No doubt the success of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted has contributed to the continuing climb of R-rated comedies, but it also seems to have kicked off another minor trend: movies about teddy bears. The next film to feature the classic kids’ toy will be the tentatively titled Teddy Bear, which has Dwayne Johnson on board to produce and possibly star.

This particular stuffed animal seems to be less of an inappropriate rascal and more of a courageous hero, however. The picture will be based on, of all things, a DeviantArt drawing. More details after the jump.

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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 »

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is making his directorial feature debut with Ted (also referred to before by the title Teddy Bear), a hard-R, $65 million(!) comedy from Universal Pictures about a man whose teddy bear comes to life and turns out to be a partying, womanizing, video game-playing pot smoker. A couple of weeks back, we mentioned a rumor that Mark Wahlberg had been eyeing the lead role for the film, and now the casting process has taken a step forward. Read More »

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Buried proved to be a fascinating filmmaking exercise for Rodrigo Cortés, with the first-time English feature director (pictured above right) impressively overcoming the limitations inherent in the premise through sheer stylistic virtuosity. If that’s what he can achieve with just a box, I can’t wait to see what he can do with a film like Red Lights, his psychological thriller that previously cast Sigourney Weaver as “a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.”

Opposite Weaver will be Robert De Niro, who’s been attached to star as the world-renowned psychic who finds himself being investigated by Weaver and her assistant. According to Cortés, the film is about “about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.” Let’s review: two great actors, a director with tons of a potential, and a deeply intriguing premise. If Red Lights hasn’t already been on your radar, now’s the time to start taking note. [Variety]

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