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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Over the past decade, Todd Phillips has built himself a comfortable niche as the director of lucrative R-rated comedies. While he came out of the gate with confrontational documentary Hated, his first non-documentary feature was Road Trip, followed by Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, Due Date, and the two Hangover films — three if you count next year’s installment. But it seems the filmmaker’s now eager to try something completely different.

Phillips has just entered talks to direct The Gambler, Paramount’s remake of the 1974 drama starring James Caan. He takes over for Martin Scorsese, who was once attached to helm with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. More details after the jump.

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Something about this pre-holiday week has set sequel news on fire, and there are news bites about sequels of just about every possible variation. In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Oops, CBS reported a Big Lebowski sequel that does not, and will not exist
  • The Expendables 2 gets a tie-in video game
  • Think Like a Man gets a follow-up movie
  • The Bourne Legacy producer hopes the next installment might bring together Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner
  • Todd Phillips says the third Hangover is really the last
  • Peter Berg doesn’t rule out the possibility of Hancock 2 just yet.

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Earlier this year there was a rundown of films that Todd Phillips (the two Hangover movies, Old School, Due Date) might direct next. Phillips is already set to do a third Hangover movie for Warner Bros., and his production company has a first-look deal with the studio. One of the possible films was described as: Mule, adapted from Tony D’Souza‘s novel “about a young couple that turns to drug trafficking to scratch a living during the recession.” At the time, WB and Phillips were looking to hire a writer.

Now two writers have been hired, and they’re somewhat surprising. Mark and Jay Duplass, who wrote and directed films like The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, and Jeff Who Lives at Home, will script for Phillips to direct. Read More »

HBO’s Eastbound and Down will conclude its third and final season this weekend, but star Danny McBride‘s love affair with dark comedy lives on. McBride is set to write, produce, and star in Clown, Warner Bros.’ remake of the Danish film Klovn. Todd Phillips is lined up to produce, which seems all too appropriate given that Klovn has been widely compared to Phillips’ The Hangover. Also producing will be Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, who created the original sitcom on which the film was based. More details after the jump.

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JJ Abrams loves his secrecy. There may not be a filmmaker alive who hates spoilers and set photos more than the Bad Robot director. So what happens when a bunch of set photos leak out of Star Trek 2? JJ Abrams orders a massive blockade to prevent the view of photographers on public property. The photo above is of part of 30 large shipping containers which are strung together to create a privacy wall for the Star Trek 2 set.

After the jump we have a ton of new sequel news bits including:

  • An update on when we can expect Ghostbusters 2 on Blu-ray
  • Why Hangover 3 Will Be The Last in the comedy film series
  • How Kick-Ass 2 Will focus completely on the villains
  • Randy Couture Hints at plans for The Expendables 3

All this and more, after the jump.

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Project X, released last Friday, got some people angry, but Warner Bros. isn’t among those irritated by the teen party movie. The low-budget film is considered a success with $21m earned so far, and the studio and producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver are already putting together plans for a sequel.

Michael Bacall (story and co-writer on the first movie) is working on a sequel treatment with Matt Drake. They started that work before the film was released, and in the wake of its success are moving forward. Until that’s handed in we’re not likely to get any more info, including whether or not any of the main cast (Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown) will return, or if the sequel would focus on different kids. [THR]

After the break, The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard talks about a Cloverfield sequel, Rose Byrne pitches Bridesmaids in Space, and Journey 3 director Brad Peyton hints at the film’s scope. Read More »

Before Todd Phillips took audiences on a Road Trip, brought it back to the Old School or gave everyone The Hangover, he immersed himself in the college fraternity experience for the whole world to see. However, the results were so shocking that few people actually did.

In the late Nineties, following his first documentary Hated, Phillips and fellow director Andrew Gurland filmed an HBO America Undercover episode called Frat House. The aim was to uncover the truth behind rumored atrocities pledges had to endure for initiation into college fraternities. At one point, Phillips himself pledged the frat to gain access. The results were so out there the filmmakers were accused of staging the events portrayed in the film, and the final version never aired on HBO.

You can now watch Frat House online. Read more and watch the film after the jump. Read More »

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