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  • 'Being right sucks': The Simpsons poke fun ... after predicting [Trump] presidency 16 years ago

    11/14/2016 11:49:15 AM PST · by Rockitz · 40 replies ^ | 14 November 2016 | Reporter
    After The Simpsons predicted Donald Trump would become president of the U.S. back in 2000, it's latest episode seemed to express their regret in being right. In the opening credits of Sunday night's episode - the first to air since Trump's victory - Bart Simpson scowls as he writes 'Being right sucks' on a chalkboard. The Simpsons confirmed the opening credits, which change every episode, was in fact in reference to the 'Bart to the Future' episode which aired 16 years ago. 'The Simpsons updates its 2000 prediction of a Trump Presidency... #TheSimpsons,' the show tweeted. The first Trump reference...
  • The Simpsons mock Donald Trump and endorse Hillary Clinton

    08/01/2016 11:47:29 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 08-01-2016 | Staff
    Marge and Homer Simpson agree to vote for Hillary Clinton in the forthcoming US election in a new video clip released by 20th Century Fox. The standalone clip, entitled 3am, has been posted on YouTube. Republican candidate Donald Trump is seen with a copy of a book called Great Speeches by A. Hitler in the video. When Homer signals that he might vote for Trump, Marge says: "If that's your vote, I question whether I can ever be with you again." Homer replies: "And that's how I became a Democrat."
  • Time to Seriously Boycott Fox TV? Lucifer, Exorcist Episodes Celebrate Satan. No Longer a Joke

    01/24/2016 3:35:15 PM PST · by Be Careful · 101 replies
    Celebrating Satan? While Homeschool w/ no TV really is the answer for our kids, we need to push back as hard as we can on Fox. Ideas beyond the obvious of just tuning out?
  • Ted Cruz Lets Out His Inner Actor With ‘The Princess Bride’

    11/13/2015 3:17:52 PM PST · by Isara · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 13, 2015 | Nick Corasaniti
    He’s been known to drift into a drawl when quoting Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail and once jokingly auditioned for “The Simpsons.” But Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who once aspired to be an actor, saves his best impressions for his favorite movie, “The Princess Bride.” In an interview while taping a “Candidate Cafe” segment for radio station WMUR in New Hampshire, Mr. Cruz acted out an entire scene from the movie. GOP candidate Cruz acts out 'Princess Bride' scene (video)He did his impressions of both Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, as well as the often impersonated character Inigo...
  • Ted Cruz's 'audition' for 'The Simpsons': Eeexcellent or D'oh? (+video)

    07/05/2015 10:17:53 AM PDT · by Isara · 16 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | July 1, 2015 | Linda Feldmann
    Buzzfeed got presidential candidate Ted Cruz to 'audition' for 'The Simpsons,' and he nailed it. But was it undignified or smart voter outreach? We think we know the answer. Buzzfeed got presidential candidate Ted Cruz to audition for The Simpsons, and its a performance to behold. It also tells us something about modern American politics, for better or worse. But before we get to the larger meaning, heres what happened: In April, Senator Cruz (R) of Texas told The Federalist Radio Hour that hes a big "Simpsons" fan, but when asked to recite a line from the show,...
  • The Simpsons loses Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, and Principal Skinner as Harry Shearer quits

    05/14/2015 12:56:22 AM PDT · by Monty22002 · 45 replies
    The Verge ^ | 5/14/15 | Rich McCormick
    Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto, Smithers, and many more on The Simpsons, has apparently left the show. Shearer used Twitter to indicate that he wouldn't be returning in upcoming seasons of the long, long-running cartoon, suggesting that his desire to work on other projects was the reason for the decision. The actor quoted Simpsons writer and producer James L. Brooks' lawyer, who reportedly said that while the "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it."
  • 'The Simpsons' Renewed by FOX for 27th and 28th Seasons

    05/04/2015 3:06:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 52 replies
    TVbytheNumbers ^ | May 4, 2015
    via press release: FOX PICKS UP A DOUBLE DOHse OF THE Simpsons, RENEWING SERIES FOR 27TH AND 28TH SEASONS FOX has renewed THE Simpsons for unprecedented 27th and 28th seasons, which will take the series to 625 episodes
  • Sam Simon, Who Helped Shape The Simpsons, Dies at 59

    03/09/2015 12:42:27 PM PDT · by Borges · 42 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/9/2015 | WILLIAM YARDLEY
    Sam Simon, a creative force behind The Simpsons who left the show after its fourth season in a lucrative arrangement that allowed him to spend much of the rest of his life giving his money away, has died. He was 59. His death was announced on Monday by the Sam Simon Foundation, the organization through which he donated his money. The announcement did not say where or when he died or specify the cause, although Mr. Simon learned he had cancer in late 2012. The cartoonist Matt Groening, recruited by the producer James L. Brooks, invented the Simpson family for...
  • Benjy the gay bull saved from slaughter by Simpsons co-creator

    11/18/2014 9:50:31 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 60 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A gay bull has been saved from slaughter by the only person who could have truly understood the ridiculousness of the situation the co-creator of the Simpsons. Benjy the bull was being prepared for the chop after vets said his sexual orientation was the reason he wouldnt breed. Thats when Sam Simon, who helped start cult cartoon comedy, stepped in. All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because hes gay wouldve been a double tragedy, said the 59-year-old producer who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. After being told he was...
  • The Simpsons Groundskeeper Willie releases video supporting Scottish independence

    09/13/2014 1:18:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies ^ | 13 Sep 2014 | Oliver Wheaton
    How could we ever have a referendum on Scottish independence without including one of the most famous Scots of all time?
  • Egyptian TV Claims: Jewish Lobbies Behind The Simpsons

    05/19/2014 8:34:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 5/20/2014, 6:12 AM | Elad Benari
    The Simpsons cannot catch a break from Arab television. The same Egyptian television channel that recently claimed that an episode of the popular show proved that the United States had conspired to cause the Arab Spring revolutions, is now claiming that the show was devised by Jewish lobbies and think tanks and financed by Rupert Murdoch. The latest claims by Al-Tahrir TV aired on May 11 and were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). During the broadcast, host Rania Badawi claimed, [The Simpsons] is a very influential TV series in the U.S. This animated series is an...
  • 'Simpsons' Star Marcia Wallace Dead at 70

    10/26/2013 9:06:21 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 27 replies ^ | october 26, 2013
    Marcia Wallace -- who voiced Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" -- died last night in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned. Marcia's caregiver tells us ... the actress passed away at home with her family by her side. We're told she had been sick for the past few months ... but the caregiver couldn't go into specifics. Wallace has been on TV since the 70's -- and spent 3 decades on various game show panels like "Hollywood Squares", "The $25,000 Pyramid" and "Match Game" ... as well as receptionist Carol Kester on "The Bob Newhart Show."
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • 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...
  • 6 reasons Why Even Skeptics Should Prepare

    08/23/2011 8:51:08 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Survival Cache ^ | Lisa Bedford
    Here are 6 irrefutable reasons 1. Unemployment 2. Economic Armageddon 3. Natural Disasters 4. For your loved ones and those who depend on you 5. Youre not sixteen anymore 6. Dont worry. You wont look stupid
  • Vatican Paper Hails 'The Simpsons' [Homer gets religion]

    12/23/2009 4:44:11 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 19 replies · 1,023+ views
    Variety ^ | Dec. 23, 2009, 12:36pm PT | AP
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- 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 Fox show is based on...
  • '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...
  • CAIR Thanks Fox for Simpsons Episode "Challenging Islamophobia"

    12/04/2008 4:53:18 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 495+ views ^ | December 3, 2008 | Zip
    Doh.... LOS ANGELES, Dec 03, 2008 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience 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 terror plot. Bart Simpson befriends Bashir and defends...
  • Homer Simpson Tries To Vote For Obama, Gets Sucked Into Machine (And Killed)

    10/02/2008 10:26:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 6,828+ views
    College OTR ^ | 10/02/2008 | 10/02/2008
    For you students who have been fans of the Simpsons since way back in your Pogs days, you know it goes without saying that Homer Simpson screws up a lot. But for once, in this clip, Homers blunder is not his fault at all. He did the right thing, he voted for Obama! Alas, the machine wouldnt let him instead it changes his vote to McCain every time. Itd be funny if it didnt seem eerily plausible. (And just plain eerie, seriously, listen to the opening music.) As Simpson says, This doesnt happen in America, maybe Ohio, but not in...
  • Leaked: Homer To Vote For Obama

    10/02/2008 10:48:02 AM PDT · by skimbell · 20 replies · 1,374+ views
    WJNO ^ | October 2, 2008 | News Video
    In an episode of 'The Simpsons' slated to run November 2, Homer Simpson will vote for Barack Obama. As Homer tries to vote for Obama, a machine changes the vote to McCain and proceeds to kill him.
  • Nancy 'Bart Simpson' Cartwright Gives $10 Million to Scientology (Dough!)

    01/31/2008 6:47:48 AM PST · by tlb · 52 replies · 196+ views
    San Francisco Gate ^ | January 30 2008 | Staff
    Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind Bart Simpson, has been awarded Scientology's Patron Laureate Award after she donated $10 million in 2007. Cartwright's gift -- almost two times her annual salary from "The Simpsons" -- puts her top of a list of celebrity benefactors. She gave even more than Tom Cruise who has donated $5 million in the last four years. Kirstie Alley gave $5 million last year. John Travolta and Kelly Preston gave $1 million, while Priscilla Presley was handed the Patron Award for a donation of $50,000. The prizes were handed out at a top-secret ceremony in Florida.
  • Preschoolers Behaving Badly: Expulsions Rise

    01/26/2008 6:45:15 AM PST · by wintertime · 53 replies · 185+ views
    Janine Butler, a 28-year-old New Jersey teacher, knows something about out-of-control students. One girl threw objects, threatened Butler with knives and tried to bite her. Another boy was "just rude, rude, rude," pulling down his pants and swearing at her. The final straw came when another student scratched and hit her. Butler's students were barely out of diapers 3- and 4-year-olds and their public preschool in Trenton was not allowed to expel them. "No one would do anything," said Butler, who eventually quit. "I felt alone." Tantrums, aggression, biting and kicking are becoming increasingly common in preschool, according...
  • The Simpsons on right now

    01/06/2008 5:17:23 PM PST · by wastedyears · 7 replies · 73+ views
    Tonight's episode is about politics. It's pretty funny so far.
  • 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...
  • Simpsons movie targets church, environmentalists

    07/05/2007 8:01:29 AM PDT · by John Cena · 14 replies · 1,269+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 5, 2007 | Mike White
    LONDON (Reuters) - The upcoming Simpsons movie takes a typically irreverent dig at religion and environmentalists, and features a nude scene involving 'toon teen Bart that had the audience at a preview show applauding. A 10-minute clip from "The Simpsons Movie," the first time Homer, Marge, their family and friends have made it to the big screen, was shown in London late on Wednesday ahead of its release worldwide later in July. The clip offered several clues as to the plot, suggesting that the environment and religion would me a major themes. Rock band Green Day is booed and pelted...
  • 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...
  • 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 yearsthe 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...
  • Homeric Rhetoric [The Simpsons' Dan Castellaneta]

    07/30/2007 11:17:30 PM PDT · by Silly · 8 replies · 293+ views
    The Official Site of Paul Klenk ^ | July 30, 2007 | Paul Klenk
    July 30 Homer Simpson is a real person. I know this from personal experience. With the movie out now, its a good time to tell this story. In 2002, my friend Peter invited me to be his guest at the taping of Bravos Inside the Actors Studio on the campus of New York University in the Village. James Lipton presided as always, and it was not the first time I had been to a taping. But this evening is aurally seared into my memory. That night, a first for the show, Lipton interviewed not one person, but an entire...
  • 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...
  • Simpsonize yourself!

    07/28/2007 6:16:49 PM PDT · by LongElegantLegs · 43 replies · 1,000+ views
    The Simpsons ^ | 07/27/07 | Burger King
    Very possibly the most importent political tool of our time. See what you would look like as a Simpsons cast member!
  • UN agency gives 20th Century Fox web address to 'The Simpsons Movie'

    07/25/2007 8:30:15 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 582 replies · 8,347+ views
    Yahoo! Canada ^ | Jul 25, 2007
    Woo-hoo! "The Simpsons Movie" has won its name back on the Internet. A UN agency has ruled that ownership of the domain name must be handed to News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox, which owns the rights to the film and the popular TV series. Twentieth Century Fox complained to the World Intellectual Property Organization over the use of the film's name in the Internet address of a site registered by Keith Malley of New York. Fox lawyers claimed Malley was using the address to divert Internet users to a website that included sexually explicit depictions of several characters from...
  • Much Apu About Nothing? Writer Responds To PC Controversy Over 'Simpsons' Character

    07/21/2007 6:26:45 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies · 1,525+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 21, 2007 | P.J. Gladnick
    A recentarticle bywriter Manish Vij, The Apu travestyin The Guardian has stirred up something of a hornets nest of controversy as was chronicled here in NewsBusters. Vij took a strictly PC approach and condemned the portrayal of Apu from "The Simpsons" as being racist. However, his opinion is far from universal among people of ethnic Indian background. Journalist Saptarshi Ray who is based in the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Guardian has a very different view of the Apu character in his response, The wonder of Apu: Apu may run the local shop, he may indulge in some jiggery-pokery with...
  • Pagans upset over 180-ft. Homer

    07/19/2007 5:30:10 AM PDT · by period end of story · 55 replies · 1,524+ views
    UPI ^ | July 19, 2007
    CERNE ABBAS, England, July 19 (UPI) -- A 180-foot-long drawing of Homer Simpson next to an enormous, sacred carving in Dorset, England, has angered pagans, Sky News reported Wednesday. The group has vowed to do a little "rain magic" to wash away the cartoon character, which was rendered with biodegradable paint on a hillside next to the famous 17th Century fertility symbol, the Cerne Abbas giant. The picture of Homer Simpson eating a doughnut was etched alongside the chalk outline of the naked, club-wielding giant as a publicity stunt to promote the upcoming release of "The Simpsons Movie."
  • DeFazio calls for federal investigation; has a cow, man (Or. d[imbulb] rep)

    07/13/2007 6:02:18 PM PDT · by crazyhorse691 · 8 replies · 934+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | July 13, 2007 | Jeff Kosseff
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter DeFazio sent an angry letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling for an investigation. These days, that's not a rare move for a Democratic congressman. But the Springfield Democrat's complaint is, uh, different. Let's just say he probably won't be seeking public office in Vermont any time soon. The full text of the letter is after the jump. -- Jeff Kosseff Alberto R. Gonzalez Attorney General Office of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy Building 950 Pennsylvania, N.W. Washington D.C. 20530-2000 Heidely Ho Attorney General Gonzales: I write to you to express the outrage that I, and...
  • Bring The Simpsons Movie Premiere to Springfield, Ma ssachusetts

    07/02/2007 10:36:39 AM PDT · by Maceman · 29 replies · 1,942+ views
    e-mail from Ted Kennedy ^ | July 2, 2007 | Ted Kennedy Flack
    Dear Maceman, I'm writing today to ask for your vote -- and this time it's to bring the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" to Springfield, Massachusetts! The famous TV series is set in a city called Springfield, and celebrated its 400th episode this year. The creators of "The Simpsons" are releasing a major movie version on July 27th, and they're holding a nationwide vote on the USA Today website to see which of our nation's Springfields will win the honor of hosting the premiere. Voting begins today and runs through July 9th, and the winner will be announced soon after...
  • 7-Elevens Become Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts'

    07/01/2007 12:19:11 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies · 794+ views
    AP Business ^ | Sunday July 1, 2:28 pm ET | David Koenig,
    DALLAS (AP) -- Over the weekend, 7-Eleven Inc. turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts, the fictional convenience stores of "The Simpsons" fame, in the latest example of marketers making life imitate art. Those stores and most of the 6,000-plus other 7-Elevens in North America will sell items that until now existed only on television: Buzz Cola, KrustyO's cereal and Squishees, the slushy drink knockoff of Slurpees. It's all part of a campaign to hype next month's opening of "The Simpsons Movie," the big-screen debut for the long-running television cartoon, which loves to lampoon 7-Eleven as a store that sells all...
  • Racy Cartoons Make Bart Simpson Look Like a, Um, Saint

    06/07/2007 12:38:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies · 2,176+ views
    Medill Reports ^ | June 7, 2007 | Phillip Turner
    When cartoons lampooning religion can make even Bart Simpson look like a saint, you know youre dealing with some racy material. Tune into Comedy Central's "South Park" and you'll find Jesus boxing Satan, while over on Fox's "Family Guy," you'll find God as a white-robed, bearded creator setting off the world's big bang by passing gas. Writers for Fox's "The Simpsons" long ago tapped into religion as a source of gentle jokes and story lines. In doing so, the show opened the way for hip, animated comedies like "South Park" and "Family Guy" to up the ante in joking about...
  • Homer's Big-Screen Odyssey (Bart's weenis)

    04/28/2007 11:20:23 PM PDT · by james500 · 13 replies · 1,088+ views
    Newsweek via MSNBC ^ | 4:43 p.m. CT April 21, 2007 | Sean Smith
    To make it on the big screen, you have to give people something spectacular. Something extraordinary. Something like Bart Simpsonfull frontal. It happens early in "The Simpsons Movie," when the animated 10-year-old takes a dare from his goofball father, Homer, to skateboard naked through the streets of Springfield. Hidden by plants and picket fences, he whizzes along, past kids, down hills, through traffic lights, until, in one shocking moment, little Bart flashes his little part to the entire world.
  • Is 'Family Guy' stupid?

    04/11/2007 12:13:42 PM PDT · by paltz · 55 replies · 2,587+ views ^ | March 9, 2007 | DOUG ELFMAN
    Cartoon fans know the score. Two years ago, "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said the meanest thing fans can do is utter "Family Guy" in the same breath as their show. Then for two episodes of "South Park" last season, Cartman tried to get "Family Guy" canceled. "I am NOTHING like Family Guy!" Cartman screamed. "When I make jokes, they are inherent to a story! Deep, situational and emotional jokes based on what is relevant and has a POINT! Not just one interchangeable joke after another!" "The day after that episode aired, we got flowers from 'The...
  • The Simpson's Anti-Army Show

    11/12/2006 5:22:20 PM PST · by ItisaReligionofPeace · 47 replies · 735+ views
    me | 11/12/06 | me
    Anyone else watching the Simpson's right now? I can't count the number of anti-Army, anti-war in Iraq comments they've made. Absolutely disgusting.
  • Simpson Defends Daughter Against 'Jackass' Star

    09/27/2006 4:51:32 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies · 448+ views ^ | 09.27.06
    Joe Simpson has slammed "Jackass" star Bam Margera for claiming he had sex with his daughter Jessica, insisting he wants to "beat the crap" out of him. Margera appeared on the raunchy Howard Stern radio show on September 19 and confirmed rumors he slept with Simpson when she was still married to Nick Lachey. The 27-year-old star of "Jackass Number 2" said on the night of April 11, 2005, then-married Simpson took him back to her parents' home in Los Angeles' Encino area.
  • Jessica Simpson Deemed Too Sexy To Sing In Church

    09/25/2006 9:57:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 51 replies · 3,336+ views
    starpulse ^ | 09/24/06
    Jessica Simpson was banned from singing solos in her church when she was younger, because her breasts were too big. Simpson and her sister Ashlee have recently been attacked by religious groups for blatantly using their beauty and their bodies to promote their careers. The Public Affair star reveals her first attempts at a gospel career were derailed because of her sexuality. She tells Allure magazine, "I was always criticised for my looks in the Christian world. They said I was too sexy to sing Christian music. "Judgemental is the absolute worst thing about Christianity, I believe." Simpson claims her...
  • Reverend slams Jessica and Ashlee Simpson : "Their breasts will sag and their faces will wither"

    09/17/2006 6:15:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 43 replies · 1,391+ views
    The Bosh | 09.17.06
    Pop sister Jessica and Ashlee Simpson have been attacked by a Christian minister for using sex to sell their CDs reports NW magazine. Reverend Bob Harrington has singled the girls out for criticism because their father and manager, Joe, was once a Baptist preacher himself "They don't represent American standards and certainly not Christian standards," cries the Texan minister. "Their father has replaced his faith in the Lord with the love of money, which is the root of all evil. He has replaced holiness with horniness. "[Jessica and Ashlee] will reap the dismal crops they are sowing. Their breasts will...
  • "Simpsons" beat "South Park" in early Emmy race

    08/20/2006 9:32:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies · 878+ views
    Reuters - Yahoo ^ | August 20, 2006 | Steve Gorman
    "The Simpsons" claimed U.S. television's highest honor for a prime-time cartoon on Saturday as Emmy voters shied away from giving the prize to "South Park" for an episode lampooning Scientology and Tom Cruise...
  • All together now: Hit the road, Matt!

    07/14/2006 10:00:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies · 318+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 07/14/06 | Howie Carr
    Fat Matt Amorello is a big fan of The Simpsons. Thats where he got his idea for a monorail to Springfield. And now we find that he lives by the three little sentences that Homer Simpson told Bart will get him through life. No. 1, Cover for me! No. 2, Oh, good idea, Boss! Those first two served him well in his initial 15-plus years in the hackerama. But now he falls back on the third of Homer Simpsons maxims: It was like that when I got here! Thats his excuse. For $223,000 a year, he has no control over...
  • Russian Censors Fuming Over The Simpsons

    11/21/2005 12:22:29 AM PST · by grundle · 17 replies · 914+ views ^ | November 4, 2005 | Ayinde O. Chase
    Russian Censors Fuming Over The Simpsons November 4, 2005 10:00 p.m. EST Ayinde O. Chase - All Headline News Staff Writer Moscow, Russia (AHN) - Russian MPs have issued a final threat to TV stations to scale back on violent shows like The Simpsons if they want to avoid censorship. State Duma deputies overwhelmingly voted for a motion warning television channels to cut down on the amount of violence they show. First Deputy Speaker Lyubov Sliska said it was a "yellow card" for the channels. A 417-1 landslide vote approved the resolution, initiated by Sliska and fellow United Russia member...
  • Gervais realises Simpsons dream

    08/09/2005 12:12:02 AM PDT · by Panerai · 3 replies · 349+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 2 August 2005
    Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais has revealed that writing an episode of The Simpsons has seen one of his biggest ambitions realised. Gervais was invited to write and star in an episode of the US cartoon, which will be screened in the US in March. "When I first got into comedy it was my ambition to get a joke on The Simpsons," he said. "Now I've got a whole episode. I can just imagine waking up one day and finding out it's all been a dream." Gervais' character in The Simpsons is based on David Brent from The Office sitcom.He...
  • ABC News Tonight Shows Free Republic thread page

    02/18/2005 4:40:55 PM PST · by Semper Paratus · 66 replies · 1,947+ views
    ABC News Tonight | February 18 ,2005 | ABC News Tonight
    On a story about "The Simpsons" upcoming episode on Gay Marriage in Springfield the Free Republic was shown as a thread about the show was being scrolled on screen. The Web Site was not directly attributed except to say that a 'Blog' was debating about the espisode.What was shown, IMO, was a thread obvioulsy from the Free Republic.