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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
Seth MacFarlane’s uproarious sequel about an irresponsible kidult delivers a torrent of outrageous gags
Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 has been icily received by some American reviewers, on the grounds that it failed to do anything other than make them laugh an awful lot at press screenings. There seemed a lot of laughter at the screening I attended. Gasps that loud for a horror movie would mean raves were on the way. But this is a different genre. I can only say that whatever career notes MacFarlane has hit wrong recently, the Teds aren’t among them. This film, co-written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, is the uproarious and incorrect sequel to the stoner fantasy-satire Ted, from 2012. It is all about John, the irresponsible kidult guy whose emotional paralysis somehow magics »
- Peter Bradshaw
Is the man who sang “We Saw Your Boobs” at the Oscars one to give us a touching story about civil rights and human dignity? Take a guess.. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first movie…
I’m “biast” (con): …but it was a MacFarlane fluke
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I admit it: Seth MacFarlane had me fooled. I thought he intended Ted as a sly commentary on extended male adolescence. That was certainly the way it played. But I was wrong. What I saw in Ted was accidental. Not deliberate. The proof is here in Ted 2, which obliterates everything that was smart and clever in the first film by actually negating it, as if it were entirely beside the point. Which I see now that it was.
Or else MacFarlane — writer (one of three credited), director, and voice of Ted — simply »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With over half a billion dollars in the bank from the original movie, it was inevitable that a sequel to 2012’s Ted was always going to happen. Voiced, written and directed by Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, make no mistake about it, Ted 2 is an acquired taste. If you’re idea of fun includes running gags about black cocks, butt cracks and Mark Wahlberg covered in semen, then this is right up your street. However, if the thought of the above combined with a conversation about fuck me eyes and god knows what else makes you shiver with hatred, then walk away. With a story that is less than inspired to say the least, Ted and his new wife Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby. But as Ted is lacking in the baby making equipment, they have to adopt. However, it turns out that Ted isn’t »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
The second season of the werewolf SyFy series, Bitten, has officially hit shelves this week, and what better way to celebrate the release, than to give three of you lucky readers not only the complete second season on DVD, but copies signed by the show’s star, Laura Vandervoort?! We love giving stuff out to you loyal readers, and thanks to the gang at Falkowitz PR, we’re able to hook a few of you up. So instead of reading about how adorable Carly Rae Jepsen is, Enter The Contest Now, and while you’re at it, check out this Exclusive clip from the show!!!
In 2014, Syfy introduced genre audiences to Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort, Smallville, Ted), the world’s only female werewolf, in Bitten, a steamy, emotionally charged supernatural series based on the novels by New York Times best-selling author, Kelley Armstrong. Now, this July, Entertainment One conjures up »
- Jerry Smith
Ted 2, 2015
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
After last summer’s horribly unfunny A Million Ways To Die In The West, many had begun to question writer/director Seth MacFarlane’s true abilities to turn animated success into film gold. There certainly seemed many positives for the Family Guy creator, not least the success of his film debut Ted in 2012, which grossed almost $550million worldwide. But his sophomore feature was a dud, and further doubts set in when the inevitable sequel for the fuzzy bear was announced.
MacFarlane had himself spoke many times about his (and »
- Scott J. Davis
Comedy sequels are often pure tripe. For every 22 Jump Street there’s at least 40 of the ilk of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Ted 2 veers closer to the former, even though you might expect Seth MacFarlane to favour Jim Carrey emerging from a Rhino’s anus to anything resembling character development.
Surprisingly though, something about Ted 2 just works, and it arguably stems from the core plot itself. In the original Ted, the worn-out narrative of ‘my girlfriend wants me to grow up’ gave the film a fairly negative through-line. That, coupled with the relentless gross-out gags and consequence-free drug humour, culminated in a film that had laughs, but wasn’t particularly likeable. And that’s coming from a writer who has happily fallen asleep to Family Guy re-runs on BBC3 more times than he can remember. »
Yesterday, Entertainment One announced that Bitten will return for a third season on Syfy. Also in this round-up: a Kill Bill: Volume 1 episode of Real Fake History and details on the release of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift #1.
Bitten: Press Release: "Leading independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne) is thrilled to announce 10 episodes of the supernatural thriller Bitten will return to Syfy for a third season. Based on the best-selling series of novels by Kelley Armstrong and produced by No Equal Entertainment, eOne, and Hoodwink Entertainment, Season three sees the return of genre icon Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels; Greyston Holt (Alcatraz, Durham County) as Clayton Danvers; Greg Byrk (A History Of Violence, Rookie Blue) as Jeremy Danvers; Steve Lund (Being Erica, Haven) as Nick Sorrentino, and Genelle Williams (Warehouse 13) as Rachel Sutton. Production will begin this summer in Toronto. »
- Tamika Jones
Director: Seth MacFarlane; Screenwriters: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild; Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman; Running time: 116 mins; Certificate: 15
After making jaws drop in 2012, Ted returns and he's still got that edge – although there's a lot more padding here, courtesy of creator and voice artist Seth MacFarlane. Mark Wahlberg is as game as ever, the sounding board for a lot of potty-mouthed ranting when the authorities make legal moves to strip Ted of his personhood, while Mila Kunis is replaced by Amanda Seyfried as Wahlberg's main squeeze.
Shock and awe tactics are employed from the off, with f-bombs dropping all over the place – even in church, where Ted gets hitched to his supermarket sweetheart Tami-Lynn (a gum-chewing Jessica Barth). Domestic bliss quickly gives way to some uproarious bickering and bawling, though, and Ted decides the only way to heal the rift is by having a baby. »
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane
2012′s Ted asked the important questions about what happens to a relationship when your partner’s best friend is a swearing teddy bear with the voice of Peter Griffin. The sequel, Ted 2, asks the important questions about the practicalities of knocking off a follow-up when your original film made more money than anyone could reasonably have expected.
We catch up with Ted and Marky Mark Wahlberg at the bear’s wedding to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Their marriage soon turns sour and after a predictably horrible incident at a sperm bank, they turn to adoption to reignite their relationship. At this stage, it is revealed that the government »
- Jack Kirby
The cuddly, cursing, bear is back, having scored a hit in 2012’s Ted. The first film was undeniably funny, but detractors will point to a flimsy storyline that, like in Seth MacFarlane‘s animated sit-com, Family Guy serves only as a rickety vehicle to deliver sketch-like comedy set pieces.
This time around Ted marries his sweetheart, Tami-Lynn, and wants to be a parent. However, the evil company that manufactured him want to prove that he should be classed as an object rather than a person, and it’s up to Ted and best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) to convince a jury otherwise, or Ted risks being seized by the toymakers and cut open, so they can discover the secret behind his consciousness.
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- Dave Bennett
Mila Kunis married Ashton Kutcher over the weekend, and while little is known about their wedding at this point, E! News can say with certainty that the 31-year-old actress looks lovely in bridal couture. How can we be so sure? Though this is Kunis' first marriage, it's actually not her first time wearing a white gown. Just over four years ago, on July 1, 2011, Kunis was spotted on the set of Universal Pictures' Ted in Boston. Lori Collins (Kunis) modeled Monique Lhuillier's "Amelie" gown to marry John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). The mermaid-style gown featured Alençon-lace and came with a crystal embedded sash. On May 14, 2012, Kunis was photographed wearing a very different kind of wedding »
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