TV-related odds and ends after the jump, including:

  • How will Community handle Chevy Chase‘s departure?
  • Who wants to attend the first ever CommuniCon?
  • The Colbert Report is doing a Hobbit theme week
  • 50 Cent is developing a new hourlong drama for Starz
  • Brad Pitt is producing an HBO series about a debt collector
  • BBC One plans a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell miniseries
  • NBC schedules Grimm‘s return and Do No Harm‘s premiere
  • Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be on The Simpsons
  • American Horror Story reveals the present-day Bloody Face

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Seth MacFarlane‘s already conquered the small screen, and now he’s got his eye on taking over the big one as well. This summer saw the release of Ted, MacFarlane’s first foray into feature directing, and this winter will see him hosting the Oscars. Next up? The long-promised Family Guy movie, perhaps.

MacFarlane revealed his plans during a visit to UCLA, confidently declaring “it’s just a matter of when.” Oh, good. More after the jump.

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From the moment Disney announced its intentions to create a new Star Wars trilogy, one of the big questions has been which filmmaker might get a crack at the iconic franchise. But the directors themselves are fans, too, and even as we’ve been arguing which of them should get the job, many of them are just going through the same emotions we are — surprise, concern, excitement. Hit the jump read their thoughts.

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UPDATE: MacFarlane has released a video announcement of his new gig.

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and writer/director of Ted has just been announced as the host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards taking place February 24, 2013. Read more after the jump. Read More »

None of these updates are all that major, but there are a lot of them so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum won’t direct Magic Mike 2 just yet
  • Stephen King‘s The Shining (book) sequel gets dated
  • Jude Law is totally up for more Sherlock Holmes
  • Karen Allen reiterates Indy 5 is up to George Lucas
  • Seth MacFarlane is “thinking about” a sequel to Ted
  • Men in Black 3 and the trilogy hit Blu-ray / DVD this fall
  • Rosario Dawson says Sin City 2 will shoot in November
  • Super Troopers 2 hits legal trouble; Pot Quest still simmering

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For better or worse, Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted is exactly what you think it’s going to be. The story of a man who lives with his walking, talking, pot smoking teddy bear is crude, rude and incredibly funny. It’s also bursting at the seams with cameos and pop culture references much like MacFarlane’s popular TV show, Family Guy. However, the story all that comedy is built around is as familiar as they come. You’ve seen it a million times. Thankfully, MacFarlane’s film is so hilarious and filled with heart that you won’t really mind the obvious story and third act that, literally, ends up in left field. Read More »

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is making the leap to feature-film director with Ted, the story of a man (Mark Wahlberg) who has lived his whole life alongside an unlikely best friend: the dissolute, lazy teddy bear he wished to life as a boy. MacFarlane co-wrote the film, and he does the voice work for Ted. But the multi-hyphenate also wore a mo-cap suit to perform the movement of the bear.

Universal has released some footage of MacFarlane doing his performance in full-on motion-capture gear, and its always fun to see a grown man act out the motions of a stuffed animal, especially if the stuffed animal in question is a dirty, creepy little dude. Check out the featurette below. Read More »

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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