‘Ted’ Gets A Leg Up In Japan With Strategically Placed Walking Billboards

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 7:09pm PDT

These two worlds were bound to collide, right? Advertisements are everywhere, especially in Tokyo. And we’ve seen folks covered scalp to toe with tattoos, piercings and brandings. (Keep that last one in mind.) So now comes the … Read More »

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Universal Crosses $1B Overseas Box Office In Record Time For Studio

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 12:27pm PDT

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, May 31, 2013—Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that the studio has reached $1 billion at the international box office. This is the earliest the studio has reached that milestone in history, besting a previous record set on July 17, 2012 through the performance of such global hits as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, American Reunion, Snow White and the Huntsman and Ted. 2013 marks the seventh year in a row that Universal has reached $1 billion internationally. In 2012, the studio enjoyed its highest grossing year at the international box office with $1.794 billion in total grosses.

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CinemaCon: Universal’s Sequel Machine Pays Off With Exhibitors

Pete Hammond

It was Universal Pictures’ turn in the spotlight this morning as Chairman Adam Fogelson served up a look at the studio’s sequel-packed summer slate and a summary of the studio’s 2012 hits and even big miss Battleship. He announced sequels in … Read More »

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OSCARS: How ‘Ted’ Made It To The Show

By | Sunday February 24, 2013 @ 9:04pm PST

Mark Wahlberg and Ted’s appearance on this year’s Oscars presenting the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing awards may have only lasted nine minutes, but it was months in the making, I’ve learned. The decision to have … Read More »

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Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane Has The Hot Movie Package; Auction On Western Takes Place In March With Universal In Hot Pursuit

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 5:35pm PST
Mike Fleming

Seth MacFarlaneEXCLUSIVE: When he completes Sunday’s Oscar hosting stint, Seth MacFarlane will get down to business about where to place his next film, one that is shaping up to be the hot movie project in town. I’m hearing that Universal Pictures has the inside track to acquire A Million Ways To Die In The West, the live action comedy he’ll begin shooting this spring that is a kindred spirit to Blazing Saddles. Several studios are chasing the project, which so far stars MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron.

MacFarlane is once again teamed in this venture with Media Rights Capital, which finally rode in a big winner when it backed MacFarlane’s last film, Ted, the foul mouthed stuffed bear comedy that has now grossed over $536 million worldwide and is out-grossing Skyfall in Japan. MacFarlane wrote the script with Ted and Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and Scott Stuber and Jason Clark are producing. They were producers on Ted with MacFarlane and John Jacobs. You can see he is a loyal guy, and so why wouldn’t he go back to Universal when the result was so good last time around. Read More »

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‘Ted’ Passes ‘Skyfall’ Box Office In Japan

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 3:39pm PST

Universal and MRC‘s Ted today passed Skyfall at the Japanese box office and now has grossed $32.5M in the territory, the biggest total so far in 2013. It already was the biggest R-rated comedy of all … Read More »

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Media Rights Capital Raises $175M To Launch Movie Co-Financing Business

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 12:44pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: This is a big deal — both because it’s a new line of business for Media Rights Capital, and because the company was able to raise the cash at a time when the lending markets remain tight. P… Read More »

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OSCARS: Best Original Song Race Handicap

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 8:00pm PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine.

This year’s crop of contenders—a doc tune, a musical melody, a jazz ditty, and an Indian lullaby—are similar to the genres that the category has recognized in recent years. Pop-radio songs, which arguably have … Read More »

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Mark Wahlberg And Ted Added To Oscar Presentation List

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 7:18am PST

Related: Mark Wahlberg And Ted To Appear On Oscarcast: Video

Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star, “Ted,” will be presenters on the Oscar® show, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage,” said Zadan and Meron. “And we won’t deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking.”

Wahlberg and Ted starred in the hit summer comedy “Ted,” which is now the highest-grossing R-rated original comedy of all time.

“I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg,” said Ted. “I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ‘Quvenzhané.’“

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UTA Signs ‘Ted’ Scribes Alec Sulkin And Wellesley Wild

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 6:44pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ted co-writers writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild have signed with UTA. This comes as FBC picked up their untitled pilot and moved it right to series, one of the few large commitments of the … Read More »

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Mark Wahlberg And Ted To Appear On Oscarcast: Video

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 9:49am PST

The Ted actor and his furry co-star will be part of this year’s Oscar telecast, which happens to be hosted by the film’s director Seth MacFarlane. Mark Wahlberg made the announcement on Anderson Cooper’s talk show Anderson Live in a segment taped to air Friday. He also … Read More »

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Ted Bears All On ‘Jimmy Kimmel’: Video

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 10:40am PST

The stuffed star of Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted — the Universal pic that became the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time after its June premiere, grossing more than $500 million worldwide to date — was a “guest” on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (MacFarlane might have been … Read More »

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Universal’s ‘Ted’ Passes $500M Worldwide

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 2:34pm PST

Thanks to yesterday’s overseas box office numbers, Universal‘s R-rated comedy has crossed the $500M mark globally. It’s now grossed $281.4M internationally and $218.7M in North America. Ted already was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time and the … Read More »

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‘Ted’ #1 Biggest R-Rated Original Comedy

By | Sunday October 14, 2012 @ 5:33pm PDT

Ted‘s worldwide gross reached an estimated $469 million today. That puts the Universal/Media Rights Capital comedy ahead of the previous recordholder, Warner Bros’ The Hangover and its $467.5M. So that makes Ted now the #1 highest grossing R-rated original comedy of all time around the … Read More »

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First Interview: New Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane ‘Ecstatic’ About The Job

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 12:07pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Seth MacFarlane was approached to host the 85th Oscars fairly recently, although he says he can’t remember if it was before or after his successful hosting gig on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 15. It was “roughly around the same time”, he tells Deadline in a conference call with Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron this morning just after the Academy’s announcement.

Related: EXCLUSIVE: Seth MacFarlane Oscar Host

The producers had “promised” the Academy they would name a host by the end of September, and they met the deadline. “He was great on SNL, he’s an amazing, amazing host and we’re well aware of the multi-faceted Seth. It has been a great year for him, so why not have him be considered. I think what we wanted was the consummate host, whatever came along with that package and we think Seth is that person,” said Meron. Zadan adds they had been talking about MacFarlane for a long time and wanted to work with him one day. They informed the Academy of their idea and started to get everyone on board even from the moment they first got the Oscar job. “The thing that makes us most excited about Seth is that in order for us to produce a show that is versatile and has great entertainment value, the more diverse the host is the better the show”, Zadan says. “The fact is Seth does everything. He does comedy, he sings, he dances, he’s a great comic writer; I could go on and on. He just does so many things so well, he gives us an embarrassment of riches to create a show that is really entertaining”.

As for MacFarlane, he’s “ecstatic. I was surprised. I have done a fair amount of hosting in the past but nothing of this magnitude. I was very, very pleasantly surprised.” He says the timing is great since Tedwhich he wrote and directed and voiced the title character — has been  a much bigger hit than anyone imagined and it gives him an added foothold in the motion picture business, rather than someone primarily just known for TV work.

So what kind of plans does he have for the show? “It’s so early on, it’s hard to give a specific answer to that”, MacFarlane says. “It is the Academy Awards so I think you can expect anything. It’s the Oscars so you always want a musical component and you want an injection of comedy and so I think it will be a mix of many elements”. He added that he doesn’t plan to copy other hosts and specifically mentions Johnny Carson but says he “would never dare to try and emulate him, he’s my favorite host”.

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EXCLUSIVE: Seth MacFarlane Oscar Host

First Interview: Seth MacFarlane ‘Ecstatic’ About The Job
Seth MacFarlane’s Big Oscar News (Video)

Seth MacFarlane Hosting OscarsEXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences will announce today that TV, film, stage, and singing star … Read More »

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Universal Taps ‘Ted’ Exec Producer Jon Mone For EVP Post

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 11:04am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Seasoned production executive Jon Mone will join Universal Pictures as EVP Production. He moves from Scott Stuber’s Universal-based Bluegrass Films, and has been in the Universal fold since 2006. Universal’s co-presidents of production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum made the hire and Mone reports to them.

Mone recently served as executive producer on the Stuber-produced Ted, directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Stuber, who was attached to produce Ted, and Media Rights Capital brought the film to Universal and the studio acquired it before principal photography began. It is Universal’s highest-grossing film of 2012: With $425 million worldwide and counting, Ted is the third highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time behind The Hangover and The Hangover Part II. Read More »

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Comedy From ‘Ted’s Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild Lands At Fox With Big Commitment

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 3:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The trio behind Ted, the biggest comedy hit of the summer, are teaming for another project, this time in television. Fox has snagged the multi-camera live-action comedy, written/executive produced by Ted co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and … Read More »

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‘Ted’ To Pass ‘The Hangover’ Gross Abroad

By | Saturday September 15, 2012 @ 7:44am PDT

UPDATED: Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated comedy Ted starring Mark Wahlberg from Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital will pass on Monday that other R-rated blockbuster The Hangover’s international lifetime total of $190+M. it now becomes the highest grossing original R-rated comedy of … Read More »

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