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As the sequel hits, he reflects on the success of MacFarlane's talking bear.
When Seth Macfarlane's 2012 comedy Ted became a massive hit, work predictably started on a sequel. But MacFarlane was keen to do something new, so this film pushes both the talking teddy bear Ted (voiced by MacFarlane himself) and his human pal John, played by Mark Wahlberg.
Mark Wahlberg insists his character definitely hasn't settled down
Despite ending up with the girl in the first film, Wahlberg insists that John hasn't settled down. "That wouldn't be any fun," he laughs. "No, no, no, they're crazier than ever!"
Continue reading: 'Ted 2' Gives Mark Wahlberg A Chance To Get Crazy
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 "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.
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
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
After the success of Ted, Seth MacFarlane gives himself his first leading-man role in this hilarious but overlong comedy-Western. The film is clearly a passion project, as it reveals MacFarlane's love of the genre with knowing jokes in between the usual gross-out humour. But it also feels stretched rather thin, and would feel even funnier with a zippier pace and tighter story.
In 1882 Arizona almost anything can kill you. Albert (MacFarlane) is a sheep farmer who has very little respect in his tiny frontier town. His girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) has just dumped him and taken up with smug Moustachery manager Foy (Neal Patrick Harris). And his best pal Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) has issues of his own, determined to wait until marriage to have sex with his fiancee, the town's most popular prostitute Ruth (Sarah Silverman). Then a stranger rides in: Anna (Charlize Theron) is trapped in a marriage to the local outlaw Clinch (Liam Neeson) and needs a place to hide. And in Albert she finds the kind of nice guy she thought didn't actually exist in the West.
MacFarlane's most clever decision was to surround himself with terrific actors who can effortlessly play both comedy and drama. As a result he just about gets away with a performance that doesn't stretch him at all. Theron is especially good, bringing an offhanded humour to her scenes that grounds the entire film. She may roll her eyes at the bad jokes while laughing openly at the good ones, but she stays firmly in character, which makes her scenes with MacFarlane and Neeson crackle with all kinds of romantic energy.
Continue reading: A Million Ways To Die In The West Review
Seth Macfarlane - Seth MacFarlane, animator, writer, producer, director, actor, singer and creator of Family Guy & Ted will publicizing his debut novel A Million Ways to Die in the West in Waterstones Piccadilly. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 27th May 2014
Albert is a rather introverted sheep farmer who tries at all costs to avoid confrontation with the occasional gun-toting outlaw who may pass through the small Arizona town in which he lives. His reluctance to engage in any kind of combat has cost him his girlfriend, but on the upside, he's still alive - which is more than can be said for a large percentage of townspeople. There is danger is every turn and Albert is feeling a little low in confidence - that is, until the arrival of the town's feisty new resident Anna. She wants to show him how to aim and fire a loaded pistol and, generally, how to win a fight, which is just as well because one man is on his way over with the intention of dominating the town with his formidable reputation. Unfortunately for Albert, he's Anna's estranged husband and, with Albert having spent so much time with her, it is starting to look like he's finally run out of luck.
Continue: A Million Ways To Die In The West - Clip
The pair are back; will they get it right this time?
Okay, ready for another awards season? The dust has barely settled on 2014’s selfie-centric Oscars, but the Academy are already looking ahead to another winter of speculation by confirming Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are returning as producers for a third ceremony in a row.
Zadan and Meron will work on The Oscars again
It’s not as if the pair have gleaned critical acclaim for their last two efforts; Seth Macfarlane’s ceremony was considered to be too focussed on musicals, while DeGeneres’ was criticised for being too boring. Perhaps the producer pair can find some middle ground considering they’re taking on the middle of the decade in 2015.
Zadan and Meron have been invited back, which means we can once again expect a digitally active Oscars ceremony.
The directorial duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have become favorites around Hollywood come awards season and now they’ve been called on again to produce the 2015 Oscars ceremony. This will be Zadan and Meron’s third consecutive year running the live broadcast after this year’s ceremony brought in the best ratings in 14 years. Almost 44 million viewers in the United States tuned into the ABC live telecast of Hollywood's biggest night, hosted by comedian, talk show host and potential demigod Ellen Degeneres, 8 percent more than the previous year and the highest number since 2000, according to Nielsen ratings data, via Reuters.
Zadan and Meron's last turn at the Oscars was nothing short of a rousing success.
Whatever Zadan and Meron are doing – so far they have been banking on broad social media appeal – has been working.
The late night comedies might disappear... for a bit
Popular American cartoons Family Guy and American Dad are both set to disappear from British television sets as BBC3 away from televisions and onto the Internet exclusively. What’s more, licensing and rights issues prevent The BBC from offering these shows on the iPlayer.
Stewie isn't delighted with the BBC's decision (still from S12E06)
Basically, you won’t be able to watch Family Guy and American dad late at night any more – on your TV anyway. "We will be speaking to all our suppliers, following last week's announcement," a BBC spokesperson said. "However, at the moment due to rights issues, we are unable to make Family Guy or American Dad available on BBC iPlayer."
Bill Murray has paid tribute to his late friend and co-star.
Bill Murray has led the influx of celebrity tributes to the actor and director Harold Ramis, who died aged 69 on Monday. Murray most memorably starred alongside Ramis in the 1984 supernatural comedy Ghostbusters in which they played a team of contract ghost hunters.
Bill Murray Has Added His Voice To The Tributes For Harold Ramis.
Ramis had been suffering for some time with an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, though his death has still shaken the Hollywood community and has saddened the talented filmmaker's fans across the globe.
Continue reading: Bill Murray On Harold Ramis: "He Earned His Keep On This Planet"
It's not a case of director/actor conflict for 'Ted 2', just a creative decision.
Seth Macfarlane is replacing Mila Kunis with Amanda Seyfried as the female lead in Ted 2. According to Deadline, Kunis will either appear in a small role in the sequel or not appear at all. Apparently there’s no bad blood between Kunis and Macfarlane. The casting change was just a creative decision and Kunis continues to provide the voice of Meg Griffin on MacFarlane’s longrunning Family Guy.
Kunis [l] is out, to be replaced with Amanda Seyfried [r].
There might be some dramatic twist coming in the Ted sequel, if Kunis’ character Lori Collins is no longer in the picture. At the end of Ted Lori married Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett, so there must be some shakeup in the story – either between the two movies or at the beginning of the second one. The rest of the primary cast – Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane himself as the voice of the foul-mouthed teddy bear – are, of course, reprising their roles.
Continue reading: Mila Kunis Is Out, Amanda Seyfried Is In For Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted 2'
Albert is one of the more lucky men living in his doomed Arizona town, mainly because he hasn't yet died; quite a feat for a sheep farmer who can't fire a gun in a time where outlaws rule the West. After one failed confrontation on his part, he is promptly dumped by his girlfriend, but this doesn't prove to be a bad thing when an extremely attractive and feisty new resident shows up in the town. Albert agrees to show her around her new neighbourhood, while she decides to help him man-up and learn how to gun fight properly. It's just as well because he soon finds himself facing mortal peril at the arrival of her ruthless outlaw husband - and he's not the only one who'd rather avoid confrontation this time. With his new friend's encouragement, however, he tries to step-up and take charge of the situation - let's just hope his luck hasn't run out by now.
Following the success of his live action directorial debut 'Ted', 'Family Guy' creator Seth Macfarlane is back with western comedy 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' in which he stars, directs and co-wrote with Alec Sulkin an d Wellesley Wild ('Dads ', 'Ted', 'Family Guy'). The movie is set to be released in the UK on June 6th 2014.
A Motley Crue announcement, an out-of-this-world Grammys gig and an angry Quentin Tarantino: there wasn't a dull moment in the news this week.
Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.
As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.
The red-band trailer for 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' is here.
A man getting his head squished by a giant block of ice. A photographer being burnt alive. A woman dying from surgery for a splinter. All these unfortunate endings make up the new movie - and first trailer - for Seth Macfarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Charlize Theron [L] and Seth MacFarlane [R] in 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'
The Family Guy creator directs, co-writes and stars in the western comedy, playing a farmer who enlists the help of a gunslinger's wife (Charlize Theron) in the hope of winning back his ex-girlfriend.
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