Bradley Cooper to Play Mack Bolan for Todd Phillips

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Technically, Bradley Cooper already has an action franchise in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. But that one really only makes use of his voice. Now he’s booked a series that’ll utilize the rest of him.

Cooper is set to reunite with his Hangover director Todd Phillips for a Mack Bolan movie, based on the series of books by Don Pendleton. It’s a major step forward for the project, which has been in development for about 40 years. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Rupert Wyatt Could Direct Mark Wahlberg in ‘The Gambler’

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As filmmakers go, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, and Rupert Wyatt are pretty damn different. However, they do have one project in common: The Gambler.

A few years back, Scorsese was set to direct the remake of the 1974 film, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to play the lead. He fell off at some point, and last year The Hangover helmer Phillips entered talks to take over the project. That didn’t pan out either. Now Wyatt and Mark Wahlberg are reportedly eyeing the project. Star Trek 3 it isn’t, but it sounds like an exciting next step for Wyatt nonetheless. Hit the jump for all the details.

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The Hangover Part III isn’t much of a comedy. It wants to be funny (I think) but there are stretches without even an attempt at a joke. It’s closer to a hallucinogenic drama, decorated occasionally with an bloom of laughter. There are wild moments, but compared to the first two movies this one pushes the needle towards a different form of “outrageous.” (The most conventionally extreme jokes come when a mid-credits stinger scene goes straight for what viewers of the second film jeered: a flat-out reprise of the scenario from the original film.)

The focus this time is Zach Galifianakis as the damaged, nearly deranged Alan. Entitled and abusive, Alan is domineering at home and ever more reckless in the wild. His grossly disastrous attempt to domesticate a giraffe leads to horror at home; soon his wolf pack “friends” from the previous two films unite to stage an intervention. The Hangover Part III doesn’t go very far with the intervention idea, because further trouble takes precedence. A gangster once robbed by Lesley Chow (Ken Jeong) coerces the guys into tracking Chow, and life goes off the rails once more.

Director Todd Phillips, who co-wrote with Craig Mazin, seems stuck halfway between two extremes. On one side there’s a super-dark movie about mental illness; on the other there’s an Id-indulging comedy. In a way that is almost perversely appropriate for a film series about hijacked plans, The Hangover Part III never gets close to either point.

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Four years after The Hangover blew up their careers in a big way, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are circling back to close that chapter of their careers once and for all. Or at least until Warner Bros. realize these movies are still making a ton of money and they need to make more of them.

A new red-band trailer has dropped for The Hangover Part III, the last planned installment of the comedy franchise. As always, red-band means NSFW, so take a look around before you hit the jump to check it out.

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Today’s Sequel Bits veers from deeply romantic to adorably funny to bone-chillingly creepy. After the jump:

  • Star Trek and Kick-Ass 2 get rated by the MPAA
  • Todd Phillips is pretty sure Hangover II is brilliant
  • The producers of Paranormal 4 are getting sued
  • Chris Pine chats about Kirk’s self doubt in Star Trek
  • See more Celine and Jesse pics from Before Midnight
  • See posters for Monsters University and V/H/S/2

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After months of radio silence regarding The Hangover Part III, now it seems like you can close your eyes without a glimpse at the Wolfpack. Commercials, posters, stills and now Warner Bros. has released a second trailer, which finally reveals the story behind the epic conclusion of the blockbuster comedy trilogy.

Seems Chow (Ken Jeong) stole a lot of money from John Goodman‘s character and only four men can find him: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and, maybe, Justin Bartha. Check it out below. Read More »

While most blockbuster Summer movies release their first trailer months, maybe even a year, in advance, it’s oddly appropriate that The Hangover Part III has waited so long. Phil, Alan, Doug and Stu are pretty much always late, aren’t they?

The final installment in Todd Phillipsmassively success franchise opens May 24, just 11 short weeks from now. Once again Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha are in trouble and, in the first trailer below, you can get a hint of exactly what that means this time around. Read More »

Until we know who’ll really get to direct the new Star Wars, there’s no harm in fantasizing about people who clearly won’t, right? On a recent episode of Conan, the late-night host imagined what a Star Wars VII directed by Wes Anderson or Todd Phillips might be like. After seeing them, I have to say, I’m almost sorry that neither of them are actually up for the job.

Meanwhile, you can add Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino to the “I’m good, thanks” list, and Kevin Smith shares his hopes for the new trilogy. Hit the jump to continue reading.

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