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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Project X is Rated R for “crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem – all involving teens.” And that’s not the half of it. Produced by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Project X is a found footage music video for high school debauchery. It portrays an unattainable, highly illegal and completely insane portrait of what we’ve all only dreamt high school could be. As a film, it’s almost an avant-garde exercise by a horny male teenager. Un Chien Andalou by a drunken aspiring frat boy. And that glorification of excess makes it potentially dangerous.
Still, this story of three high school losers who throw the most epic high school party in history is made with a palpable energy that straddles the line between infectious and euphoric. Or painful and annoying, depending on you look at it. This is American Pie, Superbad or Sixteen Candles not for the MTV generation, but for their kids. If you are too far removed from that demographic, you’ll likely find much of the film morally reprehensible and hard to watch. But that visceral reaction is what makes it so damn fun. Read More »
This March, Michael Bacall could have the best month ever. The screenwriter, probably best known for playing one of the Inglourious Basterds and co-writing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, has not one but two massive comedies set for release mere weeks apart. He wrote Project X, which is in theaters this Friday, and co-wrote 21 Jump Street, which opens two weeks later. We spoke to Bacall about both of the films. Since Project X is up first, we’ll focus on that for now.
Directed by first time director Nima Nourizadeh, Project X is a found footage comedy about the high school party you’ve always dreamed of attending. Actually, scratch that. It’s about a party so insane only a mad man could have dreamed it up. Enter producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover), who with Bacall concocted one of the most visceral, hard-R rated experiences to hit theaters in a long time.
After the jump, find out how Project X came to the writer, how far he was willing to go with the story, the secrecy surrounding the film, possible controversy it might stir up and more. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though the Todd Phillips-produced teen comedy Project X has made tons of promises of epic teenage debauchery, there’s only so much you can actually show in a TV spot or green band trailer. To really get an idea of the level of insanity we’re in for, you’ll want to check out the red-band trailer, which offers up much more in the way of cursing, dick jokes, and nudity. Needless to say, it’s highly NSFW. Watch the video after the jump.
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Starting with The Hangover, Todd Phillips has turned into a new cash cow for Warner Bros., with the two Hangover movies and Road Trip cumulatively earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. (The Hangover films are responsible for the bulk of that gross.) Not bad for a guy who makes absurd comedies.
Now WB has renewed its first-look deal with Phillips and his company Green Hat Films. And while they work on The Hangover Part III and prepare for the release of the Phillips-produced Project X, there are four other films that are possible directorial follow-ups for Phillips. Details are below. Read More »
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Last year we got a small taste of the party movie Project X, which thanks to the influence of producer Todd Phillips looks like Jackass, The Hangover, Superbad, and the worst nightmares of every parent rolled into one 90-minute extravaganza.
The full theatrical trailer has dropped, and it features a giant ‘X’ worth of promo screening reactions, and many more examples of reality-defying party insanity. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
2011 was the biggest year ever for sequels, with a record-breaking 27 scheduled to hit theaters. And while it’s too early to say exactly how many we can expect in 2012 and beyond, judging by posts like this one it seems safe to say that the trend won’t be dying down anytime soon. After the jump:
- Entertainment Weekly unveils the first look at Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans
- Sony registers domain names for the as-yet-unannounced Insidious 2
- Steven Spielberg’s longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy says Jurassic Park 4 is still looking for “a great script”
- Kennedy also says the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin could hit as early as Christmas 2014
- Bradley Cooper reveals that The Hangover Part III could start shooting in L.A. in September
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Over the past year we’ve heard small news here and there about Project X, a high school party comedy from producer Todd Phillips (director of Old School and The Hangover) and first-time feature director Nima Nourizade.
The film follows a high school party that grows to massive size, and eventually gets out of control. Reports out of test screenings have called Project X “the new Superbad” and similar superlatives. Now there is a trailer that suggests that Project X will really be like watching one long high school party. I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not — see for yourself after the break. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
The Hangover Part II is causing all sorts of legal trouble for Warner Bros. Back in April, tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill sued the studio over its use of a tattoo he’d designed for Mike Tyson, and late this summer a stunt double sued over significant head injuries he’d sustained during the production. Now another lawsuit has popped up concerning the film, this one by a California resident named Michael Alan Rubin who claims the movie was ripped off of a script he’d written based on his own life story.
Part of me wonders why Rubin would want to admit something like that even if it were true — the characters in the film mostly come across as jerks and dumbasses — but most of me understands that the potential for a fat financial settlement is a pretty compelling draw. More details after the jump.
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