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Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson's Back to the Future cast reunion was heartwarming

17 July 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It was a joyous atmosphere as the cast of Back to the Future reunited in London today (July 17).

Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson were all present as the stars of the classic 1985 film shared the stage at London Film & Comic Con to commemorate Back to the Future's 30th anniversary.

Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson at the #BackToTheFuture press conference #LondonFilmAndComicCon pic.twitter.com/dBS0FW4G93

— michaeljfox.org (@MichaelJFoxOrg) July 17, 2015

Asked by a fan in attendance what made Marty McFly such a beloved screen figure, Fox pointed to writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale in terms of really shaping the character.

"It's [Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's] fault. They created a really interesting character," Fox explained. "What [Christopher Lloyd] does in the movie that people don't really appreciate is that he lays all the exposition… All the stuff that's brilliant is also serving the story.

"With Marty, it's the same thing. »

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New trailer for Pan

16 July 2015 1:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from its panel at the San Diego Comic-Con [which you can watch here], Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Joe Wright’s upcoming Peter Pan origin tale Pan. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

From director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”) comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie.

Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly.  Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland.  There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his »

- Gary Collinson

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Ted 2 review – a syrupy, disjointed sequel

12 July 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Ted 2 movie review: Hasbro-mance

9 July 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

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

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New poster for Pan featuring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller

8 July 2015 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hugh Jackman has taken to Twitter to debut a new poster for Pan, the upcoming Peter Pan origin tale from director Joe Wright (Atonement) which sees Jackman’s Blackbeard joined by Garrett Hedlund’s Hook, Rooney Mara’s Tiger Lily and Levi Miller’s Pan

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Pan

Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, with Joe Wright (Atonement) directing a cast that includes Levi Miller (The Spectacular Now), Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions), Amanda Seyfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones), Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jack Charles (Mystery Road), Taejoo Na (The Kick), Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall), Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier.

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- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review – Ted 2 (2015)

7 July 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ted 2, 2015

Directed by Seth MacFarlane

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, John Slattery, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton and Morgan Freeman.

Synopsis:

Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.

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

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What do the cast of Back to the Future look like now? Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, more

3 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.

Great Scott! Has it really been 30 years? Back to the Future celebrates a landmark anniversary this week, so to mark the occasion we take a look back at the film to find out what the cast were doing then and where they are now.

We get all misty-eyed and nostalgic about Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and their Bttf cast-mates below!

Michael J Fox

A huge teen idol thanks to his role in sitcom Family Ties, Fox initially wasn't able to play Marty McFly due to a scheduling conflict with his TV show. The part of Marty went to Eric Stoltz, he was fired five weeks into filming, then Fox jumped on board as a last-minute replacement. The schedule was gruelling (10am-6pm on Family Ties, »

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Hating Seth MacFarlane: A Timeline

29 June 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | 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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Review: 'Ted 2' Gets Lost in the History of Real, American Change

29 June 2015 5:37 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

I struggled putting together a satisfactory, opening paragraph about Ted 2. Struggled. Usually if that's the case, it means the rest of the review will be a nice run through a mud-field of narrative connections and sludgy adjectives... like "sludgy." Unfortunately there was really nothing to say about the follow-up to Seth MacFarlane's surprise hit that hadn't already been said about A Million Ways To Die In the West or the back-half years of "The Family Guy." MacFarlane has a very specific sense of humor, and the ridiculous, pop culture references and violent lunacy that make up 13 seasons – and two features so far – can only pull laughs from the audience for so long. Thus begins the path down casting a critical eye towards MacFarlane's latest effort. Ted 2 is far from a horrible film, even further from being a horrible comedy. The jokes lands with a slight higher accuracy than what MacFarlane usually delivers, »

- Jeremy Kirk

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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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'Jurassic' Holds Off Challengers

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

- Keith Simanton <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Giveaway – Win a limited edition Ted 2 talking Ted in Flash Gordon costume

25 June 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel Ted 2 – which is out in the States tomorrow and in the UK on July 8th – the lovely people at Universal have kindly supplied us with a limited edition Ted 2 talking Ted bear complete with Flash Gordon costume to give away to one lucky reader!

See Also: Read our review of Ted 2 here

Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and co-star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.

Ted 2 sees Seth MacFarlance and Mark Wahlberg joined by returning stars Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton and Sam Jones, as well »

- Gary Collinson

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Mark Wahlberg, Patrick Stewart Praise Seth MacFarlane’s Originality at ‘Ted 2′ Premiere

25 June 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Universal Pictures gave creator-director-star Seth MacFarlane the greenlight to make a sequel to his surprise hit “Ted” after it grossed nearly $550 million at the worldwide box office in 2012 to become the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, he vowed to make the tale about a man (Mark Wahlberg) and his foul-mouthed teddy bear as smart, witty and fun as the original despite the enormous expectations.

“To be honest, there was some personal pressure, but my goal was to tell a completely new story and not rehash the same movie twice,” MacFarlane told Variety at the world premiere of “Ted 2″ held at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday. “We wanted to do an entirely new story that explores an entirely new aspect of Ted’s life and evolve the character with funny jokes. Ted fighting for his civil rights is different than the smaller relationships story that »

- Paul Chi

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‘Ted 2,’ ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Inside Out’ Could Make Box Office History

24 June 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With the R-rated “Ted 2” opening nationwide Friday, funny man Seth MacFarlane gets back in his directorial comfort zone, joining Mark Wahlberg and his potty-mouthed stuffed bear back on the couch. Pixar’s family hit “Inside Out” and billion-dollar blockbuster “Jurassic World” will be waiting, and will be very tough competition. But MacFarlane will be glad to put his last outing, the disappointing comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” behind him and focus on the follow-up to “Ted” from Universal and Media Rights Capitol. Tracking has the CGI/live-action hybrid “Ted 2” opening between $50 million and $55 million. »

- Todd Cunningham

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'Ted 2' (2015) Movie Review

24 June 2015 12:57 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Seth MacFarlane is funny, no doubt, but he's quickly proven he's not a filmmaker, or, at least not a very good one. Whether you love Ted or can even stomach A Million Ways to Die in the West, you may remember laughing at either film, but you won't come away believing they were made by a director with any kind of substantial control over storytelling, editing or direction. A Million Ways to Die in the West is best left forgotten, both comically and narratively, and Ted was about as cliche as they come outside of the fact it centered on a talking, drug and sex-addicted teddy bear with a foul mouth. Admittedly, the concept is comical, and in the early going the first film had its share of laughs before it became redundant and tiresome. That said, when it comes to Ted 2 I will admit I laughed even more. »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted 2' Starring Mark Wahlberg And Amanda Seyfried

24 June 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The first “Ted” was one of those surprise smashes that nobody could have prepared for. Directed by Seth MacFarlane, who made his successful career by overseeing popular animated series “Family Guy,” "Ted" starred Mark Wahlberg, an actor known more for his action movie chomps than comedic sensibilities. Made for a relatively paltry $50 million, "Ted" was released in a crowded summer season against features that cost three times as much. And yet it defied all expectations, earning generally solid reviews and pulling down a whopping $550 million worldwide. Since then, however, MacFarlane has had his fare share of disappointments, punctuated by the cancelation of some of his TV shows (including the heavily hyped “Family Guy” spinoff “The Cleveland Show”), a giant box office bomb (last summer’s genuinely odious “A Million Ways to Die in the West”) and a truly disastrous job hosting the Oscars. In this context, “Ted 2” doesn’t »

- Drew Taylor

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Review: 'Ted 2' suffers from comedy sequelitis and overreaches to lesser impact

24 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first "Ted" was a pivotal moment for Seth MacFarlane. It was his first live-action project, and it was a chance to see if he could successfully launch a whole new empire, one that stood separate from "Family Guy." While I didn't love "Ted," I thought it was a solid step for MacFarlane as a filmmaker. His second live-action film, "A Million Ways To Die In The West"? Less so. I'm already ambivalent about MacFarlane, so adding the extra pressure of my belief that comedy sequels are almost uniformly unsuccessful, and I didn't have very high hopes for "Ted 2" at all. I can report that it is pretty much exactly what I thought a "Ted" sequel would be, complete with a larger canvass and diminishing returns on some of the laughs. Like most comedy sequels, it is too long and too indulgent in calling back to the original film. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Film Review: ‘Ted 2′

24 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The magical teddy bear with the heart of gold and the mouth of potty is back in “Ted 2,” and so is writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane’s mischievous mojo, which went missing somewhere in last year’s mirthless comic Western “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” A sequel to MacFarlane’s surprise 2013 smash ($549 million worldwide), “Ted 2” is surely the last movie one would expect to find quoting from the anthropologist Dawn Prince-Hughes’ writings on the essence of human consciousness. But in its own, sweetly subversive way, this might be just the tolerance plea America needs right now — a movie that says, in effect, “Love thy plushie as thyself.” Fret not: Such high-mindedness has little diminished MacFarlane’s appetite for locker-room humor, gross-out sight gags and bounteous pop-culture in-jokes, which should make “Ted 2” the season’s go-to attraction for arrested-adolescent males of all ages, and continue Universal’s beary good summer box office. »

- Scott Foundas

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'Ted 2': Film Review

24 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One of the screenwriters of this sequel to Seth MacFarlane's 2012 smash hit Ted has joked that his suggestion for the title was Ted 2: More of Same. There was certainly no compelling reason to provide further adventures of the profane, pot-smoking teddy bear and his human friend — other than, of course, the original's $550 million worldwide box-office receipts. Delivering the same brand of anarchic, vulgar humor, Ted 2 should easily compensate Universal Pictures for the lackluster business of MacFarlane's ill-received A Million Ways to Die in the West. The sequel pretty much hews to the template of

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- Frank Scheck

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New featurette takes us inside Ted 2

23 June 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We got a rather superb Flash Gordon-inspired poster a few days ago, and now ahead of its U.S. release this Friday a new featurette has arrived online for Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 which takes us inside the comedy sequel; watch it below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Ted 2

Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and co-star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow “Ted” writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.

Ted 2 opens in the States next Friday and in the UK on July 10th and sees Seth MacFarlance and Mark Wahlberg joined by returning stars Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton and Sam Jones, »

- Gary Collinson

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