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FOX and Boost Mobile launch “The Simpsons” 500th Sweepstakes

FOX and Boost Mobile have just launched The Simpsons 500th Sweepstakes, which will award one winner and his/her guest a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles to attend The Simpsons 500th Episode Party on Monday, Feb. 13. The winner will also receive a new Boost Mobile phone and phone service for three months. Between now and 5:59pm PT on Monday, Feb. 6, you can enter the sweepstakes online at fox.com/boost. The sweepstakes is open to everyone 18 years of age and over; no purchase is necessary. Official rules and prize information are on the site. In The Simpsons‘ 500th episode, airing […]

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“Simpsons” fans can vote for the future of “Nedna”

This Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons, “The Ned-liest Catch” (FOX, 8pm ET/PT), is the season finale and kicks off a cliffhanger that will be resolved in the Season 23 premiere this fall — and which fans will have a direct influence in resolving. It may not be as big a cliffhanger as “Who shot Mr. Burns?” but it still has the opportunity to shake up Springfield. In the episode, Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel find love, but Ned has reservations when he learns that Edna has been with many other men, including Homer and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer (guest-voicing himself).

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“Simpsons” desktop app available for April Fool’s Day

From FOX: Just in time for April Fool’s Day, Simpsons fans have the chance to pull the ultimate Bart-worthy pranks on their friends through The Simpsons Unleashed! desktop application available for download at www.thesimpsons.com. This free desktop app allows The Simpsons to invade your computer screen with irreverent humor and high jinks, as well as the latest news and updates on all things Simpsons. Powered by Adobe® AIR®, The Simpsons Unleashed! gives fans the chance to engage with The Simpsons like never before while interacting with their Facebook friends. After downloading the app, fans can compete against each other to […]

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Simpsons Character Contest winner announced

Peggy Black of Orange, CT, has hit it big in yellow and been selected by producers of The Simpsons as the winner of their Character Contest, which called for submissions of new secondary character ideas for the long-running animated comedy. Black created the character Ricardo Bomba (nicknamed “La Bomba”), a smooth-talking ladies’ man from South America with a luxurious black mane, chiseled physique and silky smooth voice. By day, Ricardo works as safety inspector at the nuclear power plant, and by night works Springfield’s singles scene. Bomba will make his debut in the “Million Dollar Maybe” episode of The Simpsons, […]

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“The Simpsons” on-air scavenger hunt begins Monday

How big of a Simpsons fan are you? Big enough to sit through some other FOX shows to find Simpsons clues to win a cool prize package? If so, you’ll have your chance next week, Nov. 9-13, when FOX’s first on-air scavenger hunt — tied in with 20 years of everyone’s favorite yellow family — airs. Each night, you can watch FOX to find Simpsons shout-outs, tributes and clues featured in primetime programming and on-air promos. One winner will receive a prize package including a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend a Simpsons table read, a home entertainment […]

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Morgan Spurlock talks about his “Simpsons” doc

By Stacey Harrison Contrary to initial announcements (and its title), the documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons will not be in 3-D or on ice. It will, however, be the latest project of provocateur filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who shot to fame with by chronicling his monthlong McDonald’s-only diet in Super Size Me and conducted other sociological experiments in the weekly FX show 30 Days. He was at Comic-Con in San Diego (where just a few Simpsons fans have been known to gather) over the weekend auditioning superfans and grand impersonators to take part in the project. Spurlock took […]

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Morgan Spurlock Meets “The Simpsons”

By Jeff Pfeiffer Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days) has been tapped to produce and direct The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice, which will air Jan. 14 on FOX (the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons‘ debut). This documentary special concludes the “Best. 20 Years. Ever” yearlong celebration of the classic sitcom. The press release does ask us to “Please note the special is neither in 3-D nor on ice.” What it will do is take a look at the cultural phenomenon of The Simpsons, using Spurlock’s unique style, and offer a glimpse into how the […]

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“Simpsons” Leave Their Stamp On The Post Office

By Jeff Pfeiffer Woo-hoo! Starting soon, when you write those letters to Die Hard or another one of your favorite movies, you will be able to use a Simpsons stamp to send them! Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie will be commemorated on official First-Class stamps from the U.S. Postal Service personally designed by Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Out of the 50,000 stamp suggestions the USPS receives each year, about 20 are considered, and obviously FOX’s first family made the final cut at long last. A sneak peek at what the stamps will look like will be made available on […]

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“The Simpsons” Recap: The Homer of Seville

After a summer movie that was, if not great, at least well above average, and a season premiere that was equally solid (at least during the first half), I had almost forgotten just how unbearable a bad episode of The Simpsons can be. Now I remember. The bad ones usually start out with a ridiculous premise — such as the Simpsons unwittingly crashing a wake after their post-church search for a meal yields only long lines at establishments such as Griddler on the Roof, Thank God It’s Fried Eggs, Luftwaffles, Bodacious Frittata, Buffet the Hunger Slayer and Denny’s. If the […]

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“The Simpsons” Season 19 Premiere Recap

Posted by Mike (who is aroused … and confused) If you’re like me, you loved the Season 19 premiere of The Simpsons. Of course, if you’re like me, that means you’re also a rabid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Joe Jackson (not the one who played for the Chicago White Sox) — all of whom were featured in the episode. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Simpsons is one of the only shows on television that offers its viewers something new each week during its opening credits, and this week’s sequence was reworked to include […]