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Posts Tagged ‘Seth Macfarlane’

Teaser for ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Hints at Explicit Trailer

If you’re Seth MacFarlane, how do you get people to view your three minute long “restricted” trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West? You take out a Super Bowl ad claiming that you tried to show the trailer during the Super Bowl, but the powers that be decided it “wasn’t family friendly enough” and then direct viewers to your site for the “restricted” trailer. Not exactly an original method, but it’s worked in the past, and MacFarlane was never one for originality anyway.

MacFarlane’s Super Bowl spot, created in collaboration with Santa Monica production company Detour Films, also calls on Ted, the titular talking stuffed bear from his last movie (which, hey, I forgot existed), as a way of reminding fans of that movie that this is the same dude. The restricted trailer for MacFarlane’s new movie is, in fact, too explicit for television, thanks in large part to Sarah Silverman‘s role as a foul-mouthed prostitute, as well as MacFarlane’s own raunchy dialogue. That’s not to say that the Super Bowl teaser itself is wholesome by any means. Between Ted’s “Oh yeah, drunk before the kickoff: new record” line and the suggestion that a certain actor starring in A Million Ways to Die in the West has an abnormally large schmendrick, it stands out as one of the more explicit ads in a particularly tame Super Bowl.

MacFarlane’s new flick features a slew of A-list names, such as Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, and Giovanni Ribisi. The film is currently scheduled for a May 30th release from Universal Pictures. Stick around for the restricted trailer and credits after the jump. Read more

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We Finally Made it to SXSWi, Just Saw a Jimmy Fallon-Moderated Panel

Yes, folks, the eagle has finally landed, and later than expected. Following flight delays due to weather issues in Austin, we made it last night to the annual craziness that is SXSW. Due to said delays, we missed out on most of the panel sessions, but did manage to catch JWT’s “Messin’ with Texas” party at the Kung Fu Saloon on Rio Grande last night, and ran into folks you’d expect including the new North American CCO Jeff Benjamin and chief integration officer Mike Geiger. Here are a couple of images including one of the band Howler, which brought some brash punkiness to the party in the patio space outside.

After a pretty decent night’s rest (hey, we’d been up since 6am), our morning today was toplined by a panel discussion moderated by Jimmy Fallon, who joined forces with execs and athletes including Nike VP, digital sport Stefan Olander, VEVO GM Fred Santarpia, EVP and head of EA Sports Andrew Wilson, as well as track & field gold medalist Allyson Felix. The main topic of discussion was the new Nike+ FuelBand and how data and statistics play an important role in our sports and gaming activities. The highlight, though, occurred during the Q+A period, where an attendee challenged the late-night host to a foot race down the aisle to the exit and he readily obliged (and lost). Sorry for the grainy image (Fallon is on your far left), but the place was just about as packed as the Seth Macfarlane Film panel across the street at the Austin Convention Center. We’ll have more for you as the day progresses.