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Attorney Morley Koffman, Lionsgate Board Member, Dies at 85

30 June 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Attorney Morley Koffman, a longtime member of the Lionsgate board, died Sunday in his home town of Vancouver, B.C. He was 85.

Koffman was a founding partner of the Vancouver business law firm Koffman Kalef with over 50 years of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the attorney general of British Columbia in 1986.

He was an 18-year member of Lionsgate’s board of directors, a member of its audit and risk committee, and the chairman of its nominating and corporate governance committee.

“Mr. Koffman was an exceptional director who provided valuable insight and contributions to both the board of directors and the company,” Lionsgate said in a statement. “Mr. Koffman will be greatly missed.”

Koffman attended law school at the University of British Columbia. When he was 25, he became a name partner at the new firm Freeman, Freeman, Silvers and Koffman, which became known as Freeman and Company. »

- Dave McNary

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Film Face-off: 'Ted 2' vs 'Ted'

29 June 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Let's have a Ted talk. Sometimes, wishes do come true. For those who wanted to see more of the foul-mouthed teddy bear, your wish has been granted. Ted 2 hit theaters this weekend, though it might have had less to do with squeezing your eyes tight and hoping, and more about the 2012 Ted making caboodles of cash at the box office. Mark Wahlberg, the voice of Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton and the voice of Patrick Stewart are back. Let's find out how they compete with themselves in this week's Film Face-off of Ted vs. Ted 2.   Ted & John Ted A young John makes a wish and his teddy bear magically comes to life. After society bores of a magic bear, an adult John (Wahlberg) and Ted...

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- Jeff Bayer

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Ted 2 Review: Oh No They Didn’t

29 June 2015 5:31 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

I will say this upfront, I love this kind of humor. I cut my teeth on the likes of Mel Brooks, who made irreverent movies in the '70s and '80s that could not even be attempted today. Seth MacFarlane comes from that school of comedy. In fact, it would not be a stretch to call MacFarlane this generation's Mel Brooks. In defense of this statement, Brooks' comedy -- in his time -- was often hated on, as he skewered race, sex, religion, politics, and whatever else he could to find laughs. Brooks understood that we laugh hardest when we laugh at the hard truths of the world and when we laugh at ourselves. And it was hilarious each time. Don't believe me, re-watch Blazing Saddles or History of the World Part 1 some time. The "PC Police" would have had that films out of theaters after opening day.

Ted and it's sequel, »

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Hating Seth MacFarlane: A Timeline

29 June 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

He was one of the youngest TV executive producers in the medium's history, created not one but two successful animated programs, hosted the Oscars and had a blockbuster comedy bring in beaucoup box office receipts. He has contributed $1 million to the Reading Rainbow kickstarter fund and produced the recent reboot of the classic science series Cosmos; Harvard named him their 2011 Humanist of the Year. Yet Seth MacFarlane has managed to inspire an intense, rabid hatred of his raunchy comedy and retro-dude attitudes that's been as fervent as the fanbase that »

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What Ted 3 Should Be About, According To Amanda Seyfried

29 June 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Ted 2 hasn.t quite matched the success of the original. Its reviews have been relatively lukewarm, while its $32.9 million box-office return was around $15 million less than Universal expected (according to analysts). Ted 2 star Amanda Seyfried has got a pretty good idea for how to rejuvenate the stagnated comedy franchise though, because she wants to see Mark Wahlberg.s John Bennett and Seth MacFarlane.s Ted as dads. Amanda Seyfried made this revelation to me during our chat ahead of Ted 2.s release. After I asked if she would like to return for a potential third Ted film, Seyfried insisted that not only is she willing to reprise her role as Samantha Leslie Jackson, but she.d be offended if she wasn.t asked. And to help her seal the deal she.s already devised up the perfect plot for the comedy. Seyfried said of John Bennett and »

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Ted 2 Underperforms at Box Office, Jurassic World Continues to Dominate

29 June 2015 5:12 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" sequel hit theaters this weekend, grossing a disappointing $33 million at the domestic box office, which was only good enough for third place. That's far less than the $54 million opening of the first movie, which was released during the summer of 2012. "Ted 2" was tracking to open in the $48 million range, but bad reviews and tough competition hurt the film. The good news is that it earned an additional $20 million for a worldwide debut of $53 million. The sequel has a 47% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The other new wide release of the weekend was "Max" dog movie, which landed in fourth place with $12.2 million. The $20 million film will easily become profitable, but has a lousy 38% fresh rating. The first place once again went to "Jurassic World," which grossed an additional $54 million to bring its domestic earnings over $500 million, becoming only the fifth film to accomplish this. The others »

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Mark Wahlberg originally turned down Ted

29 June 2015 2:29 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Mark Wahlberg originally turned down 'Ted'. The 44-year-old actor has admitted he thought the idea for the film about a talking teddy bear sounded ''absurd'' when he first heard about it, and only accepted the role in the film - which has now been made into a sequel - after he got pressure from people around him. Mark said: ''When you hear about ('Ted') for the first time, it sounds absurd. There's no good way to pitch it. It's ridiculous. So, I was like, 'Absolutely not!' It was one of those things where I was getting pressure from every angle. ''And then, when I talked to another agent about another project that I was producing and looking at one of their clients, they were like, 'I heard you're doing Ted.' I was like, 'What is this thing?''' The 'Boogie Nights' actor went on to read »

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Weekend B.O. June 26-28 (The Battle for First Place)

28 June 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Considering that Seth MacFarlane’s first "Ted" film grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide, the questions was not if there would be a sequel, but when it would be released, and also whether it come close to match the first "Ted’s" opening weekend box office of $54 million, back in June 2012. Well it didn’t; but keeping in mind what it was up against, it still did pretty well, all things considered. "Ted 2" came in 3rd place with $33 million, which is a big drop from the first "Ted" movie. However, it's not at all bad, considering that it was going up against the two big b.o. juggernauts at the moment, in "Jurassic World" »

- Sergio

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Why Did 'Ted 2' Stumble at the Box Office?

28 June 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Thunder buddies for life? Not for audiences, at least.

"Ted 2" fans proved shockingly disloyal this weekend, ponying up only $32.9 million for the sequel -- off more than $20 million from what the original "Ted" made ($54.4 million) three years ago over the same weekend frame. It was supposed to give holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" a close race for the top spot. Instead, it came in third place, while "Jurassic" and "Io" finished as expected with $54.2 million and $52.1 million, respectively.

In a season when pundits have been routinely underestimating the opening weekend tallies of summer hits by tens of millions of dollars, a movie that underperforms as big as "Ted 2" has to be considered a disappointment.

What went wrong? Here are five possible reasons:

1. The Novelty's Worn Off

A foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear was pretty funny the first time. The second time? Not so much. "Ted" seems to have »

- Gary Susman

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Box Office: ‘Ted 2′ Stumbles to $32.9 Million Opening, ‘Jurassic World’ Tops With $54.2 Million

28 June 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The party wasn’t as wild the second time around.

Universal’s “Ted 2″ debuted to an underwhelming $32.9 million across 3,442 theaters, roughly $15 million less than most analysts expected the pot-smoking teddy bear comedy would bring in during its opening weekend.

“Having those Omg moments are tougher to pull off,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “The shock value goes away.”

Perhaps the over familiarity hobbled “Ted 2,” but its mellow-harshing start is also attributable to the presence of two box office juggernauts in Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” and Universal’s “Jurassic World,” which racked up $52.1 million and $54.2 million, respectively.

Jurassic World” now ranks as the fifth highest-grossing domestic release of all time with $500 million in Stateside receipts, behind “The Dark Knight’s” $534.8 million haul. It marks the third consecutive weekend that the dinosaur thriller has topped North American charts, and the fastest that a film has ever crossed the $500 million mark. »

- Brent Lang

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'Jurassic' Holds Off Challengers

27 June 2015 8:28 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Jurassic World took the #1 weekend box-office spot for the third week in a row with $54.2M off a -49% week-over-week drop, just allowing it to fend off Disney's Inside Out, which made $52.1M on a -42.4% decline. With $32.9M in 3,442 theaters Ted 2, however, didn't really make a run at the spot, making less than even the most pessimistic pundits had placed it. Universal's own estimates had the film at $45M - $50M making Ted 2 the second Seth MacFarlane film to under-perform for them. A Million Ways to Die in the West opened in 3,158 venues on May 30 of last year to a still-surprisingly low $16.8M weekend. Ted 2 has a B+ CinemaScore.Included in the Universal report is another Jurassic World record. The film also crossed the $500M mark domestically, the fastest any film has done that, crossing the milestone in 17 days (6/12/2015 - 6/28/2015). The previous record holder, Marvel's The Avengers, »

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New Ted 2 Movie Delivered Great Laughs,Drama,Silly Story & More

27 June 2015 6:09 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Universal Pictures released their new comedy flick, "Ted 2," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was extremely funny, delivering laughs at every turn. The plotline was amazingly silly though, but it's about a Teddy bear that came to life and smokes pot, so I guess it would be really hard to expect anything other than extreme silliness. Anyways, the movie stars: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth. In the new flick, Ted (Seth MacFarlane) has gotten married to a hot blonde, named Tami-Lynn. Unfortunately, they run into major marital problems after a couple of months, and ultimately decide they need a baby to help repair the God forsaken marriage. However, things go from bad to really worse when the government decides that Ted is not actually a real person, and that he's actually deemed as property instead. »

- Andre Braddox

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Mark Wahlberg on Ted 2, the Absurdity of the First Movie, Transformers 5, and More

27 June 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In 2012, the adorable, foul-mouthed teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), made his film debut and quickly became the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Now, the outrageous Ted and his thunder buddy John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) are back in Ted 2, as Ted finds himself in a fight to be declared human, and not the property of someone else. In an attempt to sue the state and win Ted the rights that he deserves, they enlist a young, medical-marijuana aficionada named Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) who believes that Ted is entitled to the same freedoms as any American. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, done while he was in London to promote the film, Mark Wahlberg talked about how the edgy humor combined with heart really won over audiences of the first film, why he was initially hesitant about signing on for such an absurd-sounding idea, »

- Christina Radish

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‘Inside Out,’ ‘Jurassic World’ Neck and Neck for Box Office Dominance

27 June 2015 6:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out” and Universal’s “Jurassic World” waged an epic battle of emo vs. dino at the Friday night box office.

Jurassic World” was slightly edged out by “Inside Out,” with the dino actioner pulling in $14.65 million compared to “Inside Out’s” $14.98 million on Friday night. “Jurassic World,” though, is on track for a weekend north of $50 million, while “Inside Out” looks poised for a three-day total closer to $48 million, according to studio estimates.

Now in its third weekend of competition,”Jurassic World” will have generated nearly $500 million in domestic receipts by Saturday, displacing “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as the highest-grossing film of the year domestically.

Inside Out,” which stars Amy Poehler and Mindy Kahling as anthropomorphic emotions of an 11-year-old girl, is maintaining impressive momentum in its second weekend of competition. The animated pic bowed to $91 million last weekend.

Universal’s “Ted 2″ has fizzled a tad, »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Mark Wahlberg versus Mark Wahlberg: A tale of two actors

26 June 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including »

- Drew McWeeny

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Outrage Watch: 'Ted 2' dogged by racism claims

26 June 2015 2:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Ted 2′ Headed for $45 Million, ‘Max’ to Fetch $12 Million at Weekend Box Office

26 June 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The box office is poised for healthy business this weekend, with “Ted 2″ and “Max” joining an already-robust lineup including “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out.”

According to studio estimates, Universal’s “Ted 2″ is likely to pull in a blazing $45 million-$50 million at 3,441 locations.

The original “Ted” outperformed estimates when it bowed to $54.4 million three years ago on its way to a domestic total of $218 million. Thursday night, “Ted 2″ nabbed $2.6 million from showings at 2,647 locations.

Directed by Seth MacFarlane, “Ted 2″ will contribute to Universal’s strong year, following “Furious 7,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jurassic World.”

“Max,” which centers on a dog who serves in the military, will bark up around $12 million in receipts. The family film will open in 2,850 locations. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer financed the $20 million production.

Jurassic World,” now in its third weekend of competition, will rake in another $50 million this weekend. The dino »

- Marianne Zumberge

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New Ted 2 Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

26 June 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Universal Studios released their new comedy film, "Ted 2," into theaters today, June 26th, 2015, and all the top, major critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it did pretty even with a mixed split down the middle with an overall 49 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the site. The film stars: Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Wahlberg, Dennis Haysbert, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane and Jessica Barth. We've listed blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it an 80 grade, saying: " In a movie devoted mainly to making you laugh, it’s a plea for tolerance that takes your breath away." Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 grade, saying: "Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is like some weird combination of a stupid, dirty-minded teenager and a brilliant comic master. His impulses are sophomoric, »

- Andre Braddox

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'Ted 2' is filthy-dirty, but who are some of the foulest mouths on screen ever?

26 June 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Ted 2" features the talking teddy bear and Mark Wahlberg tapped in for Round 2 of some of the filthiest, dirtiest, swearingest, foulest hijinx and line-reads of 2015. But many have come before Ted and his human. While it'd be a strange thing to say these are our "favorite" foul-mouths on the big and small screen -- because funny foulmouths can also be bigots and bullies and brain-deads -- we will say these are among the most notable dirty birds in film and TV history. Below are characters from "Orange Is The New Black," "Scarface," "South Park," a Woody Allen flick, the current Doctor Who, an Alec Baldwin turn, a recent Oscar winner, a horror movie, a couple of HBO faves and more. Who is your favorite cursing character? Sexual-pun-making filth founts? Who would you add to this list? »

- Katie Hasty

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Critics in Love-Hate War Over Ted 2

26 June 2015 11:11 AM, PDT | | See recent newser news »

A court declares a 2-foot-tall talking teddy bear is, um, not human. So starts Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 , in which Ted and his faithful buddy John recruit a pot-smoking lawyer to plead his case while cracking jokes about black penises. What do critics have to say? Will everyone love it? Definitely not, writes Joe Williams at the St. Louis Post Dispatch . But "because one man's mirth is another man's poison, this critic can only consult his belly as the barometer. On a gut level, Ted 2 is a funny film." One hilarious scene that sees the characters "blaze a trail »

- Arden Dier

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