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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
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.
Ted 2 »
- 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 »
Supernatural thriller Bitten is returning to Syfy for a third season. The series from Entertainment One begins production this summer in Toronto on 10 new episodes. Based on Kelley Armstrong's bestselling Women Of The Otherworld novels, Bitten stars Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. As previously announced, Bitten Season 3 was also picked up by Bell Media’s Space in Canada. Bitten is executive produced by J.B… »
At the beginning of the year the Fourth of July weekend looked like it would be an epic box office showdown between "Magic Mike Xxl" and "Terminator Genisys." In fact, many pundits (including this writer) believed "Magic Mike" would easily take the frame. How wrong we were. The initial estimates are in and "Jurassic World" snuck by "Inside Out" to win the holiday weekend. Already the no. 1 movie of the year, he Universal Studios blockbuster made another $30.9 million over the three-day frame for a spectacular $558.1 million so far. At this pace it seems inevitable that it will surpass "Marvel's The Avengers" for no. 3 and sit behind "Avatar" and "Titanic" on the all-time domestic grossers list. In fact, surpassing "Titanic's" $658.6 million cume isn't out of the question. Only $795,000 behind "Jurassic" was Pixar's "Inside Out." The animated hit took in another $30.1 million for a stellar $246.1 million so far. The potential Best Picture »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Fourth of July holiday box office is not turning out exactly as many thought it would. Instead of two highly anticipated newcomers fighting for the top spot Hollywood is witnessing another duel between two of the summer's biggest hits: "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out." Pixar's critically acclaimed hit "Inside Out" took the top spot on Friday earning $12.5 million for a stellar $228.5 million in just 15 days. "Inside" will easily become just the third Pixar movie to cross $300 million domestic and has an excellent shot of surpassing "Finding Nemo's" $339 million take when all is said and done. "Jurassic World" continued its monstrous run at no. 2 with another $11.8 million and $539 million to date. The Universal Studios blockbuster is easily the no. 1 movie of 2015 and is less than $90 million away from taking the no. 3 slot all time from "Marvel's The Avengers." Quite remarkable for a franchise many thought had lost its mojo after 2001's "Jurassic World III. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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
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...
- Jeff Bayer
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, »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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" »
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
- Gary Susman
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
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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