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North Korea Files Un Complaint Over The Interview

49 minutes ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s safe to say that The Interview was never going to do big box office in North Korea. The upcoming comedy – written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Dan Sterling – features a plot centred around an attempt to assassinate the country’s current leader, Kim Jong-un. North Korea has been increasingly vocal in their opposition to the film, and have now filed an official letter of complaint with the United Nations.

In the film, Seth Rogen stars as a TV journalist, whose producer is played by James Franco. On discovering that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, is an avid viewer of their show, they manage to arrange an interview with him, in an attempt to improve their shambolic status within the journalistic world. Their plan is soon hijacked by the CIA, however, when they recruit the two to assassinate Kim Jong-un. As with their previous film – This Is The End »

- Sarah Myles

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5 Brilliant Spoofs of the Opening to Game of Thrones

24 June 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Simon Columb with five brilliant spoofs of the opening to Game of Thrones….

It’s been over a week since the Season Four finale of Game of Thrones. Heads were crushed, hearts were broken and incest, sex and violence was again on the agenda amongst the action this season. But the opening credits has become something iconic – even Today at Wimbledon seems to owe a debt to the stylish opener. Each week, with baited breath, we wait to see the if a new location has been added (Braavos and Meereen both new this year) and then react accordingly when it doesn’t appear in the episode.

But the change in design and excitement in the opening credits alone has spread on the world wide web, as accomplished graphic artists create their own parodies of the titles. Here are five that stand out…

 

5. South Park  - Not as complicated perhaps, and »

- Simon Columb

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'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut' co-songwriter Marc Shaiman shares the stories behind every song

20 June 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

June 30 marks the 15th anniversary of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut—the movie adaptation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s iconic irreverent TV series—and co-songwriter Marc Shaiman is quick to award quite the superlative to his work on the now beloved animated film.

“It’s just about the most important movie or creative experience that I’ve ever had,” said Shaiman, a respected voice in the theater and film worlds for his musical/lyrical contributions to Broadway hits like Hairspray, TV shows like Smash, and movie scores ranging the scope from Sister Act to Sleepless in Seattle. »

- Marc Snetiker

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Watch: Check Out This Great Fan-Made Mashup Video of 'South Park' and 'The Book of Mormon'

19 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Although they're both Matt Stone-Trey Parker productions, we'd never figure out how to bring "The Book of Mormon" into the "South Park" world. Fortunately, someone did.  Simon Chong, a fan of both the musical and television show, decided to make a video combining his favorites--and it's all pretty impressive.  With the video being an independent effort, not at all associated with either production, Chong provides a careful description of how he managed to create such a thing. For one, it took him a week to make, mostly using the animation technology (including Photoshop) that "South Park" utilizes. In addition to creating his own animation, Chong also borrowed from the recently-released video game "South Park: The Stick of Truth."  Check out a group of characters singing "Hello," below. You could also read Chong's notes on the YouTube page to find out exactly how he created his video.

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- Eric Eidelstein

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Watch: Check Out This Great Fan-Made Mashup Video of 'South Park' and 'The Book of Mormon'

19 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Although they're both Matt Stone-Trey Parker productions, we'd never figure out how to bring "The Book of Mormon" into the "South Park" world. Fortunately, someone did.  Simon Chong, a fan of both the musical and television show, decided to make a video combining his favorites--and it's all pretty impressive.  With the video being an independent effort, not at all associated with either production, Chong provides a careful description of how he managed to create such a thing. For one, it took him a week to make, mostly using the animation technology (including Photoshop) that "South Park" utilizes. In addition to creating his own animation, Chong also borrowed from the recently-released video game "South Park: The Stick of Truth."  Check out a group of characters singing "Hello," below. You could also read Chong's notes on the YouTube page to find out exactly how he created his video. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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See a 'Book of Mormon' Musical Number Animated in the Style of 'South Park'

19 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the men behind the wildly popular television series South Park, its movie, and the even more wildly popular Broadway musical The Book of Mormon -- so it was probably only a matter of time before someone merged the two things into one. You know we love a good mash-up, and that’s exactly what The Book of Mormon Comes to South Park is. If you’ve been waiting for the magical day when Mormons invade South Park to spread the love of Jesus, your wait has ended. Simon Chong has crafted an awesome video that brings the Mormon missionaries to the small town to spread the gospel, in the distinctive animation style that has made South Park a hit for years on Comedy Central. The video features the musical’s opening number...

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- Mike Bracken

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'The Book of Mormon' gets animated in the style of 'South Park' -- Video

16 June 2014 6:39 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

What would a Book of Mormon movie look like? Perhaps a little something like this fan’s version, if the blockbuster Broadway musical was animated in the same vein as South Park — and why shouldn’t it be, since Mormon was co-penned by the cartoon’s creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker?

Simon Chong paid tribute to South Park’s particular animation style with his own nod to The Book of Mormon, using the opening number “Hello!” from the original Broadway cast recording to imagine what the singing elders might look like in that quiet Colorado mountain town.

Although the »

- Marc Snetiker

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A Million Ways to Die in The West Review: As Many Ways to Laugh

29 May 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

A few weeks ago, during the celebration of Blazing Saddles 40th anniversary, writer-director, and certified comedic genius, Mel Brooks, said that a film like Blazing Saddles, with its over the top racist humor, objectification/sexualization of women, and culturally insensitive jokes, could never be made today.

Seth MacFarlane has come close.

A Million Ways to Die in The West is MacFarlane's follow up to 2012's surprise hit, Ted. It stars MacFarlane as cowardly -- and slightly neurotic -- sheep rancher Albert Stark, whose insight to the trials and tribulations of life in the old west are where most of the comedy comes from. While we don't actually see all million ways to die, the point is taken early in a hilarious monologue between Albert and his best friends, good guy Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and town whore Ruth (Sarah Silverman). Who knew the town fair could be so deadly?

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‘South Park’ Exec Producer Anne Garefino Wins AFI Alumni Medal

28 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The American Film Institute has selected producer Anne Garefino as the recipient of the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

She will be presented the award as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute for Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Garefino is a 1988 graduate of AFI. The Schaffner award recognizes a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Stuart Cornfeld, Amy Heckerling, Patty  Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick.

Garefino has been the executive producer of the animated series “South Park” since 2007 and produced two films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” She made her Broadway debut as a producer on “The Book of Mormon,” winning a Tony and a Grammy.

Garefino was a producing fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, »

- Dave McNary

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‘South Park’ Exec Producer Anne Garefino Wins AFI Alumni Medal

28 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has selected producer Anne Garefino as the recipient of the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

She will be presented the award as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute for Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Garefino is a 1988 graduate of AFI. The Schaffner award recognizes a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Stuart Cornfeld, Amy Heckerling, Patty  Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick.

Garefino has been the executive producer of the animated series “South Park” since 2007 and produced two films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” She made her Broadway debut as a producer on “The Book of Mormon,” winning a Tony and a Grammy.

Garefino was a producing fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, »

- Dave McNary

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 30-21

11 May 2014 9:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.

courtesy of themoviescene.co.uk

30. Annie (1982)

Directed by John Huston

Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)

Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »

- Joshua Gaul

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Seth Rogen on 'Neighbors' and His Favorite Comedies

5 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Even over the phone, Seth Rogen's laugh sounds like nothing else on earth — a stuttering chuckle that sounds like a car engine desperately trying to turn over, too full and deep to be phony, too hearty and human to not be contagious. The 32-year-old Canadian comedian called in to talk about his latest film Neighbors, which pits suburbanite Rogen, his wife (Bridesmaids' Rose Byrne) and his family against the newly-moved-in party-hearty college fraternity next door, as led by alpha d-bag Zac Efron. We decided to grill Rogen about »

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Fresh Prince, South Park and more: 5 TV comedies that made us cry

25 April 2014 5:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Warning: This feature contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.

The storm surrounding How I Met Your Mother's controversial finale may have mostly subsided, but Neil Patrick Harris (Barney) was still being grilled about the sitcom's unhappy ending when he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night.

In defence of the divisive 'Last Forever', the actor said: "I value that it's a sitcom and a lot of people watched it to have laughs and to not have it become so dramatic and so emotional [but] I'm very proud of our show that it went beyond this sitcom conceit and told a bitter, better story."

Regardless of how you felt about its finale episode, one of Himym's strengths was its capacity to have you laughing one moment and crying the next - oh, Marshall's dad…

But while the heartfelt How I Met Your Mother - like Friends, »

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Meet the new Mormons: Ben Platt and Nic Rouleau are on a mission in Broadway’s biggest musical

17 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Nic Rouleau couldn’t get a ticket to The Book of Mormon.

Like the stories you’ve no doubt heard about the wildly popular, box office-busting Broadway show, tickets are one of New York’s hottest commodities, and they have been since the record-breaking musical opened just three years ago. So Rouleau turned to the show’s daily lottery system — about 2 dozen tickets offered raffle-style to eager patrons, 98 percent of whom will leave disappointed — and lucked his way into the Eugene O’Neill Theatre that way.

“I won the lottery and saw it from house right up in the box, »

- Marc Snetiker

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'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' win at Oliviers

14 April 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.

The Book of Mormon — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.

Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the success of the show — written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — came down to its blend of “good contemporary satire and good old-fashioned entertainment.”

Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, »

- Associated Press

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‘Book of Mormon,’ ‘Chimerica’ Win Top Honors at Britain's Olivier Awards

13 April 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“The Book of Mormon” and the geopolitical drama “Chimerica” were the big winners Sunday at Britain's Olivier stage awards. “The Book of Mormon” — written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel (photo above). Lucy Kirkwood's “Chimerica,” a play about the entwined fates of China and the United States, won five trophies including best new play and best director, for Lyndsey Turner. Also read: ‘Book of Mormon’ Co-Creator Robert Lopez Is Living the Dream (Video) A revival of Henrik Ibsen's “Ghosts” took prizes for best. »

- Todd Cunningham

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10 Horrifically Violent TV Character Deaths That Traumatised The Fans

11 April 2014 5:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sony Pictures Television

Whenever a character dies in a television show it is usually dealt with as a big, dramatic affair. Most often in popular dramas at least one death occurs every other season, such as in Grey’s Anatomy or Dexter. Other shows, such as Lost or Game of Thrones, usually offer a big character death every season. The manner of deaths always varies between dying from an illness, getting shot, stabbed, car accident or other ‘normal’ ways to go.

Once in a while, though, there’s a show that not only gets audiences talking about the deceased character, but kills them off in a horrific manner that truly shocks people. It is as if it is not enough to simply have them shot, but go overkill on the character, sometimes for the sake of the story, other times purely for shock value. Whatever the case, there can be »

- Richard Church

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Paramount TV Names Comedy and Drama Development Heads

9 April 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount Television has tapped five new senior executives, including heads for comedy and drama development. Jennifer Howell, most recently of 20th Century Fox TV, will oversee comedy development, while Annette Savitch, who most recently co-ran Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films, will do the same for drama development. At 20th Century Fox TV, Howell shepherded shows like Bob's Burgers and Allen Gregory and oversaw The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. She also worked as a producer on South Park and ran Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Important Films. While at Handsomecharlie, Savitch helped produced the in-development title Pride and

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- Philiana Ng

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Review: Stage Fright (2014)

9 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The “horror musical” concept is a bit of an oddity in cinema history. Surely, everyone is aware of the most popular grandaddy of them all, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Brian DePalma’s underrated classic (that came one year prior in 1974), The Phantom Of The Paradise, which has found a new appreciation in later years. Most of these films are deeply-rooted in cult cinema, as not everyone is as receptive to the genre-smashing as others. In the following decades, similar films have periodically taken stabs; such as Little Shop Of Horrors in 1986,  South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Cannibal! The Musical in 1996 and Tim Burton’s 2007 revision of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (which, like Rocky Horror, originally hails from the stage). However, in the last decade, similar films have begun to surface and also attract cult status. Darren Lynn Bousman’s 2008 Repo! »

- Josh Soriano

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10 Celebrity Pairs You Won’t Believe Went To School Together

28 March 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

You never know who you’ll end up in school with – the most formative and excruciating period of your life – odds are your classmates will be contentious and forgettable, but sometimes you get lucky and in some cases, you begin a lifelong friendship and creative partnership like best friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. They met while attending the Cambridge Ringe and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in 1997 they both won Oscars for collaboratively writing the screenplay for Good Will Hunting.

Likewise, Trey Parker and Matt Stone met at the University of Colorado in Boulder; a prolific partnership developed that includes feature films (Orgazmo, Team America), musicals (The Book Of Mormon) and the long running South Park – now including a spin-off video game. And rounding out the examples, the lovely and talented Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts boast a friendship going back to North Sydney GirlsHigh School.

But in many cases, »

- Chris

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