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Animation Stars Step Into the Spotlight in New Documentary I Know That Voice

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You can say this about voice-over actors: They love to talk. One hundred and fifty of Hollywood's busiest performers and casting agents from the often overlooked industry enthusiastically share their stories in the new documentary I Know That Voice, available on VOD platforms and at iTunes starting Tuesday.

Director Lawrence Shapiro was inspired to make the film when he saw how animated (pun intended) fans became when meeting his friend John DiMaggio, voice of the curmudgeonly-yet-beloved robot Bender on Futurama. "I'll admit it, applause is great," says DiMaggio, one of the industry's most popular and prolific stars, whose résumé also includes roles on Adventure Time, The Penguins of Madagascar and Kim Possible. But outside of fan-centric events like Comic-Con, voice actors work in relative obscurity, which motivated DiMaggio to sign on as producer. "I want my peers to get a little bit of recognition. These are some of the most talented people I know, and some of the most brilliant character actors that I know."

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Woo Hoo! Fox Orders Two More Seasons of The Simpsons

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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... read more

The Simpsons Cast Close to Signing Deal — But How Much Will They Make?

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It looks like The Simpsons may continue their hijinks on Fox.

The cast of the longest-running prime-time scripted series is close to signing a deal, which will keep them on the air for one more year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new deal... read more

The Simpsons' Harry Shearer: I'm Willing to Take a 70 Percent Pay Cut in Exchange for Profits

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The Simpsons star Harry Shearer says he's willing to take a 70 percent pay cut in exchange for profits as a Friday deadline approaches for the cast to accept a 45 percent salary cut.

Speaking out about the negotiations for the first time, Shearer said in a lengthy statement that his team asked Fox Thursday for the lowest possible salary ...
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Report: Fox Gives The Simpsons' Voice Actors Ultimatum

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Fox has given The Simpsons' six voice actors an ultimatum: They have until noon Friday to decide whether to accept a salary cut of nearly 50 percent or this season will be the last, The Wrap reports.... read more

Is The Simpsons Coming to an End?

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Could The Simpsons be coming to an end? Or is this just a big fat negotiating ploy at work?

TV's longest-running sitcom may shut down after its 23rd season wraps in the spring because of contract talks between 20th Century Fox Television and its six voice actors.

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"23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world," the studio said in a statement Tuesday. "We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model. We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows The Simpsons to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come."

The studio did not specify ...
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Rolling in the D'Oh, Simpsons Cast Returns to Work

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The voice cast of Fox's long-running The Simpsons — Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer — have inked a new four-year deal that elevates their pay to about $400,000 an episode, marking a raise of some $50K per. The months-long negotiations between the actors and 20th Century Fox TV delayed production on Season 20, which as a result will deliver just 20 (versus 22) episodes. The gang reported for their first table read on Monday.As part of his deal, Castellaneta has been named consulting producer and will serve as a writer in addition to voicing Homer and others. — MWMRelated:• D'oh! Contract Disputes Cut Simpsons' Episode Count• Simpsons Takes Kelsey Grammer, Others for a Ride read more

D'oh! Contract Disputes Cut Simpsons' Episode Count

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An ongoing contract dispute between the voice talent behind The Simpsons and 20th Century Fox TV has caused production delays on the show's upcoming 20th season and will most likely force the studio to produce fewer episodes this season.Although Fox announced a fall schedule last week with its animated crown jewel in the normal timeslot, Variety reports that unresolved negotiations with key cast members Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns) — who are hoping to increase their salaries from $360,000 an episode to around the $500,000 mark — have forced the studio to drop this season's episode count to 20.Production halted in 2004 after the cast members didn't show up for two table reads in an effort to increase their salaries. Although the most recent negotiations haven't caused the same kind of "anger or frustration" as those four years ago, if a deal isn't reached soon,... read more

Any new scoop on 24?

Question: Any new scoop on 24?


Answer: Bart Simpson is making a cameo next week. Well, technically it's Nancy Cartwright, and she's got a connection to Morris O'Brien. Or so we think.

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