“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for
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Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer. The expansive, new area within Universal Studios will be anchored by The Simpsons Ride, and will allow guests to enter the world of The Simpsons like never before. It will be the only place in the world where guests can walk the streets of Springfield. It will include a brand-new outdoor attraction, places and foods pulled right from the show and two new Simpsons characters who will make their debut with the new area – Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob.
Fans will be able to walk down Fast Food Boulevard and visit the places that helped Springfield stake its claim as “Shelbyville by the Sea.” They will be able to grab a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, snatch the catch of the day at the Frying Dutchman, get a slice at Luigi’s Pizza, go nuts for donuts at Lard Lad, enjoy a “Taco Fresho” with Bumblebee Man and imbibe at Moe’s Tavern. And yes – there will be Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando. The new attraction – called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl – will take “foolish humans” on an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit.
“This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” says Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. “For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television – and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.” For more information, visit universalorlando.com.
In a personal note today, NIGO, the founder of Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Apeaka Bape, announces his departure from the brand. In February 2011 news came out that NIGO had sold 90% of the Bape brand to Hong Kong’s I.T. After almost 20 successful years in the business, NIGO said at the time, that the business side of Bape had not been taken care of properly and therefore resulted in some financial difficulties and eventually in the sale.
After the sale NIGO still had a contract with Bape for design, marketing and creative direction and that contract is now concluded. After building the brand for 20 years (1993-2013), the founder is now out and it definitely marks the end of an era. NIGO goes on saying that he will be working as a freelance creator in many different fields going forward
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PUMA dug deep into their archive for the Stepper Classic Luxe from 1984. Reintroduced in a rich “Saturn” colorway, the mid-cut version of the Clyde is outfitted this season in premium leather with a contrasting camouflage insole. A rich suede collar gives the sneaker a distinct ankle line and an overall interesting silhouette slightly different from their classic Suede. Pick up your pair here
The prolific music and TV producer has inked a two-year first-look deal with the premium cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Under the pact, Simmons will create and develop projects for HBO.
The deal reunites him with the cabler that was home to Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. That series, which ran from 1992-97 and 2006-08, is credited with launching the careers of several notable African-American stand-up comedians.
For his part, the co-founder of Def Jam also executive produced two stand-up comedy series on Comedy Central in the past few years. He was an EP on MTV’s docuseries Daddy’s Girls and its spinoff, Run’s House.
Simmons created Def Jam Recordings in 1984, and in 2007, published the New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success. Simmons also founded GlobalGrind.com, an online website for entertainment news. His latest best-seller is Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All.
On the film side, Simmons also exec produced features Waist Deep, Lemon and The House I Live In.