Seth MacFarlane has already built a television empire and he’s about to do the same thing at the multiplex. He’s currently shooting Ted, an R-rated comedy about a man whose Christmas present from the 1970s, a talking teddy bear, comes to life and achieves fame as a foul-mouthed womanizer. Mark Wahlberg is the lead, Mila Kunis is his girlfriend and MacFarlane himself will play the bear in full motion capture. Scheduled for release July 13, 2012, Ted also stars Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton and more.

And while we already know the basic plot, a scooper over at Flixist has uncovered a few details that aren’t necessarily major, but give a great idea of where MacFarlane is going with this. These should be considered spoilers. And completely mental. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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