Morgan Freeman to Play Civil Rights Lawyer in TED 2

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Ted is coming back to the big screen on June 26, 2015 and we know he’s bringing Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth and a little Mila Kunis with him, but that’s not all.  It’s being reported that Morgan Freeman has officially joined the cast of Ted 2 as well.

We don’t have any plot details yet, but apparently Freeman is set to play an iconic civil rights lawyer who steps in to help Ted out with some legal issues.  Hit the jump for more on the sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 hit.

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

Full details after the jump.

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. 

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.

Fox Cancels ENLISTED, DADS, SURVIVING JACK, and RAKE

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Fresh off last night’s drama pilot pick-up news from Fox, the network has announced a trio of cancellations along with news of pilots that it will be passing on (via THR).  Briefly:

  • Enlisted – The freshman comedy series revolving around a Rear Detachment unit has been canceled.  The show hailed from Cougar Town producer Kevin Biegel and garnered positive reviews, but it failed to build an audience on Friday nights after its midseason debut.
  • Dads – In a slightly surprising move, executive producer Seth MacFarlane’s live-action multi-cam comedy starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green has been given the ax.  Though the show never caught on like MacFarlane’s animated shows, some thought Fox might give it a pass given how lucrative MacFarlane has been for the network.
  • Surviving Jack – The shortest-lived series of the bunch, this Christopher Meloni-fronted comedy only debuted at the end of March but is being canceled after six episodes.
  • Rake – On the drama side, the Greg Kinnear lawyer series has also been canceled.
  • Additionally, Fox has decided to pass the comedy pilots Dead Boss, Fatrick, and No Place Like Home.

Stay tuned over the next few days as the other networks announce cancellations and renewals ahead of next week’s upfronts, where they will unveil their 2014-15 schedules.

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.

A&E Orders Carlton Cuse’s THE RETURNED Remake to Series; Starz Orders Two Seasons of Jonathan Ames/Patrick Stewart Comedy BLUNT TALK

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A pair of interesting new cable shows have been ordered to series.  Firstly, A&E has given a straight-to-series 10-episode order for an American remake of the buzzy French series The ReturnedDeadline reports that Carlton Cuse (Lost) wrote the first episode and will write and produce the series alongside Raelle Tucker (True Blood).  The original show debuted in 2012 in France and has since become a crossover hit, earning strong ratings and high buzz (particularly from our TV expert Allison Keene).  The story revolves around the reappearance of a number of dead people in a sleepy town, and you can watch the original for yourself right now on Netflix.

This continues Cuse’s relationship with A&E, as his Bates Motel was recently picked up for a third season.  Cuse acts as showrunner on the Psycho prequel series as well as FX’s upcoming The Strain, and it’s unknown if he’ll also run The Returned or if he’ll hand off day-to-day duties while maintaining his role as an executive producer.  Hit the jump for news on Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames’ new Starz series.

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.

Amanda Seyfried Set as Female Lead in TED Sequel; Mila Kunis to Have Reduced Role in Follow-Up

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Now that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is putting the finishing touches on his second directorial feature, A Million Ways to Die in the West, he’s starting to put the pieces together for the Ted sequel—and a casting shakeup is in the works.  Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried is set to play the female lead in Ted 2, with Mila Kunis only expected to reprise her role as Lori in a “tiny appearance”, if at all.  This is due to a creative decision on behalf of MacFarlane and co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and not some falling out between MacFarlane and Kunis, so it sounds like Mark Wahlberg’s John will likely be getting a new love interest in the follow-up.

Though Seyfried has been doing more dramatic or genre-oriented work in the past few years, fans of Mean Girls will remember she’s also a pretty skilled comedic actress.  She also has a supporting role in A Million Ways to Die in the West, so she and MacFarlane already have a rapport.  Ted 2 is slated for release on June 26, 2015, while A Million Ways opens this May.

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Green-Band Trailer Featuring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Amanda Seyfried

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If you’re a fan of Seth MacFarlane, you’re probably not bothered by violence and profanity, or by the display of such things in the recently released red-band trailer for his new Western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West.   If you’d rather watch a PG-13 version (perhaps the kids or the boss are lurking about), then this new green-band trailer is right up your alley.  It’s got all the jokes of the original trailer (with a couple more thrown in for good measure) without all the blood and swearing.

Starring MacFarlane, Charlize TheronLiam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi, A Million Ways to Die in the West opens May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

TOP 5: Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, NEIGHBORS, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, INTERSTELLAR, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

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With an Oscar nod for Best Documentary under its belt and Matt having named it his favorite film of 2013, the last thing Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing needs is an endorsement from me. And yet, here it is. I watched the film on Netflix several weeks ago and, to be honest, I’m still having trouble coming to grips with it. It’s the most the surreal and disturbing look at human atrocity I’ve seen and the more I think about its subjects and overall approach, the more I’m in awe of the fact that it exists. I drown in hyperbole when thinking of words to describe it because it’s so profound that calling it a “good film” seems not like an understatement but a complete inaccuracy. The Act of Killing is not a “good film”, it’s a stunning work of humanity that makes awards, critical reception, the sentence I’m typing at this very moment, etc., seem absolutely trivial.

Speaking of trivial, in what may go down as one of the worst segues in Collider history, I’ll now attempt to jump into this week’s Top 5. Highlighted today is Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joining Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs. Superman, Steve’s Neighbors set visit coverage, the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar being exempt from Paramount’s digital mandate, and the first trailer for Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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