Part of TED 2 to Be Set at Comic-Con; Find out How to Be an Extra

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Seth MacFarlane could use a hit after A Million Ways to Die in the West tanked hard, and he’ll probably get it with Ted 2, a sequel to one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time.  Details on the sequel’s plot are scarce, but we now know that a significant chunk might take place at San Diego Comic-Con.  Beinamovie.com is looking for folks that want to be an extra in the film, and the site has revealed that the scenes they’ll be shooting will be set at Comic-Con.  Filming will be taking place in Los Angeles from October 20 – 31st, so we shouldn’t expect some brief, Family Guy-style tangent like “It’s like that time we were at Comic-Con…”  The film stars Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Amanda Seyfried, and Patrick Warburton, but we don’t know how many of these cast members will be in the Comic-Con scenes.

Hit the jump for my thoughts on part of the movie being set at Comic-Con and for details on how you can be an extra.  Ted 2 opens June 26, 2015.

New TED 2 Image Promises More Flash Gordon

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While Seth MacFarlane’s second feature directorial effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, was a bit of a bust at the box office, it’s likely that his third film will do just fine.  The Family Guy creator is currently in production on the comedy sequel Ted 2, and considering the R-rated first film made over $500 million at the worldwide box office, it’s safe to assume that interest is high for the follow-up.  We still don’t really know much about the pic other than the fact that Mila Kunis has a reduced role while Amanda Seyfried takes on leading lady duties, but a new Ted 2 image has arrived thanks to star Mark Wahlberg, who shared a sneak peek on his Twitter.  The image doesn’t show Ted himself, but fans of the heavy Flash Gordon references from the first film will be pleased to know that John’s Gordon fandom has not been diminished.

Take a look at the Ted 2 image in full after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on June 26, 2015.

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.

Producer Juliet Blake Talks THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Putting the Project Together, Sean Connery, TED, FARSCAPE, and a Lot More

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Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or our exclusive video interviews with Lasse Hallström and Charlotte Le Bon.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with producer  Juliet Blake.  She talked about producing her first feature, how she acquired the rights from author Richard C. Morais, getting Steven Knight to adapt the book, deleted scenes, changes during production, how Spielberg considered directing the project, her history with Sean Connery and how he recently watched the film, putting Connery’s granddaughter in the film, being part of Ted and Farscape, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sienna Miller Joins Bradley Cooper in John Wells’ CHEF; Jessica Barth Returns for TED 2; Osy Ikhile Joins David Yates’ TARZAN; Victor Ortiz Is a SOUTHPAW

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Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:

  • Sienna Miller will join Bradley Cooper in John Wells’ Chef, also starring Omar Sy.
  • Jessica Barth will return to reprise her role of Tami-Lynn in Ted 2.
  • Osy Ikhile has been cast in David Yates’ Tarzan, Warner Bros.’ 3D live-action film starring Alexander SkarsgardMargot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Djimon Hounsou.
  • Victor Ortiz will star in The Weinstein Company’s boxing picture Southpaw with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

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.

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.

TED 2 Set for April 2015

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2015 just got another crazy addition.  Seth McFarlane has tweeted that with regards to Ted 2, “We’re aiming for a 2015 Passover release date.”  To be more specific, that’s April 3, 2015, but right now, Universal [via ScreenCrush] is only going so far as to say April 2015.  April 3rd wouldn’t surprise me considering that the summer movie season no longer has to actually take place anywhere close to the summer.  For me, I always considered the start of the season as the first week of May, but with blockbusters now starting to roll out in mid-March, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier taking an April 4, 2014 release date, I can see Ted 2 heading out in April 2015, and avoiding the blockbuster onslaught that will go down in the middle of that year.

Right now, McFarlane is working on A Million Ways to Die in the West, which is due out on May 30, 2014.  If Ted 2 keeps the same scale as the first film, then it’s quite possible that McFarlane could make an April 2015 release date for the highly-anticipated comedy.

Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg Talk PAIN AND GAIN, G.I. JOE 3, and the Prospect of a G.I. JOE/ TRANSFORMERS Crossover

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Opening this weekend is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain.  The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson,  Tony ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

Recently, I landed an exclusive phone interview with Johnson  and Wahlberg.  We talked about how the craziest stuff is true, the way they prepared for the role, whether they were nervous to play these characters, collaborating with Michael Bay, future projects like Ted 2, Hercules, G.I. Joe 3, and more.   In addition, I asked Wahlberg if we can get Johnson walking around in the background of Transformers 4 so that there can eventually be a G.I. Joe/Transformers movie.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone Talk THE CROODS, Character Changes During Production, Favorite Video Games, R.I.P.D. and More

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Opening this weekend is DreamWorks Animations’ The Croods. Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), The Croods centers on a prehistoric family embarking on the world’s first  road trip through an uncharted, fantastical and dangerous world.  The film features the voice talents of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman.  For more on The Croods, you can watch 8 clips here.

At the New York City press junket, I was able to speak with Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone.  We talked about how the story and their characters changed during production, what surprised them both during the recording process, favorite video games, Reynolds Ted cameo, R.I.P.D., and I tried to get Stone to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  Hit the jump to watch.

Mila Kunis Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, the TED Sequel, and the Wachowskis JUPITER ASCENDING

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Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak with Kunis.  We talked about what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, her reaction to the finished film, 3D, the Ted sequel, and the Wachowskis‘ upcoming film, Jupiter Ascending.  Hit the jump to watch.

Seth MacFarlane Mocks James Bond’s Drink Order in New Oscar Promo; Mark Wahlberg and Ted Confirmed to Present

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If the promos are any indication, we could be in for an entertaining Oscars ceremony with Seth MacFarlane as the show’s host.  This year’s Academy Awards will feature a tribute to James Bond, and a new promo has MacFarlane mocking Bond’s famous and nonsensical drink order.

Hit the jump to check out the promo.  In other Oscars news, a recent press release confirms an earlier story that Mark Wahlberg and Ted will co-present as this year’s ceremony.  “I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg,” says Ted. “I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ‘Quvenzhané.’”  The Ted spotlight will be even brighter with Norah Jones singing the Oscar-nominated song from the film, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.”

Mark Wahlberg Says He’ll Appear on the Oscars with Ted; Confirms TED 2 Script Is in Development

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Since Seth MacFarlane is hosting this year’s Oscars, it’s not much of a surprise that his Ted co-star Mark Wahlberg will be making an appearance alongside the foul-mouthed teddy bear.  Ted was one of the biggest hits of 2012, and it would almost be a letdown to not see the duo show up in some capacity.  Wahlberg confirmed the appearance on the talk show Anderson Live, and I’m curious to see if they’ll be presenting an award, or if it will just be a comic bit.  Either way, this year’s ceremony is shaping up to be pretty entertaining with MacFarlane as the host.

Wahlberg also confirmed that writing is underway on the script for Ted 2In a recent interview with Steve, Wahlberg says he plans to shoot Transformers 4 and then move on to Ted 2.  Hit the jump for Wahlberg’s appearance on Anderson Live.

American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards Nominations Include ZERO DARK THIRTY, ARGO, and TED

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The 85th Annual Academy Awards announced its slew of nominations yesterday, but today the American Cinema Editors guild has released their nominations for excellence in editing for 2012.  Nominees for the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards in the dramatic category include Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, and Skyfall, while the comedy or musical category includes Best Picture hopeful Silver Linings Playbook and Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated comedy TedArgo and Zero Dark Thirty seem like the formidable competition in the dramatic category given how expertly both films layer and manage tension throughout their running times, and coincidentally they both share one of the same editors: William Goldenberg.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees in the dramatic, comedy or musical, and animated categories, as well as documentary and television categories.  The 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards will be held on February 16th.

Seth MacFarlane Talks Oscar Hosting, Singing During the Ceremony, and the Status of TED 2

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Now that the nominations have been announced, the fact that Seth MacFarlane is hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24th has become that much more real for the funnyman.  The creative force behind the animated series Family Guy and co-creator of American Dad! and The Cleveland Show, MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut last summer with Ted, which he also co-wrote, produced and voiced the title character for, and that went on to be one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

While talking to TCA members after the nominations were announced, MacFarlane said that they can get more specific in their jokes, now that they know who the nominees are, how he never thought he’d be offered the hosting gig, that he hopes to talk to former host Billy Crystal before showtime, that he figures there will be some singing involved, and even shared his own past Oscar memories.  He also said that, although a sequel hasn’t officially been signed off on yet, a sequel to Ted looks promising and that everyone involved wants to do it.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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