July 26, 2007 |
LAST Saturday, the tiny Vermont town of Springfield (pop. 9,084) celebrated its biggest news since local hero Isaac Fischer Jr. got a patent for sandpaper back in 1834. This time around the excitement was decidedly more glamorous, right down to rolling out the red carpet: the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie," an honor that involved beating out 13 other U.S. cities with the same name.
July 21, 2007 |
In the Vermont town of Springfield nestled in a mountain valley, a banner decorated with images of pink doughnuts is festooned across Main Street, welcoming visitors to the "Home of the Simpsons." "We're all very proud," said longtime resident Judi Martin, 56, after the town of whitesteepled churches, historic homes and aging brick factories was named the official hometown of television's favorite dysfunctional family.
July 20, 2007 |
In a promotional stunt for "The Simpsons Movie," Homer, Marge and the kids take France and the fashion world by storm in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar in a cartoon spread that transforms the less-than-chic suburban family into pictures of urban sophistication. Supermodel Linda Evangelista serves as their tour guide, taking the Simpsons into the ateliers of Donatella Versace, Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel and Alber Elbaz of Lanvin, among others.
July 11, 2007 |
It's Duff time in Springfield, Vt., which on Tuesday was proclaimed the official hometown of TV's favorite dysfunctional family, the Simpsons. The southeastern Vermont community beat 13 other Springfields for the honor, which includes hosting the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" on July 26. The town of 9,300 was the smallest in population among the communities entered.
July 3, 2007 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) is being a homer for the Bay State. The New England politico wants the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" in Springfield, Mass., as opposed to the namesake cities in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and 10 other states. In the Fox network cartoon series, the Simpsons live in a place called Springfield, but exactly where that town is has always been purposefully vague. But not to Kennedy: "I know the answer -- it's undoubtedly Springfield, MA!"
March 10, 2007
Movie premiere: 20th Century Fox has invited 16 U.S. cities named Springfield to compete for the honor of hosting the premiere screening of "The Simpsons Movie" in July. Fox will pick the winner after reviewing short film entries showcasing the community's positive aspects and links to the Simpsons, who live in their own fictional Springfield.