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  • World Cup 2014: Monorail partial collapse kills one in Săo Paulo

    06/10/2014 8:04:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/10/2014
    One person dies and at least two others are injured after a beam falls at the construction site of a monorail project in Săo Paulo. One person has died and at least two others were injured after a beam fell at the construction site of a monorail project in Săo Paulo, it was reported. The accident happened at around 5.20pm local time on Monday in the south of the city, which is due to host the opening match of the World Cup on Thursday, according to news website G1. The monorail had been due to be finished and running before...
  • Marcia Wallace, Star of 'The Simpsons' and 'Bob Newhart Show,' Dies at 70

    10/26/2013 1:35:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    yahoo/ap ^ | 10/26/13 | Maya Salam
    Marcia Wallace, an Emmy-winning character actress on two of TV's most enduring shows, has died. She was 70. Wallace passed away Friday in Los Angeles. Her cause of death was not immediately announced, but Cathryn Michon, who co-wrote and directed Wallace's final movie, "Muffin Top," gave this statement to Deadline: "She passed at 9 p.m. last night due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing. Ironically it was during breast cancer awareness month during which she was always a funny ray of hope for so many. I’m...
  • Is This The Best Opening for The Simpsons Ever?

    10/04/2013 3:14:02 PM PDT · by Gefn · 27 replies
    ToFab ^ | 10/03/2013
    Fox asked Pacific Rim Director to create the couch gig for the opening of their annual Treehouse of Horror 24 and it does not disappoint.
  • The Simpsons - Voices

    09/29/2013 3:08:33 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 13 replies
    Something on the light side for a Sunday afternoon. Here are the people behind the voices of TV's The Simpsons.
  • At Long Last, a Monorail for New York City?

    06/20/2013 9:40:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM | Matt Taylor
    Most of the city’s 2013 mayoral candidates came together to broach public-transportation issues in back-to-back forums at Baruch College in Manhattan on Wednesday. Anthony Weiner was there, looking very determined to come across as thoughtful and focused rather than bored (as the press corps has branded him at previous debates). But it was John Catsimatidis, the grocery-store baron and long-shot Republican hopeful, who made the biggest splash of the morning when he called for building a monorail alongside the Long Island Expressway. “Not subway, ABOVE-way,” he said, dismissing the possibility of expanding the existing underground rail system as a pipe...
  • ‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening ends ‘Life in Hell,’ comic that started it all

    06/20/2012 10:20:24 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    poynter ^ | June 20, 2012 | Rob Tornoe
    After exploring a world populated by “anthropomorphic rabbits and a pair of gay lovers” for over 30 years, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is putting down his pen and ending his highly acclaimed comic strip, “Life in Hell.” The last “Life in Hell,” Groening’s 1,669th strip, was released on Friday, June 15. For the next four weeks, editors will have their choice of strips from Groening’s extensive archive before they close up shop in July on Friday the 13, which seems oddly appropriate.“I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and...
  • "Homer Simpson's" Favorite Beer Goes on Sale in Britain

    02/23/2012 2:48:25 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 11 replies ^ |
    A beer drank by "The Simpsons" character Homer has gone on sale in Britain. The brewer states: "The legendary Duff Beer is a premier German pilsner that poses a crisp, light, refreshing taste along with iconic packaging..."
  • Winners of Simpsons Marathon- World Record

    02/12/2012 12:12:23 PM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    TV by the numbers ^ | February 12, 2012 | Written By Robert Seidman
    Meet the Winners of THE Simpsons “ULTIMATE FAN MARATHON CHALLENGE”! Jeremiah Franco (L) from Los Angeles, CA and Carin Shreve (R) from Acampo, CA They broke the Guinness World Record For the longest continuous television viewing! It Only Took Them 86 Hours and 37 Minutes!!
  • The Simpsons 500-episode marathon begins in Hollywood

    02/09/2012 2:25:49 AM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    SCPR ^ | February 8, 2012 | Lisa Brenner
    Like something out of that twilighty show about that zone, one hundred people will begin competing Wed. Feb 8 for the honor of top couch potato as The Simpsons 500 Ultimate Fan Marathon Challenge powers on in Hollywood. In celebration of show's 500th episode later this month, and in an effort to set a new Guinness World Record for longest continuous television watching, Twentieth Century Fox is moving the marketing team from Century City to the center of Hollywood & Highland to run a 500-episode marathon for super fans.
  • 'Simpsons' marathon set to celebrate the show's 500th episode

    01/28/2012 7:06:06 AM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    LATimes Blog ^ | January 27, 2012 | LA Times Blog
    Love 'The Simpsons' but hate your good health? Then Fox has cooked up an event catered specifically to you. In celebration of the 500th episode of "The Simpsons," the network is sponsoring a fan marathon of all 500 episodes of the series, in order, all at once on Feb. 8. The hope is to crown a new Guinness World Record holder for longest continuous television viewing -- a record set in 2010 by three viewers of another Fox series, "24." Kevin Coon, Victor Lopez and Farris Hodo beat out 100 other participants in the "24" marathon showing by staying awake...
  • Fox Renews ‘The Simpsons’ For Two More Seasons After Actors Sign New Deals (Big pay cuts)

    10/07/2011 7:48:12 PM PDT · by tlb · 7 replies ^ | October 7, 2011 | Nellie Andreeva
    It’s over: the cast members of The Simpsons have agreed to new two-year deals with series producer 20th Century Fox TV and, with them locked in, Fox has renewed the veteran series for two more seasons. Both sides reportedly made concessions from their original demands, with the cast abandoning their quest for a piece of the series’ lucrative back-end and the studio upping their previous final offer for a 45% salary reduction. (The number I had heard and reported earlier in the day was for a cut in the range of 30% from the actors’ current paychecks of $440,000). The...
  • 'Simpsons' Channel Not Out of Question

    09/26/2011 12:15:05 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies ^ | 9/21/11 | Jeanine Poggi
    An all-"Simpsons" channel may not be that far-fetched. While Fox's parent company, News Corp.(NWSA_), did not go so far as to say a Simpsons TV station is in the works, Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey did say the series represents a unique opportunity that goes beyond syndication. Speaking at Goldman Sachs' Communicopia Conference in New York, Carey said: "I wouldn't say we're drawing up plans to have a "Simpsons" channel, but, you know, there are a lot of 'Simpsons' fans out there." Regardless, syndication deals would prevent News Corp. from moving forward with any opportunity for at least a year....
  • At What Point for you did The Simpsons Become Unwatchable?

    09/26/2011 8:12:50 AM PDT · by no gnu taxes · 112 replies
    I used to love this show. As a young adult in 1990, when I first heard about the show, I scoffed at it, figuring it was some lame effort at crude humor aimed at the lowest elements. But when I watched it, I saw it had a brilliant take on society, and every show had a positive message overall. Sure they had political spoofs. But I thought they were fair and even handed. Then around 2000, the show went downhill rapidly. The writing became crap, and the show slowly started turning MSNBC. The end of of my watching this show...
  • (Delingpole:) 24 Hours of ManBearPig

    09/14/2011 3:04:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | September 14th, 2011 | James Delingpole
    Today is ManBearPig day. World renowned carbon trader and masseuse enthusiast Al Gore will be kicking off the celebrations by showing wall-to-wall eco-porn videos of weather doing scary things; stock markets across Europe will be collapsing in sympathy with the Prince of Wales's recent claims that economic growth is unhealthy and we must all live more "sustainably" (ie in abject poverty); and here on this blog we plan to commemorate this glorious event with fun, games and some of our favourite South Park, Simpsons, and Eco-loon propaganda videos. Altogether now: "GLOBAL WARMING! WE DIDN'T LISTEN!!!!" Here are the Simpsons:
  • WEinergate: Monsterometer vs. Frog Exaggerator

    06/13/2011 6:17:55 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 4 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 06-12-11 | Stoutcat
    "If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, you probably recall the episode which the title of this post refers to: Searching for the Loch Ness Monster, Professor Frink accidentally uses his “frog exaggerator” instead of the Monsterometer to track what he believes to be Nessie... "[I]n the case of Weiner et al, we’re using the Frog Exaggerator where we should be using the Monsterometer. We’re freaking out over what is essentially a dirty, tawdry story of a powerful little man, er, spanking the light fantastic without touching a woman... "In other words, we have a frog on our foot, and...
  • Woman flees Wal-mart in her bra

    04/24/2011 5:42:43 AM PDT · by karatemom · 41 replies
    The Morning Journal ^ | April 24, 2011 | Kelly Metz
    ELYRIA — A Norwalk woman accused of shoplifting fled an Elyria Walmart yesterday in only a bra after getting into a scuffle with a security officer, according to an Elyria police report. Police were dispatched to Walmart, 1000 Chestnut Commons Drive, at just after 11:30 p.m. Friday to reports a woman had fled the store wearing only a bra and carrying store merchandise that had not been paid for, the report stated. Officers were told the woman was running through the Walmart parking lot and had gotten into a vehicle on Chestnut Commons Drive.
  • Bart Simpson Actress Sued Over Fiance's Debt (Stealing for Scientology)

    09/21/2010 11:02:06 PM PDT · by tlb · 24 replies
    tmz ^ | 9/21/2010 | staff
    Nancy Cartwright -- the voice of Bart Simpson -- is a defendant in a lawsuit involving her fiance's suicide, a failed construction project, and the Church of Scientology ... this according to documents obtained by TMZ. American Safety Casualty Insurance Company claims a construction company run by Stephen Brackett -- Nancy's fiance at the time -- was hired to fix up a restaurant in 2008. ASCIC issued an insurance policy to Brackett to cover the work ... and Nancy agreed to cover ASCIC's costs if anything went wrong. ASCIC claims Brackett only did a portion of the work and "diverted...
  • Worst GPS ever gets 'Simpsons' writer to Peabody

    08/17/2010 8:54:20 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    Salem (MA) News | 8/17/10 | Alan Burke
    PEABODY — If anybody should know not to take advice from Homer Simpson it's Mike Reiss. But he listened to the big goof anyway. "We came via a GPS (global positioning system) mistake," Reiss explained yesterday. "I have a Homer Simpson global positioning system. It speaks in the voice of Homer Simpson." Reiss, 50, and wife, Denise, after staying with friends in Wenham, were looking for the Peabody Essex Museum. They followed Homer's directions with some skepticism. "Are you sure, Homer?" they are apt to ask. And with reason. Homer took them to the City of Peabody instead of the...
  • Lisa's wedding

    08/01/2010 11:16:38 PM PDT · by Tolsti2 · 20 replies · 5+ views
    Simpsons ^ | 8/1/2010 | Simpsons
  • Lisa Simpson Gets Married on Sunday August 1st, 2010

    07/31/2010 9:36:30 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies · 4+ views
    Youtube ^ | 7/31/2010 | Simpsons
    Lisa Simpson gets Married
  • The Simpsons Jump Shark, Dismember the Corpse, and Go After It's Family

    03/22/2010 1:38:40 PM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 21 replies · 1,458+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 3/22//10 | Self (Shameless Vanity)
    Did anybody catch The Simpsons last night. I realize the show became worthless some time ago, but I still watch it out of habit. I wish it were not so, because then I would have been spared the disgusting display of toadying and kissing up to Michelle Obama in last night's show. Never again.
  • 'The Simpsons' celebrates 20 years with 450th episode.

    01/10/2010 6:11:53 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 31 replies · 2,397+ views
    Dallas morning news ^ | sun jan 10 | TOM MAURSTAD
    Celebrating its 20-year anniversary and 450th episode, The Simpsons stands alone. Of course, it's a splendid isolation as, officially, the longest-running prime-time show in television history and, unofficially, as the most successful and influential creation in pop culture history. Simply put, The Simpsons has changed the world we live in.
  • Vatican Says 'Simpsons' Are Okely Dokely

    12/22/2009 4:38:28 PM PST · by Abathar · 17 replies · 817+ views
    AP via ^ | 12/22/2009 | ap staff
    VATICAN CITY -- To put it as the devout Ned Flanders would, the Vatican's newspaper thinks "The Simpsons" are an okely dokely bunch. L'Osservatore Romano on Tuesday congratulated the show on its 20th anniversary, praising its philosophical leanings as well as its stinging and often irreverent take on religion. Without Homer Simpson and the other yellow-skinned characters "many today wouldn't know how to laugh," said the article titled "Aristotle's Virtues and Homer's Doughnut." The paper credited "The Simpsons" -- the longest-running American animated program -- with opening up cartoons to an adult audience. The show is based on "realistic and...
  • Doh! The Simpsons still young and yellow at 20

    12/15/2009 8:44:32 AM PST · by Borges · 30 replies · 1,174+ views
    America’s most famous dysfunctional cartoon family, The Simpsons, this week marks two decades of making the world laugh while offering alternative television therapy to millions of fans. The now distinctive yellow characters of Homer, Maggie and their children, the intellectually-challenged Bart, his smart sister Lisa and pacifier-sucking baby Maggie first burst onto American TV screens on December 17, 1989. Over the past 20 years, they have entered into the national and global consciousness as an icon of television entertainment. The Fox network show’s influence on popular American culture was highlighted when The Simpsons were idolized on US postage stamps earlier...
  • Simpsons episode lampooning Sarkozy and Bruni becomes internet hit in France

    Simpsons episode lampooning Sarkozy and Bruni becomes internet hit in France An episode of The Simpsons which lampoons Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, and his wife Carla Bruni, the former model, has become a surprise internet hit in France. Published: 8:09AM GMT 24 Nov 2009 Link to this video Cartoon caricatures of Sarkozy and the first lady starred in an episode of the American animated show in the United States on November 15 in an episode entitled "The Devil Wears Nada". Their cameos passed largely unnoticed in France until Friday, when news websites started linking to pirated clips of the...
  • Think yellow: 'Simpsons' anniversary contest lets winner create character for 2010 episode

    10/16/2009 11:44:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies · 785+ views
    AP ^ | October 16, 2009 | LYNN ELBER
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Simpsons" is giving one lucky contest winner the chance to make others yellow with envy by creating a character for the animated TV series. The new Springfield resident will appear in an early 2010 episode featuring Chris Martin of Coldplay as guest star. The contest, part of the Fox show's 20th-anniversary celebration, is for those 18 and older. It opens Friday and runs until 11:59 p.m. EDT Oct. 24.
  • Marge Simpson Makes Cover of Playboy

    10/09/2009 11:59:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,098+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 9, 2009
    "D'oh!" doesn't even start to cover it. Marge Simpson -- the blue beehived matriarch of America's most loved dysfunctional family - is Playboy magazine's November cover, the magazine said on Friday. Simpson, tastefully concealing her assets behind a signature Playboy Bunny chair, is the first cartoon character ever to front the glossy adult magazine, joining the ranks of sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford. Playboy said the cover celebrates the 20th anniversary of the "The Simpsons." Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have already been honored this year with a set of U.S. postal stamps. The magazine promises...
  • Homer Simpson, health advocate

    10/05/2009 9:23:43 PM PDT · by Saije · 3 replies · 386+ views
    National Post/Reuters ^ | 10/5/2009 | Michael Holden
    Forget all the pizza and doughnuts -- the British government wants fans of "The Simpsons" to ditch junk food and eat more healthily. The Department of Health is spending 640,000 pounds ($1 million) to sponsor episodes of the long-running U.S. cartoon series broadcast on Channel 4, as part of its Change4Life campaign. Before the start of the sponsored shows, cartoon characters pretending to be the members of the dysfunctional animated family are shown sitting on a sofa tucking into ice cream and chips which then morph into more healthy alternatives. The government hopes that viewers will realize they should follow...
  • Simpsons stamps to hit post office

    04/09/2009 7:26:37 PM PDT · by lainie · 29 replies · 940+ views
    CNN ^ | 4-9-2009
    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Homer Simpson and his cartoon family soon will help you get letters, bills and packages to their destinations. On Thursday, the U.S. Postal Service revealed five first-class stamps featuring characters from the Fox animated series "The Simpsons" -- Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie -- that will hit a post office near you May 7. "This is the biggest and most adhesive honor 'The Simpsons' has ever received," creator Matt Groening said. The TV show, the longest running prime-time sitcom, was chosen from about 50,000 stamp subject suggestions submitted last year, the Postal Service said....
  • Aye carumba! Bart Simpson is spruiking Scientology

    01/28/2009 9:22:01 PM PST · by outlawjake · 9 replies · 919+ views
    London Times Online ^ | January 29, 2009 | Claire Sweeney
    Bart Simpson is famous for making funny prank phone calls but his latest could be his most ingenious yet. Executives at 20th Century Fox are reportedly fuming over a voicemail message recorded by the character’s “voice”, Nancy Cartwright, promoting an upcoming Church of Scientology event.
  • Bart Simpson's voice being used to promote Scientology event

    01/28/2009 1:18:52 PM PST · by outlawjake · 12 replies · 9,176+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | January 28th 2009 | ELLIOT OLSHANSKY
    Bart Simpson, a Scientologist? Ay caramba! Nancy Cartwright, the actress who has voiced the "Simpsons" character for more than 20 years, is reportedly lending her famous voice to an automated phone call promoting an upcoming Scientology event in Hollywood.
  • Fake Simpsons cartoon 'is porn'

    12/08/2008 7:49:24 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,650+ views
    bbc ^ | Monday, 8 December 2008
    An appeal judge in Australia has ruled that an animation depicting well-known cartoon characters engaging in sexual acts is child pornography. The internet cartoon featured characters from the Simpsons TV series. The central issue in the case was whether a cartoon character could depict a real person. Judge Michael Adams decided that it could, and found a man from Sydney guilty of possessing child pornography on his computer.
  • 'The Simpsons' episode challenges Islamophobia

    12/05/2008 1:18:13 PM PST · by paulycy · 49 replies · 1,704+ views
    Al Arabia News Network ^ | 12/5/08 | Al Arabia News Network
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday called on American Muslims to thank the Fox television network and the creator of "The Simpsons" for a recent episode that used comedy to challenge Islamophobia. The episode, which aired Sunday evening and is titled "Mypods and Boomsticks," highlights anti-Muslim sentiment by featuring a young Muslim character named Bashir and his family who face prejudice after moving to Springfield. In the program, Homer Simpson wrongly suspects that Bashir's family is involved in a terrorist plot. Bart Simpson befriends Bashir and defends him from bullies. CAIR's Greater Los Angeles Area office (CAIR-LA) sent...
  • “Slacker” Icon Endorses Obama

    10/11/2008 10:59:50 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 662+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 11 Oct 2008 | John Semmens
    It was revealed that Homer Simpson, noted slacker and goof-off on the hit TV show, The Simpsons, will be casting his vote for Obama on the episode that will air on November 2. “Obama cares about people like me,” Simpson says. “I haven’t been blessed with intelligence, a strong work-ethic, or sound moral judgment. But I have needs. An Obama Administration will make it easier for guys like me to get what we need.”
  • 'Simpsons' To Return for 20th Season

    06/03/2008 4:15:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 38 replies · 172+ views
    NY Sun ^ | June 4, 2008 | Staff Reporter of the Sun
    The Fox network announced Tuesday that it has ordered a 20th season of "The Simpsons," which will tie the cartoon with "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running series in the history of prime-time television. "The Simpsons" is the longest-running prime-time animated series in history and the longest-running comedy series currently on television, with more than 400 episodes in the can. Matt Groening's groundbreaking series has won a Peabody Award and 23 Emmy Awards.
  • 'The Simpsons' Yanked From Venezuelan TV (Bart to Hugo Chavez: "Don't Have a Cow, Man!")

    04/08/2008 4:44:20 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 9 replies · 70+ views ^ | 04/07/08 | AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - D'oh! A Venezuelan TV channel has yanked "The Simpsons" off the air because it may be inappropriate for children. Taking its place: "Baywatch Hawaii." Station spokeswoman Elba Guillen said Monday that the decision to hand over the daily 11 a.m. time slot came after the National Telecommunications Commission received complaints from viewers. "It had to be taken off," Guillen said. "They consider it to be a series that isn't appropriate for that time because it isn't appropriate for children." The regulatory agency didn't specify which elements of the program were deemed offensive, but said showing the...
  • "I, for one, welcome our new maverick overlord."

    02/07/2008 11:01:55 AM PST · by inkling · 67 replies · 90+ views ^ | Feb. 7, 2008 | Exurban Jon
  • Bart Simpson actress gives $10M to Scientology

    02/01/2008 3:09:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 540+ views
    Gossip Boulevard ^ | January 30, 2008
    Longtime Scientologist Nancy Cartwright, also known as the voice of Bart Simpson, last year gave the church $10 million to help spread the word of founder L. Ron Hubbard into other galaxies. It was all part of Scientology’s Global Salvage effort, which aims to “de-aberrate” Earth, meaning to rid mankind of psychology ills and other “aberrant” behavior. Surprisingly, Nancy, 50, forked over twice as much as the Scientology’s most prominent member, Tom Cruise, who only gave $5 million in an installment plan.Also, recent Scientology publications reveal that a host of A-list Scientologists were honored for their generosity at a black-tie...
  • What Simpsons character do you like the best

    01/28/2008 1:52:34 AM PST · by TexasMatty · 14 replies · 55+ views
    I can not sleep. So I decided to ask my FRiends who their favorite Simpsons character is. Mine is Mister Burns. He has the best lines and is the most evil.
  • Wiggum for President in 2008

    01/02/2008 7:43:54 AM PST · by SubGeniusX · 9 replies · 89+ views
    TV Squad ^ | Dec 31st 2007 | Richard Keller
    We are just days away from the presidential primary season (Thank God!) and there seems to be a late entry into the race for the White House. No, it's not Michael Bloomberg (although they say he wants to), Al Gore (although they really want him to) or Rosie O'Donnell (they really say nothing about her). It's actually nose-picking, glue-eating, bed-wetting, slightly mis-educated Ralph Wiggum. Gosh, he'll fit right in, won't he? Ralph will announce his candidacy on the January 6th episode of The Simpsons. Actually, he isn't the one who announces it; rather, the voters of Springfield, who reject all...

    12/08/2007 8:29:56 AM PST · by Leisler · 97 replies · 1,528+ views ^ | unk | unk
    Homer: D’oh.Ralph: Me fail English? That’s unpossible. Lionel Hutz: This is the greatest case of false advertising I’ve seen since I sued the movie “The Never Ending Story.” Sideshow Bob: No children have ever meddled with the Republican Party and lived to tell about it.Troy McClure: Don’t kid yourself, Jimmy. If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about!Comic Book Guy: The Internet King? I wonder if he could provide faster nudity…Homer: Oh, so they have Internet on computers now!Ned Flanders: I’ve done everything the Bible says — even the stuff that contradicts...
  • Gun drawing gets first-grade boy suspended drawing a gun drawing (Gubmit School Alert)

    11/15/2007 7:48:38 AM PST · by scottdeus12 · 48 replies · 135+ views
    The Mail Tribune ^ | 11/15/07 | Chris Conrad
    EAGLE POINT — A first-grader was suspended Tuesday for drawing a stick figure shooting another in the head with a gun and allegedly threatening students. Little Butte School officials sent 6-year-old Ryan Weathers home after receiving complaints from parents saying he threatened their children, said Douglas Weathers, the boy's father. "He's not a violent kid," Weathers said. "He did not mean any harm." School district officials declined to comment. State law bars them from discussing disciplinary actions against specific students. The disciplinary report given to Weathers stated the reason for the suspension was the boy "threatened to shoot two girls...
  • Terry Gross (-Me Out) To Appear on Simpsons

    08/24/2007 1:23:27 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 182+ views ^ | 8/24/07 |
    Terry Gross meets The Simpsons The host of NPR's popular "Fresh Air" just taped an appearance on The Simpsons, in a scene where Marge turns on the radio in a rental car. The Philadelphia Inquirer says the producers encouraged Gross to sound "more cartoonish" on her lines, which make her the latest in a long line of guest stars on the Fox TV series. NPR says the daily hour-long "Fresh Air" is carried on more than 160 stations, and is a popular download via podcast.
  • The Simpsons Movie (A Review)

    07/31/2007 7:36:24 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 15 replies · 648+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 07/26/07 | Russ Breimeier
    The Simpsons have been on TV for eighteen years—the second-longest running primetime program behind 60 Minutes. So unless you've been in the Peace Corps for a good chunk of that time or simply don't watch any television, you probably already have an opinion about America's favorite animated family. The show's creators know this, and, in a stroke of genius, use it to their advantage in the uproariously funny self-aware opening to The Simpsons Movie. Let's face it. Most television shows don't translate well to the big screen, and that's especially true for 15- or 30-minute cartoons that don't have the...
  • How a fake word from The Simpsons ended up in a perfectly cromulent string theory paper

    07/30/2007 8:30:49 PM PDT · by ItsForTheChildren · 23 replies · 1,452+ views ^ | 7/30/07 | JR Minkel
    05:54:36 pm, Categories: Physics, Science and the Arts, Mathematics, 1207 words How a fake word from The Simpsons ended up in a perfectly cromulent string theory paper The Simpsons Movie debuted this weekend to higher-than-expected sales, bearing testament to the show's enduring popularity. If you needed any convincing that after 18 years on the air The Simpsons has thoroughly penetrated the popular consciousness, consider the following usage of the word "embiggen," one of the many fine references with which one Simpsons fan can detect another. The term comes from the 1996 episode Lisa the Iconoclast, in which we learn that...
  • Buzz Cola and Sprinklicious Doughnuts: A Mecca for ‘Simpsons’ Fans

    07/29/2007 4:43:05 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies · 502+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 29, 2007 | ANTHONY RAMIREZ
    Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times D. G. Sthar, a manager of the 7-Eleven on 42nd Street, and Yuka Sugahara, 22, of Emerson, N.J., with a cutout of Apu from “The Simpsons.” In Times Square, ...visitors to 345 West 42nd Street are reveling... In “The Simpsons,”...Kwik-E-Mart is a barely disguised 7-Eleven whose Indian owner changes the expiration dates on spoiled food, worships at a shrine for the elephant god Ganesha and is under constant siege by armed robbers. Far from shrinking from the image, 7-Eleven has embraced its inner Kwik-E-Mart... Andy Chaudhari (pronounced CHOW-dree), the 7-Eleven franchise owner on 42nd...
  • Nuclear plants protested outside 'Simpsons' premiere

    07/28/2007 4:23:58 PM PDT · by P-40 · 24 replies · 661+ views
    News8Austin ^ | 7/27/2007 | News 8 Austin Staff
    Environmentalists protested a serious cause outside the Alamo Drafthouse in South Austin during the opening day of The Simpsons movie. Three environmental groups, Public Citizen, The Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club and SEED Coalition promoted nuclear awareness while dressed as Springfield's finest. Members of the environmental groups say Texas needs to meet its energy needs with renewable sources, not by turning to dangerous sources. "In the past few months the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has received numerous applications from companies to build new nuclear plants here in Texas and throughout the nation. We think it's too expensive, too risky...
  • Best. Episodes. Ever. (The Simpsons)

    07/28/2007 7:05:34 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 15 replies · 457+ views
    Columbia Free Times ^ | 25 July 2007 | FREE TIMES WRITERS
    After starting in April 1987 as a segment within the long-forgotten Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons has gone on to become not only the longest-running animated series in television history, but also the longest-running sitcom. The show celebrates its 20-year milestone on July 27 with the release of The Simpsons Movie. Free Times, on the other hand, celebrates the occasion by revisiting some of the animated series’ best episodes. How do you define “best” in a highly acclaimed series that has produced some 400 episodes? Well, it’s admittedly subjective. Our list is the result of informal polling both inside and...
  • Guardian Writer Claims Apu Portrayal In "The Simpsons" Is Racist

    07/18/2007 3:25:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies · 822+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 18, 2007 | P.J. Gladnick
    In this day and age of Political Correctness it can almost be expected that someone will object to the portrayal of Apu in the upcoming "The Simpsons" movie as racist. Sure enough, writer Manish Vij, made just that accusation in the July 17 issue of the British newspaper The Guardian with an article titled, The Apu travesty: ...The Simpsons has long irritated some Indian-Americans because of the thickly stereotypical character of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the effete cornershop owner with fractured English, excess fertility, bizarre religious practices, illegal immigration status and a penchant for cheating customers.Apu is quite a unique character on...
  • Real Springfield: Vermont is fit for a Simpson (Springfield, VT new home of "Simpson's")

    07/11/2007 9:32:43 AM PDT · by Bladerunnuh · 8 replies · 683+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7-11-07 | Tom Leonard
    Often revealing the sketchiest knowledge of the show, mayors of Springfields as far afield as Illinois, Florida, New Jersey and Colorado have been jamming news channels to pontificate on why their town is just like the fictional version. Following an internet poll in which voters were asked to watch the films and choose the town which best represents the "Simpsons spirit", the winner was announced yesterday as Springfield, Vermont. In association with the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Film Commission, the town, which has a population of 9,000, produced an elaborate film in which "Homer" chases