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July 30, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Don't have a cow, man! "The Simpsons Movie" is bringing in plenty of "d'oh!" Twentieth Century Fox's big-screen adaptation of the long-running animated TV sitcom grossed an estimated $71.9 million in its first weekend in the U.S. and Canada. The surprisingly strong haul showed the versatility and durability of a pop-culture franchise that has poked fun at Middle America for two decades. The opening blew past industry expectations of $45 million.
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July 30, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Don't have a cow, man! "The Simpsons Movie" is bringing in plenty of "d'oh!" Twentieth Century Fox's big-screen adaptation of the long-running animated TV sitcom grossed an estimated $71.9 million in its first weekend in the U.S. and Canada. The surprisingly strong haul showed the versatility and durability of a pop-culture franchise that has poked fun at Middle America for two decades. The opening blew past industry expectations of $45 million.
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July 3, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
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!"
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July 26, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Springfield gets more celebrity visitors than rehab. Al Jean, a key creator on both "The Simpsons" show and film, said there were some especially memorable guest stars. Jerry Lewis "Hank Azaria's John Frank character, the nutty professor, is based on Jerry Lewis, and Hank came to us once and asked if we could get Jerry. Jerry was in his 70s then and he was really, really funny. His health wasn't well but he was hysterical. We talked about Dean Martin and his career.
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July 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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July 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
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July 21, 2007 | From Reuters
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.
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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.
NEWS
July 26, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Springfield gets more celebrity visitors than rehab. Al Jean, a key creator on both "The Simpsons" show and film, said there were some especially memorable guest stars. Jerry Lewis "Hank Azaria's John Frank character, the nutty professor, is based on Jerry Lewis, and Hank came to us once and asked if we could get Jerry. Jerry was in his 70s then and he was really, really funny. His health wasn't well but he was hysterical. We talked about Dean Martin and his career.
NEWS
July 26, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
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.
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July 26, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2007 | From Reuters
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
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!"
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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