Fact: The Simpsons star Bart Simpson is set to be killed off in the longrunning cartoon's forthcoming Halloween special. Executive producer Al Jean reveals Sideshow Bob will finally achieve what he's been trying to do since an episode in 1990, when the troublesome skateboarder exposed the Springfield villain's plot to frame Krusty the Clown for robbery, reports Entertainment Weekly. However, Bart's death on the annual Treehouse of Horror episode won't impact the future of the show - he'll be brought back to life for subsequent adventures with his family.
Fact: Girls creator and star Lena Dunham has been cast as Homer Simpson's mistress in The Simpsons. The writer/actress will voice the role of Candace in the upcoming season 27 premiere, during which cartoon dad Homer strikes up a romance with a 20-something woman during a trial separation from his wife Marge.
Fact: Virgin boss Richard Branson is to play himself in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. The animated Branson will play show regular Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbour. The entrepreneur will join the likes of Sarah Silverman, David Hyde Pierce, Willem Dafoe and Jane Fonda among those who will appear in cartoon form for the upcoming 26th season of the show.
Fact: Cartoon characters The Simpsons have landed their own make-up collection thanks to a deal with beauty giant Mac. Family matriarch Marge Simpson has inspired the creation of a 10-piece range, which will go on sale for just one day during the San Diego Comic-Con event in California later this month (Jul14), before hitting retailers later this summer (14).
Fact: The Simpsons have caught the Lego bug - the all-yellow cartoon family will be turned into Lego pieces for the 550th episode of the cult show, which will air in America in May (14). The news comes as The Lego Movie scores a second week at the top of the U.S. box office.
Quote: "I recorded an episode of The Simpsons, and that was such an incredible life dream for me that I had kind of lost sight of. For a couple of decades, I've been ape-s**t about that show, and I thought, 'It would be so amazing to be on that show, but that could never possibly happen,' and today it happened, and I was incredibly on cloud nine." Actor Nick Offerman has fulfilled a life-long dream of filming a guest-spot on U.S. animated series The Simpsons.
Fact: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has landed a cameo spot on long-running animated hit The Simpsons. The Newsroom creator will be among the celebrity voices appearing in 25th episode of the 25th season of show next year (13).
Fact: Actress Zooey Deschanel is getting animated for the new season premiere of The Simpsons. The New Girl star will voice Bart Simpson's long-lost love, Mary Spuckler, in the Moonshine River episode, which will air in America on Sunday (30Sep12).
Fact: Comedienne Tina Fey has signed on to play a mean substitute teacher on The Simpsons. The 30 Rock will voice the character Ms. Cantwell, who makes an enemy of Lisa Simpson in an episode to air in America next spring (13).
Fact: The Simpsons regular Harry Shearer has recruited jazz and blues great DR. John and Glee star Jane Lynch for tracks on his new album Can't Take a Hint. The album also features guest spots from Jamie Cullum and Toto star Steve Lukather.
Fact: The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will celebrate the 500th episode of his hit cartoon series on St. Valentine's Day (14Feb12) by unveiling a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Simpsons stars Hank Azaria and Yeardley Smith will pay tribute to the animator, whose star will be the 2,459th on the famous sidewalk.
Fact: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to appear as a character in an episode of The Simpsons next month (Feb12). Assange has already voiced his lines for the show, in which his character is a new neighbour of the dysfunctional cartoon family.
Fact: The Simpsons' bar owner Moe has bought Homer's home! Hank Azaria, who voices Moe in the cartoon hit - among other voices, is the new owner of Dan Castellaneta's Pacific Palisades, California home. Castellaneta is the voice of Homer Simpson on the show.
Fact: Actress America Ferrera, director Jason Reitman and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening are among the famous faces who will act as jury members at Robert Redford's 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, which kicks off on 20 January (11).
Fact: Longtime The Simpsons writer MIKE SCULLY was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Writers Guild of America West on Wednesday night (17Nov10) at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Scully has been sharing his humour on the hit cartoon for 17 years.
Fact: Beloved TV cartoon The Simpsons will continue providing laughs for months to come - network bosses at Fox have renewed the series for its 23rd season. The hit animated show first premiered in 1989 and has become the longest-running comedy in TV history.
Quote: "I've loved the show since it started - this is one of the central pillars of modern culture." Hugh Laurie is thrilled by the prospect he's about to become a character on hit animated show The Simpsons.
Fact: British graffiti artist Banksy has made his mark on The Simpsons - by reworking the long-running U.S. cartoon's introduction. The minute-long sequence, which depicts sweatshop staff producing Simpsons merchandise, marks the first time an artist has been invited to storyboard part of the show.
Quote: "It's weird that I can talk about popping up in The Simpsons so casually. When I first got into comedy someone asked me what my ultimate ambition was. I said, 'To get a joke on The Simpsons'. I have been a very lucky boy indeed." Ricky Gervais can't believe his luck at landing a second cameo appearance in THE SIMPSONS.
Quote: "I can't draw The Simpsons strictly to template. If I walked into The Simpsons animation studio in disguise and took the test, they wouldn't hire me. There are now rules to drawing The Simpsons, but I don't actually draw that way. I don't know if Bart has nine points of hair or whatever." THE SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening is out of practice.
Fact: Fans of The Simpsons have been asked to create a new character for the hit cartoon. The show's website is asking the public to come up with a name, catchphrase and description of the role to air in an episode in January (10).
Fact: The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is set to curate Britain's All Tomorrow's Parties music festival next year (10). The cartoonist will be responsible for selecting the entire line-up for the event, which will take place in Minehead, England in May (10).
Fact: The Simpsons matriarch MARGE is to bare all for a three-page pictorial in Playboy magazine. The yellow cartoon character will appear 'naked' on the November (09) cover of the men's publication
Fact: Memorabilia from TV shows The Simpsons and Family Guy is going under the hammer for charity. Actor Hank Azaria's sale, on internet auction website eBay, includes the chance to receive a personalised voicemail message from a Simpsons character. Proceeds will go to Determined to Succeed, which aids needy students in Los Angeles.
Quote: "When I found out that they wanted me to come and do a voice I flipped out. It might be one of the most - if not the most - exciting things that's ever happened to me." Anne Hathaway is delighted to be voicing a new character on The Simpsons. The actress will play Bart's crush Jenny.
Fact: The Simpsons are to be honoured by the U.S. Postal service with their own commemorative stamps to celebrate the comedys 20th year anniversary. The stamps will be designed by the shows creator Matt Groening.
Fact: Animated show The Simpsons has been commissioned to run for two more seasons, meaning the comedy will overtake 1970s hit GUNSMOKE as the longest running prime-time U.S. TV series of all time.
Fact: Hit cartoon The Simpsons will become the longest-running series in U.S. primetime TV history after being picked up by the Fox network for another two seasons. The show will overtake 1950s programme Gunsmoke, which ran for 20 years, to become the new record holder. The Simpsons debuted in 1990.
Fact: Opening credits to animated series The Simpsons have been permanently altered for the first time since the U.S. show began airing in 1989. The new sequence, marking the first episode of the show to air in high-definition, shows the cartoon characters chasing their couch into outer space as it takes on a life of its own.
Fact: Jodie Foster and Anne Hathaway have become the latest big names to join the cast of cartoon series The Simpsons. The actresses' voices will be heard in upcoming episodes of the hit show - Foster will play Maggie, the family's baby, as a grown-up, while Hathaway will portray Bart Simpson's girlfriend.
Fact: Homer Simpson is to undergo a colonoscopy in a skit to raise money for the Stand Up To Cancer charity. The sketch, in which doctors scan The Simpsons character's bowels and see his wedding ring, is due to air on ABC, CBS and NBC on 5 September (08).
Quote: "I had no damage to my home and I felt that when you love a city, you don't walk away from it at a time when it's battered and bruised; you help to bring it back to good shape." THIS IS... Spinal Tap and The Simpsons star Harry Shearer on his decision to stay in his beloved New Orleans, Louisiana after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.
Quote: "This was definitely the first time I have waited in line for 15 minutes to shop at a 7-Eleven and it was totally worth it." Former Blink-182 star and The Simpsons superfan MARK HOPPUS on visiting the Los Angeles 7-Eleven store which has been turned into a Kwik-E-Mart to promote the upcoming Simpsons movie. Kwik-E-Mart is the name of the fictional convenience store on the cartoon series.
Fact: The 400th episode of beloved cartoon series The Simpsons will air in America next month (MAY07).
Quote: "Every once in a while somebody will say, 'Will you do Mr Burns for my answering machine?', and I just reply, 'If I did that for you, that's all I'd ever be doing.' And they understand." Harry Shearer, the voice of The Simpsons' MR BURNS, politely deflects voiceover requests.
Quote: <p>"We asked (the audience) for names at a show. A kid yelled 'Fall Out Boy,' (which is) BART's alter-ego on The Simpsons. It just stuck." FALL OUT BOY member PETE WENZ explains how the band got its unusual name. </p>
Fact: <p>Cult cartoon series The Simpsons will be treating fans with a Nativity Christmas special - BART will play the baby JESUS, LISA will appear as the ANGEL GABRIEL and HOMER and MARGE feature as JOSEPH and MARY. </p>