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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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 »

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 »

Joel McHale Cast in Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’

Briefly: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is nearly set with the cast for Ted, which he wrote with Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and will direct. Mark Wahlberg is a guy whose childhood teddy bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) came to life and continues to live by his side, but is a womanizing slacker. Mila Kunis is his girlfriend and Giovanni Ribisi is on hand as well. Now Community‘s Joel McHale has a role. Read More »

Giovanni Ribisi is rarely the headline star of a film, but his presence tends to make any film better. Whether it’s with a supporting role in the biggest movie of all-time, Avatar, playing a wacky sibling on Friends or lending his skills to Saving Private Ryan, Lost in Translation or Boiler Room, Ribisi’s intensity raises the bar for everyone around him. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to agree. He’s just cast Ribisi in Ted, MacFarlane’s first feature film which stars Mark Wahlberg as a man whose childhood teddy bear comes to life. Mila Kunis was rumored to be in talks and that’s now been confirmed as well. Read more about the project and Ribisi’s role after the jump. Read More »

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is assembling the cast for his feature directorial debut Ted, about a man who, as a boy, wished that his teddy bear would come to life. 25 years later, he’s still living with the now-belligerent bear. Mark Wahlberg is linked to the lead role and Mr. MacFarlane will voice the bear. Now Mila Kunis and Adam Scott are in talks to take two additional roles. Read More »

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane‘s first foray into movies might be coming sooner than you think, according to star Mark Wahlberg. The Fighter himself has been seemingly everywhere talking about upcoming projects, and he said that Teddy Bear, written and directed by MacFarlane, is going to start shooting early next year. Wahlberg stars as a man whose Christmas gift from the 1970s, a teddy bear, comes to life and achieves great fame. It’s R-rated and the bear, voiced by MacFarlane, is going to be motion capture. Read all of Wahlberg’s quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

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