Todd Phillips’ The Hangover really came out of nowhere, featuring no big-name stars and a plot that seemed recycled from Dude Where’s My Car? Nonetheless, something about this hapless band of roofie’d child men resonated with audiences, allowing “The Wolf Pack” to scare up over $450 million in worldwide grosses.
The Hangover: Part II, which hits theaters today, is Warner Bros. attempt to re-capture the magic of the first film. They have a lot riding on this film, spending much more on the budget and on stars’ salaries, and bringing the action from Vegas all the way to Bangkok.
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Today a press event took place for The Hangover Part II in LA, and one member of the press began the conversation about a third film in the comedy series by asking director Todd Phillips if anything is in the works. He said that no real conversations have been had at this point, but that he already has an idea, and that it would break the template we’ve seen established for the two existing films. Given that the second film looks to be little more than a retread of the first, that would be the first necessary factor in making a third. Read More »
Usually it’s ink on a page that can make or break a movie, not ink on a face. In the case of The Hangover Part II though, the tattoo on Ed Helms‘ face could pose yet another problem for the sure-to-be blockbuster sequel. S. Victor Whitmill, the man who designed Mike Tyson‘s famous face tattoo which the film is obviously referencing, is asking for an injunction that would stop Warner Bros. from releasing the film because he holds a trademark on the design. Read more after the break. Read More »
This Thursday, DirecTV is launching a revolutionary new service called Home Premiere which will allow subscribers to view movies just two months after they open in theaters. Not only is the National Association of Theater Owners strongly opposed to this, we recently surmised that it could just be the next step in the total and utter death of movie going as we know it. Today, twenty-three high profile Hollywood filmmakers agree.
Why on earth would you give audiences an incentive to skip the highest and best form of your film? My films aren’t going to the home early, but many will, and that will weaken the movie theater industry—and then my movies are threatened.
That’s the sentiment of James Cameron, the director of the two highest grossing films of all time. He and Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, Guillermo del Toro, Roland Emmerich, Jon Landau, Shawn Levy, Michael Mann, Todd Phillips, Brett Ratner, Adam Shankman, Gore Verbinski and Robert Zemeckis are part of the roster of filmmakers who have signed a letter expressing the creative community’s problems with this service. Read it in full after the jump. Read More »
After the trailer for The Hangover Part II, it is difficult to maintain anything more than a passing level of interest in the film. Hopefully the sequel won’t be as much of a blanket retread of the first as that trailer makes it out to be, but until proven otherwise I’m putting my money on other summer films. (The May comedy to beat? Bridesmaids, no question. I think I liked it even more than Peter did.)
But here’s a nice tidbit of info about The Hangover sequel: it will feature a new song from Glenn Danzig. And because that’s not quite enough for one post, we’ve also got some new character posters for your perusal. Read More »
The question of one particular cameo in The Hangover Part II has been a popular discussion topic for the past several months. Mel Gibson was once slated to appear, then he was cut. His replacement was Liam Neeson, but now there has been another change. Director Todd Phillips decided to reshoot the scene in which the cameo featured, and Liam Neeson is no longer available. (Blame the Clash of the Titans sequel.) So he’s been replaced by The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes. Read More »
Audiences all over cheered the awesome teaser trailer that Warner Brothers released for their summer blockbuster The Hangover Part II. It announced that “The Wolfpack is back.” Now they’re really back with a full theatrical trailer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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These days, it’s common practice. A comedy is released in theaters and, a few months later, is released on Blu-ray and DVD with an Unrated cut. The film has a few extra minutes that make it seem way more outrageous and exciting than the version you saw in theaters and hopefully we all double dip. Todd Phillips, the director of Old School, Road Trip and The Hangover, is well aware of this practice as it’s happened on several of his films and he’s not having it anymore. In a discussion at South by Southwest, Phillips, who is getting ready to release The Hangover Part II, accused Warner Brothers of violating Director’s Guild of America rules with their release of an unauthorized, unrated version of The Hangover on DVD. Read his comments and more after the break. Read More »