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The conversations that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone must have had with developers Obsidian regarding South Park: The Stick of Truth had to have been a riot in itself. The mere thought of someone contracting a video game development studio to design things like interactive abortions where you must mash X to clench to your sphincter is nothing short of disgusting, hilarious, and brilliant. And that’s not even anywhere near the apex of the absurdity on display.
It’s not all gross-out humour and shock value though, for a fantastic game drives the insanity. There have been hundreds of TV shows and films turned into games, but it’s a tiny fraction that are actually worthy of their namesake without being glitchy rushed messes churned out to meet the release schedule of the original property. Stick of Truth may have fallen into development hell once or twice, »
- Robert Kojder
“The Book of Mormon” is headed straight for the lion's den. The satirical musical sends up all things Church of Latter-day Saints, but that won't stop it from playing less than a mile from the organizations Salt Lake City headquarters next year. A touring production of the Tony-winning hit from “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker will play at the Capitol Theatre from July 28 to Aug. 9, 2015. Songs such as “I Believe” do a pretty effective job of highlighting the more outlandish aspects of the religion — although it should be noted that other faiths have their own »
- Brent Lang
The long-awaited, long-delayed South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally out, and boy, what a game it is. Quite possibly the greatest video game adaptation of a TV show ever, The Stick of Truth never feels like anything less than a 15-hour episode of the show, with its art style reflecting that of the show’s perfectly, while bringing with it the signature sick sense of humour.
Functioning as both a parody of the RPG genre and a fine example of it, The Stick of Truth may well be one of the very best games we end up playing all year.
There are too many moments of insanely bad taste to list them all, so we’re opting for the 15 best and most offensive ones. We’ve got scatological humour, Nazi jokes, reinforced gender stereotypes, excessive nudity, fetus abuse, pedophilia and so on, such that entries »
- Jack Pooley
Hold us. The second round of battles on The Voice are now just hours away, and we're feeling pretty nervous. We've already tried to predict some Team Kylie and Team Ricky results, so now it's time for Team Tom. Step up Elesha Paul Moses and Gary Poole - it's time to find out who knows Tom best! Oh, and have a bit of chat about their actual battle, too...
Fighting Talk - we're going to test your knowledge of Tom.
Elesha: "Oh no!"
How many UK number one studio albums has Tom had? (Answer: 2 - Delilah, Reload)
Elesha: "I'm going to have a joke here with you! I'm going to say... I don't know. Ten?" Points: 0
Gary: "Oh God! Number one albums... Three!" Points: 0
Do you know any of the names?
Elesha: "No! It's Not Unusual?" Points: 0
Gary: "No... It's Not Unusual? Green, Green Grass of Home? I'm completely just making this up! »
Have you tuned into Comedy Central lately? I mean, besides The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and South Park? Because you really should be obsessed with some of their scripted series and sketch shows. Two hilarious New Yorkers just moved in on Wednesday nights, a bunch of lazy cubicle mates are still making terrible life choices, and Nick Kroll's stable of characters is shamefully good. Here are five good reasons to binge-watch the network on demand tonight. Source: Comedy Central View Slideshow › »
- Maggie Pehanick
Martha Stewart would like to be closer friends with Snoop Dogg. That's just one of the tidbits fans learned on Thursday, when the domestic diva and TV personality stopped by Reddit for its "Ask Me Anything" series. Stewart bravely tackled topics such as sex advice, her time in jail, tacos, tattoos and her supposed feud with Gwyneth Paltrow (spoiler: there isn't one!). Stewart, 72, was promoting her two TV shows, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School and Martha Bakes, which return to PBS in April. Here's what we learned about her. 1. She changes her bed sheets every day."Yes. It’s a luxury. »
- Melissa Locker
Matt Stone and his creative partner Trey Parker have spent years perfecting The Stick of Truth – the video game version of their hit adult cartoon. In an interview, Stone talks about moral choices, comic timing and censorship
• South Park: The Stick of Truth – review
• Why has the South Park game been censored in Europe?
Pairing boyish, gross-out comedy with biting parody, they are two of the darkest satirists in Us media.
Working with video-game developer Obsidian Entertainment, Stone has spent the last few years both writing and overseeing South Park: The Stick of Truth, a game that's far from the usual throwaway licensed cash-in. Instead it's an interactive extension of the South Park universe, with the same shocking and irresistible sense of humour. »
- Keza MacDonald
We have been experiencing some small technical problems with the chatroom. You can still access it easily by clicking the picture below and typing in the comment bar this command. /join #moviefancentral I love video games. I also love South Park. This week, both of those loves have been met with the new South Park game on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. So I figured, what the f*ck? This week's the perfect time to chat about South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut! Your's truly has been »
- James Orrell
Andy Naylor reviews South Park: The Stick of Truth...
Cartoon spin-off games, much like their movie counterparts, meet with mixed success. More often than not you get a poor tie-in that is designed to cash in on the popularity of the source material – see last year’s awful Family Guy game for a prime example of this. These games are usually written and made by, at best, mediocre writers and developers. On very rare occasions, something of great quality will surprised us all and fill us with glee - The Simpson’s games from 2007 was one of these surprising instances. However, even that strayed somewhat from the show. As enjoyable, and true to the source material as it was, it wasn’t quite the cartoon. It was a 3-D platformer set in The Simpson’s universe. Today, South Park: The Stick of Truth is released and you may »
- Gary Collinson
A few nights ago, I went to the screening of Troma’s hilarious new movie Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Texas Frightmare Weekend and Rue Morgue magazine were kind enough to sponsor the event at the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Texas Frightmare is an annual horror convention that happens every May in Irving, Texas, that welcomes both celebrities and fans to gather and celebrate the genre. Fearnet will be attending the event this year, so make sure to stop by their booth to say hello and grab some much needed hand sanitizer!
On Sunday, I was lucky enough to get a quick interview with the man himself; the legend who created Troma Entertainment, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman. We chatted about the remake of his cult classic Class of Nuke ‘Em High, what’s in store for Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2, and what it takes to make »
- Kalyn Corrigan
We’re back! Did you survive the Oscars? Are you looking for something to watch on Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming service? We have a few options for you released right at the end of February or the beginning of March, including a couple great animated shows, a Best Picture nominee, an FX sitcom, and a mega-blockbuster. Pick your favorites. All five are worth a look.
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What do Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese’s latest films all have in common? While being multiple category nominees, they all went home empty-handed at the Oscars Sunday night. While the inferior “Dallas Buyers Club” took three trophies, Payne’s beautiful character piece about a man clinging to false hope when he thinks he has won a sweepstakes was overlooked. No matter. “Nebraska” will find the audience it deserves, and then some. This is the kind of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
No horror movie to come along in recent years has been more talked about than Tom Six's 2009 film The Human Centipede (First Sequence). With a brilliantly bizarre concept, which sees human beings stitched together ass-to-mouth, The Human Centipede become a bonafide pop culture phenomenon, spoofed on South Park and watched even by those who normally wouldn't expose themselves to such grotesque cinematic imagery.
Six followed up the controversial film with a sequel in 2011, which upped the gross-out factor, and centered on a fan of the first film, who decides to build himself an even larger centipede than the sinister Dr. Heiter constructed.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Six is turning the sensation into a trilogy, and The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) is soon going to crawl its way into our lives. He's remaining fairly quiet about the plot, but the first image reveals that the stars of the first two films, »
- John Squires
While "South Park" and its nearly two-decade run have proved that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker know how to make funny, insightful and grotesque commentary on society, the series hasn't been as successful in the video game world. But "Stick of Truth" seeks to finally conquer the gaming space by delivering a fairly solid interactive experience for die-hard fans. If you count yourself among them, it's a must-play. The New Kid on the Park ...
By Clint A. Mize »
In 2002, Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers,” an All-Time Hall of Fame South Park episode which effectively retells the whole J.R.R. Tolkien Rings trilogy in half an hour. What makes the episode great was that, somehow, Parker and Stone had it both ways with their Rings parody: It simultaneously lacerates the inherent silliness of the phenomenon while glorifying the high-nerd excess of that silliness. (All this, and they still found time for the immortal line: “Backdoor Sluts 9 makes Crotch Capers 3 look like Naughty Nurses 2!”)
The new videogame South Park »
- Darren Franich
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone comes the definitive South Park gaming experience. South Park: The Stick of Truth is now available for PlayStation and Xbox video game consoles as well as Windows PC. Arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies and other forces of evil. Discover the lost Stick of Truth and earn your place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as their new friend. Succeed, and you shall be South Park’s savior, cementing your social status in South Park Elementary. Fail, and you will forever be known… as a loser. The newest South Park: The Stick of Truth gameplay video has now been released. In their latest adventure, the boys embark on a quest to the Inn of the Giggling Donkey, an infamous tavern that harbors the scum of all the realm. »
- Pietro Filipponi
When South Park first premiered back in 1997, I hadn’t even hit my teens. However, that didn’t keep me from watching the highly-anticipated show, or recording every episode of its first few seasons on blank VHS tapes. Once I watched it for the first time, I became captivated by the construction paper-crafted hijinx of its town’s caricaturized inhabitants — namely Eric Cartman, Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski and Kenny McCormick — and couldn’t get enough. They brought something truly unique to television, the likes of which had never been seen before, and that is still the case to this very day where the baby of Matt Stone and Trey Parker is preparing for its 18th season.
After a while, I drifted away from South Park and its polarizing eight-year-olds, but I’m not sure why. In fact, I’ve never stopped liking the show and now regret the fact that »
- Chad Goodmurphy
South Park: The Stick Of The Truth, the first game adaptation of the infamous Comedy Central cartoon, provides 10-plus hours of gameplay within the Colorado town – chockfull of gross-out humor, profanity and a mission.
The basic premise of South Park: The Stick Of The Truth is that New Kid (the player) arrives in South Park and wants to make some friends. In the process, New Kid gets wrapped up into the battle to have possession of the Stick of Truth between Cartman and Kyle.
Gaming critics agree that The Stick of the Truth is loyal to the show that serves as its inspiration, helped in part by the fact that in the game format it can be completely uncensored. Some, however, feel that the game doesn’t push the envelope enough. And although most reviewers found the humor of the game enjoyable, gameplay didn’t go as smoothly as some would hope. »
Composer Robert Lopez won his first Academy Award Sunday night, making him just the 12th person to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. This was the first Oscar bid for Lopez. He and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez triumphed in the Best Original Song category for "Let It Go" from the Disney animated hit "Frozen." They defeated tunes from "Despicable Me 2," "Her," and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." His first major award was a 2004 Tony for Best Original Score of "Avenue Q." He also earned two more Tonys for "The Book of Mormon" in 2011 for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. That latter musical created by "South Park" veterans Trey Parker and Matt Stone brought Lopez a Grammy in 2012 for Best Musical Theater Album. And he picked up Daytime Emmys in 2008 and 2010 for his music direction and composition of "The Wonder Pets." - »
Chelsea star David Luiz is often called Sideshow Bob due to his haircut (and sometimes comical defending) – and now the comparison is even more apt after the Premier League club signed a merchandising deal with The Simpsons. Characters from the Fox series, which was voted Best Show of the 20th Century by Time magazine, will feature on a new range of Blues' merchandise … So, with Bart and Homer Simpson appearing at the Bridge, what other collaborations can we hope for? Queens South Park Rangers? Fans sitting in the Family Guy Section? Or maybe Manchester United's new shirt sponsors could be Duff?
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There’s one problem in the gaming world that no developer has yet found a way to rectify. Let’s face it: there’s just not enough anal probing. Or abortion. Obsidian, with their friends from South Park Studios, have managed to change that, although not everybody is going to benefit from the wonders they’ve bestowed on the industry. South Park: The Stick of Truth will come with several small omissions when it releases in Europe, all of them being rather lewd mini-games.
Apparently this list (as published by BT) is so disgusting that even those adults buying the game (which is rated 18+) would be unable to make the rightful decision as to whether or not they’re comfortable with what’s on display. To be fair, out of the context of the show, the items removed would seem a little grisly, and would probably be rightfully taken out. »
- Mat Growcott
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