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William Hurt, Star of ‘Body Heat,’ ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ and ‘Broadcast News,’ Dies at 71

William Hurt, the exacting Oscar winner who dominated a decade as few other actors have done with his turns in the 1980s classics Body Heat, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Children of a Lesser God and Broadcast News, has died. He was 71. Hurt died Sunday morning at his home in Portland, Oregon, one of his three sons, […]

“The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” Turns 25: When ‘The Simpsons’ Mocked Studio Meddling and Addressed the Dawn of Toxic Fandom While Making Animated History

Worst. Oral History. Ever. On Feb. 9, 1997, an episode of The Simpsons premiered that would mock industry executives’ meddling in the creative process and call out obnoxious fan fickleness, all the while making history as it ushered the show past The Flintstones for the most episodes of a primetime animated series, at 167. It would […]

Nancy Meyers Set to Receive USC Comedy’s Oakie Award

The mark Nancy Meyers has left on film and TV comedy has garnered another prize as she’s been selected to receive USC Comedy’s Oakie Award. Doled out as a way to recognize “exceptional achievements in film and TV comedy,” news of the award was announced on Tuesday by university professor Jack Epps, who holds the […]

“Steamed Hams” at 25: ‘Simpsons’ Cast and Crew Attempt to Decipher Classic Moment’s Extraordinary Cult Following

Hank Azaria, Al Jean, Bill Oakley and more retrace the 1996 episode, revealing why "22 Short Films About Springfield" was groundbreaking, how it nearly led to a spinoff called 'Springfield' and boggle over how it ultimately gave way to perhaps the show's most popular meme.

Larry McMurtry, ‘Lonesome Dove’ Novelist and ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Oscar Winner, Dies at 84

The Pulitzer Prize recipient and screenwriter also wrote the books behind 'Hud', 'The Last Picture Show' and 'Terms of Endearment.'

J. Michael Mendel, Producer on ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Rick and Morty,’ Dies at 54

J. Michael Mendel, an animation producer who won four Emmy Awards for his work on 'The Simpsons' and 'Rick and Morty,' has died. He was 54.

Tribeca: Cameron Crowe, John Cusack, Ione Skye Reunite for ‘Say Anything…’ 30th Anniversary

It’s been 30 years since '''Say Anything…' opened in theaters and Cameron Crowe’s directing career took off, but when John Cusack appears on the screen via Skype at the anniversary screening of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday night, it’s as if Lloyd Dobler never left.

‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘The Shining,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Enter National Film Registry

'Jurassic Park,' 'The Shining' and 'Brokeback Mountain' are among the latest batch of motion pictures chosen for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

‘Taxi’ Turns 40: A Wild Ride Down Memory Lane With the Cast and Creators

'Taxi' turns 40: Co-creators James L. Brooks and Dave Davis as well as director Jim Burrows and stars including Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza, Judd Hirsch and Carol Kane share memories of Andy Kaufman, wild parties and two cancellations.

James L. Brooks to Get WGA Laurel Award

Oliver Stone, Harold Ramis and David Mamet are all past winners of the honor.

James L. Brooks on How Long He’ll Stick With ‘The Simpsons’ and Seeing Spielberg at the Supermarket

The recipient of the PGA's Norman Lear achievement award, who wrote and produced classics including 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'Taxi,' talks about the challenges of starting a new project and getting his break in TV news.

‘Terms of Endearment’: Theater Review

Molly Ringwald plays the role that won Shirley MacLaine an Oscar in this off-Broadway stage version of the 1983 James L. Brooks film based on Larry McMurtry's novel.