Seth MacFarlane (born 26.10.1973)
Seth MacFarlane is a comedy writer and voice actor best known for creating animated comedy series 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad'.
Childhood: Seth MacFarlane was born in Kent, Connecticut. His parents are Ann Perry, who worked in admissions at several schools, and Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a teacher. He was always interested in cartoon and animation as a young boy and was paid $5 a week for producing a comic strip entitled 'Walter Crouton' in his local newspaper The Kent Good Times Dispatch. He once depicted a man taking communion and asking, 'Can I have fries with that?' which prompted the local priest to send an angry letter. He attended Kent School and graduated in 1991 before studying film, video and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and leaving with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Comedy Career: Seth MacFarlane started his career with animation giant Hanna-Barbera Cartoons after his professor at school sent them Seth's animated short 'The Life of Larry'. He did writing and animation on various Cartoon Network shows such as 'Dexter's Laboratory', 'Johnny Bravo' and 'Cow and Chicken' as part of the channel's 'Cartoon Cartoon' series. While working here he met voice actors Adam West and Jack Sheldon who later appeared on 'Family Guy'. Seth created 'Family Guy' after a decision to go into prime time animation. He pitched the show idea to Fox who gave him $50,000 to create a pilot episode. The Fox Broadcast Company debuted the first episode of the first series in 1999 and Seth became the youngest executive producer on TV at 24. He is also a voice actor on the show and does the voices for Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, their neighbour Glenn Quagmire and news reader Tom Tucker. He became the world's highest paid TV writer after signing a $100 million deal with Fox in 2008 to keep 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' until 2012. 'Family Guy' receives constant criticism for its crude content and has been pulled off the air frequently by Fox. Seth created 'American Dad' in 2005 along with Matt Weitzman and Mike Barker. It was inspired by President George W. Bush with the main character being a strictly conservative CIA agent. The show also includes an effeminate alien rescued from Area 51 and a goldfish with a transplanted brain from a German skier. In 2005, he launched 'Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy' which was a series of short webisodes. In 2007, he was an executive producer on the short-lived TV series 'The Winner'. In 2009, he created 'The Cleveland Show' - a spin-off of 'Family Guy' focusing on Peter Griffin's friend Cleveland Brown. In 2012, he directed the live action comedy movie 'Ted' about a man who owns a talking teddy after making a wish when he was a little boy. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Seth's 'Family Guy' co-star Mila Kunis and Seth himself as the voice of Ted. Seth MacFarlane: Other career ventures Seth MacFarlane is a regular panellist on the annual 'Comedy Central Roasts' show. He is an avid pianist and singer appearing on the BBC Proms alongside the John Wilson Orchestra in 'A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals'. He released his debut album 'Music Is Better Than Words' in 2011 on Universal Republic Records which was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. He has voiced characters on 'Robot Chicken' and 'Yin Yang Yo!' as well as in 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'. He sang the opening theme in the film 'Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder' and played Ziggy in 'Tooth Fairy' in 2010. He often speaks at university campuses and has even made appearances at Stanford University and Harvard University. He is a gay rights activist and became so after hearing a family member questioning whether his cousin could be 'cured' of his homosexuality. He told The Advocate in 2008 that it was 'f****** horrifying to hear from somebody that you love'. In 2011, he was named the Harvard Humanist of the Year.
Personal Life: Seth MacFarlane is a 'Star Wars',' Star Trek' and sci-fi fan and often holds sci-fi themed parties. Seth is an atheist. His mother Ann Perry passed away in 2010 due to cancer. In 2012, he was dating 'Game of Thrones' actress Emilia Clarke though their relationship seems to have been on and off and it is not clear if the pair are currently a couple. On September 11th 2001, Seth was scheduled to take the flight that was hijacked and subsequently flown into the World Trade Center. However, after a slow morning and incorrect times being given to him, he arrived just after the flight was scheduled to leave, missing the fated flight by minutes. Seth has been subject to two lawsuits regarding 'Family Guy'. In 2007, Bourne Co. Music Publishers accused the show of copyright infringement after parodying their song 'When You Wish upon a Star' into a song called 'I Need a Jew'. The court later ruled that no infringement was made in the parody. Again in 2007, actor Art Metrano attempted to sue the show for a scene in the episode 'Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story' where the Jesus character copied Metrano's ridiculous magician-esque hand motions. The case was later settled out of court in 2010.
Bengal Mangle Productions had argued that 'Ted' bore a striking resemblance to their creation 'Charlie', a web series hit from 2008-2012.
A copyright lawsuit against Seth Macfarlane concerning the inspiration for the movie Ted has been dismissed. On Monday (March 23rd), a Los Angeles federal judge ruled that Macfarlane had not copied an animated bear named Charlie in the creation of his successful comedy character ‘Ted’.
Bengal Mangle Productions had brought a lawsuit in July 2014 claiming that their creation ‘Charlie the Abusive Bear’ was substantially similar to ‘Ted’ in terms of his personality and general attitude, as well as his liking for drink, drugs and foul-mouthed humour. They also contended that ‘Ted’ was “strikingly similar” to their character, who was created in 2008 and featured on a number of websites including YouTube.
'Ted' creator Seth Macfarlane
Continue reading: Seth Macfarlane Wins 'Ted' Copyright Lawsuit
Family Guy is heading to ITV.
ITV has bought the rights to Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, as well as the new series Bordertown. The cartoons - previously shown on BBC3 - will be shown on ITV2.
Family Guy regularly pulled in half a million viewers for BBC3
The move comes as the BBC continues to migrate a lot of its BBC3's content online, before the channel's closure.
Continue reading: ITV Buys the Rights to 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad!'
With the marriage between Ted (Seth Macfarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) having gone off and the honeymoon over, the couple want to have a baby. But, as best-friend John (Mark Wahlberg) realises, there might be a bit of a problem with that plan. The problem stems - primarily - from Ted being an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Ted, however, has a plan. He knows that he needs to get a sperm donor, so he and John break into the house of Tom Brady - American football Quarterback for the New England Patriots. The problem is, he wakes up before they can do what they planned, and hilarity ensues.
Continue: Ted 2 - Super Bowl TV Spot
The sequel to 2012's 'Ted' sees this bear through court as he fights for fatherhood.
Now definitely one of the world's favourite teddy bears, Ted is back for another round of crude jokes, raucous partying and a whole load of trouble with his best friend John in Seth Macfarlane's highly anticipated sequel 'Ted 2'.
The dubious duo are back with more hijinks
We never thought it would happen but Ted has finally tied the knot to his busty blonde long time girlfriend Tami-Lynn, in a wonderful ceremony surrounded by friends and locals who are, by now, totally unperturbed about having a talking bear living amongst them. Ted wants to go that step further, however, and bring up a child of his own; the only problem is he needs a donor because... well, he's a bear.
Ted (Seth Macfarlane) is getting married. The next thing the couple have on their to-do list post honeymoon, is start a family together, for which Ted's best friend John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is going to be a sperm donor. After a series of mishaps and incidental accidents, Ted discovers that he is unable to start a family in such a way until he can prove before a court of law that he is a person. In case you didn't know, Ted is an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Ted and John now have to embark on a hilarious adventure through the US legal system as they battle left and right to prove that not only does the brash and crude bear have a soul, but that he is just as human as, well, humans.
Continue: Ted 2 - Teaser Trailer
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting 87th Academy Awards and he's recorded a special promo especially for the holiday season - take a look!
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars and the Academy has awarded us with a sneak peek of what's in store. As we expected the ceremony and Harris' hosting to be, the preview is quick, witty and light-hearted. The short 16 second clip is just what we need to lighten the mood after a week of over eating and making small talk.
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 87th Academy Awards in 2015.
The casting of Liam Neeson in Ted 2 has been confirmed.
Things are about to get serious for a certain trash-talking stuffed bear: Liam Neeson has signed on to join the cast of Ted 2.
Ted better watch out as Neeson has a 'particular set of skills'
The star of films including Schindler's List and Taken is more known for his roles in big action thrillers, but did show his softer side earlier this year when he appeared in The Lego Movie as the literally two-faced Good Cop/Bad Cop. Seth MacFarlane revealed the news from his official Twitter, also confirming the casting of Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman that was rumoured earlier this week. There's no word yet on who either of the stars will play.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Joins Ted 2
FOX are pulling out all the stops with the guest stars on their cartoon line-up this autumn.
Kim Kardashian will turn voice-over artist in the season finale of 'American Dad' in September, whilst the new season of 'The Simpsons' will include appearences from the iconic Jane Fonda as well as comedians Nick Offerman and Sarah Silverman.
Businesswoman, model, fashion designer, mother...actress? There's no end in sight for Kardashian world domination
According to ABC Kim will be voicing an alien who has a fling with Roger, the extra-terrestrial who lives in the Smith family's attic. Meanwhile in Springfield, America's native yellow family will lock horns with Peter Griffin and co when the long-awaited 'Simpsons'/'Family Guy' crossover episode airs this autumn. Hollywood A-Lister Liam Neeson is also set to star, his latest animated appearence since he turned up in the hugely popular Lego Movie earlier this year. Julie Bowey ('Modern Family') and Allison Janney (American Beauty) are also slated to pop up in the episode.
Continue reading: Jane Fonda and Kim Kardashian To Go 2D for Simpsons and American Dad
Seth MacFarlane's Ted prove disagreeable in art and now in reality as his creator is sued over Ted source by production company
Ted, the main character of the film ted, was the loveable talking bear that looked like butter wouldn't melt.What he was, in actual fact, was the cause of endless friction between his owner John, Mark Wahlberg, and John's girlfriend Lori, Mila Kunis, as a result of his foul-mouthed, boozy and irresponsible ways.
It has been claimed that the character of Ted was not an original idea from MacFarlane
Two years after the film's release and, once again, Ted is in the middle of another row, this time between Universal Pictures, the film's creator and director, Seth Macfarlane and a production company that claims they invented the cuddly character first.
Continue reading: It Seems Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted' Has Been Obnoxious Before
The "Ted" creator has come under fire over the originality (or lack thereof) of his foul-mouthed character.
Seth Macfarlane – frat guy favorite and walking controversy generator – is now involved in an intellectual property lawsuit over his 2012 hit, Ted. A Cali-based production company, called Bengal Mangle Productionsis suing MacFarlane, claiming that its 2008 screenplay Acting School Academy featured a raunchy teddy named Charlie. Like Ted, Charlie lives in a "human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet humorous character," the lawsuit states. It also claims that the two fictional characters reside and similar environments (both spend substantial amounts of time on a living room sofa) and behave in a similar manner, including their speech and delivery. The suit was filed this past Tuesday and names producer and distributor Universal Studios and MacFarlane’s own production company Fuzzy Door Productions, along with MacFarlane himself. The suit alleges copyright infringement and seeks unspecified damages.
The lawsuit is unlikely to affect the Ted 2 project in any significant way.
A web series, created by Bengle Mangle Productions, claims they created a vulgar, foul-mouthed talking teddy bear, called Charlie, back in 2008.
Seth Macfarlane's hugely popular 2012 comedy 'Ted' may not have been his own idea!
A California production company are suing the filmmaker for allegedly stealing the premise of the vulgar talking teddy bear.
On Tuesday a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, against MacFarlane and his company for copyright infringement.
A production company says he stole the idea of an abusive, talking teddy
Someone is going to have to have the Ted talk with Seth Macfarlane following a copyright infringement claim being made against the producers of the hit, 2013 movie. The litigating company alleges the idea of a rude, politically incorrect teddy was stolen from their web series.
Seth Macfarlane signs copies of his debut novel at Waterstones in London
The bong-smoking, womanizing, trash-talking bear was a hit with both the critics and the box, pulling in $550m worldwide. But Macfarlane is being questioned on the source of his idea for the character by a Californian production company who have their own mischievous stuffed toy: Charlie.
Continue reading: Seth MacFarlane Is Being Sued Over "Ted" As Sequel Gathers Speed
Seth MacFarlane and LeVar Burton are teaming up to ensure an extra $1 million dollars is donated to Burton's charitable project 'Reading Rainbow'. The money being raised will ensure the online service is brought to underfunded classrooms without charge.
Seth Macfarlane has promised to match up to $1 million dollars in Kickstarter pledges in order to fund an online version of Reading Rainbow. The project already has $4 million but, if backers contribute even more, MacFarlane has pledged to double the donations. Actor LeVar Burton, who is championing the cause, hopes backers will contribute a million so the project, with MacFarlane's contribution, will begin with $6 million.
Seth MacFarlane has pledged up to $1 to Reading Rainbow.
The project is being fronted by Star Trek: The Next Generation star Burton who also presented Reading Rainbow when it aired on PBS between 1983 and 2006. The show was intended to encourage young people to read. Each episode was themed and a celebrity guest would appear on the show reading a children's book. Such guests included Eartha Kitt and Bill Cosby.
Continue reading: Seth MacFarlane Offers To Double Kickstarter 'Reading Rainbow' Donations
See, Rihanna knows how to take a joke.
Rihanna’s red carpet look, you know the one we’re taling about – CFDA awards, sheer floor lenghth dress, sparkles – was generally a hit with fashionistas, not to mention it was such a big hit that we’re still talking about it two days later.
The outfit caused some controversy online.
You know when something causes even the barest hint of controversy (get it? bare?) you can bet a Family Guy parody isn’t far behind. Did they really have to put Peter in the sparkly sheer gown though? That’s really not a look for everyone. In fact, we’re fairly convinced that Rihanna is the only person alive, who could have pulled it off.
Continue reading: Rihanna Is Cool With 'Family Guy's' Jab At Her Fashion Choices
Things got a little seedy in this week's colourful canvas of celebrity happenings.
The Wedding: Kim and Kanye got married last weekend. Kthxbai. It has been pretty hard to avoid but if you want to know more about their wedding, click here, get the goss on their weirdly un-Kardashian honeymoon, head here, or find out why Kim's brother Rob decided to skip the wedding here.
The Outrage: Seth Rogen has been forced to abandon his goofy bear act this week to stand up against Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday, who wrote a controversial column implying that the "frat-boy" style movies comedians Rogen and Judd Apatow produce could have fuelled Elliot Rodger's horrific mass shooting last week. Rogen and Apatow let Hornaday have it...and it wasn't even slightly funny. Read more.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Weed, Boobs, Ghosts, Guns...And A Wedding