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Margaret Groening, Inspiration For Marge Simpson, Dies At 94

May 8th, 2013 10:48am EDT
Marge Simpson
Matt Groening, creator of hit Fox animated TV series The Simpsons, is mourning the death of his mother Margaret, who inspired the show's matriarch Marge Simpson.

Mrs. Groening died in her sleep on April 22 in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 94. She was born Margaret Wiggum on March 23, 1919, in Chisolm, Minn. Wiggum is another familiar "Simpsons" name -- the town's police chief and his son Ralph share the surname.

Margaret is survived by her son and two daughters -- yes, Lisa and Maggie. Her eldest daughter, Patty, passed away earlier this year and was the inspiration for Marge Simpson's ...
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Betty White Inducted Into NAB Hall Of Fame

April 18th, 2012 9:27am EDT
Betty White
Golden Girls legend Betty White is the latest star to enter the National Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

The veteran actress was inducted into the prestigious institution at a special ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

White was selected for the honor in recognition of her lengthy career, her seven Emmy Awards and her numerous TV and film roles.

NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith says, "Betty White is admired by generations of audiences. She has remarkable energy and an incredible ability to connect with viewers. Betty's contributions to television and entertainment as a whole a...
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'The Simpsons' Live In Fictional Town Of Springfield, Oregon

April 11th, 2012 8:34am EDT
The Simpsons
"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has revealed which Springfield inspired his fictional town in the cartoon series.

For years fans have been debating which of the many American Springfields gave the animator the idea for the town where his colourful characters live - and now he has revealed he based his fictional place on another fictional Springfield, based in Oregon.

Groening tells the Smithsonian Magazine, "Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show 'Father Knows Best' took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrill...
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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Receives Hollywood Star

February 15th, 2012 8:03am EST
Matt Groening
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the same week the 500th episode of the classic cartoon aired.

Groening, who created Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson in the 1980s, was joined at the ceremony on Tuesday by Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith, who voice several of the characters on the show.

The screenwriter said at the unveiling, "I want to thank Nancy Cartwright, who channeled a ten-year-old, troubled boy, the day I met her in 1987 and here's a secret about the show - whenever we run into a spot of...
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Lopez, Johansson & Aniston To Receive Hollywood Walk Of Fame Stars

June 22nd, 2011 8:51am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson are all set to become street girls next year when they unveil stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jennifer Lopez, Boyz II Men, Heart stars Ann and Nancy Wilson and British actor Malcolm McDowell are also among the 2012 honorees, while acting legend Richard Burton and soul star Barry White will both receive posthumous stars.

John Pavlik, chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee, says, "The committee has selected a fabulous slate of stars to add sparkle and luster to the Hollywood Walk of Fame over the next year."

"Th...
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Triumphant Return For 'Futurama'

June 25th, 2010 11:11am EDT
Futurama
After a seven year hiatus, the animated comedy "Futurama" returned with new episodes on Comedy Central Thursday night.

Following the footsteps of "Family Guy," "Futurama" originally aired on Fox, was canceled, and was eventually revived due to increased popularity found after its demise. Two brand new episodes kicked off the sixth season premiere on Thursday.

The show, introduced by "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, follows slacker Fry (Billy West) who is cryogenically frozen in 1999 and thawed out a millennium later in "New" New York City. He lands a job at an interplanetary deli...
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Devo To Get Animated For 'Futurama'

June 8th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Devo
New wave rockers Devo are to get animated to celebrate the 100th episode of cult show Futurama.

The futuristic Matt Groening series was cancelled in 2003 but fans brought it back to life. To celebrate the 100th show, Groening asked his musical heroes to be a part of the show - and they agreed to play mutant rights activists.

The episode comes as Devo stage a comeback of their own - their upcoming Something for Everybody will be the band's first album in 20 years.

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'Futurama' Returns With 26 New Episodes In 2010

June 10th, 2009 9:49am EDT
Futurama
20th Century Fox Television, the animation powerhouse that brought "Family Guy" back from the dead five years ago, has done it again: Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy "Futurama" will return to production on 26 new half-hour episodes more than six years after the series aired its last original episode.

"Futurama" was a staple of Fox's Sunday night animation block from 1999 to 2003 before ceasing production on original episodes. In June 2006, Comedy Central acquired the rights to the existing 72 episodes of the series, which the channel be...
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Postal Service Announces 'Simpsons' Stamps

April 1st, 2009 9:26am EDT
The Simpsons
The FOX hit series The Simpsons will be commemorated on 44-cent First-Class Mail stamps in 2009. Featuring the iconic Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson the stamps have been personally designed by Simpsons creator and executive producer, Matt Groening.

Winner of 24 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award and a multitude of other accolades, this historic series featuring the five family members is currently the longest-running primetime comedy in television history and is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2009, which will culminate on January 14, 2010.

A sneak peek of The ...
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Are The Best Days Of 'The Simpsons' Over?

March 25th, 2009 1:05pm EDT
The Simpsons
The longest running animated series in television history has given Americans (mostly) and the world (partly) something to laugh about since the late '80s. To be exact, they appeared in all their grainy glory in 1987 in shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show" and in half-hour nuggets on Fox in 1989. Somehow, through the evolution of the middle class family and the de-evolution of American culture, they have stayed smart, relevant and humorous for years...or have they?

Are the best days of Homer, Lisa, Bart, Marge and Maggie over, and we're simply waiting for the show to jump the shar...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

December 9th, 2008 10:10am EST
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most inspiring and humorous comments were made on the latest stories on Boy George and his Kinky Friend, the two most annoying “Hills” cast members and Britney Spears and her latest physique, as well as a Story about Marilyn Manson and his newest Girlfriend.

Topic Highlights = There were some gracious and pleasant remarks made about Anneliese Van der Pol and baseball legend Ted Williams however, there was ...
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Five Most Underrated & Overrated TV Shows At Comic-Con

August 8th, 2008 10:31am EDT
Heroes
Two weeks ago, nerds, geeks, and those "just going to San Diego for the weekend to check out the beaches" poured into Comic-Con 2008 in all their "Babylon 5"-clad glory.

Comic-Con is an ever-evolving beast. It started as a few dozen collectors meeting in a basement in San Diego to trade and discuss comics. Now it is an event so massive it shuts down an entire city for the weekend.

Comic-Con also holds a tremendous amount of power nowadays. Nervous directors unveil scenes from their latest superhero big-screen opus to the attendees, well-aware that a lukewarm response could spe...
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Fox Renews 'The Simpsons' For 20th Season

June 3rd, 2008 9:16am EDT
The Simpsons
FOX has ordered an historic 20th season of The Simpsons, which will tie the series with "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running series in the history of primetime television. "The Simpsons" airs Sundays (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Created by executive producer Matt Groening, "The Simpsons" is the longest-running primetime animated series in history and the longest-running comedy series currently on television. In 2007, "The Simpsons" celebrated an unprecedented 400 episodes, and the long-awaited "The Simpsons Movie" was released in July and has grossed $526 million worldwide to date. Additi...
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Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

May 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
South Park
Many television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)

Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, ther...
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TV's Longest Running Shows Continue To Thrive

January 24th, 2008 10:16am EST
The Simpsons
With the writers' strike still in effect, TV viewers are in limbo. No one knows for sure which "bubble" shows will make it through another season. The fate of series such as "Moonlight," "Medium" and "Supernatural" is unknown. The pilot season, which usually gears up in January, is not gearing up.

While viewers wait to see when and if their favorite TV shows will return, we take a look at some of the small screen programs that have not only survived but thrived over the years. The writers' strike is just a blip on the radar for these heavy hitters.

This is a list based on fact...
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Series Premiere Of 'Futurama' Debuts On Comedy Central Jan. 2

December 19th, 2007 11:15am EST
Futurama
Greetings, Earthlings! Matt Groening's Emmy Award-winning animated series "Futurama" premieres on Comedy Central Wednesday, January 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Comedy Central will begin to air all 72 existing episodes of "Futurama" along with four "Futurama" DVD movies, including "Bender's Big Score," "Bender's Game," "The Beast with a Billion Backs" and "Into the Wild Green Yonder." "Bender's Big Score," released on DVD this year, will air in First Quarter of 2008.

"Futurama" focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself Dece...
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America's Favorite Family's Big Screen Debut Arrives On DVD and Blu-Ray Disc Dec. 18

November 21st, 2007 12:20pm EST
The Simpsons Movie
It takes a feature-length film to fully capture Homer Simpson's stupidity and The Simpsons Movie does it! One of the top grossing films of all time, The Simpsons Movie has generated more than $500 million globally and will be available worldwide on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc (BD) Internationally on December 3 and in North America on December 18 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

"One of the best movies of the year" (Washington Post), The Simpsons Movie stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden and Tress Ma...
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Starpulse's Top 10 Animated Shows of All Time, Part 1

November 8th, 2007 2:23pm EST
Futurama
If your childhood was anything like mine, the working week was simply a means to an end. I slept through class, suffered through swimming lessons, and sweated through T-ball practice, all with a singular goal: survive until Saturday.

Saturday was more than just a break from the routine, more than just the promise of croissants instead of dry toast, and more than just the freedom of not wearing a tie. Saturday meant Saturday morning, and Saturday morning meant one thing: cartoons.

This week, Starpulse takes a nostalgic stroll down memory lane in search of the top 10 animated tele...
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'The Simpsons: Testify,' Features Songs From Seasons 10-18, Released Sept. 18

August 30th, 2007 4:17pm EDT
The Simpsons: Testify
Los Angeles, CA - A soundtrack so highly anticipated that even Homer would get off the couch to celebrate its arrival, The Simpsons: Testify is finally here! Set for release on September 18, 2007 from Shout! Factory, The Simpsons: Testify music CD spotlights material culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the unmistakable voices of America's most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and Springfield's various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman...
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'The Simpsons Movie' Features Green Day Cameo

May 10th, 2007 4:20pm EDT
Simpsons Movie
Rockers Green Day are lampooned in the upcoming The Simpsons Movie, it has been confirmed. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has revealed the American band will star in the big screen version of the smash hit animated TV show.

He tells MTV News, "Green Day is in the movie - I will publicly acknowledge that Green Day are in the movie. "They're really good sports and I think we both honor them and Simpson-ize them. You can take that however you want. They're really nice guys."

Hank Azaria, who voices numerous Simpsons characters including bar owner Moe Szyslak, adds, "I know that M...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 15

February 15th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jane Seymour
Happy Birthday to Conor Oberst a.k.a. Bright Eyes (1980), Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (1976), MLB pitcher Ugueth Urbina (1974), "24" actress Sarah Wynter (1973), Czech hockey star Jaromir Jagr (1972), "Xena: Warrior Princess" actress Renee O'Connor (1971), synth-pop artist Jane Child (1967), late SNL alum Chris Farley (1964), Culture Club bassist Mickey Craig (1960), UB40 guitarist Ali Campbell (1959), American actor Christopher McDonald (1955), "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening (1954), singer Melissa Manchester (1951), "Dr. Quinn" actress Jane Seymour (1951), comedian Harvey Korman (1927), ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 15

February 15th, 2006 3:00am EST
Jane Seymour
Happy Birthday to Conor Oberst a.k.a. Bright Eyes (1980), Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (1976), MLB pitcher Ugueth Urbina (1974), "24" actress Sarah Wynter (1973), Czech hockey star Jaromir Jagr (1972), "Xena: Warrior Princess" actress Renee O'Connor (1971), synth-pop artist Jane Child (1967), late SNL alum Chris Farley (1964), Culture Club bassist Mickey Craig (1960), UB40 guitarist Ali Campbell (1959), American actor Christopher McDonald (1955), "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening (1954), singer Melissa Manchester (1951), "Dr. Quinn" actress Jane Seymour (1951), comedian Harvey Korman (1927), ...
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