Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Miles Teller‘s had a bit of bad luck lately. Fantastic Four was an epic flop, The Divergent Series: Allegiant inspired thinkpieces about the death of YA, and the long-delayed Get a Job looks poised to sink without a trace this weekend. Fortunately, his next new film looks like it could get him back on the right track.
Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), War Dogs stars Teller and Jonah Hill as two 20something stoners who score a $30 million contract from the U.S. government to arm the Afghan military. Which sounds kind of far-fetched, except that War Dogs is based on an all-too-true story. The first War Dogs trailer has just hit, and you can check it out after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Todd Phillips‘ next project, Arms and Dudes, opens in theaters next summer. Phillips hasn’t directed a non-Hangover film since 2010’s Due Date, and he’s taking on slightly different material with this Jonah Hill and Miles Teller-headlined picture.
After the jump, see more Arms and Dudes photos.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Aloha was a rare stumble for Bradley Cooper, but now he’s dusting himself off and pressing forward with another intriguing project. Cooper and Todd Phillips are teaming up for Ghost Army, a World War II adventure based on real events.
The title refers not to a squadron of lost dead souls, but to a special unit assigned to trick the enemy into believing the U.S. troops were much larger and stronger than they were. More on the Bradley Cooper Ghost Army project after the jump. Read More »
The Dan Simmons novel Hyperion, along with its companion/second-half novel The Fall of Hyperion, is one of the great modern works of science fiction. With a story of seven characters on a pilgrimage to enter a time-warped tomb, the story adopts the structure of the Canterbury Tales to weave together disparate genres, the influence of poetry by John Keats, and far-flung science fiction concepts.
Bradley Cooper has wanted to adapt Hyperion for many years; some time ago he even lobbied to get the gig writing the script. Now he, along with Graham King and Todd Phillips, is producing a Hyperion TV series for Syfy. Read More »
Todd Phillips is working on his first film since The Hangover III, and it stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as a pair of American guys who exploit a legal loophole to get rich via military contracts. Things naturally get out of hand, and Arms and the Dudes follows the two as they land a deal to provide arms to the Afghan military — something they’re woefully unprepared to handle. Now Phillips has shared a few Arms and the Dudes images. That’s Hill, above, and you can see a few others below. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
At some point, it’s going to be easier to name the movies that haven’t been adapted for TV. The latest film to get swept up in the big-screen-to-small-screen trend is Limitless, the 2011 sci-fi thriller. Bradley Cooper is set to executive produce the show for CBS, along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
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Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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