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Tough crowd. Mark Wahlberg decided to make a return to comedy at the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia Saturday when he couldn't help but crack a joke about his movie, Ted. Normally, this would've probably been beyond Ok, but he was speaking in front of Pope Francis and a couple of other members of the clergy. Bobby Hill, a 14-year-old opera singer who performed at the event, embraced the 42-year-old "Good Vibrations" after he sang. Wahlberg then turned to the microphone to talk to the crowd, where he explained what went down during his and Hill's embrace. "That right there was truly the voice of an angel," Wahlberg said. "But then he whispered in my ear that he »
To begin wrapping his historic Stateside visit, Pope Francis on Saturday night dropped by the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Mark Wahlberg (yep, really) emceed the proceedings for the event — a worldwide Catholic gathering that focuses on community and this year included an extra star-studded lineup of musical performances — and took the opportunity to indulge in the sacrament of Reconciliation. For what did he want to atone? The Ted movies of course. Wahlberg told the pontiff he hoped God has a sense of humor — so do we. Possibility for penance: bringing back Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch for their own "Kyrie Eleison"? Your call, Pope.Religious politics aside, it was a big pop-culture week for Francis, who also received a nifty Rocky tribute, announced he'd spread the Good News with a prog-rock album titled Wake Up!, and got his own special Aretha Franklin mini-concert: Until next time, Francis. For more Pope coverage, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Seth MacFarlane's Ted is most definitely a raunchy movie. It's titular character is a foul-mouthed, drug-loving, perverted teddy bear, and his best friend, played by Mark Wahlberg, has plenty of shared interests. Being a Catholic, it seems that Wahlberg carries a bit of guilt for the project, and as a result, found himself actually apologizing to Pope Francis for it (albeit jokingly). This weekend, the actor served as host at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which the pope was attending as part of his six-day visit here in the United States of America. During the event, a 14-year-old boy named Bobby Hill performed an opera solo in honor of the guest, and Wahlberg spoke to the audience about a personal interaction he had with the kid backstage. Apparently Hill really enjoyed the R-rated Ted, which gave Wahlberg a pang of guilt. He said, He whispered in my »
Mark Wahlberg, a devout Catholic, asked Pope Francis for forgiveness for his raunchy R-rated comedy “Ted.” The actor-producer made the plea in jest, during an appearance at the World Meeting of Families Saturday in Philadelphia. Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra performed at the event, and Wahlberg served as host. After 14-year-old Bobby Hill of the Keystone State Boychoir performed an opera solo, he told Wahlberg that he liked his performance in the hit film about a potty-mouthed talking teddy bear. Also Read: Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted 2' Stomped by Dinos, Turned 'Inside Out »
- Todd Cunningham
Say what? Mark Wahlberg couldn’t resist cracking a joke with Pope Francis about his R-rated 2012 comedy Ted on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia. The actor, 48, was the master of ceremonies at the event, which featured performances by Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, and The Fray. Comedian Jim Gaffigan also sat onstage alongside Wahlberg and Pope Francis, 78, who is wrapping up a six-day visit to the U.S. on Sunday, Sept. 27. Bobby Hill, a 14-year-old opera singer who sang at [...] »
Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis are teaming up to executive produce Trapped, a new horror comedy series in development at Starz. In addition to producing, Zombie is also lined up to direct the story about a family under siege by a violent cult.
Press Release (via The Futon Critic): "Beverly Hills, Calif. - September 22, 2015 - Starz today announced the series development of "Trapped" in association with Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions with Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, "Family Guy," Jupiter Ascending) serving as Executive Producer alongside Rob Zombie (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween) who will also direct. Created and written by Joey Slamon ("Arrested Development") and produced in association with Orchard Farm Productions, the half-hour horror comedy series takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult. Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov of Orchard Farm Productions will also executive produce. »
- Derek Anderson
Starz today announced the series development of Trapped in association with Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions with Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, Family Guy, Jupiter Ascending) serving as Executive Producer alongside Rob Zombie (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween) who will also direct. Created and written by Joey Slamon (Arrested Development) and produced in association with Orchard Farm Productions, the half-hour horror comedy series takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult. Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov of Orchard Farm Productions will also executive produce. Here's what Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik had to say in a statement.
Starz retains all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, »
Mila Kunis and Rob Zombie join forces on the Starz series Trapped Starz today announced the series development of Trapped in association with Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Productions with Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, “Family Guy,” Jupiter Ascending) serving as Executive Producer alongside Rob Zombie (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), who will also…
- Max Evry
Movie News - Mark Wahlberg has been cast in a 'Mr and Mrs. Smith'-style new movie. The 44-year-old actor is to feature in the Evan Turner-scripted comedy-drama, which is said to be similar to the 2005 romantic comedy featuring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Deadline reports. Rather than featuring the typical 'bromance' storyline, 'Partners' will see Mark line up alongside a female partner. The story involves the Hollywood star playing an Lapd detective who falls for a beautiful woman following a one-night stand. Subsequently, however, it's revealed she is an FBI agent and also his new boss on a high profile case. This comes shortly after Mark revealed he initially turned down the opportunity to star in 'Ted', admitting the idea for the film about a talking teddy bear sounded ''absurd'' when he first heard about it. Mark said: ''When you hear about ('Ted') for the first time, »
Mark Wahlberg has occasionally found himself in the buddy comedy genre, including for films such as Ted and The Other Guys. Partners sees him returning to that format, but with something of a twist, albeit one that you’d think would’ve been figured out before now.Partners, which has a script by Evan Turner and the backing of New Line, finds Wahlberg as an Lapd detective who has a one night stand with a woman, and falls for her. Then he learns she’s an FBI agent and, to complicate matters, will be his boss on a high profile case. According to Deadline’s report, the studio sees this one as sitting squarely in the Mr. & Mrs. Smith arena, with a lot of big action set pieces. And, hopefully, with a decent co-starring role for an actress.There’s no word on when this might arrive on screens as »
With an $80 million salary, Downey is the highest paid actor in the world for the third consecutive year and has the highest recorded annual payday of all time. Jackie Chan is a distant runner-up with $50 million.
Downey’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” reeled in $1.4 billion worldwide ($941.5 million of which came from international territories), and Downey is reportedly commanding $40 million for the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.”
Forbes‘ 2015 list of the world’s highest-paid actors profiles thesps working solely in international movie industries. The 34 actors hail from seven countries and earned a combined $941 million in the last fiscal year.
Six of the top 10 stars are from the U.S., including the third highest earner, Vin Diesel, who hauled $47 million thanks to “Furious 7.” The last installment of the hit franchise grossed a record-breaking $1.5 billion worldwide »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Any time anyone says Hollywood is stuck in a loop of regurgitating ideas and playing it safe, it’s your duty to point the accuser towards Ted 2 and Seth MacFarlane. Not in terms of him making a film about a puerile, weed-loving teddy bear, but more specifically in terms of the gags he pulls off. Every time there’s a joke in there that leaves you slack-jawed and every time an A-lister takes a verbal beating, it’s MacFarlane pushing his luck and getting away with it.
In fact, exactly like Ted getting promoted in the first film for increasingly debauched behaviour at work.
But then what can you expect from the kind of mind that apparently only has two settings – in an almost adorably simple way. In Ted 2, MacFarlane expresses his love and appreciation of actors, pop culture references and established characters in the only ways »
- Simon Gallagher
Next week, North America territories will get the first Griswolds movie since the absolutely terrible Vegas Vacation in 1997. Vacation sees the series get a much deserved reboot with Ed Helms taking the reigns as patriarch Rusty Griswold. The Warner Bros. movie has just got itself a new red band trailer. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo and the legendary Chevy Chase co-star.
Vacation red band trailer
Here’s the synopsis:
Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favourite family fun park,” Walley World.
As we said, the film arrives in Us cinemas on July 29th, and in the UK a little later on August 15th.
Check out the new Vacation red band trailer below.
Rounding out the cast are »
- Paul Heath
This summer saw audiences get reacquainted with Seth MacFarlane's foulmouthed bear Ted, but an entirely different character with the same name is coming to cinemas. He's the center of the upcoming, slow burn dramatic horror "The Boy," and after hitting SXSW in the spring, the movie is on the way to put a chill on the summer season. Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated FIlms Of The 2015 Sxsx Film Festival Starring Rainn Wilson, David Morse, Jared Breeze, Bill Sage, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson, Aiden Lovekamp and David Valencia, based on the novel "Miss Corpus" by Clay McLeod Chapman and directed by Craig William Macneill, the story follows an isolated nine year-old being raised by his depressed and drunken single father, who falls in with a mysterious drfiter. Here's the official synopsis: It’s the summer of 1989. Nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amy Poehler is one of the most popular sitcom stars of recent years, thanks to her role in Parks and Recreation and awards-show turns with Tina Fey. She has seamlessly made the transition from TV to the big screen via Pixar’s latest hit, Inside Out. But such a path has proven hazardous in the past. Many TV comedy stars have briefly popped up on the big screen, only to retreat back to their comfort zone; some have become something of a joke, and others have been let down by the different demands of Hollywood. Few have gone on to enjoy a prolonged career making movies – fewer still making good movies. But who has managed to pull it off? »
- Stephen Puddicombe
Jurassic World appears to have seen the beginning of the end, taking in an estimated fifth week total of $18.1 million for second place. The winner was Minions, which stormed the box office with an estimated $115.2 million total. Granted, the top three are nothing if not successful, with Jurassic World the fourth most successful domestic film of all time with $590.6 million brought in so far, and Pixar is seeing good things with Inside Out, an estimated $17.1 million leading to $283.6 million brought in so far.
Interestingly, not a single film in the top ten this week has officially released their budget numbers, which can only lead to guessing and speculation on the results. With that, Terminator: Genisys, with an estimated $13.7 million, is likely not fulfilling the dreams of the executives at Paramount, bringing in $68.7 million so far, while the poorly received The Gallows (estimated $10 million), likely exceeded its found-footage costs by leaps and bounds. »
- Seth Paul
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
The BBC One show averaged 2.58m (16.8%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins earned 3.57m (21.3%).
Casualty was seen by 3.88m (22.1%) from 8.55pm, and The John Bishop Show appealed to 2.72m (16.9%) afterwards.
On BBC Two, Wimbledon coverage averaged 1.3m (8.5%) between 5.55pm and 9.30pm.
ITV aired Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.71m (16.5%).
Channel 5's latest Big Brother highlights at 9.50pm took figures of 843k (5.4%).
On the multichannels, ITV3's Midsomer Murders interested 933k (5.5%) from 8pm. »
Seth MacFarlane’s star continues to wane, in this clumsy, bear’s adventure
After a toe-curling turn hosting the Oscars in 2013, and the disappointing reception for last year’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, Ted 2 confirms that Seth MacFarlane really is nowhere near as funny as he thinks.
Returning to an idea that had run its course by the end of 2012’s original (“the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time”, apparently), Ted 2 adds a dash of mawkish sub-Capra self-justification to the usual cocktail of spunk, weed and porn gags. With his marriage to Tami-Lynn in trouble, talking bear Ted finds his existence threatened when the state rules that he is not a person and therefore has no rights. Teaming up with stoner lawyer Samantha L Jackson (Amanda Seyfried), perennial wastrel John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) promises to take his case to the highest court in the land, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
In this week's show, Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Paul Dano and John Cusack as Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy; the return of Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear in Ted 2; Justin Simien's race satire Dear White People and the final instalment in the Human Centipede horror series. Plus, the team answer your questions, which you can paste in the comments below.
• This is the audio-only version of this week's Guardian film show.
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- The Guardian Film Show
In this extract from the Guardian film show, Xan Brooks is joined by Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes to review the sequel to the 2012 comedy about a foul-mouthed talking teddy bear. This time around, Ted (voiced by writer/director Seth MacFarlane) is back, as is 'thunder buddy' Mark Wahlberg, and he wants to get married and have a child. One problem: he doesn't have a penis. The film co-stars Amanda Seyfried and features cameos from a host of Us celebrities Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Zoran Trajkovic
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