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Chip R
03-09-2007, 02:51 PM
Springfields battle it out for 'Simpsons' premiere

SPRINGFIELD, Oregon (AP) -- Springfield, the Oregon one, is on a list of like-named towns competing for the big-screen debut of Homer, Bart and the rest of the TV Simpson family this summer.

City officials accepted an invitation from 20th Century Fox to compete for the honor of hosting the premiere screening of "The Simpsons Movie" in July.

Fox publicist Gwyne Ortiz said Fox has asked 16 Springfields from Oregon to Massachusetts to participate.

Fox will pick the winner after reviewing short film entries showcasing the community's positive aspects and links to the Simpsons, who live in their own fictional Springfield.

The prime-time animated series created by Oregon-born Matt Groening is now in its 18th season.

"There's plenty of serious issues to talk about, but this is something that we might as well try to have a little fun with," Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken told the Register-Guard newspaper.

Newsweek once called the Simpsons' Springfield "America's Crud Bucket," hardly an honor worth fighting over.

The cartoon Springfield has a nuclear power plant and several prisons, amenities Oregon's Springfield lacks.

Groening has said he chose "Springfield" because it's one of the more common city names in the United States.

pedro
03-09-2007, 02:57 PM
I have some friends that live in Springfield, Oregon. I'm surprised they even have a movie theater there.

westofyou
03-09-2007, 03:03 PM
I have some friends that live in Springfield, Oregon. I'm surprised they even have a movie theater there.

That's were Keasy is from.

RichRed
03-09-2007, 03:27 PM
I'm ok as long as those jerks from Shelbyville, TX don't get it.

Joseph
03-09-2007, 03:59 PM
There's a Springfield and Shelbyville near one another here in Kentucky, I think that should seal the deal.

Johnny Footstool
03-09-2007, 04:09 PM
There's a Springfield and Shelbyville near one another here in Kentucky, I think that should seal the deal.

The Simpsons "Behind the Laughter" episode referred to them as a "Northern Kentucky family."

Hoosier Red
03-09-2007, 04:23 PM
The Simpsons "Behind the Laughter" episode referred to them as a "Northern Kentucky family."

Best episode ever.

pedro
03-09-2007, 08:33 PM
There's a Springfield and Shelbyville near one another here in Kentucky, I think that should seal the deal.


Not to mention it is just down the road from Simpsonville

guttle11
03-09-2007, 08:52 PM
Best episode ever.

"Fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug were the drugs."

cincinnati chili
03-10-2007, 03:09 AM
The Peter Pan Bus terminal in Springfield, Mass. is one of the scariest places on earth after dark.

Nothing in Cincinnati --not exactly a safe city-- comes close

Eric in IL
03-11-2007, 12:33 AM
There is a Shelbyville, IL also not far from Springfield, IL. Just goes to show how ingenious Groening was in having the show set in just "Springfield."