Seth MacFarlane

SXSW 2014: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Hopes and Challenges of Revisiting ‘Cosmos’

AUSTIN, TX: Over the past couple of years, as an indication not just of the festival’s expanding scope but the sheer high quality of the medium’s current offerings, more and more television has made its way onto the SXSW Film Festival’s slate. This year’s “Episodic” sidebar includes premieres of several new shows, including a plum opening night slot for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Carl Sagan’s beloved miniseries, again co-written by his widow Ann Druyan, and hosted by the Internet’s favorite scientist, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. … Read More

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25 Years of Oscar Hosts, Ranked

The perceived success of Oscar night hinges on many factors — how dull the speeches are, how interminable the musical numbers are, whether Debbie Allen is involved, etc. — but no element, it seems, is more important than the host. A good Oscar host has to be something of a miracle worker: they keep the show moving, react spontaneously to whatever clusterfucks occur (and they always do), rib the royalty but only gently, and make the night edgy enough for home viewers, but not too edgy for the Cryptkeepers in the audience. Many have tried, but only a few have succeeded, so in anticipation of Ellen Degeneres’ second run at the job, we’ve ranked every Oscar host from the last 25 ceremonies (save 1989, which had no host). … Read More

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Here’s the Red-Band Trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

His Fox comedies are unwatchable and his Oscar ceremony was a travesty, but even a non-fan like this one… Read More

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‘NY Post’ Wants to Know: What’s With All the Ladies at the Golden Globes?

It is increasingly rare, in this day and age, to observe stark, raw, pure sexism in the pages of a major metropolitan newspaper. Oh, it’s there, don’t get me wrong — but writers and editors usually have the good sense to filter it through obfuscating language and rhetorical devices, leaving readers to dig out the subtext themselves. And that’s what’s sort of remarkable about Kyle Smith’s New York Post review of the Golden Globes, which became yesterday’s essential hate-read: this shit is pure as the driven snow. This is uncut. If it were cocaine, it’d be sitting in a mountainous pile on Tony Montana’s desk. … Read More

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Seth MacFarlane’s New Animated Series ‘Bordertown’ Coming to Fox

Seth MacFarlane has a new animated series coming to Fox. The Family Guy creator will be executive producing collaborator… Read More

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A Selection of Celebrities Who Just Couldn’t Take a Joke

By now, even those of us who tend to ignore petty celebrity gossip have read a headline that goes something like, “Taylor Swift: to hell with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler?’” And then we had to see what could possibly have prompted this response to a pair of beloved comedians whose recent stint hosting the Golden Globes earned them seemingly universal praise. Both expressed shock, and even a little regret, that Swift had taken their lighthearted jab her love life to heart — and, in the end, they looked nothing but courteous and witty, while the singer came of as whiny. But at least the debacle was fairly amusing, as it tends to be when famous people insist on taking themselves too seriously. After the jump, we’ve rounded up a few more entertaining exchanges that ensued when celebrities just couldn’t take a joke. … Read More

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The Faint Silver Lining Around MacFarlane and The Onion’s Ugly Oscar Jokes

Here are the premises of some of Seth MacFarlane’s jokes during last night’s Oscar ceremony: People from other countries are often hard to understand. Black people, even movie stars, all look alike. Jewish people run Hollywood. Naggy women just can’t let stuff go. Women will often make themselves sick in order to be thin. You can ogle the nude scenes of even our most respected and awarded female actors. And even nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is a future George Clooney conquest. Meanwhile, after the show, whoever was writing The Onion’s Twitter feed thought it’d be funny to satirically call that nine-year-old the name that most of us would politely refer to as “the c-bomb.” … Read More

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The Good, the Bad, and the Boring: The Best Reactions to Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar Performance

When we learned that Seth MacFarlane would be hosting the Oscars, the 14-year-old boys of America cheered while cinephiles who didn’t care for the Family Guy creator’s trademark sexist and racist humor rolled their eyes. MacFarlane’s actual performance was just as divisive, with reactions ranging from “better than James Franco” to, “Really? A song about boobs?” Our host was well aware that he would face heavy criticism from all the people who shudder at the sound of Peter Griffin’s voice, so he threw in a lot to chew on: an array of original musical numbers, flash-forward jokes with William Shatner, an appearance by his own CGI creation, Ted. So, how did he fare? We’ve rounded up some of this morning’s best takes, from critics to Twitter. … Read More

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