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.

First Red-Band Trailer and New Images for Seth MacFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, & Neil Patrick Harris

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Universal Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s latest directorial feature A Million Ways to Die in the West.  It’s also MacFarlane’s live-action acting debut, and judging from this first look, he’s actually a bit more reserved than his animated counterparts.  The dangers of the wild west more than make up for MacFarlane’s toned-down performance as it looks like the film will live up to its title; just about anything and everything in this world can and will kill you in the most hilarious way possible.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda SeyfriedSarah Silverman, and Giovanni RibisiA Million Ways to Die in the West opens May 30th. [Update: We've also added some new images from the film to the article as well.]

8 Posters for A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, and Liam Neeson

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Universal has released eight posters for Seth MacFarlane‘s upcoming western-comedy, 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.  We have yet to see a trailer for the film, but these posters give us a slight indication of each character’s personality, and each seems to be a play on a western archetype.  Hopefully, we’ll get a trailer soon so we’ll have a better idea of what MacFarlane is going for.

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

New Image from A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, and Neil Patrick Harris

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Universal Pictures has released a new image from Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Western comedy 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.  The great cast also includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Like the first image from the film, this one doesn’t tell us much about the tone of the picture, but hopefully we’ll be seeing a trailer soon.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  A Million Ways to Die in the West opens on May 30th.

First Image from Seth MacFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Featuring Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, and Amanda Seyfried

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The first official image from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s latest directorial feature A Million Ways to Die in the West has landed online.  The Western comedy revolves around 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.  The plot thickens when the outlaw returns to claim his woman.  The film marks MacFarlane’s second directorial feature after 2012’s Ted, but MacFarlane also takes lead acting duties in the Western.  This first look image shows MacFarlane’s character in a bit of a standoff with co-stars Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, and Amanda Seyfried.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni RibisiA Million Ways to Die in the West opens May 30th.

New Seth MacFarlane Animated Comedy Series BORDERTOWN Coming to Fox

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Seth MacFarlane is adding to his slate of animated comedy series with a new order from Fox.  Debuting in the 2014-2015 season, MacFarlane’s Bordertown centers on two families living in a fictional southwestern town on the U.S.-Mexico border.  One family is led by Bud Buckwald, a border patrol agent threatened by cultural change, while the other is headed by Mexican immigrant, Ernesto Gonzalez.  The press release says that “as Bud and Ernesto’s paths begin to cross, their families become bound by friendship, romance and conflict,” but it doesn’t reference just how much racial and potty humor will be featured.  Probably at least a little bit.  Hit the jump for more.

TED 2 Set for June 26, 2015 Release

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Universal Pictures has set a prime summer release date for the comedy sequel Ted 2.  While an April 2015 release date had been bandied about, Universal announced today that the follow-up will officially open in theaters on June 26, 2015.  The film currently has that weekend all to itself, but the following 4th of July weekend will see the Terminator reboot and Independence Day 2 hit theaters.  Seth MacFarlane returns to co-write, direct, and star in Ted 2 along with Mark Wahlberg, but plot details are pretty much non-existent at this point.  Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild also return to pen the screenplay.

MacFarlane is currently in post-production on his second directorial feature, the live-action comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.  That film is poised to open next May, so production on Ted 2 will likely get underway next spring or early summer.

AMERICAN DAD Moving to TBS in 2014

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Though Seth MacFarlane certainly had his hands full with three animated sitcoms running at the same time on Fox, it looks like Family Guy will be the last one standing on the network come next year.  Fox neglected to renew the Family Guy spinoff series The Cleveland Show for a fifth season, and now the network has announced (via TV Line) that the animated series American Dad will be moving to TBS after its upcoming tenth season.  AD was MacFarlane’s first new series after the revival and massive success of Family Guy, but one imagines the show will do just fine as part of TBS’ original lineup.

American Dad will still air its upcoming tenth season on Fox, but in late 2014 new episodes of the show will be found on TBS.  MacFarlane isn’t exactly lacking for work, though, as his live-action TV series debut Dads premieres on Fox this fall and he’s currently towards the end of production on his feature film directorial follow-up to Ted, the Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Seth MacFarlane Confirms He Won’t Be Hosting the Oscars Again

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Seth MacFarlane will not be returning to host the Oscars, at least not next year.  While the Family Guy creator earned mixed reviews for his hosting duties earlier this year, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron nevertheless reached out to MacFarlane to see if he’d want to come back and host again in 2014.  While the very busy MacFarlane seems like he was up to the task, scheduling issues have forced him to decline via a statement on his Twitter:

“Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix.”

MacFarlane is currently filming and starring in his second feature directorial effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and he’s expected to shoot the Ted sequel later this year, which would account for the scheduling difficulties.  With MacFarlane now out, who do you think should be at the helm of next year’s Oscars? My vote is for Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman.

Neil Patrick Harris Joins Seth MacFarlane’s A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST; Film Set for May 30, 2014 Release

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One more casting addition has been made to Seth MacFarlane’s second live-action directorial project, the Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.  Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital announced the film’s official release date today, and within the press release is the film’s release date and news that Neil Patrick Harris has joined the cast.  MacFarlane leads the ensemble, which also includes Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi.  Here’s the official synopsis:

After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man.  When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love.  But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.

MacFarlane co-wrote the script with his Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and in addition to starring he will also produce and direct.   A Million Ways to Die in the West opens on May 30, 2014, opposite Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.

Fox (Basically) Cancels THE CLEVELAND SHOW

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It appears as though Fox has put one of Seth MacFarlane’s brainchildren to bed for good. The network has apparently opted not to order another season of Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, though a formal announcement of cancellation has yet to be made and the show will be allowed to air its remaining fourth-season episodes. The network’s decision isn’t at all surprising considering the show’s modest ratings and the fact that Cleveland’s episode count will hit 88 by the end of this season, which is the typical benchmark for a juicy syndication (i.e. rerun-sellin’) deal.

Debuting in 2009, The Cleveland Show saw Family Guy producer/voice actor Mike Henry reprising his role as Cleveland Brown (a jokey reference to the pro football team that I, oddly enough, just got at this very moment), who moves back to his home town of Stoolbend, Virginia, reuniting with his high school crush (voiced by Sanaa Lathan) and her kids, and getting up to shenanigans involving a new group of pals, one of which is a talking bear. SNL’s Jason Sudeikis and Seth MacFarlane himself rounded out the regular voice cast. Also, Kanye West dropped by sometimes. Hit the jump for more.

Seth MacFarlane Asked to Return to Host 2014 Oscars

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Seth MacFarlane got mixed reviews as host of the 2013 Academy Awards.  But the audience grew to 40.3 million viewers over the previous year hosted by Billy Crystal —more importantly, the audience grew younger, with 20% more 18-34 viewers.  This year’s telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to oversee the 2014 Oscars and have reportedly asked MacFarlane to host again.  A source tells Just Jared:

“After defending his performance, the producers reached out to Seth and invited him back to host the show again.  He’s not sure if he’s going to do it, but he has to decide within the next couple of weeks.”

MacFarlane has stated he does not want to host again, tweeting “No way” shortly after the ceremony.  If he changes his mind, I would like to see him try again.  MacFarlane was admittedly hit-or-miss his first time around, but I would like for my generation to have a Bob Hope/Billy Crystal type—a go-to host.  The most important step toward that goal is to give a natural talent several chances to refine his approach.  I believe MacFarlane is qualified.  Next year’s Academy Awards are set for March 2, 2014.

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