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 »

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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 »

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. AbramsAlcatraz 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 »

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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