Zach Galifianakis Circles Three New Projects


Just last week, Marshall Fine wrote an open letter to Zach Galifianakis that echoed what a lot of his long-time fans are probably thinking as The Hangover crosses the $200m mark. Basically: “Zach, please don’t screw this up.” Now the Hollywood Reporter has news that the comic is circling three different projects at Warner Brothers (in addition to the potential Hangover sequel), two of which don’t sound particularly compelling. As Galifianakis becomes the latest unlikely superstar, what’s his next move? Read More »


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Steve Mason has checked in with the Friday night box office estimates and The Hangover is heading for another win, with $10.2 million on Friday and $32 million weekend. Pixar’s Up added another $8.3 million on Friday and is heading for #2 with a $28.5 million 3-day. Sony’s The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 will likely end the weekend at #3, with an estimated $9 million on Friday, and $26 million 3-day. Full numbers available after the jump.

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Put aside, for a moment, the notion that a comedy like The Hangover really doesn’t need a sequel. The movie has performed spectacularly well, and will likely earn $200m this summer, wo sequel plans that Warner Brothers laid months ago are very likely going to come to fruition. Which means that director Todd Phillips and stars Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper are already fielding questions about it. What they suggest we can expect from The Hangover 2 is after the jump. Read More »

The Possibly True Story Behind The Hangover


After it took the top spot at the box office this weekend and enjoyed relatively good reviews to boot, everyone wants to talk about The Hangover. (The reviews are justified. We didn’t run one, for which I blame E3, but it’s a great comedy.) Some folks are persistently calling it a sleeper hit, which is absurd; as Jeff Wells points, out, it’s just a hit. Period. Todd Phillips took a mediocre script, seriously reworked it and worked with his producers to secure a solid, cheap trio to headline the project. The result is gold. But is it also true? Nikki Finke claims to have the scoop on the ‘real’ Hangover story. But that’s not even as interesting as what happened between script and screen. Read More »

Land of the Lost

Steve Mason has checked in with the Friday night box office estimates. Pixar’s Up might end up winning the weekend, adding another $13.5 Million on Friday for an estimated $45 Million 3-Day. The Hangover took in an estimated $17 Million on Friday, headed for #2 for the weekend with $44 Million. The real loser this week is Land of the Lost, which made an estimated $8 Million on Friday, and is expected to end the weekend with only $23 Million. The movie was made for over $100 million. Star Trek remains in the top five, while Drag Me To Hell falls to #6 in the film’s second weekend. Full Box office estimates after the jump.

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The Hangover Red Band Trailer


IGN has premiered a new red band trailer for The Hangover that is (a) quite funny and (b) wildly spoileriffic. Not every joke is given away by this clip, but a whole lot of the good stuff is egregiously teased, at least. The movie is almost a detective story, and for maximum effect it’s better to see a lot of these gags in context rather than chopped up in a trailer blender. But if you really can’t wait until Friday to see the latest from Todd Phillips (Old School) then we’ve got the clip after the jump. Read More »

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What you are about to see is requisite viewing and categorically real: scruffy snuggler and heavyweight comedian Zach Galifianakis interviewing Natalie Portman about her pooch. Other topics discussed on this rather hirsute (or is it?) edition of the très awkward talk show Between Two Ferns include the dilemmas of working with Wookiees and pet musk. And, cough, IMDB.

With Galifianakis set to become a big ole’ tabloid star with June’s The Hangover, we were a bit concerned if anyone would remember to feed his ferns.  Our worries were for naught. They have almost certainly been feasting on large children.
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The Hangover Red Band Preview

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Warner Bros has released a new red band “preview” from the upcoming Todd Phillips‘ comedy The Hangover. This uncensored clip is kinda weird — an amalgamation of scenes from the film, but not quite in the form of a traditional trailer, set to Mike Tyson singing a rendition of Phil Collin’s “In The Air Tonight”. I’ve embedded the red band preview after the jump.
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Over the last year, many names have been batted around for the title role in The Green Lantern, including Star Trek‘s Chris Pine and dorm-poster staple Ryan Gosling. According to a very confident-sounding Drew at HitFix, actor Bradley Cooper is now closer than any other dude to being a lock for the DC superhero and planned film franchise.

Those who pay attention to summer-buzz know that Cooper is lined-up for a breakout performance in June’s The Hangover, an R-rated comedy from Todd Phillips that is testing through the friggin’ roof. We’ve been predicting major things for the film for months. Moreover, a sequel has already been greenlit, which is quite rare for the genre. In the past, Cooper has done a lot of TV work (Alias, Kitchen Confidential, Nip/Tuck) and appeared in films like Yes Man. He’s a likable actor who seems geared for bigger “everyman”-type roles. But is he the ideal choice to play Hal Jordan? Commenters, mount up.

After Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) signed on to direct, Warner Bros. announced a $150 million budget for The Green Lantern, with shooting still set for July in Sydney, Australia. It’s obviously a decisive step for DC/WB coming off The Dark Knight, and it’ll be interesting to see how “serious” they go. With a face that will soon be more associated with comedy than action, we’ll be sure to update if Cooper becomes officially attached.