Todd Phillips to Direct Thriller TRUST YOUR EYES

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The Hangover director Todd Phillips is getting serious about branching out.  After primarily helming comedies for most of his career, Phillips recently attached himself to a remake of the crime drama The Gambler.  Now Variety reports that Phillips is set to direct and produce an adaptation of Linwood Barclay’s thriller novel Trust Your Eyes for Warner Bros., with Dan Lin also onboard as a producer.  In the vein of Rear Window, the story centers on a map-obsessed schizophrenic who witnesses a murder in New York City via a GoogleMaps-like program on his computer and tries to convince his older brother to investigate.  The two cross paths with a politically-connected ex-cop and soon realize that they’ve stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.

Due Date had a few nice dramatic scenes, but we’ve never really seen Phillips tackle the thriller genre before.  The story sounds like a promising cross between Rear Window and David Fincher‘s The Game, and I’m eager to see Phillips’ take on the material.  The director is currently in the middle of production on The Hangover Part III.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Trust Your Eyes.

PROJECT X Blu-ray Review

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Project X was a surprise of the year, a raunchy teen comedy that took advantage of a budget-trimming found-footage gimmick and was successful enough at the box office to warrant a sequel.  Fans of Superbad, American Pie and The Hangover will find common ground with Project X, but the film goes even farther than any of them dared.  So how can you enjoy the world’s most insane party without risking jail time and millions of dollars in property damage? Pick up Project X on Blu-ray so you can watch the madness from the comfort of your couch.  Hit the jump for my review of director Nima Nourizadeh’s Project X on Blu-ray.

Melissa McCarthy Eyeing Small Role in THE HANGOVER PART III

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Leading up to its release, some people deemed BridesmaidsThe Hangover with girls.”  While audiences soon realized that Paul Feig’s film is quite different from Todd Phillips’ debauchery-fueled comedy, Bridesmaids standout Melissa McCarthy is now eyeing a crossover into The Wolfpack of sorts.  McCarthy is apparently in discussions for a small role in The Hangover Part III, combining the Bridesmaids and Hangover forces once and for all.  Though her busy schedule could possibly prevent her from signing on, the actress is ridiculously talented and her involvement with The Hangover sequel—however small—would be very much welcomed.  Hit the jump for more. 

Production Begins on THE HANGOVER PART III

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The Hangover‘s success has lead to plenty of imitators and spin-offs, but it became such a juggernaut in its own right that it has expanded into a trilogy (but will we also get a Hobbit-esque origin story eventually? Stay tuned …). Principle photography is underway for the finale of the Hangover trilogy, which will reunite its steadfast cast (Bradley CooperEd HelmsZach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha) as well as their on-screen wives (Gillian VigmanSasha Barrese and Jamie Chung) and other familiar faces (Ken JeongHeather GrahamJeffrey Tambor) as well as a new one (John Goodman).

Todd Phillips is also returning to direct the Warner Bros. picture as well as co-write it along with his collaborator from the second movie, Craig Mazin. Hit the jump for more on the production, as well as a hint to what the new film will be about.

Todd Phillips in Talks to Direct Crime Drama THE GAMBLER

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Though he’s currently gearing up to direct the comedy sequel The Hangover Part III in September, director Todd Phillips is planning on trying his hand at a straight drama in the near future.  THR reports that Phillips is in talks to direct the crime drama The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name starring James Caan.  The Paramount project previously had Martin Scorsese attached to direct with Leonardo DiCaprio circling the starring role, but it now appears that Scorsese has left the remake.  Hit the jump for more details.

Sequel Casting Call: Mike Epps Returning for THE HANGOVER PART III; Neal McDonough in Talks to Join RED 2

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories regarding sequels to share today.  First up, Mike Epps in negotiations to reprise his role as “Black Doug” from The Hangover in director Todd Phillips’ upcoming sequel The Hangover Part III.  Original cast members Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are all set to return, and we recently learned that the debauchery will be taking place in Tijuana this time around.  Ken Jeong is coming back for an expanded role in the third pic, and Variety reports that Epps will be another returning favorite.  The Next Friday actor didn’t appear in The Hangover Part II, but he was great in his few scenes from the first film so this comes as welcome news.

Hit the jump for casting regarding the action sequel Red 2.

THE HANGOVER PART III Gets More Ken Jeong

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Ken Jeong (Community) spent his time in The Hangover as a mean, naked gambler that hit so hard; he returned in The Hangover Part II, but [spoiler alert] spent the better part of the movie presumably dead.  In The Hangover Part III, Jeong’s role will be substantially more involved.  Plot details are being kept under wraps at the moment, but we do know that the story takes place in Tijuana and may include breaking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) out of a mental institution.  Jeong’s schedule is being massaged to avoid conflicts with Community, which shoots this August, while The Hangover Part III is set to begin in SeptemberTHR also reports that the threequel will feature the return of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and director Todd Phillips.

THE HANGOVER PART III to Take Place in Tijuana

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Though we’re all currently focused on the promising summer movie season at hand, production is scheduled to get underway on another high profile film later this year.  We learned back in January that director Todd Phillips and stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha were all game to return for one last entry in The Hangover franchise.  Deals were closed a few months later, with production set to get underway this coming September for a May 24th, 2013 release date.  Plot details have been slim save for Galifianakis’ claim that The Hangover Part III would find the guys breaking Alan out of a mental hospital, but now reports have surfaced that suggest the film may not only find the Wolf Pack returning to Las Vegas, but also heading down south to Tijuana.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark and Jay Duplass to Adapt MULE for Director Todd Phillips

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Back in February, we learned that The Hangover director Todd Phillips was developing four projects at Warner Bros. as possible directorial vehicles.  One of said projects was an adaptation of Tony D’Souza’s novel Mule.  The story centers on a couple who decide to traffic drugs as a result of the economic downturn and the wife’s unexpected pregnancy. The husband quickly rises up the drug trafficking ladder to become a drug boss and the two find themselves way over their heads.  At the time, Phillips and producer Scott Budnick were looking for a writer to put on the project.  Now it appears that Mark and Jay Duplass have been tapped to pen the adaptation.  Hit the jump for more, including a synopsis for the book.

Danny McBride to Write and Star in Sex Comedy CLOWN; Todd Phillips to Produce

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Danny McBride is set to write and star in the adaptation of the Danish TV series-turned-film Klovn (Clown) with Todd Phillips attached to produce.  Per Deadline, the logline is “two men and a 13-year old boy embark on an R-rated vacation.”  In the TV series, two guys plan a “canoeing trip”, which is actually what they’ve deemed a “Tour de Pussy” where they plan to party hard and have lots and lots of sex.  When one of the guys discovers that his girlfriend is pregnant and wants to get rid of the baby, he attempts to prove he can be a good father by taking her son on the canoeing trip even though the guy and his pal still plan to embark on their “Tour de Pussy.”

Hit the jump for more.

Production on THE HANGOVER PART III Set to Begin This September

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All’s well that end’s well. Earlier today Warner Bros. announced a May 2013 release date for The Hangover Part III, and now a press release has been sent out that confirms filming on the conclusion to Todd Phillips’ trilogy is targeted to start this September. Phillips has been talking up the concluding chapter since The Hangover Part II came out, and last we heard stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms were poised for a major salary increase to reprise their roles. Everyone is now set to return in order to close out the trilogy, and Phillips promises fans will be surprised by their “fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.” I sincerely hope that means deviating from the first film’s formula that was directly copied in the sequel.

Phillips co-wrote the script with The Hangover Part II co-writer Craig Mazin and will return to the director’s chair a final time. The Hangover Part III is slated to open on May 24th, 2013. Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Check Out Todd Phillips and Andrew Gurland’s Unaired 1998 HBO Documentary FRAT HOUSE

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Director Todd Phillips‘ (The Hangover) stock-and-trade has been frat-house comedies.  They don’t necessarily take place inside a frat-house, but they all share the common theme of guys getting rowdy, doing dumb shit, and the comic consequences that follow.  However, back in 1998, Phillips and co-director Andrew Gurland (who would go on to direct The Virginity Hit) took a serious documentary approach to the world of fraternities.  Their hour-long doc, Frat House, was shot for HBO’s America Undercover series, but was never aired due to controversy over whether or not some parts were staged.  Now the film has landed online (although who knows for how long) and it’s definitely worth your time.  I’ve only watched the first ten minutes, but the movie is unlike anything you’ve seen from Phillips, and I’m always fascinated by documentaries on sub-cultures.

Hit the jump to check out Frat House (warning: NSFW).

Producer Todd Phillips and Director Nima Nourizadeh PROJECT X Interview

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With producer Todd Phillips and director Nima Nourizadeh‘s R-rated teen comedy Project X opening today, last weekend I got to talk with the filmmakers and cast about making the film.  Starring Thomas Mann, Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor and Alexis Knapp, Project X is about a group of outsiders that decide to throw a party where things get absolutely out of control.  Trust me, there is no way you see this movie and leave the theater disappointed.   For more on the film, here’s a ton of images and four clips.

During my interview with Phillips and Nourizadeh we talked about whether or not they had to cut out anything to get an R rating, the soundtrack and how they picked the music, the editing (including how they used extras to shoot some of the movie), and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

PROJECT X Review

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Imagine the ultimate high school senior year house party from the male perspective and push it over the edge. That’s a rough description of the absurdity and chaos that breaks out in the latest handheld camera film called Project X. Following three seniors trying to throw a party that will get them noticed once and for all, they end up losing control and everything turns into absolute chaos as it expands. However, that’s after they have a whole hell of a lot of fun getting there. Unfortunately, like waking up with a hangover, the ending of this film almost ruins what happened before. Almost. Hit the jump for my full review.

New Red Band Spot for PROJECT X

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A new red band spot for the Todd Phillips-produced party comedy Project X has gone online. The previous trailers have been entertaining enough, but this red band spot really brings out the “Rated R” aspect of the film. The movie looks to be sufficiently filthy, and this trailer highlights the first jokes from the film that I’ve found more than marginally funny. If the rest of the movie is like this trailer (which I assume it is), then I can definitely understand how most of the films jokes aren’t exactly age-appropriate. I’m still not on board with the whole “dwarf punching people in the balls” bit, but I think Project X takes an interesting approach to the comedy genre and Steve said he laughed his ass off, so I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Hit the jump to watch the red band spot. If you haven’t already, enter our contest to win some movie-related swag. The film stars Thomas Mann, Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor and Alexis Knapp. Project X opens on March 2nd.

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