June 28, 2012 |
Ted, the foul-mouthed animated star of Friday's R-rated buddy comedy of the same name, may smoke more marijuana than "Family Guy's" Peter Griffin, but the two sound awfully similar. Of course, both are voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane, so it's easy to understand why they are so alike. Or is it? MacFarlane also voices "Family Guy's" baby Stewie, the dog Brian, and the next-door neighbor Quagmire, and all three have completely different accents. MacFarlane said he tried to find a voice for Ted that would be distinct from Griffin's Rhode Island dialect, but was challenged by the task from the beginning.
December 3, 1998 |
* The former cha-ching guy from the Rally's commercials now plays Oz, the teenage werewolf on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and appears in the film "Enemy of the State." Movie Monster: We tend to work late hours on Fridays on "Buffy," but occasionally I have a Friday off and I'll go see whatever movie just came out. I see everything that comes out. I'll go wherever it's playing, since some films only play at certain theaters.
January 26, 1996 |
Carl Alexander Faber, popular psychologist and UCLA educator who wrote a book about relationships titled "On Listening," has died. He was 60. Faber died Monday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his daughter, Jollee, said Wednesday. In private practice in Westwood for more than 30 years, Faber lectured widely and taught classes intermittently at UCLA.
September 20, 2007 |
MacFarlane is the naughtily ingenious creator of Fox's animated sitcom "Family Guy," which returns for its sixth season this Sunday, one week before the return of his other Sunday night, boundary-stretching cartoon, "American Dad." The 33-year-old Kent, Conn., native stopped slaving over his cels long enough to chat about his love of show tunes and fueling the rage of would-be censors. I understand the "Family Guy" season premiere will be an hourlong "Star Wars" spoof. The power goes out in the Griffins' house and they're looking to entertain themselves, so Peter tells them the story of "Star Wars."
August 3, 2009 |
What is the funniest TV show on that you're not involved with? Bill Maher [HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher"]. It's the most unexpected, consistently surprising, the most incisive in every way. It's the only show I watch that gets me laughing out loud. What show really needs some Emmy love? How about "The Simpsons"? They did try to submit in the comedy category in the '90s and suffered from doing it in an era of juggernaut comedies like "Friends" and "Seinfeld" and "Cheers" and whatnot.
January 3, 1987 |
A reader named Chris wrote that in his grandfather's attic he found a paper American Express card. He wanted to know if it was old or valuable. We talked to the archivist at American Express and learned that the very first American Express credit card was issued Oct. 1, 1958. It was made of paperboard. More than 500,000 were issued by the end of the year, each for a fee of $6. On May 1, 1959, the paper was replaced with a purple plastic card that was used for the next 10 years.