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July 18, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seth MacFarlane is known for his vocal prowess, especially when it takes the form of an intelligent talking dog, a pot-smoking bear, or an evil baby. But MacFarlane, creator and voice of many of the characters on Family Guy and American Dad , and director and star of this summer's Ted 2 , has a hobby: singing selections from the Great American Songbook. On Saturday, MacFarlane will be joined by the Baltimore Symphony to sing his favorite standards. He's coming straight off his press tour for Ted 2 . In August comes Blunt Talk , the new Starz series he executive produced, written by Jonathan Ames (HBO's Bored to Death )
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October 7, 2011
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Bryan Cranston; Jeff Altman; Garland Jeffreys performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - David Arquette; Puddle of Mudd. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 a.m., 6ABC) - Actor Mark Wahlberg; actor Seth MacFarlane. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:37 a.m., NBC10) - Paul Giamatti; Alison Brie; Judas Priest; Joe Jonas.
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August 24, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
*  FEAR THE WALKING DEAD . 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. Already ordered for a second season, this "Walking Dead" prequel is set in Los Angeles and stars Kim Dickens ("Treme") and Cliff Curtis ("Whale Rider") as a couple trying to keep their imperfectly blended family together as a mysterious virus causes the world around them to begin to crumble. *  TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED . 10 p.m. Saturday, HBO. Notaro gets her first HBO comedy special, and, as she famously did last fall in New York, performs some of it topless.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2006 | By Rob Watson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Fox broke up the Family Guy series in 2002 (the show has since been moved back after a stint on Cartoon Network), co-creator Seth MacFarlane came up with another dysfunctional animated family featuring a bumbling dad, a counterpointing mom, a clueless son, an independent daughter, and creatures that shouldn't be able to speak but could. For Family Guy fans, the similarities seemed more like rip-offs. American Dad, however, began to find its own groove about halfway through its first season, and FG fans took notice.
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August 18, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* BLUNT TALK. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - To say that Patrick Stewart is on a mission to boldly go where no character of his has gone before is probably understating things. He's positively giddy about Walter Blunt, the cable news anchor he plays on Starz' new comedy "Blunt Talk. " Though that may be the coffee. "I am ricocheting around with too much caffeine, so watch out," Stewart warned me as he slid in beside "Blunt Talk" creator Jonathan Ames ("Bored to Death")
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May 30, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
LIFE is cheap and the laughs are even cheaper in Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West," which actually undercounts the hazards of frontier life. There are in fact a million and one ways to perish - you can also die on screen, having made a two-hour comedy with only two good jokes in it. I know, you don't believe it, because you're a big "Family Guy" fan and because MacFarlane's "Ted" was so funny. But this movie is a misfire. It fails as a "Blazing Saddles"-style genre spoof, or even the gross-out comedy it too often becomes (a sheep pees in MacFarlane's face, Neil Patrick Harris has an extended bout of explosive diarrhea, a man dies from his own toxic fart)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai and Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up, Philadelphia native Jessica Barth dreamed of being an actress — and of meeting Mark Wahlberg. "I definitely had Mark Wahlberg's poster on my wall, in his little Calvin Kleins," she said. "I was a huge fan of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. " While acting in the movie Ted, which opens in area theaters Friday, Barth got to accomplish both dreams. She plays Tami-Lynn, streetwise Bostonian girlfriend of the titular character, a magically alive teddy bear. It's the first live-action film for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
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June 26, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
LET ME BE the first to admit that I did not expect the "Ted" sequel to address the Dred Scott decision and the issue of personhood. Ted, after all, is a talking teddy bear whose magical powers of obscene speech are meant to personify (and sometimes glorify) the stubborn adolescent who resides inside many American males. How many American males? Hard to say. But let's call it a majority (the first movie's $500-plus million box office supports this assessment). So it's with surprise that we realize that Seth MacFarlane's game in "Ted 2" is to spin Ted the other way, as a symbol of oppressed minorities - immigrants, gay couples, Caitlyn Jenner, people who go to Comic-Con, non-traditional families yearning to be free to be you and me. In "2," Ted gets hitched (to Philadelphia native Jessica Barth)
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August 24, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
*  FEAR THE WALKING DEAD . 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. Already ordered for a second season, this "Walking Dead" prequel is set in Los Angeles and stars Kim Dickens ("Treme") and Cliff Curtis ("Whale Rider") as a couple trying to keep their imperfectly blended family together as a mysterious virus causes the world around them to begin to crumble. *  TIG NOTARO: BOYISH GIRL INTERRUPTED . 10 p.m. Saturday, HBO. Notaro gets her first HBO comedy special, and, as she famously did last fall in New York, performs some of it topless.
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August 18, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* BLUNT TALK. 9 p.m. Saturday, Starz. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - To say that Patrick Stewart is on a mission to boldly go where no character of his has gone before is probably understating things. He's positively giddy about Walter Blunt, the cable news anchor he plays on Starz' new comedy "Blunt Talk. " Though that may be the coffee. "I am ricocheting around with too much caffeine, so watch out," Stewart warned me as he slid in beside "Blunt Talk" creator Jonathan Ames ("Bored to Death")
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seth MacFarlane is known for his vocal prowess, especially when it takes the form of an intelligent talking dog, a pot-smoking bear, or an evil baby. But MacFarlane, creator and voice of many of the characters on Family Guy and American Dad , and director and star of this summer's Ted 2 , has a hobby: singing selections from the Great American Songbook. On Saturday, MacFarlane will be joined by the Baltimore Symphony to sing his favorite standards. He's coming straight off his press tour for Ted 2 . In August comes Blunt Talk , the new Starz series he executive produced, written by Jonathan Ames (HBO's Bored to Death )
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June 26, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
LET ME BE the first to admit that I did not expect the "Ted" sequel to address the Dred Scott decision and the issue of personhood. Ted, after all, is a talking teddy bear whose magical powers of obscene speech are meant to personify (and sometimes glorify) the stubborn adolescent who resides inside many American males. How many American males? Hard to say. But let's call it a majority (the first movie's $500-plus million box office supports this assessment). So it's with surprise that we realize that Seth MacFarlane's game in "Ted 2" is to spin Ted the other way, as a symbol of oppressed minorities - immigrants, gay couples, Caitlyn Jenner, people who go to Comic-Con, non-traditional families yearning to be free to be you and me. In "2," Ted gets hitched (to Philadelphia native Jessica Barth)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD has had a long, accomplished career, but he still enjoys doing conventions - and he's particularly excited to be coming to Wizard Con Philly 2014. "The fans who come always have a lot of energy," Lloyd said by phone. "They're very enthusiastic. They've seen me on film . . . and it's an opportunity for them to meet someone who was part of these films and have a few moments to exchange pleasantries. "A lot of people have grown up with some of these films - particularly the 'Back to the Future' series - and they're really happy to come talk to me. It's a great feeling.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE BIGGEST box-office debut of Angelina Jolie 's career propelled Disney's dark fairy tale "Maleficent" to a $70 million opening. The PG-rated fantasy beat forecasts to easily top all films over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. Though "Maleficent" was early on considered a risky endeavor for Disney that might turn away family audiences by retelling "Sleeping Beauty" from the villain's perspective, the film emerged as a hit largely because of the draw of Jolie.
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May 30, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
LIFE is cheap and the laughs are even cheaper in Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West," which actually undercounts the hazards of frontier life. There are in fact a million and one ways to perish - you can also die on screen, having made a two-hour comedy with only two good jokes in it. I know, you don't believe it, because you're a big "Family Guy" fan and because MacFarlane's "Ted" was so funny. But this movie is a misfire. It fails as a "Blazing Saddles"-style genre spoof, or even the gross-out comedy it too often becomes (a sheep pees in MacFarlane's face, Neil Patrick Harris has an extended bout of explosive diarrhea, a man dies from his own toxic fart)
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March 7, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29, FX, NatGeo and other Fox-affiliated channels. * RESURRECTION. 9 p.m. Sunday, 6ABC. A RECENT National Science Foundation survey of 2,200 Americans found that about one in four got this question wrong: "Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?" So if you're wondering why it was important for Fox - yes, Fox - to turn over a chunk of weekly prime time to science education in the form of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," a better question might be: Can 13 weeks possibly be enough?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* DADS. 8 p.m. today, Fox 29. * BROOKLYN NINE-NINE. 8:30 p.m. today, Fox 29.   ONE STEP forward, one step back: It used to be a popular dance move at Fox, which "balanced" smart shows with dreck to show that the "Married . . . With Children" network hadn't lost its edge. It's tempting to see a balancing act in the juxtaposition of "Dads" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which premiere tonight back-to-back. "Dads," whose producers include Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy")
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April 14, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
Tattle was so global this past week: Friday In China, "Django Unchained" was yanked from theaters the day after it opened. Perhaps the country had second thoughts about a story in which an angry slave turns on his dictatorial master. In England, Sir Paul McCartney was once again named the country's wealthiest musician. Thanks to his rich wife, Nancy Shevell , Sir Paul is now a billionaire. Thursday MTV canceled the reality TV series "BUCKWILD" after "star" Shain Gandee 's death.
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