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Disney+ Is Finally Giving ‘The Simpsons’ The Refresh We Deserve

Well, that's a plus.

When Disney+ announced what was going to be on their streaming platform, many eyes went straight to The Simpsons.

While it didn’t come under the Disney-family umbrella, it became a huge product offering for the new streaming service and hardcore fans around the world became excited. But, that excitement soon evolved to disappointment because of how The Simpsons was presented to its audiences. 

Cast your mind back to watching The Simpsons a decade or two ago. Those episodes were originally broadcast in a 4:3 aspect ratio to fit our squarish TVs. But now, as widescreen has taken over, the later episodes of The Simpsons were created to fulfil a 16:19 widescreen ratio. 

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And while that’s all good, the earlier episodes of The Simpsons (the first 19 seasons to be exact) have been adjusted to fit this new ratio on streaming services, which has left a lot of previous episodes cropped weirdly, left a poor image quality and some jokes missed. Here’s one example.

As a result, fans around the world were pissed, so much so that they took to social media to ask Disney+ to rectify this mistake. And well, rectify they did. In a week’s time, on May 28, Disney+ will restore all the old Simpsons episodes to fit the aspect ratio it was intended for. Thank God for that. You can check out the official announcement that Al Jean (the animation’s showrunner) made via Disney+’s official Twitter account. 

Also, the day after this change happens (on May 29), audiences will also have access to the Oscar-nominated, 2011 animated short The Longest Daycare, so that’s exciting.

Also, The Simpsons also teased  “new features” and “additional viewing options”, so who knows what that’ll entail. Only time will tell.

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Lorde Re-Emerges From The Shadows To Tease New ‘F**king Good’ Music

Writer out of the dark.

In possibly the most exciting news to come out of today, Lorde has re-emerged from the shadows to update her fans. And before you ask, yes, the New Zealander is making music and it’s coming bloody soon. 

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Lorde has a very unique way of contacting her fans. Unlike her peers which opt for Instagram selfies or screenshots of the iPhone Notes App on Twitter, Lorde likes to check in with her fans via email (and the occasional onion-ring finsta). So, if you’re on the star’s email-list, you would have gotten a very lengthy update from the star this afternoon. 

The email begins with some beautiful, poetic small talk as Lorde says, “Well hello there. I realised the other day it had been a minute since we chatted, and I was missing you. Do you wear your hair long or short now? Did you take your piercings out? You’ll probably be pleased to know my hair is big and long again.” You get the gist. 

Lorde gives us the much-needed update to the Melodrama follow-up, saying “I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out. Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening. Jack came over to work in the studio in Auckland, and I went to LA. It flowed. A thing started to take shape. And then, of course, the world shut down. We’re still working away — Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything. But it’ll take a while longer.”

As Lorde has only released two albums during her time in the spotlight, fans online are often Tweeting at her in the hopes that she’ll drop the next album. Well, it turns out that even though she’s a very private person, she sees your messages and she’s finally responding to them.

Lorde said, “I want nothing more than to feed you treats, pop perfect morsels straight into your little mouths. But as I get older I realise there’s something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to become available to you. You could have something of lesser quality much faster, but as the high-quality thing comes into fruition, a warm feeling grows inside you. Do you know what I mean?” Yes, Lorde, we know what you mean. 

Lorde and Jack Antonoff (Credit: Lorde’s Email)

But, she doesn’t leave us without saying, “The work is so f**king good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.” We have no doubt that it is Lorde and we can’t wait for you and Jack Antonoff to drop the album.

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‘Legally Blonde 3’ With Mindy Kaling Is The Ultimate Bend And Snap

Remember 'Legally Blondes'? This is so much better than that.

Reese Witherspoon teaming up with Mindy Kaling for Legally Blonde 3 is the only news we need to hear today.

Some movies have the perfect trilogy. There’s the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, the original Star Wars trilogy and even the High School Musical trilogy, but in most cases, the quality of sequels usually drops off around the 3rd film mark, resulting in disappointing endings to treasured beginnings. 

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Take Legally Blonde for example, Legally Blonde was a cultural reset. This 2001 flick cemented Reese Witherspoon as a household name, gave us the bend-and-snap and did it all with a feminist sentiment underlying the film. Literally, incredible. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde was also a moment. It certainly wasn’t as impactful as the first, but it sure gave us the heartwarming content we’d come to expect from the OG film. But then, there was Legally Blondes, a straight-to-DVD sequel that ruined the damn thing. 

Well, looks like Reese Witherspoon is here to rectify that because she’s brought on some incredible people for the official 3rd instalment of the series. According to Deadline, Legally Blonde 3 is bringing on comedic-genius, Mindy Kaling for the ride in addition to Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor. Legally Blonde 3 will be the second film that Dan Goor and Mindy Kaling collaborate on, with the first coming to us real soon

In an Instagram post, Mindy Kaling joked, “Finally some use for my Elle Woods fan fiction!” before saying, “Elle Woods is so iconic, proving you can be girly and smart at the same time. Bend and snap people!” We couldn’t be more excited if we tried.

Reese Witherspoon also addressed this news on her Instagram account saying, “Great news alert!! Some things are just meant to be! I’m SOOO excited to have (Mindy Kaling) and (Dan Goor) writing Legally Blonde 3! This is #ElleWoodsApproved!”

It’s unclear whether or not Mindy Kaling will also star in the film,  but given the above photo, we certainly hope she makes a cameo at least. Look at her, she’s perfect.

Either way, with Never Have I Ever, The Office and Late Night under her belt, there is no doubt that Mindy Kaling is going to make this film a box-office smash.

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