Seth MacFarlane Claims A ‘Family Guy’ Movie Is Still In Development

For the past seven or eight years, there have been rumors of a feature-length Family Guy movie, which would be released in theaters across the nation.

In 2015, creator Seth MacFarlane told fans that the movie would be coming soon, but everyone is wondering what he meant by “soon” because we haven’t heard much news from this alleged film. There was one report claiming it would mix animation with live-action, but that’s it.

So what’s happening with it? Is it still coming? Well, during a recent appearance on the Today show, MacFarlane was asked about the movie, and he made a promise that it’s still coming.

I’ve been talking about this for ten years. The Family Guy movie is still on my to-do list… I have a pretty clear sense of what it’s going to be. I have for some time, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

Not exactly the most promising update as it sounds like he doesn’t have the motivation to work on it right now, but maybe that passion will come back soon.

If he needs some extra motivation, take a look at the success of the 2007 The Simpsons film, which was loved by fans and made over $500 million at the box office.

Movie Review: Ted 2 – More of What We Love, Bogged Down Slightly With Heavy Subject Matter

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If you liked the first one, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to like Ted 2 as well. It’s pretty much the same movie, written a second time, for the purpose of squeezing as much money out of the franchise as possible.

But I still watched it and I for the most part, I loved it.

This time around, Ted (Macfarlane) is married and wants to have a baby with wife Tami-Lyn in order to save his relationship. Josh (Wahlberg) is divorced from a not pictured Mila Kunis and has plenty of time to help his buddy out. Enter disastrous trips to sperm banks, lots of crazy flashbacks and rapid fire pop culture references that made the first movie so funny.

I will say I liked it and it made me laugh. My big problem is the heavy subject matter of the majority of the movie. It’s pretty much a new take on a civil rights movie. That’s kind of where the problems come in.

This time around, Amanda Siegfried takes over the love interest role for Mark Wahlberg and she does a good job handling her own comedic part. While a pot head, she’s also the smartest person in the room and she’s ready to represent Ted in his court case.

In the courtroom is where things get bogged down. Siegfried makes a bunch of overtly long speeches about civil rights and what it means to be human, that really slow down the momentum of the movie.

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They recycled a ton of stuff from the first movie. Ted even gets kidnapped for a second time, by the same guy who kidnapped him in the first. They really didn’t change much of the plotline.

But it’s Wahlberg and his talking teddy bear’s antics that carry the movie and keep it funny. Whether it’s just dropping a one liner, or engaging in something terrible just for the fun of it, the two will keep you laughing even when the story gets a bit heavy.

One thing that really feels unnecessary is the whole love interest plot line. Look, Wahlberg is handsome, but there’s no way in hell that this love match would happen in real life, with a beautiful, successful lawyer settling down with a man-child like Wahlberg, I don’t care how much pot she smokes.

But it’s got MacFarlane’s offensive brand of humor that will make you love to watch, even when some of it drags. That last quarter of the movie gets bogged down in them trying to tie up loose ends, which is pretty unnecessary. With it raking in $33 million over opening weekend, I think it’s pretty definite there’s going to be a third movie in the works soon enough.

It will probably be the same movie a third time, but honestly, as long as they keep me laughing, I don’t care how many things they recycle. With the humor in the movie, the recycled plot is forgivable, even if it does drag a bit. Ted 2 is nothing new, but it’s worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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Your Favorite Trash-Talking Teddy Is Back In First ‘Ted 2’ Trailer

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After pulling in over $549 million worldwide with the original film, Seth MacFarlane is ready to bring back his foul-mouthed teddy bear. Returning to the sequel is Ted’s best friend for life, John, played wonderfully by Mark Wahlberg.

Ted 2 will focus on proving that the naughty teddy bear actually has a soul. You see, he and his new bride, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to start a family together. But before they are allowed to adopt some poor child, Ted will have to prove he’s human enough to become an adoptive parent.

Morgan Freeman joins the cast as a civil rights lawyer, and Amanda Seyfried will play Ted’s legal representative, Samantha Jackson.

I won’t be making any box office predictions for this film (opening June 26th, 2015) but I am confident in saying two things.

  • People who liked the first film will love this sequel.
  • People who didn’t like the first film will hate this sequel.

I know, I know. I am really going out on a limb with that prediction. What can I say? It’s Friday. I am feeling a little dangerous. I might put two servings of chocolate syrup inside my milk this morning. That’s one more than they recommend.

Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

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As a fan of most Seth MacFarlane productions, I was thrilled to see the release of a movie based on his book of the same name. Of course, I expected the critics to pan him, because this is Seth MacFarlane and critics love to pan him. This movie was no exception and he’s currently performing at a very low 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So are the critics panning it because he’s actually bad, or are they doing it because it’s Seth MacFarlane?

MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and stars in the story of cowardly sheep farmer Albert. After Albert chickens out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend (Amanda Siegfried) leaves him for another man. Then, the mysterious and beautiful Anna (Charlize Theron) arrives in town and teaches Albert how to grow a pair. Everything is going just fine until Ann’s husband, notorious gangster Clinch (Liam Neeson) shows up seeking revenge.

And the verdict is everyone’s panning it because Seth Macfarlane wrote it. I really don’t get the problem people seem to have with this movie. Personally, I haven’t laughed this hard since Ted. Is the humor utterly juvenile and completely disgusting? Absolutely, but this is Seth MacFarlane. I expect that. I wonder what these other critics were expecting? Have they not seen Family Guy?

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Honestly, this movie really reminded me of Blazing Saddles, which I’m sure got panned during its first run as well. It feels like that was the kind of vibe MacFarlane was going for and I’m going to say, I think he did it pretty well.

MacFarlane himself is great in the title role, and Theron is an acceptable foil. They have a surprising amount of chemistry, aside of MacFarlane’s goofball antics and they play well together. Neeson is fantastic as well, as he seems to be the only character that isn’t in on the joke. There is a hilarious and fantastically inappropriate scene using shadow that had me laughing hysterically, while Neeson somehow managed to remain deadpan.

Actors playing smaller parts shone as well. Watch for Sarah Silverman, the most morally confused prostitute in the West, and Neil Patrick Harris, a man with a fabulous mustache.

Is the movie utterly offensive? Absolutely, to those who aren’t in on the joke. Blazing Saddles was offensive as well, but it’s still considered a comedic classic. The humor is slap-stick and gross out, sometimes predictable, but it never falls flat.

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At least for me it didn’t. But then again, I’m not the type to get my panties in a twist when a movie fails to be PC. Was is as good as MacFarlane’s last major picture, Ted? That’s like comparing apples and oranges. Both had their high points.

Ted was a bit more unique that A Million Ways to Die, but A Millions Ways to die has more character power behind it.

My advice? Don’t worry too much about what the critics say. I’m sure that most had already written their poor reviews before they even saw the movie, simply because MacFarlane’s name was on it. If you’re not the sensitive type, if you’re a fan of family Guy and Ted, then A Million Ways to Die in the West is right up your alley. Watch the hilarious official trailer below.

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