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 [...]
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.
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]).
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 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.