In the summer of 2009, the comedy The Hangover came out of nowhere to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time. The film pulled in $467 million worldwide, which is impressive considering the biggest star of the movie at the time was Bradley Cooper, and he wasn’t quite as famous as he is today. And when a film is that successful, it gets sequels, even if comedy sequels rarely work out.
In the case of The Hangover franchise, replicating the quality of the first film didn’t happen with the box office success. Critics and audiences alike were majorly disappointed in The Hangover Part II and while The Hangover Part III was a bit better, it still felt extremely obligatory. We’re not the only ones who feel that way as breakout star Zach Galifianakis wishes they didn’t make the sequels. Find out what he had to say about The Hangover sequels below. Read More »
Since it’s summer, we’ve seen our fair share of sequels from The Avengers: Age of Ultron to Terminator: Genisys to Magic Mike XXL and the pseudo-reboot Jurassic World. Audiences have varying opinions on these sequels, sometime saying they’re not as good as the predecessor, others saying that they’re missing something. But what?
Well, a new video essay aims to answer that question by asking “What Makes a Sequel Good?” The video does this by comparing original films like Toy Story and The Terminator to their sequels, Toy Story 2 and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. But those aren’t the only examples, because there’s some bad sequels that need to be discussed too.
Find out what makes a sequel good after the jump!
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Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Jonah Hill‘s transition from comedy star to Academy Award-nominated dramatic actor has been so quick, he’s made it look almost easy. But as evidenced by the scores of funnymen who’ve tried to make that same leap and failed, it’s not something just anyone can do.
For one thing, it involves making some very tough decisions. Such as turning down roles in what turned out to be two of 2009’s biggest hits, The Hangover and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Of course, it’s obvious now that things have worked out just fine for Hill, but at the time, he said, “most people didn’t understand.” Hit the jump to read about his choices.
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In one week, Vin Diesel’s fast cars and Bradley Cooper’s frequent carnage are going head to head at the box office. The Hangover Part III and Fast and Furious 6 each open over Memorial Day weekend, in what’s poised to be the biggest showdown of the summer. They’re both films with built-in fanbases aimed at the same demographic. The potential battle is so intense (as far as box-office goes) that The Hangover pushed its opening up a day.
We’ll have to wait until next weekend to see who comes out on top but, before that, we have a battle of behind the scenes B-roll. Footage from both the Justin Lin action extravaganza and Todd Phillips comedy has come online. Does it shine a light on who’ll be victorious? Read More »
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Warner Bros poster for The Hangover III has been discovered online, a funny spoof of Warner Bros’ own marketing campaign for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The first trailer is set to hit the interwebs sometime tomorrow. Hit the jump to check it out now.
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Short of putting a Blu-ray on your shelf or a poster on your wall, quoting a movie in conversation is one of the best ways to pay tribute to movies you love. We’ve all dropped a quote from a movie into casual conversation and then gotten a nod of recognition from someone who is in on the joke. What’s cool about these posters by designer Jerod Gibson is that it takes those quotes and puts them on a pedestal, making the words the stars of iconic films like the original Star Wars Trilogy, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Ghostbusters. After the jump, check out a huge gallery of images and more. 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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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 »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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ESPN The Magazine is getting its geek on. Recently, they showed several NBA stars as famous comic book characters and their latest issue, the Movie Spectacular dated November 29, continues the trend. It’s filled with articles about about lesser known movie stars such as Chelcie Ross (who was in Hoosiers, Rudy and Major League), an insider tale of trying to pitch a book in Hollywood and even an essay on how nerds have taken over sports movies. The highlight, though, is awesome gallery of real sports stars spoofing some of their favorite movies. The Hangover, Caddyshack, Back to the Future, Pulp Fiction, Anchorman and Basic Instinct are all here – starring some of the biggest names in sports like Danica Patrick, Chad Ochocinco and Lindsey Vonn just to name a few. Check out a full gallery after the jump. Read More »