A couple 2014 release dates made themselves known today. Universal has found spots for both Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West and Lone Survivor. The higher profile of the two is clearly MacFarlane’s R-comedy follow-up to Ted, so we will take that one first. The film that has a sheep farmer developing courage to woo back his girlfriend has been parked on May 30, 2014. This is a pretty major production with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, and others filling out the cast.
On the other end of the genre spectrum comes Peter Berg’s follow-up to Battleship, Lone Survivor. This one stars Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch as Navy SEALS on a mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative. The date being given is January 10, 2014 where it will do battle with the sports comedy Grudge Match and a horror flick, Jessabelle.
Something I was waiting on verification for did finally get confirmed, so I will go ahead and pass it along. Seth MacFarlane has been asked to return as host of next year’s Academy Awards which will air in March (delayed because of the Sochi Winter Olympics.) This is a long way’s off and usually things of the sort do not get squared away so quickly, but earlier in the month it was announced the same producers of the ceremony’s 85th telecast would be behind the scenes for the 86th telecast.
Naturally, they want to give Seth another go at it most likely because of his ratings draw. As some previous stated, he may have been as polarizing as past hosts for the big event, but he was almost assuredly the most memorable. Right now, MacFarlane seems to be weighing seconds even though he swore off a return visit at the end of this year’s broadcast. He later went on to compare the gig to Star Trek’s infamous Kobayashi Maru, a metaphor for no-win scenarios.
There is plenty of time, so Seth can sit back and focus on his next film A Million Ways to Die in the West and his new Fox sitcom Dads. Hosts are not typically cemented until early fall at the latest.
Perhaps it was the combination of 50% love, 50% mixed, but Seth MacFarlane appears done with the Oscars. The animation producer broke the news on Twitter earlier today in response to a fan question that he is not interested in returning for a sequel. That makes sense considering most viewers for the Academy Awards happen to be female and many were outright offended by the host’s ‘sexism’ while others were a bit peeved at MacFarlane’s marriage of old Hollywood to ‘frat boy’ humor. Continue Reading
Not everyone let Seth MacFarlane’s offensive humor roll off their shoulder last night. Apparently the Anti-Defamation League is pissed at the Oscar host for suggesting that Jewish people rule Hollywood in a segment he did with Mark Wahlberg in the form of a CGI teddy bear from the hit movie Ted. The footage follows for those who missed it, but it was along the lines of “I was born Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever.” It is a pretty funny line, but let’s be honest. No Jews work in Hollywood…Hit the jump for the footage and the statement made from the ADL. Continue Reading
Miss the 85th Academy Awards? For the first time ever, the event has been put online the day after. Hop on over to Hulu for the entire ceremony to relive moments from We Saw Your Boobs to the ill-received Abraham Lincoln assassination joke. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the matter, but for the most part people feel the show went great. There is a bit of confidence that Seth MacFarlane could return and no one would cry foul given the quality of recent hosts; however, nobody is really giving him the Bob Hope award just yet because his blend of old and new humor was a bit clunky to say the least. Ratings to be announced soon.
Update: Viewership was 37.0 million in early numbers which is down 2.3 million. The 18-49 demo grew from an 11.7 to 12.1 rating year-to-year. Expect final numbers later today.
Update #2: Final numbers saw a bump to 40.3 million viewers. The 18-49 rating came in at 13.0. Continue Reading
One of the highlights of the Jimmy Kimmel: After the Oscars special was the show’s cold open which featured Oscars host Seth MacFarlane as a hoarder. There is not much to explain beyond that, but it is safe to say if you like the creator of Family Guy, you will go along with this one as it features the man refusing to part with his episodes of Card Sharks on VHS. Good times. Hit the jump for the view. Continue Reading
The Seth MacFarlane-hosted Academy Awards is now over, and the results are here for those who were busy watching The Walking Dead. Predictable winners tell the story here, so expect tomorrow’s reporting on the topic to be about how Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her dress and how the host was great and terrible at the same time. For now, enjoy your cliff notes. Continue Reading
Well, this is certainly interesting. The Academy just announced tonight that they have set up a musical number to close the Oscars, thus going against years, perhaps even decades of precedence. Things usually close up shop right after the Best Picture speech with a brief ‘thanks for joining us. Good night’ from whoever is hosting, and now it appears things just got even longer. That is definitely okay because this is the man behind Family Guy. If Hugh Jackman tried to pull this a few years back it probably would not fly. Kristen Chenoweth will be joining MacFarlane in the bit which will air on Sunday, February 24 on ABC. Continue Reading
Seth MacFarlane was on The Tonight Show Friday evening to promote the upcoming gig he has hosting the 85th Academy Awards. He did not have much to reveal, but we always pay attention when the man behind Family Guy goes on the press circuit as he can always tell us something exciting about one of his upcoming projects. Those include A Million Way to Die in the West and the sequel to Ted. Continue Reading
While not as good as the man’s Psycho-themed promo, Seth MacFarlane put out a new spot for the 85th Academy Awards. This one has the Family Guy creator skewering The Matrix of all movies. It is kind of out of left field as he is not hosting the 72nd Oscars, but we will take what we can get. The takeaway here is to expect more of what MacFarlane does on the small screen for the big night. Continue Reading
It has been made official. Mark Wahlberg and Ted will present together at the Academy Awards later this month. ABC sent out the press release today to confirm the news which validates what Marky Mark revealed on the press circuit last month for Broken City, so really this is more of a reminder than anything else. Of course, this all follows an appearance back in December of Ted on Jimmy Kimmel Live which was very brief. It was at that time when people first began to realize the motion capture teddy bear could be preparing for such a cameo. The segment seemed like a dry run more than anything else to see how smoothly it would go. Needless to say, things went rather well. Continue Reading
In case you have not been paying attention to the trades (which is probably most of you,) the Academy Awards plans on honoring the James Bond franchise this year for 50 years of small gadgets and sexism. Seeing how Seth MacFarlane is taking the reins of the ceremony, he has something to say about it in the event’s latest promotional spot. Enjoy the Family Guy creator taking a jab at how 007 takes his martinis. Continue Reading
In some late-breaking news tonight, it seems Charlize Theron has booked a follow-up for Mad Max: Fury Road. The Oscar-winning actress has been tapped to star across from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane in the live-action film A Million Ways to Die in the West, making this comedy a whole lot more acceptable given MacFarlane, who is to lead the feature, is best known for his voice-over talents.
THR says the Prometheus star is in final negotiations to join the Blazing Saddles-style pic which the Ted director will helm. Theron will play the wife of a notorious outlaw who crosses paths with a sheepish farmer (MacFarlane.) She offers to teach him to shoot, and trouble occurs when the outlaw ventures back into view.
This picture should happen shortly as Seth is already booked for a sequel to Ted which will presumably begin filming once Transformers 4 wraps. That project from Michael Bay stars Mark Wahlberg, thus the delay.
If you weren’t quite sold on Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars, this might very well put him over the top in your book. His latest promo spoofs Psycho which may or may not be honored at this year’s Academy Awards despite the implication. Nonetheless, this is completely relevant as the movie Hitchcock received a bit of recognition with a nomination for Makeup and Hair Styling. Not to be confused with the HBO film The Girl, this movie starred Anthony Hopkins in the title role as he defied the odds to bring Psycho to life with the help of his wife played by Helen Mirren. Continue Reading
It appears that animation producer, big screen director, musical artist, and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane is preparing to go into live-action programming for Fox once more. Word hit tonight that the broadcaster has issued a direct-to-series order for Dads, guaranteeing six episodes minimum. The Ted team will handle the development of the show as Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild are reportedly on-board to steer the ship. Continue Reading