Dueling premieres this Thursday night, as The Simpsons Movie came to Springfield.
At the Campbell 16, devoted fans got a day-before look, while local celebs and media types caught the movie at the Springfield 8. What we saw at the latter screening:
•Liz Delany, better-looking half of the Kevin & Liz morning show on Alice @ 95.5, spilling popcorn (but then cleaning it up as only a Mom can).
•Annie Busch, head of the Springfield-Greene County Library, graciously accepting deserved compliments for her star turn in Springfield's video entry for the Fox contest. Busch was great. The rest of the local entry is best summed up by one local media type: Worst. Episode. Ever.
•A reporter from radio station KTTS trying to interview people waiting to watch the movie. Too bad she asked Dave Hines, program director of radio station US 97. He was good enough to tell her not to waste her time or batteries.
•Speaking of US 97 -- no Spankmeister on hand to liven up the festivities.
•The Springfield 8 screening was held in a too-big room. A couple hundred people in a room meant for twice as many bodies made turnout seem dissatisfying.
Oh yeah -- the movie. Worth the wait. Marge says "goddamn." Applause at the end. Smiling faces. And the commemorative poster is definitely a keeper.