Watching Jon Stewart rave about The Book of Mormon, the new Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, last night for a solid seven minutes, I realized that in an instance like this, his opinion actually carries as much weight with me as any theater critic’s will — if not more. That said, I was always going to go see The Book of Mormon, but now, if it doesn’t live up to my expectations, I will be disappointed in him as well. Watch the fawning interview below. READ FULL STORY
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There were no protesters to be found outside NYC’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre on 49th St. yesterday evening. Ordinarily, that information wouldn’t be news, but last night wasn’t quite an ordinary occasion: It was the first preview performance of The Book of Mormon, the new musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. (Check out EW’s Q&A with them in this week’s issue.) An irreverent tuner about two Mormon missionaries in poverty-stricken Uganda, Mormon has been touted as the most potentially obscene production to ever grace the Great White Way. So just how off-color is it? READ FULL STORY
Check it out, check it out: Comedy Central has a new logo. Goodbye globe-with-three-skyscrapers-dwarfed-by-huge-hilarious-words. Hello, simple hieroglyph that you’re sure you’ve seen before somewhere on your keyboard. Alas, it’s not there. It only seems like it should be, a distant cousin to @ and ©. But there’s much much more here, hiding behind their Christopher Nolan-inspired elegance. Clearly, Comedy Central intended to combine the logos of Carolco and Chanel, in an effort to trigger our subliminal craving for sweet-smelling killing machines from the future. Take a look at the new Comedy Central, if you dare!!!! READ FULL STORY
Sports have a statistical term for everything, and three, in particular, seems to be a magic number. A triple-double is when a basketball player scores double-digits in points, rebounds, and assists in a single game. The Triple Crown is when a baseball player leads the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (or when a thoroughbred wins the Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont). And the Triple-Lindy, of course, is an impossibly dangerous dive last performed by Thornton Melon. So it only makes sense that there should be a similar term for when an athlete’s man-parts are featured in three of TV’s most creative comedies. Last night, South Park took their shot at Brett Favre, the star quarterback accused of romantically pursuing a former employee of the New York Jets with an embarrassing collection of texts, voicemails, and naked photographs. Captain Hindsight offered the Vikings’ star some belated advise on avoiding his current situation. READ FULL STORY
Did the Inception parody that South Park aired last week seem eerily familiar as you watched? Don’t worry, you (probably) weren’t being incepted. The South Park episode lifted significant chunks of dialogue from a video posted on CollegeHumor.com back in August, to such an extent that South Park has had to apologize publicly. ”It’s just because we do the show in six days, and we’re stupid and we just threw it together,” South Park creator Matt Stone told The New York Times. “But in the end, there are some lines that we had to call and apologize for.”
According to the Times, it was all a big mix-up: “When [Stone and Trey Parker] could not find a movie theater showing Inception, and were unable to get a DVD of the film (or find a watchable version on BitTorrent), they turned to other parodies of the film on the Web, and found the CollegeHumor video.” Stone adds that taking CollegeHumor’s jokes “was a mistake, and it was an honest mistake.”
Check out CollegeHumor’s “Inception Characters Don’t Understand Inception” after the jump, then visit South Park‘s site to see that show’s “Insheeption” episode. The Inception parody starts around 6:30. Some key shared lines to look out for include “Sometimes my thoughts of my dead wife manifest themselves as trains” and “We need to move to the next dream level before these projections kill us”/”We need to move them all to the next dream level before the projections kill them.”
Do you buy Stone’s explanation for all this? Does this seem like just “an honest mistake” or something worse? Sound off in comments. READ FULL STORY
On South Park, no one is safe from ridicule, and considering the ridiculous behaviors from the casts of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the Garden State reality stars seem long overdue for the Comedy Central treatment (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). New Jersey’s most famous inhabitants were the subject of last night’s “It’s a Jersey Thing,” in which animated versions of the smush-loving, table-flipping gang moved to South Park, Colo. Jersey Shore‘s Snooki was seen as a snorting, crawling Pickle Monster, while Real Housewives‘ Teresa Giudice was a loud, foul-mouthed mother, whose husband Joe’s rippling biceps blinded his fellow dinner guests … so basically, they weren’t too far from their actual selves. All in all, the reality stars couldn’t be happier (a spoof is better than silence, no?) — or so some of them tell EW.
Former cast member Danielle Staub, who’s been portrayed as the villain of the series, got a laugh from the depiction of her former castmates. “I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t just me being made fun of for a change,” Staub tells EW. “You realize you’re something else when you’re being made into a cartoon. It’s pretty funny.” Giudice, for her part, released a statement to EW saying she is “honored to be mocked by them,” yet considers herself lucky by default. “Poor Snooki though! I got off easy compared to her!”
Speaking of Snooki, the Jersey Shore cast took to their Twitter pages to respond to the episode: READ FULL STORY
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