Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Springfield still on 'Simpsons' high

NBC-TV movie critic Gene Shalit came to downtown Springfield to record his review of — surprise — "The Simpsons Movie" on Monday.
Shalit wasn't the only person posing in front of the Simpson statue Monday, as a constant stream of people stopped by downtown to take pictures or have photos taken in front of the Springfield Movie Theater, where the world premiere was held.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

World media: Simpsons a win-D'oh on Americana

Television crews from Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy and Denmark, as well as print reporters from the Times of London were only a smattering of the international press that found themselves in Vermont on Saturday to document the world premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" in the Simpsons' new hometown of Springfield, Vt.

Small town is Simpsons USA for one day

Thousands of fans turned downtown Springfield into Simpsons USA on Saturday. Rabid fans crowded into the downtown square to pay homage to the world's most dysfunctional cartoon family by dressing up as their favorite characters: Women posed as Marge with tall blue beehives, skateboarding kids imitated the incorrigible Bart, and young men sported Homer tattoos.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Town makes final preparation for Simpsons invasion

Event planners from Fox, the movie studio that produced "The Simpsons Movie," were busy Friday afternoon pacing off how long to make the yellow carpet, the Simpsons' version of a red carpet, for the big names that are coming to Springfield, as well as the logistics for throwing a big, big party.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Springfield ready for its close-up

When The Simpsons' creator Matt Groening comes to Springfield on Saturday for the world premiere of "The Simpsons Movie," he will get two Vermont Teddy Bears specially made to look like two Simpson characters.
Brock Rutter of the Vermont Film Commission said the Vermont Teddy Bear Co. made the bears on Thursday, as part of 50 sap-bucket themed gift packages assembled by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Film Commission to give as gifts to the big shots attending the premiere.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ben & Jerry's delivers Homerific ice cream

Ever wondered what beer-and-doughnut ice cream might taste like?
No?
Well, despite that grimace, you're probably wondering a little right now, and Saturday will be your chance to taste the unlikely blend of flavors as Ben & Jerry's unveils a special, one-time-only Homer Simpson-inspired ice cream flavor during the celebration of the Simpsons movie premiere.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Former Ellsworth plant sale closes

A Massachusetts businessman has closed on the purchase of the former Ellsworth Ice Cream manufacturing facility on Fairbanks Road in North Springfield.
Steve Marcil of Chicopee and his firm, Real Estate Property Management, bought the building for $188,000 when Ellsworth didn't redeem the property after the town's tax sale a year ago.

Springfield set for 'Simpsons' party

Town Manager Robert Forguites has gotten into the act and fired off a letter to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in defense of his hometown's unlikely but honest win to host the world premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" later this week.
While there was laughter at the Springfield Select Board's meeting Monday over Forguites' letter and the upcoming premiere, there was also some nuts and bolts talk about hosting what could be the town's biggest party in decades.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Welch sends letter to Rep. DeFazio

In response to news that Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio had called for an "investigation" into Springfield, Vt., winning the right to host "The Simpsons" movie premier over Springfield, Ore., Rep. Peter Welch sent a letter to DeFazio,

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Simpsons tickets to be given away

Festivities for the world premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" on Saturday, July 21 will start with a ticket giveaway in two separate drawings at noon and 1 p.m.
The official ceremony for the world premiere will start at 1 p.m. in downtown Springfield.

Peter DeFazio wants 'investigation' into Vt.'s Simpsons win

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield is still piqued that his hometown wasn't chosen to host the premiere of the upcoming animated film "The Simpsons," particularly since "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is an Oregon native.
In fact, he smells a rat, and has asked U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to investigate — sort of.

Friday, July 13, 2007

'Eyesore' to get bold new look for premiere

Downtown Springfield's biggest eyesore in many people's eyes, the building known as the Handly building, is going to get a coat of Simpsons-yellow paint in time for the world premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" on July 21.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Springfield gets Hollywood fever

With 10 days before Springfield's big day hosting the world premiere of "The Simpsons Movie," town leaders were still pinching themselves about the town having won the national competition.
Town Manager Robert Forguites said he has been inundated with national and international media requests, and he found himself out in front of the "Welcome to Springfield" sign near the historic Eureka Schoolhouse early Wednesday morning to appear on CNN.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Springfield hits a Homer

Springfield and Vermont on Tuesday won the right to host the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie," beating out 13 other Springfields across the country.
A video featuring a large pink doughnut, a Homer Simpson look-a-like, and hundreds of enthusiastic Springfield residents chasing Homer chasing the doughnut convinced thousands of people to vote for the Vermont video, in a contest sponsored by USA Today.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Springfield: Come home, Homer

In a morning press conference in Montpelier, Gov. James Douglas, who admitted to seeing "The Simpsons" only a few times on TV, urged Vermonters to cast their votes by Monday at midnight on the USA Today Web site for the Vermont video, in hopes of coming in first in the contest to host the world premiere of the cartoon movie, which is based on a fictional town called "Springfield."

Gov. Douglas offers congratulations to Springfield

Official Statement of the Governor on Springfield’s Victory in the Simpsons Movie Premier Contest.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Vermonters encouraged to vote for Homer's hometown

Voting began Monday in the race to see which Springfield will host the soon-to-be-released "The Simpsons" movie. With 9,000 residents, Springfield, Vt., was the smallest town invited to participate.
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