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South Park: The Stick of Truth
Obsidian Entertainment/South Park Digital Studios
PS3, Xbox 360
For fans of the show, South Park: Stick of Truth is a faithful representation of the series. From the art style to the driving force behind characters actions, everything about this game oozes South Park. Though there are many engaging and entertaining battles, there is but one that will keep players struggling to stay in their seats-the final battle for control of the universe with Princess Kenny.
After defeating Nazi Zombie Chef and releasing him from Clyde’s evil grip via a magical fiery fart, the New Kid is promoted to King Douchebag. The noble quest to defeat the armies of darkness and retrieve the Stick of Truth seems to be at an end. But then, what’s this? Betrayal from within the ranks! Princess Kenny sides with the Big Bad Government Guy »
- Elizabeth Rico
It’s not all grumble and moan round here when TV networks decline to pick up pilots. Sometimes, we’re even grateful.
Hindsight teaches that every so often, passing on a particular show is the best thing a channel could have done. Not ordering one pilot to series spurs its creators on to start another, and frees up its cast to join new projects.
Had the failures below all thrived, there’s a chance we could now be living in a world with no Breaking Bad, Hannibal, or even South Park. Had these pilots gone on to enjoy healthy, lengthy lives, then Jack Bauer, Oberyn Martell, Chandler Bing and more might all be unrecognisable today.
Here then, are the TV pilots we’re grateful weren’t taken to series because their »
This article is best read with its companion piece “Hollywood Has Never Been Original.” A few weeks ago, The New York Times published a comparison piece between Richard Linklater’s Boyhood – filmed in annual pieces over twelve years – and Michael Apted’s Up documentary series – films that have revisited the same small handful of British people every seven years, since age 7 in 1964. While author Mary Jo Murphy was not the first to make such a comparison, these disparate but comparable projects seemed to be asking for an in-depth analysis between ambitious films that exercised patient filmmaking experiments that fly in the face of the accelerated, profit-driven industry that drives much of feature filmmaking. However, rather than make productive comparison between Apted’s and Linklater’s films (and Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel series, for that matter) that assesses what was generated by these filmmakers’ particular attempts to focus on revisited subjects over extensive production schedules, Murphy »
- Landon Palmer
The Academy Awards offer a huge, guaranteed audience of both industry and civilian fans. That makes it a unique opportunity for stars and non-stars alike to act out with the assurance that someone, somewhere will be paying attention to them. And this has happened a lot. As we approach the 87th Academy Awards, let's take a look back at some of the strangest moments to grace Oscar night. Some Dude Steals Alice Brady's Oscar In 1938, as the story goes, an unidentified man strode onstage to accept Alice Brady's Best Supporting Actress Award (for In Old Chicago), because she »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Viacom has overhauled the management of its cable groups, with Doug Herzog adding oversight of MTV, VH1 and other networks to his portfolio while TV Land and Cmt move into the kids and family group headed by Nickelodeon chief Cyma Zarghami.
The restructuring comes after the exits this week of longtime MTV Networks exec Van Toffler and TV Land president Larry Jones. Viacom is under increasing pressure to turn around the declining ratings at its flagship cablers, which has led to turbulence in its affiliation negotiations with some MVPDs. News last week of Jon Stewart’s pending departure from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” didn’t help matters.
“Our industry is in transition, and change does not always come easy, but we have a tremendous amount of talent at Viacom, and we are innovating at every level and at every brand,” Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman wrote in a memo to staffers Thursday. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Just as the host had planted the seed for several months that he was contemplating his departure, the network has been mulling its options, too.
The challenge executives face, though, is how to replace a man who has held a unique role in popular culture — a man at ease with politicians and pop stars, and who can both discuss the news and make it. The key word, though, in that sentence may be “man.”
Under president of original programming Kent Alterman, Comedy Central has sought people who have a unique voice or world view. With this crucial hire, however, the network has the opportunity to fill a much-needed void in latenight — by hiring a woman for the job.
- Brian Steinberg and Cynthia Littleton
Here’s a confession: this writer isn’t exactly enamored with the overly-referential satire found in Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s long-running cartoon South Park, nor by the crass, classless humor that titillated Book Of Mormon’s Broadway audiences. There is, obviously, no shortage of admirers out there eager to chow down on another helping of Parker’s brand […] »
- Trevor Parker
Cameos, mistakes and in-jokes. We’ve trawled the Game Of Thrones season 4 DVD commentaries for what went on behind the scenes…
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 4.
If you’re a busy Game Of Thrones fan who can’t find the spare ten hours required to re-watch season four with the accompanying disc commentaries, then we have your back. Gleaned from said audio tracks provided by the cast, crew and creators George R.R. Martin, Dan Weiss and David Benioff, is the below list of nerdy facts and anecdotes about the making of season four.
Granted, skip the commentaries and you won’t experience first-hand Peter Dinklage’s rendition of Let It Go from Frozen, a stream of filthy innuendo from Lena Headey, or the general sense of awe, adoration and good-natured mockery everyone who works on the show has for everyone else (“If only you could act, Peter »
First Letterman’s leaving. Then Colbert goes in Dave’s stead. And now you’re taking Jon Stewart away from me too?!? Damn you Late Night Gods!
Still, we most soldier on, and we have about a solid year left with Stewart, and that gives us plenty of time to find a solid replacement. Here are just a few nominees from the Sound on Sight staff.
Image Courtesy HelloGiggles
Why does Jon Stewart have to leave? Now where will we learn about the news? It seems hard to fathom him not being there, but it looks like it will be a reality. While there are many correspondents on his show that they could move forward with, let’s look at the landscape of late night and ask what we need more of: girls. And what girl would be better than Amy Poehler. With Parks and Recreation finishing up, »
More changes are afoot in late night.
Another major shift in late-night comedy is taking shape as Comedy Central confirmed on Tuesday that Jon Stewart would be stepping down from The Daily Show "later this year." Stewart broke the news to a stunned audience at Tuesday’s taping that he would be exiting the satirical news program when his contract is up in September.
Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015
"For the better part of the last two decades, we have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart," the network wrote in a message posted on Twitter. "His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera."
Stewart addressed his decision to step down from The Daily Show prior »
Jon Stewart's announcement that he'll leave The Daily Show later this year after more than 15 years shocked his fans and leaves a gigantic void at Comedy Central. The news came during a taping of his show on Tuesday night, minutes before NBC News announced a six-month suspension for embattled anchor Brian Williams. If NBCUniversal will lose the face of its news division, Comedy Central is losing a personality of far more importance to the Viacom-owned channel. It was Stewart — along with Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park — who put Comedy Central on the pop
- Marisa Guthrie, Michael O'Connell
Jon Stewart said Tuesday that he would step down from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after 17 years, leaving a new hole in the ranks of latenight television and setting up another challenge for the Viacom-owned cable network, which recently bid farewell to popular timeslot host Stephen Colbert.
Stewart’s current contract is believed to end around the fall of 2015, but the time of his departure is uncertain. He told viewers on Tuesday night’s broadcast the he might leave as early as July or perhaps stay until sometime in December. “Daily Show” has run on Comedy Central longer than any other program except for the animated “South Park.”
The news is not entirely surprising. Stewart, 52, had discussed the possibility of leaving “The Daily Show” while promoting “Rosewater,” a film that marked his directorial debut. And yet, his departure means that the backbone of Comedy Central’s lineup is looser »
- Brian Steinberg
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen; Screenwriter: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Dan Sterling; Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang; Running time: 112 mins; Certificate: 15
Long before it sparked an international incident, all The Interview wanted to do was make people laugh. Of course, the scandal it provoked overshadowed the film itself somewhat, leading to debate around much bigger issues such as censorship of art, cyber-privacy and why exactly Hollywood is still bankrolling Adam Sandler.
The Interview quietly slips into UK cinemas this weekend (it's already been widely circulated online and available on Us Netflix), and now that the dust has settled it's easier to judge the film without the distraction of the baggage it carries.
Despite the eye-catching sales coupled with the critical acclaim, Ubisoft has stated that releasing Dlc for South Park: The Stick of Truth is unlikely, due to a stressful development.
That’s according to the Obsidian’s CEO Feargus Urquhart, who stated that plans for additional content may have been curtailed by the game’s switch from Thq to Ubisoft following the former’s bankruptcy back in 2012. In an interview with Polygon, Urquhart revealed that while both parties are contemplating where to go next, work on The Stick of Truth is effectively finished.
We had always talked about it, extending the story through Dlc, it was just stuff on paper. But it never went beyond talking about it. That was when Thq was involved. When it moved to Ubisoft, there was more pressure to get it done. I think that became the priority, so we got it done.
Alas, it »
- Michael Briers
All hail another cartoon superstar who shines brightly in the animation galaxy. Well, he’s been shining for more than fifteen years now, actually. But in the realm of ‘toon icons, this lil’ guy is pretty unique. He’s not part of the group that were created during Hollywood’s “golden age” to star in pre-feature film short subjects, this includes Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse in the 1920’s right through to the 1960s’ with the Pink Panther (of course, a few jumped from the printed page to the big screen like Popeye the Sailor and Casper the Friendly Ghost). This fella’s an off-shoot of the made-for-tv superstars that include Rocket J Squirrel and his pal Bullwinkle J. Moose, the Simpsons, and the colossal roster of characters from Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera’s company (Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, and Scooby Doo). While they debuted on old-fashioned broadcast networks, »
- Jim Batts
For a moment there, it looked like The Interview was going to be the most important comedy of the 21st century. With hacks and terrorist threats obstructing its planned Christmas Day release in the United States, it was easily the most discussed movie of December 2014 and it finally reaches UK cinemas this Friday, after the fuss has died down.
In case you were pre-occupied during the festive season, it transpired that Us theatre chains refused to show the film in the wake of the threats, forcing Sony to pull their advertising and distribution plans. It eventually hit video on demand services on December 25th, after widespread calls for it from the press and President Barack Obama, no less.
But one of the more interesting and disappointing »
In this first promo for the April 12 awards show, Schumer surprises Kendrick at home(?), pestering her about whether or not she’s related to Kendrick Lamar or Annie — like, the fictional musical character — prompting Kendrick to give Schumer a lesson in how names do (and do not) work.
And for all you South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut fans out there, Schumer inadvertently pays homage »
The upside-down map of the world and backwards-running clocks on the set on Larry Wilmore’s new “Nightly Show” aren’t the only things askew at Comedy Central. But on Wilmore’s program, that’s intentional.
“Nightly Show” is the noisiest in a series of recent launches on the Viacom-owned network — programs that send ripples across the popular culture. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and even Jon Stewart probably could not make the sorts of pointed asides about racial inequity, sexual politics and cultural oddities that Wilmore, a fiftysomething African-American man, can. During a recent taping, an opening line about the sexual-assault controversy raging around Bill Cosby — “The question will be, ‘Did he do it?’ The answer will be, ‘Yes’ ” — treads dangerous ground, but the crowd reacts so well that Wilmore cracks up and has to reshoot the segment’s start.
“This show is a little dangerous sometimes,” Wilmore confides »
- Brian Steinberg
It’s the fourth quarter and the clock is ticking. My team of Mimes has just managed to take the lead thanks to a well-timed alley-oop, but Team Noir isn’t going to go down without a fight. As my silent pair attempt to snuff out one final drive from the opposition, a critical mistake is made, and I accidentally smack the ball over onto my side of the court.
As the two teams scramble to retrieve the ball, and with only seconds left on the clock, the Femme Fatale on Team Noir heaves up a desperate shot. In that moment, time seemed to stand still, as we all watched the ball shoot up towards the goal. Never have I felt as powerless as I did when I watched a buzzer beater fly into the goal, and sink the dreams of Mimes everywhere. Such is the craziness that is #Idarb. »
- Eric Hall
All 236 episodes of Friends landed on Netflix this month. Watching them all in a row would take 86 and a half hours, and somewhere out there is probably a bleary-eyed soul who already plowed through it all. That's a lot of Rachel and Ross drama to absorb in a short time.
Now we have a question for you: What is the single best television show of the 1990s? Feel free to vote for an animated show like South Park or The Simpsons, a sitcom like Seinfeld or Friends, a drama like »
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