Who knew that Mark Wahlberg and a CGI debauchery fueled foul mouthed Teddy Bear would make for one of the funniest movies in the last 10 years. I think we all expected crap from Seth McFarlane’s directorial debut in Ted, but it was ripe with wit, sophomoric charm, and boisterous laughter. It did run a little long and had a completely unnecessary side storyline with Giovanni Ribisi, but the ever good looking Mila Kunis and a special guest appearance from the Defender of the Earth Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) rounded out the raunchy film.
Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted 2 hits theaters June 26 with the writer/director reprising his performance capture role as the potty mouth, partying teddy bear alongside his “Thunder Buddy” John, played by Mark Wahlberg. The trailer for the sequel has just dropped, and it looks more of the same, which in some cases isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (more…)
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning in Hollywood by future Oscar host Seth McFarlane and sidekick Emma Stone, and surprise, surprise, there wasn’t much love for nerdy movies outside the technical categories.
One nerd came out very well though. Steven Spielberg‘s Lincolngot the most nominations with an even dozen, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Following closely behind Lincoln is Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi with 11 nominations, among them Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and several technical award nominations.
For the more nerdy minded fair, two movies tied for the most nominations. The more prestigious was Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, which scored five nominations for Best Picture, Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz, who won the award in the same category for Inglourious Basterds three years ago. The latest James Bond film Skyfall was also nominated for five Oscars including Best Cinematography, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Best Song for Adele‘s theme song.
The once mighty Oscar force of Middle Earth and Peter Jackson proved not to so powerful in the case of The Hobbit. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, whichreceived only three nominations for Best Make-Up, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects, a far cry from the 11 awards that the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, won in 2004. Snow White and the Huntsman won two nominations, one for Best Costume Design and one for Best Visual Effects.
As for the biggest film of the year, box office-wise speaking, The Avengers, Marvel’s heroes received only one, singular nomination for Best Visual Effects, an award it also shares with Prometheus, which is that film’s sole nomination. And to all Dark Knight Rises haters, you’ll be pleased to know that Christopher Nolan’s final Batman received none.
In the animation categories, Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph were nominated for Best Feature, while Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head over Heels, Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, and Paperman were nominated for Best Short. So, for the record, in about a month its possible that The Simpsons might have an Oscar to their credit. (Possible, not likely. But I guess we’ll see.)
The Oscars will air on ABC on Sunday February 24, 2013.
He might not be able to find the live microphone when presenting at the Emmys, but Fox executives still have enough confidence in Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show) to place a pilot order (with series penalty commitment) for a LIVE-ACTION comedy.
MacFarlane, along with the writers of Ted(Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild) will be the creative forces behind the untitled sitcom as well as executive producing. The core idea behind the show is:
“Two successful guys in their 30s and the insanity that ensues after their crazy fathers unexpectedly move in with them.”
Wait, didn’t Adam Sandler just do a movie along those same lines or is this just a flip around of Sh@t My Dad Says? Considering MacFarlane’s well known twisted sense of humor and the raunchiness of the comedy in the movie Ted, one can easily see this series pushing the censor’s limits to the breaking point.
This would be the first live action show for MacFarlane since The Winner in 2007. Yeah, I didn’t know what the hell that show was either so I looked it up.
“A successful guy looks back to the time he spent living with his parents when he was in his thirties.”
Sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it? I can almost imagine the brainstorming meeting that took place . . .
We gotta come up with a sitcom for Fox . . .
Well, you did that “Winner” show a couple of years ago . . .
Yeah, but maybe this time we turn the whole thing around . . .
Having been kept in the dark about what the secret Star Wars show Seth Green and Matthew Senreich have been secretly working on we’ve finally got a trailer! Premiering at Star Wars Celebration VI it’s the first trailer for Star Wars Detours, their animated, comedic spin on the Star Wars universe for Cartoon Network. Note, it’s Cartoon Network not [adult swim] which means the comedy will be far more family friendly, but it’s no less hilarious. Check it out,
Okay, I laughed my ass off more than few times during this trailer, so I’m pumped for it to hit the airwaves. Plus, how cool is it many of the voices from Robot Chicken, like the Emperor (Seth MacFarlane) and Boba Fett (Breckin Meyer), are being used in this show? Also joining the cast as regulars are Joel McHale, Donald Faison, and Jennifer Hale.
Now we wait for an official premiere date, oh how I hope it’s this fall!
Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best buys at your local video store this week, for the nerdy appetite. This week, along with being a very vintage themed must-have list, there is also some very definite “pass-worthy” movies. Oh, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes out later this week *yawn*, Sep. 30th.