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Amanda Seyfriend joins Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

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From “Les Miserables” to… “A Million Ways to Die in the West”? Amanda Seyfried is looking for some lighter fare, if new reports are to be believed.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Seyfried is in talks for a role in Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming live action flick. She would join MacFarlane and Charlize Theron in the movie’s cast.

According to THR, “‘Million Ways’ follows a sheepish farmer who chickens out of a gunfight and sees his girlfriend leave him. When he meets a notorious outlaw’s wife (Theron) who offers to teach him how to shoot, the farmer sees a chance to win back his love.” Seyfried would play his girlfriend, though we’re guessing he ends up with Theron instead.

MacFarlane is starring in, directing and co-writing the project, which serves as his theatrical follow-up to the hit comedy “Ted.” “Million Ways” has been likened to “Blazing Saddles” as a “Western with contemporary humor, with one undercurrent being just how dangerous and painful life really was in the late 1800s.”

Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild co-wrote the script with MacFarlane. Media Rights Capital and Scott Stuber will produce the project. It’s slated for a summer 2013 release date, though that seems a little unlikely.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Seth MacFarlane stars in a “Psycho” Oscars promo

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The Oscars might be weeks away, but Seth MacFarlane is already killing it as an Academy Awards host. He’s released yet another promo, but this one goes the classic route.

“I’m Seth MacFarlane, and I’ll be hosting the Oscars this year, where we’ll be celebrating all your favorite films — like ‘Psycho,'” he says in the above video, which then launches into a hilarious skit of him being the only other guest at the Bates Motel the night Marion Crane is murdered.

MacFarlane is at his best when he’s performing skits, so hopefully this promo is a sign of what’s to come Oscar night. Or maybe he’ll just continue spoofing our favorite classic films in the weeks leading up to the February 24 awards show. Either way, the more we get, the better.

“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” MacFarlane said in a press release. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.”

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Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar promos bode well for the Academy Awards

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Seth MacFarlane is going to make one hell of an Oscars host. As he proved when he and Emma Stone announced the Oscar nominees, the “Family Guy” creator is charming in person and is charismatic on stage. That’s likely why the Academy Awards promos released are so good. After all, MacFarlane doesn’t need to do a Peter Griffin or Stewie impression to be funny.

Here are the promos:

Our favorites are the one where he claims Daniel Day-Lewis is doing an impression of him (after all, Day-Lewis really is that good) and the one where he told parents to ask their kids when he announced who he was. At least he’s taking the gig seriously like he promised in a statement after his hosting duties were announced.

“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” MacFarlane said in a press release. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.”

The Academy Awards will air on February 24, 2013.

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