The suit, which was filed on Tuesday (July 15) by Bengal Mangle Productions, claims that Ted's abusive teddy bear character is an unlawful copy of the company's own animated bear, Charlie.
Charlie has appeared in web series 'Charlie The Abusive Teddy' and 'Acting School Academy', which aired in 2009 and 2010 on YouTube and FunnyOrDie.com.
According to Variety, the suit alleges that Charlie and Ted are similar in appearance and behaviour.
One extract reads: "Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand.
"Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude."
The suit also highlights several scenes »
Seth MacFarlane is being sued for his blockbuster teddy bear comedy.
Bengal Mangle Productions filed a lawsuit, alleging that that the crass teddy bear, voiced by MacFarlane himself, is strikingly similar to that of their animated bear Charlie, that can be seen in two web series, Charlie the Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy, which aired from 2009-2010, Deadline reports.
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The lawsuit claims the bears both have human friends and similar background stories, namely that they are “washed-up child stars/public personas."
Not only do they claim the bears are similar in their characteristics, but the suit also alleges that their social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook have similar postings.
Here are just a few of the tweets the lawsuit claims »
Seth MacFarlane is being sued for copyright infringement by a California production company, which claims that Ted's titular teddy bear was a rip-off of their own lewd, hard-drinking teddy-bear character Charlie, who appeared in the series Charlie the Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy. “Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand," claims the suit from Bengal Mangle Productions — what, your teddy bear doesn't? — adding that "Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude." The suit goes on to detail the many similarities between the two bears, including similar posts across their social-media accounts and the fact that a number of the situations depicted in Ted resemble scenes from the two web series. »
- Anna Silman
Bengal Mangle Productions filed the suit Tuesday in state court in Los Angeles and alleged that the titular teddy bear is an unlawful copy of its own animated bear, who starred in web series “Charlie The Abusive Teddy” and “Acting School Academy.”
Mrc and reps for MacFarlane had no comment. Reps for Universal had no immediate response.
The suit alleges that Charlie and Ted are similar in physical appearance and behavior.
“Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand,” the suit alleges. “Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude.”
The suit, which also »
- Dave McNary
Seth MacFarlane's now-famous teddy bear was lifted from a 2008 screenplay about an eerily similar furry creature who had a penchant for booze and prostitutes ... so claims the company that is suing Seth.Bengal Mangle Productions claims it created a screenplay called "Acting School Academy" ... about a teddy bear named Charlie who lives in a human world. The screenplay became a web series that was a big hit on YouTube, FunnyorDie and others.The Production »
- TMZ Staff
Seth MacFarlane has a bear of a lawsuit on his hands. The “Family Guy” honcho has been hit with a lawsuit by a production company that claims his 2012 big-screen comedy “Ted” was bases on a web series. Also read: Seth MacFarlane Will Match Next $1 Million Pledged to ‘Reading Rainbow’ Kickstarter In the suit, filed in U.S. district court in central California on Tuesday, Bengal Mangle Productions says that it created a screenplay, “Acting School Academy” in 2008 that featured a character named Charlie, “a teddy bear who lives in a human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a. »
- Tim Kenneally
The creators of web series about a foul-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for drinking, smoking and prostitutes has filed a copyright infringement suit against Seth MacFarlane, Universal Pictures and the producers of Ted, the 2012 film about a foul-mouthed teddy bear with a penchant for drinking, smoking and prostitutes. Bengal Mangle Productions claims that Ted “is an unlawful copy” of its own animated teddy, who was featured in two different web series, Charlie The Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy. The suit (read it here), filed today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, states that those web series aired […] »
A California production company is claiming that Seth MacFarlane and his company stole the idea for the R-rated talking teddy bear in the hit movie Ted. According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Bengal Mangle Productions created a screenplay called Acting School Academy in 2008 that featured a foul-mouthed, womanizing teddy bear named Charlie. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The suit says the Charlie character, like Ted, lives in a "human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has a penchant for drinking, smoking, prostitutes, and is a generally vulgar yet
- Alex Ben Block
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In the process he dropped the tidbit that he tried to convince Universal to produce “50 Shades of Grey” as a TV series for Starz by offering the studio a three-year commitment.
“I told them you won’t have to worry about box office, you won’t have to worry about a (content) rating,” Albrecht said. His pitch went nowhere, but it was worth a try. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Outstanding Main Title Design category is always one of the Emmys' most delightfully unpredictable ones. Previous winners have included obvious choices, like Game of Thrones and Mad Men; but occasionally you get left-field sleeper picks, like Da Vinci's Demons (which exists?) and the 78th Annual Academy Awards, which seems a little too Hollywood-self-congratulatory if you ask me. Below, Vulture presents this year's Outstanding Main Title Design nominees.Black Sails If you were looking for 2014's random "that's a thing?" nominee in this category, may I present Starz's Black Sails? Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey This is totally awe-inspiring up until the moment that Seth MacFarlane’s name flashes across the screen. I mean, great, fantastic, thanks for bringing Cosmos back, but I’d rather not be reminded of your involvement all of 30 seconds into every episode. Masters of Sex Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, get it? There’s a pussycat and a cock crowing. »
- Brennan Carley
The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
- Jonathan James
It’s still near the crack of dawn on the west coast—but reactions from newly-minted nominees for this year’s 66th Annual Primetime Emmys have already begun to roll in. Here’s a partial list of tweets and statements; we’ll update it constantly throughout the day as more nominees react. (And keep an eye out for EW’s individual nominee interviews as well.)
Martin Freeman, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Fargo) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Sherlock): “Thank you, people of Emmyland. To be nominated in such company is an honour, »
- Hillary Busis
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- Marc Snetiker
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
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Due to glorious press release timing, 20th Century Fox TV has landed a separate story for its Comic-Con 2014 schedule, even though several of the shows were previously announced in my FX/History Comic-Con 2014 story. Showtime, however, was less lucky and its lone Comic-Con 2014 panel has been bundled into this story along with the 20th Century Fox panels. So continue along for Comic-Con panel details for "Penny Dreadful," as well as "24: Live Another Day," "The Simpsons," "Sleepy Hollow," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers," "Salem" and more. Thursday, July 24 *** "24" (10 a.m. in Ballroom 20) - Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage for a panel celebrating "24: Live Another Day." Kiefer is the only announced cast member, but with Jon Cassar listed as moderator, it would be silly to moderate a panel with only one person. *** "Legends" (12:30 p.m. in Room 6A) - TNT's new FBI undercover drama stars "Game of Thrones" veteran Sean Bean, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Returning favorites including “Sons of Anarchy,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bones” and “24″ will lead 20th Century Fox Television’s San Diego Comic-Con lineup, with a number of spooky genre series — “American Horror Story,” “Salem” and “Witches of East End” — also making their Sdcc debut.
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Friday, July 25 will see the return of “Bones” — along with stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel — at 12:30 p.m. in Ballroom 20 to celebrate the show’s 10th season, showcase animated comedies “Bob’s Burgers” at 4 p.m. in the Hilton Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom and “Brickleberry” at 5:30 p. »
- Laura Prudom
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which premiered this spring on Fox and National Geographic Channel and received an unprecedented rollout in 180 countries, has become the most-watched series ever for National Geographic Channel International.
A whopping 135 million people — including 45 million in the U.S. — watched at least some of the 13-part science series, National Geographic Channel announced today. Overall, it aired on all 90 National Geographic Channels as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, making this the largest global launch ever for a television series.
Its March 3 premiere Stateside attracted roughly 8.5 million viewers across 10 channels. In addition to the Fox broadcast network and National Geographic Channel, “Cosmos” aired on cablers FX, Fxx, Fxm, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life.
A unified scheduling approach — with regions airing the premiere episode within one week of its debut in the U.S. — alongside a comprehensive communications, marketing and digital »
- Rick Kissell
Seth MacFarlane continues to pull us in different directions, even if we give the film the same rating. A Million Ways to Die in the West is somehow the best and worst of MacFarlane’s abilities smashed together almost at random, and it still manages to make us want to like it a lot more than it can actually make us like it.
If only he could reign himself in, and keep a handle on the stupid for stupid’s sake, and gross for gross’ sake, he might eventually put together a comedy film that holds up. Of course, he also has to have someone who will steer him away from trying to throw a thousand jokes a minute at the audience, all displaying different styles of humor, and hoping something sticks.
But, much as we couldn’t give this one a higher rating, it was still fairly enjoyable, and »
- Marc Eastman
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- Andre Dellamorte
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- James Crugnale
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