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Priscilla Presley thinks The Simpsons should be banned because "it's not good for kids." The 67-year-old actress is not a fan of the animated TV show, which sees Homer and his dysfunctional family get into numerous escapades, because she believes it's content does not promote good morals.
When asked what she would do if she was "Queen of Everything" in an interview with Stylist magazine, she said, "I'd have to ban The Simpsons. It's not good for people's moral compass. It's OK for adults as we can put it all together but it's not good for kids and I think we need to bring back something more family orientated like Leave It To Beaver that I used to watch when I was growing up."
Priscilla - who is playing the Wicked Queen in pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in London this month - is also worried about the decline of religion in Western society and is concerned about the amount of children being raised by divorced parents. The Naked Gun star believes kids with parents and step-parents are getting mixed moral messages: "We're in trouble. Churches are going, religious leaders are being attacked. I do think we need guidance because we're in trouble right now for not having any. It's the same with parents. When we're growing up it's our parents who we look to to give us guidance, the morals, the ethics, the standards. I find that because kids are being raised by multiple parents with the divorce rate as high as it is, everyone is thinking differently."
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Kelly Osbourne has landed the lead role in a new cartoon series.
The Fashion Police host has begun working on the animated program, but refused to give details on what the "cool" show is about. "Voiced the first 2 episodes of a new cartoon I play a lead roll in! I wish i could tell you what it is because its so cool #AmazingDay (sic)" she wrote on Twitter.
While Kelly wouldn't disclose the role, it is possible it could be part of a previously-announced venture with her parents Ozzy and Sharon and brother Jack Osbourne.
The family will be turned into animated characters in upcoming series The F'n Osbournes. Created by Canadian animation house Cuppa Coffee Studios, the 20-episode series will be executive produced by Sharon and Jack Osbourne, as well as Adam Shaheen of Cuppa Coffee. "Teaming up with Cuppa Coffee has spawned a great opportunity to produce a unique animated primetime show," Sharon said in a statement at the time.
Seth MacFarlane "never expected" Family Guy to go on for as long as it has.
The creator of the adult animated show - which was cancelled after three seasons in 2002, only to be brought back three years later due to popular demand - is shocked the series has gone on to be a huge success, and he relies on the ratings to dictate if he should continue with it.
"I never expected it to go on for so long. I ponder the end of Family Guy on a regular basis. It's important to know when a show has overstayed its welcome before your audience does. All you can do is look at the ratings. The ratings are still great, so there are still people watching it."
Seth has just made the jump from small screen to big screen with his feature-length directorial debut Ted, in which Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis star opposite a foul-mouthed teddy bear, and he insists cinema work is easier than cartoons. The 38-year-old star - who voices the character Ted and also wrote and produced the comedy movie - told Shortlist magazine, "If anything, I found I had more control. Rather than relying on 300 people to bring something to life over the course of nine months, you're relying on 300 people to bring something to life over the course of nine minutes."
Johnny Depp is to make a cameo appearance in Family Guy.
The Dark Shadows actor will return to his title role from 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands for a brief gag in the adult animation. The 49-year-old star initially struggled to get back into character, but found inspiration by watching clips from the film.
"When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn't done that voice since he did it in front of the camera. [But] he was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie," Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann told Entertainment Weekly.
Johnny impressed everyone involved in the show with his performance - particularly the female cast and crew members. "He was amazing - and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him," he added.
Though it is not clear when Johnny's appearance will broadcast, the new series of Family Guy returns to TV on September 30.
Benedict Cumberbatch is making a cameo appearance in The Simpsons.
The British actor landed a voice role in the famous animated sitcom following a chance meeting in Los Angeles: "I was at a meeting in the same place The Simpsons is recorded and heard there was a part going in an episode. I said, 'I hate to muscle in here guys but could I record it?' Next thing, I'm standing in a room with all those famous voices; Bart, Marge, Homer, Lisa."
The Star Trek 2 actor - who shot to fame playing iconic detective Sherlock Holmes in TV series Sherlock - was thrilled to get to be part of the cartoon because he likes to take on as many varied roles as possible. "I like treating every job as the first time and to do that, I'll vary the work, so I'll be a knuckle head and run around with girls and guns, then I'll slow it down and do something different like [Edwardian drama] Parade's End," he said.
Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman will make guest appearances in a forthcoming The Simpsons episode. The New Girl actress will reprise her role as Mary Spuckler - the daughter of Cleetus who Bart Simpson came close to marrying in season 19 - and she will be joined in the same episode by characters voiced by Natalie, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sarah Silverman.
The Osbourne family are to make a comeback to primetime TV in a cartoon form.
Former Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon and children Jack and Kelly will be turned into animated characters in upcoming series The F'n Osbournes. Created by Canadian animation house Cuppa Coffee Studios, the 20-episode series will be executive produced by Sharon and Jack Osbourne, as well as Adam Shaheen of Cuppa Coffee.
"Teaming up with Cuppa Coffee has spawned a great opportunity to produce a unique animated primetime show," Sharon said in a statement.
Jack has previously ruled out appearing in another reality TV show after experiencing four years of his private life being turned into entertainment when he starred in The Osbournes from 2002 to 2006.
"For as long as I live, I will never, ever allow a camera in my house again. After four years of The Osbournes, I felt I'd turned into a talking box of Daz soap powder," he recently said.
Just what Fox needs... another animated series. In this case, however, we're willing to think positive. You’ll have to wait until fall to see a whole episode, but for now Fox is offering this sneak peek. Watch the video above to get a glimpse of the animated version of Napoleon Dynamite. The series is based on the movie of the same name, and will have the same voices.
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Seth MacFarlane, Fox and Warner Bros. have signed a deal that will bring The Flintstones back to TV. MacFarlane is the main voice talent and creator of Family Guy. According to gossip, the deal has taken many years of negotiations to complete.
The Flintstones ran for 6 years on ABC in the 60s. It spawned countless spin-offs, more TV specials than you can shake a stick at, five TV movies and two live-action flicks. Fox, et al. has acquired the television and film rights for the modern stone age family.
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