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Seth MacFarlane Being Sued For Ripping Off The Idea For 'Ted'

7/16/2014 10:22pm EDT
Seth MacFarlane
Comedian Seth MacFarlane is being sued by a California production company for allegedly ripping off the idea for his hit comedy Ted from them.

Video company Bengal Mangle Productions filed suit against MacFarlane and Universal Studios, claiming that they came up with the idea of a vulgar talking Teddy Bear, which "Ted" was blatantly based upon, first.

The suit claims that "Ted" is a stuffed bear that lives in "a human, adult world with all human friends," which is very similar too its own "Charlie The Abusive Teddy Bear" series.

A spokesman for the company described Charlie in a statemen...

Amanda Seyfried To Replace Mila Kunis In 'Ted 2'

2/25/2014 8:44am EST
Amanda Seyfried To Replace Mila Kunis In 'Ted 2'
Amanda Seyfried is taking over for Mila Kunis in "Ted 2." She will play the girlfriend of lead character John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg).

In the first movie, Kunis' character Lori married John at the end. According to, Kunis will have either a small role in the sequel or won't appear at all.

"Ted 2" creator Seth MacFarlane made the decision to change the female lead. He will produce and write the film as well as co-star as the titular character, Ted, a foul mouthed stuffed bear brought to life by John.

"Ted 2" is scheduled to hit theaters in June 2015.

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MTV Movie Awards Winners & Fashion: 'The Avengers,' Emma Watson, Will Ferrell & More!

4/15/2013 8:56am EDT
Emma Watson
"The Avengers" dominated the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, taking home three trophies - Movie of the Year, Best Fight and Best Villain (Tom Hiddleston).

"Silver Linings Playbook" also performed well, with Bradley Cooper picking up Best Male Performance and  Best Kiss with his co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who hosted the show, also picked up two awards for her role in "Pitch Perfect": Breakthrough Performance and Best Musical Moment.

Jamie Foxx won the Generation Award, Emma Watson was presented with the Trailblazer Award, and Will Fer...

5 Funniest Movies Of The Last 20 Years - Celebrating National Humor Month

4/14/2013 12:30pm EDT
T.S. Eliot began his famous poem "The Waste Land" by saying "April is the cruelest month." Larry Wilde, Director of the Carmel Institute of Humor, agrees that Americans need a little extra humor in their lives in April to boost their sprits and relieve some of the stress of dealing with taxes. In 1976 Wilde declared that April would forevermore be known as National Humor Month. Beginning with April Fool's Day, this formerly cruel month is now one of the funniest. To celebrate National Humor Month and get you in a gut-busting mood, let's take a look back at the five funniest movies of the la...

Mark Wahlberg & Ted Will Reunite To Present Oscar

2/1/2013 4:30pm EST
Mark Wahlberg and his fluffy Ted sidekick will reunite onstage at the Oscars.

The movie star enjoyed comedy success in the film last summer and now he's reteaming with Ted at the 2013 Academy Awards, which will be hosted by their director and voice of the foul-mouthed talking bear, Seth MacFarlane.

Announcing the news on Friday, Oscars producer Craig Zadan said, "We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage and we won't deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking."

A statement from the teddy bear, released by...

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

1/10/2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Blu-ray Review: 'Ted' (Unrated)

12/17/2012 10:00am EST
Ready for a little sassy teddy bear action? Then join us in taking a look at the new to Blu-ray comedy "Ted" in its pure Unrated form out now from Universal Home Entertainment. The review stuffing and fur flies below!

Title: "Ted" (Unrated)

Grade: 4

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 114 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment


The Flick: When I first saw the trailer for "Ted" I distinctly remember thinking one word – stupid. Thankfully I was wrong, as even ...

Check Out The Hilarious 'Ted' On Blu-ray, DVD & More Dec. 11

12/8/2012 6:46am EST
A man wrestles with the lingering consequences of a childhood wish in the live-action comedy "Ted" from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.

As a young boy, John Bennett wanted nothing more than for his beloved teddy bear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) to come to life. Incredibly, that wish was granted. But now that John (Mark Wahlberg) is all grown up, his boyhood dream has become a nightmare nuisance.

Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, and Giovanni Ribisi co-star.

The film stunned Hollywood by taking in $54.1 million over the opening weekend in July. The film debuted at number one and broke "T...

2012 Summer Blockbusters - The Winners & The Losers

9/8/2012 3:00pm EDT
The Avengers
Sometimes the task of getting people to flock to the movie theatres during the summer months can be tricky, as some would rather soak up the rays from the sun instead of those coming from the projector. But if the soothing sensation of a cool, dark room isn't enough to attract the audience, what is? Here's a recap of this summer's hits and misses at the box office.

The season kicked off big time with "The Avengers," which brought in a record $207.4 million during its first weekend. Performances by stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson brought life to Iron Man,...

'The Dark Knight Rises' Dominates Weekend Box Office

7/30/2012 9:31am EDT
The Dark Knight Rises
"The Dark Knight Rises" earned a whopping $64 million during its second weeked at the box office. In its first weekend outing, the film opened with $160.9 million in ticket sales.

The film's success was marred during its opening weekend after a gunman in Aurora, Colorado, opened fire during a midnight screening, killing 12 people dead and wounding dozens of others.

Despite the movie massacre, fans are turning out in big numbers to watch the final installment of the trilogy, which stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Meanwhile, comedian D...

'Ice Age' Dethrones 'Spider-Man' At Weekend Box Office

7/16/2012 8:35am EDT
Ice Age Continental Drift
"Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth film in the animated franchise, knocked "The Amazing Spider-Man" from the number-one slot at the weekend box office. The film grossed $46 million, while the superhero epic took in $35 million. Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" came in third place with $22.1 million.

In "Ice Age," Scrat's acorn obsession sparks a continental catastrophe that sends Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and Sid (John Leguizamo) on an epic adventure involving pirates and an unexpected reunion.

Earlier this month, "Ice Age" shattered box office records around the world due to ...

'Spider-Man' Takes Top Spot At Box Office; Doesn't Do As Well As Predecessors

7/9/2012 8:56am EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
Earning $65 million, "The Amazing Spider-Man" swung into first place at the box office over the weekend. The film, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, opened to positive reviews on Tuesday and made a record-breaking $7.5 million in midnight ticket sales.

The film earned a total of $140 million over its six-day opening, less than the three previous films from the franchise. The first "Spider-Man" (2002) made $144.2 million in its six-day start, and "Spider-Man 2" (2004) made $180.1 million. "Spider-Man 3" (2007) took home a respectable $176.2 million.

Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" dropped to...

This Summer's Hottest Male Movie Stars

7/8/2012 8:00am EDT
Christian Bale the Dark Knight Rises
Superhero flicks "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" are two of the biggest releases this month, and they star some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities.

On July 20, Christian Bale returns as the caped crusader, which picks up following the events in the previous film. He battles the deadly bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

Oh, but there's more. Much more.

Escape the outside heat and get hot inside by seeing your favorite male stars on the big screen this summer. Watch the cast of the stripper flick "Magic Mike" and Colin Farrell and Jeremy Renner from the Aug...

ALS Group Slams 'Ted' For Lou Gehrig's Disease Joke

7/6/2012 9:29am EDT
Seth MacFarlane's hit new comedy Ted has come under fire from health campaigners over a joke linked to motor neuron disease.

Mark Wahlberg stars in MacFarlane's directorial debut, in which the writer also voices a wise-cracking, foul-mouthed teddy bear.

In one scene, Wahlberg's character is involved in an argument and yells at his rival, "From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig's disease!"

Baseball player Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in 1939. The quip caught the attention of bosses at ALS Therapy All...

Mark Wahlberg's Foul-Mouthed 'Ted' Breaks Box Office Records

7/2/2012 9:00am EDT
Mark Wahlberg's new movie "Ted," about a foul-mouthed teddy bear, stunned Hollywood by taking in $54.1 million over the weekend. The film debuted at number one and broke "The Hangover's" box office record for the biggest R-rated opening in the United States.

Wahlberg plays John Bennett, who as a little boy is granted a wish - his beloved teddy bear Ted (voice of Seth MacFarlane) comes to life. As an adult, John wrestles with the lingering consequences.

At number two at the box office was stripper flick "Magic Mike," starring hotties Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Ma...

Could Mark Wahlberg's 'Ted' Take The Top Spot At The Weekend Box Office?

6/29/2012 9:43am EDT
Pixar's "Brave" opened strong last weekend with $66.3 million in ticket sales, and opinion is divided as to how much it will earn this weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

If the animated film earns 50 percent less, $33 million, the comedy "Ted" could usurp the top spot. The film, by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, centers on a man (Mark Wahlberg) who wrestles with the lingering consequences of a childhood wish - making a teddy bear come to life.

Also opening this weekend is the highly buzzed about stripper film "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, A...

The Top 7 Slackers In Films: In Honor Of 'Ted' Release

6/29/2012 9:03am EDT
Sure… one half of the buddy comedy film Ted (opening tomorrow) might be a stuffed animal come to life, but that doesn’t mean Seth MacFarlane’s comedy still doesn’t belong in the slacker comedy category.

Mark Wahlberg plays John Bennett whose wish for his teddy bear to come to life at the age of eight comes true. Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) and John enjoy a fun filled slacker lifestyle together until one day John meets and falls in love with Lori (Mila Kunis) and tries to embrace adulthood.

To honor this strange stacker bromance, we thought it fitting to list our top seven favorite slackers...

Review 'Ted': A Must See Original And Entertaining Comedy

6/28/2012 7:12pm EDT
I love talking animals and I have to admit I own quite a few. Granted they're stuffed with a vocabulary of not more than ten words; which definitely doesn't come close to the vocabulary of 'Teddy', the foul mouth, boozing, pot smoking, oversexed bear.

Teddy is one of the stars of Seth MacFarlane's new film 'Ted'. MacFarlane, for those of you who aren't into animated TV shows, is the creator of 'Family Guy' and 'The Cleveland Show'.

And just like these edgy sitcoms, 'Ted' is hysterically funny, outrageous and wonderfully politically incorrect.

When the film opens, we meet John, a lonely, ...

Mark Wahlberg Says He Was 'Really Comfortable' Looking Stupid On 'Ted' Set

6/26/2012 11:22am EDT
Mark Wahlberg had no misgivings about looking stupid while filming his new comedy Ted, insisting he's not as "self-conscious" as he was in his younger days.

The Departed star had to use his imagination to shoot scenes in Seth MacFarlane's film, which uses CGI to create a foul-mouthed teddy bear which comes to life.

Wahlberg relished acting the fool on the big screen, but admits he would have struggled with the part earlier in his career because he was desperate to appear cool.

He tells MTV News, "I've really found myself in a really comfortable position. I've always said that years ag...

Trailer Talk: 'Magic Mike,' & 'Ted,' Display Originality And Promise

6/25/2012 2:23pm EDT
Magic Mike
If you missed last week’s dramedy “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” you definitely need to see it. Lorene Scafaria does a smashing job in her directorial debut, crafting a movie that’s both funny and poignant. For more of my thoughts, take a look at my review.

Continuing last week’s format, Trailer Talk will now only discuss the wide release films coming to theaters. From now on, I’ll only make note of indies and documentaries when I think they’re worth watching in the theater.

MY PICKS FOR THE WEEK: “Magic Mike” and “Ted.”


An experienced male stripper named Mik...

Mila Kunis & More Hot Young Hollywood Stars Heat Up The L.A. 'Ted' Premiere

6/22/2012 8:36am EDT
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis and a plethora of attractive young stars attended the "Ted" Los Angeles premiere on Thursday. The actress, who is rumored to be dating Ashton Kutcher, wore a black dress with a sheer neckline.

Former "V" and "Smallville" star Laura Vandervoot looked stunning in a long, white cut-out dress. "Harry's Law" actress Brittany Snow opted for a black spagetti strap dress, while "Project X" star Alexis Knapp wore a cream-colored fringe gown.

The film centers on a man (Mark Wahlberg) whose Teddy Bear came to life when he was a young boy. But now that he's an adult, his boyhood friend has...

5 Awesome Upcoming Superhero-free Movies

6/21/2012 1:07pm EDT
The Avengers' Cast
Thanks to Marvel Studios and the brilliance of Stan Lee, this is definitely the summer of the superhero. “The Avengers” kicked both alien invader and box office booty, and Spider-Man and Batman will soon join the fray with “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” respectively. Fanboys and fangirls may be whipped up in a geeky frenzy, but if you prefer your summer films cape-free, here are five movies that are sure to provide summer box office thrills, no super powers needed.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

Four score and seven years ago, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walke...

Sexy Men Steaming Up The Silver Screen - 2012 Summer Edition

5/6/2012 10:03am EDT
Magic Mike
Ok ladies, now it's your turn! Yesterday we ran the sexy women version and today we give you the sexy men steaming up the silver screen for the summer of 2012. With the block-buster season now underway we've got a list of sexy men raging from superheroes to space explorers and even a few male strippers thrown in for good measure. So come on it and meet some of the sexiest men hitting the movie screen this summer.

Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)
The Avengers (May 4)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)
The Avengers (May 4)

Mark Ruffalo - (Bruce Banner/The Hulk)

Mila Kunis Shows Off Her Sexy Legs In Metallic Shorts At CinemaCon

4/25/2012 8:23am EDT
Mila Kunis CinemaCon
Mila Kunis is so pretty she even makes shorts look sexy. She attended CinemaCon at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas yesterday wearing gold metallic shorts, a peach blouse and black blazer.

The actress has been making headlines recently for hanging out with Ashton Kutcher. The former "That 70's Show" co-stars just went on a three-day getaway to the coastal town of Carpinteria, Calif. The stars' reps have denied there is any romantic involvement between the two, who are longtime friends.

Mila stars in the upcoming film "Ted" about a man (Mark Wahlberg) whose Teddy Bear comes to...

Melissa Ordway Talks 'Harold And Kumar Christmas,' Other Upcoming Films & Her Fashion Favorites

10/26/2011 4:15pm EDT
Melissa Ordway
Twenty-eight year old Georgia girl, Melissa Ordway had appeared in such films as 17 Again and The Last Song and appeared on the hit show, Privileged. The former model has a lot on her plate this year but took the time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about her upcoming projects.

Starpulse: I'm a big fan of all the Harold and Kumar movies- you got to be in the Christmas film that is coming out- what was that like working with the guys?

Melissa: It was so much fun working with the guys. They are hilarious! Most of my scenes are with Neil Patrick Harris which was amazing. He is incr...