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South Park is about to begin its 18th season in the UK, and despite nearly two decades of episodes, it doesn't show any sign of getting 'lame', as Cartman might say.
To celebrate its return, we have chosen our personal favourite 25 from its first 247 episodes.
25. Woodland Critter Christmas - Season 8
A thoroughly bizarre but memorable episode, in which Stan finds himself in the middle of the woods with a bunch of seemingly cute woodland animals. With an irritating voiceover narrating his every move, the critters turn out to be the most evil creatures known to man. Things are pretty f**ked right here, as he would say. Eventually, it is revealed that Cartman is the creator of such an awful story, and it's all just so »
If Mark Gordon's name isn't familiar, his filmography will be. The producer's diverse 20-year includes "The To Do List," "Rampart," "Source Code," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Wonder Boys," "A Simple Plan," and "Speed." He earned an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "Saving Private Ryan." His upcoming films include Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic and Todd Phillips' upcoming comedy "Arms and The Dudes" starring Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. And today, the Producers Guild of America announced that Gordon would be honored with a lifetime achievement award — for his contributions to television. Yes, Gordon's success stems to successful TV too. Gordon is currently the executive producer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” with notable past work including "Private Practice," "Army Wives" and "Reaper." The PGA will present Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television during its 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. »
- Matt Patches
Every so often, in a bizarre coincidence of release date timing, two movies that seem remarkably similar will arrive in theaters at the same time. Remember how Paul Blart and Observe and Report turned early 2009 into the year of the mall cop? It’s happening again this fall with Tracks, in which Mia Wasikowska treks 1,700 miles across the Australian outback, and Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon treks 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. These, of course, are not the first films to tag along with those traveling on foot. Nor are they the most ambitious. Even with an average distance walked of 1,400 miles, Wasikowska and Witherspoon aren’t among film history's top five when it comes to distance traveled using nothing but legs and feet. Here’s our list of Hollywood’s longest walkers:The Day After Tomorrow (2004): 225 miles, from Washington, D.C., to New York City Perfume: The »
- Adam K. Raymond,Lindsey Weber
Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro just keeps getting bigger in scale! Following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro.
Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon.
Says Karen, “Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy.”
Ashutosh Gowariker, “I am super excited to have »
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Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro keeps getting bigger in scale, following the addition of Oscar-Award nominated and Emmy-Award winning Costume Designer April Ferry to the crew, Ashutosh has roped in one more Hollywood specialist. Award winning VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas is on board to take over the VFX reigns for Mohenjo Daro. Karen, who has won two BAFTA Awards for Best Visual Effects, first for The Fifth Element and once again for The Day After Tomorrow, has also worked on films such as Apollo 13, Godzilla, Spider-man, 10,000 BC and more recently The Green Lantern, Looper and Don Jon. Says Karen, "Ashutosh is an amazing story-teller with a beautiful vision for Mohenjo Daro. And now our challenge, as his creative team, is to do whatever it takes to get that vision up on that big screen for audiences to share and enjoy." Ashutosh Gowariker, "I am super excited to have on board VFX Supervisor Karen Goulekas, »
As Deadline first reported, the show will be distributed and produced by Slingshot Global Media, with Emmerich set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series while Reeves will serve as an executive producer. Emmerich is best known for his action films like The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day.
New Angeles will tell the story of a man who enters a virtual reality named, unsurprisingly, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Well, "Stonewall" director Roland Emmerich hasn't completely changed his stripes. The man behind the upcoming, intimate gay civil rights drama who also brought us "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow" and "White House Down" is turning to the small screen -- on a new sci-fi series with co-executive producer Keanu Reeves. "New Angeles" will be set in the future, based around a young man who escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering the titular virtual reality world. Once down the rabbit hole, he adopts a new identity, and unlocks a mystery with real world consequences. So... "The Matrix"? In a sense. Emmerich will direct the pilot and remain involved in the series, to be distributed by Slingshot Global Media, as an executive producer. He's currently in post on "Stonewall." His company Centropolis and Reeves' Company Films are on board to produce "New Angeles." Nyt »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Jake Gyllenhaal has a razor-thin scar on the palm of his hand. It’s a permanent souvenir from the set of “Nightcrawler,” the Toronto Film Festival thriller, in which the actor plays a twisted crime paparazzo. On the Los Angeles shoot last fall, director Dan Gilroy was filming Gyllenhaal simmering alone in a house after his character, Lou, suffers a professional setback. “We were in the middle of a scene with a mirror,” Gyllenhaal recalls on a recent afternoon. “I hit the mirror.” The violent act wasn’t in the script, and Gyllenhaal still isn’t sure what propelled him to do it. “It was just a choice in that moment that happened,” says Gyllenhaal, who accidentally sliced open his hand on a shard of glass.
Doctors at Cedars-Sinai eventually stopped the bleeding and stitched him up, and Gyllenhaal returned to work eight hours later, with his wrist wrapped in gauze. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane. And Lenny Bruce is not afraid! Because he died a long time ago of an accidental drug overdose. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine, because whilst our pale blue dot is – sadly – destined to eventually crumble and fall apart, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime. Unless there are any immortals in the audience tonight, in which case you might wanna hunker down somewhere safe for the next billion or so years. It’s not going to be smooth sailing for you, buddy. Thanks to humanity’s use of natural resources, the building effects of global warming, and the general passage of time/circle of life thing our mother Gaia has got going on, things down look all that rosy for the future of Earth. »
- Tom Baker
A movie to make you despair of the found-footage conceit (if you weren’t already). Suddenly Twister looks like Shakespeare. I’m “biast” (pro): love Richard Armitage
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s like Roland Emmerich made a preposterous two-and-a-half-hour climate-change disaster flick — *cough* 2012 *cough* The Day After Tomorrow *cough* — and then someone went in and cut out most of the cheesy melodrama: the subsumed personal issues that come to the fore in the face of certain death, the contrived heat-of-the-moment romances, the triumph-of-the-human-spirit moments when the music swells and the tears are jerked. Whoever did such a thing probably thought they were doing us a favor, but it turns out: not so much. Because what we’re left with, in Into the Storm, may not be risible Mystery Science Theater-worthy crap, but it’s still pretty bad, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While actor Jake Gyllenhaal has headlined blockbusters such as The Day After Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, his filmography also includes fare such as Zodiac, Brothers, and Brokeback Mountain. His newest feature, titled Nightcrawler, appears to promise further diversity in his movie selection, as it sees Gyllenhaal take on the role of an unemployed individual who becomes a freelance crime journalist in La. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the film also stars Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, and Rene Russo, and is set to be released in American theatres on Halloween. A new trailer for the film has now been released, revealing more about the risks that Gyllenhaal’s character Lou Bloom runs into over the course of his job. Watch the trailer below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
★★☆☆☆At least nobody says "there's a storm coming", because every other disaster cliché going is thrown at Into the Storm (2014). There's the team of storm chasers from Twister (1996), the cack-handed attempt at 'cli-hi' moralism from 2004's The Day After Tomorrow, the split-up family from every disaster movie ever - even that annoying po-faced seriousness that has trended this year with the likes of Pompeii. Where's the fun gone from these movies? Twister had a scene where cows fly through the air. In Silverton, Oklahoma, the high school kids are all smiles for their end of term graduations. The sun is shining, but something's in the air that's making vice-principal Gary (Brit Richard Armitage) worried.
- CineVue UK
With Gerard Butler aboard to lead his new sci-fi thriller Geostorm, director Dean Devlin has been busy rounding up the rest of the cast. He now has Jim Sturgess, Abby Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia making deals to appear.In the future-set story, Butler plays a charming but stubborn satellite designer called in to help when the orbiting devices that control the Earth’s weather start to go haywire, leading to fears that the worst storm humanity has ever known could soon befall us all.Sturgess will be Butler’s estranged brother, with whom he’ll have to work if he’s to stop the meteorological apocalypse. But that’s not all: amid the mission to save the world, he also discovers that someone is plotting to assassinate the president. Never rains but it pours, eh? Probably literally in this case. Wait, is this like an Olympus Has Fallen »
Show of hands… When you first saw the film, who absolutely thought Raiders Of The Lost Ark was the greatest thing on Earth? Me too. Let’s try this again. Show of hands… When you first saw the film, who thought there was nothing more awesome than Jurassic Park? Wow. Me too! Well, I’m not about to tell you this film equals either of those modern masterpieces, but what I will tell you is that Ragnarok is a film that succeeds, in part, because it incorporates the massive influence both of the previously mentioned films have had on modern cinema in a subtle, yet effective way that evokes those memories while maintaining its own vision.
Written by John Kare Raake and directed by Mikkel Braenne Sandemose, Ragnarok is the story of an archaeologist named Sigurd with family problems who stumbles onto something extraordinary while seeking answers to ancient questions through relics. »
- Travis Keune
To celebrate the release of Into the Storm, hitting UK cinemas on the 20th August, we have put together our favourite extreme weather films.
This film reminds us that all extreme weather is 100 times worse when experienced at sea. The Perfect Storm is about the crew of the Andrea Gail, a small sword boat that fishes for swordfish. The crew decide to ignore weather warnings and risk one last fishing expedition, after a poor season of catch. Little do the crew know, they are heading into the perfect storm, one they are unlikely to survive. Watching this film will show you how far visual effects have come since it was released in 2000. However, as it stars George Clooney, we can forget the visual effects in favour of watching his face.
The Day after Tomorrow is one big lesson about global warming and a »
- Phil Wheat
Despite humanity still standing tall and challenging death’s array of obstacles on a daily basis, Hollywood loves showing us all the ways our existence could be eradicated in a heartbeat. While war is a predominant reason for our extinction, leading to nuclear obliteration and senseless killing, these are all fates brought upon by our own doing. Country against country, army against army, we can see these attacks coming, but what about the threats we cannot predict? What about the daily harm we cause Mother Nature? It’s only a matter of time before she strikes back with a vengeance, as we can’t even fathom the most dastardly natural disasters still to come our way – or can we?
Disaster movies are a thing of blockbuster proportions, looking at films depicting every kind of tornado (Twister), earthquake (Earthquake), Volcano (Volcano), and imaginable catastrophe (2012/The Day After Tomorrow) known to man. »
- Matt Donato
Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,651 locations, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned an estimated $4.6 million from late Thursday shows. Among Summer 2014 releases, that's ahead of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($4.1 million), Maleficent ($4 million) and Lucy ($2.75 million).While those aren't all apples-to-apples comparisons*Apes opened at 10 p.m., while Turtles started at 7 p.m.*it still suggests that the movie will have no problem earning over $40 million this weekend (Paramount is now expecting mid-to-high $40 millions).Meanwhile, Into The Storm opened to $800,000.Forecast: On what should be another busy August weekend, the latest big-screen version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will attempt to take first place ahead of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.That could be easier said than done. Marvel's last three movies have all dropped between 56 and 58 percent in their second weekends, and there's little reason to expect Guardians will have a steeper decline than that. With strong word-of-mouth, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Everybody loves a good disaster flick. There’s just something about watching the world (often literally) fall to pieces from the comfort of a movie theatre or couch that we just can’t get enough of.
This week, another addition to the disaster genre makes its way onto the big screen with Into the Storm, a found-footage film involving a group of high school students that capture the horror of a massive tornado. The film stars Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”).
This isn’t the first film to chronicle the events surrounding rogue tornadoes. 1996’s Twister set the bar for tornado movies, but we think Into the Storm might give it a run for its money based on the wickedly intense trailer.
- Amanda Wood
Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.The appointment marks Andreen’s second return to the studio, having previously served in various creative production capacities on Master and Commander and The Day After Tomorrow, among others.He most recently worked at Narratology as a consultant to Chinese media companies and funds.Career credits include senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, Warner Independ
Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.
The appointment marks Andreen’s second return to the studio, having previously served in various creative production capacities on Master and Commander and The Day After Tomorrow, among others.
He most recently worked at Narratology as a consultant to Chinese media companies and funds.
Career credits include senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, Warner Independent Pictures, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Films and LeVision Pictures Us.
“Jim [Gianopulos, Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman] and Sanford [Panitch, Fip president] have built the best international production unit in our business,” said »
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