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• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as Ptsd and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Within days of the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, FilmNation has closed deals for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young in virtually every international territory. The dramedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. While We're Young also stars Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz, Maria Dizzia and Ryan Serhant. “It is fantastic to see the distributor response match all the critical praise that Noah’s film has received,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. During Toronto, While We're Young sold
- Pamela McClintock
Noah Baumbach’s newest film While We’re Young will be screened in theaters all around the world following a very well-received reception at Tiff.
While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple who struggle with the idea that their big moments in life are behind them, and their lackluster life gets a boost when they become intertwined with a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Driver plays Jamie, a young, hipster documentarian, while Stiller’s Josh is a washed up documentary filmmaker, and the film plays on a conflict between the generations..
The film premiered in Toronto to rave reviews, and was quickly bought for Us distribution by A24. A24 reportedly paid around $4 million for the rights, giving While We’re Young one of the highest price tags at Tiff.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely »
Like wild geese in reverse, movie lovers and the press corps head to the Great White North in early September— specifically, to the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended yesterday — for any number of reasons: to catch up with some of the best movies of the previous Sundance and Cannes as the flicks make one last fest-circuit stop; to see stars in their natural habitat, i.e. on a red carpet with microphone shoved in their faces; to stumble across something weird, wild or off-the-world-cinema grid that may not be coming soon, »
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
While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.
With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »
- Ariana Bacle
★★★★☆Malaise of various kinds has manifested itself in the work of American director Noah Baumbach. In 2012, the much adored Frances Ha saw the director chronicle the ailing dance career and resultant ennui of an arrested development twenty-something whilst gently ribbing consciously cool New Yorkers. His new picture, While We're Young (2014), explores both professional stagnation and sends up trendy hipster culture through a more traditional mid-life crisis narrative. Providing a further through line between the films is Adam Driver who stars alongside Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in a film that talks about getting old and artistic integrity while keeping the laughs plentiful.
- CineVue UK
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.
Confessions of an Aging Artist: Baumbach Humorously Reflects on Filmmaking Ethics and Middle Age
In some ways the complimentary antithesis to his last work of whimsy, Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach’s latest film, While We’re Young, clamps the cantankerous jaws of midlife crisis around hollow hipster nostalgia, inevitably asking where the importance of authenticity remains in our current media savvy culture and why we often seem to socially settle in and close up with age, ultimately losing touch with the contagious excitement of free flowing youthful creative energy. Likely the creative result of Baumbach’s relationship with his significantly younger significant other, Greta Gerwig, the notoriously bitter filmmaker seems to be grappling with his own gradual aging and inevitable disconnection from youth. Filmmaking may be a medium of immortality, but both he and his documentarian protagonist are beginning to realize that they are feeling their age, no longer relating »
- Jordan M. Smith
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
Plot: A middle-aged documentarian (Ben Stiller) and his producer wife (Naomi Watts) make friends with a young couple (Adam Driver & Amanda Seyfried) although the generation gap proves to be harder to navigate than they assumed. Review: Now here's a movie that totally took me by surprise. Obviously I wouldn't ever walk into a Noah Baumbach movie expecting anything other than a good movie. His body of work speaks for itself. But, his serio-comic dramas are an acquired taste, with »
- Chris Bumbray
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
Ted 2 looks to have added a little gravitas to its ensemble, with the news that Morgan Freeman has agreed to join the comedy sequel. Freeman will apparently play a civil rights lawyer, who comes to Ted’s rescue when the foul-mouthed bear finds himself experiencing some legal difficulties. Not much else has been revealed about the plot as yet, although we do know that Mark Wahlberg will be returning as Ted’s human buddy, John Bennett. He’ll be joined by Amanda Seyfried, replacing Mila Kunis as the female lead, while Seth...
- George Wales
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. »
While A Million Ways to Die in the West has grossed only $85 million worldwide, director Seth MacFarlane found much greater success with Ted in 2012. The movie about Mark Wahlberg and his foul mouthed teddy bear earned an incredible $550 million in total, and a sequel was confirmed soon after.
Production on Ted 2 is already well under way in Boston, but a major casting addition has now been made to the highly anticipated sequel. Various sites are reporting that Morgan Freeman has joined the cast as an “iconic” civil rights lawyer who attempts to help Ted resolve some legal issues.
- Josh Wilding
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