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Seth MacFarlane (born 26.10.1973)
Seth MacFarlane is a comedy writer and voice actor best known for creating animated comedy series 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad'.
Childhood: Seth MacFarlane was born in Kent, Connecticut. His parents are Ann Perry, who worked in admissions at several schools, and Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a teacher. He was always interested in cartoon and animation as a young boy and was paid $5 a week for producing a comic strip entitled 'Walter Crouton' in his local newspaper The Kent Good Times Dispatch. He once depicted a man taking communion and asking, 'Can I have fries with that?' which prompted the local priest to send an angry letter. He attended Kent School and graduated in 1991 before studying film, video and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and leaving with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Comedy Career: Seth MacFarlane started his career with animation giant Hanna-Barbera Cartoons after his professor at school sent them Seth's animated short 'The Life of Larry'. He did writing and animation on various Cartoon Network shows such as 'Dexter's Laboratory', 'Johnny Bravo' and 'Cow and Chicken' as part of the channel's 'Cartoon Cartoon' series. While working here he met voice actors Adam West and Jack Sheldon who later appeared on 'Family Guy'. Seth created 'Family Guy' after a decision to go into prime time animation. He pitched the show idea to Fox who gave him $50,000 to create a pilot episode. The Fox Broadcast Company debuted the first episode of the first series in 1999 and Seth became the youngest executive producer on TV at 24. He is also a voice actor on the show and does the voices for Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, their neighbour Glenn Quagmire and news reader Tom Tucker. He became the world's highest paid TV writer after signing a $100 million deal with Fox in 2008 to keep 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' until 2012. 'Family Guy' receives constant criticism for its crude content and has been pulled off the air frequently by Fox. Seth created 'American Dad' in 2005 along with Matt Weitzman and Mike Barker. It was inspired by President George W. Bush with the main character being a strictly conservative CIA agent. The show also includes an effeminate alien rescued from Area 51 and a goldfish with a transplanted brain from a German skier. In 2005, he launched 'Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy' which was a series of short webisodes. In 2007, he was an executive producer on the short-lived TV series 'The Winner'. In 2009, he created 'The Cleveland Show' - a spin-off of 'Family Guy' focusing on Peter Griffin's friend Cleveland Brown. In 2012, he directed the live action comedy movie 'Ted' about a man who owns a talking teddy after making a wish when he was a little boy. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Seth's 'Family Guy' co-star Mila Kunis and Seth himself as the voice of Ted. Seth MacFarlane: Other career ventures Seth MacFarlane is a regular panellist on the annual 'Comedy Central Roasts' show. He is an avid pianist and singer appearing on the BBC Proms alongside the John Wilson Orchestra in 'A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals'. He released his debut album 'Music Is Better Than Words' in 2011 on Universal Republic Records which was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. He has voiced characters on 'Robot Chicken' and 'Yin Yang Yo!' as well as in 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army'. He sang the opening theme in the film 'Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder' and played Ziggy in 'Tooth Fairy' in 2010. He often speaks at university campuses and has even made appearances at Stanford University and Harvard University. He is a gay rights activist and became so after hearing a family member questioning whether his cousin could be 'cured' of his homosexuality. He told The Advocate in 2008 that it was 'f****** horrifying to hear from somebody that you love'. In 2011, he was named the Harvard Humanist of the Year.
Personal Life: Seth MacFarlane is a 'Star Wars',' Star Trek' and sci-fi fan and often holds sci-fi themed parties. Seth is an atheist. His mother Ann Perry passed away in 2010 due to cancer. In 2012, he was dating 'Game of Thrones' actress Emilia Clarke though their relationship seems to have been on and off and it is not clear if the pair are currently a couple. On September 11th 2001, Seth was scheduled to take the flight that was hijacked and subsequently flown into the World Trade Center. However, after a slow morning and incorrect times being given to him, he arrived just after the flight was scheduled to leave, missing the fated flight by minutes. Seth has been subject to two lawsuits regarding 'Family Guy'. In 2007, Bourne Co. Music Publishers accused the show of copyright infringement after parodying their song 'When You Wish upon a Star' into a song called 'I Need a Jew'. The court later ruled that no infringement was made in the parody. Again in 2007, actor Art Metrano attempted to sue the show for a scene in the episode 'Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story' where the Jesus character copied Metrano's ridiculous magician-esque hand motions. The case was later settled out of court in 2010.
The comedian made a joke at his expense during the Oscars.
While Harvey Weinstein has never exactly had a reputation for respecting women, new sexual harassment allegations have nonetheless shocked the world and incited anger amongst many. Seth Macfarlane is one of the latest to publicly show his disgust, shedding light on a comment he made about the man during the 2013 Oscars.
Seth MacFarlane at Fox Fall Premiere Party
In a statement, the 'Family Guy' creator revealed that a joke that he made at the expense of Harvey Weinstein during the Best Actress nominations at the 2013 Academy Awards was made with genuine malice. In previous years, he'd been told of an incident by a female friend that left him with a bitter taste in his mouth.
The actor admits he struggled to find differences between Fred Flintstone and Peter Griffin.
Having created huge animated successes 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad', as well as debuting his new sci-fi comedy series 'The Orville' earlier this month, Seth Macfarlane looks to be riding an incredible wave of success that shows no signs of breaking any time soon.
Seth MacFarlane promotes his new series 'The Orville'
One of his many other projects that were said to be in the pipeline was a live-action 'Flintstones' television series, which would bring the Hanna-Barbera characters to the small screen in a way like never before. Unfortunately, for fans of the franchise and of MacFarlane, he doesn't seem to be feeling very passionate about the project at all as of late.
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The actor says that his new show is the "optimistic side of sci-fi".
Seth Macfarlane is known for his outrageous, dry and close-to-the-bone humour, which he's managed to impress millions with through his incredibly successful shows such as 'Family Guy'. Now, with a move into live-action, he's created new comedy sci-fi series 'The Orville', which is set three centuries in the future and follows a space-travelling crew aboard their ship.
Seth MacFarlane returns to live-action with 'The Orville'
MacFarlane stars in the show as captain Ed Mercer, with his ex-wife (Adrianne Palicki) assigned as his First Officer. Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman and Larry Joe Campbell all also star.
Continue reading: Seth MacFarlane Teases Unique New Sci-Fi Series 'The Orville'
Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back with this lively, relentlessly enjoyable caper that feels like a mash-up between his Ocean's Eleven and Magic Mike movies. Using America's economic situation as a launching point (without any political message), he spins a loose-limbed adventure with a gang of endearingly scruffy characters. If this is your cup of tea, it's a proper guilty pleasure.
In West Virginia, the Logan family has had a string of very bad luck, leaving Jimmy (Channing Tatum) with a dodgy knee and his younger brother Clyde (Adam Driver) with a missing arm. Their sister Mellie (Riley Keough) has so far escaped injury, so Jimmy hatches a plan to change their fortunes by robbing the Charlotte Nascar race course, which he knows inside and out because he's just been sacked from his job there. They need the help of explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), who's in jail. So in addition to an elaborate heist, they must also plan a prison break. They also bring in Joe's nerdy gamer brothers (Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson).
Frankly, all of these people are such misfits that no one would ever suspect them of being capable of carrying out such a complicated plan. And that's the point: it's easy to underestimate people who seem uneducated. This gives the cast plenty to play with. Tatum and particularly Driver are terrific at the centre, with their hang-dog expressions and understated skill sets. Keough gets to play the one person in the story with brains, and has a great time rampaging through each scene. But the movie is stolen by Craig, who goes wildly against type as the hilariously nutty Joe. In one classic scene, he barely contains his exasperation while explaining how to make a bomb out of gummy bears.
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Jimmy and Clyde Logan are two down-and-out brothers from West Virginia. Jimmy has been fired from his job on a construction site for reasons relating to insurance and Clyde's job as a one-armed bartender hasn't worked out too well either. To get themselves out of the financial mess that they're in (and, indeed, that their family have been in for almost 100 years), Jimmy suggests robbing $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during the hugely anticipated Coca-Cola 600 race over Memorial Day weekend. He has discovered how the money is being moved to a bank vault, but they need to spring the vault-blowing expert Joe Bang from prison in order to execute the heist. With the help of their sister Mellie and their new pals the Redneck Robbers, they plot the perfect robbery - but all is naturally not going to go as swimmingly as they could have hoped.
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'The Orville' is a sci-fi comedy created by Seth MacFarlane of 'Family Guy'.
Seth Macfarlane is bringing his 'Family Guy' humour to a brand new 'Star Trek' style parody called 'The Orville', set three centuries in the future. The show comes to our screens this year and follows the adventures of the ragtag crew of the titular spaceship.
Seth MacFarlane at the Cinema Audio Society Awards
The idea might not be original; a similar parody was done in 1999 in the form of the movie 'Galaxy Quest'; but this is the first live action spacecraft parody series we've seen and it's coming to Fox later this year. Fans will know that Seth MacFarlane is a huge fan of 'Star Trek', and now he gets to Captain his own alien crew.
Continue reading: Seth MacFarlane Parodies 'Star Trek' With New Series 'The Orville'
Seth Macfarlane seen performing with Lea Michele and Rachel Platten. Seth hosted The Grove Christmas event which was presented by Citi - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 14th November 2016
Seth MacFarlane understands the importance of toeing the line.
Unsurprisingly, the release of Ted 2 has sparked a range of complaints about Seth Macfarlane's over-the-edge style of humour. Well, the film does contain a gag about Charlie Hebdo. But MacFarlane insists that he's not out to offend anyone.
'Ted 2' explores Ted's right to be recognised as a person
"The context, to me, makes it OK," he says about the scene in which stoners John (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his teddy bear pal Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) shout rude suggestions to an improvisational stand-up comic. "You're not mocking any one of those events or people; you're acknowledging these are all tragedies that don't belong in a comedy club, and that is why the audience goes along with you."
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Fans of the surprise 2012 hit Ted will find plenty to love in this sequel, in which Seth MacFarlane takes the same approach: throwing every kind of gag at the screen in the hopes that some of them stick. Thankfully, there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments to make sure the film is continually entertaining, even if the plot isn't particularly inventive.
In the past three years, John (Mark Wahlberg) has seen his marriage fall apart, while Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) has married his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). A year later, Ted and Tami-Lynn are in a rut and decide that perhaps a child will help kickstart their romance. Unable to conceive for obvious reasons, they turn to adoption, but this raises a red flag about Ted's status in society: he isn't actually a person, and the state declares that he's property. On the verge of losing everything, Ted and John hire novice lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) to defend Ted's right to be treated as a person. But their opponent is a slick lawyer (John Slattery) hired in secret by toy company Hasbro, which is now in league with Ted's long-time stalker-nemesis Donny (Giovanni Ribisi).
The ongoing central gag here is that John and Ted have never grown up, stuck in their dope-smoking fanboy ways, which allows for all kinds of rude mayhem, plus lots of cameo appearances from genre stars, including a gratuitous trip to New York Comic-Con that turns into the film's funniest sequence with a series of sublimely silly running gags. On the other hand, the one-joke premise badly limits the film's scope for coherent storytelling, merely dashing from one nutty set-piece to the next and hoping that something funny will happen. Thankfully, most sequences are genuinely amusing, at least for audiences whose goal is just to have a good time at the movies.
Continue reading: Ted 2 Review
Having just directed his 'Ted' sequel 'Ted 2' (beginning only weeks after completing his onscreen acting debut in 'A Million Ways To Die In The West', Seth Macfarlane confesses how he wanted to do something completely different with the new movie, and explore mankind's obsessesion with 'us and them'.
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‘Ted 2’ proved to be no match for the mighty ‘Jurassic World’ at the box office this weekend.
Seth Macfarlane comedy Ted 2 failed to top the US box office this weekend, taking a disappointing $32.9 million and debuting in the number three spot. For the third week in a row Jurassic World managed to hold on to the number one spot as it added another $54.2 million to its haul.
Ted 2 failed to topple Jurassic World at the box office.
Ted 2’s box office total was around $15 million less than industry experts had expected. Back in 2012 the original film took the number one spot in its opening weekend, taking $54.4 million at the box office. The comedy sequel stars Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried and features Seth MacFarlane as the voice of the foul mouthed bear.
Continue reading: 'Jurassic World' Beats 'Ted 2' And Holds On To US Box Office Top Spot
Seth Macfarlane - Actor Seth MacFarlane and a friend leave a cafe after having lunch together in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 4th March 2013
Date of birth
26th October, 1973
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