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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
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]
- Garth Franklin
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
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
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
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.
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, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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, »
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?
The plot »
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 »
- Jim Batts
Directed by Seth MacFarlane.
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… »
- Scott Davis
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
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
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 »
- Randall Unger
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 »
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
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
In cinemas a week today is the second directorial effort from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. A Million Ways To Die In The West stars MacFarlane alongside Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson.
Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and Mrc’s hit »
- Paul Heath
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” starring Seth MacFarlane (“Ted”), Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson!
“A Million Ways to Die in the West,” which is rated “R” and opens on May 30, 2014, also stars Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Hagen, Wes Studi, Matt Clark, Evan Jones and Rex Linn from writer and director Seth MacFarlane and writer Alec Sulkin. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free “A Million Ways to Die in the West” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson Written By: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild Directed By: Seth MacFarlane Wether or not you’re amused by A Million Ways to […]
Read Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West on Filmonic.
- Andrew Shuster
Even with temperatures rising, MacFarlane was not alone to celebrate his second full-length feature as castmembers Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron joined the festivities along with producer Scott Stuber and Theron’s current beau, Sean Penn.
Before the film started, MacFarlane thanked a handful of people including Universal and Mrc for greenlighting and joked he had a two-hander with Katherine Heigl and Shia Labeouf ready to go if they wanted it.
Following the screening, guests made their way to an open parking lot that was styled into the Old Hump’s County Fair featuring games, a live band and plenty of Tex-Mex.
MacFarlane’s longtime writing partner Alec Sulkin said that though it does get easier to work with »
- Justin Kroll
“Dads” (pictured), from 20th Century Fox TV, bowed with the highest profile, coming from the Seth MacFarlane shop and “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The show had a tough assignment in opening Fox’s Tuesday lineup in the 8 p.m. slot.
“Enlisted,” also from 20th TV, had the strongest critical response of the three, drawing praise for its portrayal of the unique pressures on families in the military. Series was created by Kevin Biegel. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Seth MacFarlane directed/starring/co-written (along with Family Guy scribes Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin) summer comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West has a new red-band trailer. But it’s not like you need anyone to sell you on this stuff, folks. Either you enjoy Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy style crude humor or you don’t. If […] »
- Matthew McKibben
The new red band trailer for "A Million Ways to Die in the West" gives you precisely what you expect from Seth MacFarlane: vulgarity and abundant confidence, just this time with mesquite flavor. The same writing team behind "Ted" (MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild) is here to prove that the Old West wasn't just a happy sepia Instagram filter. Oh, no. It was a disgusting, barbaric place where folks died at county fairs and Oscar-winning actresses are reduced to thankless supporting roles. (Oh, Charlize.) There are some cute moments in this bawdy trailer -- and a cute mustache on Neil Patrick Harris, who plays something of a casanova here. And look, there's Sarah Silverman educating Giovanni Ribisi on the ways of the woman. All right. I'm in. But only until the cholera kicks in. »
- Louis Virtel
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