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How 'Family Guy' Called Out Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner Way Before #MeToo

The Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent fallout involving sexual misconduct accusations against other high-profile men in Hollywood had some Family Guy fans doing double takes. 

The Fox cartoon staple, which is about to celebrate its 300th episode milestone, has been dropping hints for years that something was amiss. 

At the time, the jokes were likely just considered jabs at celebrities whom the show's writers didn't care for. But, it turns out, there was more to it. 

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with showrunners Richard Appel and Alec Sulkin and creator Seth MacFarlane to better understand how the apparent warnings appeared in the show. 

The...
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Seth MacFarlane Talks Prescient 2005 Kevin Spacey Joke on 'Family Guy'

Seth MacFarlane Talks Prescient 2005 Kevin Spacey Joke on 'Family Guy'
Family Guy has been credited with calling out wrongdoers and anticipating scandals long before they erupt in the headlines, but show creator Seth MacFarlane clarified Thursday that this isn't exactly the case.

"I think the myth that Family Guy is this Kreskin-like prognosticator of this kind of stuff is a little sensationalized," he said during Fox's portion of the Television Critics Association press tour. "It's interesting that [with respect to] the narrative that's been decided by others, the idea that Family Guy is this cartoon Ouija Board that predicts these things.
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Seth MacFarlane Says That ‘Family Guy’ Kevin Spacey Joke Was Pure Coincidence, Not a Crystal Ball

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Seth MacFarlane Says That ‘Family Guy’ Kevin Spacey Joke Was Pure Coincidence, Not a Crystal Ball
Seth MacFarlane didn’t mean to interject “Family Guy” into the Kevin Spacey sexual harassment scandal, but the show has been lauded since then for its predictions when it comes to disgraced Hollywood stars. Nonetheless, the executive producer said he thinks the show’s role in anticipating such scandals has been overblown.

“I think the myth that ‘Family Guy’ is this Kreskin-like prognosticator of this kind of stuff is a little sensationalized,” MacFarlane said during Fox’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour. “I remember, when [the joke] was pitched, that rumor was that was a rumor that I actually had not heard, and other people in the writers’ room had. And it had to be sort of explained to me, ‘Oh, there’s this rumor that’s going around.'”

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Nycc: Carrie Fisher’s final Family Guy episode will air in November, details revealed

During the Family Guy panel at New York Comic Con, moderator and show writer/executive producer Cherry Chevapravatdumrong treated the thousands of fans in attendance to a special screening of the upcoming season 16 episode “Three Directors,” which, as it turns out, features the last of Carrie Fisher’s voice work for the show.

Fisher, who passed away toward the end of last year at the age 60, joined the Family Guy cast in the 2005 and ever since has consistently lent her voice to the character of Angela, Peter Griffin’s supervisor at the Pawtucket Brewery. Including “Three Directors,” Fisher has appeared in a total of 24 Family Guy episodes, by far the most amount of appearances she’s made on a single TV show throughout her career.

Not only did audience members take notice of Carrie Fisher’s voice in the episode, but they also applauded when the late Adam West’s
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Comic-Con 2017: The Gifted, The Orville, 300th Family Guy and More Fox Panels

Comic-Con 2017: The Gifted, The Orville, 300th Family Guy and More Fox Panels
It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and a glimpse of the upcoming season’s best new offerings at Comic-Con 2017. Below, we’ve compiled the dates, times and locations of all the major TV-related events.

Photos2017 Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New

We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark it and check back often!

Wednesday, July 19

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Sarah Silverman Tells Ex Jimmy Kimmel All About Her Long Distance Relationship with Michael Sheen

Sarah Silverman Tells Ex Jimmy Kimmel All About Her Long Distance Relationship with Michael Sheen
Who better to chat about your love life with than your ex, right?

During a Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance on Thursday, Sarah Silverman got into the topic of her current relationship with Michael Sheen with her ex, host Jimmy Kimmel.

“He’s my on-again, off-again lover,” said Silverman, 46.

“I didn’t know about the off-again?” asked Kimmel, 49.

“No, he’s on-again — I call him my on-again, off-again lover because we’re apart by oceans — one ocean,” she clarified.

Silverman then explained that Sheen, 48, moved from Los Angeles to the U.K. around the time his daughter Lily was accepted to college.
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‘Family Guy’ Won’t Do Any More ‘Star Wars’ Parodies, and Here’s Why

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‘Family Guy’ Won’t Do Any More ‘Star Wars’ Parodies, and Here’s Why
Don’t expect to see any more “Star Wars” parodies from Fox’s animated hit “Family Guy.”

The show produced three “Star Wars” homages (2007’s “Blue Harvest,” 2009’s “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” and 2010’s “It’s a Trap!”) several years ago. But that was back before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and jumpstarted the franchise.

“The new regime is a little more difficult to deal with,” executive producer Alec Sulkin said. “Before we were just dealing with Lucasfilm. Seth [MacFarlane] had a good relationship with them. It’s not that Seth has a bad relationship with Disney, but they’re a bit more rigid.”

Executive producer Rich Appel said it was understandable, as “they’re a little more careful now that they’re rolling out new movies.”

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Meanwhile, David Tennant, Kyle Chandler, Jacob Tremblay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea are among
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Comic-Con 2016: Game of Thrones, Orphan Black Added to Panel Lineup

Comic-Con 2016: Game of Thrones, Orphan Black Added to Panel Lineup
It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and a glimpse of the upcoming season’s best new offerings at Comic-Con. Below, we’ve compiled the dates, times and locations of all the major TV-related events.

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows

We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark it and check back often!

Wednesday, July 20

6 pm Warner Bros. Television’s annual “Preview Night” will unspool the pilot episodes for NBC’s Powerless,
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Comic-Con 2016: Prison Break, Bones, 24: Legacy, Scream Queens Among First Announced TV Panels

Comic-Con 2016: Prison Break, Bones, 24: Legacy, Scream Queens Among First Announced TV Panels
Michael and Lincoln are hightailing it to San Diego.

Twentieth Century Fox Television has unveiled its Comic-Con 2016 slate and a panel for Fox’s 9-episode Prison Break revival is on the docket, with returning cast members Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies and Robert Knepper all confirmed to attend.

VideosPrison Break: Michael and Lincoln Reunite in Trailer for Fox Revival

Bones will make its last Sdcc appearance ahead of its 12th and final season with nearly its entire cast — Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tj Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor and John Boyd included — present.

High profile reboot
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Giveaway – Win A Copy Of Ted 2 Blu-ray And R-Rated Talking Plush Teddy Bear

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more outrageous, Ted and his Bff are back in the hilarious, boundary-busting buddy comedy, Ted 2, coming to Digital HD on November 24, 2015, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 15, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The follow up to Ted, the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, Ted 2 features more of the hysterically raunchy banter that has made writer-director-actor Seth MacFarlane an entertainment world powerhouse—as well as a touching story of brotherly love. Both the Blu-ray™ and DVD include an Unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage that was too rude for the cinema, but makes this year’s most outrageous comedy the perfect gift for fans of this very adult spin on a childhood icon.

“Funnier, wilder and even more naughty than the first movie!” according to Bill Zwecker, Wfld-tv (Fox), Ted 2
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‘Ted 2: Extended Edition’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane

When it comes to a Seth MacFarlane film, the easiest way to work out whether you’ll like it is to ask the simple question, do you like Family Guy? That is the level of humour you can expect; and with Ted 2 a live-action episode of Family Guy is exactly what you get…

When Ted (Seth MacFarlane) and his wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) decide they want to have a baby, they soon run into problems. When they decide to adopt, the state becomes aware of Ted’s existence and he finds himself ruled to be property, and not a human being. With John’s (Mark Wahlberg) help
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Ted 2 Blu-ray details announced

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has this week announced the official details for the release of hit comedy sequel Ted 2, directed by Seth MacFarlane and starring MacFarlane, Mark Walhberg, Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman. The foul-mouthed teddy bear will be back on Blu-ray on December 15th.

Pre-order Ted 2 Via Amazon UK Or Amazon Us

Synopsis: Life has changed drastically for thunder buddies John (Mark Wahlberg), now a bachelor, and best pal Ted (Seth MacFarlane), now married to the woman (Jessica Barth) of his dreams. Problems arise when the couple decide to adopt a child, but the law declares Ted to be property and not a person. Angry and dejected, the lovably foulmouthed teddy bear must now seek legal help from a young lawyer (Amanda Seyfried) and a legendary, civil-rights attorney (Morgan Freeman) to get the justice he deserves.

Special Features will include:

–A Giant Opening Dance Number (Blu-ray exclusive
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Ted 2 Coming To Blu-ray On December 15, 2015

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more outrageous, Ted and his Bff are back in the hilarious, boundary-busting buddy comedy, Ted 2, coming to Digital HD on November 24, 2015, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 15, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The follow up to Ted, the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, Ted 2 features more of the hysterically raunchy banter that has made writer-director-actor Seth MacFarlane an entertainment world powerhouse—as well as a touching story of brotherly love. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include an Unrated extended edition that features never-before-seen footage that was too rude for the cinema, but makes this year’s most outrageous comedy the perfect gift for fans of this very adult spin on a childhood icon.

“Funnier, wilder and even more naughty than the first movie!” according to Bill Zwecker, Wfld-tv (Fox), Ted 2
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Fox Buys Workplace Comedy From Alec Sulkin & Julius Sharpe As Put Pilot

In one of the first significant buys of the 2015 pitch season, which slowly is getting underway, Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Where Are They Now?, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced by Alec Sulkin and Julius "Goldie" Sharpe. In Where Are They Now, from 20th Century Fox TV, the hilarious ins-and-outs of an Internet company are revealed as police investigate why everyone who worked there has disappeared. This is the second season as a writing team…
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Ted 2 review – Mark Wahlberg and furry friend still cheerfully rude

Seth MacFarlane’s uproarious sequel about an irresponsible kidult delivers a torrent of outrageous gags

Related: Ted 2 struggles at Us box office as Jurassic World and Inside Out beat $50m

Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 has been icily received by some American reviewers, on the grounds that it failed to do anything other than make them laugh an awful lot at press screenings. There seemed a lot of laughter at the screening I attended. Gasps that loud for a horror movie would mean raves were on the way. But this is a different genre. I can only say that whatever career notes MacFarlane has hit wrong recently, the Teds aren’t among them. This film, co-written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, is the uproarious and incorrect sequel to the stoner fantasy-satire Ted, from 2012. It is all about John, the irresponsible kidult guy whose emotional paralysis somehow magics
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Movie Review – Ted 2 (2015)

Ted 2, 2015

Directed by Seth MacFarlane

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, John Slattery, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton and Morgan Freeman.

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.

After last summer’s horribly unfunny A Million Ways To Die In The West, many had begun to question writer/director Seth MacFarlane’s true abilities to turn animated success into film gold. There certainly seemed many positives for the Family Guy creator, not least the success of his film debut Ted in 2012, which grossed almost $550million worldwide. But his sophomore feature was a dud, and further doubts set in when the inevitable sequel for the fuzzy bear was announced.

MacFarlane had himself spoke many times about his (and
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Ted 2 review: Seth MacFarlane deploys teddy bear shock and awe

Ted 2 review: Seth MacFarlane deploys teddy bear shock and awe
Director: Seth MacFarlane; Screenwriters: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild; Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman; Running time: 116 mins; Certificate: 15

After making jaws drop in 2012, Ted returns and he's still got that edge – although there's a lot more padding here, courtesy of creator and voice artist Seth MacFarlane. Mark Wahlberg is as game as ever, the sounding board for a lot of potty-mouthed ranting when the authorities make legal moves to strip Ted of his personhood, while Mila Kunis is replaced by Amanda Seyfried as Wahlberg's main squeeze.

Shock and awe tactics are employed from the off, with f-bombs dropping all over the place – even in church, where Ted gets hitched to his supermarket sweetheart Tami-Lynn (a gum-chewing Jessica Barth). Domestic bliss quickly gives way to some uproarious bickering and bawling, though, and Ted decides the only way to heal the rift is by having a baby.
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‘Ted 2′ Review

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane

2012′s Ted asked the important questions about what happens to a relationship when your partner’s best friend is a swearing teddy bear with the voice of Peter Griffin. The sequel, Ted 2, asks the important questions about the practicalities of knocking off a follow-up when your original film made more money than anyone could reasonably have expected.

We catch up with Ted and Marky Mark Wahlberg at the bear’s wedding to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Their marriage soon turns sour and after a predictably horrible incident at a sperm bank, they turn to adoption to reignite their relationship. At this stage, it is revealed that the government
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Outrage Watch: 'Ted 2' dogged by racism claims

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Outrage Watch: 'Ted 2' dogged by racism claims
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. Shocking news: Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" is taking fire from a not-insignificant number of critics who have taken issue with the film's gleefully un-p.C. humor. The charges: sexism, homophobia, transphobia and racism. But especially racism. The comedy sequel, out in theaters today, revolves around the foul-mouthed teddy's quest to be deemed a person in a court of law -- a struggle that in the film draws parallels with the plight of black slaves. It's a point that MacFarlane makes explicit, as in the following scene described (and subsequently criticized) by New York Times movie critic Manohla Dargis: "Mr. MacFarlane aligns Ted’s struggle with enslaved black Americans so that, while watching a scene in “Roots” in which Kunta Kinte is whipped,
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