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Ted 2 hasn.t quite matched the success of the original. Its reviews have been relatively lukewarm, while its $32.9 million box-office return was around $15 million less than Universal expected (according to analysts). Ted 2 star Amanda Seyfried has got a pretty good idea for how to rejuvenate the stagnated comedy franchise though, because she wants to see Mark Wahlberg.s John Bennett and Seth MacFarlane.s Ted as dads. Amanda Seyfried made this revelation to me during our chat ahead of Ted 2.s release. After I asked if she would like to return for a potential third Ted film, Seyfried insisted that not only is she willing to reprise her role as Samantha Leslie Jackson, but she.d be offended if she wasn.t asked. And to help her seal the deal she.s already devised up the perfect plot for the comedy. Seyfried said of John Bennett and »
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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
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
In 2012, the adorable, foul-mouthed teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), made his film debut and quickly became the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Now, the outrageous Ted and his thunder buddy John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) are back in Ted 2, as Ted finds himself in a fight to be declared human, and not the property of someone else. In an attempt to sue the state and win Ted the rights that he deserves, they enlist a young, medical-marijuana aficionada named Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) who believes that Ted is entitled to the same freedoms as any American. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, done while he was in London to promote the film, Mark Wahlberg talked about how the edgy humor combined with heart really won over audiences of the first film, why he was initially hesitant about signing on for such an absurd-sounding idea, »
- Christina Radish
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
Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane are back as John Bennett and his childhood stuffed bear Ted in the new film Ted 2. For those not familiar with the first film, Ted comes to life after a Christmas wish a younger John makes. Fast forward to the present, and both are grown up losers (of the lovable variety), smoking weed and drinking beer through life. A few years have passed in between the first movie and the sequel, and some things have changed. John is now divorced, and, as Ted 2 opens, Ted is marrying his one true love Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth).
The film’s conflict begins once the honeymoon is over. Ted and Tami-Lynn are fighting more than expected and after some advice from a fellow cashier, Ted and Tami-Lynn decide to have a baby. The only problem is, Ted is a living stuffed animal with no working parts. Through »
- Dane Jackson
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 26. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Max Director: Boaz Yakin Cast: Lauren Graham, Robbie Amell, Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Jay Hernandez, Joseph Julian Soria, Josh Wiggins, Owen Harn, Kelly Borgnis, Zeeko Zaki, Edgar Arreola, Chris Matheny, Pete Burris, Mark Anthony Little, Marlo Scheitler Synopsis: "A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience." Ted 2 Director: Seth MacFarlane Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton Synopsis: "Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law." Limited 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Director: Marc Silver Synopsis: "Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving »
- Steve Greene
“Ted 2,” Seth MacFarlane‘s latest tale of the trash-talking teddy bear, brought in $2.6 million at the box office Thursday night, the same as the original did in 2012. The followup to MacFarlane’s R-rated comedy hit stars Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried, and got off to a fast start in 2,647 theaters that began early shows at 8 p.m. for Universal and Media Rights Capital. That will come in handy this weekend, when “Ted 2” debuts against two heavyweight holdovers, the blockbuster “Jurassic World” and Disney and Pixar Animation’s “Inside Out.” It will be in 3,441 theaters in the U.S. »
- Todd Cunningham
Amanda Seyfried might've started off playing the dumb, well-meaning blonde in "Mean Girls," but since then she's proved that she can master just about any role. Now she's taking on raunchy comedy "Ted 2," alongside co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane.
From how she calms her nerves to the role she almost landed, here are 13 things you probably don't know about Amanda Seyfried.
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- Rachel Horner
Review by Dane Marti
I realize that all of us—even toy bears— at one time or another experience terrible problems in our lives, ugly demons that affect us or someone we love; they often seem hideously overwhelming: Obviously, this definitely sucks elephantine donkey testicles. Still, I believe that we’ve all got the inner strength to face these bastards and happily rip ‘um to shreds, even if the sob happens to be an evil minion who works at a famous toy company. And if you’re a bear, if you lose your job and find yourself racing around, trying to achieve freedom: tough times lie ahead! And laughter as well.
The funny film Ted 2 is more than the sum of its parts. The evening that I viewed the film, I was dealing with a personal issue that made it slightly difficult to view and enjoy a comedy—Not laughing inside. »
- Movie Geeks
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, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Ted 2 doesn't hold a candle to the original film, but it entertains enough to warrant a trip to the theater. It could be that the initial premise has lost its luster and that the audience expects more from the story. The pacing is a bit slow and the laughs are mostly middling, but there are some genuine moments of knockdown hilarity. The comedy is what you expect from Seth McFarlane; juvenile, lewd, profane, with sexual antics galore. Anyone seeing this film knows what to expect, so they shouldn't be surprised or offended by anything this talking teddy bear says.
Ted 2 begins with the marriage of Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). The not so innocent bride and plushy groom are madly in love. Alas all has not turned out well for best buddy John (Mark Wahlberg), who's recently divorced and taking up unhealthy porn fixations. »
"Ted 2" is bigger than "Ted" in almost every conceivable way: Its slapstick scenes are wilder, the list of guest-stars is more staggering, and the runtime ticks closer to two hours. But the critical elements -- the wisecreacking CGI teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane, his "thunder buddy" camaraderie with John (Mark Wahlberg), and a dastardly performance by Giovanni Ribisi -- remain intact. We caught up with Wahlberg, who phoned us from a UK press tour to talk about why he likes "Ted 2" better than the original. Here are seven things he taught us about the filming experience, the difference between Mila Kunis and Amanda Seyfried, and the most intimidating actors he's ever worked with. 1. "Transformers" made the act of talking to an invisible teddy bear a lot easier. On filming with a CGI costar: "We definitely had on-the-job training with the first 'Ted.' Doing 'Transformers" made that a lot less nerve-wracking. »
- Louis Virtel
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
Amanda Seyfried has babies on the brain! The actress attended the premiere of Universal Pictures' Ted 2 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, where she turned heads in a Mugler dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Jacob & Co. earrings. Pointing to her braided hair, she jokingly told E! News that she was giving fashion critics a "flashback to the '90s!" "That's [Renato Campora], for you. My hairstylist," Seyfried explained. Campora often gets her to try new looks. "I've been with him a long time," she said. In the R-rated comedy Ted 2, in theaters Friday, Seyfried plays a young attorney named Samantha Leslie Jackson who makes a case that Ted (voiced »
Following Rose McGowan’s tweets stating she was fired by her agency, Variety has confirmed her agent, Sheila Wenzel, had left Innovative Artists earlier this week and her absence possibly had something to with the agency’s decision to let McGowan go.
McGowan had tweeted Wednesday night that she had been fired by her agents over comments she made last week regarding a role she auditioned for in an Adam Sandler movie.
A source tells Variety that Wenzel actually left the agency earlier this week and that her exit had nothing to do with McGowan. The source wasn’t a part of the meetings, but said they believe that once Wenzel left, the wheels were already in motion to drop McGowan in light of her comments about the audition.
McGowan claims she was fired after publicly condemning a casting call as sexist. »
- Justin Kroll
Sheila Wenzel has exited Innovative Artists, TheWrap has learned. She represented Rose McGowan, Britt Robertson and Amanda Seyfried during her tenure at the Santa Monica-based agency. McGowan hit Twitter on Wednesday to reveal that she was recently dropped as a client by Innovative Artists. When TheWrap contacted the agency on Thursday morning, a receptionist said that “Sheila Wenzel no longer works here.” Insiders tell TheWrap that Wenzel parted ways with Innovative Artists on June 22, two days before McGowan’s highly-publicized “firing.” With Wenzel gone, the agency did not wish to continue representing McGowan, who has publicly scolded Hollywood for its treatment of female. »
- Jeff Sneider and Reid Nakamura
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
Amanda Seyfried debuted a fierce new look at the "Ted 2" Premiere on Wednesday in New York City. The 29-year-old actress sported a black mini Lbd with a twist, as the asymmetrical dress was held together by string pulled over one shoulder. But it wasn’t the dress that stole the show, it was her bold new 'do! The "Mean Girls" alum sectioned her golden blonde tresses into cornrows across the crown of her head, leaving the rest of her long locks swept back. She kept her makeup minimal, making her eyes pop with smokey eye liner. This isn't the first time Amanda has rocked braids at a big premiere. She paired her flirty red Valentino dress with a double French braid wound into a bun at the "While We’re Young" screening back in March. "When I saw Amanda’s dress, I knew I wanted the hair to feel youthful, »
- tooFab Staff
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
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