movies premiering with six coming out this week, two of which are sequels. One of those sequels is a movie I've been anticipating since I heard it was in development. Hint: it involves giant robots, and it's not "Transformers 2."

Opening in cinemas this week are "Terminator Salvation," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Dance Flick," "Easy Virtue," "The Girlfriend Experience," and "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers...

Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...

The Best & Worst Of Julia Roberts

March 27th, 2009 9:26am EDT
Mary Reilly
As one of the highest paid actresses in the world, it is no surprise that Julia Roberts has a long and varied career to admire. She started out as a romantic comedy charmer, and she has done several of them even after her vast popularity, but eventually Roberts moved into more dramatic filmmaking and huge box office hits.

She was the first actress to be on the cover of Vogue, and she is undoubtedly considered one of America's Sweethearts, so much so that she actually starred in a movie of the same name! Beautiful, intelligent, well spoken, and hard working, Roberts has been in a numbe...

Helen Hunt Sparks Engagement Rumors

March 12th, 2009 4:24pm EDT
Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt has sparked rumors she's engaged to producer/director Matthew Carnahan - after she was photographed wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger.

Hunt flashed the jewel as the couple held hands during a romantic walk in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday. The 45-year-old actress and Carnahan, 48, have been together since 2001 and they are parents to four-year-old daughter Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan. Carnahan also has a son from a previous relationship.

Hunt has previously dated Kevin Spacey and was married to actor Hank Azaria for one year between 1999 and 2000. ...

Hank Azaria To Be A Dad

February 4th, 2009 11:29am EST
Hank Azaria
Actor Hank Azaria is to become a first time father.

The 44-year-old, who provides the voice for The Simpsons character Moe Szyslak, among others, is expecting a baby boy with his girlfriend of two years, former actress Katie Wright. Wright is currently in her second trimester - and the couple, which is searching for a new home to house its growing family, couldn't be more delighted with the news.

Azaria's representative Stan Rosenfield tells People.com, "They're quite ecstatic." The actor was previously married to As Good As It Gets star Helen Hunt.

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Spotlight On Movies That Became Musicals

August 28th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Little Mermaid
Fans of movie musicals know that most of their favorites, like "Grease," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," and "Oklahoma!" were adapted from popular Broadway plays. However, the trend in recent years has been to flip that formula around by taking a big-screen hit and trying to turn it into a small-stage sensation.

Disney has had great success with its theatrical adaptations, starting in 1994 with the critically-acclaimed "Beauty and the Beast." The hits kept coming with stage productions of "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," and, most recently, "The Little Mermaid."


'Best Of The Little Guy' Sports Movies

February 11th, 2008 5:20pm EST
Little Giants
One week later, I'm still walking in circles around my house: pinching myself, reading newspaper articles, Tivoing ESPN, and gazing up at pictures of David Tyree. I just can't believe it. The New York Giants, my team, my sloppy, win ugly, stab me in the heart again and again until I'm either screaming or crying or laughing like a crazy person Giants have done the impossible-- they defeated the big, bad, *perfect* New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

It's like something out of a movie. Inspirational. Against all odds. Team victory. In my mind, it's already the greatest sports movi...

America's Favorite Family's Big Screen Debut Arrives On DVD and Blu-Ray Disc Dec. 18

November 21st, 2007 12:20pm EST
The Simpsons Movie
It takes a feature-length film to fully capture Homer Simpson's stupidity and The Simpsons Movie does it! One of the top grossing films of all time, The Simpsons Movie has generated more than $500 million globally and will be available worldwide on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc (BD) Internationally on December 3 and in North America on December 18 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

"One of the best movies of the year" (Washington Post), The Simpsons Movie stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden and Tress Ma...

Hank Azaria Flaunted His Penis At Simon Pegg

September 4th, 2007 12:47pm EDT
Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg spent a whole day staring at co-star Hank Azaria's penis on the set of new movie Run, Fatboy, Run. The actors play love rivals in the David Schwimmer-directed comedy. In one locker room scene, a naked Azaria shows off his muscles to Pegg. The British star says, "He didn't wear a modesty pouch during that scene - so I was face to face with little Hank for a long time."

However Pegg insists he and The Simpson's star Azaria bonded on the set - over their mutual love of comedy. He adds, "I'm a massive comedy geek. We both are - and he had no problem doing Simpsons voices for me...

'The Simpsons: Testify,' Features Songs From Seasons 10-18, Released Sept. 18

August 30th, 2007 4:17pm EDT
The Simpsons: Testify
Los Angeles, CA - A soundtrack so highly anticipated that even Homer would get off the couch to celebrate its arrival, The Simpsons: Testify is finally here! Set for release on September 18, 2007 from Shout! Factory, The Simpsons: Testify music CD spotlights material culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the unmistakable voices of America's most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and Springfield's various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman...

Fascinating Facts

July 18th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Eva Longoria
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has legally changed her last name to that of new husband Tony Parker, but will remain Longoria in the credits of her hit TV show.

The glasses John Lennon wore on a 1966 Beatles tour of Japan have sparked a bidding frenzy in cyberspace after reaching $1.5 million at auction. Online auction house 991.com has been inundated with bids from Lennon fans keen to claim the glass-less spectacles, which the late rocker gave to the Fab Four's translator as a gift. Until recently, the glasses belonged to an American collector. Bidding for the item is open u...

'The Simpsons Movie' Features Green Day Cameo

May 10th, 2007 4:20pm EDT
Simpsons Movie
Rockers Green Day are lampooned in the upcoming The Simpsons Movie, it has been confirmed. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has revealed the American band will star in the big screen version of the smash hit animated TV show.

He tells MTV News, "Green Day is in the movie - I will publicly acknowledge that Green Day are in the movie. "They're really good sports and I think we both honor them and Simpson-ize them. You can take that however you want. They're really nice guys."

Hank Azaria, who voices numerous Simpsons characters including bar owner Moe Szyslak, adds, "I know that M...

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