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 »
Almost like a kid trading baseball cards, Warner Bros. reportedly swapped Jason Voorhees and Eric Cartman for Christopher Nolan. Nolan’s next film, Interstellar, is set up at Paramount Pictures and will be co-produced by Warner Bros. Some insiders wondered how the rival studios came to an agreement over this massive movie and now, The Hollywood Reporter has the answer. Warner Bros. had to relinquish partial rights they held to a new Friday the 13th sequel, as well as a second South Park movie, to Paramount in order to get a piece of Nolan’s November 2014 sci-fi film.
The one catch is Paramount would have to make those sequels in the next five years or Warners gets their stake back. Read More »
Want to see an awesome new poster from Iron Man 3? What happened on the first day Ben Kingsley played The Mandarin? What’s the tone of The Wolverine? Where can you see The Batmobiles this weekend? Will Jessica Alba be ready for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For? Do the Chitauri speak and have something to say about the upcoming Marvel slate of films? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
With Men in Black 3 screening this week for early press, and the film opening on May 25, there are a few items related to the movie showing up now. So after the break, we’ve got two MIB clips, a bunch of great photos of the alien designs created by Rick Baker, and a pretty amusing reference that shows up in the film. Plus, just because we’re on the sci-fi angle, there’s a bit of incidental detail about the now-shooting Star Trek sequel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Last week, we reported on an as-yet-untitled documentary about South Park that would be airing on Comedy Central October 2, days ahead of the show’s October 5 return. We now have a bit more detail on what, exactly, the special will be about. According to Playbill (via Collider), the documentary will be:
an all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes world of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone at South Park Studios in Los Angeles through this special documentary, providing an exclusive, insiders look into the making of a ‘South Park’ episode.
The documentary is apparently part of a year-long celebration of the series to mark its 15th anniversary. Other components of the celebration include the “South Park Fan Experience” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, a traveling exhibit curated by artist Ron English, and limited-edition South Park-branded merchandise.
After the jump, lots of TV marketing: posters for Boardwalk Empire and Person of Interest, plus a poster and an intriguingly creepy teaser for American Horror Story.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The Animaniacs Revival Project, a group on Facebook devoted to trying to convince Warner Bros. to produce more episodes of the animated television show Animaniacs, have recreated the opening sequence of Animaniacs. Created using Flash 8, the sequence is re-animated in South Park’s cut-out style by UK animator “Dr. Toonhattan”. I use to love this show, but who didn’t? Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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