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Yesterday when I posted the Guillermo Del Toro directed opening of The Simpsons‘ 24th annual Treehouse Of Horror halloween anthology series, I jokingly asked readers to try to spot all the movie, horror, sci-fi references and list them in the comments. Of course, no one took the time to try to do that. But thankfully a site called MoviePilot has attempted to do that for all of us lazy geeks. So now you can watch the opening with a spotlight on many, if not all, of the geeky references. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Guillermo Del Toro directed the opening of The Simpsons‘ 24th annual Treehouse Of Horror halloween anthology series. The three-minute long extended opening sequence is crammed full of movie references from the world of horror, sci-fi and even Del Toro’s own filmography. How many movie references can you spot? Watch the opening after the jump and leave your list in the comments below.

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The Simpsons Breaking Bad couch gag

Though The Simpsons continues to cement its place in TV history, it’s not really a show people talk about anymore. Sure, a steady stream of guest stars, both on-screen and behind the scenes, keeps the show in the press, and devoted fans still tune in. But the buzz of the ’90s, from story lines like “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” and through-the-roof ratings, is long gone.

Back in 2000 the show earned a blip of new attention for killing a series regular, Maude Flanders. Now, for the show’s record-setting 25th season, another Simpsons character will bite the dust. This one could be even more prominent.

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Lego Jurassic Park

Purchasing the Back to the Future Delorean Lego earlier this month made me feel 12 years old again. All of a sudden, I want to buy all these Legos. It’s not a good thing. Especially when Lego is more than happy to release an increasing number of awesome sets.

On the official front, the company recently announced that 2014 will bring a special set based on the hit TV show, The Simpsons. On the unofficial front, two very cool projects are up for consideration on Lego Cuusoo: the Hill Valley Courthouse from Back to the Future and the gate to Jurassic Park. See some images below. Read More »

Simpsons Springfield 4

One of the biggest mysteries in the long running history of The Simpsons is the location of Springfield, the characters’ hometown. While the show’s creators have given hints over the years, it’s safe to say that, as of last week, at least one version of Springfield is in Orlando, Florida.

For the past few months, Universal Studios Orlando has been slowly opening a whole new section to their park. (Yes, this in addition to Islands of Adventure and World of Harry Potter.) The new area is designed to look as close to Springfield as possible, including stores, locations and characters from the iconic hometown of The Simpsons. Last week, that expansion was finally completed as its the flagship ride, Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, opened its gates.

Below, see some photos and videos of not only that ride, but the entire Springfield, including Moe’s Tavern, the Duff Brewery, Lard Lad Donuts and much more. Read More »

Simpsons Raiders of Lost Ark

Over the past two decades Fox’s legendary animated series The Simpsons has experienced unprecedented success. One of the many reasons for that is, over the course of 500 plus episodes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. An example? A bevy of movie references litter many episodes, drawn from films news and old.

God bless the Internet because NextMovie has now created a supercut of every single movie reference in the first five seasons of The Simpsons. Only 20 more seasons to go! Read More »

Girl Meets World (1)

I suppose 32-year-old Ben Savage is technically old enough to have a 13-year-old daughter, but it still feels weird to see him playing the proud dad instead of the confused kid on Girl Meets World, doesn’t it? Also after the jump:

  • Darren Aronofsky and HBO ditch Michael Chabon‘s Hobgoblin
  • FX’s The Strain adds John Hurt; Liv Tyler is one of HBO’s Leftovers
  • Guillermo del Toro has guest directed something on The Simpsons
  • Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Sam MendesPenny Dreadful
  • Channing Tatum will produce a show by Pete from Happy Endings
  • Almost all of CBS‘s shows will premiere the week of September 22
  • Netflix will return to Eli Roth‘s Hemlock Grove for a second season
  • Charlie Sheen gets Selma Blair fired from Anger Management
  • Dan Harmon is sorry he said those mean things about Community Season 4
  • Girl Meets World is a go; see proud parents Cory and Topanga in new pics
  • Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are Masters of Sex in a new trailer

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Simpsons Springfield Orlando

Universal theme parks all over the globe have some impressive improvements happening soon, plus Disneyland reveals a brand new stage show. Read about the following in this edition of Theme Park Bits.

  • Universal Orlando is expanding its Springfield area around The Simpsons Ride with several iconic locations.
  • Another Universal Studio location will let you actually shoot zombies, as in Resident Evil.
  • Interactive, talking Transformers Optimus Prime and Megatron are now at Universal Hollywood.
  • Watch the full video of the brand new Disneyland stage show, Mickey and the Magical Map.

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