Here’s a mind-blowing fact: Most college students today can’t remember a world without South Park. Yes, the no-holds-barred animated comedy is now in its 21st season, and it still manages to stay shockingly relevant, since many of the shows are written and produced within a week or two of their air date. (The show’s episode about last year’s presidential election aired the very next evening!)

While South Park stood out as shockingly different back when it premiered in 1997, the television landscape today is a lot different than it was back then. So do the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, think they’d have an easier or more difficult time if they were launching the show today? (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Stone & Trey Parker)

South Park airs Wednesday nights at 10/9c on Comedy Central.

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kitsch1Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, True Detective) stars in American Assassin as Ghost, a former CIA operative who feels betrayed by his country and his colleagues (Michael Keaton co-stars as his mentor Stan Hurley). Ghost’s plans at retribution may lead to a devastating terrorist attack, and it’s up to CIA recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) to take him down.

Kitsch, who is a fan of the film’s “visceral” nature, got along with director Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Kill the Messenger) from the get go.

“The beauty of Cuesta was he let me do my thing,” said Kitsch. “Any great director has that ability to set you free. It was good even from the first time  I was shooting a movie in Santa Fe and so I had to Skype with him and talk about the work and the character and all that. And that was over an hour and from then on it was pretty chill and easy.”

Kitsch was also excited to work with Keaton on the project, and in the audio clip below he delves into a pivotal scene between Ghost and Stan Hurley:

American Assassin, co-starring Shiva Negar, opens nationwide September 15.

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There are several reasons why The Foreigner may be more than just an action film. For one, the pairing of Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan should have been done many years ago, and kudos to The Foreigner for bringing the two together. Another huge reason is it’s directed by Martin Campbell, a filmmaker whose highlights include The Mask of Zorro, GoldenEye (with Brosnan as Bond!), Casino Royale, and the underrated Mel Gibson flick Edge of Darkness.

The story centers on a London based businessman named Quan (Chan) who loses his teenage daughter in a terrorist act. Quan believes a British government official (Brosnan) holds the identities of the criminals, and our hero goes on a bloody mission of vengeance!!

Though few actors can balance comedy and action as well as Chan, it’s great whenever he takes on a purely dramatic role. The trailer suggests there won’t be a ton of Chan one-liners in this one, and Campbell’s work is usually as dark and somber as they come (unless you count the misfire known as Green Lantern). The Foreigner is one movie we’re definitely checking out when it hits theaters on October 13. Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think of the trailer!!

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As a mother with a thriving career in the Disney universe, Kristen Bell didn’t really need to take a job starring on a TV show. However, once she read the first script for The Good Place — the NBC sitcom that finds her recently deceased character mistakenly sent to Ted Danson’s heaven-like utopia — she knew that she had to be a part of something so unique. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kristen Bell)

The Good Place starts its second season with a special premiere date — Wednesday, September 20 at 10/9c — before returning to its regular time, Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.

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0bots_00253_rgbAfter winning an Oscar earlier this year for her performance in La La Land, Emma Stone could be looking at another nomination for her next film, Battle of the Sexes. She’s playing tennis legend Billie Jean King, and the movie is based on the landmark 1973 match that pitted King (who was the world’s #1 female tennis player at the time) against former men’s champ Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell). For Stone, playing a real-life legend was a surreal experience, and she wanted to make sure she captured King’s real-life charisma. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emma Stone)

Battle of the Sexes opens in theaters on September 22.

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Since its debut 51 years ago Star Trek has grown into a phenomenon that creator Gene Roddenberry never could have imagined in his wildest dreams. With more than a dozen movies released and a sixth TV series about to premiere, Trek is one of the most prolific and successful franchises ever. Alex Kurtzman, who is a producer and writer on the new show, Star Trek: Discover, is very familiar with the Star Trek universe, having written the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel, Into Darkness. Why does he think the franchise continues to thrive? He attributes it to Roddenberry’s original optimistic vision.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Alex Kurtzman)

Star Trek: Discovery debuts on the CBS All Access streaming service, though non-subscribers will be able to preview the series when the CBS television network broadcasts the premiere episode Sunday, September 24 at 8:30/7:30c.

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Actress/singer Vanessa Hudgens hits the High Sierras with Bear Grylls on this Saturday’s installment of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. During her trek with Grylls she comes face to face with a rattlesnake, evades a boulder avalanche and encounters a dormant volcano.

Hudgens, like many of the fellow participants who hit the outdoors with Grylls, faces her share of challenges. “So Bear wants me to run down the side of this mountain - I don’t feel really good about it,” says Hudgens. “Running down a a mountain that’s full of loose of gravel I feel that’s something your parents will tell you to not do so automatically I’m hard wired to not want to do it but I trust Bear and I’ll give it my best shot.”

Click on the media bar to hear Vanessa Hudgens explains why having a positive attitude is a good way to hang out with Mother Nature:

Running Wild With Bear Grylls airs Saturday, September 16 on NBC (10 pm et/pt).

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War for the Planet of the Apes, the finest installment of the acclaimed trilogy, hits Blu-ray and DVD October 24 via Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

This time out Caesar (Andy Serkis giving an Oscar worthy performance) is on a quest for revenge after a ruthless man simply known as the Colonel (Woody Harrelson) leads an attack on his apes. After sustaining his share of tragedy, Caesar must devise a plan that fulfills his own personal vendetta and ensure the future safety of his apes.

Special features on the Blu-ray include audio commentary from director Matt Reeves, deleted scenes with optional commentary from Reeves, a concept art gallery, and behind-the-scenes featurettes (”All About Caesar,” “WETA: Pushing Boundaries,” “Music for Apes,” “Apes: The Meaning of It All,” “The Apes Saga: An Homage”). The DVD version comes with the Reeves commentary, art gallery, and the “All About Caesar” featurette.

Check out our CinemAddicts review of War for the Planet of the Apes below:


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As Arrow moves into its sixth season on The CW, the challenge for the show will be to keep things fresh and interesting after more than 100 episodes. Star Stephen Amell doesn’t think that will be a problem; based on the scripts he’s read so far, he says the writers are taking his character into directions we haven’t seen before, and he’s really excited about that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Stephen Amell)


The new season of Arrow premieres Thursday, October 12 at 9/8c on The CW.

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Lady GagaIf you watched Super Bowl LI in February, you know the highlight of the game (for everyone but die-hard Patriots fans) was Lady Gaga’s remarkable halftime performance. A new Netflix documentary takes us behind the scenes of that performance, along with the production of her latest album, Joanne. Gaga told us she’s very proud of Gaga: Five Foot Two, and that the Chris Mourkabel-directed film has already been getting great reviews… from her family and friends! (Click on the media bar below to hear Lady Gaga)

Gaga: Five Foot Two premieres September 22 on Netflix.

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