First Clip from SOUTH PARK: Season 18 Premiere Takes Aim at the Washington Redskins

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Even though it’s only been a year and there’s even been a video game in the interim, it seems like forever since we got a new episode of South Park.  Thankfully, the wait is almost over as the show will be returning for its 18th(!) season this Wednesday.  The first clip for the new season aired during today’s Redskins-Eagles game, which was no accident since the show’s first target this year will be the offensive name of Washington’s football team.  The NFL has been in the news a lot the past few weeks, so it will be interesting to see if Trey Parker and Matt Stone weave those elements into their scathing satire as well.

Hit the jump to check out the clip from the Season 18 premiere of South Park.  The long-running series returns on Wednesday at 10pm EST on Comedy Central.

New to Blu-ray: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, GODZILLA, HANNIBAL Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a tear-jerking box office smash, the King of the Monsters, the second season of the most visually arresting show on television, and more.  Briefly:

Video Game Deals: SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH for $42.99 (28% Off)

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Last year, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to change their production schedule to doing 10 episodes a year instead of splitting the season into 7 episodes in the spring and another 7 in the fall.  The show is always a little hit and miss considering that they’re trying to be topical, but some of the best episodes are when they’re just being kids.  And that’s what Parker and Stone have done with South Park: The Stick of Truth, a video game RPG that lets you create a character and be the lead.  Parker and Stone wrote the script, and the game is as funny and irreverent as you’d expect.  The gameplay is also solid, so if you’re a gamer who loves South Park, you have to play this.  It also eases the blow of having fewer South Park episodes per year.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is $42.99 (28% off) for today only, which is a great deal considering that the game came out only a few weeks ago.  Click on the corresponding links for your system of choice, and hit the jump to check out a trailer.

SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH Delayed to March 2014; Ubisoft Releases 7-Minute Gameplay Trailer to Make You Angrier

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South Park: The Stick of Truth was one of my most-anticipated games of 2013, and now it’s going to have to be one of my most-anticipated games of 2014.  Ubisoft has kicked the game back to March 4, 2014.  The game was originally set for 2012, but then distributor THQ pushed it to April 2013.  Then THQ went under, and the game was picked up by Ubisoft.  They set the release for November 19th, and I was already to pick it up in a few weeks.  But now Ubisoft North America’s president Laurent Detoc says, “Within three weeks after acquiring the game, we sadly realized we had to turn this thing upside down if we hoped to deliver the experience everybody wanted.”  He continued, “It’s been such a major overhaul to get to the point where we are that we couldn’t let it go, even if that meant missing December.”  So thoughtful.

To rub salt in the wound, the company released a fantastic gameplay trailer featuring over seven minutes of footage.  Hit the jump to check it out, and click here to pre-order South Park: The Stick of Truth on either the Xbox or PS3.  Hopefully, it will be worth the long wait.

SOUTH PARK Finally Misses a Deadline Due to Power Outage; New Episode Will Not Air Tonight

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It’s no secret that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone craft each new episode from inception to air in six days time, delivering each installment within hours of airtime; the documentary chronicling their process is even called The Making of South Park: 6 Days to Air.  Well for the first time in the show’s history, Parker and Stone have missed that deadline due to a power outage in the studio, and a new episode of South Park will not be airing this evening.  Hit the jump for more, including when you can see “Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers.”

New to Blu-ray: IRON MAN 3, THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: Ultimate Collector’s Edition, HANNIBAL: Season One, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s bountiful new Blu-ray releases:

SOUTH PARK Returns with 10 New Episodes on September 25th

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The 17th season of South Park will kick off on Comedy Central on September 25th at 10/9c.  Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker recently decided to switch up the production schedule on South Park to one season of 10 straight episodes per year, instead of splitting seasons up into two halves of 7 episodes that aired in the Spring and Fall.  Comedy Central announced today that season 17 will begin on September 25th, and Bill Hader previously told us that he will be working full-time on the South Park writing staff this fall.

Additionally, South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 24th, just in time to catch up for the new season.  It includes all 14 episodes of season 16, as well as mini-commentaries on all of the episodes by Stone and Parker and deleted scenes.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Bill Hader on Doing a Voice for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Voicing a Few Roles for PIXAR, SNL, SOUTH PARK, Future Projects, and More at D23

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Did you know Bill Hader did a voice in J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness?  And did you know he recorded it just a short time before the film was released?  While I’d heard about it through a friend of mine, I’d never heard the real story from Hader himself.  So when I got to speak to him backstage at D23 earlier today, I made sure to ask him about it.  In addition, he talked about how taking a personal tour of Pixar led to him landing roles in some of their upcoming films, the upcoming season of South Park, SNL, plus future film projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Benjamin Bratt Talk CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, Upcoming Projects, and More

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This week I was invited to take an early look at the hilarious new animated adventure, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.  The press day was held at Sony Pictures Animation Studios where I had an opportunity to talk to Anna Faris, Benjamin Bratt and Bill Hader who return in the sequel.  The plot picks up right where the first film ends and reveals what happens after the island of Swallow Falls is evacuated to clean up the food disaster and Flint (Hader) discovers his infamous invention is still active and churning out deadly food monsters.

During our roundtable interview, Faris, Bratt and Hader talked about returning to their characters, working with new directors, why mining the funny in an animated feature is a unique challenge, how they often don’t know how their work looks until they experience it in a theater, why El Gallo Negro would be a cool addition to the Cloudy universe, and how they’d return if there was a Cloudy 3.  They also discussed their upcoming projects including Faris’ new CBS TV show, Mom; Bratt’s PBS documentary, American Latinos; and Hader’s roles in The To Do List, The Skeleton Twins, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and writing on South Park.

Bill Hader Talks CLOUD WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, Comic-Con, Writing for SOUTH PARK, the Final Stefon Sketch, Whether He’ll Ever Cameo on SNL, What He Collects, and More

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Like most of you, I’m a huge fan of Bill Hader.   I think he’s one of those rare performers that can do anything, and over the past few years on TV and in a number of different movies, he’s made me laugh again and again.  So when I had the opportunity to speak with him last week at Comic-Con, I jumped at the chance.

During our wide ranging interview we talked about being at Comic-Con, what he collects, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2Saturday Night Live, whether he will ever cameo on SNL now that he’s left the show, coming up with the idea for the final Stefon sketch, and so much more.  He also revealed that he will be writing for the entirety of South Park‘s upcoming season and talked about what it’s like to work with Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Trailer for SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH; Game’s Release Set for November 19th on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC

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South Park: The Stick of Truth was one of my most-anticipated video games on 2013, and then I didn’t know if it would even be released in 2013.  The release was originally set for April, but then publisher THQ went bankrupt.  The game was then picked up Ubisoft, but still didn’t have a release date.  They didn’t even announce one at the game’s Comic-Con panel, which contained plenty of details about the game itself.  But now I’ll know when to throw down my hard-earned dollars for the South Park role-playing game: November 19th.

A new trailer has been released, and it shows that the game will be just as juvenile and offensive as you think.  Thank goodness.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click here to pre-order South Park: The Stick of Truth on Xbox 360, PS3, or PC.

Comic-Con: Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH Video Game, Designing It to Mimic the Show’s “Authentic Crappiness” and More

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In today’s Comic-Con panel centering on the upcoming South Park video game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were on hand to answer questions from the fans.  While they were certainly entertaining, the crowd-pleasing duo wouldn’t share much about the development of the game, except to voice their continued frustrations with how long it was taking to bring to market.  They did, however, show off a fun bit of behind-the-scenes footage highlighting the making of the game with a good amount of game play and cut scenes for good measure.  Although South Park: The Stick of Truth has no definite release date in sight, the guys did share a bit of information on it, the upcoming season of South Park and more of their future endeavors.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

TOP 5: THE INTERNSHIP, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Set Images Galore from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, THE PURGE, 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time

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For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.

In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

INTERSTELLAR Cost Warner Bros. the Rights to FRIDAY THE 13TH and Half of a SOUTH PARK Movie

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Warner Bros. loves being in the Christopher Nolan business, and they didn’t want to miss out on his next film, the sci-fi pic Interstellar.  However, the movie was being made with Paramount.  In order to get in on the action, Warner Bros. has reportedly given up the rights to co-finance the next Friday the 13th picture and a portion a future South Park film.  Paramount will also get to co-finance a TBD A-list Warner Bros. property.  THR’s report doesn’t say if Paramount gets to choose the property, or if there will be negotiations (I can imagine an exec at Paramount calling WB every day and asking, “Soooo…making that new Batman movie yet?”).

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SOUTH PARK Reducing Episode Order to 10 Per Season; Each Season Will No Longer Be Split in Half

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Some changes are being made over at South Park.  Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker recently revealed that, instead of splitting each season into two halves of 7 episodes that air in the spring and fall, the upcoming 17th season will air as one batch of 10 episodes.  Though the change reduces the episode number from 14 per season to 10, the creators said that this allows them more time to devote to other things rather than having to work on South Park for two grueling, separate batches of 7 weeks out of the year.  Hit the jump for more from Stone and Parker regarding the future of South Park and how it fits in with the current television landscape.

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