Contributed by Michelle McCue and Melissa Howland
20th Century Fox was the last studio at Comic-Con 2015 to show the Hall H audience a preview of their hottest films.
First up was Wes Ball’s Maze Runner: Scorch Trials where they showed the audience assembled in Hall H the new trailer. The scenes included a weird plant monster – think zombies with plant parts.
Ball said of the sequel, “A sense of brotherhood has always been very important to our story. You can watch these two movies back to back, and it’s really just this awesome 3 hour epic!”
Gladers new and old unite on stage for #Sdcc’s #HallH! #ReadyForScorch pic.twitter.com/v3kmpK4bXy
— The Scorch Trials (@MazeRunnerMovie) July 12, 2015
Next up was the horror film Victor Frankenstein.
The cast of Victor Frankenstein is taking the stage. #HallH is Alive! pic.twitter.com/tQCzyThicc — 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) July 12, 2015
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- Movie Geeks
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane
2012′s Ted asked the important questions about what happens to a relationship when your partner’s best friend is a swearing teddy bear with the voice of Peter Griffin. The sequel, Ted 2, asks the important questions about the practicalities of knocking off a follow-up when your original film made more money than anyone could reasonably have expected.
We catch up with Ted and Marky Mark Wahlberg at the bear’s wedding to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Their marriage soon turns sour and after a predictably horrible incident at a sperm bank, they turn to adoption to reignite their relationship. At this stage, it is revealed that the government »
- Jack Kirby
The cuddly, cursing, bear is back, having scored a hit in 2012’s Ted. The first film was undeniably funny, but detractors will point to a flimsy storyline that, like in Seth MacFarlane‘s animated sit-com, Family Guy serves only as a rickety vehicle to deliver sketch-like comedy set pieces.
This time around Ted marries his sweetheart, Tami-Lynn, and wants to be a parent. However, the evil company that manufactured him want to prove that he should be classed as an object rather than a person, and it’s up to Ted and best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) to convince a jury otherwise, or Ted risks being seized by the toymakers and cut open, so they can discover the secret behind his consciousness.
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- Dave Bennett
The actor could star as the late Northern Ireland first minister in The Journey, about Paisley's unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Deadline reports.
Novelist Colin Bateman is writing the screenplay for the project, which is expected to begin production this September.
Paisley passed away in September last year at the age of 88.
Talk about following in a father's footsteps. Michael Neeson, son of actor Liam Neeson, has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising, reprising the role his father made famous almost 20 years ago in Michael Collins. The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O'Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James… »
The new run will premiere on the channel at 9.45pm on Sunday, July 5.
The Emmy-winning series originally launched on the channel in 2005, before moving to BBC Three for the past eight years.
In March of this year, ITV2 announced that it would become the UK home of Family Guy from autumn 2015, beginning with the show's 14th season.
Airing since 1999 on Fox in the Us, the show charts the misadventures of the Griffin family, led by father Peter (voiced by series creator »
Universal Pictures released their new comedy flick, "Ted 2," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was extremely funny, delivering laughs at every turn. The plotline was amazingly silly though, but it's about a Teddy bear that came to life and smokes pot, so I guess it would be really hard to expect anything other than extreme silliness. Anyways, the movie stars: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth. In the new flick, Ted (Seth MacFarlane) has gotten married to a hot blonde, named Tami-Lynn. Unfortunately, they run into major marital problems after a couple of months, and ultimately decide they need a baby to help repair the God forsaken marriage. However, things go from bad to really worse when the government decides that Ted is not actually a real person, and that he's actually deemed as property instead. »
- Andre Braddox
It marks the fifteenth consecutive time that the studio has passed that threshold, setting a new industry record. It is also the fastest that Warner Bros. has ever racked up that amount stateside.
Two other studios, Universal and Disney, have done more than $1 billion worth of business in North America so far this year.
Though “American Sniper” was released in a handful of theaters in 2014, the red, white and blue juggernaut did the bulk of its $350 million domestic haul this year. The studio also benefited from strong carryover business from another 2014 release, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which generated more than $65 million this calendar year.
There were a number of 2015 Warner Bros. releases that scored, such as the disaster film “San Andreas,” which has earned $136 million since opening in May, »
- Brent Lang
Universal Studios released their new comedy film, "Ted 2," into theaters today, June 26th, 2015, and all the top, major critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it did pretty even with a mixed split down the middle with an overall 49 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth. We've listed blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it an 80 grade, saying: " In a movie devoted mainly to making you laugh, it’s a plea for tolerance that takes your breath away." Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 grade, saying: "Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is like some weird combination of a stupid, dirty-minded teenager and a brilliant comic master. His impulses are sophomoric, »
- Andre Braddox
Chicago – While it’s cruder and it can’t quite match the original “Ted,” “Ted 2” is still funnier than it has any right to be. It is unmistakably a Seth MacFarlane production, and there are a million reasons why this movie shouldn’t work, chief among them a plot that attempts to plop a foul mouthed talking teddy bear into a moralistic legal parable about civil rights. But I can’t deny I laughed throughout, almost despite myself.
It’s less a movie than a collection of scenes strung back to back. After an elaborate and largely joyless Busby Berkeley inspired title sequence, the plot revolves around Ted and new wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). When they try to adopt a baby, the government challenges Ted’s personhood and declares him property instead. So Ted and buddy Mark Wahlberg enlist a pot-smoking civil rights lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) to take his case, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
To celebrate the release of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel Ted 2 – which is out in the States tomorrow and in the UK on July 8th – the lovely people at Universal have kindly supplied us with a limited edition Ted 2 talking Ted bear complete with Flash Gordon costume to give away to one lucky reader!
See Also: Read our review of Ted 2 here
Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and co-star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.
- Gary Collinson
In my review of Ted, I noted how director/co-writer/star Seth MacFarlane had backed off the cartoonish style from his TV series Family Guy to provide something that was still foul-mouthed and abrasive, but in a traditional story. He played it safe as far as the narrative was concerned, and there was a sense that MacFarlane dealt with emotional beats like a kid eating his vegetables. However, the movie was still funny and showed that he had the maturity to skillfully deliver immature jokes. For the sequel, Ted 2, MacFarlane clearly has more freedom and confidence to make the film he wants to make, and sometimes that indulgence is refreshing and other times its an absolute chore as he goes out of his way to reach a single fantastic joke. At least 20 minutes could be cut from Ted 2, but MacFarlane thinks everything he’s doing is genius, and »
- Matt Goldberg
He's baccckkk! On Friday, Ted 2, the sequel to Seth MacFarlane's raunchy comedy hits theaters, which will see teddy bear Ted return to the big screen in all his foul-mouthed glory. This time around, Ted and his wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby, but the government decides Ted is not a person, so, with pal Mark Wahlberg, who also starred in the original flick, by his side, the raunchy bear goes to court to argue his case. Amanda Seyfriend also stars as Ted's marijuana-loving lawyer and the film features a number of guest stars, including Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and even Tom Brady. But what do critics have to say about the stuffed-animal sequel? Take a »
I was wrong on a few fronts when I reviewed Netflix's "Sense8" after only three episodes. I suggested it would be a series that people would want to watch all at once, or not at all, when in fact I strung my viewing out over three weeks, only feeling a need to immediately jump to the next episode when I was nearing the season's end. And I thought the show's mythology would have to feel much less like gibberish for the full season to feel satisfying, when I ultimately enjoyed it even though I still couldn't tell you — nor did I really care — how these connections work. (Some minor spoilers follow, but if you're still just wondering if you should bother with "Sense8" at all, most of it should be safe to read, and I'll put in a warning before we get into more details.) These days, I hear more »
- Alan Sepinwall
When Universal Pictures gave creator-director-star Seth MacFarlane the greenlight to make a sequel to his surprise hit “Ted” after it grossed nearly $550 million at the worldwide box office in 2012 to become the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, he vowed to make the tale about a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his foul-mouthed teddy bear as smart, witty and fun as the original despite the enormous expectations.
“To be honest, there was some personal pressure, but my goal was to tell a completely new story and not rehash the same movie twice,” MacFarlane told Variety at the world premiere of “Ted 2″ held at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday. “We wanted to do an entirely new story that explores an entirely new aspect of Ted’s life and evolve the character with funny jokes. Ted fighting for his civil rights is different than the smaller relationships story that »
- Paul Chi
Get your bongs and your six packs of beer ready, as Hollywood’s most outrageous teddy bear is back. Creator Seth MacFarlane and stars Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried were among those who attended the “Ted 2” premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on Wednesday to celebrate the hard-partying cuddly character. While she is mocked for her “Gollum eyes” in the raucous comedy, Seyfried, who plays an attorney hired by Ted, boasted dramatic cornrows at the premiere. Getty Images Wahlberg, who reprises his role as Ted’s thunder buddy John Bennett, was joined by his wife, Rhea Durham. »
- Debbie Emery
Five weeks after it came out, Warner’s “American Sniper” regained the top spot on both national home video sales charts for the week ending June 21, bumping the surprise theatrical hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” from 20th Century Fox, to No. 2.
Two new releases debuted in the top five on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart.
Sony Pictures’ “Chappie,” a sci-fi thriller about a renegade police droid who is reprogrammed to think and feel for himself, bowed at No. 3 on both charts. The film opened theatrically on March 6 and went on to gross $31.6 million, against a budget estimated at $49 million.
- Thomas K. Arnold
So, are shark movies a thing now? I suppose it'll take three to officially make it a trend, but Eli Roth was recently slated to helm "Meg," and now another predator pic is getting in the water. Deadline reports that "Orphan," "Non-Stop," and "Run All Night" helmer Jaume Collet-Serra is eyeballing the director's chair for "In The Deep." Penned by Tony Jaswinski, the story centers on a young woman clinging to a buoy twenty yards off shore of an isolated beach, with a great white shark in her path to safety. Yikes. Even more, this one is being compared to "127 Hours," "Jaws," and "Gravity," so basically, it'll be intense. Hollywood is going to make it scary to get in the water again, but I mostly hope that if Collet-Serra does the movie, he casts Liam Neeson, and we get to watch the actor punch a shark. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ted 2, 2015.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane.
Seth MacFarlane has an unusual gift for injecting heart into outlandishly vulgar and crass material. Over the years, his success through television and filmmaking have come from a very discernible brand of humor; no topic is off-limits and he will fearlessly deliver a heavy-handed message about society smack dab in the middle of a world that makes no sense and is inhabited by imaginative, colorful characters.
- Robert Kojder
While it looked back in March like Now You See Me’s Louis Leterrier would be diving into shark survival thriller In The Deep, it would seem he’s decided to stay on dry land for now. Instead, Deadline reports that Non-Stop/ Run All Night man Jaume Collet-Serra is interested in dipping his toes in the briny stuff instead. Anthony Jaswinski’s script sparked a lot of interest from the studios last autumn, and Sony was quick to snap it up. The fictional tale finds a surfer attacked by a shark at a lonely sea spot who ends up bleeding and marooned on a buoy in the ocean. Her main problem, besides the blood loss? The hungry creature is still gliding through the water around her, cutting her off from help. Producers Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem of freshly-formed Weimaraner Republic Pictures are behind the project they’re calling “127 Hours meets Jaws”.Collet-Serra, »
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