Actor plays MacBeth as Homer Simpson

Actor plays MacBeth as Homer Simpson

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- "MacHomer," Rick Miller's touring one-man stage show, is an adaptation of the drama "MacBeth" as played by characters from U.S. television's "The Simpsons."
'Simpsons' ride opens at Universal Orlando

'Simpsons' ride opens at Universal Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla., May 15 (UPI) -- "The Simpsons Ride," based on the long-running animated television series, officially opened Thursday at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 15, 2008.
By United Press International

TV, film assistants join WGA picket line

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- More than 250 film and TV assistants joined the Writers Guild of America picket line outside of 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles Monday.

'Simpsons' Moe based on Rich Hall

LONDON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Rich Hall claims "The Simpsons" character Moe is based on him.

Homer Simpson makes Oxford quote book

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Words of wisdom from Hollywood cartoon character Homer Simpson have made it into a new Oxford dictionary of quotations, The Sun newspaper said Wednesday.

Cowabonga, dudes! 'Simpsons' No. 1

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- "The Simpsons Movie," the long-awaited film treatment of the long-running animated TV series, zoomed into first place in U.S. movie theaters this weekend.

Vt. town celebrates 'Simpsons' premiere

SPRINGFIELD, Vt., July 22 (UPI) -- Springfield, Vt., this weekend celebrated the upcoming premiere of "The Simpsons Movie."

D'oh! Simpsons part of Universal park

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 24 (UPI) -- The Simpsons, the most recognizable cartoon family of fictional Springfield, USA, now are part of the Universal family of U.S. theme parks.

Oh, Springfield, where art thou?

SPRINGFIELD, Ore., March 8 (UPI) -- The Simpsons animated movie will premiere this summer in one of the U.S. Springfields scattered nationwide and boosters in Oregon hope their Springfield wins.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007.
By United Press International

Trailer for 'Simpsons' movie set to debut

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The highly anticipated trailer for the Hollywood adaptation of "The Simpsons" TV series has been scheduled to debut on Fox.

Webbys signal changes in Internet

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- You know you're at the Webby Awards, when winners and nominees armed with their digital camera, camera phone, Palm Pilot camera, and other electronic recording device are crowded around the stage trying to take a photo of Prince.
STOKELY BAKSH, UPI Technology Correspondent

MySpace, Google among '06 Webby winners

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- The winners of the 10th Annual Webby Awards were announced Tuesday; among them were Myspace.com, The Onion, Google, and the BBC.
STOKELY BAKSH, UPI Technology Correspondent

2006 Webby Awards nominees released

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Best in blogs and podcasts will be decided at this year's 10th Annual Webby Awards on May 9.
STOKELY BAKSH, UPI Technology Correspondent
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Matt Groening
Creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening signs a poster at the unveiling of the new "The Simpsons" U.S. postage stamps in Los Angeles May 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening (pronounced /ˈɡreɪnɪŋ/ GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons and Futurama.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. The cartoon is still carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, The Simpsons, and named the members after his own parents and sisters — while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series: The Simpsons, which has since aired over 450 episodes. In 1997, Groening, along with former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen, developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999. After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox in 2003, but Comedy Central commissioned 16 new episodes from four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. Then, in June 2009, Comedy Central ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, to be aired over two seasons.

Groening has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and one for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell.

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