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NBC has ordered hourlong holiday musical special How Murray Saved Christmas from The Simpsons‘ writer/producer Mike Reiss. It’s scheduled to air in December 2014. Based on Reiss’ best-selling children’s book of the same name, the story centers on cranky deli owner Murray Kleiner, who is forced to fill in for Santa one Christmas and does a weirdly wonderful job. Walter Murphy (Ted, Family Guy) will compose the music of the special, produced by Universal TV. Rough Draft Animation will serve as the animation studio. Reiss has worked on The Simpsons since the show’s inception, at one point serving as exec producer/co-showrunner. His feature credits include The Simpsons Movie and Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaur. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
In this special extended and unrated version of the smash comedy, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tells the story of Johnny Bennett, an unpopular kid whose teddy bear magically comes to life. Ted becomes a star... but the world soon moves on, leaving Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) a grown-up nobody in a dead-end job and his once cuddly best friend a moth-eaten slacker who lives only to party. »
Teacher reportedly told his students, 'This will be your first horror film,' before playing tape of 2004 shocker
A teacher in France has been suspended after screening the horror film Saw for a class of 11-year-olds.
Radio network Europe 1 reports that the unnamed teacher told his students: "This will be your first horror film." One pupil arrived home looking distinctly uncomfortable, according to a separate report on the French news site The Local.
"He returned from school on Monday evening, visibly in some discomfort, not well," said the father. "I asked him and he told me his maths teacher had shown them a horror film during class. At the moment the teachers are having staff meetings and parent-teacher meetings, so their classes are cut short and interrupted a bit."
The father subsequently brought the issue up with the school authorities.
The teacher was suspended on Tuesday while the school carried out an investigation, »
- Ben Child
The seventh annual Spike TV Guys Choice Awards were both a celebration of all things manly and an irreverent wink toward the silliness of such a singular celebration. The trophy is a “Mantler,” there’s an award for Most Dangerous Man, and prizes are handed out to fictional characters as readily as they are to real people. What other awards show would honor daredevil Felix Baumgartner in the same breath as The Walking Dead’s Dixon brothers? They know their audience.
- Lindsey Bahr
Ricky Gervais has said it "would be a thrill and an honour" if he was asked to host the Academy Awards.
The Derek actor has made several memorable appearances as host of the Golden Globes in recent years, making headlines for roasting Hollywood's most famous stars.
In a recent interview with Gold Derby, Gervais discussed both his interest in and apprehension about helming the movie industry's biggest night.
"I doubt the job offer would come without some strings attached," Gervais said. "The worst string being handing in my credentials as a comedian in favour of a family entertainer."
He added: "We have to be able to poke fun at society without favouring any part of it because we are beholden to someone.
"And it's a fine line between feeling like you've sold your soul and feeling like you're ruining someone's party. It would be very tempting though, I must admit. »
In a comedy starring a CG hero who's less cuddly than he looks, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tells the story of Johnny Bennett, an unpopular kid whose teddy bear magically comes to life. Ted becomes a star... but the world soon moves on, leaving Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) a grown-up nobody in a dead-end job and his once cuddly best friend a moth-eaten slacker who lives only to party. »
CSI: Miami actor Rex Linn has joined the cast of Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, currently shooting in New Mexico. Linn will play a small-town sheriff in the film, which also stars Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Giovanni Ribisi. Photos: From the Mind of Seth MacFarlane MacFarlane, who directed the raunchy 2012 comedy Ted, is starring in, directing and co-writing the comedy, which follows a sheep farmer who loses his woman after chickening out on a gun duel. He meets a another woman who teaches him how to handle
- Rebecca Ford
What does the Vice President of the United States of America actually have to do besides the duties the President chooses to avoid? Find out when Veep: The Complete First Season is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 3 June 2013 from HBO Home Entertainment.
We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) in her recent Emmy® award-winning turn as Vice President Selina Meyer (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), Veep is an up close and politically (in)correct look at the daily successes and disappointments of being second in command. Veep follows former Senator Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define life on Capitol Hill.
- Matt Holmes
Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Sulkin and Wild have been at the studio since 2004 when they joined 20th TV’s Fox series Family Guy. The duo spent the last nine seasons on Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy animated comedy, working their way up the ranks to executive producers. This past season, Sulkin and Wild teamed with MacFarlane for a live-action project, Dads, which received a straight-to-series order from Fox based on the pilot script written by Sulkin and Wild. Under the overall pact with 20th TV, the two will continue as executive producers on Dads, which landed on Fox’s fall schedule. “We’ve valued them on Family Guy where they’ve done a great job,” 20th TV chairman Gary Newman said. “Dads was the first opportunity to work with them independently on a project that was not Family Guy, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In addition to “Ted,” the Emmy-nominated pair has worked extensively with Seth MacFarlane, writing for Fox’s “Family Guy” since 2004 and more recently exec producing the toon laffer. They’re project “Dads,” produced by 20th Century Fox TV and also conceived with MacFarlane, was recently picked up to series by Fox.
Currently, Wild and Sulkin are lensing “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” a western comedy that the duo penned with MacFarlane and are exec producing.
“Seth has always raved about their work on ‘Family Guy,’ and having worked closely with them on ‘Dads,’ we understand why he values them so highly,” said studio chairman Gary Newman. “They have a dark and twisted sense of humor, and their dedication to making the pilot the best it could be was really impressive. »
- AJ Marechal
Mere weeks after Dads got its slot on Fox’s fall schedule, co-creators Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The two-year pact comes at a particularly fruitful point in their collective careers. In addition to Dads, the Seth Green live-action comedy vehicle, the duo co-wrote box office hit Ted with Seth MacFarlane and are in production on MacFarlane’s big-screen Western, A Million Ways to Die in the West, which they also co-wrote with him. "We didn’t have a huge amount of exposure to Alec and Wellesley
- Lacey Rose
Transformers 4 has revealed a first look at two new Autobots and its Optimus Prime redesign.
Director Michael Bay has posted images for the three robots in their disguised forms on his website.
Bay unveiled the "classy 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse", "special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet's upcoming 2014 production car" and "completely upgraded, custom-built Optimus Prime from Western Star".
Transformers 4 will arrive in cinemas on June 27, 2014.
With the release of Gangster Squad on DVD and Blu-ray today (order your copy here or click here to enter our competition) , it highlight to us that one of its cast has been in a lot of films. The person in question is Giovanni Ribisi. To most, he’s one of those actors that you can’t place the name of, and spend most of the film trying to figure out what you’ve seen him in before (and will probably either pick Friends as Phoebe’s brother of Avatar!). Truth is, you’ve seen him in a lot of things.
This doesn’t make him an actor that will take any old role though. Ribisi has been in some of the most important films in contemporary Hollywood cinema. He provides a quality of acting that always intrigues you. He brings characters to life that are endearing, a bit quirky, »
- Kelly Alyse
This is how it generally works: Jay Pharoah or Jason Sudeikis screams “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” The house band kicks in, the immortal Don Pardo announces the cast. And then, the stage door opens, and a smiling celebrity walks out towards the camera. You try and gauge her body language because what you really want to know is: Is this going to be funny? It’s late on Saturday night and you just need to know whether you’re going to watch this from start to finish right now… or whether you should go to bed »
- Jeff Labrecque
“Carlos” helmer Olivier Assayas is set to shoot his first film in the U.S. — “Hubris,” an action-packed crime thriller set against the backdrop of organized crime in Chicago in the 1970s.
Former MK2 exec Charles Gillibert (“On the Road”), who recently launched Paris-based CG Cinema, is partnering with Hollywood indie players Scott Stuber of Bluegrass Films, Alexandra Milchan’s Emjag Prods. and Scott Lambert’s Film 360 to produce “Hubris.”
Frederique Dumas at Orange Studios is co-financing and co-developing the pic.
Inspired by an article by journo Hillel Levin, “Hubris” turns on a gang of thieves led by notorious mastermind John Mendell who rob a pawn shop only to discover it is a front for Chicago’s most brutal crime boss, Tony Accardo.
Assayas is writing the script.
“Olivier Assayas is one of the most dynamic filmmakers on the global film scene. His previous films including the groundbreaking miniseries ‘Carlos’ have been masterpieces, »
- Elsa Keslassy
'Resident Evil: Retribution' star and all round hottie Li Bingbing (below) has joined the cast of 'Transformers 4'. The Chinese star has joined the project lined up for Michael Bay to helm once again which begins shooting soon in her native country. The actress thanked Paramount Pictures for the role and Bay commented to Entertainment Weekly that he was 'excited to have Li Bingbing join our cast'. Mark Wahlberg ('Ted'), Nicola Peltz ('Bates Motel'), Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones'), Sophia Myles and Kelsey Grammer ('X-Men: The Last Stand') are all on board this fourth installment which is being touted as the beginning of a whole new trilogy in the franchise. 'Transformers 4', which will no doubt in time be given a much snappier title, is set for release on 27 June 2014. »
The Ukrainian-born actress rose to fame playing the character 'Jackie Burkhart' on the TV series "That '70s Show", before landing the voice-actor role of 'Meg Griffin' on the Fox animated TV series "Family Guy".
Her breakout film role came in 2008, playing 'Rachel Jansen' in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall".
Her performance as 'Lily' in "Black Swan" gained Kunis worldwide accolades, including receiving the 'Premio Marcello Mastroianni' award for 'Best Young Actor or Actress' at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
She also received nominations for a 'Golden Globe Award' for 'Best Supporting Actress' and won a 'Screen »
- Michael Stevens
'Traumatised critics exhale,' controversial host of 2013 awards tells Twitter, saying he can't fit Oscars into his schedule
Seth MacFarlane has confirmed for the second time that his controversial and divisive 2013 Oscars hosting stint, dubbed the "meanest" in history, will be a one-off.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are to produce the 2014 ceremony for the second year running, have reportedly been wooing the comic and film-maker to return for next year's ceremony after his turn at the mic resulted in a three-year high for Us ratings despite decidedly mixed critical reactions. But MacFarlane buried suggestions that he might take the job for the 2014 show with a post on Twitter.
"Traumatised critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again," he wrote. "Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep." He then added: "However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. »
- Ben Child
Seth MacFarlane has confirmed he will not be hosting next year's Oscars. The actor-and-comedian hosted this year's 85th Academy Awards and was asked to return in 2014 despite being criticised for his divisive humour making for a controversial show in February. However, the 'Ted' director has taken to his Twitter account and announced he will not be returning to join this year's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for a second year. He wrote: 'Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again 'Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin »
85th Annual Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane revealed today that he is not hosting the 86th Annual Academy Awards due to scheduling conflicts. Take a look at what he had to say on Twitter earlier today, then read on for more information.
Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep.However, I highly-->
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 20, 2013
--> recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 20, 2013
We reported in April that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had approached Seth MacFarlane about hosting next year's awards ceremony, but it wasn't known whether or not he would agree to hosting The Academy Awards again.
Seth MacFarlane is currently shooting his Western A Million Ways to Die in the West, »
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