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Trivia

  • This episode aired in March 1995 to coincide with the premiere of The Critic on FOX. Matt Groening was against the idea of The Simpsons having a crossover with The Critic as the episode played out as an episode-long advertisement for the show. Groening removed his name from the beginning and end credits, making this the only episode (as of 2013) to not have Matt Groening credited.
  • Jon Lovitz speaks in the DVD commentary for the episode. He also talks about his one similarity with Jay Sherman: His testicular size.
  • A deleted scene shows the residents of Springfield Retirement Castle making a risqué movie titled What the Pool Boy Saw to enter in the Springfield Film Festival.
  • According to a security camera in the Kwik-E-Mart on Apu's video, the videos were made on July 22, 1994. Assuming all the films were shown the next day on July 23, 1994, then the skip to six months later would be on January 23, 1995, safely within original run of Season 6, although this episode aired on March 5, 1995.

Citations

  • The episode title references the 1976 Barbra Streisand film A Star Is Born.
  • At the beginning of Mr. Burns's first appearance in this episode, the Imperial March (AKA Darth Vader's Theme) from Star Wars is played. This is used as a piece of theme music for Burns throughout the series.
  • Burns says he wants Señor Spielbergo to do for him what Steven Spielberg did for Oskar Schindler, a reference to the 1993 film Schindler's List.
  • The desert sequence in Mr. Burns' film is a parody of Ben-Hur, although the line, "You truly are the King of Kings," may be a recasting of a similar line delivered by John Wayne in the movie King of Kings, where in a cameo as a centurion, he says, "Truly, this man was the Son of God."
  • Barney's film is (unfortunately) entitled Pukahontas, a pun on the 1995 Disney animated movie Pocahontas.
  • When Jay Sherman first comes into the Simpsons's house, Bart is watching a Flintstones-Jetsons crossover cartoon special (A parody of The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones). He criticizes the crossover special despite the episode being a crossover special itself.
  • Dr. Hibbert dressed up like Dr. Frank-e-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Moe played the character inspired by the Master of Ceremonies from movie Cabaret.
  • Jay Sherman was based on Roger Ebert.

Goofs

  • In the theatre during the show Dr. Hibbert is behind Homer wearing a suit, despite being in the Rocky Horror Picture Show costume just before.
  • In the theatre also, Reverand Lovejoy atypically wears a white shirt with a tie.
  • When Jay calls for a taxi his mouth does not move.
  • Mr. Burns bribed Quimby and Krusty, but didn't bother to bribe Homer, even though Homer is even his employee.
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