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Twenty-four million people tuned in earlier this month and saw one of the political punchlines of the year.
Trump’s response: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
It may have been misogynistic, but it drew audience laughs, as do so many of Trump’s lines.
As candidates spear Democrats, it’ll at least make up for the lack of rightward laughs in latenight, a landscape that has been dominated, for the past decade, by humor that tilts to the left. That is reflected in this year’s Emmy nominees for variety series. The recently ended “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” — the host’s skewering of Fox News led to plenty of headlines — won the award for 10 years straight, a record. That was broken only by its companion show, »
- Ted Johnson
South Park is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed cartoons of all time, yet it’s still made by two dudes who throw together each episode a few days before it airs. The behind the scenes of a typical episode of South Park are so freaking insane that it’s nearly as entertaining as anything in the actual show. They basically approach South Park like you approached term papers in college.
That frantic schedule only makes the series’ production more interesting, and after nearly 20 seasons, there are dozens of fascinating stories behind nearly every decision Trey Parker and Matt Stone have made. A whole lot of episodes very nearly didn’t happen because they were so controversial, and you’ll be surprised to learn that some iconic moments were things the creators just kind of stumbled upon and barely even remember doing.
South Park has clashed with the censors, »
- Brendan Morrow
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced its 15 winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition.
The Academy received a record number of entries this year — 1,686 films from 282 Us and 93 international colleges and universities — which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members.
The American Film Institute acheived a clean sweep in the narrative categoy.
Previous winners include Inside Out director Pete Docter, Disney animation chief John Lasseter, Spike Lee, South Park co-creator Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis, whose The Walk will receive its world premiere at the New York Film Festival.
The winners listed alphabetically by film title are:
Zoe – ChiHyun Lee, The School Of Visual Arts, New York.
An Object At Rest – Seth Boyden, California Institute Of The Arts;
Soar – Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco; and
Taking the Plunge – Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“East Los High” star Gabriel Chavarria is in talks to play one of two new human leads in “War of the Planet of the Apes,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. A representative for 20th Century Fox declined to comment. After steering the franchise to new heights with “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Matt Reeves returns to direct the big-budget sequel for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Also Read: Hulu Inks Exclusive Deal to Stream Entire 'South Park' Library, Renews 'East Los High' Mark Bomback wrote the script, though it »
- Jeff Sneider
“It’s possible that we may have been correlating some things that were not related at all.”
‘Get Schwifty’ is a long way from Rick and Morty‘s best, an uneven twenty-odd minutes hewing closer to the tepid satire of South Park than to the show’s signature blend of gonzo adventure, ugly emotion, and I-don’t-give-a-shit alien names. The big-picture government stuff, despite the presence of Keith David as the dulcet-toned President of the United States, feels canned and clumsy, an unnecessary segue into the hugely superior conceit of the Cromulons forcing entire planets to participate in an idiotic reality show. The sequence in which the first Cromulon descends on Earth, its cosmic ass inelegantly presented to the camera, promises an absurd trip through whatever Zardoz-esque hell world this thing is prepared to drag us to. The incredible speed with which society collapses while the Cromulon, a tremendous yellow head, »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
Animation has never been exclusively geared to children, but sometime in the last half century or so it's become more associated with family entertainment and kiddie fare. Sure, there's the niche popularity of anime and acclaim of animated documentaries like Waltz With Bashir and the cult successes of Ralph Bakshi and Richard Linklater, but very rarely do grown-up-targeted animated features break out into the mainstream. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut is probably the closest thing to an animated blockbuster stamped with an R rating. It had the benefit of being based on a very popular television series. Trey Parker and Matt Stone made substantially less money with the original work Team America: World Police. Still, it does help to start out with TV projects if...
- Christopher Campbell
Here are the details:
Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Glitter, Glamour And Sexual Depravity In The New Animated Series "Moonbeam City" Premiering On Wednesday, September 16 At 10:30 P.M. Et/Pt
Series Premiere and Two Additional Episodes Now Available in the Comedy Central Screening Room
Fans Can Visit cc.com/moonbeam for Episode Previews »
September is coming -- and that means back to school, back to autumn leaves, and back to TV season. Huzzah! Amazon just released its list of September titles available for streaming on Prime and for rental or purchase on Amazon Instant Video. (If you missed the August titles, here they are.) They're offering tons of new episodes from the Fall 2015 TV season, and several recent blockbuster movies like "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (plus bonus features), "Pitch Perfect 2," and "Cinderella."
Check out all the September additions below.
New in September - Available for Streaming on Prime
Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
The Crucible (1996)
The Swan Princess (1994)
Hannibal Rising (2007)
- Gina Carbone
Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumors of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.
If you haven’t listened to the show before (why not?) you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…
Episode 85: Jack and the Bean Sack!
- Phil Wheat
Absolutely Anything, 2015.
Directed by Terry Jones.
A group of eccentric aliens give a man the power to do absolutely anything in order to determine if the Earth is worth saving.
The premise of Absolutely Anything will be familiar to fans of South Park. In one particularly brilliant episode of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s irreverently astute show, “Pinewood Derby”, a self-professed intergalactic bank robbing alien called Baby Fark McGee-zax (which is of no relevance but is too good to ignore) lands on Earth to take everyone hostage while forcing Stan and Randy to recreate the warp speed that drew him there in the first place, so that he can make good his escape with his massive haul of space cash. It turns out that *spoiler alert* it’s all an »
- Edward Gardiner
Grr, argh. Sit, Ubu, sit. I made this! What’s the story behind the production company tags added onto our favourite TV shows?
Closing logos have evolved into a TV production company’s tiny stamp of individuality. They’re a single snippet of screen time not at the mercy of network notes, audience feedback or sponsorship concerns.
A closing tag doesn’t need to sell a show, tell a story, or lasso an audience back for the next episode. It’s simply a signature, a few seconds entirely belonging to the creatives, to do with what they will.
As such, closing logos are as self-indulgent or esoteric as the production company wills them. They’re perhaps the only place in television production where in-jokes, family photos, personal homages (or extended rants in the case of one comedy producer) and kid-drawn scribbles usually found taped to the fridge door are entirely welcome. »
Hulu has vowed to stick with a weekly release schedule for episodes of its growing slate of original comedy and drama series.
“We value the shared experience and the joy of the water cooler that is television,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior VP and head of content, on Sunday in opening the netcaster’s portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Netflix blazed a trail in the way TV series are released in 2013 when it launched drama “House of Cards” by making all 13 episodes available at once. Since then, virtually all of Netflix’s original series have been released in season-long batches, as has Amazon.
But in recent months there’s been debate in the industry about whether the all-at-once release costs a show the opportunity to have buzz and social media chatter build on a week-by-week basis, especially for shows where the storyline builds to a big finale. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Periodically in soapland, danger comes from the skies, train tracks and old fairground rides. But have EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street pressed the ‘reset’ button too often to be credible?
There’s an old South Park episode called Simpsons Already Did It, an arch piece of meta-commentary documenting the writers’ frustration about finding original storylines. It was hard not to be reminded of Simpsons Already Did It during last night’s big Emmerdale disaster.
All soaps need disasters. When you’re essentially telling a single story over the course of several decades, you need to hit the reset button now and again. Maybe you’ve got tangled up in too many dreary plots. Maybe you need to clear the deck of exhausted characters and backstage divas. Maybe you just want to remind viewers that you still exist. The answer to all of these problems is to burn something down or blow something up. »
- Stuart Heritage
Newspaper readers complained endorsement reading ‘so f**king good it makes me angry’ was offensive and unsuitable for children
A newspaper ad promoting the Book of Mormon that featured an expetive-laden endorsement from Jon Stewart has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog.
The ad for the West End musical, conceived by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, ran in the London Evening Standard. It included an endorsement from Stewart, host of The Daily Show, reading “So f**king good it makes me angry”.
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- Mark Sweney
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
On paper, planting Craig Robinson as the star of his own sitcom in which he shenanigan-izes his way into teaching public school kids music isn’t a bad idea. Robinson has proven his mettle along with the likes of Seth Rogen and Danny McBride in movies like This Is The End, and the tease of seeing his shtick once a week is endearing.
NBC’s Mr. Robinson, however, is not. It’s one of the most weak, formulaic and downright offensively unfunny sitcoms to come along in quite some time. It sticks Robinson in a lead role that’s so spick-and-span clean he’s reduced to becoming what I’d imagine Chef from South Park would end up like on the Disney Channel, and it doesn’t even have the decency to light a fire under its star with snappy dialogue.
But the funny thing is, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Mere months after “The Lego Movie” demonstrated that audiences’ affection for the Danish construction toy could generate international bigscreen interest of blockbuster proportions, Oscar-blessed short-film helmers Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson unveiled “Beyond the Brick” at the Tribeca Film Festival. At the time, the feature-length docu felt like little more than a glorified DVD extra, so shamelessly rapturous toward the brand that it may as well have been commissioned by the Lego Co. itself. By waiting more than a year to release it, however, Radius has given the tightly assembled, all-ages-appropriate film — theater-bound under its former subtitle, “A Lego Brickumentary” — a chance to entertain on its own merits.
Although loaded with details sure to thrill those who’ve just received their first Lego set (with an estimated 86 Lego bricks for every person on earth, odds are good that most kids will come in contact with the toy at some point »
- Peter Debruge
Documentaries on fandom often end up excessive celebration without any of the self-reflection that the genre usually provides. A Lego Brickumentary is fun, but it may not appeal to anyone who isn’t already familiar with the brand. Lego fans are a passionate bunch, and not just kids anymore. AFOLs (Adult fan of Lego) are taking the bricks and creating a movement for themselves. The Lego Movie took over the world last year, but Lego has been dominating the landscape as the number two toy company in the world for years, thanks, in part, to their super passionate fan-base.
BrickCon illustrates how the Danish phenomenon surpassed the even grandest expectations of executives. Thousands of fans flock to Seattle for such awesome sights as a replication of Rivendell built by the award-winning Alice Finch. »
- Colin Biggs
They're not talking about it much, but it seems the network of "The Daily Show," "South Park" and (eyeroll) "Tosh.0" has finally decided to start seriously including women in its target demographic. The latest evidence: "Another Period," the Gilded Age-set mockumentary on Comedy Central, which is one of the channel's -- and this summer's -- best offerings. Creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome (the latter was half of the comic musical duo Garfunkel and Oates) mash up the Kardashians and "Downton Abbey" for their show about Newport's Bellacourt sisters: a vapid, cruel and endlessly wealthy duo who dine on “bald eagle and toast points” and treat the help like subhumans. You know you've got a quality show when Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") agrees to play a chambermaid who has to carry around an overflowing bucket of sewage. But she's just one of many first-rate cast members here. "Another Period" is stuffed. »
- Sara Stewart
VideosTrevor Noah’s Daily Show Premiere Date Announced — Watch First Promo
* On how his Daily Show will differ from Stewart’s Daily Show: “In terms of the show physically, we’re obviously changing the sets a tiny bit. We’re still dealing with the same issues. Issues are not really changing in America and the world…. [But] the way we look at the same story will be completely different. »
2012: a British man, playing an online slot machine for 30p on his laptop, is suddenly greeted by the sight of Christian Bale’s Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker taking over his screen. Not crude 8-bit interpretations, but full HD actual animation from the Chris Nolan blockbuster – complete with voiceovers.
The player is urged to “take a side” and spin a virtual Wheel of Fortune. The prize at stake: almost £6 million.
The wheel spins, accompanied by the Joker’s maniacal “all it needs is a little push”, and the wheel comes to a random stop on the Mega Jackpot symbol. Hans Zimmer’s score has never seemed so dramatic. The jackpot is won and the player – known only as ‘John’ – goes away a multi-millionaire.
The prize won that day? »
- Kyle Reese
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