Todd Phillips

It looks like everyone is throwing their hats into the ring. When the studios announced a plan to release movies in home theaters just 30 days after the theaters located outside the home (with a price tag of $30 per rental), the National Association of Theater Owners balked. Apparently their threat to boycott big blockbusters was a fake, but they haven’t kept secret their disgust for the new model that would limit their ability to make money showing movies (since studios take the 50%-100% lion’s share of the ticket split in the first weeks). Now, 23 directors and producers are speaking out against it. That list includes James Cameron, Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, Guillermo del Toro, Roland Emmerich, Antoine Fuqua, Todd Garner, Lawrence Gordon, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Gale Anne Hurd, Peter Jackson, Karyn Kusama, Jon Landau, Shawn Levy, Michael Mann, Bill Mechanic, Jamie Patricof, Todd Phillips, Brett Ratner, Robert Rodriguez, Adam Shankman, Gore Verbinski, and Robert Zemeckis. The full, un-edited open letter is below:

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If it ain’t broke, take it to Thailand. The first full trailer for The Hangover Part II mimics the first one fairly closely. The guys have their celebration, they wake up, and the hits keep coming. Instead of Mike Tyson, it’s a bunch of ass-kicking monks. Instead of a tiger in the bathroom, it’s a monkey on your shoulder. Instead of a missing tooth, it’s Mike Tyson on your face. Check it out for yourself:

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It’ll take a smarter person in a better pay grade than mine to figure out whether studios releasing Unrated DVDs is really against the Director’s Guild rules, but it seems natural to assume Hangover director Todd Phillips might have a case. After all, the studio is often going in after the fact, without director input, and changing the movie while keeping the director’s name wholesale on it. In a recent SXSW panel, Phillips had this to say, “Warner Bros., they’ll make your movie; your movie does well, and they want to create an unrated version, which is entirely against DGA rules because it’s not your cut. And they can’t call it the ‘Director’s Cut’ — they’ll call it ‘Unrated’ or some ridiculous term. Really all it is, is about seven minutes of footage that you cut out of the movie for a reason.” People with law degrees will most likely hash that out, but you don’t have to pass the bar to know that Unrated releases are insulting and ghoulish toward fans. The added scenes are never all that shocking, they usually make the movie drag, and there’s no real attempt to cover up the fact that it’s a craven marketing tool to make more money on a movie the studio already made people like. So hopefully there will be some sort of consequence here through the DGA. Studios might have to stop adding a scene of people eating cereal that the MPAA hasn’t seen, and selling it like it’s […]

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The first trailer for the sequel to The Hangover has hit the web and it has absolutely everything that a teaser trailer for a sequel to a highly successful film should. First we get a bunch of reminders about how much everyone like the first film. Then we get assurances that the main characters we loved from the first film are all going to be back. Then we see a brief glimpse, though not too much is given away, that new hijinx will be had involving a monkey. And finally, the characters make meta, self-referential comments to each other about how weird it is that they’re all back together and having the same things happen to them. You see, you want to let a potential viewer know that there is going to be new stuff, but not too much new stuff. This will be very much in the same wheelhouse as the first film. There’s nothing that you aren’t comfortable with here. As a matter of fact, squint and you might think you’re watching the first film all over again. And didn’t we all have so much fun with that? So anyways, The Hangover Part II is on the way, and I hope it makes me laugh my ass off. I imagine it will. Get teased yourself after the jump.

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Drinking Games

Who wouldn’t want to take a road trip with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis? Probably no one… unless they’re acting like their characters in the film Due Date. Then you’ll want to run screaming from them, protecting your coffee cans. You’re likely to do the same thing if you were offered a road trip with one of the Rejects, ‘cause we cannot all guarantee we don’t follow the same nightly ritual as Galifianakis’ character at an occasional rest area. Even if you won’t be taking any road trips with us or them in the near future, you can pretend to do so by drinking alone and watching Due Date, which is due out on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

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When asked by Hitfix about the images for The Hangover Part II that director Todd Phillips released to the public, actor Ed Helms seems to have come off a bit nonplussed. The only bit of information he seemed to be able to offer up about this much anticipated sequel is that, “…this one’s nothing like the first one.” This doesn’t seem like a very good way to hype up an upcoming project to me, seeing as people tended to really like the first one. But perhaps the lack of big hype could have stemmed from the fact that the release date for the film is still several months away and Helms didn’t feel prepared to talk about it. There was one bit of stammering in the article that caught my eye, however. The four month long film shoot in Thailand gets describes as “basically the comedy version of Apocalypse Now, always on the edge of total chaos, shooting in places Helms said felt genuinely ‘unsafe’”. He goes on to sputter out the sentence fragment, “…once we’re overseas, once we’re in Thailand, it’s just…” Did Ed Helms go crazy on the set of The Hangover Part II? Are there any reports of heart attacks and obscene drug use happening on the set? Not that I wish anything ill on the cast and crew of the film, but a bit of chaos may have been just what this one needs. Much of the appeal of the first movie was the “what’s going […]

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At first glance, Due Date might seem a lot like Roadtrip for Schmucks. There’s an uptight, business-savvy prick who has an important goal to achieve, and there’s a moronic man-child that continues to ruin things for him. The difference between the two movies is related to the casting and the mind of director Todd Phillips. What would happen if Dinner for Schmucks was filmed on the road, and instead of giving Zach Galifianakis a side role, they made him the co-lead against someone not nearly as huggably soft as Paul Rudd? The result is exactly what you might expect. Two leads that aren’t particularly likable, but who spend the entire road trip across the country earning, losing, and re-earning each other’s trust or (at least) toleration.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr hits the road with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis to see if the new Todd Phillips comedy will be as funny as The Hangover. He also faces off with Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt in a very mega way. It’s the first official weekend of the holiday movie season, so Kevin will hand out the mid-term grades and let you know if these films are worth checking out.

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Word on the street (read: internet) is that Hangover director Todd Phillips (who went to NYU film school and still manages to have a sense of humor) has acquired the rights for a John Belushi biopic and will be setting it up with tested biopic screenwriter Steven Conrad at Warners. This is fantastic because 1) a Belushi biopic is exactly what the world needs and b) Warners has given Phillips a lot of creative freedom in the past – going so far as to give him a budget he can’t exceed and telling him they’ll see him at the premiere. The challenge of all challenges is who to hire to play Belushi. Whoever it is comes at an automatic deficit. Especially if it’s a comedian. It would be like hiring a musician to play Kurt Cobain – the comparison will be constant, immediate, and lived-in. Plus, no names come to mind immediately. Getting an overweight comedian is not the answer even if it’s the easiest. Hill, Galifianakis, Rogen (with some brave weight gain), Black, Lang? No, thank you. Even if the drug abuse is there, it doesn’t come with the subtle genius of Belushi. Phillips would do well to look outside the comedy world for his Belushi. [Risky Business]

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Due Date

The combination of Todd Phillips and Zach Galifianakis worked once with The Hangover. Why can’t it work again? I don’t see why it wouldn’t, especially considering the fact that their next film Due Date includes the charismatic and very talented Robert Downey Jr. Together, Iron Man and bearded guy play two schmucks who are trying to get back to their home city before one of them (Downey) becomes a father. For whatever reason, they are stuck together. And despite a few jokes that land flat in this first trailer, most of it hits — at least it gave me a case of the sillies. I guess you’ll have to watch it for yourself, then decide. The full synopsis and trailer await you after the jump.

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In this exclusive interview, Cole takes Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi back to their middle school required reading list and gets the skinny on Clash.

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Can Zach Galifianakis successfully change his image from a crazy slacker to a crazy slacker who is in a mental institution? And, more importantly, will Nurse Ratchet be there?

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Teaming with Todd Phillips and Zach Galifianakis for a post-hangover party.

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After 25 years of holding the top spot as the highest grossing R-rated Comedy, Beverly Hills Cop is relegated down the ladder. And, yes, you should be asking yourself what The Number Two Position consists of.

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We sat down with rising star Ed Helms to talk about his role in The Hangover, the upcoming The Goods, and to confirm that Andy from “The Office” isn’t pregnant.

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Move over Drag Me To Hell, 2009 has a new comedy king! It’s only June but I feel fairly confident calling The Hangover the funniest film of 2009. Bruno and Funny People seem like the only remaining films with a chance of beating it (the former more so than the latter), but I’m calling it now. Go see this movie! Just be sure to take a lesson from my mistake and remember to wear your rubber underwear.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Land of the Lost and The Hangover.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil continues his reign over Kevin by seeing more movies this week. However, Kevin doesn’t take this lying down and unleashes venom on Neil like dinosaur urine. (Trust me, this reference is relevant if you’ve seen Land of the Lost.)

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The director of The Hangover talks Old School-style R-rated comedy, sugar-coated semen, and several other things I could hyphenate if I wanted.

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Even though our own Cole Abaius already posted his first interview from his Vegas trip (with Zach Galifianakis), we have not even begun to spread the love all over Todd Phillips’ latest comedy The Hangover.

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