Synopsis: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett, a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.
Between Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, Seth MacFarlane's comedic sensibilities are very familiar to television audiences. A new featurette promoting Ted basically assures fans that the MacFarlane style hasn't just been translated to the screen for his feature directorial debut, it's been amplified. As such, the two-minute, thirty-second video is completely NSFW on account of bad language, a few vulgar gestures by a teddy bear, and even some nudity at the end.
Both Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell came to nation prominence as players on Saturday Night Live, albeit in different eras of the show during the 1990s. Both rose to international movie-stardom subsequently, and now they're probably teaming up as co-stars in a major motion picture for the first with football comedy Three Mississippi. With Sandler joining the movie, though, the bad news is that Ferrell won't be reuniting with his The Other Guys cohort Mark Wahlberg, as Sandler's in talks to replace the busy actor.
This week kicked off with the red band poster for Ted, the feature directorial debut of Seth MacFarlane, the creator of much-loved animated series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. Now, for humpday, Universal Pictures has followed up that delightfully coarse trailer with a new one that's a bit more family friendly.
This summer's comedy Ted is rated R for "Crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use." You'll see examples of all that in the thoroughly red band trailer for the film, which marks the directorial debut of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
You'd think that being the mastermind behind almost the entirety of Fox Sunday night animation block would keep Seth MacFarlane far too busy to co-write and direct a live-action feature film. Evidently Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show aren't enough to occupy his time, though, because Ted, MacFarlane's live-action directorial debut, is on the way this summer. The first poster has made its way online, showing the unidentifiable back of Mark Wahlberg and the titular teddy bear.
All throughout the lead up to Transformers: Dark of the Moon's release, franchise director Michael Bay made no bones about his reluctance to return following two consecutive films about extraterrestrial robots chasing cosmic MacGuffins through nonsensical storylines. By all indications, Dark of the Moon was to be his Hasbro swan song, but now it appears that Paramount Pictures backed up the money truck to Casa de Bay, as it's official: the studio will finance his passion project Pain & Gain, after which he'll direct Transformers 4 for a release date of June 29, 2014.
If even the most reviled installment in your franchise based on a line of toys makes almost a billion dollars worldwide, you'd keep making new movies, right? Well, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was not the most reviled installment in the theatrical Transformers enterprise, and it grossed $1.12 billion last summer, so the question isn't if we'll see another film in which robots in disguise incomprehensibly pummel each other, but when we'll see said robots blowing shit up. How about the summer of 2014? Maybe?
The first full weekend of January saw only one major new release, a critically reviled faux-documentary horror film that performed quite spectacularly despite eliciting a vitriolic reaction from damn near everyone who saw it. The second weekend was considerably more competitive, however, with a number of titles with very different audiences. In that environment, the Mark Wahlberg-led crime drama Contraband surprised many by easily winning the number one spot, while the 3D reissue of a twenty year old Disney movie came in second place, a third sequel passed an important mark, and a music-centric comedy-drama opened in fourth place.
Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of Contraband, a fast-paced thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked so hard to leave behind and the family he'll do anything to protect. Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling--full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs--where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away. Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best-- running contraband--to settle Andy's debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), for one final run to Panama and back, hoping to return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and sons become their target.