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Gone are the days when all we wanted to do is go trick or treating on Halloween. If you’re stuck for something to do then look no further because we’ve conjured up the top five events happening in Dublin around All Hallows’ Eve.

1: Halloween Roller Disco:

Get your skates on and spin around the dancefloor with Eleven from Stranger Things, Edward Scissorhands and Hermione Granger. 

The annual Halloween party will take place in Dublin’s only roller disco in Finches Business Park, Longmile Road on October 31. Make sure you wear your best costume (and not the backup one you got in Dealz) and you might be in with a chance of winning a fab prize.

Tickets cost €10 and are available to buy here.

2: Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Pub Quiz:

Watching the Halloween episodes of The Simpsons has become a ritual for us so what better way to test your knowledge than to take part in the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Pub Quiz.

There'll be costumes, episode screenings and top prizes on the night. Head down to Hely’s Bar on Dame Street on October 28 and celebrate the spookiest time of year with the best TV family.

Tickets cost €22 and are available to buy here.

3: The Great Gatsby Halloween Party:

Head back to the 1920s and 1930s and party in style like the great Jay Gatsby. Think of the flapper dresses, the fancy cocktails and the jazz music that will leave you twirling around the dancefloor all night.

You can enjoy a dinner and show for a mere €15 at this glorious event. 

If anyone needs us we’ll be hunting down the perfect flapper girl dress for this classy event.

Get your Gatsby on at the Purty Kitchen in Dun Laoghaire on October 28. Tickets are available to buy here.

4: Halloween Movie Screenings at the Lighthouse:

Our favourite cinema is screening some of the BEST Halloween movies this October and you just don’t want to miss them.

The Lighthouse Cinema will be showing everything from Hocus Pocus to The Blair Witch Project as we inch closer to Halloween. You can cosy up with some popcorn but make sure you hold on tight to it because some of these horrors will have you jumping out of your skin.

Click here for the full list of Halloween screenings and prices.

5: Heroes from Mars presents The Goblin King Masquerade Ball:

The Grand Social have knocked it out of the park again with this event.

The Goblin King Masquerade Ball celebrates the best of the late David Bowie. You can strut around to his biggest hits like Let’s Dance and Ashes to Ashes, as well as hits from Labyrinth, on the night of October 28.

Fancy dress isn’t essential but c’mon it’s Halloween and Bowie is a fashion icon. You just can’t miss this night celebrating the Goblin King himself.

Tickets cost €13.72 and are available to buy here.

We've never been so excited for Halloween in the Big Smoke. There are so many spooktacular events happening.

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It's safe to say Ed Sheeran had a pretty successful 2017.

The singer released yet another critically acclaimed album, appeared in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, and even claimed the coveted Christmas number one with his single Perfect.

The 26-year-old is going from strength to strength and it doesn't look like he's going to slow down any time soon.

 

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In July of last year, the flamed headed singer confirmed that he would be appearing as a special guest star in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, and now the first teaser clip has finally been released.

Ed plays the role of Brendan, a brooding musician and Lisa Simpson's love interest.

In the clip, his character can been seen playing the piano while Lisa accompanies him on saxophone, though she doesn't seem too impressed with skills.

“You didn’t applaud?,” an offended Brendan asks Lisa.

The episode will reportedly tells the story of a love triangle between Brendan, Lisa and Nelson Muntz, as the boys compete for her affection.

“He keeps alternating [between], ‘You’re not that great, but you could be fantastic,’ and she keeps falling for him because of his talent”, Simpsons producer Al Jean previously explained.

The full episode is set to air on FOX on Sunday, January 7.

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It's easily one of the most recognisable theme tunes of all time, but unfortunately the man responsible for creating the iconic Simpsons opener is being forced to say goodbye to the show.

After 27 years with the animation, Alf Clausen has been fired, with the composer himself confirming the news on Twitter.

Sharing a link to a Variety article, Alf, who won two Emmys during his time with the show, wrote: "Thank you for all the support… unfortunately the news is true…"

Over the course of 27 years, Alf scored more than 500 episodes of the animation, with his last complete score featuring on season 28's finale episode.

Some reports have suggested that the decision to let Alf go came as result of cost-cutting measures, while others claim that he was told by producer, Richard Sakai, that the decision was due to the production team's desire for a 'different kind of music."

From See My Vest to The Stonecutter's Song, there are few die-hard Simpsons fans who wouldn't be able to belt out a lyric or two.

And with that in mind, here is one of our favourites…

 

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After his cameo appearance on the new season of Game of Thrones, Ed Sheeran is clearly not shy when it comes to TV.

The singing star is reported to be stepping into another role on a beloved TV show, but this time of the animated variety. 

Ed has taken to Instagram to confirm rumours that he will be appearing in a special episode of The Simpsons. 

 

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The star will be playing Lisa Simpson's love interest, a slightly older musician called Brendan. 

The role will dominate a special singing episode of the show in the 29th season titled Haw Haw Land, a joke version of La La Land. 

 

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Ed has always been a big fan of the show, so producers jumped at the chance to have him voice a part. 

'We had a perfect part for him,' executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly. 

'So we said, "Oh, great, we’ll have him do this!" And we recorded him over the phone from England.'

We're so exciting for this upcoming episode!

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We spent many nights staying in watching The Simpsons back in the day, and even now it's probably one of our favourite TV shows.

Korean beauty brand, The Face Shop, has just released a Simpsons-themed face collection and it looks pretty slick.

 

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In the mix is face masks, hand cream, hydrating sun cream, deodorant, tanning oil, and even hair removal cream.

The Face Shop Simpsons collection isn’t technically available outside of Korea yet, but some items have made it onto Amazon with prices starting at €7. 

 

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We're just hoping the tanning oil doesn't turn us yellow…

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Count Dublin lucky, because it has been chosen as one of three citites to host an inflatable Moe's Tavern.

Yep, The Simpsons are coming to Dublin next month to launch the inflatable pub, which is only open in London and LA.

However, it's no wonder it's coming to Dublin, since Inflatable Pubs Global, the company running the launch, is Irish-owned.

Owner of the company, Lisa McMahon said of Moe's Tavern: "Effectively it is like a blow up marquee, and made from the same material as a bouncy castle, but the interior will be an exact replica of the one in the Simpsons 

"We are even hoping to be able to import and provide Duff beer like Homer drinks.

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"We have done an inflatable Queen Vic for an EastEnders fan, and we can do The Rovers Return from Coronation Street or McCoys from Fair City, or even the ‘local’ from back home for emigrants.

"Next on the list is the Nags Head from only Fools and Horses!"

The location and details of the launch are still under wraps, but you can find out more info here.

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The University Of Glasgow is about to turn one of the world's most beloved cartoon characters into an official university course.

Homer Simpson is the inspiration behind a brand new philosophy course, which is set to examine the philosophical content behind the show.

The university will probe the wisdom of Homer Simpson and his family alongside the works of great thinkers like Socrates and Aristotle.

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The Daily Record reports that the University Of Glasgow is offering a new course called ‘D’oh! The Simpsons Introduce Philosophy’, taught by university tutor and philosophy fanatic John Donaldson.

"Matt Groening, the man behind The Simpsons, was a student of philosophy, and that comes through in each episode" Professor Donaldson told the Daily Mail. 

"The Simpsons is a very sophisticated work of popular culture, with a broad scope and depth, and is full of philosophical themes."

The day course, which is scheduled for January 14, costs €35, and offers it's students a masters doh'gree in The Simpsons philosophy on completion. 

The news of the course comes after The Simpsons essentially broke the internet when it came to light that they had predicted the presidency of Donald Trump, along with predicting the spread of the Ebola virus and 9/11.

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Comedy writer Kevin Curran has passed away at the age of 59 after a long illness.

Kevin spent 15 years working on The Simpsons and is known for writing some of the best one-liners on the cartoon.

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He joined the show in 2001 as a writer but in recent years moved on to being a co-executive producer. 

Kevin also won three Emmy Awards during his time working on the cartoon.

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He will be missed by his son and daughter, and former partner, Helen Fielding, who is the creator of Bridget Jones.

Rest in peace, Kevin.

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The Simpsons is still one of our all-round favourite TV shows, and we love when it has celebs guest star on episodes.

And the latest star to show her face, or erm, voice, on the comedy series is none other than Amy Schumer.

And she won't only appear on The Simpsons, but Family Guy and Bob's Burgers too.

Her role in the latter two will be pretty small, but it seems like she's going to have quite a defining storyline in Springfield.

The show's executive producer Al Jean told Vanity Fair: “We said a good character for our plot would be that she’s Burns’s mother in the past and kind of the source of this unhappiness that he has that’s haunted him to the present.”

Yep, so not only will she appear in white and black flashbacks but she'll also be Burns' MOTHER.

Now that's a twist.

You can catch the episode this tomorrow night on Sky.

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You really know you've made it when you get to guest star on The Simpsons, right?

Well, in that case, creator and star of hit show Girls, Lena Dunham, has well and truly hit the big time!

Yes, the fabulous Lena has been offered a guest appearance on the long-running show and has, unsurprisingly, jumped at the chance.

28-year-old Lena will play Candace, a pharmacist treating Homer for narcolepsy, who suddenly finds herself the object of his affections.

The show's executive producer, Al Jean, chatted about the exciting collaboration and revealed that while Lena won't be playing herself or Hanna, her character in Girls, we may be familiar with the type of character she will be voicing. 

He gave us an idea of what to expect, saying: "That funny, intellectual, slightly awkward, endearing tone that everybody's familiar with."

The unbelievably talented Lena will be starring in the premiere of the show's 27th season, in an episode called Every Man's Dream.

We can't wait!

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Today is the 25th anniversary of everyone's favourite cartoon, The Simpsons!

To celebrate, we had a look at five of the most underrated characters ever:

1. Tall man
Anyone who puts Nelson in his place is fine by us

2. Hans Moleman
Hans is actually only 31-years-old, and has aged due to drinking. So if that doesn't put you off your 12 pubs…

3. Brandine Spuckler
For someone who's had a rumoured fifty children, she doesn't look half bad

4. Jessica Lovejoy
Voiced by Meryl Streep. That is all. 

5. Disco Stu
Keepin' Disco alive since 1989

 

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Our new daily Fashion TV show 'The Style Show' delivers your daily dose of fabulous fashion! In today's segment "The Fashion Report", our reporter Emma Power gives you your weekly fix of fashion news and gossip! In this week's installment we're looking at DKNY's latest celebrity collaboration, the latest TV inspired fashion line and much more! Watch the video above to get the lowdown.

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