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During their CinemaCon presentation tonight, Universal dropped some major casting news for their upcoming Illumination Entertainment projects. First off, Benedict Cumberbatch has been set to voice the Grinch in the upcoming animated feature How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which is coming in 2017. And South Park’s Trey Parker has joined the voice cast of Despicable Me 3, as new plot details spill out about the movie.  Read More »

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If the foul-mouthed antics of South Park haven’t gotten old for you after 18 years, then you’ll be happy to know that Comedy Central just solidified a deal for more craziness from the small Colorado mountain town.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have just struck a new deal with Comedy Central to have South Park renewed for three more seasons, each with 10 episodes. And the network’s deal with Hulu to stream all the episodes, new and old, has just been extended as well. Find out more about the South Park renewal after the jump! Read More »

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Among the many unique qualities of Matt Stone and Trey Parker‘s long-running show South Park is that the two and their crew create each episode on a very tight schedule; for years each one has gone into production only a week before it airs. This means that South Park is always current, and can react very quickly to events in politics and pop culture.

That also means that episodes are usually delivered right at the last minute. And so when bad luck collides with the post-production schedule, as happened this week, an episode may not make the delivery deadline. Amazingly this has never happened until now, but tonight there won’t be a new South Park episode as a three-hour power outage prevented the completion of the latest episode. Read More »

One of the great goals for many media creators is financial independence. There’s no greater freedom than that obtained when you’re able to call all the shots on your own work. South Park and The Book of Mormon creatures Trey Parker and Matt Stone have now taken a big step towards that freedom.

Parker and Stone are launching Important Studios, with a capitalization of about $300 million. The intent is to created television, movie, and theater projects — and one of those projects is likely to be the big-screen version of The Book of Mormon. Read More »

Given Matt Stone and Trey Parker‘s experience as TV- and movie-makers, it seems inevitable that their first stage musical (with Robert LopezThe Book of Mormon will get turned into a film at some point. Especially given that it’s now a bona fide hit. The show picked up an impressive nine Tonys at the 2011 ceremonies, including Best Musical, and has proved popular enough to spawn a North American tour and upcoming produtions in Chicago and London.

But months after the play’s March 2011 debut, Stone and Parker were emphasizing that though they might want to do a movie “in several years,” nothing was in development at that moment. A year later, it seems not much has changed. In fact, Parker says they “don’t talk about it too much right now.” If and when adaptation gets going, though, the pair are certain they’ll want to direct it themselves. Read their comments after the jump.

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We’ve got a lot of the usual news bits about casting, renewals, and so on in today’s TV Bits, but first, don’t you want to read about a possible racial slur in a decades-old episode of Fraggle Rock?

After the jump:

  • A Texas man reports an offensive slur in a 1984 episode of Fraggle Rock
  • Fox’s J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz changes showrunners
  • NBC picks up Bryan Fuller’s The Munsters pilot
  • Comedy Central renews South Park for like the next million* seasons
  • Becki Newton heads to CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
  • Lone Star actor James Wolk lands on ABC’s Happy Endings

* And by “million,” I mean “five.”

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Fifteen years into the lifespan of South Park and the show is still going strong. Or it is going full-bore, anyway; whether it is as strong as in seasons past is a regularly debated topic. Regardless, South Park still has the power to shock and amuse as it kicks sand in the face of popular American culture and life, and there’s a lot to be said for that.

Remarkably, the fifteen seasons have all been shepherded by creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who continue to write, direct and voice each episode. Even more wild: as many know, those episodes are produced in the time span of only one week. The fast turnaround is a big part of what makes South Park such a quick responder to public events, and sometimes a shaper of public opinion.

On October 9, Comedy Central will air the documentary 6 Days to Air, which looks at the behind the scenes details of creating the show. The trailer for that is below, and as a bonus you can see Parker and Stone’s recent 60 Minutes appearance, in which they discuss their partnership, the show and their mega-hit Broadway outing, The Book of Mormon. Read More »

Well, we did warn you it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. Not long ago, we reported on an eventual feature film adaptation of The Book of Mormon, the award-winning Broadway musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Avenue Q co-writer Robert Lopez. At the time, we wrote that the movie was still several years away, but now it sounds even less solid than that. Stone and Parker have since clarified their statements, saying that the theoretical movie is not even in development at this point.

The hit show centers around two Mormon missionaries (currently played by Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells) who find themselves out of their depth when they’re sent to do God’s work in Uganda. More details after the jump.

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A ‘Book of Mormon’ Movie is Coming… Eventually

When The Book of Mormon opened on Broadway this year, it was one of the most highly anticipated musicals in recent memory. The combination of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-writer Robert Lopez guaranteed a sharp, irreverent sense of humor, with Lopez’ involvement suggesting strong musical numbers as well. And when the show finally opened, it managed to exceed those sky-high expectations, raking in nine awards including Best Musical at this year’s Tonys.

So it should come as no huge surprise that Hollywood vets Parker and Stone are already planning a big-screen adaptation of their hit production, though fans may be disappointed to learn that the movie version is still a ways off. Read more after the jump.

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