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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Seth MacFarlane Talks 'Family Guy' Movie & Oscar Contest

Seth MacFarlane recently went to UCLA as a guest professor. While there in front of aspiring filmmakers, he announced that students across the country are eligible for a new contest, that could have them on stage at the next Academy Awards, handing out Oscars.

MacFarlane went there as part a of UCLA and MtvU stand in series, where successful filmmakers speak to the next generation of students interested in pursuing a career in the film industry.

While he was there, some students during a Q&A asked, would Family Guy ever be a movie? He revealed that the film is basically a sure thing.

“It’s just a matter of when,” MacFarlane said. “It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time; I think that’s why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.” He then went on to say, “We do know what the Family Guy movie will be. The Simpsons movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could’ve done on TV. There could’ve been an episode that had that plotline,” he said. “That’s the challenge with animation. You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV.”

When asked what the movie will be about MacFarlane pulled back revealing that he said too much. “I can’t tell you what that is.”

With the success of MacFarlane’s crass stuffed bear movie Ted, he’d probably do what ever he wants for the Family Guy movie.

On another note, down below is the full announcement for the contest:

MtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, today announced that comedian, writer, producer and this year’s host of the Oscars®, Seth MacFarlane, is the newest guest professor on the network’s ongoing, Emmy®-nominated “Stand In” series. mtvU followed MacFarlane as he travelled to the University of California Los Angeles campus to stun a class full of students during Professor Denise Mann’s “Overview of Contemporary Film Industry” course.

During the class, MacFarlane announced “The Oscar Experience College Search” presented by The Academy and mtvU, a national search for the next generation of Oscar hopefuls. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more – are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.

“In re-imagining what we want the Oscar show to be, we wanted everyone appearing on that stage to feel a deep commitment to film and its legacy, and most importantly, its future,” said telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “That was the impetus in creating this special honor for young film students who will inspire a new generation to create the films that will be honored in the future.”

The Oscar Experience College Search will be featured on The Academy’s Facebook page and will run through January 19, 2013. To enter, college students need to demonstrate they’re destined for the Oscars by completing the Academy’s entry form and uploading a video answering the question: How will you contribute to the future of movies? The producers of this year’s Awards show will ultimately pick a minimum of six winners, who will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in the 85th Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“For a film student to go to the Oscars and be a part of presenting is a huge break,” said MacFarlane.

MacFarlane’s “Stand In” will premiere on mtvU to more than 750 college campuses nationwide and on-demand at mtvU.com beginning December 10 at 10 a.m. ET/PT.

MacFarlane is the latest cultural luminary to participate in mtvU’s “Stand In” series. Each edition of the program features a guest professor teaching a class unique to his or her experience and background. Previous participants include Madonna, Kanye West, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, John Legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Russell Simmons, author Tom Wolfe, rapper Nas, Senator John McCain and Sting.

MacFarlane wrote, directed and provided the voice for the title character in the feature film “Ted,” which has grossed over $500 million worldwide, making it the top-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. He is an Emmy Award winner and all-around entertainer best known as the creative force behind the television series ”Family Guy.” MacFarlane also serves as executive producer, writer and voice actor on the animated series “American Dad!” which he co-created, and is currently executive producing “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” a 13-part series updating Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science.

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