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Seth McFarlane gets really in character for “Ted”


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When Seth McFarlane gets in character for a role, he gets in character.

No, we aren’t trying to say that the “Family Guy” creator became a Furry or anything like that while he was prepping for his role in “Ted.” But a new Funny or Die video shows us that he did act in every scene that his CGI character appears in. We just won’t actually see him in the finished cut.

“I would be off camera performing with Mark or Mila or whoever. We were doing it all live so we could improvise or embellish in spots,” McFarlane said in the featurette. “Nobody’s really used that technology yet for traditional character comedy.”

Mark Wahlberg added, “It was good because we were still kind of playing off each other quite a bit.”

That likely could get weird at times, especially with Ted’s tendency to be vulgar and foul-mouthed. But with McFarlane being who he is, he likely enjoyed those scenes more than anything else in the movie.

“Yes, actually I did hump the cash register. I humped the cash register, pantomimed fellatio, you know. That’s the kind of progressive, left wing guy I am,” he said with a laugh. If there’s got to be a man to do it, we’re glad that it’s him.

We like the idea of “Ted” even more now that we know that McFarlane did all the motion capture for his character. We might not ever see him as himself in a film (or TV show), but this seems pretty darn close to the real deal.

“Ted” hits theaters this Friday.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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