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Mark Wahlberg and Ted to Present at the Oscars

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Universal, Sequels, Comedy, Awards,

Ted and Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg and Ted will present an award together at the Oscars.

The 41-year-old actor will be joined on stage at the Academy Awards later this month by the teddy bear - his Ted co-star - and producers have joked Mark only got the job thanks to Ted.

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

Ted added he was excited but worried about how to pronounce some of the names, such as Quvenzhane Wallis, the nine-year-old actress who has been nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in Beasts Of The Southern Wild: "I'm excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg. I'm spending the next month learning to pronounce 'Quvenzhane,'" he joked.

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Box Office Breakdown: Bourne Takes Down the Dark Knight

Jeremy Renner in 'The Bourne Legacy'

With a little help from the Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign, the latest Bourne film -- which sees Jeremy Renner replace Matt Damon in the starring role -- The Bourne Legacy was able to make its way past The Dark Knight Rises to the top of the box office this past weekend with $40.2 million.

Ferrell's political comedy debuted in second place with $27.4 million, bumping last week's number one, The Dark Knight Rises, to number three with $19.5 million. The Meryl Streep romantic comedy Hope Springs debuted at number four with $15.6 million while Diary of Wimpy Kid: Dog Days slipped two spots to number five with $8.2 million.

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Total Recall is No Match for Batman

The Dark Knight Rises

It sure looks like no one is stopping the Batman anytime soon.

Christopher Nolan's final installment of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, continues its reign at the box office, taking in $36.4 million in its third weekend. The Total Recall remake and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days debuted, respectively, at number two and three with $26 million and $14.7 million. Ice Age: Continental Drift was bumped down two spots to number four with $8.4 million while The Watch also fell two spots to number five with $6.3 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Dark Knight Rises Above Predecessor

The Dark Knight Rises

Despite the tragedy that occurred in Aurora, Colorado early Friday morning, The Dark Knight Rises still managed to succeed The Dark Knight in its opening weekend record with $160.8 million.

The animated family film Ice Age: Continental Drift fell from its number one spot with $20.4 million while Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man dropped to the number three spot in its third week with $10.8 million. Seth MacFarlane's big screen debut, Ted, took in $10.1 million, securing the number four spot, and the latest Disney/Pixar film Brave dipped one more spot to round out the top five with $6 miilion.

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Box Office Breakdown: Spider-Man Nabs Top Spot

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

While it may not have done as well as its predecessor, the latest Spider-Man movie installment, The Amazing Spider-Man, still managed to earn the number one spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated $65 million.

Following the superhero adaptation came Ted - last week's number one - which pulled in $32.5 million. The latest Disney/Pixar vehicle, Brave, stayed static at number three with $20.1 million while Oliver Stone's Savages debuted at number four with $16.1 million. Rounding out the top five was Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, which dropped three spots from number two with $15.6 million.

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Mark Wahlberg: Ted is ‘Seth MacFarlane on Steroids’

Ted posterMark Wahlberg says his latest movie Ted is like "Seth MacFarlane on steroids."

The 41-year-old star plays John Bennett - a grown man whose teddy bear comes to life when he is younger and never leaves his side - in the comedy movie, and the actor admits the Family Guy creator, who wrote, produced and stars as the titular character in the film, "pushes the envelope" with the motion picture's comical content.

"I think with Ted, people will not be disappointed, it's like Seth MacFarlane on steroids. It really is. I saw Family Guy and I thought, 'Wow, he's getting away with some of that stuff in a cartoon.' But now a feature film, Rated R, he pushes the envelope - there's nobody he doesn't offend either, everyone is fair game. I was down with singing and dancing on something like that."

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Seth MacFarlane: Mark Wahlberg is Versatile

Seth MacFarlane and Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg is an "extraordinarily versatile" actor, according to Ted director Seth MacFarlane.

The action star has taken on a comedy role in the new movie where he plays a grown man reunited with a life-size version of his treasured childhood teddy bear, Ted, who quickly starts to come between him and his girlfriend (Mila Kunis) and Seth was impressed with Mark's range.

"There's not much he can't do. He's extraordinarily versatile. It's always surprising because he's such a humble guy who's not showy about it. He'll just very quietly come onto the set and do anything you throw at him and do it brilliantly. Mark's character has to pull the audience into this reality in a way that makes it seem like not that big a deal. He has to be able to talk to an empty space with the comfort that would show he was talking to another live actor and Mark just knocked that out of the park," he told Empire.

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Kelli Anderson’s twist on reality and generating creativity from TED

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Design, Videos,

Imagine a piece of paper that could play sounds, solar powered popscicles, or the New York Times being optimistic. What do these things have in common? Nothing really, apart from the general constraints of our perception of our reality. We all know that paper isn’t audible and is instead flat and used for printing and writing. However, are the rules that we follow also holding us back from our own creativity? Check out this video from TED, as Kelli Anderson from isnorenaked.com (that’s Kelli Anderson rearranged) gives reality a twist!

Zach Weiner Speaks

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Conventions,

SMBCAre you familiar with the TED Conference where all the world’s smarties get together and speechify about the future?

If I were going to a TED event this year, I know which one I’d attend. And so should you.

Zach Weiner, the creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, one of the best and most successful webcomics, is going to be a featured speaker at TEDx, at Carnegie Mellon University on March 4.

What’s TEDx? It’s “a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

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Family Guy Creator to Direct Mark Wahlberg … and a Teddy Bear

Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane, best known for doing almost all of the voices on (and being the creator of) Family Guy, will make his directorial debut in an upcoming film named Ted.

Here’s the rub: he’ll be directing Mark Wahlberg and a man-sized teddy bear. (And no, Ted isn’t a sequel to The Other Guys.)

Ted follows a Bostonian (Wahlberg) who wishes his teddy bear could come to life while still a young boy. The wish actually comes true, and the two stay pals as the years roll by -- but adult teddy bears, apparently, don’t make such great roommates.

MacFarlane, of course, will voice the implausible character (and we’re talking about the teddy bear).

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