Release schedules are so tight these days that if a studio sees a glimmer of light, they take it. Right after Paramount moved their huge action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation out of its June 29 slot, Universal went ahead and pushed Seth McFarlane‘s R-rated comedy Ted ahead two weeks into the void.
It went from July 13, sandwiched between The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises, to June 29 where it’ll have the male demo all to itself with competition from People Like Us, Magic Mike and Madea’s Witness Protection. Check out the new poster and more after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. Abrams‘ Alcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.
Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.
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The first trailer for Ted, the debut feature from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, probably had to be a red-band clip. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a guy who once got his wish to have his teddy bear come to life, but now has to life his adult life with a foulmothed stuffed companion. (Voiced by MacFarlane.) When he meets the girl of his dreams (Mila Kunis), conflict naturally arises between the old companion and the new.
The trailer lets us know that the film is from the man behind Family Guy pretty fast, but I imagine most people will have that fact pegged even sooner, thanks to MacFarlane’s recognizable voice. Ted sounds like a furry little Peter Griffin, and the humor shown off here is a bit like what might happen on Family Guy if all restrictions on language were lifted. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Two small-screen animation heavyweights will be making their first forays into feature filmmaking this year, though the projects couldn’t sound more different. This summer will see the premiere of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane‘s rather insane-sounding R-rated comedy Ted, while Genndy Tartovsky (Samurai Jack) will follow this fall with the more family-friendly animation Hotel Transylvania. After the jump, check out a new poster from the former and new images from the latter.
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Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying things are looking up for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. His series continues to be a hit in its tenth season, his feature film Ted is set to hit next year, he’s updating the ’80s PBS series Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, and earlier this year, he finally won the rights to reboot The Flintstones for film and television. Now he’s kinda-sorta got his eye on bringing back another classic property: Star Trek.
After the jump, read about MacFarlane’s interest in the iconic sci-fi series, plus his thoughts on modernizing The Flintstones and (eventually) ending Family Guy.
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Briefly: It’s funny that the people who own the rights to The Flintstones were OK with the two godawful feature films released in 1994 and 2000, but have been nervous about handing the show over to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. But that has been the situation for some time; Mr. McFarlane has long wanted to do a new Flintstones show and/or movie, but a whole list of boulders have been roadblocking the dream.
That changes today, as Fox announced at the company’s upfront that Seth McFarlane will now reboot The Flintstones “as a TV and film property,” according to Deadline. That’s all we’ve got right now, as the deal has just been put together. McFarlane fans and haters alike — they seem to exist in roughly equal numbers — can start imagining how he’ll bring the stone age family back to life. The show will arrive in 2013.
The indie drama Gimme Shelter will go into production at the end of this month in Connecticut, and it has Brendan Fraser set to star, with Vanessa Hudgens now likely appearing as well. Ron Krauss wrote and will direct; the film follows a pregnant homeless girl (Hudgens’ role) who “flees her abusive mother and seeks out her biological father. He first takes her in but then throws her out when she refuses to abort her child.”
The dad is Brendan Fraser, and it sounds like the sort of not so massively sympathetic role that he doesn’t often play. So that could be interesting. As a side note, I understand why the film is titled as it is, but at this point it is really time to leave certain Rolling Stones songs alone, and ‘Gimme Shelter’ is one of them. [THR]
After the break, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted gets one more, and Anthony Mackie might be in line for a couple big films. Read More »
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Patrick Warburton, who will always be Puddy to some, and will always be The Tick to me, has been a part of Seth MacFarlane‘s show Family Guy since the beginning. So I’m surprised to see that it has taken so long for him to be cast in Ted, Mr. McFarlane’s live-action/CGI hybrid comedy in which Mark Wahlberg has to deal with the adult aftereffects of wishing his teddy bear to life. Read More »