In a summer that’s filled with giant robots and superheroes, Warner Brothers is hoping we all just want to get lost in Thailand. The Hangover Part II is scheduled for release May 26 and it features the original Wolf Pack -  Doug (Justin Bartha), Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zack Galifanakis) – taking a trip to Bangkok to celebrate Stu’s marriage to Jamie Chung. Then, as usual, things take a turn for the worst. Thanks to a bunch of set photos and cameo announcements, we’ve slowly been able to piece together some of the night and now with this video from Entertainment Tonight, we get our first look at footage from the Todd Phillips-directed movie. Check it out and more after the jump. Read More »

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With his appearance in Win Win getting great reviews out of Sundance, Paul Giamatti is all over the place this week. It’s always good to see the excellent actor getting attention, but his interviews this week have been more than good exposure. They’re the source of info about upcoming films including David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis and The Hangover Part II. Read More »

As a rule, I do my best to avoid comedy marketing. Trailers, stills, clip reels, all they do is ruin the best jokes in a movie and make the experience of watching the film less rewarding. With that warning, two new images from the highly-anticipated Todd Phillips sequel The Hangover Part II , have surfaced featuring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zack Galifianakis in Thailand. At first glance, these photos, which are below the jump, don’t look too revealing. Just your basic shots of three guys in some bad situations. But upon closer inspection there are surely things in these images that spoiler-avoiders like myself probably wouldn’t want to see. There’s nothing major, but the photos are kind of funny which means they ruin jokes. Decide for yourself then hit the jump. Read More »

Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.

Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.

After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »

Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender, who teamed once already for the excellent film Hunger, are gearing up to make Shame, about a man unable to manage his sex life. Now Carey Mulligan has joined the cast as the sister of Mr. Fassbender’s character. That’s all we’ve got right now, but the basic talent line-up and the subject matter, which seems to have a Palahniuk leaning, puts this high on my anticipated list for 2011. Shame shoots in New York in January. [Deadline]

After the break, more cast for The Hangover Part II and Spider-Man, as well as a star for the new series adapting novel series The Mortal Instruments. Read More »

‘The Hangover 2′ Official Plot Synopsis Released


Director Todd Phillips has been trying to keep plot details for The Hangover: Part II under wraps, but it seems every day more little bits leak out. Be it the Bangkok-location, the cameos that did happen and didn’t happen. On Tuesday, Warner Bros released their official 2011 preview kit, which is where that Sherlock Holmes II image came from. As part of the preview kit, they have released the first official plot synopsis for the comedy sequel. Hit the jump to check it out. Oh, and you can also click the image above to see the previously released production photo in high resolution.

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Film news is turning into a micro-reporting culture, so here’s word on two cameos (or, more properly, possible cameos) that have been shot for notable films. The first report puts Brad Pitt in a brief scene in the film Angelina Jolie wrote and is now directing.

Plus, there’s another big cameo report for The Hangover Part II. On the off chance that you haven’t seen it reported in ten other places already, we’ve kept the info out of the headline and after the break, so you can keep it a surprise if you want. (Good luck with that.) Read More »

Paul Giamatti Joining ‘The Hangover Part II’

Briefly: We just saw the new trailer for Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti, and now there’s word that he’s going to fly to Thailand to join the cast of The Hangover Part II under the direction of Todd Phillips. Great news as far as I’m concerned, as Mr. Giamatti can be a low-key comic wonder. We don’t have any information about what he might be playing in the film, but he can hold his own against whatever is thrown his way.

And that ‘whatever’ could come from the returning core cast of Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, or new cast members like Jamie Chung and Liam Neeson. I hope we don’t find out what Mr. Giamatti is doing in the film too early — there have been far too many details of this movie let loose as it is. [Deadline]

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