He said the only gambling advice he received before going to Sin City was “Always bet on Blart” — a suggestion he dubbed “impractical.”
That wasn’t the only reference to the tagline from the critically derided (but commercially successful) “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”
When Amy Schumer followed MacFarlane to debut a trailer from her upcoming comedy “Trainwreck,” she urged the crowd to applaud “one more time for Seth’s Paul Blart joke.”
It was edgy humor given that the exhibition community gathered at the Caesars Palace Colosseum is more interested in putting butts in seats than it is in screening films that are candidates for the Criterion Collection. However, it’s in keeping with the three hard R-rated comedies that Universal Pictures teased — “Ted 2,” “Trainwreck,” and the Amy Poehler/Tina Fey team-up “Sisters” — all of which look certain to atomize several sacred cows.
“‘Ted 2’ is a movie you can take the whole family to if your whole family is over 18 and addicted to drugs,” MacFarlane told the audience.
Pot smokers will love his comedy, he said, urging exhibitors to remember that people with munchies buy more popcorn.
“If someone wants to toke up before the movie, maybe don’t be such a dick about it,” he said.
“Ted 2” presents a more mature version of the titular bear, a man who is interested in becoming a parent, MacFarlane said. There was little evidence of an older and wiser Ted in the very red-band trailer that showed Thursday. It included a sequence in which Ted and Mark Wahlberg’s character break into Tom Brady’s mansion in order to get him to be a sperm donor. The NFL superstar wakes up before Wahlberg can give him a hand job, but does toss Ted out of his second-floor window with “a perfect spiral.”
Schumer tried to up the ante in her remarks, comparing herself to a garden gnome and marveling that the “Trainwreck” director didn’t cast Kate Upton in the lead role over his more unconventional-looking leading lady.
She closed by asking anyone in the audience with coke to find her at the CinemaCon awards show on Thursday night.
Neither Fey nor Poehler were on hand to hawk “Sisters,” a comedy about two middle-aged siblings who have an out-of-control house party. That task fell to director Jason Moore, who made much of the film’s Dec. 18 release date.
“We’re opening on the same weekend as another little comedy called ‘Star Wars,'” joked Moore. “It’s called counterprogramming.”