Trey Parker

Parker and Stone

Seeing as Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park is still ridiculously popular in its 16th season, they managed to make a puppet movie that was a financial success with Team America: World Police, and their Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, has sold out an unheard of number of shows in New York, on tour, and now in a production being staged in Chicago, these guys have managed to acquire a pretty big pile of money through serving the public funny filth. One gets visions of them swimming through piles of gold coins, Scrooge McDuck style. After your creative endeavors have netted you as much as $300m, where on Earth do you put all of your money? Well, a rap mogul like Jay-Z would tell you that it’s time to start founding your own companies, taking control of your own product, and cultivating your own personal brand. And, seeing as rap moguls like Jay-Z are the closest things we have to heroes these days, Parker and Stone are about to take this exact path by taking their $300m and using it to form their own content creation studio, Important Studios. The news of this new venture comes from The New York Times, who says that the new company will work on funding projects in television and film, as well as in theater. As might be expected given The Book of Mormon’s Tony wins, the fact that it continues to generate close to $5m a week, and the fact that […]

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Lloyd Kaufman is the Rodney Dangerfield of low-budget, B-level horror movies. He gets no respect. Even Roger Corman, who is notorious for cranking out genre films for profit since the 1950s, has respect of his Hollywood peers. But in Corman’s shadow is Kaufman’s exploitation studio Troma, which has been generating marginal and low-quality entertainment for years…almost 40 years, to be exact. Troma began in 1974 as a joint venture between Kaufman and his buddy from Yale, Michael Hertz. Over the years, the studio has pulled their own fair share of Cormans by featuring would-be stars in their earliest roles, including Kevin Costner in Sizzle Beach U.S.A., Billy Bob Thornton in Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, and the comedy team of Trey Parker and Matt Stone with Cannibal: The Musical. In 1985, Troma broke out with their tongue-in-cheek success The Toxic Avenger, a low-budget hit that spawned three sequels and gave Troma its poster boy for its studio. Soon, Troma became a staple in the direct-to-video market with additional hits like Class of Nuke‘Em High, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell, and Surf Nazis Must Die! To celebrate its upcoming 40th Anniversary in Tromaville, Troma is offering dozens of their movies for free on the Troma YouTube Channel. Films will be continually added to the line-up, but the channel is opening with the following titles:

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The Motion Picture Association of America must die. It’s a monopolistic behemoth that poisons creativity and commerce while hiding behind the failed task of educating parents about film content, and the time has come to call for its dissolution. The above logo is what we, as movie fans, are most familiar with when it comes to the MPAA because we see it on trailers and home video, but that symbol is really a trick of PR. The goal of the MPAA is not to rate movies, even if that’s the product we know and loathe best. The MPAA’s founding, fundamental aim is to maintain the corporate dominance of its members – the six largest studios. It does not serve fans. It does not serve families. It does not serve filmmakers.

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We weren’t really sure if last week’s Commentary Commentary was gross enough for the lot of you. So a poll was taken – it pretty much consisted of Brian Salisbury and myself – and it was decided the ante needed to be upped this week. Especially in honor of Fantastic Fest, we felt it was time to really turn on the gore and mindlessly fun commentary tracks. So we’re heading back with the South Park boys to Cannibal! The Musical, Trey Parker‘s first feature film which was subsequently picked up by Lloyd Kaufman and the fine (?) people at Troma Entertainment. What we got shocked and amazed even our gore-filled hearts and minds. A grotesque but absolutely hilarious look at the real-life trial of Alferd Packer, a 19th Century prospector who was accused of cannibalism in Colorado. The film isn’t the most accurate depiction of the events, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t entertaining. Equally entertaining is this commentary track featuring cast, crew, and ample amounts of consumed alcohol, something most commentary tracks are lacking in. Here’s what we found out. Note: it isn’t much.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the movie website equivalent of stuffing a turkey with three chickens and an eel. News of all shapes and sizes finds itself among some strange bedfellows here even if you can’t sleep. We get things started with a metric ton of images and information about The Muppets. If you’re willing to brave the spoilers, /film has everything from character descriptions to photos to trivia. Or, you can let the burning questions wash over you. Why is Kermit behind bars? Does it have anything to do with inter-species sex laws? Why wouldn’t it?

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Last week many questioned what the end of the South Park mid-season finale “You’re Getting Old” meant for the future of the series. Many (including myself) suspected that the ending was Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s way of saying that this was indeed the final season of South Park and the show would come to a close after the fall run at the end of the year. Last night the duo appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to discuss their win at the Tony Awards for Best Musical with their critically adored musical The Book of Mormon. During the interview with Stewart they said many of their peers approached them after the episode aired, asking “are you okay? Is the show coming back?” To which their response was “yeah, South Park‘s our thing… We had fun doing the episode.”

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Let’s be honest: this current run of South Park has been okay. Nowhere near the level of quality that the show was at before the 200/201 fiasco of last year, but certainly above the sub-par stories we were getting in the last fall run right after the 200/201 fiasco. But the slump might be over, because this past episode was one of the best pieces of story telling Matt & Trey have ever delivered to the show.

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It’s just another day in the town of South Park, well except for the fact that the Marsh household has been overrun by the not so great cooking of the now Food Channel-obsessed Randy. Things take a turn for the worse when Randy’s obsession causes him to leave his old job and take a position and the one place that will ruin Stan’s life forever. In an attempt to save her marriage, Sharon decides to start bettering her appearance with the purchase of a Shake Weight. But the voice assistance model has much more sinister plans for Mrs. Marsh. And in an attempt to destroy Randy’s obsession, the boys accidentally set into motion the biggest cook-off of all time. By episodes end, the truth shall reveal itself in all its Crème Fraiche goodness.

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Movies We Love

The year was 1999 and South Park was the thing to watch that would really piss your parents off. The show was in the heyday of its controversial content, and displayed no signs of slowing down. A group of four nine year olds had changed the face of television forever. The only question was, where would they go from there? Show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker answered the question that summer with the movie version, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The movie was expected to preform OK, and meet critical pan across the board. But instead the film became a major financial success and was met with impossible to predict praise that even the Academy recognized. Unlike most TV to movie adaptations, this film didn’t just deliver a ninety minute episode with saltier language. No, what Matt & Trey did was something so amazingly out of left field, that all anyone could to was sit back and enjoy.

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The final installment in the Coon & Friends trilogy has begun with the destruction of earth. Cartman and Cthulhu have begun their mission to rid the world of… well, anything that pisses Cartman off. And it’s up to the original Coon & Friends to stop him. But before they can, Cartman gets a leg up on them that no one could have foreseen. Ken… Mysterion will also try and learn the truth behind his power, and when all is said and done, the meaning behind his “gift” will be revealed. Oh, and Justin Bieber may or may not be taken out for good…

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I remember long ago when South Park first hit the air waves because everyone in my elementary school was talking about it. There were parents letting their kids watch this vulgar, downright offensive show, and I was jealous because I wasn’t allowed to. I didn’t think about the show again until I stumbled upon it during my middle school days. I watched an episode and was immediately hooked forever. I still remember the episode that got me. It was one titled “Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants” from back in 2001. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. My 12 year old mind was still trying to comprehend what had happened to the nation, then one Saturday night I saw the boys load onto a cargo plane for Afghanistan, and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Since then I’ve been a hardcore fan of the show. I’ve watched every episode, bought a majority of the seasons on DVD, re-watched the movie dozens of times and to top it all off, I bought South Park-related clothing. That might give you some insight as to why I’ve become angry with my fellow South Park audience members as of late.

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Picking up right where we left off, The Coon is headed to New Orleans to fight the evil Cthulhu, but when he gets their it turns out his intentions weren’t as pure as one would believe. Back in the quiet town of South Park, Coon & Friends are selling lemon bars to help the fight against Cthulhu and hopefully save the world. But things take an unexpected turn when Mysterion’s true identity is revealed, and the deep dark secret he has kept inside for so long is brought to the surface.

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The Coon has returned and this time he’s not alone. This time The Coon has begun a superhero union known as The Coon & Friends. But all is not well when a new superhero appears, impinging on the gangs territory. Now it’s up to The Coon to either get this new superhero to join the union, or stop him dead in his tracks. But while all that’s going on, a much bigger problem has begun threatening earth. And with the worlds greatest hero out of commission, it’s up to The Coon & Friends to bring balance to earth before it’s too late.

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Stan has a problem. A very messy problem. Stan Marsh is… I, I can’t even say it because it’s too painful. But it turns out Stan isn’t the only one in South Park Elementary suffering from the problem. So in a last ditch effort to cure them, a professional brings them in for psycho-dream therapy. But things go awry when the other subject’s dream sucks Stan into his own. Now it’s up to Stan to solve the problem of the subjects sub-conscience before the dream collapses. But not before some more dream experts are brought in. Oh, and some fire fighters too. Also, the ultimate dream warrior is called in to save the day when it all goes to hell.

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A plague has begun spreading across the United States. No, the  SARS virus hasn’t returned. The Jersyites have begun a take over of the entire eastern United States and South Park is the next target on the list. Now it’s up to Randy, Jimbo, Mackey and the rest of the adults to stop the take over before it’s too late. Kyle will also be forced to face a demon that has been living inside of him since the day he was born. And this demon will not only affect him, but it will also change the state of his family forever. And Cartman will finally put a stop to the three J devil known as Kyle Broflovski.

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It’s another week in the town of South Park and Mr. Garrison has assigned the class an essay on what they want to be when they grow up. This however sends Cartman on an emotion tail spin because the thing he wants to be when he grows up is unachievable, a Nascar driver. Now why is it unachievable you ask? Well isn’t it obvious, it’s because Cartman isn’t poor and stupid enough to be a Nascar driver. But that isn’t going to stop this determined nine year old from achieving his dream, and maybe pick up some corporate sponsorships along the way.

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Junkfood Cinema

Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; we know who you are, and we saw what you ate. If you are the sort of cinemaphile that only indulges in the choicest, most quality films from around the globe, then you should already aware that you hate me. I am the purveyor of cheap, half-rancid treats and Junkfood Cinema is the food truck from which I offer my wares. Every week we examine exactly what makes a bad film bad and why sometimes no lack of stars, tomatoes, or upright thumbs can keep us away from them. To make sure this column does actual physical harm to you in the real world and not just threatens your brain cell count via the web, I will pair each film with a delicious, if wholly unhealthy, snack food item. Today’s film is BASEketball, bon appetit!

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For those unfamiliar with the story, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park, have once again found themselves butting heads with extremists and the Comedy Central suits. But really… what did they expect?

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South Park Season 11 Giveaway

We begin our “Free Friday” this week with a prize pack from a small, relatively unremarkable animated show called “South Park.”

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