Joel McHale Cast in Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’

Briefly: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is nearly set with the cast for Ted, which he wrote with Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and will direct. Mark Wahlberg is a guy whose childhood teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) came to life and continues to live by his side, but is a womanizing slacker. Mila Kunis is his girlfriend and Giovanni Ribisi is on hand as well. Now Community‘s Joel McHale has a role. Read More »

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There’s a kind of demented brilliance to Community. It’s something I’ve been accepting of since early in the show’s incarnation, but it wasn’t until the series’ wonderfully inventive, borderline disturbing, ultimately heartwarming stop-motion Christmas special—entitled Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas—that I found myself capable of fully elucidating why that is. And I’m not just saying that because it delivered the ultimate burn on Lost.

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Briefly: Forget about the idea of Robert Rodriguez directing Deadpool — between Ryan Reynolds’ schedule and the fact that Rodriguez has Spy Kids 4 on the docket, things aren’t likely to line up for now. (And, after Machete, I’m glad.) So expect to hear a lot of casting news about Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in the coming weeks. We’ve already had Jessica Alba join, and now Community‘s Joel McHale is on board, as “a spy-hunting reporter married to Alba’s character, the stepmother to his kids.”

Alba plays a reactivated former spy, and there will be two new Spy Kids, with the originals (Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega) expected to appear in at least a cameo. Previous reports have the new kids pegged as Rebecca and Cecil. “Rebecca’s not exactly supportive of her father’s new partner, and utilizes her ingenious skills as a prankster to thwart her stepmother every step of the way. Cecil’s a little less hard on Jessica, frequently asking his sis to cut her a break. Ultimately, Jessica and Rebecca have to put their differences aside when they’re both called up for active-duty.” [Variety]

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Joel McHale is in final talks to join the cast of What’s Your Number?, the Anna Faris comedy based on Karyn Bosnak‘s book Twenty Times a Lady. The film has been gearing up for quite a while under director Mark Mylod, and already has Chris Evans, Matt Bomer and Ari Graynor in the cast, with possible cameos from actors like Zachary Quinto and Andy Samberg.

The film is about a woman (Faris) who ” treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter.” McHale plays her boss, with whom she has an encounter that sets the story in motion. [THR]

After the break, another indie for the great Catherine Keener, and a Frank Darabont regular joins The Walking Dead. Read More »

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Last night saw the debut on NBC of Community, the new half-hour sitcom notable for starring The Soup quickstepper, Joel McHale, and parting the prime time waters for Chevy “Nugent, Ted Nugent” Chase. Based on the premiere, Community looks to introduce a sweet-hearted strain of politically incorrect irreverence to the Big 3 as a reaction to cable’s shenanigans. This is not really a surprise since the show was created and produced by Dan Harmon, whose credits include The Sarah Silverman Show and the axed Jack Black treasure, Heat Vision and Jack. Earlier this month, the pilot was rolled out on Facebook and the PS3, and today we’d like to know what you thought. Some of my early impressions after the jump…

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