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Morgan Freeman joins Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2

10 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman has signed on to appear alongside everyone’s favourite foul-mouthered teddy bear in Ted 2, the sequel to 2012’s monster hit.

Now in the record books as the highest-grossing original R-rated movie of all time, Ted is all set to return to the big screen next summer. Seth MacFarlane is back as the voice of the titular stuffed bear, alongside the returning Mark Wahlberg as his owner John Bennett. Mila Kunis is set to reappear as well as John’s fiance Lori, but it is unclear how big her role may be, considering that A Million Ways To Die In The West co-star Amanda Seyfried has been set as the new female lead for a while now.

Also, as reported today by the Daily Mail, Flash Gordon himself Sam Jones will appear once again as the 80’s hero. The actor was seen on set over »

- Scott Davis

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Morgan Freeman Joins Ted 2

10 September 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Seth MacFarlane always likes to pepper his projects with pop cultural references and respectable actors doing outrageous things for a laugh, and 2012’s Ted was no exception. The sequel to the talking teddy comedy is going the same route, with Morgan Freeman set to take a role.MacFarlane is already shooting the sequel in Boston, with Mark Wahlberg and a swathe of the supporting cast back for more, Amanda Seyfried joining as a potential love interest for Wahlberg’s John Bennett and another new addition in the shape of Richard Schiff.While the story for the new movie is still largely a secret, Variety reports that Freeman will be a famous civil rights lawyer who helps out our furry hero (voiced once again by MacFarlane) when he needs help with some legal issues. Sounds like Ted, the bear brought to life by a Christmas wish, will have some issues proving his status. »

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'Ted 2' Casts Morgan Freeman in a Key Role

10 September 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Morgan Freeman has signed on for a pivotal role in the Universal Pictures comedy sequel Ted 2, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried.

While no specific story details have been given, insiders claim Morgan Freeman is playing an iconic civil rights lawyer who helps Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) take care of some legal issues. Director Seth MacFarlane wanted a major star for this role, and he had reportedly been eyeing Morgan Freeman all along.

Mark Wahlberg is returning as John Bennett, a grown man with a talking teddy bear as his best friend. Amanda Seyfried joined the cast in February as the female lead, with a majority of the Ted supporting cast returning as well, including Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton and Jessica Barth. Our February report revealed that Mila Kunis, who played John's girlfriend Lori, will have a much smaller role in the sequel.

Variety reports that the rest »

- MovieWeb

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Patrick Warburton Returns for 'Ted 2'

20 August 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Patrick Warburton has signed on to reprise his role as Guy from the 2012 hit comedy Ted in the upcoming sequel Ted 2.

In the original movie, Guy was one of John McNamara's (Mark Wahlberg) co-workers, but it isn't clear yet if Guy's "silent partner" Jared, played by Ryan Reynolds, will also be back for the sequel.

No story details have been confirmed at this time, but we reported in February that Amanda Seyfried has signed on to play the female lead. Mila Kunis, who played John's girlfriend Lori in the first movie, is coming back to reprise her role, but she will have a much smaller part in the sequel.

Seth MacFarlane will once again provide the voice of Ted, along with directing the sequel from a script he co-wrote with Ted collaborators Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. It isn't clear when production will begin on the sequel.

Patrick Warburton, »

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Patrick Warburton Returns for 'Ted 2'

20 August 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Patrick Warburton has signed on to reprise his role as Guy from the 2012 hit comedy Ted in the upcoming sequel Ted 2.

In the original movie, Guy was one of John McNamara's (Mark Wahlberg) co-workers, but it isn't clear yet if Guy's "silent partner" Jared, played by Ryan Reynolds, will also be back for the sequel.

No story details have been confirmed at this time, but we reported in February that Amanda Seyfried has signed on to play the female lead. Mila Kunis, who played John's girlfriend Lori in the first movie, is coming back to reprise her role, but she will have a much smaller part in the sequel.

Seth MacFarlane will once again provide the voice of Ted, along with directing the sequel from a script he co-wrote with Ted collaborators Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. It isn't clear when production will begin on the sequel.

Patrick Warburton, »

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'A Million Ways to Die in the West' Blu-ray and DVD Releases October 7th

11 August 2014 11:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sparks and bullets fly between a gun-shy sheep farmer and a beautiful sharpshooter in A Million Ways to Die in the West, an outrageously irreverent comedy coming exclusively to Digital HD on September 9, 2014 and DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 7, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Coinciding with the digital release date of the film will be a deluxe version of the soundtrack album, featuring additional score cues by composer Joel McNeely. This album will be available exclusively through iTunes.

Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and the blockbuster comedy feature film Ted, directs produces, co-writes and stars in this sweet and saucy film packed with laughs, lunacy and just the right amount of romance. A never-before-seen unrated version of the film, featuring 18 additional laugh-packed minutes is available exclusively on Blu-ray and Digital HD. A Million Ways to Die In the West DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack each offer hilarious bonus content, »

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'Ted 2' Lands William Shatner Cameo

31 July 2014 10:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the more memorable moments in the raucous 2012 comedy Ted is where Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones appears in a cameo as himself. It seems the sequel Ted 2 will have a similar scene featuring William Shatner as himself.

The Boston Herald reports that the actor will be appearing at a superhero convention, where he is taking questions from fans about his cop series T.J. Hooker. The actor gets annoyed when attendees keep asking him Star Trek questions. It's stated that there was also a recent Boston casting call for the sequel, with the production seeking a number of extras wearing superhero costumes.

Ted stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis are reprising their roles as John Bennett and his girlfriend Lori Collins, although Mila Kunis is said to have a smaller role in the sequel. We reported in February that Amanda Seyfried signed on to play the female lead, »

- MovieWeb

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Casting: Davenport, Pejic, Barth, Ikhile

18 June 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Nest

Madison Davenport ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series") and John Leguizamo have joined Jason Moore's comedy "The Nest" starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Filming on the Universal Pictures production is now underway in New York City.

Fey and Poehler portray childish adult sisters who, upon learning that their parents have sold their family home, have one last blow-out party before the house changes hands. Davenport will portray Fey's artist daughter resentful of always having to play the parent. [Source: Variety]

The Little Mermaid

Australian catwalk star Andrej Pejic is reportedly joining the cast of Sofia Coppola's new live-action take on "The Little Mermaid".

The androgynous male model has found most success modelling women's clothing. He has worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and appeared on the cover of Brazilian Vogue. [Source: The BBC]

Ted 2

Jessica Barth has closed a deal to reprise her role as teddy bear Ted's girlfriend »

- Garth Franklin

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Sienna Miller Joins Bradley Cooper in John Wells’ Chef; Jessica Barth Returns for Ted 2; Osy Ikhile Joins David Yates’ Tarzan; Victor Ortiz Is a Southpaw

17 June 2014 9:45 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Sienna Miller will join Bradley Cooper in John Wells' Chef, also starring Omar Sy. Jessica Barth will return to reprise her role of Tami-Lynn in Ted 2. Osy Ikhile has been cast in David Yates' Tarzan, Warner Bros.' 3D live-action film starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Djimon Hounsou. Victor Ortiz will star in The Weinstein Company's boxing picture Southpaw with Antoine Fuqua directing. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from Variety is news that Miller will star in Chef, which follows a Steven Knight script that tells the story of a chef attempting to put together the best restaurant ever.  This project is not to be confused with Jon Favreau's recently released comedy of the same name, but not much more is available on the picture at this time. »

- Dave Trumbore

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‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ has its shortcomings, but is far from a disaster

31 May 2014 9:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Written by Wellesley Wild, Alec Sulkin, and Seth MacFarlane

Directed by Seth MacFarlane

2014, USA 

Seth MacFarlane has a dirty mind. He tells dirty jokes in occasionally clever, often crude ways, and without remorse. With Family Guy, he exhibits the full extent of his talents in thirty-minute stints to great effect. On the big screen, however, he may need someone to wrangle him in. While Ted (2012) was incredibly entertaining, it occasionally found itself slowing to a crawl. MacFarlane’s latest, A Million Ways to Die in the West, finds itself suffering a similar fate. Though highly entertaining, the film runs too long, leaves many of its characters in the lurch, and doesn’t give nearly enough screen time to its talented roster of actors.

In 1882 in the fictional town of Old Stump, Arizona, we meet Albert Stark (MacFarlane), a terrible shepherd and hopeless »

- Ariel Fisher

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Film Review: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Suffers Because Seth MacFarlane Casts Himself

31 May 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A feature-length comedy is a daunting undertaking. But being consistently funny for 2 straight hours is like climbing Mount Everest blindfolded with no arms while taking selfies using your feet.

Special effects mean nothing in the land of comedy. It’s all about the writing and the acting (in that order). To give you a sense of who you’re working with here, I find “Anchorman” hilarious and “Burn After Reading” for a dark comedy. Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted” hits more than it misses, but his return accomplishes the reverse with “A Million Ways to Die in the West” without a reason for being.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Double entendres like “That’s horseshit!” (referring to intentionally placed manure in the middle of a statement of disdain) fall flat while a game at the fair called “Runaway Slave” is genuinely funny (and finds a way for a recently unchained man to appear for a perfect post-credits cameo). Likewise, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Review Roundup

30 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Seth MacFarlane’s first outing as a leading man in A Million Ways to Die in the West is miss among critics who don’t seem to be falling under the Family Guy creator’s comic spell.

MacFarlane’s reputation for controversial comedy and his successful directorial debut, Ted (2012), have now culminated in this satirical Western co-starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribsi, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman.

Critics appear unimpressed by MacFarlane’s script, co-written by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild – two frequent MacFarlane collaborators – and none are impressed with MacFarlane’s step into the spotlight playing the protagonist, Albert.

“But nothing in the movie is quite so limiting as the presence of MacFarlane himself in a lead role he proves ill fit to carry. In his first live-action lead, he lumbers through the film spouting dialogue that sounds like an extended standup riff about the horrors of the Old West, »

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A Million Ways to Die in The West Review: As Many Ways to Laugh

29 May 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

A few weeks ago, during the celebration of Blazing Saddles 40th anniversary, writer-director, and certified comedic genius, Mel Brooks, said that a film like Blazing Saddles, with its over the top racist humor, objectification/sexualization of women, and culturally insensitive jokes, could never be made today.

Seth MacFarlane has come close.

A Million Ways to Die in The West is MacFarlane's follow up to 2012's surprise hit, Ted. It stars MacFarlane as cowardly -- and slightly neurotic -- sheep rancher Albert Stark, whose insight to the trials and tribulations of life in the old west are where most of the comedy comes from. While we don't actually see all million ways to die, the point is taken early in a hilarious monologue between Albert and his best friends, good guy Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and town whore Ruth (Sarah Silverman). Who knew the town fair could be so deadly?

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A Million Ways To Die In The West – The Review

29 May 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This weekend sees another step in the ever-expanding media empire of Seth MacFarlane. The Fox Tv animation mogul ventured into live-action feature films with 2012′s comedy hit Ted (to be honest, the title character, a talking, walking stuffed bear, was done with CGI animation). In the last couple of years he’s produced a much applauded reboot of the science show “Cosmos” for Fox TV along with this, his follow-up feature film A Million Ways To Die In The West. Yes it’s a comedy also, but it differs from the previous hit in a couple of big ways. Ted was a contemporary buddy comedy, while West is a genre parody much like movies made by Woody Allen and Mel Brooks through Zaz (the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrams) and the Wayans brothers. And while Ted’s human pal was played by the film’s lead, Mark Wahlberg, the lead »

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Movie Review – A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

29 May 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Million Ways to Die in the West, 2014.

Directed by Seth MacFarlane.

Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sara Silverman, Wes Studi and Liam Neeson.

Synopsis:

As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

When Ted struck a nerve back in 2012, many were heralding the start of a new, all-conquering career for creator Seth MacFarlane. Fresh from the continued success of Family Guy, his debut into the live-action stakes brought acclaim and buckets of box-office cash. Given a free reign to choose where he went next, he decided to follow a dream to revisit the old west in A Million Ways to Die in the West. Sadly, and heartbreakingly, it’s as misfiring as it’s central character.

A Million Ways… »

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Which Is Better, Dick or Fart Jokes? ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ and ‘Family Guy’ Writers Declare a Winner

29 May 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Friends and writing partners for over a decade, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild can now finish each other's sentences in conversation — which is a little bit confusing for interviewers, but a big reason why they average more laughs per minute that just about anyone else in Hollywood. Having initially met while working on the staff at “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” they moved on to work under Seth MacFarlane when “Family Guy” relaunched in 2005. The threesome moved to live action by co-writing 2012's smash hit “Ted,” a film that grossed $549 million worldwide and wrote them what »

- Jordan Zakarin

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‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ a fun and wild Western-comedy from Seth MacFarlane

28 May 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 A Million Ways to Die in the West

Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild

Directed by Seth MacFarlane

USA, 2014

In his seemingly never-ending quest to provide meaty satire and goofing on many things in real life, Seth MacFarlane knows no bounds. With his mega-popular Family Guy and 2012’s Ted, he certainly knows how to generate laughs. His latest film, in which he wrote, directed, and starred, A Million Ways to Die in the West, is no different. The film continues his farcical tradition and manages to squeeze as much humor, adventure, and romance out of its 116-minute runtime. With an all-star cast and an even more hilarious array of cameos, West may not be an Oscar contender but it’s definitely worthy of a viewing if you’re in the mood for a good chuckle.

Taking place in Arizona circa 1882, West focuses on Albert Stark (MacFarlane), a »

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A Million Ways to Die in the West review: Seth MacFarlane misfires

28 May 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Seth MacFarlane; Screenwriters: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild; Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris; Running time: 116 mins; Certificate: 15

Imagine a bad episode of Family Guy set in the Old West and stretched out over an excruciatingly long 2-hour running time and you've pretty much landed in Seth MacFarlane's latest comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. Blazing Saddles this is not... it's not even City Slickers II.

From the opening title credits, as the camera swoops in and around Monument Valley, it's made clear in no uncertain terms that this is A Seth MacFarlane Picture - his name looms large over the vast rock formations (as star, writer, director, producer), and that's where the problems begin for this misfiring follow-up to Ted.

MacFarlane's Albert Stark, a poor sheep farmer reeling from a breakup with girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried), is »

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Film Review: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

28 May 2014 3:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The saddles don’t blaze in “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” and the pacing is limper than a three-legged horse. In following up his 2012 smash “Ted” with a lavish comic western, Seth MacFarlane has delivered a flaccid all-star farce that’s handsomely dressed up with nowhere to go for most of its padded two-hour running time. Pic faces a formidable box-office duel in its opening frame against Disney’s costly “Maleficent,” but regardless of the outcome there, it won’t come within striking distance of “Ted’s” $549 million global gold rush.

While it may be too tall an order to expect MacFarlane to deliver at the level of classic Mel Brooks (or Quentin Tarantino), “A Million Ways” fails to measure up to even its own creator’s high standard for nose-thumbing irreverence. Indeed, from “Family Guy” to “Ted,” we’ve come to expect the 40-year-old wunderkind to go for broke and, »

- Scott Foundas

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Family Guy writer Alec Sulkin: I can help you find the funny

23 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Be bold, use Twitter, and avoid the C-word: the writer of Ted and new movie A Million Ways To Die In The West offers tips on how to write screen comedy

Alec Sulkin has served his time in the comedy trenches. Having started his career as a writer on CBS's The Late Late Show, he pumped out gags for Family Guy for nine years. In 2012, he co-wrote ribald talking-toy movie Ted with Family Guy mentor Seth MacFarlane and longtime collaborator Wellesley Wild. Now the same crack trio have reunited to pen A Million Ways To Die In The West, set in Arizona in 1882 and starring MacFarlane as a cowardly sheep farmer encouraged by Charlize Theron to become a gunslinger. Meanwhile, Sulkin batters his 569,000 Twitter followers with regular one-liners (some of which are collected in the anthology Robots Feel Nothing When They Hold Hands). We asked him to pass on some of his hard-earned wisdom, »

- Jonathan Bernstein

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