July 28, 2007 |
Like the character Homer Simpson that it brings to life, Film Roman has had its share of ups and d'ohs! The 23-year-old boutique producer has long been one of the stalwarts of Southern California's animation community, thanks largely to "The Simpsons" juggernaut that for 18 years put Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, Maggie, Apu and Ned on a first-name basis with America. This weekend, the family stars in its first feature film.
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 26, 2007 |
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.
July 25, 2007 |
Ever since 20th Century Fox and 7-Eleven teamed up to convert a dozen of its North America stores (including two in the L.A. area) into fictional Kwik-E-Marts as a monthlong promotional tie-in to "The Simpsons Movie," fans have been lining up for real-world versions of the Buzz Cola, KrustyO's and Squishees that previously existed only in the animated series. "I never thought we were going to do this kind of business," said Swarn Sahni, who owns the 7-Eleven franchise at 1611 W. Olive Ave.
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.