The Simpsons: Tapped Out review

The Simpsons: Tapped Out tasks you with rebuilding Springfield after it's been wiped out by a nuclear meltdown. As you construct more buildings, you'll find more of your favorite characters, and you'll also discover some unexpected effects of the disaster on the space-time continuum.


Dialog and story: This game incorporates plenty of classic Simpsons-style dialog that pokes fun at the show, the characters, the game, and just about anything else you can think of. The loose storyline and constant jokes will be a plus for any Simpsons fan.

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Star Apps: Cody Simpson

Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson first found fame performing an acoustic mix of original songs on YouTube, among the Jason Mraz and Justin Timberlake covers. For his new "Surfboard" single, he takes inspiration from Elvis and the Beach Boys, urban dance music, and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid, daughter of Beverly Hills "Housewife" Yolanda Foster. I chatted with Simpson about his change in musical direction, working with Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, making his long-distance relationship work, and his favorite apps.

What's your new "Surfboard" single about? It's a real reflection on a … Read more

Star Apps: David X. Cohen

When David X. Cohen was in graduate school, he hit the proverbial fork in the road. The Harvard graduate had a degree in physics and was studying theoretical computer science at U.C. Berkeley. Would he opt for a career in mathematics and computer science or take a gamble and become a comedy writer? Fortunately for "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" fans, he took the comedy route. Now an expert in three disciplines, Cohen will chat about the intersection of math, technology, and comedy writing at Moogfest 2014 (April 23-27).

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Watch this awesome recursive 'Lego Movie,' 'Simpsons' mashup

Love "The Simpsons" and love "The Lego Movie?" Then how can you not love this terrific video, which spoofs both in one simple recursive all-brick mashup?

Made by YouTube filmmaker Monsieur Caron, the video depicts the famous opening title sequence of "The Simpsons," with the whole family dressed as characters from "Lego Movie," complete with Bart as Batman. Then, it shows them watching the famous opening title sequence from "The Simpsons." Only this time, Emmet is playing Homer Simpson, and the family that runs in and sits down on the … Read more

Writer compiles every Apple reference in 'Futurama' and 'The Simpsons'


That's the number (to date) of references to Apple in the 33 total seasons so far of "Futurama" and "The Simpsons." And if you're a fan of the company, the shows, or both, you'll appreciate this: TUAW just released a list of every Apple reference ever made in the two series.

This is no mere YouTube compilation of show clips. Writer Yoni Heisler interviewed "Simpsons" writer Bill Oakley and director David Silverman, then went on to not only list each reference, but also provide some background and, where possible, the … Read more

Woo-hoo! FX app will legally stream every episode of 'The Simpsons'

It's pretty easy to catch reruns of "The Simpsons," which in some TV markets air twice daily. But if you want to watch the show on the go, or watch a particular episode, you're out of luck unless you buy it from your favorite app store.

That will change this summer when FX Networks begins streaming all 530(!) episodes of the long-running series via its FXNOW app, which delivers content from three networks: FX, FXX, and FXM. The app is currently available for iOS and Windows 8.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FXX Networks in November … Read more

The Lego Simpsons house is coming! Don't have a cow, man

Lego is coming to Springfield.

The toy giant confirmed Wednesday that it will soon release a Simpsons house set. Reports had been circulating for a few days about the kit.

According to Lego, the set will go on sale on February 1, and will retail for $200. The company also will release a set of Simpsons minifigures in May that will cost $4 each. Finally, there will be a Lego-themed episode of "The Simpsons" that will air in May in which the show's characters and the town of Springfield will appear in Lego form.… Read more

Guillermo del Toro crafts horror-packed 'Simpsons' opening

"The Simpsons" annual Halloween episodes traditionally feature an opening sequence that deviates from the norm. For the 25th anniversary of the "Treehouse of Horror" specials, the credits have made a sort of return to the basic sequence of events, with a particularly brilliant touch: the leadership of master of horror Guillermo del Toro.

According to Entertainment Weekly, del Toro was offered a choice of providing a guest voice or a couch gag and instead opted to reimagine the entire credits sequence.

"I really wanted to land the connections between the [show's] set pieces and the titles and some of the most iconic horror movies and intersperse them with some of my stuff in there for pure joy," he said. … Read more

The 404 1,352: Where we kidnap our childhood (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- This app could get you kidnapped.

- Here's a commercial for Extreme Kidnapping, another personal abduction service based out of Las Vegas.

- Real people are spending real money on one-word Twitter accounts.

- LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked.

- Why is The Simpsons still unavailable to stream online?… Read more

The 404 1,347: Where we can't just be the two stooges (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- How "The Simpsons" fixed Apple's iPhone keyboard.

- "The Simpsons" parodies the Apple Newton.

- People are now crowdfunding their funerals online.

- Creative Coffins saves you money with a cardboard resting place.

- Slate: Best Buy is an awful store and deserves to die.

- This video is really motivating me to play Grand Theft Auto V for the first time.

- You only have three more days to enter CNET en Español's "Mucho Dinero" contest for a chance to win $5,000!… Read more