Go Simpsonic: Take 4
By Jouni Paakkinen (email@example.com) - August 23, 1999 - Thanks to Jim Small
by Patty & Selma, and Apu in The Jolly
Following more than a year of post- ponements
and speculation, it appears that Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons:
More Original Music from the TV Series has been geared up for an
official October 19th release.|
As a follow-up to the successful 1997 sound track album
Songs in the Key of Springfield, Go Simpsonic will
feature 56 tracks boasting music from recent seasons as well as old. As a
bonus, four never-before-heard outtakes are to be included, such as We
Love to Smoke
CD 75480-2 (ISBN 0-7379-0099-4)
CS 75480-4 (ISBN 0-7379-0100-4)
MSRP: $16.98 ($10.98 CS)
© 1999 Rhino Records/TCFFC
Despite three Go Simpsonic release dates
having come and gone, this fourth attempt appears genuine thanks to a
special promotional flyer distributed to
United States book and music stores by
Rhino Records. In addition to
standard promotional details concerning the album, the flyer also provides
a full track listing, further suggesting
that the previously- reported licensing problems have been resolved.
Also scheduled for release on October 19 is a
special collector's edition of Songs in the Key of Springfield,
featuring a 250-piece jigsaw puzzle depicting the album's cover.
See the Springfield Times article entitled Rhino Crazy for The
Simpsons for further details.
Update (09/08) Go
Simpsonic has been added to the inventory database of on-line music
Update (09/29) New
release date is November 2. Read the new Rhino Records' press
release for more details.
Simpsons Nominated for Emmys
By Jouni Paakkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org) - July 24, 1999
The Simpsons received two Emmy nominations from the Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences this Thursday, marking the first instance
since 1996 when the series has garnished so few.
In the category of Outstanding Animated Program, "Viva Ned
Flanders," originally broadcast January 10, 1999, was chosen along
with episodes of King of the Hill, The PJ's, The Powerpuff Girls and
Matt Groening's new series, Futurama. "Treehouse of Horror IX,"
originally shown October 25, 1998, was also nominated for
Outstanding Dramatic Underscore.
Elsewhere, former Simpsons writer Jay Kogen, now a producer for
NBC's "Frasier," received his own nomination for Outstanding Writing
For A Comedy Series.
The Simpsons may also receive nominations for Achievement in
Animation and Voice-Over Performance. Announcements will be made on
Wednesday, August 4.
The Emmy is the most prestigious award for excellence in
television, conceded by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Emmy awards ceremonies have taken place since 1949, with the upcoming
event, to be televised on September 12, marking the 51st annual.
For the complete list of Simpsons Emmy Awards
and nominations, click here.
More information about The Simpsons and this year's
Emmy nominations can be found in Don Del Grande's
By Jouni Paakkinen (email@example.com) - July 20, 1999
Simpsons voice cast member Hank Azaria married his fiancée of three
years, Mad About You star Helen Hunt, last week. The wedding was a
private ceremony at their home in Los Angeles.
Azaria, 35, has provided numerous voices for Simpsons characters since
the show's birth as a half-hour comedy series in 1989. Among popular
characters such as Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum and
Snake, Azaria also brings to life many one-time characters seen on the
show each week.
Hunt appeared on The Simpsons in March of 1998, opposite Azaria, as the
voice of Moe's girlfriend. She was additionally awarded an Oscar in
1998 for her work in "As Good As It Gets," produced by James L. Brooks'
On the horizon, Azaria will be appearing in "Mystery Men," a comedy
featuring Ben Stiller and Janeane Garafalo. The movie is set for release in the USA on
Another Butterfinger Contest
By Don Del Grande (firstname.lastname@example.org) - July 19, 1999
There's a contest involving
Butterfinger wrappers that have
one of Bart's blackboard openings inside the wrapper; one of them has the one
Bart will write on the season premiere, and whoever gets it wins a trip
for four to Hollywood for three nights and, according to the rules,
"will be animated into an upcoming episode of The Simpsons".
Note that it does not say that it is a speaking
part, so we'll probably never know which character it is. It also doesn't
say anything about a couch scene, although you can stick "other" characters
in couch openings; for example, the two firemen in the one where everybody
falls in from the top.
If nobody turns in the wrapper by November 1,
the winner will be selected in a random drawing.
However, the rules also say that "If for any reason the
inclusion of Grand Prize winner's animated likeness in an episode of The
Simpsons is not possible, Fox may choose to award a non-speaking part in an
upcoming Fox theatrical motion picture or TV show". (Can you say
Other prizes (instant winners in wrappers) include 25
skateboards, 125 Simpsons chess sets, and 350 Simpsons magnet sets. The contest is
open only to legal residents of the USA that are at least 18 years old.
Rhino Crazy for The Simpsons
By Brian Petersen (email@example.com) - July 13, 1999 - Thanks to Richard Katz
Rhino Records has received the go-ahead from
Fox to produce a special packaging version of Songs in the Key of
Springfield: Original Music from the Television Series, set for
release on October 19.
The package will be a 500 piece jigsaw
puzzle with the CD included inside, says David Dorn, Rhino Vice
President of Media Relations. The box will be square (approximately 6" x 6"
x 3"), though it hasn't yet been decided what image will appear on the puzzle
itself. My thought all along was to have something that was previously
unavailable to collectors. Hopefully that will be the case with the final
Meanwhile, David assured us that progress on
Go Simpsonic is still in full swing, despite the album's
delay. The album certainly is not dead. We're still working out the
legal issues, and things are looking better than they had in the past.
And, as the icing on the cake, Rhino also went on
to reveal that the company is now in talks with 20th Century Fox about a
third Simpsons album. Though no details on the album's concept could
be revealed, Rhino hopes to officially announce the CD within the
Further details concerning the third album and
Go Simpsonic will be posted here as soon as they're
available. Stay tuned!
Castellaneta on Stage
By Jouni Paakkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org) - July 8, 1999
Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, Grampa,
Krusty, and many other popular Simpsons characters, is performing in his
one-man show in Los Angeles' Acme Theatre on Wednesday nights through
The show, entitled "Where did Vincent Van Gogh?" is written
by Castellaneta himself, and directed by Art Wolff. During his
90 minutes on stage, Castellaneta gets to play over 20 characters.
The narrator of the show is an alien who is trying on people's
personalities in the process of recruiting them from the doomed planet Earth.
The characters include a Billie Holiday impersonator, a ventriloquist's
dummy, and a schizophrenic Puerto Rican baseball player.
Dan Castellaneta has been a Simpsons cast member from
the very beginning. When the production of the early Simpsons
shorts was launched in 1987, he and Julie Kavner, who
both worked on "The Tracey Ullman Show", were asked to do the
voices of Homer and Marge Simpson in the forthcoming animated
interstitials. Both of them agreed and have been providing the familiar voices
ever since, although Castellaneta slightly changed the voice of Homer
in the beginning of the second season of "The Simpsons". He changed the
placement of the voice in order to get rid of the problems he had with certain
emotional registers and intonations with the old, low-key voice.
In addition to "The Simpsons", Castellaneta
has made brief appearances on other prime time series, such as
"Friends" and "L.A. Law", and is also known as the voice of
"Where Did Vincent Van Gogh?" Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at the
Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., through July 28. Tickets
$15. Phone (323) 655-8587.