Entries in Springfield (3)


Brad Pitt’s Lookalike Brother Takes on New Role

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brad Pitt’s look alike brother, Doug Pitt, is stepping out of the shadow of his famous older sibling with a new video for Virgin Mobile.

In the video, made for Australia as part of Virgin Mobile’s new social media campaign, Doug spoofs his ordinary life in Missouri by taking viewers on a tour of his home.

“This is Doug Pitt,” the video begins. “The second-most-famous Pitt in his family.”

Though he’s unlikely to surpass his brother’s fame, Doug has certainly raised his profile with the video, which has gone viral.

It’s his first celebrity endorsement, but Doug has been in the spotlight before, most recently in 2004 for the premiere of Ocean’s Twelve in which he accompanied his big brother and stunned fans with their uncanny likeness.

Doug has said he gets mistaken for Brad at least three times a week.

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In the video, he shows off some of that Pitt humor.

“This is the family living room, where I usually don’t get to pick what’s on the TV,” Doug deadpans, adding that his wife and kids rule that domain.

Moving on to his “man room,” he taps his foot to music blaring through a set of chunky headphones and explains, “My family doesn’t have my appreciation for classic ’70s rock.”

In the kitchen, where he considers himself “a little bit of a gourmet,” he dons an apron and chops vegetables for a lasagna. Then he goes on about the brilliant features of his printer/scanner in his home office.

Finally,  he professes his love of  ”all sports” and is shown building a bird house in his tool shed and later shooting for a basketball hoop in his driveway, and missing.

Off camera, Brad’s younger sibling is the owner of ServiceWorld Computer Center in Springfield, Mo., where he lives with his family.

“His brother lives the life of a Hollywood A-lister. Doug’s life is a little different,” the video concludes as it shows Doug brushing his teeth.

To give Doug “a taste of his brother’s lifestyle,” the campaign asks viewers to go to a Virgin Mobile website and show Doug some “like.”

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Simpsons Creator: I Never Said Show Is Set in Oregon

Fox/TCFFC(LOS ANGELES) -- Homer Simpson and his family live in Springfield, but they do not live in Oregon.

Earlier this week, the Smithsonian Magazine published an interview in which Simpsons creator Matt Groening says he named Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s hometown after Springfield, Oregon. His comments caused confusion among some media outlets, which reported that he said the fictional Springfield is located in his native Oregon.

That is not the case, according to Groening, who has famously kept secret the state where his show is set for over two decades. He tells TV Guide, “I never said Springfield was in Oregon.” He jokingly adds, “I said Springfield was the name of my sled.”

Executive producer Al Jean provides further clarification to TV Guide, saying, “He was inspired by growing up in Portland, but it’s really an every town. It’s really funny. Matt grew up in Oregon and parts of The Simpsons were definitely inspired by his childhood. But there is no specific state that Springfield is in, and we will never reveal that secret…except this coming Sunday at 8.”

Oh, and don’t tune in to The Simpsons on Fox this Sunday expecting to learn where Springfield is really located — Jean was just kidding around.

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‘Simpsons’ Creator Reveals Town that Inspired Springfield

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After keeping fans in the dark for nearly 25 years, Simpsons creator Matt Groening has finally revealed the inspiration for the town where the show takes place.

In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, Groening said the fictional Springfield that’s home to The Simpsons was named after Springfield, Ore.

“The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show Father Knows Best took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown,” Groening said. “When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.’ And they do.”

As for why he never said the show’s Springfield was named after the small Oregon town, Groening said, “I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know? Whenever people say it’s Springfield, Ohio, or Springfield, Massachusetts, or Springfield, wherever, I always go, ‘Yup, that’s right.’”

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