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‘The Simpsons’ Writer Finally Acknowledges All Those Eerie Predictions

It's like watching 2020 play out in animation.

What’s with The Simpsons and ‘predictions’ of future events? Earlier this year, the internet essentially broke when eagle-eyed fans noticed the beloved TV show had ‘predicted’ the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fast-forward to last week, and it looks like The Simpsons has seen into the future once again. 

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In the same 1993 episode that fans think predicted the pandemic, Springfield residents become so panicked about the virus, they knock over a truck, releasing a hive of “killer bees.” 

The scene is all too familiar considering the US is currently dealing with an outbreak of deadly hornets that are reportedly “capable of piercing through a beekeeper’s suit.” Yikes.

There have been so many eerie Simpsons predictions that former show writer Bill Oakley has finally responded to the media frenzy. 

Responding to a fan tweet pointing out all the ways The Simpsons “really did predict 2020,” Oakley tweeted, “OK, fine I guess we did (predict 2020)”.

It’s a far cry from Oakley’s previous comments about the predictions, calling them a “stretch”.

Speaking about the 1993 episode of The Simpsons that supposedly predicted COVID-19, Oakley said, “I don’t specifically remember which viruses had been in the news in the decade before we wrote it but they were probably a few.”

“The story was assigned to us by the showrunners Mike Reiss and Al Jean and they told us to read ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus, which is what the entire first act is based on,” he explained.

“I would say in general when people say The Simpsons has predicted something it is just that we were satirising real life events from years before and because history keeps repeating it just SEEMS like we were predicting things.”

It sounds like Oakley is finally acknowledging that The Simpsons had a weird knack for predicting the future, but he’s also right about history repeating itself. 

Here’s hoping The Simpsons doesn’t predict anymore life-changing and devastating world events. We could all use a break

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What To Stream In Iso This Weekend For An Instant Mood Lift

Spirits, lifted.

With all the gloom and doom that’s been going on lately, we’re all in need of something light to watch this weekend. Something that will take our minds off the global pandemic, warm our hearts, get us giggling again and ultimately, lift our spirits.

Well, our beloved streaming platforms are here to save the day.

Here’s everything you should stream this weekend on Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime for an instant mood lift in isolation:

Netflix

After Life

If you watched season one of Ricky Gervais’ black comedy-drama After Life, you’ll be prepared with a pack of tissues nearby. Season two of the critically acclaimed series follows Gervais’ character Tony as he continues to grieve the loss of his wife and begins to appreciate the other important people in his life. Yes, it will make you sob, but with three c-bombs within the first 10 minutes of episode one, it’ll also make you cry with laughter. 

Never Have I Ever

There’s nothing like a coming-of-age dramedy to brighten up your iso blues. Created by The Office comedian Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever tells the story of Indian-American schoolgirl Devi who attempts to spruce up her social status after a traumatic year – despite constant barriers from her friends, family and feelings.

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Get Him To The Greek

Name a more hilarious combo than Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. 2010 comedy classic Get Him to the Greek is the perfect throwback to get you giggling in lockdown. The film, produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Judd Apatow, follows young ambitious record label intern (Hill) who is enlisted to escort unruly rocker (Brand) to a concert at the Greek Theatre, despite a series of hilarious events blocking their way. 

Stan

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Music is the ultimate antidote to sadness, and it’s front and centre in the TV series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. The show follows Zoey, played by Jane Levy, who discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and musical numbers.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

‘You better work’ to get through this pandemic, but the complete series of RuPaul’s Drag Race will help. Hosted by RuPaul, drag queen contestants compete in an elimination-style contest and strut their stuff in a variety of challenges to prove they’ve got what it takes to be America’s Next Drag Superstar.

Love Life

From May 27th, you can watch Anna Kendrick’s new rom-com series, Love Life. This 10-episode romantic comedy follows Anna Kendrick’s character, Darby, as she tries to find the one, racking up all these crazy experiences along the way. Throughout the episodes, we’ll follow Darby love-life journey as all the partners that come and go ultimately shape the woman she becomes.

Amazon Prime

Upload

Brand new to watch on Amazon Prime is Upload, a science fiction comedy satire web TV series set in the future. In the show, humans are able to ‘upload’ themselves into their preferred choice of afterlife. The series follows Nathan, who meets an early death and navigates his new life away from loved ones, and Nora, who struggles to stay afloat working her job in the afterlife.

Good Boys

If you’re wondering what to watch, allow Seth Rogen pull you out of your COVID-19 funk with his coming-of-age comedy Good Boys. The film follows a group of sixth-graders who find themselves in a series of misadventures as they try to attend a party hosted by their popular classmates. Imagine a fun-sized version of Superbad. 

Yesterday

Give your iso a sweet soundtrack with the romantic comedy Yesterday. Himesh Patel plays struggling musician Jack Malik, who after an accident, finds himself the only person who remembers The Beatles and becomes famous after taking credit for their songs.

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For The Love Of Walt Disney, Don't Give Us Another Crappy 'Hercules' Movie

Have we not learned our lesson?

Stuck in isolation, film buffs and binge watchers are all ears when it comes to new movie announcements and new releases – but not all of them are striking the right chord. Like the news of Disney’s new live-action Hercules movie.

According to Variety, Disney is in “early development” of a live-action remake of the 1997 film Hercules, enlisting the help of Avengers filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo. For the script, Disney is working with “action specialist” Dave Callaham, who has previously worked on The Expendables, Godzilla, Zomieland: Double Tap, and is credited on the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

It might be exciting news for Disney fans, but is another Hercules film really necessary?

The Hercules concept was already adapted to a 3D action-adventure film starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in 2014. Based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the film followed the Greek demigod in a fight to defeat a tyrannical warlord. 

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Despite high expectations, Hercules only brought in $58M at the box office within its first two weeks of release. Compared to other films like Pochahontas and The Lion King, the film’s performance was considered a disappointment among shareholders and resulted in a slip in Disney’s stock prices.

The 2014 film was also supposed to premiere at Pnyx Hill in Greece, but was declined by the government after the Greek media and public slammed the idea. One Greek newspaper reportedly said it was “another case of foreigners distorting our history and culture just to suit their commercial interests.” Yikes.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, someone had the bright idea to release yet another 3D Hercules film the same year. The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz, was released just six months after The Rock’s film and became a bona fide box office bomb.

On Rotten Tomatoes, The Legend of Hercules boasts a measly 3% rating and is described as “cheap-looking, poorly acted, and dull.”

“The Legend of Hercules is neither fun enough to qualify as an action movie nor absorbing enough to work on a dramatic level,” the review states. Ouch.

And how could we possibly forget Ryan Gosling in the 1998 TV adaptation, Young Hercules!?

While the upcoming live-action Hercules sounds like it has an incredibly talented team behind it, we can only hope that Disney has learned from people’s past mistakes and do Hercules the justice it deserves.

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