The title characters in Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been kicking around pop-culture since the early 1960s, but a batch of official images give an official look at the canine scientist and his human sidekick in next year's animated feature.
Opening in theaters on October 4th is the new horror comedy from director Jacob Vaughan (The Cassidy Kids) called Bad Milo! The film stars Ken Marino (TV's Childrens Hospital), Gillian Jacobs (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Patrick Warburton (Ted), Peter Stormare (Constantine), Mary Kay Place (Smashed), and Stephen Root (The Lone Ranger).
IAR recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Gillian Jacobs and Ken Marino to talk about their work on Bad Milo! The two popular comedic actors discussed their new film, what attracted them to the material, director Mark Duplass' endorsement of the script, working with veteran actors Mary Kay Place and Stephen Root, and collaborating with director Jacob Vaughan.
Bad Milo is about a man with a stress-induced colon issue that turns out to be an intestinal demon, a toothy little imp which, when loosed from his ass, goes on something like a killing spree.
Naturally, Bad Milo calls for a red band trailer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're now deep enough it awards season to say that it looks unlikely 20th Century Fox's campaign to get an Oscar for Andy Serkis won't pan out. That's too bad, since he and Weta Digital created something pretty incredible with Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Still, as motion capture technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, eventually the technique will garner more widespread prestige. These days, even casual film fans are familiar with behind-the-scenes footage of grown men running around in spandex with dots all over it.
A new video entitled "The Future of CGI" argues that the next step in motion-capture implementation is in using it to create inanimate objects. Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, two very funny guys you'll recognize from the MTV sketch series Human Giant, lay themselves, the foremost motion-capture actors who bring random props to life with no movement. The very funny video also includes appearances from directors Jon Favreau and Michael Bay, as well as adulation from fellow thespian Ray Liotta, who says, "A lot of actors have too much ego to play a pole or a mop, but these guys, they take pride in it."
Well before The Simpsons became the longest running animated series in primetime, The Flintstones was the king of televised animated. Any and all animated subsequent sitcoms owe much to the prehistoric comedy, including The Simpsons and Family Guy. Between Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, creator Seth MacFarlane is responsible for roughly 98% of the programming on Fox, he will naturally be rebooting The Flintstones as a television series and potential feature film. The show has been in development for some time, but all the deals are freshly in place, and the series will go into production this fall for a televised premiere in 2013.