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After dominating animated TV comedy for years, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brought his twisted brand of hilarity to the big screen with the 2012 blockbuster Ted. This summer, he unleashed more cinematic laughs with A Million Ways to Die in the West as the hapless Albert – a sheep farmer who chickens out of a gunfight (he’s never actually fired a gun) and, as a result, loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) to a gloriously mustachioed jerk (Neil Patrick Harries) and suddenly finds himself in the sights of a legendary gunslinger (Liam Neeson). VIP Fan Auctions is offering fans an opportunity to own writer/director/star Seth MacFarlane’s screen-worn wardrobe, including Albert’s vest, pants and shirt. Click here to see photos of the entire costume and to place your bid on a piece of Hollywood history today! And click here for more wardrobe featured on-screen in A Million Ways to Die in the West!

 

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Bordertown’ on FOX

Seth MacFarlane's 'Bordertown' to air on FOX

A Million Ways to Die in the West director, Seth MacFarlane is developing a new animated series. The show will debut next year on Fox. This is good news for fans of Seth’s work, as it will give him more opportunity to make us laugh and enjoy his creative comedy. The show will be called Bordertown and it will be placed in a fictional town in Texas and document the life of a border patrol agent named Bud Buckwald.

Family Guy producer Mark Hentemann created and wrote the series, and will be an executive producer alongside Seth MacFarlane. I expect the show to follow the same format as Family Guy with plenty of random humor that we will all enjoy.

 

QUAHOG VS. SPRINGFIELD

Marge Simpson Seth MacFarlance

The longstanding Griffin-Simpsons rivalry will come to a head when Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane attempts to steal Marge Simpson away from Homer on The Simpsons 25th season premiere next fall.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the episode, “Dangers on a Train,” finds Marge meeting a man named Ben (MacFarlane) on a website for married people looking to have an affair (she mistakes it for a cupcake-baking site) and the pair hit it off. “We wanted to come together in a bipartisan way to make Fox Sunday night rock,” said The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean of the casting. “This was all very fun… There’s been a little rivalry. We’re both humor shows and we make jokes, but it’s always been friendly.”

 

BEAR NECESSITY!

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The wait is over! Seth MacFarlane’s first foray into major motion pictures, the rated-R comedy Ted, hits theaters June 29. Earlier this week at the Los Angeles premiere, one of the human stars of the film, Mark Wahlberg, discussed his stuffed counterpart who is certain to leave audiences laughing. “Despite the fact that he’s got the most foul mouth you’ve ever seen and he’s a bad influence, he’s got a heart,” Wahlberg told Reuters. “He’s very sweet, very kind and also very funny.” In a separate interview with ContactMusic.com, Wahlberg said fans of Family Guy will not be disappointed. “[Ted is] like Seth MacFarlane on steroids,” he said. “It really is. I saw ‘Family Guy’ and I thought, ‘Wow, he’s getting away with some of that stuff in a cartoon’… But now a feature film, Rated R, he pushes the envelope – there’s nobody he doesn’t offend either, everyone is fair game.” AS an added bonus, fans of the film will be able to own a piece of it! Wardrobe and prop auctions directly from the set of Ted are now available at VIP Fan Auctions. See the movie and then visit  TedMovieAuctions.com to see all of the Ted auctions!

 

 

SETH MACFARLANE ON TED, GHOSTS AND COMEDY

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane says that while making Ted (click here to visit the official site, TedIsReal.com) – the hotly anticipated, R-rated feature film he wrote, directed and provided the voice for Mark Wahlberg’s all-grown-up teddy bear – there was one classic comedy that he kept in mind as he was making the film.

“Ghostbusters is a movie that we looked to often during Ted’s production process, because it’s a movie that essentially takes place in the real world; New York City is presented as New York City and the characters are all very realistic, but there’s this one element that’s completely unrealistic,” he told Complex.com’s Matt Barone during a June 5 interview with the website (click here for the entire interview). “By keeping everything else very grounded, they earned that. You don’t have wacky characters in a wacky situation—you have grounded and real characters and one wacky situation for them to deal with.”

And there are few situations wackier than the premise of Ted – the story of an 8-year-old boy who wishes his beloved teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane) could really talk to him. Magically, the wish comes true, and, fast forward 27 years, the duo are still best friends, drinking beers, chasing women and living together (Mila Kunis also stars in the film). The comedy hits theaters June 29 – and prop and wardrobe auctions from the Universal Pictures film are coming soon to VIP Fan Auctions.

 

MODEL HOUSEWIVES?

Couple of the year

What current TV series shows Latinos in the best light? According to a group of Phoenix-based Latino advocacy groups – Chicanos Unidos Arizona, Take Back Aztlán and Nuestros Reconquistos – the answer is Desperate Housewives! “Desperate Housewives portrays Latinos, documented and undocumented, in a very positive way,” says Cecilia Maldonado of Chicanos Unidos Arizona, according to Examiner.com. Apparently Carlos Solis, a businessman who went to prison for unethical practices, and Gabrielle Solis, an often self-absorbed former model, are as good as it gets for Latino culture in network television today (their kids seem pleasant, though). Perhaps a better question to ask is what award shows the dearth of Latino culture represented on television.  Family Guy was named the worst show for the Latino image.

 

FAMILY GUY FANS: REBELS AND RISK-TAKERS

Rebel, risk-taker, evil genius

According to a study by marketing group Mindset Media that analyzed the personalities of TV viewers and the shows they watch, “Family Guy” fans are rebels at heart. Results published Nov. 1 in Advertising Age magazine noted that the series “draws an audience of rule breakers or rebels who are 61 percent more likely to watch the show. Rebels don’t like authority, rules or structure they deem unfair, and usually won’t hesitate to make their feeling known with anger or sarcasm.” If this fits your description, Advertising Age added that brands that would appeal to rule breakers are DiGiornio (apparently, delicious self-rising-crust pizzas go against the status quo) and Ford F150. The study also found a high percentage of those deemed “risk takers” (50 percent) are drawn to “Family Guy.” Risk-takers are characterized as being “open to new challenges,” “accepting of others” and “easy to get along with” – a group that advertisers believe might favor Totino’s pizza (because they are accepting of the massive amount of crumbs created by the ultra-thin crust, perhaps?) and Harley-Davidson. Do these personality traits fit your description – and more importantly, what type of frozen pizza do you eat?

 

REAL TIME WITH FAMILY GUY

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be part of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher when the raucous, politically-incorrect weekly roundtable kicks off its eighth season on Friday night, Sept. 24. Maher will return the favor when he appears on Family Guy later this season. MacFarlane was also on hand last month as his friend Maher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

FAMILY GUY – TOO SENSITIVE FOR TV, OK FOR DVD

The Family Guy episode “Partial Terms of Endearment,” I which Lois contemplating an abortion after agreeing to be a surrogate for a college friend who eventually dies, was deemed too sensitive for FOX television and banned from the air this past season. For those who are interested in seeing the Griffin’s comical take on the broadcast-taboo subject, however, FOX Home Video is packaging it for sale as a standalone DVD.

Family Guy creator, who has never shied away from satirizing controversial issues, told the New York Times that, “Times really have changed… The network is making a decision that is, unfortunately, probably based on people’s current ability to handle and dissect controversial narratives.”The New York Times article notes that the network told MacFarlane that the issue raised a red flag when he presented the subject matter, but green lit production of it.Last year at the Television Critics Association, FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly, said the “rejection of the episode “was a business decision” because it represented “fragile subject matter at a sensitive time.”The network said in a statement that it fully supported “the producers’ right to make the episode and distribute it in whatever way they want,” and declined to elaborate on its decision.Fox previously banned the 2000 Family Guy episode “When You Wish upon A Weinstein,” but eventually aired the episode in 2004.The “Partial Terms of Endearment” episode will be released Sept. 28. It is available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $10.99.

 

BONES, DEXTER, PETER GRIFFIN AND SUE SYLVESTER STAND UP!

For a small (or large) donation directed at research to cure cancer, you could find yourself chatting with Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Bones’ Emily Deschanel, Glee’s Jane Lynch or a host of other stars who will be taking calls from donors during the Stand Up to Cancer one-hour special on Saturday night (Sept. 10). Major broadcast and cable networks will air the commercial-free special (8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central), which will feature musical acts and other presentations by some of the biggest stars on the planet. Donations can be made via telephone during the show or any time online at www.su2c.org – 100 percent of the funds received from the public go to research. Check it out on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, Showtime, The Style Network and TV One – as well as numerous online streaming partners like AOL, Yahoo! and YouTube.

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