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'Ted' Writer, Sandy Grushow Team for 'The Weatherman' Remake at Fox (Exclusive)

22 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ted and Ted 2 writer Wellesley Wild has his sights set on The Weatherman. Fox is reteaming with the Dads creator to adapt the Australian web series of the same name, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The network has handed out a script plus penalty commitment to the comedy. Weatherman is described as a workplace comedy centering on weatherman Tony Turpinson, the most insecure man on television. Wild will pen the script and exec produce the comedy for 20th Century Fox Television, where he is under an overall deal. Former Fox Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow, who currently serves as a

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VOD Spotlight: A Million Ways To Die In The West

7 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

As Seth MacFarlane and fellow writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild were putting the final touches on their soon-to-be blockbuster feature debut, Ted, they were taking a break and watching Clint Eastwood in director Ted Post’s classic Western film Hang ’Em High. They started pitching jokes and riffing on the idea of creating an unconventional Western, and they soon decided that a comedic twist on the genre should be their next project together. MacFarlane recalls: “We were talking about how this era is so romanticized in literature, but it was actually a time and place that would have been so … Continue reading →

The post VOD Spotlight: A Million Ways To Die In The West appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

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Giveaway: Win Nycc Badges from 'Million Ways to Die in the West'

4 October 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Have you always wanted to attend New York Comic-Con but never had the chance? If that's the case, then you're in luck, because Universal Pictures and the Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, available on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack October 7, are giving a few of our lucky readers a chance to win Nycc badges in our latest giveaway.

While exploring everything that Nycc has to offer, fans can also visit the A Million Ways to Die in the West booth at New York Comic Con to take your very own "old-timey" western digital photograph! Post your picture to your favorite social media outlet (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) along with #NYCCMillionWaysSweeps for your chance to win the Million Ways Pays Sweepstakes and walk away with One Million Pennies ($10,000)!

What are you waiting for? You're just a few clicks away from winning New York Comic-Con badges, so »

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital: A Million Ways to Die in the West

24 September 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal

The irreverent Western comedy  A Million Ways to Die in the West, comes from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who directs produces, co-writes and stars in the film.

Seth MacFarlane takes wooly cover in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

When Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) loses his fickle fiancée (Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace) to a mustachioed dandy (Neil Patrick Harris, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas), he rebounds hard with Anna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult), a gorgeous gunslinger new to his Old West town. What he doesn’t know is that Anna’s ex, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson, The Grey), is the most dangerous desperado on the horizon and he’s on his way to reclaim his gal—whatever it takes!

Also starring in the film are Giovanni Ribisi (Contraband) and Sarah Silverman (Peep World).

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Morgan Freeman Joins Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted 2'

10 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Morgan Freeman has reportedly joined the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s sequel to 2012’s Ted.

Morgan Freeman In 'Ted 2'

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. »

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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 »

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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 »

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Morgan Freeman Lands Juicy Role in ‘Ted 2′ (Exclusive)

10 September 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Freeman is set to join the cast of Universal and Mrc’s “Ted 2.”

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources say Freeman would play an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues.

Seth MacFarlane, who is back writing, directing and voicing the titular vulgar teddy bear, was said to be looking for high-profile actor to join the cast in a fun role and showed interest in Freeman from the start.

Currently filming in Boston, “Ted 2″ stars Mark Wahlberg and the the majority of the original supporting cast. Actress Amanda Seyfried has also joined the R-rated comedy, and several pop culture and A-list cameos expected in the sequel.

See Also: Watch: First Look at Zac Efron’s ‘We Are Your Friends

Co-written by Alex Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, “Ted 2″ is produced by Scott Stuber with Mrc co-financing the pic. »

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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.

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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, »

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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 »

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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. »

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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 »

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

29 May 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Two observations regarding Seth MacFarlane. One, he is a hilarious writer and voiceover talent. Two, he isn’t as good as a comic leading man, on screen and in live action. Those two elements clash brightly in the overlong but funny “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

A film that can make you laugh – and there are a number of good guffaws in this epic – are rare and should be celebrated. But in the midst of the party for “A Million Ways…” there is a feeling that someone has dumped a poo in the punchbowl, which is the type of joke that MacFarlane loves in this film. All the MacFarlane characteristics, known throughout his years within his notable animated series “Family Guy” and “American Dad,’’ are in this send-up, but the “R” rating also gives Seth a license for overkill. And why does this film have a typical Western plot? »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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