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    Do you know what is the longest-running sitcom in the history of American television? The Simpsons, created by Matt Groenig in 1987 for Fox initially as “short” animated by one minute, transmitted during the interval of the Tracey Ullman Show.

    From 1989 Fox promoted the regular series in the prime time, coming this year to the thirtieth season. TV Guide put the Simpsons at the eighth place among the 50 best TV shows of all time, at the second among the shows still on the air, behind 60 Minutes.

    Simpsons, how many dead characters do you remember?

    The list of dead or “retired” characters during these 32 years is long and constantly increasing, how many can you remember? Little help: in all those “canonical” so far are 14.

    After the death in the ninth “short” of Hubert Simpsons, older brother of Grandpa Simpsons, the first to die in the regular series was, in the second season, Beatrice Simpsons. Grandpa falls in love with her and would like to marry her but on the way back from a trip with Homer and family discovers that Bea is dead. Grandpa Simpsons will see her again as a ghost.

    In the sixth season passes Lisa’s favorite musician, Bleeding Gums Murphy, in the seventh a former comrade of Grandfather Simpsons, Oxford Haas. The following year Shary Bobbins, nanny clone of Mary Poppins and former girlfriend of William MacDougal aka Willie, ended up sucked in by an airplane engine. A robot version of Shary is seen in London in the twenty-first season.

    In the same season Frank Grimes, Homer’s colleague at the Springfield nuclear power plant, prefers to commit suicide when he realizes that Homer himself, despite his obvious incompetence, has managed to get what he will never have. Mrs Gumble, mother of Berney Gumble, dies in the ninth season.

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    Maude Flanders, the most famous death

    The death of Maude Flanders, caused by Homer, is perhaps the most famous of the series and takes place in the eleventh season, but the ghost of Maude returns several times over the years, in the thirteenth, seventeenth, twentieth and twenty-fifth season. Maude also appeared in the form of a demon in the special episode Treehouse of Horror of the twenty-second season.

    Mona Simpson, mother of Homer, appears only in the seventh and nineteenth seasons, but this return is fatal. In the twenty-second season the Springfield mala boss, Tony Ciccione, dies of cardiac arrest caused by Homer. His place will be taken by his cousin Tony Fitness that in a short time will be transformed becoming indistinguishable from the original.

    In the following seasons dye the wife of Viktor, Ukrainian mafia, enemy of the secret agent Wayne Slater, and Alice Glick, neighbor of the Simpsons. In the inaugural episode of the twenty-sixth season dies the rabbi  Krustofsky, father of Krusty il Clown. In that same season also dies Albert, in charge of a group of obese proud of being it.

    In the 28th season, Dr Nussbaum, psychiatrist who has had among his patients Mr. Burns and the same Simpsons, finally pass away. And probably the list won’t stop here.

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    The “non-canonical” dead

    The many dead characters of Treehouse of Horror but remained alive in the regular series are not counted among the official dead. Passed away also the father of Marge, Patty and Selma Boivier, Clarence “Clancy” Bouvier: he died of lung cancer before Maggie was born.

    Although they were not dead they wereretired” (because their American dubbers died) Troy McClure, the announcer of Behind the Laughter, and Bar‘s teacher, Edna Caprapall.

    Through flash back we discover the death of  Waylon Smithers Senior (father of Waylon Smithers Junior, the assistant of Mr Burns), of a child actor killed by the young Moe Szyslak and of many minor characters. Among these also Sheldom Skinner, father of Seymour, Arnie Gumble, father of Barnie and Igtgy Wiggum, father of Clancy.

    Finally, they died among the animals in the series: four Snowball (Lisa’s kitten), three Mr Teeny (the chimpanzee wingman of Krusty the Clown) and Nibbles (Lisa’s class hamster).

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      Hogwarts Castle gingerbread cover

      It will be Hogwarts Castle remained in my heart, being passionate of Harry Potter‘s saga, it will be that I love sweets and creations of the best confectioners, it will be that Christmas is approaching: fact is that when I discovered thanks to the site Dailyhive that Duchess Bake Shop, famous Edmonton, Canada, pastry shop, had reproduced the castle in the form of a cake, I have not resisted the temptation to show it to you.

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      Hogwarts Castle gingerbread

      Enjoy the images, it is appropriate to say, because the famous Alberta bakery (this is its fanpage on Facebook) has surpassed itself this year creating a completely edible gingerbread Hogwarts Castle, with lots of sugar and candies. The beautiful structure is finely detailed and is currently displayed at the Edmonton Duchess Bake Shop.

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      Hogwarts Castle torn apart for charity

      This wonder will not last very long, though, since it was created for a charity collection and therefore it will soon be torn apart and made to taste to all those who have participated in the fundraising. So if you can not go to Duchess Bake Shop, you can at least preserve the memory of this incredible sweet Hogwarts Castle-shaped, waiting to find out what the Canadian pastry will be able to do next year.

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      Unlock a terrifying AR experience with John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4

      When it comes to classic slasher horror films, the name John Carpenter is almost always the first that comes to mind. Ever since he introduced the world to Michael Myers in his 1978 terror classic, Halloween, very few people have been able to sleep soundly after hearing a faint crack coming from their closet.

      With extensive resume boasting some of horror’s greatest films, the legendary director is often considered the master of cinematic horror. The man is so talented, in fact, that he’s managed to terrify audiences using only two slowly repeating notes on a synthesizer, creating a unique sound that can only be described as “unsettling.”

      Carpenter’s most recent ambitions has him exploring the world of graphic novels with a series of shorts stories entitled ‘Tales for a HalloweeNight,’ available through Storm King Comics. Volume 4 of the series was just recently released and if you happen to own a copy of the 2018 New York Comic Con exclusive, then you have the ability to unlock a special augmented reality (AR) experience, built by the folks over at the ARFirm, that will have you thinking twice before gazing out the window the next rainy night.

      In an exclusive interview with VRScout, Sandy King, President of Storm King Productions and wife of John Carpenter – who has worked with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, John Hughes, and has produced horror films such as They Live, Village of the Damned, Ghosts of Mars, and Vampires: Los Muertos – talked about the role AR plays in their 2018 NYCC exclusive comic book.

      I didn’t want to overdo variants and milk the fans or even retail on doing too many covers, so we only did one variant cover for the 2018 NYCC exclusive, which was created by artist Cat Staggs.” King continues, “That’s where the collectors are, and I wanted to do something special for them. So instead of 10 covers, we used AR to give collectors more.”

      Tales for a HalloweenNight Vol 4 in AR

      Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4 is an anthology of short stories featuring a cover by Cat Staggs that is a short story within itself, which is why King felt that augmented reality would be very successful for this book.

      With the success of Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 1 – 3, King was excited to get this collection of anxiety-inducing stories together and into the hands of the fans. As a bonus, it was also an opportunity for her to collaborate with others to bring an AR experience to a book produced by Storm King Comics.

      I worked with Jorge Norgaard, he’s this great art director and artist at the ARFirm. I showed him Cats artwork for the cover, and he then with Cat directly about the story she had in her head. Jorge would then send me roughs, and I’d work with him on direction,” King then adds, “and then John’s music is scored into the AR experience as well. He’s watching the cover come to life and then creating music as he hears it in his head, so we made it this whole collaborative adventure.”

      You need a copy of 2018 NYCC to unlock the AR experience

      To unlock the augmented reality experience, you will need to get your hands on a copy of the 2018 NYCC Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4 exclusive, which will soon be available in very limited numbers via the Storm King Productions website.  You will also need to download the Storm King Productions app, which can be found on the iOS and Android store, in order to launch the AR experience. But be warned, you may be unlocking a terrifying nightmare that could haunt you forever.

      Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4 includes stories from Elena Carrillo, John Carpenter, David J. Schow, Duane Swierczynski, Joe Harris, Amanda Deibert, Dennis Calero, Renae Deliz, Frank Tieri, and Sandy King, along with artwork from Jaime Carrillo, Cat Staggs, Nick Percival, Greg Scott, Megan Hutchison, Dennis Calero, Ray Dillon, and Jason Felix; including an introduction from 30 Days of Nights writer, Steve Niles.

      The latest installment of John Carpenter’s, Halloween series will be in theaters on October 19th and stars Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode, the sister of Michael Myers, along with Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, and Nick Castle. The film is directed by David Gordon Green.

      Image Credit: Storm King Comics

      The post John Carpenter’s ‘Tales For A HalloweeNight Vol 4′ Brought To Life With AR appeared first on VRScout.

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        Let’s hear it for the girl: Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor marked the highest-ever Doctor Who series launch since its return in 2005. Following much pomp and circumstance over the first female Doctor and her new showrunner, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” was seen by a whopping 10.8 million viewers, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB).

        For reference, 2005 series premiere “Rose,” which marked the end of the show’s 16-year hiatus, was watched by 10.8 million people. “The consolidated volume also makes Doctor Who the No. 1 drama launch of the year so far,” the BBC boasted.

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        Girl power! (via BBC)

        It even beat critically acclaimed spy drama Killing Eve, which finally hit UK screens in September. “On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team, a huge thank you to viewers for taking Jodie’s Doctor and her new friends into their hearts, in such huge numbers,” head writer Chris Chibnall said in a statement.

        It’s a thrill being deluged with pictures of families snuggled up together, kids (and adults) hiding behind sofas (they actually do that!), and seeing all the extraordinary creative artwork inspired by the show,” he continued.

        Despite criticism from pouty fans over the space-and-time-travelling alien’s sex change, folks still turned up and tuned in to see what a new lead actor will bring to the series.

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        I’m getting “Are you my mummy?” vibes (via BBC)

        It’s incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor in such huge numbers,” Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said. “The brilliant Chris Chibnall’s new series is an epic adventure on every level, full of so much wit but a scary, edge-of-your-seat adrenaline rush, too.”

        The debut episode also received 2 million requests through BBC’s iPlayer Internet streaming and catch-up service in the seven days following its broadcast. “The journey of the Thirteenth Doctor is only just beginning,” Chibnall teased. “Next stop: Alabama, 1955.”

        The post Record ‘Doctor Who’ Ratings Prove Jodie Whittaker Brings Big Audiences appeared first on Geek.com.

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          Nickelodeon started the development of a new animated series consisting in a reality show in VR / AR, so far known with the working title “Meet the Voxels”.

          Chris Young, Senior Vice President of the Entertainment Lab of the British television broadcaster belonging to the group Viacom Media Networks, so far known for its productions for children and teenagers like SpongeBob or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

          Meet the Voxel, innovative animated sitcom in VR

          The animated sitcom, which will be developed using a video game engine, marks an absolute debut for Nickelodeon in the use of cutting edge technologies of virtual cinema including real-time acquisition of the face and the whole body and propose an innovative approach to immersive narration.

          Meet the Voxels pilot will be written by Jana Petrosini and Sean Gill, already co-producers of tv series like Henry Danger, Kid Danger and Game Shakers.

          Are you ready to meet the Voxels?

          Meet the Voxels will bring kids behind the scenes of a video game world and will follow a family of video-game characters, Voxels precisely, which should be composed of Hunter, 13-year-old star of a laser-tag video game, Maude, a 16-year-old girl fighting to pop as many bubbles as she can, their younger brother Cody, who has not found his video game calling yet, Mom, a street fighter very popular in her game and Dad, a 90’s-era console game character who quit the business years ago. Nickelodeon chris young

          New generation animation work

          Chris Young‘s intention is to take the real-time technology they’ve been exploring in the Lab and marry it with a creative concept that connects with kids and their passion for video games.

          It will therefore be a new generation of animation work with many characters that can exist on multiple platforms from day one.

          New entertainment for kids

          In recent years Young has already developed a series of new forms of entertainment for young people including SlimeZone, a multi-player social VR experience that allows kids and families the opportunity to interact in a Nickelodeon-designed virtual world, The Loud House 360, a 360 degree video  wich brings viewers to explore Loud family household and The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VR Interview Experience (that debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2018), a virtual reality experience that immerses users in the Turtles’ iconic New York City world allowing them to have a conversation with Mikey and Donnie (voiced on the scene by the actors who play the roles).

          If you want to see how it will end continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, also through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it on Paper.li and also on Youtube too) and maybe subscribe our newsletter!

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          Fnaf news Cawthon 2018 cover

          If you love Five Nights at Freddy’s (Fnaf) franchisee, be aware: a lot of intriguing news are coming both for the videogame, both for Scott Cawthon‘s novel series and for the long awaited movie.

          Fnaf, Custom Night is coming by the end of the month

          Regarding videogame, June 29 should be launched the Custom Night for Fnaf 6, anannounced, cancelled but finally launched by Cawthon at the end of 2017 (as Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator), also knowns as Ultimate Custom Night or Ultimate Fnaf Mashup. Thanks to it each player can select 50 different animatronics covering all the titles of the series, in addition to being able to select a custom difficulty setting for each one.

          If you manage to complete the Custom Night you will unlock the skin for the office of watchmen and even music videos based on cut scene. Since it could be the last Five Nights at Freddy’s developed by Scott Cawthon alone, there may be secret stories hidden in the plot of this non-canonical finale of a series that redefined the horror-game genre.

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          Cawthon completes the literary trilogy

          But Cawthon also recently finished his fifth book, after the Fnaf survival longbook the Freddy Files and the first two chapter of his trilogy, The Silver Eyes and The Twisted Ones. The last chapter is called The Fourth Closet, is already sold on Amazon both in paper and for Kindle and it explains what really happened to Charlie.

          Last but not least news, the Fnaf movie, which since 2015 it would have to be realized by Warner Bros, with Gil Kenan as director but which last year, as Cawthon revealed, had returned to thestarting poing”, will be produced instead by Blumhouse Productions (that in addition to having produced low budget horror movies like The Purge, Get Out and Split produced also the blockbuster Whiplash).

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          Blumhouse takes over from Warner for the movie

          Blumhouse itself on Twitter last February welcomed, as director, Chris Columbus, known for directing the first two titles of the Harry Potter franchisee rather than Mrs. Doubtfire, Mom I Missed the Plane, Bicentennial Man and Pixels, but also for having been the screenwriter of Gremlins and the co-writer of The Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes. Just the date in which the movie will finally be released in theatres has not yet been announced.

          Will 2018 be the year when we can see Fnaf at the cinemas or will we have to wait any longer? If you wanna know, continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, also through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it on Paper.li and also on Youtube too) and maybe subscribe our newsletter!

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          Comicon in Neaples turned 20 years and celebrated with an edition, Comicon2018, able to satisfy not just comics and mangas fans, but also videogames lovers, cosplayers, wargames, boardgames and escape rooms addicted, fans of modelling, chess and much more. Comicon2018 morning

          Comicon2018: comics, cosplayers and more

          Telling Comicon2018 is not an easy task, if not trying to remember that from April 28 to May 1st, at the Mostra d’Oltremare fair, in Napoli, thousands of boys and girls, but even “over 40s” and families met to swarm for hours, uninterruptedly, between the rooms where the original tables of the most famous Italian and foreing comics authors were displayed, the stands of the main publishers and distributors, like Bonelli and Panini, and the trade show where you could find in mint condition old comic books of Disney rather then of Editrice Corno. Comicon2018 virtual reality video games

          Comicon2018: video games in virtual reality

          And then again: there were virtual reality virtual games station to suit all tastes, whole computers payload with which competing in tournament with tens of other players, escape rooms devoted to Harry Potter or horror themed, a whole Asian village dedicated to Asian culture for mangas and cosplay lovers and an historical re-enactments park.

          But probably the real stars of Comicon2018 were exactly is visitors, hundreds of whom dressed-up like cosplayers inspired from manga lik Onepiece or Naruto to the villains of Batman, from  steampunk style to tv series as Doctor Who or the Game of Thrones. Comicon2018 cosplay

          Comicon2018: from gumpla to archery

          We were at Comicon2018 in its last day, had fun, spent the whole day without stopping for a moment, wandering around the stands, taking photos of most original cosplayers, all of whom very friendly, we had fun mounting  Bandai gunplas which we then brought home (they were a kind homage to visitors from Gunpla Builder Campania group), got medieval archery, played chess and… regretted that clock inside Comicon2018 universe must run at an accelerated speed, you come in early morning and it’s already evening. Comicon2018 evening We think to be back next year also, if you wanna keep in touch with the latest news regarding comics, cosplays and other geek things, continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, also through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it on Paper.li and also on Youtube too) and maybe subscribe our newsletter!

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          With the debut of Ready Player One in theaters worldwide (with a budget of 175 million dollars, the movie grossed about 525 million dollars till now), mainstream media came back to take an interest in virtual reality.  Btw, a few of them went to visit the homonymous virtual installation in Sansar, and it’s a pity. Ready Player One in Sansar

          Immersive visit to the Ready Player One set

          After having visited, in recent months, another virtual installation in Sansar dedicated to an Hollywood blockbuster (Star Wars: the Last Jedi, we talked about here) through a traditional pc, this time we took the opportunity given by a visit to an old acquaintance of Mondivirtuali.it, the Second Life and Sansar builder Colpo Wrexler, to try an immersive experience through an Htc Vive VR viewer.

          Enter the Aech (one of the “High Five” of Steven Spielberg movie) garage is exciting: your brain knows that you are standing in a room with a visor on your face. But if you turn your head too quickly while you are on a flight of stairs you may feel dizzy and if you stay immersedtoo long you may feel a sense of nausea. At least it happened to me. Ready Player One in Sansar

          Will Sansar become a VR games platform?

          Beyond the fatigue and the sense of fascination for how digital reproduction is realistic, what’s left of a visit to the Ready Player One set in Sansar? As for other virtual location (for instance che Egyptian tomb of wich we already talked) there is certainly a “photographic” interest, to which it is added in this case some initial hint of interactivity that, if developed, could allow Sansar to go from being a collection of digital sets to a hyper-realistic videogames platform.

          Going around the garage of Aech, in fact, you will find many quotes from other films and TV series, from the Iron Giant, which dominates the garage itself with its shape, to Galactica, of which you can admire a Viper fighter and a silon fighter (but also look for the model of the same Battlestar Galactica), from Doctor Who (try to find the Tardis), to 2001 Space Odissy, most of which are accompanied by a short vocal description. Ready Player One in Sansar

          Many references and a little interactivity

          Sure, you can not yet enter the Tardis or drive Cameron Frye‘s daddy red sports car in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but the feeling that this could happen is tangible. As well as the sense of fatigue, while “walking” around the virtual garage of Ready Player One, so for this time  let’s unplug the viewer and be back to reality to greet you.

          Cya and remember to continue to follow Mondivirtuali.it, also through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it on Paper.li and also on Youtube too) and maybe subscribe our newsletter!