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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to Cameo on 'The Simpsons' 500th Episode

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2012 at 4:17PM

Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks fame, will guest star on "The Simpsons." He will appear as himself in the long-running show's 500th episode, airing February 19.
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Assange guest on Simpsons

Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks fame, will guest star on "The Simpsons." He will appear as himself in the long-running show's 500th episode, airing February 19.

According to EW, the episode's plot goes like this: "Homer and Marge discover that the residents of Springfield are holding a secret town meeting to kick them out of Springfield for all of their shenanigans over the years. As a result, 'the Simpsons go off the grid to this very rugged place where they meet [Assange], who's sort of their new Flanders,' explains [exec producer Al] Jean. And how exactly is he like pious neighbor Ned? 'Well, he lives next door,' quips Jean. 'The similarities end there… He invites them over for a home movie and it's an Afghan wedding being bombed.'"

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.