Seth MacFarlane

‘Blunt Talk’: Patrick Stewart + Seth MacFarlane + Jonathan Ames = A Mess of Mismatched Sensibilities

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Starz’s Blunt Talk, premiering Saturday, is one of those comedies that wants you to know upfront that it’s edgy — think Showtime’s canceled Happyish or FX’s hopefully soon-to-be-canceled Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll — instead of letting you come to that conclusion on your own. It isn’t terrible, exactly, but it tries too hard to sustain an entire series on “Patrick Stewart doing ‘bad’ and zany things!” even though that gimmick grows old before the pilot is over.
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‘Actually…’ Magazine Issue 2: More Proper Cultural Criticism for Serious Men

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It’s baaaaack! We know that serious men everywhere have been looking forward — with a mixture of enthusiasm and manly restraint — to the next issue of Actually… magazine, the publication that brings serious cultural criticism to a world that’s full of feminine fluff and liberal nonsense. Happily, there’s been a lot for the magazine’s editorial team to cover this month, so without further ado, here’s Volume 1, Issue 2. Read it and weep, SJW suckas.
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Dear Seth MacFarlane: Quit Your Day Job

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The reviews are in for Seth MacFarlane’s new comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, and they’re not pretty. But comedy is unpredictable — the best ones sneak up on you, and your film editor found himself laughing fairly frequently at MacFarlane’s Western send-up, which is something of a surprise, since I loathe Seth MacFarlane. I’m not sure I’ve ever managed to sit through an entire episode of Family Guy (to say nothing of its even-less-inspired knock-offs American Dad or The Cleveland Show), and he was one of the worst Oscar hosts in recent memory (which is one stiff competition). But his first feature film, Ted, was an unexpectedly likable and funny piece of summer fluff, and while his new film doesn’t quite measure up to that one, it confirms that he’d be wise to continue on the filmmaking path. Particularly if it means less time spent making terrible television shows.
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