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Grant Gish, the 20th Century Fox TV exec who has helped shepherd Fox programming like “Bob’s Burgers” and “American Dad,” has been promoted to vice president of animation, Variety has learned.
He will report to Jonnie Davis, president of creative affairs.
“Grant is a bright, talented executive who has been managing our hugely important animation development efforts, and this promotion recognizes the great work he’s been doing as we look to find that next big cartoon hit,” said Davis. “He’s been laser-focused on identifying new and untapped talent, while at the same time building meaningful relationships with our established producers. I’m happy to announce his elevation to vice president.”
Gish, who is involved with the upcoming Mark Hentemann-Seth MacFarlane “Bordertown” starring Hank Azaria, is also developing projects with Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie,” “22 Jump Street”) Phil Johnston and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and Ryan Reynolds. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are already confirmed to return to their posts for the next ceremony. Will they bring along last year's host Ellen DeGeneres for another turn at the podium? -Break- It will be the third time for Meron and Zadan in charge of the Academy Awards. Actor, comedian, and animator Seth MacFarlane was their choice in 2012. The ceremony last March was the highest-rated since 2000 and was a big hit on social media. That was largely due to the selfie DeGeneres took with such stars as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. Take our new poll below, and let us know who you think will be selected to host the next Oscars. Discuss your choice for Oscar host in our notorious forums If not DeGeneres, will the producers go back to the well with a past emcee like Billy Crystal, »
Football dominated primetime’s ratings action on Sunday, with CBS leading early with the conclusion of its late NFL doubleheader game and NBC winning the rest of the way with “Sunday Night Football.” One of pigskin’s victims was ABC’s “Miss America” pageant, which was down about 25% from last year to its lowest score to date on a broadcast network.
According to preliminary, “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, “Sunday Night Football” averaged a 7.6 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and 19.4 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by between 10% and 15% when the nationals are released tomorrow. The game, in which the Chicago Bears overcame a 17-0 early deficit and scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20, averaged a 14.0 household rating/23 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets — 3% above the 13.6/24 for last year’s San »
- Rick Kissell
After his second directorial feature, A Million Ways To Die In The West, was met with disappointing reviews, Seth MacFarlane is poised to return to more financially sound pastures with his upcoming comedy sequel, Ted 2.
With Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman joining the cast, production is beginning to ramp up ahead of the film’s 2015 release date. That aforementioned duo will join Mark Walhberg for the R-rated romp, who recently took to Twitter to upload an image of his character (John Bennett) sitting atop a Flash Gordon-styled motorcycle.
Ready to ride? Mark on the set of Ted 2 with a new #IndianScout pic.twitter.com/EjuKUxnIYh
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) September 10, 2014
Does this mean that Flash Gordon himself — aka Sam Jones — will have another cameo role for Ted 2? At this stage, we can only hope. Nevertheless, we understand that the sequel will pick up shortly after the events of the first film, »
- Michael Briers
Some casting information has been surfacing over the past week regarding the comedy sequel Ted 2, and that's mostly because the comedy sequel is currently in production over in Boston right now. However, we've yet to see any photos from the set and no plot details have surfaced at all (beyond Morgan Freeman playing a successful civil rights lawyer who helps Ted with some legal trouble). But now we get a hint of what could be going on in the film set for release next summer as star Mark Wahlberg posted a photo from the set on Twitter for everyone to see. Not only does he show off his ripped arms, but it seems his character John Bennett also has a slick new ride inspired by his hero and wedding officiator, Flash Gordon. Here's the photo Mark Wahlberg posted from the set of Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 on Twitter: Ready to ride? »
- Ethan Anderton
Mark Wahlberg's Twitter account posted a photo of the actor on the set of the upcoming "Ted" sequel, showing him on a Flash Gordon motorcycle. Check it out below. The plot has yet to be revealed, but we know that in the new movie, John Bennet (Wahlberg) is separated from Lori (Mila Kunis) and finds a new love-interest (Amanda Seyfried). Wahlberg said that Ted won't like that John has a new woman in his life, but has bigger things to deal with. "Ted 2" is once again directed by Seth MacFarlane and co-stars Morgan Freeman. It's set to hit theaters on June 26th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Wahlberg reprises his role as John Bennett in Seth MacFarlane's comedy sequel about the friendship between John and his childhood teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane), which came to life because of a childhood wish.
The photo was posted on the actor's official Twitter page with the caption: "Ready to ride? Mark on the set of Ted 2 with a new #IndianScout."
Kunis starred in the first movie as John's longtime girlfriend.
Seyfried recently worked with MacFarlane on em>A Million Ways to Die in the West.
A couple of days ago we got some set photos from Ted 2 showing returning stars Mark Wahlberg and Sam Jones, and now the first official image from Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel has arrived online, featuring Wahlberg’s John Bennett sitting atop a Flash Gordon motorcycle…
Ted 2 is set for release on June 26th 2015, with Jessica Barth returning alongside MacFarlane, Wahlberg and Jones and Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) and Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me) both joining the cast.
- Gary Collinson
Are you ready for more love to be bestowed upon the 1980 Flash Gordon in Ted 2? Returning star Mark Wahlberg has tweeted the first image of himself on set, seated on a custom red Indian Scout motorcycle that has been adorned with the semi-iconic 80s Flash Gordon logo.
Take a look:
Ready to ride? Mark on the set of Ted 2 with a new #IndianScoutpic.twitter.com/EjuKUxnIYh
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) September 10, 2014
The original Ted was rife with Flash Gordon jokes and references, with Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett being a huge fan of the seminal sci-fi flop. The running gag culminates with a cameo appearance from that film's leading man Sam J. Jones making a rare big screen appearance. The actor is currently not listed as part of the cast for Ted 2, but looking at John's new ride, a surprise return is certainly not out of the question. »
While Seth MacFarlane’s second feature directorial effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, was a bit of a bust at the box office, it’s likely that his third film will do just fine. The Family Guy creator is currently in production on the comedy sequel Ted 2, and considering the R-rated first film made over $500 million at the worldwide box office, it’s safe to assume that interest is high for the follow-up. We still don’t really know much about the pic other than the fact that Mila Kunis has a reduced role while Amanda Seyfried takes on leading lady duties, but a new Ted 2 image has arrived thanks to star Mark Wahlberg, who shared a sneak peek on his Twitter. The image doesn’t show Ted himself, but fans of the heavy Flash Gordon references from the first film will be pleased to »
- Adam Chitwood
A lot of things about Seth MacFarlane‘s 2012 film Ted could be considered a surprise. The fact it was such a huge hit for one. Ted grossed $218 million domestic against a budget of $50 million and became one of the top 10 highest grossing R rated comedies of all time. Personally though, the biggest […]
The post First Look at ‘Ted 2′ Features More Flash Gordon appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Seth MacFarlane’s Ted was a box office success and the inevitable sequel was only a matter of time. Well that time is now as Ted 2 is in production and returning star Mark Wahlberg has a great new image to share with us. The first film made over $500 million at the worldwide box office, which is a huge feat as first feature film which had an R rating no less. If you enjoyed it Ted, then you’re likely looking forward to the sequel. Fans hoping to get more Flash Gordon »
- Graham McMorrow
Freeman will play Ildarin, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.
It has been reported that Tom Hiddleston is wanted for the lead role, but the casting is yet to be confirmed.
The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.
Charlton Heston starred in the famous 1959 film.
Development of Ben-Hur is in the early stages. The film »
Hot on the heels of his agreement to star in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel Ted 2, Morgan Freeman has put pen to paper to be involved in an upcoming film that is, let’s just say, a slight departure from a pot-smoking teddy bear with an attitude. That production in question, dear readers, is Timur Bekmambetov’s ambitious remake of William Wyler’s 1959 epic, Ben-Hur.
According to a report by Deadline, the Oscar-winning actor will join the project as Ildarin, a wise old man that trains our titular protagonist in the fine arts of chariot racing. Based on Lew Wallace’s revered 1880 novel, Bekmambetov’s modern retelling is said to explore the early life of one Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, two best friends who find their relationship put to the test once the Roman Empire takes over.
At this stage, there are no other casting announcements to be made; although, »
- Michael Briers
Fox has released a bunch of new images from their upcoming Simpsons and Family Guy crossover episode, "The Simpson's Guy." In case you missed it, you can watch 5-minutes of the episode here.
I fell in love with The Simpson's all over again when Fxx ran the Every Episode Ever Marathon, and this episode looks like it going to be hilarious. Here's the synopsis:
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the Griffins get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson (guest voice Dan Castellaneta), who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The families get along famously: Stewie (MacFarlane) becomes obsessed with Bart (guest voicec Nancy Cartwright) and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa (guest voice Yeardley Smith) takes Meg (Mila Kunis) under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge (guest voice Julie Kavner »
- Joey Paur
In casting news that really makes you think about the significance of life on this big blue rock hurtling through space we call our world, Morgan Freeman has signed on for a “juicy role” in Seth MacFarlane‘s much-anticipated sequel to Ted, according to Variety. The aptly named Ted 2 will again be scripted and directed by MacFarlane, who will also return to voice the pesky little teddy bear with the loudest mouth. The details of the plot are scarce for the time being, but Freeman was apparently sought for his role — which makes sense, because if you’re going to attempt to go big you might as well go all the way to the top and fight for someone like Freeman. MacFarlane has been searching for high-profile celebrities to nail down supporting roles and cameos (still uncasted) to join the film and step out of their comfort zone for some gross-out humor and casual conversation with »
- Samantha Wilson
Seth MacFarlane has cast Morgan Freeman in Universal Pictures' Ted 2. He will join Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried in the production. According to Variety, Freeman will play an iconic civil rights lawyer who is brought into the story when Ted needs to resolve some legal issue. Freeman is such an incredible actor, and it seems like he has a sense of humor so he should have fun with this.
MacFarlane will be writing and directing and voicing the vulgar teddy bear. He was looking to get a high profile actor to join the project, and it looks like he found him. You can bet that there will also be a several cameos featuring pop culture icons and A-list actors. Knowing what MacFarlane has done in the past, these actors are sure to be taken out of their comfort zone.
The movie is currently shooting in Boston. »
- Joey Paur
Morgan Freeman has a very interesting body of work. He's narrated movies about penguins and Legos, co-starred with Batman and a dolphin, and next he'll star alongside a talking bear. The prestigious actor is set to join the cast of Ted 2, starring Mark Wahlberg.
Plot details are unknown, but Variety reports that Freeman would play an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues.
Seth MacFarlane is again writing and directing the pic, and also voicing the brash teddy bear. Word was that MacFarlane was looking for a high-profile actor to join the cast and he found that in Freeman.
Ted 2 opens in theaters June 26, 2015.
Source: Variety »
- Laura Frances
In Ted 2, Freeman will play a legendary civil rights lawyer who will step in to help Ted achieve justice through the legal system, according to Variety. Further plot details have yet to be revealed. MacFarlane, who was interested in having another high-profile actor join the cast, had reportedly long been hoping to get Freeman involved in the project.
MacFarlane will be back behind the camera for Ted 2, helming the picture from a screenplay he co-wrote with Alex Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. He'll also reprise the voice-acting role of the ascerbic Boston-accented stuffed animal Ted. Mark Wahlberg is also returning in the part of Ted's companion. Replacing Mila Kunis in the leading lady role is Amanda Seyfried.
The original Ted earned $218 million at the domestic box office and $549 million worldwide. »
After earning $550 million worldwide, "Ted" ended up being surprise hit, especially for an R-rated comedy about a teddy bear. A sequel was immediately announced and now comes word that Morgan Freeman has joined the film. Plot details are being kept a secret, but Variety is reporting that Freeman will play an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues. "Ted 2" is once again written and directed by Seth MacFarlane, who's also voicing the bear. The movie is already filming with Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried. It's expected that there will be lots of A-list cameos. "Ted 2" is set to hit theaters on June 26th, 2015. »
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