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"Ted" has received fairly positive reviews ahead of its opening in theaters on Friday (June 29), and it made more than $2 million at the box office in midnight screenings. So, it's good day for first-time feature director, co-writer and voice of Ted Seth MacFarlane, right?
Well, yeah, it is. But MacFarlane is also being accused of poaching the idea for "Ted" from a comic strip called "Imagine This."
The strip, which Lucas Turnbloom has been drawing since 2008, follows the life of a not-very-ambitious guy named Darin and Clovis, his talking, booze-hound childhood teddy bear. The premise of "Ted," which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, is pretty much the same, and certain scenes -- including one of Wahlberg's John and Ted eating cereal out of the box while slumped on a couch -- mimic panels in "Imagine This."
"Many cartoonists, myself included, hope that their strips might someday be developed into »
Robert Rodat, eh? He is, of course, best known for his screenplay for "Saving Private Ryan," which was fairly heavily doctored by several other heavy hitters brought on once Spielberg was officially making the film. That's the way it works, though. No matter who did what, if you're the guy with the name on the movie, you're the one who gets the bounce. The thing is, Rodat's a good writer, and that's true of his other work as well. I quite like "Tall Tale," a fantasy picture that deals with some of the legendary characters of the American west, and I »
2 items from 2012
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