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Since the 1999 debut of his hit series Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane has been best known for his filthy fiefdom of anarchic, envelope-pushing cartoons. Lately he's been expanding his empire, hosting SNL, recording a Grammy-nominated album of standards and show tunes, and directing a Hollywood blockbuster, Ted, in which MacFarlane gave voice to a horny, drug-abusing toy bear. His official coronation as a showbiz don came earlier this month, when he was announced as next year's Oscar host. But the 39-year-old confesses, "I love a good fart joke."
Seth MacFarlane Tapped »
mtvU, MTV.s 24-hour college network, today announced that comedian, writer, producer and this year.s host of the Oscars®, Seth MacFarlane, is the newest guest professor on the network.s ongoing, Emmy®-nominated “Stand In” series. mtvU followed MacFarlane as he travelled to the University of California Los Angeles campus to stun a class full of students during Professor Denise Mann.s “Overview of Contemporary Film Industry” course.
During the class, MacFarlane announced “The Oscar Experience College Search” presented by The Academy and mtvU, a national search for the next generation of Oscar hopefuls. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film . writing, directing, producing, acting and more . are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.
“In re-imagining »
- Michelle McCue
Family Guy creator and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane made an appearance at UCLA Wednesday to speak with film students and announce The Oscar Experience College Search contest, where college students can win an opportunity to hand out Oscar statuettes at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. During the Q&A session, the multi-hyphenate revealed he has a story in place for a Family Guy.
"It's just a matter of when. It's hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time. I think that's why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it. We do know what the Family Guy movie will be. The Simpsons Movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it's a story they probably could've done on TV. There could've been an episode that had that plot line. That's the challenge with animation. »
Drew Savich Levin, an Emmy and Cable Ace award winner and Hollywood founder/CEO of prolific TV production and distribution company Team Communications, had the other shoe drop today after he was indicted in March 2008 and pled guilty in Seotember 2011 on charges he orchestrated a multimillion-dollar scam to inflate his Nasdaq-traded company’s revenue and stock price. Today’s U.S. District Court sentence was 66 months in federal prison and $2.2 million restitution. It includes a second case of bilking a French investor into a separate Levin-owned company. Levin’s bio boasts of more than 25 years of international production, distribution, sales, financial and management experience and producing/distributing all forms of media properties to more than 100 countries worldwide. It claimed he’d executive produced more than 3,000 hours of reality-based, documentary, and TV series and specials, movies-of-the-week and mini-series, game shows, animated and live-action children’s programming and live events for Us networks, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
What would it be like to communicate with another intelligent species, one not of this earth? Mankind has been contemplating that question since before the concept of "aliens" entered our cultural lexicon. Despite the assertions of religous leaders, empirical scientists and government officials that aliens are not real and that we have not been visited by UFOs, more than 36% of Americans — 80 million people! — believe that aliens, or E.B.E.'s (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities), have visited the earth, with nearly 80% of those surveyed saying that the government is keeping information about UFOs and aliens from the public.
Skeptics can always punch holes in blurry video tapes and eyewitness accounts of aliens, but what if we received a message from a foreign intelligence or intercepted one of their radio transmissions? Receiving such a message or signal is a major plot point of several of the best sci-fi movies, but the strange »
- BrentJS Sprecher
"See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other."
There are very few movies that can claim to have been conceived by a scientist, let alone a Public Welfare Medal recipient — the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences — but Contact is one of them. Originally pitched as a film treatment by astrophysicist, cosmologist and author Carl Sagan in the early '80s, Contact became a novel when the movie became mired in development hell. Years later, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the movie and hired Robert Zemeckis to direct it.
Contact is based on the work of the real-life Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Seti) program, which uses scientific methods to scan the cosmos for electromagnetic radiation that could indicate extraterrestrial transmissions. Two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster (The Accused, Silence of the Lambs) stars as Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Later this week (or is it earlier next week?) you'll be able to catch the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Bruce Willis time travel adventure "Looper." I, on the other hand, have already seen it. Not because I've journeyed to the future, but because I've been to Canada (which is really, really not the same) and saw its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
As I wrote in my review for NextMovie's Mirror Universe site Film.com (and we'll be talking about parallel dimensions another day) "in an age where filmmakers are more likely to shrug and suggest you simply embrace mystery, writer-director Rian Johnson draws a line in the sand and says 'no.'" There's a great moment when Bruce Willis says to his younger self that he doesn't want to start discussing the nitty gritty of time travel lest they start making diagrams on the table with straws. However, "Looper »
- Jordan Hoffman
"Fox is expanding its relationship with Seth MacFarlane," begins this Hollywood Reporter article, which is a rather understated way to kick off the fifth or sixth "expansion" of said relationship, since the revival of Family Guy saw the network essentially handing over an entire night of its programming to whatever funny voices MacFarlane could come up with, then working with him on revivals of Carl Sagan's Cosmos and The Flintstones. So if there is some metaphorical level of intimacy beyond committed marriage—say, giving MacFarlane a corner office inside its vagina—then Fox has given MacFarlane some plum vagina »
Shuffle and Stories is an attempt to get a more personal look on why we feel the way we do about music. Music is like art, subjective, and that means that everyone has a different way at looking at one album or band. Every week I’ll pick from one of ten songs when my library is on shuffle and talk about the music but also talk about why I personally like it or tell any personal stories regarding the music.
Oh God the Top 100 Trance collections, sweet heavenly tandem-biking Carl Sagan the Top 100 Trance collections. There are few items in my library that hold more memories than the Top 100 Trance collections, these were the soundtracks to some of the best years of high school with my friends and I’m seriously getting nostalgic looking back at some of these tunes and how much spin they got from us.
- Jay Gary
Exclusive: The trio behind Ted, the biggest comedy hit of the summer, are teaming for another project, this time in television. Fox has snagged the multi-camera live-action comedy, written/executive produced by Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and executive produced by Ted co-writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane, with a put pilot commitment that has a series penalty behind it. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where MacFarlane is under a rich overall deal, centers on two successful guys in their 30s who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. Writing team Wild and Sulkin have worked with MacFarlane for a while — they have been on Family Guy since 2005, rising to executive producers. Family Guy is one of three animated series MacFarlane has on Fox, along with spinoff The Cleveland Show and American Dad, as well as the upcoming »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Bill Nye the Science Guy has filmed a video for Big Think, a company that believes "success in the future is about knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master this universe of information." The website aims to offer big ideas from "fields outside your own" that you can apply to your life.
Nye's video is about creationism versus evolution. The following is a transcript of what he says in his piece:
Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological--i mean, you could say Japan--but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really.
Evolution is »
Los Angeles -- On the heels of PBS' hit Mister Rogers video mashup, a second public TV favorite is getting the star treatment.
The "Happy Painter" remix is from John Boswell, who created the "Garden of Your Mind" video tribute to Fred Rogers. That mashup of clips from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" has been viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.
"The Joy of Painting," still seen in repeats, aired on PBS from 1983 to 1994 with its bushy-haired, mellow-voiced host. Ross died in 1995 of cancer at age 52.
The two PBS Digital Studios mashups are the start of a "PBS icons remixed" series that's intended to get people talking about public TV and to support their local PBS stations.
Boswell, also known as Melodysheep, has done autotuned video pieces featuring prominent »
Mr. Rogers is joining scientist Carl Sagan and the snuggie in the Pantheon of unlikely viral sensations. PBS Digital Studios commissioned John D. Boswell (better known as melodysheep) to make a remix featuring auto-tuned clips from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The result is the surprisingly eerie (see: cat’s eyes at 0:35) “Garden of Your Mind” track. Boswell is the creator of the Symphony of Science remix series, which includes clips from the PBS documentary series Cosmos. That space-themed series ran from 1978-1979 and featured acclaimed scientists. Gallery: The Best Late Night Talk Show Viral Videos Those who curate the Rogers legacy
- Aaron Couch
Kanye West, Rihanna and … Mr. Rogers? The latest celebrity to get the Auto-Tune treatment - whereby singers use an electronic processor to alter the pitch of their voice, sometimes drastically - is none other than the late beloved children's TV host. A new viral video called "Garden of Your Mind" features clips from Fred Rogers's PBS show, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood remixed into a slow-jam, according to the Los Angeles Times. "You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind," Rogers' "sings" in the song's chorus.The artist responsible for the altered version is John D. Boswell (a.k. »
- Liz Raftery
Yesterday, the news broke that Warner Bros./DC has indeed (re)started work on the long-stalled Justice League movie. That announcement has been expected ever since Marvel’s The Avengers obliterated box office records with its opening weekend (the current worldwide total is sitting at a hefty $1.36 billion).
With Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, expected to have direct ties to the Justice League continuity – and the Batman franchise slated to be “reinvented,” after this summer’s Dark Knight Rises – there’s been uncertainty surrounding the first solo movie for the third most important Jl player: Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros./DC has reportedly hired Michael Goldenberg to pen the script for the Wonder Woman movie. Goldenberg co-wrote last year’s under-performing Green Lantern, along with the well-received adaptations of Carl Sagan’s sci-fi novel Contact, ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Etsy, the home of all things arty and crafty has decided to put a Bird on it—Andrew Bird, that is. The Chicago-based indie polymath has decided to première his newest music video, “Eyeoneye,” on the popular Diy e-commerce site. The video, directed by Yu “Ewan” Morita, takes viewers inside a felt-like Andrew Bird animation and into outer space, resembling something like a Terrence and Philip sketch directed by Carl Sagan. According to Etsy, Morita “decided to play with textural contrast for the video, using soft, fuzzy felt pieces to construct internal organs.” The release of the video coincides »
Off Screen, our corner that keeps track of big-screen characters and properties in other media, be they comics, books, TV shows or video games. Jill Tarter may not be a known name in many households, but her life-long pursuits have had a big influence on a number of the sci-fi films sitting on your DVD shelf, the most immediate being Robert Zemeckis' Contact. Fellow astronomer Carl Sagan wrote the character of Eleanor Anne Arroway based on Tarter, and Contact star Jodie Foster had extensive meetings with the scientist in order to understand what drives her to dedicate her life to Seti, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, prior to filming. Sadly that pursuit is becoming harder and harder as Seti, which is not only central to the plot of Contact but is name checked...
- Peter Hall
The NAACP has passed a resolution supporting marriage equality. “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law,” says NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous.
As the Facebook Ipo fizzled (funny how a magic $100 billion appearing is a fizzle), Bono was reportedly set to reap a lot of money through his Elevation Partners, which purchased 2.3% of the company two years ago. Word was, he'd become the world's richest musician, surpassing Sir Paul McCartney's $1 billion net worth. But Bono says that the stock is owned by many partners, and the news of his ascension to billionaire is grossly exaggerated.
As sentencing approaches for Dharun Ravi in the death of Tyler Clementi, support for leniency is appearing from many gay voices, »
Dimension Films has announced that deals have been made and casting is underway on a sequel to Sin City –the film on which director Robert Rodriguez exited the DGA because they would not let creator Frank Miller share directorial credit.
Since Disney has had a huge success in turning their Pirates of the Caribbean ride into four movies (and counting), they’ve decided to adapt Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride -one their longest-running attractions- into a live action/CGI feature film. By the way, elements of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 classic children’s book The Wind in the Willows have been adapted before by Disney, in particular the 1949 film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. And the ride is one of the few attractions that are still running at park since it opened in 1955. Pete Candeland, a commercial and video helmer, has been hired to direct, but the project is still seeking a writer. »
Looks like we're not heading back to the prehistoric days in the near future.
"The Flintstones" reboot from "Family Guy" mastermind Seth MacFarlane is on hold. As first reported by Deadline.com, and since confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, MacFarlane's "Flintstones" reboot won't launch in 2013 as originally planned in order to accomodate MacFarlane's schedule, the reports claim.
Fox announced "The Flintstones" as a straight to series project in May 2011 after MacFarlane and co. won the rights to the classic '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon. The cartoon aired from 1960-1966 on ABC. "The Flintstones" had several spinoffs and animated specials since, the most recent of which, "The Flintstones: On The Rocks" aired in 2001. Dan Palladino and Kara Vallo will serve as executive producers alongside MacFarlane on the new cartoon.
“The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone," MacFarlane said in a statement when the project was initially announced. »
- Chris Harnick
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