Former producer James L. Brooks' long marriage comes to an end.
May 2, 1999

A new macro virus inserts quotes from The Simpsons.
March 29, 1999

New Simpsons carbonates on British shelves in early April.
March 16, 1999

Famous director dies at 70.
March 7, 1999

Fox reveals the latest videos and the fate of the long-awaited laserdiscs.
February 19, 1999

Rhino Records reports that “Go Simpsonic” is still on the drawing board.
February 16, 1999

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Brooks Files for Divorce
By Jouni Paakkinen ( - May 2, 1999
     James L. Brooks, former executive producer and executive creative consultant to The Simpsons, has filed for divorce from his wife Holly Beth Holmberg of 20 years. Irreconcilable differences were cited.
     Brooks spearheaded the birth of The Simpsons while serving as executive producer on The Tracey Ullman Show, where he brought aboard Matt Groening to create Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie for a series of interstitial animated shorts. Brooks has also produced several Oscar-winning movies, including "Jerry Maguire" and "As Good As It Gets."
     The couple was married in July of 1978 and reportedly separated in September. Brooks is currently seeking joint custody of their three children, ages 5, 12 and 14.

"Simpsons Virus" Spreading Rapidly
By Jouni Paakkinen ( - March 29, 1999
     There's a new piece of Simpsons-related software that even the most dedicated fans don't want to run on their computers. A computer virus known as W97M/Melissa is spreading very rapidly around the globe. It was first discovered on Friday, March 26, and within hours it had infected thousands of computers all over the world.
     What makes this story relevant for a Simpsons news page is that when activated, the virus modifies user's documents and inserts quotes from The Simpsons, such as "Twenty-two points, plus triple-word-score, plus fifty points for using all my letters. Game's over. I'm outta here" from [7G02] Bart the Genius. The author of the virus also calls him/herself "Kwyjibo", which is a reference to the same episode.
     For more information about the virus, read Data Fellows' press release.

No More Crab Juice!
By Jouni Paakkinen ( - March 16, 1999
     Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising has green-lighted a new ensemble of soft drinks bearing The Simpsons' likeness. The manufacturer, Hall & Woodhouse, will launch six new drinks for British consumers featuring the characters:

  • "Itchy & Scratchy" (cherry pop)
  • "Manic Mallow" (cream soda)
  • "D'oh" ('bad apple' crush)
  • "Blues" (grape and cherry)
  • "Cherry Bomb" (cherry cola)
  • "Krusty Cola" (yellow cola)
     "Itchy & Scratchy" and "Manic Mallow" will be sold in 150 ml miniature cans while the other drinks will be available in 330 ml cans, six-packs and 500 ml bottles. Lisa's "Blues" is labeled "100% pure depression soul," while the "Krusty Cola" can contains slogans such as "100% SAFE!" and "9 out of 10 children can't tell the difference!"
     Research suggests the Simpsons carbonates are likely to become successful in the United Kingdom. According to Hall & Woodhouse marketing manager Graham Jacobs, 80% of people said in a poll that they would buy a branded Simpsons drink.
     "The brand is backed by £130m worth of annual TV exposure on Sky and BBC and has an unparalleled momentum we have yet to discover", Jacobs concluded for The Grocer.
Source: The Grocer. Thanks to Lee Maguire

Stanley Kubrick Dead
By Andrew A. Gill ( - March 7, 1999
     Stanley Kubrick, the esteemed movie director, died Sunday, March 7, 1999. The cause of death was not released, but police did say that it was not suspicious. Kubrick was believed by many to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Instead of pandering to an audience, he prefered to allow them to develop their own ideas about the situation.
     Kubrick's love of experimenting was probably what made him so popular, and why the creators of The Simpsons enjoyed parodying his films. A list of these parodies includes:

     Kubrick also made two films that are likely not to be parodied by The Simpsons: Lolita, based on Nabokov's book about a love affair between a 12 year-old girl and a middle-aged man, and Eyes Wide Shut, which (according to Kubrick) is supposedly a porno made by a good director. Kubrick had lived in seclusion since receiving threats while filming one of his movies, which accounts for the secrecy surrounding his death. At this point, no official word has come from Groening&Co. about Kubrick's death.

More Videos Ready To Roll
By Jouni Paakkinen ( - February 19, 1999
     After a slight delay, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has marked April 13 for the release of The Best of The Simpsons IV. Available as a boxed set or on three VHS videos sold separately, the new release will feature six classic episodes.
     On volume 10, “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” (8F01) and “When Flanders Failed” (7F23). Volume 11 will feature “Bart the Murderer” (8F03) and “Like Father, Like Clown” (8F05). Finally, on volume 12, “Treehouse of Horror II” (8F02) and “Lisa's Pony” (8F06).
     Meanwhile, on a hapless note, an official at Fox informed us that plans for the long-awaited laserdisc box set, originally advertised in a summer 1997 issue (#32) of Bongo Comics, have been indefinitely abandoned. The collection was to be a collaborative effort between Gracie Films and Fox, featuring the entire first season uncut along with ancillary materials and special audio tracks for commentary from the show's creators.
     According to the official, should the box set be resurrected, Fox will instead release it on DVD. There are, however, no plans for such a release in the foreseeable future.
     Info on videos for sale in the United Kingdom is available at The Unofficial UK Simpsons Site.

Go Simpsonic Isn't Gone
By Jouni Paakkinen ( - February 16, 1999   -- Thanks to Richard Katz
     Abandon all fears of abandonment. Rhino Records has confirmed with The Simpsons Archive that the follow-up album to “Songs in the Key of Springfield,” entitled “Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons: A Whole Lot More Music From The Television Series,” is still under the microscope, despite a September, 1998 report suggesting it had been indefinitely shelved.
     While no further clarification was available on the licensing issues that have postponed the album three times thus far, Rhino assured us that it has “good reasons” for the wait, and hopes to announce a release date later this year.
     Go Simpsonic will feature four out-takes never before broadcast on the show, including a duet between sisters Patty & Selma, entitled “We Love To Smoke.” Further information can be found in Rhino's only press release for the album to date.

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