Simpsons voiceless

From AP via various outlets last week —

The actors who give voice to Homer, Marge and other characters on “The Simpsons” reportedly skipped work on Fox’s animated series as contract renewal talks hit an impasse.

Each cast member is seeking about $360,000 an episode, or $8 million for the 22-episode, 2004-05 season, the trade paper Daily Variety said Thursday, citing unidentified sources.

The actors currently earn $125,000 an episode, Variety said.

The contract dispute involves Dan Castellaneta (Homer); Julie Kavner (Marge); Hank Azaria (Moe, Apu and others); Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns and others); Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart), the paper said.