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January 11, 2013 | By John Horn
If Seth MacFarlane was using Thursday's Academy Awards nominations announcement as a test-run for his Oscar show hosting patter, he might consider changing directions. Fast.  Early reviews of MacFarlane's jokes were strongly negative, with many critics saying the “Ted” and “Family Guy” maker favored insults over insights and belittled entire swaths of the creative community. Rather than MacFarlane's coming across as amiable, the naysayers found him arrogant and nasty.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
If not Seth, who? With Seth MacFarlane's tweeted announcement  that he would not be returning as host of the Academy Awards after his controversial but highly rated turn earlier this year, the question becomes "Who next?" Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will have quite a challenge. The motion picture academy continues to strive for a certain respectful solemnity with a fizzy nod to old-school Hollywood glamour while also needing to attract younger viewers, grooming the next generation of Oscar watchers.
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February 25, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Love him or hate him (and many of you hated him), there are some pretty strong opinions surrounding Seth MacFarlane's first-time gig as host of the Oscars on Sunday night. The “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” creator has been labeled racist, sexist and homophobic -- and those are just the printable criticisms. Times TV critic Mary McNamara wrote in her review of the show , “As expected, MacFarlane was occasionally crude and mildly offensive; unfortunately, he wasn't very funny.
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April 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Did "Family Guy" really predict the horrific Boston Marathon bombings in an episode that aired last month? No, but that's the latest hoax making the rounds on the Internet a day after the tragedy. The carefully edited clip that supposedly supports this theory got so much exposure that "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane himself took to Twitter to denounce it. "The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent," he wrote . "The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.
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February 25, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
So where's Clint Eastwood when you need him? Sure, he hijacked Mitt Romney's convention with his bizarre soliloquy, a man and his chair. But the moment was spontaneous, surprising and captivating in the can't-turn-away fashion of an impending train wreck. Most of Sunday night's interminable Oscars ceremony consisted of seriously unfunny jokes, painful repartee and a parade of otherwise talented actors forced to read from stilted scripts like benumbed captives in a hostage video.
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March 23, 2011 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
With three prime-time animated series to his name and a feature film in the works, Seth MacFarlane doesn't seem like someone who has a lot of free time to indulge in personal side projects. But as devoted fans of his Fox comedies know, it takes a lot to keep MacFarlane away from a microphone and a big-band musical number. On Saturday, MacFarlane is set to perform a concert of big-band songs, primarily from the '40s and '50s, at Club Nokia in downtown L.A. The evening will feature 14 numbers, many of them seldom performed, including "It's Anybody's Spring," "Anytime, Anywhere" and "You're the Cream in My Coffee.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Now that Seth MacFarlane has tweeted that he simply can't find the time to host the Oscars again, is it too early to say: "Tina Fey, come on down!" "I think that's too hard," Fey tells The Times over the phone, when asked if she'd take the job. "Too many dresses to try on. " Really, Tina? You're going to go with the whole degree-of-difficulty dress thing as your primary reason to dodge the high-profile opportunity to flaunt your charm and talents in front of an audience of tens of millions of people?
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June 27, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
The scene could be right out of an episode of "Family Guy. " A man wearing a turban orders at the deli counter of Beverly Hills' famous eatery Nate 'n Al. An older gentleman pushes a walker into the restaurant's doorway, while two yarmulke-wearing boys are greeted with a "Shalom" by the Hispanic hostess. The only thing missing is Quahog, R.I.'s most famous resident, Peter Griffin, uttering some obliviously offensive statement about one of the patrons. Yet Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the proudly politically incorrect Fox animated series and the new R-rated movie comedy"Ted," slid into a booth on a recent afternoon without even a passingly inappropriate peep.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2009 | By Scott Collins
Seth MacFarlane, 36, created "Family Guy," Fox's animated sitcom, which this year became the first cartoon series nominated for a prime-time Emmy since "The Flintstones" in 1961. Fox just released the DVD "Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side," a follow-up to the 2007 "Blue Harvest" episode that spoofed the "Star Wars" franchise. Why do an extended "Star Wars" parody? Everybody knows "Star Wars" -- at least, everybody in our audience. And Lucasfilm is probably the only company out there right now that is progressive enough to allow this.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2010
EVENTS An evening with Bob Newhart Executive Director Robert Santelli interviews the comedy legend about his 50-year career in show business. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $20. (213) 765-6800. www.grammymuseum.org. Seth MacFarlane The creator of animated hits "Family Guy" and "American Dad" will speak about his work at the William S. Paley Television Festival. Producers, writers and stars of the shows, including Mila Kunis from "Family Guy" will join him. Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd.
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