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Mike Tyson’s Latest Career Move Involves a ‘Fowl-Mouthed’ Pigeon

Seth MacFarlane, Trey Parker and Matt Stone can all claim a legacy piece of Mike Tyson Mysteries, a new weekly quarter-hour show green lit for Adult Swim. The show will mix in live-action footage of Tyson with a cartoon sidekick that owes a lot to Stewie Griffin and Cartman.

Per a report by TheWrap TV editor Tim Molloy:

Armed with a magical tattoo on his face and a trusty associate by his side — a talking pigeon — if you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. The series incorporates live-action appearances featuring Mighty Mike himself, and the gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his fowl-mouthed partner gear up for weekly adventures as they put unsolved mysteries.

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South Park Creators to Launch ‘Important Studios’

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are apparently sick of Hollywood studio oversight–as they ready the inevitable film version of their Broadway hit Book of Mormon. The pair have been saving their syndication money, and let the New York Times know over the weekend that they plan on launching their own $300 million production studio: called “Important Studios.”

“Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves,” the pair said in a statement.

Parker and Stone also courted $60 million in backing from Raine Group head Joseph Ravitch.

“Ten years ago, you needed that studio machinery to start cranking its marketing muscle,” Stone told the Times. “Now we could market a movie-size project. We bring a lot of heft.”

Trey Parker, Matt Stone Treat Media to Book of Mormon Encore

Following Saturday night’s preview performance of smash musical The Book of Mormon, which begins a 12-week west coast run at the Pantages tomorrow night, FishbowlLA and a select group of other media folks hung around for an informal press conference with show co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (Robert Lopez, the third person responsible for the scintillating book, music and lyrics, did not attend.)

The Tony Award winning tandem confirmed not a word has been changed from the Broadway and Denver incarnations. That includes the genital double-down line repeated throughout by a resident of the Ugandan village where Latter-Day Saint newbies Elder Price (Gavin Creel) and Elder Cunningham (Jared Gertner) arrive to spread the Mormon gospel. We don’t want to spoil the fun by mentioning the specifics. However, to FishbowlLA’s opening press conference question about whether other dialogue was considered for this hilarious running gag, Stone confirmed a longstanding previous punchline.

“It’s funny,” he recalled. “That particular song, “American Prophet,” used to be called “The Bible is a Trilogy.” It was kind of a joke about how the third part of a film trilogy is always the best movie, and how the first Matrix was *actually* the best… The African guy stepped forward and said, ‘Can you imagine if The Matrix had ended after the first one?’ And then he sang, “I actually thought the third Matrix was the worst one.”

“We had that in there for the longest time,” Parker continued. “But then we finally thought we can’t do the Bible as a trilogy thing [The Book of Mormon being the additional, third part to the Old and New Testaments], so we changed it to this other song and realized we had lost that great line. We wondered what else the villager could say when he comes forward and we came up with…”

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South Park Renewed Through 2016

Comedy Central announced today that it has renewed its flagship show South Park for another three seasons–taking the show through 2016. That will be its 20th season. Which makes us feel incredibly old.

“Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there,” South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone said in a release. “South Park is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”

South Park‘s 15th season finale airs tonight at 10. Or, if you’re feeling a little more 21st century, you can watch it online whenever you feel like it.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone on 60 Minutes

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone got the 60 Minutes treatment over the weekend for their overwhelming takeover of Broadway–thanks to their hit show The Book of Mormon. Not much new ground broken, but the pair are always entertaining. The web exclusive video above about how South Park gets made in only six days is probably more interesting than the piece itself.

Salt Lake City Reporter Buttonholes The Book of Mormon

According to showbiz columnist Roger Friedman, The Book of Mormon Broadway musical producer Scott Rudin is having a big media elite pow wow lunch tomorrow in New York to stoke the fires of Matt Stone and Trey Parker‘s highly anticipated new venture, set to open Thursday March 24th.

But from a west coast media perspective, it makes much more sense to see how the show is being advance-played in the state of its creative genesis. Salt Lake City Tribune reporter Peggy Fletcher recently shared an intriguing Q&A with Stone. The lede is pretty funny:

Matt Stone, one half the South Park writing duo, is not now, nor has he ever been a Mormon. Neither is his creative partner, Trey Parker. They don’t have Mormons in their family trees, despite rumors to the contrary circulating madly online and in Mormon circles.

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South Park Terrorist Zachary Chesser Sentenced to 25 Years in Jail

Zachary Chesser, the man who told South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker they would “wind up like Theo Van Gogh,” the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by radical Islamists, was just sentenced to 25 years in Federal prison yesterday. Chesser’s sentence includes time for attempting to join Al-Queda, as well as his threats against Parker and Stone.

“Zachary Chesser will spend 25 years in prison for advocating the murder of U.S. citizens for engaging in free speech about his religion,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said yesterday. “His actions caused people throughout the country to fear speaking out–even in jest–to avoid being labeled as enemies who deserved to be killed.”

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Weird Movie Title, Even Weirder PR Pitch

To do full justice to the name of the following indie film spoof, imagine reading the title aloud in the style of Pee-wee Herman‘s wind-up delivery. It’s called Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating, Crawling, Alien & Zombified, Subhumanoid Living Dead… Part 5

Even stranger is the offer being made by the parody film’s hostess, former Long Island foster child Angelica, to a list of celebrities that includes Hollywood comedy royalty Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Seth MacFarlane, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. If one of these targets agrees to review the movie, she and her partners (director James Riffel, co-writer Mark Zobian) are promising to pass on a check for $10,000 that can be donated to a charity of the celebrity’s choice.

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Man Who Threatened ‘South Park’ Creators Over Mohammed Depiction Pleads Guilty

Twenty-year-old Zachary Adam Chesser plead guilty in federal court this week to charges of communicating threats and soliciting crimes of violence. Chesser, if you remember, was the kid who went on a radical Islamic site and posted threats against South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone over their decision to depict the Islamic profit Mohammed in a bear suit.

“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Chesser also pleaded guilty to perhaps the more serious charge of supporting Somali terrorists. He copped a plea with prosecutors that would allow him to serve no less than 20 years in prison.

Previously on FBLA: Simpsons Stand Up for South Park…Kind Of

H/T THR, Esq.

Lil’ Bush: Prepubescent Prez Part Of New Comedy Central Cartoon

Lil’ Bush, Comedy Central’s new animated series featuring lil’ versions of President Bush and his cabinet set to premiere next week, is notable for a few reasons: For one, it was originally developed as a series of “mobisodes” for the plummeting Amp’d Mobile, apparently making it the first show to transition from “mobisode” to TV series.

Two, Iggy Pop does the voice for “Lil’ Rummy,” with Dave Grohl, Frank Black of the Pixies, Jeff Tweedy from Wilco and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all slated to be guest voices in future episodes.

It’s also the second show of late to portray President Bush as prepubescent (an episode of MTV’s Human Giant included a skit called Lil 9/11, a mock film about the September 11th attacks featuring children playing the roles of George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden.)

In terms of a full-on series spoofing the President, though, Comedy Central has its own history against it: remember That’s My Bush? The Comedy Central “live action” sitcom — produced by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — lasted just one season in 2001. “The cost per ratings point was just too expensive” at about $700,000 per episode, according to a Comedy Central spokeperson at the time of cancellation.

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