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AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome Ming-Na Wen is ever-strengthening her family ties to Disney, now aboard the House of Mouse’s upcoming animated series Milo Murphy’s Law. Wen — known for kicking butt both as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Melinda May and as the voice of Mulan — has joined Milo Murphy’s Law as a recurring cast member. Her character, Savannah, is described as a “high-level time travel agent.” This should be fun. She joins “Weird Al” Yankovic, who voices the title character. The series follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy’s Law, where anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But he faces life with endless optimism and enthusiasm that can turn any catastrophe into a wild adventure. Along with today’s casting news for Wen, »
- Emily Rome
“Sausage Party” may be a film about a hotdog that wants to have sex with a bun, but it still represents a watershed moment for Hollywood. The raunchy comedy that’s grossed $65 million after two weeks in theaters is the first R-rated CG animated movie. Co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Sausage Party” has sex, violence and curse words in a format that has always been reserved for family-friendly fare.
The movie features the voices of comedic stars like Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, James Franco and Paul Rudd playing anthropomorphized food items who discover their only reason for existing is to be eaten by humans. Directors Conrad Vernon (“Monsters vs. Aliens”) and Greg Tiernan (TV’s “Thomas & Friends”) have backgrounds in traditional animation aimed at children, but there’s nothing traditional about this deranged dark comedy. »
- Graham Winfrey
Where were you in mid-August 1997? You might have just watched the premiere of South Park while grooving to Oasis, Puff Daddy or Spice Girls. Well, if you were tuned in to ABC during a certain daypart, you would have seen the premiere of a little chat show called The View. Five women — kingpin Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Star jones, Debbie Matenpuolos and moderator Meredith Vieira — talked about a variety of topics in front of a studio audience. And a franchise was… »
Nine Lives review
Nine Lives has had it rough in the press; and yes I wish it had been about a dog so I could make a ‘ruff’ joke. Take an Academy Award winning actor, Kevin Spacey, still riding high due to the incredibly received Netflix show House Of Cards, and shove him in a plot that recalls those Rob Schneider mock trailers from South Park. Many questioned whether the initial trailer was even for a real film. But let’s not poke too much fun just yet, afterall body swap comedies have always been around and some have been fantastic. It’s an easy comedy set-up that will often write itself, and if Spacey wants to earn a quick paycheque between lengthy shoots on his successful show then so be it. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
It's going to be legend -- wait for it -- dary. The new, animated Legends of Chamberlain Heights TV show premieres on Comedy Central Wednesday, September 14, at 10:30pm Et/Pt, following the 20th season premiere of South Park, but you don't have to wait until then to watch it. The first two episodes are now available on the Comedy Central app, cc.com, and On-Demand.Don't worry about Legends of Chamberlain Heights being cancelled anytime too soon. Comedy Central renewed it for a second season, back in July. The comedy is executive produced by Bento Box Entertainment's Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara, along with co-creator Brad Ableson and showrunner Devon Shepard. Co-creators Quinn Hawking and Josiah Johnson produce. The voice cast stars Quinn Hawking as Jamal, Michael Starrbury as Milk, and Josiah Johnson as Grover.Read More… »
It’s a shame there’s no outlet in our current media landscape for R-rated sketches written by high profile talent. There’s Funny or Die and its ilk, I suppose, but I can’t imagine the money there is anything like it is for a feature-length film. I’m pretty sure there’s a good eight-minute sketch to be made out of Sausage Party that would be, if not quite to my taste, generally enjoyable but instead it’s this endless rehash of the same five or six jokes that seems to drag on forever and ever but only takes 90 minutes.
Maybe I’m becoming too old and stodgy to enjoy comedy anymore, but I just don’t think the idea of a hot dog and a bun having sex is funny enough to be the anchor for an entire movie. This is the joke of this movie. Not the only joke, »
- Arthur Tebbel
Hulu just swooped in and pulled the sixth season of Community out of the twisted wreckage of Yahoo Screen—completing its collection in the process—but now it has announced the full slate of new shows and movies coming to its streaming service in September. Apparently, somebody at Hulu HQ just loves the idea of grabbing multiple headlines in one day. Besides, you don’t see Netflix doing anything newsworthy, do you?
Anyway, the new things coming to Hulu next month include a handful of new-ish movies, like Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, and the Keanu Reeves thriller Knock Knock, as well as a bunch of older movies like the original Red Dawn, Crocodile Dundee, and—because it’s a particularly terrifying election year—the 1984 adaptation. Hulu subscribers will also be getting season 20 of South Park, season two of Blindspot, season six ...
- Sam Barsanti
On its second weekend, “Suicide Squad” was set to repeat at number one. The question was how far Warner Bros.’ latest D.C. franchise bid would drop. The weekend surprise was Sony’s raunchy “Sausage Party” beating out Disney family remake “Pete’s Dragon” among new films.
Overall business is up with a healthy field of offerings in this jammed-up summer. That’s impressive considering competition from the Olympics. Business is surviving this year against them.
The Top Ten
$43,770,000 (67-%) in 4,255 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $10,287; Cumulative: $222,875,000
2. Sausage Party (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 67; Est. budget: $19 million
$33,600,000 in 3,103 theaters; PTA: $10,828; Cumulative: $33,600,000
3. Pete’s Dragon (Buena Vista) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 72; Est. budget: $65 million
$21,501,000 in 3,702 theaters; PTA: $5,808; Cumulative: $21,501,000
4. Jason Bourne (Universal) Week 3 – Last weekend #2
$13,620,000 (-39%) in 3,528 theaters (-511); PTA: $3,861; Cumulative: $126,782,000
$11,450,000 (-18%) in 3,188 theaters (-27); PTA: »
- Tom Brueggemann
This weekend while Suicide Squad suffered one of the biggest superhero second weekend dropoffs ever and Pete's Dragon had one of the mildest starts for a Disney remake, Sausage Party was breaking box office ground for adult animation. The high concept comedy had the biggest opening ever for animated film meant for grown-ups, passing 2007's violent Beowulf (apologies for reminding you of its existence).
While Party is unlikely to repeat the animation for grownups Oscar nomination breakthrough that Anomalisa achieved last year, this strong box office opening shows that medium doesn't need to appeal to the kiddies to be commercially viable. The most popular toons often become so partly because they are equally embraced by adults - we love animation just as much, so the rarity of one aimed squarely at us remains perplexing. Sausage Party is on track to surpass South Park - Bigger, Longer, and Uncut's business, so »
- Chris Feil
Neil Calloway argues that soundtracks and scores can make or break films…
This week, Flickering Myth’s own Oli Davis made the persuasive case that Suicide Squad‘s various cuts could be seen in the music they used; with David Ayer’s original version using different styles of music to the final cut by Trailer Park. There was also the release of a report titled “The Effect of Background Music in Shark Documentaries on Viewers’ Perceptions of Sharks” that suggested people are afraid of sharks because of the ominous music used to score film scenes where they are present. Personally, I’m frightened of sharks because I don’t want one to bite my leg off, leaving me to die an agonising death in the water while wearing only swimming shorts.
What both these stories remind us is the huge part scores and soundtracks play in films; when you get »
- Neil Calloway
The future is now… Unfortunately? The highly-anticipated video game “South Park: Fractured But Whole” touts an innovative new feature to immerse fans – farts. Related: Watch Lorde Sing ‘South Park’ Song That Spoofed Her Game developer Ubisoft revealed the device, an Oculus Rift inspired peripheral appropriately named Nosulus Rift (although “Oculus Sniff” would also have been […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Ubisoft have announced a unique Vr experience for the upcoming South Park game, The Fractured But Whole – the “Nosulus Rift”. As the name suggests, this immersive experience involves the nose, but in the most disgusting way possible.
According to the product’s website, the Nosulus Rift is a virtual reality mask designed to pump fart smells into the users nose and will work exclusively with South Park: The Fractured But Whole. “Forget everything you’ve ever learnt about video games and experience them in a totally new way,” the website states. “Nosulus Rift awakens senses that you haven’t yet tickled.”
In The Fractured But Whole, players once again take control of The New Kid, whose special abilities include “the power of your ass”, much like in the previous South Park game The Stick Of Truth.
“In South Park: The Fractured But Whole, you are playing the new kid in town, »
- Shaun Eddleston
Sausage Party, 2016.
Featuring the voice talents of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Anders Holm, Bill Hader, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Salma Hayek, Sugar Lyn Beard, James Franco, and Paul Rudd
A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Three words kept ringing over and over in my head after viewing Sausage Party: “What the fuck”. I mean that as a compliment of the highest order. There really are no words to describe this movie, so here goes nothing.
Sausage Party is a lot of things; it is extremely juvenile featuring loads of offensive material, it is revolting on nearly every level despite its innocent Pixar-reminiscent charm (the directors of the film are most known for Shrek 2 and a bevy of Thomas & Friends episodes, meaning that they clearly understand how »
- Robert Kojder
Critics be damned, but Warner Bros.’ latest D.C. Comics offering, “Suicide Squad,” will again prevail at the box office this weekend, against three new wide releases: “Sausage Party” (Sony), “Pete’s Dragon” (Buena Vista) and “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount). However, it’s unclear whether “Sausage” or “Dragon” will come in second place.
Also up for debate is how much, if any, improvement we’ll see from the same weekend in 2015, when “Straight Outta Compton” dominated a Top Ten that totaled $130 million. Assuming “Suicide” doesn’t replicate the 69% second weekend collapse of “Batman v Superman” (that would place it around $40 million), and the new openings do expected business, $140 million or more is likely.
While holding the top spot for two weekends is always a nice bragging right, the real fate of “Suicide” lies in determining the profit it can eke out against a production and marketing budget of more than $300 million. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Typically a movie starring insanely funny people like Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Nick Kroll, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson wouldn't need to be saved. Moviegoers would see those names, realize the combination of all those people will certainly produce something funny (and perhaps even magical), and they'd happily head out to the theater to check it out. Not the case with Sausage Party, which is inherently risky because it's the rare R-rated animated comedy. We haven't seen an R-rated animated comedy in wide release since 2007's Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and to find the only memorable and reasonably successful R-rated animated comedy in recent years, we have to go all the way back to 1999's South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. What both of those have that...
- Erik Davis
Never before has this country been in such urgent need of common-sense pun control. Like a dare between stoners that went too far and took on a sporadically funny life of its own, “Sausage Party” unfolds as though “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “The Book of Mormon” were stuffed into a blender and fused together into an unholy smoothie of heresy, hedonism, and hot dogs. And puns. So many puns.
Do all hot dogs go to heaven? What about their buns — can leaven be for real? Forget spoiler alerts: All of this food is already foul as can be.
Set inside a sterile American supermarket and starring several different aisles worth of anthropomorphized groceries, this is an R-rated cartoon in which the hero is a weenie named “Frank,” a Twinkie is an actual twink, and the villain is literally a douche. This is a movie so ugly it makes “South Park: Bigger, »
- David Ehrlich
Adult animated comedies are few and far between, which makes Seth Rogen‘s “Sausage Party,” which premiered at the Mann Village Theatre on Tuesday night, all the more appetizing with its foul-mouthed, sexually-explicit jokes served up by your favorite food.
While it may be targeting an older crowd, Rogen said the movie’s inspiration isn’t entirely R-rated.
“It was largely inspired by our love of children’s animated movies, Pixar movies and DreamWork movies,” said Rogen, who voices the lead, Frank, and created the story alongside Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg.
“We were also huge fans of ‘South Park’ and ‘The Simpsons.’ We just thought one day someone will make an adult-oriented animated movie and we just really wanted it to be the first people to do it,” he continued.
- Lamarco McClendon
**Final Thoughts Have Been Added In An Update Below After Watching The Finished Version**
Last night, at 9:30, on a Monday, South By Southwest attendees were treated to a gratuitous showing of food porn that no one was ready for (and no, I’m not talking about my Instagram page). As a special treat, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg showed a very raw, Very unfinished Sausage Party cut to hungry audiences, who ate it up.
The last thirty minutes alone will leave animated lovers feeling dirty, shocked and ashamed (in a good way?), as stoner humor mixes with existential insanity in ways that lampoon race and broach religious understanding. How do you make a movie about food wanting to fuck have a weighty, Pixar-heavy undertone (Dixar filmmaking, as the film jokes)? Just ask Rogen and Goldberg (and their co-writers, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir).
Reviewing the film seems a bit hasty, »
- Matt Donato
When you sit down with Nikki Glaser, get ready for things to get explicit. Her Comedy Central talk show, “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,” is based on the assumption that sex is natural, sex is something we all experience and sex is funny enough to be the subject of a comedy show.
Read More: ‘Key & Peele’ Gets Ultimate Digital Platform, Featuring Every Single Comedy Central Sketch
Glaser’s particular brand of sexually charged humor makes her the ideal host for a series that over the course of its first season has drawn sexual secrets out of its celebrity guests and put words in the mouths of porn stars. Below, she explains why “having no shame” is one of her strengths — even if it has gotten her into trouble.
Something I’ve noticed is that you bring your personal relationship into the show. I’m wondering, what is it that goes into that decision? »
- Liz Shannon Miller
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