People in Brief

MacFarlane

NEW YORK — “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane dismisses the notion that comedy has become more politically correct these days.

Instead, he blames some members of the press for exaggerating the situation.

“They are screaming that everyone else is angry when they’re not,” MacFarlane said. “I don’t buy it. I don’t think it’s real.”

“This is the only thing I agree with my Republican friends on,” he added.

MacFarlane feels there’s a disconnect from the perception that the media creates and the way people actually think.

The writer-actor has covered edgy topics for years and has amassed a large fan base for “Family Guy” and his film comedies.

“Most people are capable of deciphering comedic situations from actual offenses,” he said.

A few minutes later, his “Ted 2” co-star Morgan Freeman stopped and applauded MacFarlane for having “guts.”

“He just says, `Let’s push the envelope a bit and see what happens.’ He’s doing `Ted 2,’ that’s what happens,’ Freeman said with a smile.

But Freeman said not everyone can pull off edgy comedy without incident.

“If you’ve got a talent, if you are clever, you can. If you’re not, you can’t,” Freeman said.

MacFarlane and Freeman attended the world premiere of their new movie, “Ted 2.”

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A television remake of the movie “Dirty Dancing” scheduled to film in the Asheville area has been delayed.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that filming was to begin in the spring but has been postponed until late summer.

An application for a North Carolina film and entertainment grant says Lionsgate TV plans a three-episode television miniseries on ABC Networks. A summary from the form describes the production as “a night of singing and dancing.”

Lionsgate had planned to film in April and May. A company executive has asked for and received an extension on the $4 million grant, with filming expected to begin in August. John Valentine cited efforts to “lock down” creative elements of the project.

The 1987 movie starred Patrick Swayze was also filmed in western North Carolina.

Associated Press