May 7, 2013 |
Fans of "The Simpsons" are in mourning over the death of a woman most of them never met: series co-creator Matt Groening's mother, Margaret Groening. For most, she will be forever linked with Marge Simpson, her animated namesake. A paid obituary appearing in Monday's Oregonian newspaper stated the 94-year-old Groening died peacefully in her sleep at home in Portland on April 22. A spokesperson for "The Simpsons" confirmed the obituary and that her son had declined any public comment.
April 22, 2013 |
"Futurama" was canceled once before, and now it's being canceled again. Comedy Central announced on Monday that the long-running animated comedy will come to a close at the end of its seventh season on Sept. 4. The 13-episode final season premieres June 19 and will feature guest voices from Larry Bird, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, Burt Ward and the man behind Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta. This isn't the first time "Futurama" has come to an end. It originally aired for four seasons on Fox from 1999 to 2003 before getting the ax. But the show's intense popularity among its fans earned it a second life on Comedy Central, which aired three seasons between 2008 and 2013.
July 6, 2012 |
"The Simpsons" is headed back to the big screen next weekend, but it won't be for a follow-up to the 2007 summer feature "The Simpsons Movie. " Matt Groening's yellow family is starring in the short "The Longest Daycare," playing in front of the Fox animated feature "Ice Age: Continental Drift. " In the short, the youngest Simpson, Maggie, returns to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, first seen in the classic fourth season episode "A Streetcar Named Marge. " Photos: Remembering 23 seasons of 'The Simpsons' To promote the short, Fox has put together what it's calling "the shortest trailer of the summer.
June 20, 2012 |
Matt Groening has put an end to his Life in Hell comic strip, the weekly comic that he's been drawing for 35 years. In an email to the website Poynter.org , Groening explained: "I've had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off. " The strip, which initially described the young cartoonist's life after his move from Portland, Ore., to Los Angeles in...
April 11, 2012 |
Massachusetts, you're out. Ohio? Sorry, another loser. In the race for cultural mecca, the winner is: Oregon. That is, Oregon is the winner as far as "The Simpsons” are concerned, according to creator Matt Groening, who told Smithsonian magazine that the real-life home of his fictional characters is the Springfield in the Northwest. It was the first time that Groening had specified the place where almost anything can happen - and seemingly has in the show's 22 years on TV. Groening acknowledged that he has always avoided naming the state.
April 11, 2012 |
If you go to the Springfield Museum in Springfield, Ore., you can take your picture on the "Simpsons" couch sculpture with Bart and family. And you can read the plaque that says: "Yo to Springfield, Ore., the real Springfield. Your pal, Matt Groening , proud Oregonian, 2007. " So why the big buzz about the "The Simpsons" hometown being revealed Wednesday in a Smithsonian magazine interview for the May issue? Likely because it's news to the rest of us who live outside that Springfield, population around 57,000.