The first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s live-action feature directing debut Ted was eager to prove one thing, and one thing only: the movie can be dirty. Now there is an all-ages trailer that worries more about presenting the story and convincing us that there are jokes in the movie that work without super-lewd sexual references and abundant cursing. Some of these jokes, for example, only have slightly lewd content.

Still, this makes the story of Mark Wahlberg trying to grow up, and potentially away from his magically animated childhood toy look pretty cute and goofy. Check it out below. Read More »

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 »

One of the big questions in the battle over piracy is exactly how much damage is actually being done. The MPAA and the RIAA, naturally, claim to be losing staggering amounts of revenue thanks to piracy. As this new TED Talk from founder Rob Reid shows, however, there could be a big difference between actual, cold-hard-facts math and what he calls their “©opyright Math™.” For example, did you know that your iPod Classic is capable of holding $8 billion in stolen goods, as estimated by the RIAA? Hit the video for his hilarious 5-minute lecture, in which he demonstrates just how off-base some of these numbers could be.

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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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Andrew Stanton‘s new film, John Carter, is bound to cause a lot of dissension among film fans. Some will love its epic action and incredible visuals, others might be put off by its dense, plot heavy structure. No matter which group you fall into, though, there’s no denying that Stanton has a true talent as a story teller. Case in point: Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Toy Story 1-3, Monsters Inc. and more.

Stanton put that reputation to the test recently, taking the stage at TED to give a talk about “The Clues to a Great Story.” Unlike his Pixar films, his talk does get into some NSFW language. Like the films, it’s enlightening and incredibly watchable. Read More »

Germain’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

If 2012 is the end of the world, that’s all right with me. Hollywood has overstocked the Mayan calendar’s final year with so many potentially amazing movies that trying to cut it down to a top ten was virtually impossible. How could movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave or Lincoln not be on this list? Ten then became twenty, which was more satisfying but there were still a few major films lingering.

So, while I could have easily done 30, here are my ten most anticipated films with a bloated honorable mention list. Is your most anticipated on the list? Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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Two films got release dates today: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Seth MacFarlane‘s directorial debut Ted both have spots on the calendar. But there’s a price (of sorts) as the Ashley Greene thriller The Apparition has been bumped from a fall date back to 2012. Details on all three after the break. Read More »