The new comedy Ted, hitting theaters this Friday, June 29th, starts out very much like countless family-friendly wish-fulfillment stories. It begins in Boston suburbs circa 1985, as an ostracized young man who can't make friends receives an adorable fluffy teddy bear, which the lonely little tyke wishes would come to life and never, ever leave him. A bit of magic later, the bear has indeed begun thinking and speaking for himself. When we cut to now, though, we see that the boy has grown into a pot-smoking misanthrope, accompanied constantly by his inseparable BFF Ted, a booze-swilling, expletive-spouting, sex-obsessed sentient stuffed animal.
Ted himself is exactly the sort of creation you'd expect from Seth MacFarlane, the creator of animated Fox series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. No stranger to voicing characters on his television shows, MacFarlane provides the Bostonian tenor of the bear, and in addition to directing, co-writing, and producing Ted, he also provides the motion-capture performance for Ted.
For his feature directorial debut, MacFarlane surrounded his titular digital creation with live actors like Mark Wahlberg as Ted's "Thunder Buddy" John Bennett and Mila Kunis as John's longtime girlfriend Lori Collins, leading a cast of comedic ringers that also includes Matt Walsh, Joel McHale, and Patrick Warburton. At the Los Angeles press day for Ted, IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick was on hand to talk with stars Walhberg and Kunis, along with one-man comedy empire MacFarlane about acting against an imaginary teddy bear, Family Guy connections, why Kunis had the most difficult role, Boston, brutally fighting a teddy bear, and earning an R rating the right way.
Following last week's happily NSFW promotional featurette for Ted, this week another featurette goes behind the scenes to helpfully explore just how modern visual effects were used to create a teddy bear pantomiming oral sex, taking massive bong rips, and patronizing prostitutes.
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.
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.
The day before this Sunday's Oscar ceremony, while seemingly everyone is preparing for the onslaught of pomposity that the Academy Awards bring to the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, there's actually a cooler awards ceremony going down on the other side of town. On the beach in Santa Monica, in a giant tent literally yards from the Pacific Ocean, Film Independent puts on the Independent Spirit Awards, celebrating the very best in movies made without studio backing. Following Joel McHale as last year's host, the 2012 Spirit Awards are hosted by Seth Rogen.
Rogen needs no elaborate introduction, but the Canadian hilarity-factory has gone well beyond just acting in the likes of Freaks & Geeks, Knocked Up, Funny People, Observe and Report, and The Forty Year Old Virgin. With his creative partner Evan Goldberg, Rogen has written and/or produced films including Superbad, Pineapple Express, and The Green Hornet.
Not only is Rogen hosting this Saturday's ceremony, but 50/50, the comedic drama which he produced and co-stars in, is up for three awards, including Best Feature and Best First Screenplay for Will Reiser, who wrote the film based on his own experience with cancer.
In an interview with a handful of national outlets, Seth Rogen was gracious enough to talk about a wide range of topics. Those topics included, amongst other things: hosting the Spirit Awards, his directorial debut The Apocalypse, his awards hopes for 50/50; improvisation, taking Kate Beckinsale off guard at the Golden Globes, his friend and collaborator Jonah Hill's Oscar nomination, his love of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol;.and movies he's enjoyed over the last year.
Synopsis: Three men, all with varying levels of dissatisfaction in their daily lives, engage in an annual competition amongst bird-watching enthusiasts to spot the very rarest birds in North America.
San Diego Comic-Con is an event of wholly unique pomp and circumstance, but our cherished holidays provide a convenient means to contextualize each individual day of the Con, which goes down next week. In our last rundown of selected panels set for Friday, July 22nd, we likened the experience of a Comic-Con Friday to a child's enthusiastic examination of their booty on a lucrative Halloween. For Saturday, we're moving on chronologically to Thanksgiving. By midday Saturday, the average Con attendee is in danger of overeating, having thoroughly stuffed themselves on three courses of nerd fixings. With pants in danger of splitting and a sudden urge to nap, it's more imperative than ever to prioritize which panels to attend, so once again, we've provided an overview of events that should prove appealing and informative on Saturday, the penultimate day of Comic-Con.
If you could send this first trailer for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World back in time to 1996, moviegoers just out of From Dusk Till Dawn probably wouldn't believe that the upcoming franchise rejiggering was directed by Robert Rodriguez, the same guy behind El Mariachi and Desperado. And not just because of the dueling novelties of 3D and Smell-O-Vision-style Aroma-Scope. There's also the matters of Ricky Gervais inexplicably voicing a robot dog and Jeremy Piven playing a time-stealing villain with a terrible goatee. All these things and more are on display in the first Spy Kids 4 trailer, along with Jessica Alba as a superspy stepmom.