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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For a while now we’ve been hearing about Todd Phillips and Joel Silver-produced low-budget hard-R comedy film Project X. The project was set-up at Warner Bros with a $12 million budget, with Phillips serving as producer and creative godfather’ for commercial turned first time feature film director Nima Nourizade. The comedy follows three high school seniors who “throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves,” but as the night progresses, “things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.” Warner Bros has been test screening the film recently, and members of the recruited audience in attendance have been chatting it up on the IMDB message boards and twitter.
What did they think? Find out after the jump.
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Briefly: Warner Bros. has changed the release date of the mysterious Todd-Phillips produced comedy Project X from November 23 to March 2. The high school party comedy is directed by Nima Nourizadeh. A few weeks later, on April 13, they’ll release Bullet To The Head, the Walter Hill-directed action film starring Sylvester Stallone. Thanks to Deadline.
After the monster weekend that Warner Bros. enjoyed with The Hangover Part II, there was no question at all that a third film would quickly go into development. The first step in that process is pulling a writer to develop the script, and Warner Bros. and Legendary have reportedly tapped Craig Mazin for that gig. And if a recent interview he gave is any indication, the third film might have a hell of an ending. Read More »
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 »