A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Blu-ray Review

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It seemed inevitable that Seth MacFarlane was going to star in a movie.  After his success with Ted (which he wrote and directed and which made over half a billion worldwide), after hosting both Saturday Night Live and the Oscars, it seemed he wanted to be in front of the camera, no longer just writing and providing voice work for such television shows as Family Guy and American Dad.  That shot was A Million Ways to Die in the West, which he also wrote, produced and directed, and it did not have the sort of success that would suggest he’ll get to star in another.  The film barely made $40 million domestically, and was roundly panned.  The film has its moments, and will probably get a better reputation when it’s viewed with the lowered expectations that come with home viewing, though it’s the definition of indulgent.  Co-starring with Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson, this comic western is a mostly one-note premise stretched to feature length.  My A Million Ways To Die In The West Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: EDGE OF TOMORROW, OBVIOUS CHILD, SLEEPING BEAUTY, and More

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This week’s bounty of new Blu-ray releases include one of the most entertaining films of the year, a Disney classic, an underseen gem from this past summer, the previous season of shenanigans from AHS, and more.  Briefly:

We’re Giving Away Two Badges to New York Comic-Con 2014

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The upcoming New York Comic-Con 2014 is completely sold out, but we here at Collider have two badges to the convention to give away to two very lucky readers.  The contest is in conjunction with the Blu-ray and DVD release of A Million Ways to Die in the West on October 7th, as the film will have a booth set up at NYCC where you can take your own old-timey western photos.  We’re only giving away the badges for NYCC, which you can pick up at will call, so airfare and hotel will be on you.  But if you’re up for making the trip or live in the New York area, then you should absolutely enter this contest.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win.  New York Comic-Con 2014 runs from October 9-12th.

Friday Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on Track for Stunning $50+ Million Weekend with $26.1 Million Friday; EDGE OF TOMORROW Disappoints

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Summer doesn’t have to be all about superheroes and blockbusters, and this weekend’s box office is a refreshing reminder that not everybody wants Transformers all the time.  Fox 2000’s teen drama The Fault in Our Stars is off to a stellar box office debut,  as the adaptation of the beloved John Green book pulled in $26.1 million on Friday, putting the film on track for an incredible $50-$52 million opening weekend—at least; that’s a bigger opening day than Woodley’s large-scale sci-fi thriller Divergent.  The film is benefitting from positive reviews, excellent buzz, and the popularity of its lead actress Shailene Woodley, as director Josh Boone’s $12 million movie about two cancer patients who fall in love is proving to be the box office surprise of the summer.  We could see the mammoth opening coming over the past month or so, but even then early estimates were conservative, putting the opening weekend at somewhere between $35-$38 million.  Instead, the pic is overperforming, leaving the one and only Tom Cruise in its wake as his also-excellent sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow pulled in a so-so $10.6 million on Friday, putting the smart and thrilling pic on track for an opening weekend around $30 million.

Hit the jump for more on the Friday box office, including the full Top 5.

Weekend Box Office: MALEFICENT Rules with $70 Million; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Stumbles in Third

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The final weekend in May had room for only one regent – and it wasn’t Seth MacFarlane.  Disney’s Maleficent ruled the box office with an estimated $70 million from 3,948 locations while MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West settled for a disappointing third place debut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Maleficent $70,000,000 $70
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $32,600,000 $162
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $17,069,000 $17
4.  Godzilla $12,225,000 $174.6
5.  Blended $8,425,000 $29.6
6.  Neighbors $7,715,000 $128.6
7.  The Amazing Spider-Man $3,775,000 $192.7
8.  Million Dollar Arm $3,700,000 $28
9.  Chef $2,009,000 $6.9
10.  The Other Woman $1,425,000 $81.1

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TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

Friday Box Office: MALEFICENT Casts a Spell; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Misfires

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On its first day in theatres, Disney’s Maleficent earned an estimated $24.2 million from 3,948 locations, including $4.2 million from Thursday evening previews.  That puts PG-rated fantasy on track for over $60 million through Sunday, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  Maleficent pushed last weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past into second place.  The all-star mutant sequel picked up a few large format theatres formerly held by Godzilla, but was still down 73% on Friday.  The X-Men are expected to earn about $30 million in their sophomore frame, bringing their global cume close to $400 million.

Which brings us to A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Seth MacFarlane Western earned an estimated $6.1 million from 3,158 locations on Friday – well below even the lowest projection for the R-rated comedy.  Though Westerns have had a hard time breaking through at the box office, Universal hoped that MacFarlane’s success with Ted would be enough to secure at least $25 million for his follow-up’s first weekend.  Instead, A Million Ways to Die in the West may bring in under $15 million in its first three days – about what Adam Sandler’s Blended opened with one week ago. Ouch.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Maleficent $24,248,000 $24.2
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $9,400,000 $138.8
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $6,100,000 $6.1
4.  Godzilla $3,305,000 $165.7
5.  Neighbors $2,400,000 $123.2

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Review

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After twelve seasons of Family Guy and his first feature film, Ted, Seth MacFarlane‘s sense of humor is well-established at this point.  He’s unlikely to lose the fans he has or garner new ones.  His comedy is slightly off-kilter, gleefully offensive, and highly self-aware.  MacFarlane’s latest film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, barely veers away from this formula, although it keeps the reluctant sentiment and plotting he displayed in Ted.  Once again, it’s clear that his passion lies in cramming in as many jokes as possible, but Million Ways feels overlong despite being consistently funny.  But its biggest problem is trying to build up a central character in a movie where its director/co-writer/star is constantly tearing everyone and everything else down.

Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron Talk A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, Shooting on Location in New Mexico, Cameos, and Working with Liam Neeson

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Writer/Producer/Director/Actor Seth MacFarlane’s latest venture is A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comedy Western that tells the tale of Albert Stark (MacFarlane), a sheep farmer who is trying to figure out how to survive the very harsh frontier life of the 1880s.  When the mysterious and beautiful gunslinger Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps Albert find his courage and shows him that he deserves to have someone appreciate him for who he is.  The film also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson.

During a conference at the film’s press day, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron talked about shooting on location in New Mexico in weather conditions that rival those in Biblical times, the biggest challenge of the post-production process, how the film tribute sequences came about, deciding on who would get cameos, how liberating it is to work on a film like this, and how everyone was starstruck by Liam Neeson.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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Ted is the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all-time, and Family Guy is a huge hit, so creator Seth MacFarlane clearly has a few fans.  His latest, A Million Ways to Die in the West, looks painfully funny, and also has the same sophomoric, irreverent humor people have come to expect from him.  I’m well aware that his comedy isn’t for everyone, but for those who like MacFarlane’s work, they’ll probably go for this one.  Personally, I’m all for movies where people die horribly in a hilarious fashion.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of A Million Ways to Die in the West.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film Seth MacFarlane, Charlize TheronAmanda SeyfriedNeil Patrick HarrisGiovanni RibisiSarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson.  A Million Ways to Die in the West opens May 30th.

6 Clips and 11 New Images from Seth MacFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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Universal Pictures has provided us with a batch of new A Million Ways to Die in the West images and clips from director Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming Western comedy.  MacFarlane also co-wrote and stars in the pic as a cowardly farmer who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend.  When he later meets the wife of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, he gets an opportunity to win his pride back, but must choose between reclaiming an old love or kindling a new one.  Judging by the trailers and clips, fans of Family Guy or MacFarlane’s directorial debut Ted will likely feel right at home with this new feature.  I’m personally curious to see how MacFarlane fares as the lead, since the ever-busy multi-hyphenate is making his live-action acting debut as the star of the film as well.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new A Million Ways to Die images and clips.  The film also stars Charlize TheronAmanda SeyfriedNeil Patrick HarrisGiovanni RibisiSarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson.  A Million Ways to Die in the West opens May 30th.

New Red-Band Trailer for A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, and Liam Neeson

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Universal has released a new A Million Ways to Die in the West red-band trailer.  The story revolves around a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane, who also directed and co-wrote the film) who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend.  When he later meets the wife of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, he gets an opportunity to win his pride back, but must choose between reclaiming an old love or kindling a new one.  The plot thickens when the outlaw returns to claim his woman.  This red-band trailer contains a lot of the jokes from the first red-band trailer, but the new jokes are terrific.  The film remains one of my most-anticipated of the summer.

Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Neil Patrick HarrisA Million Ways to Die in the West opens on May 30th.

New A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Poster and Exclusive ‘Ways to Die’ Red Band Spot

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With Seth MacFarlane’s latest directorial feature A Million Ways to Die in the West opening May 30th, Universal has been kind enough to let us premiere a new “Ways to Die” red band spot and they’ve also provided us with the new poster featuring a uniquely shaped cactus.  If you’re not familiar with the film, the story revolves around a cowardly farmer (MacFarlane) who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend.  When he later meets the wife of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, he gets an opportunity to win his pride back, but must choose between reclaiming an old love or kindling a new one.  The plot thickens when the outlaw returns to claim his woman.  As a huge fan of Ted and Family Guy, I’m expecting big things from the film.  Thankfully, all the footage I’ve seen looks awesome.

Hit the jump to check out the A Million Ways to Die red band spot and new poster.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Neil Patrick Harris.

New TV Spot for Seth MacFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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Universal has released a new TV spot for A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The story revolves around a cowardly farmer (MacFarlane) who backs out of a gunfight and subsequently loses his girlfriend.  When he later meets the wife of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, he gets an opportunity to win his pride back, but must choose between reclaiming an old love or kindling a new one.  The plot thickens when the outlaw returns to claim his woman.  I’m really looking forward to this movie, especially since this TV spot shows the jokes won’t just be foul language and slapstick.  There’s also a business called the “Moustachery”.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Neil Patrick HarrisA Million Ways to Die in the West opens on May 30th.

Collider’s Most Anticipated Movies: April to June

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The first quarter of 2014 had a good handful of movies that lived up to our expectations including The LEGO Movie, The Raid 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and more.  Now we’re at Q2, so it’s time for the blockbusters.  Summer has arrived even earlier than usual with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading off April, and there are plenty of other sequels headed our way.  There are three sequels on all three of our lists, and while it’s easy to be excited when you have a good idea of what came before, there are also some fresh movies (or at least non-sequels) in the bunch.

Once again, Adam, Dave, and Matt have each compiled a Top 5 list of most-anticipated movies for the next three months.  Hit the jump to find out what they can’t wait to see and why.

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