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Production Company Suing Seth MacFarlane Over Ted the Teddy Bear

Seth MacFarlane may be going to court over a teddy bear. According to THR, a California production company called Bengal Mangle Productions has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the comedian and Universal over the concept behind his hit 2012 film Ted, claiming that the vulgar womanizing teddy bear character was stolen from their 2008 screenplay-turned-web series called Acting School Academy and Charlie the Abusive Teddy, which starred a strikingly similar teddy bear named Charlie and got over 1.2 million views on YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, Funny or Die, and Vimeo.

According to the lawsuit, Charlie lives in a "human, adult world with all human friends. Charlie has [...]

‘Ted’ Is the #1 Original R-Rated Comedy Ever; Seth MacFarlane Finally Finds Success

Seth MacFarlane has been waiting around for his big break for a while now. Sure, he has three hit TV shows, is hosting the Oscars, and made the highest-grossing comedy movie of the year, but no one’s really a success in this industry until they’ve written and directed the #1 original R-rated comedy of all-time, worldwide. This past weekend, MacFarlane’s first movie Ted reached an estimated $469 million worldwide gross, surpassing The Hangover, which had $467.5 million, to become the top original R-rated comedy ever. With things finally going Seth MacFarlane’s way, he should have an easier time landing his second movie and getting his agent to return his calls.

A 'Ted' Sequel Is Basically Inevitable at this Point

This weekend, Seth MacFarlane told  the American Dad Comic-Con panel: "I’d be open to making Ted 2." This might have to do with the fact that the film is cleaning up at the box office. After making another $20+ million this weekend, Ted has nearly grossed $160 million domestically in just three weeks. This already puts it as the seventh highest earning R-rated comedy ever. So, yeah, Ted 2 seems like a sure thing, as this is exactly when Hollywood makes sequels. Here's an idea: Ted 2: Ted Goes to a TED Conference (Blammo! [drops microphone]).

Summer Comedy Preview: Movies

We’re only a week into summer movie season, and it’s already overloaded with superheroes. More excitement is coming too, as Hollywood rolls out what are expected to be its biggest hits this time ever year. There's no shortage of comedies this summer, as Batman and Spider-man will be duking it out at the box office with the likes of Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and, um, Wes Anderson.

What's in store for us comedy wise? The return of the Men in Black! A movie based on a pregnancy guidebook! A comedy based on a novel by Saddam Hussein! And a comedy that had to change its name because of the [...]

Improv Everywhere Takes on the TED Conference

Improv Everywhere really is everywhere, even at technology, entertainment and design conferences in Long Beach, California. The group faked out the audience for a talk "on how crowdsourcing solar panel technology innovations can lead us to a new paradigm for health care reform" with Apple's spinning beach ball of death. Even more awesome, they wrote in their report of the prank that all the performers involved (aside from Eugene Cordero, who plays the speaker) were regular ol' TED attendees who'd signed up for an Improv Everywhere workshop. I'd say they got a pretty hands-on learning experience.

Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' Isn't Faring as Well with Critics as 'Ted' Did

The summer movie season continues this week with the release of A Million Ways to Die in the West, the second film written and directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane after 2012' s Ted. MacFarlane, who makes his (non-voice) acting debut here as the movie's lead, co-scripted A Million Ways to Die with his Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, but the creative team's second big-screen comedy isn't faring as well as their first.

Review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are currently rating a A Million Ways to Die in the West at 33% and 45/100, respectively, a significant drop from the scores Ted received two years ago: [...]

New Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane Will Be Forced to Dress Nice, Be Charismatic, and Sing

Family Guy guy Seth MacFarlane has just been hired to host the 2013 Oscars. The awards will air on ABC in February. Good thing the Academy has so much time between now and the ceremony because they'll need it to teach Seth MacFarlane how to smile good, stop dressing like a slob, and most challenging of all, transform him into an old-timey song and dance man.

'Ted's' Silly Huge Opening Weekend

Ted grossed $52.5 million this weekend. This is an insanely large number for an R-Rated comedy or really any movie that doesn't feature at least one superhero. This is big news for Seth Macfarlane, as this is his first foray into film. It's an indication that his fanbase will follow him into movie theaters. As a result, expect to see more movies from Seth Macs. Like Magic Ted, a film about a boozing, off-color teddy bear who Channing Tatum takes under his wing and teaches how to shake his buns.

Seth MacFarlane Is a Bong-Smoking Teddy Bear in the Red Band Trailer for Ted

Here's the red band trailer for Ted, Seth MacFarlane's movie directing debut about a man and his walking, talking teddy bear. It's got a real Wilfred vibe about it, especially the bong-on-the-couch scene, with the big difference being that everyone can actually see Ted walking around — he's not a figment of Wahlberg's imagination. The whole sassy talking animal/alien thing that MacFarlane loves to do is easy to buy in a cartoon, but it might be a harder sell in a live-action movie. What do you think?

Patrick Warburton Joins Living-Teddy-Bear Comedy Ted

From Greg the Bunny to Mel Gibson's upcoming The Beaver, Americans have long used animate stuffed animals as an avatar of their deep-seated rage and confusion. To whit, Patrick Warburton join's Seth MacFarlane's Ted, which focuses on Mark Wahlberg's living teddy bear and its effect his relationship with Mila Kunis. Warburton plays a "sexually confused" Enterprise Rent-A-Car co-worker.

Paul Thomas Anderson Wants to Make a Comedy, Loved 'Ted'

Serious filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, director of The Master and There Will Be Blood, gave an interview to Moviehole this week in which he expressed an interest in directing a comedy someday:

Moviehole: You’re married to Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph. Any chance we’ll see a PTA comedy in the near future?

Anderson: You mean like full blown comedy? Soon hopefully.  I have to write it.  It sounds daunting. [Laughter]

I'd like to make a film like Airplane. That never gets old. Or Ted.  It was a big hit. Why? Because It's great. Movies that are that big a hit are never fucking bad. I mean, there’s no such… You know, [...]

America Demands a Fourth Seth MacFarlane Series

Let’s face it: there’s a lot of Seth MacFarlane comedy around these days. He’s got three shows on Fox and he wrote/directed/voiced a talking stuff animal in Ted, the year’s highest-grossing comedy film, but the American public’s insatiable appetite for sex jokes and pop culture references is still exceeding MacFarlane’s output. The Family Guy creator just signed a deal to produce a new live-action program at Fox, which would be his fourth show at the network. The yet-to-be-titled series, created by MacFarlane’s Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesly Wild, will be a single camera live-action show about two successful 30something guys whose worlds are turned upside-down when their [...]

Review Roundup: 'Ted' Is Either Too Crass or Not Crass Enough/Too Sentimental or Not Sentimental Enough

Ted is not The King's Speech, it was never going to get across the board glowing reviews. If it wasn't polarizing, I imagine Seth MacFarlane would've been disappointed. So, not surprisingly the critical reception has been mixed – 59 on Metacritic and 67 on Rotten Tomatoes – meaning we might need to dig a bit deeper into what people are saying.

Mostly all reviews, positive and negative alike, agreed that fundamentally the film has one main joke, which as A.O. Scott wrote it in the New York Times: "A toy bear comes to life and turns out to have a filthy mouth and a taste for weed." Beyond [...]

Gain IQ Points Easily Via a TED Talk on the Power of Comedy

Stick it out through a few minutes of talk about comparative literature and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and you'll get to the good stuff in this TED talk from comedian Chris Bliss about the power of comedy. By "good stuff," obviously I mean "explanation of how satire with integrity uses comedic techniques to impact people's opinions."

What gives comedy its edge at reaching around people's walls is the way that it uses misdirection. A great piece of comedy is a verbal magic trick, where you think it's going over here, and then all of a sudden you're transported over here, and there's this mental delight that's followed by the [...]