Justin Bartha and Heather Graham Talk THE HANGOVER PART III, Their Characters’ Evolution, THE NEW NORMAL’s Cancellation & Controversy, and More

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With director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III opening this week, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Justin Bartha and Heather Graham.  In the final installment to the popular franchise, we find Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked by a mysterious man (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character.  As you might expect, chaos ensues.  For more on the film, watch the red band trailer or check out over forty images.

During the interview, Bartha and Graham talked about making the film, working with the baby from the first film again, collaborating with Phillips, if Graham came up with a backstory for her character, what it’s like to be back at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and a lot more.  Bartha also talked about The New Normal‘s cancellation and how proud he was to have been part of the series.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Director Todd Phillips Talks THE HANGOVER PART III, the Evolution of the Series, Deleted Scenes, and More; Reveals Plans for Ultimate HANGOVER Box Set

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With director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III opening this week, I recently sat down with him for an extended interview.  In the final installment to the popular franchise, we find Stu (Helms), Phil (Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked by a mysterious man (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character.  As you might expect, chaos ensues.  For more on the film, watch the red band trailer or check out over forty images.

During the interview, Phillips and screenwriter Craig Mazin talked about his first cut versus the theatrical release, deleted scenes, what can fans expect on the Blu-ray, what it’s like working for Warner Bros. and the creative freedom he’s allowed, the writing process, how the story changed, film versus digital, thoughts on doing a 3D comedy, and more.  In addition, Phillips reveals they’re talking about doing the ultimate Hangover box set which would include new interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

THE HANGOVER PART III Review

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The Hangover feels like a franchise created by a studio rather than a storyteller.  The original film was a huge sleeper hit, and Warner Bros. wanted to chase that high.  We get sequels because audiences presumably want more, and the assumption was that we wanted to see more of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis), a.k.a. “The Wolfpack”.  The Hangover Part II gave audiences more of the same to the point where it felt like a remake rather than a sequel.  Once again, the filmmakers have responded not by really buckling down on a good story, but reacting to the response towards the previous movie.  This time we would get an original story—a Hangover without the hangover.  But The Hangover Part III is a case of being careful what you wish for, and even though sequels are supposed to provide more, Part III somehow gives us less.  The chemistry between the Wolfpack is diminished, the pacing is lethargic, and the humor is sporadic.  The only thing Part III gives us more of is Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) in an attempt to personify the insanity of the previous plots, but who only serves to distract from what should be the franchise’s last hurrah.

Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis Talk THE HANGOVER PART III, Looking Back on the Franchise, Weirdest Moments, Vegas, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 92 days ago

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With director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III opening this week, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis.  In the final installment to the popular franchise, we find Stu (Helms), Phil (Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked by a mysterious man (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character.  As you might expect, chaos ensues.  For more on the film, watch the red band trailer or check out over forty images.

During the interview, Helms, Cooper, and Galifianakis talked about how the first Hangover changed their lives, favorite memories, weirdest moments making the films, the stronger emotional undercurrents that start to form in each film, what it was like on the last day of filming, the amount of creative freedom they have while filming, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

THE HANGOVER PART III Giveaway

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The final film in director Todd Phillips’ comedy trilogy The Hangover is poised to hit theaters soon, and in anticipation of the pic’s release we here at Collider are giving away a number of The Hangover Part III-related items to some lucky fans.  We’ve got T-shirts, giraffe bottle openers, a duffle bag, a large plush giraffe stuff animal, a toiletry bag, and more.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a look at the swag.  The Hangover Part III opens on May 23rd.

New Red-Band Trailer for THE HANGOVER PART III

by     Posted 1 year, 97 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a new red-band trailer for director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III.  The film acts as the trilogy capper to the popular franchise, and finds Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked by a mysterious man (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character.  The first half of this new trailer is a recap of the events from the first two films, and when we finally delve into new footage it kind of feels like we’ve seen the whole movie already.  A highlight of the red-band trailer, though, is the return of Mike Epps as “Black Doug.”

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Jeffrey Tambor, Melissa McCarthy, and Heather GrahamThe Hangover Part III opens on May 23rd.

Over 45 High-Resolution Images from THE HANGOVER PART III

by     Posted 1 year, 104 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released a bounty of high-resolution images from director Todd Phillips’ upcoming comedy sequel The Hangover Part III.  The film acts as the trilogy capper to the popular franchise, and finds Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked when a mysterious man (John Goodman) kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character.  These images tease the chaos that ensues, including the return of a more grown-up Carlos and stripper Jade (Heather Graham).

Hit the jump to check out all of the images, and if you missed our set visit coverage click here.  The film also stars Jeffrey Tambor, Melissa McCarthy, and Mike EppsThe Hangover Part III opens on May 23rd.

THE HANGOVER PART III Release Date Moved Up a Day to May 23rd

by     Posted 1 year, 105 days ago

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The box office showdown between The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 has been altered slightly.  While many were wondering if either Warner Bros. or Universal would move off the May 24th release date to prevent a split opening weekend between two major franchises, it appears that WB has blinked—but just barely.  The studio has moved up the release of director Todd Phillips’ trilogy-closer one day, to May 23rd, giving The Hangover Part III a day in theaters alone before Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 swoops in.

If we compare the opening weekends of the film franchise’s two previous installments, Fast Five just barely has the edge with $86 million vs. The Hangover Part II’s $85 million.  However, the last Hangover film suffered mixed reviews and a tepid response from audiences, while Fast Five was greeted with open arms, going on to rake in over $600 million worldwide.  It would appear that Fast & Furious 6 has the jump on winning the weekend, but it will definitely be close.  What about you, dear readers?  Which film will you be seeing the weekend of May 24th?  Hit the jump to watch the latest trailers for both films.

New Posters for FRUITVALE STATION, THE HANGOVER PART III, GROWN UPS 2, NOW YOU SEE ME, and EUROPA REPORT

by     Posted 1 year, 106 days ago

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A few new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • Fruitvale Station – The first official poster for the huge Sundance hit teases the heartbreak that lies ahead.  There is a strong likelihood that this film will turn you into a blubbering mess.  Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer and opens on July 12th.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • The Hangover Part III – A couple of new character posters for Ed Helms’ Stu, Justin Bartha’s Doug, and a rooster.  The film opens on May 24th.
  • Grown Ups 2 – Hard as you may try to ignore it, this unnecessary comedy sequel exists.  The latest poster repeats the gag from the first film of using old photos of the castmembers.  The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade and opens on July 12th.
  • Now You See Me – A motion poster for the magician thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Mark Ruffalo.  The film opens on May 31st.
  • Europa Report – The first poster for director Sebastian Cordero’s found footage sci-fi film teases the pic’s impressive practical effects.  The film stars Sharlto Copley and Michael Nyqvist and is available VOD on June 27th and hits theaters on August 2nd.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

New Posters for WHITE HOUSE DOWN, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, NYMPHOMANIAC, THE BLING RING, and THE HANGOVER 3

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A number of new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • White House Down – The new one-sheet for Roland Emmerich’s actioner puts stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx front and center following the latest trailer.  The film opens on June 28th.
  • August: Osage County – The premiere poster for director John Wells’ adaptation of the stage play highlights the fantastic cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Benedict Cumberbatch.  The film opens on November 8th.
  • Nymphomaniac – The not-so-subtle first poster for Lars von Trier’s next film teases the pic’s subject of, well, sex.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and Shia LaBeouf.
  • The Bling Ring – The final poster for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s snapshot of the celebrity-obsessed showcases the film’s cast, which includes Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga.  The film opens on June 14th.
  • The Hangover Part III – The latest character poster for Todd Phillips’ trilogy closer features Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow.  The film opens on May 24th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Ken Jeong & Bar Paly Talk PAIN AND GAIN, Working with Michael Bay, the Crazy True Story, and NON-STOP and HANGOVER 3

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Now playing in theaters is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain.  The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.  Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson,  Tony ShalhoubEd HarrisRob CorddryKen Jeong, and Bar Paly.  For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.

At the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Ken Jeong & Bar Paly.  We talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, their reaction to finding out the story was based on real events, the great work by all the actors, and more.  In addition, they talked about upcoming films like The Hangover Part III and Non-Stop with Liam Neeson.  Hit the jump to watch the interview and definitely check out Pain and Gain.  It’s absolutely worth seeing.

New PACIFIC RIM Poster Highlights a Jaeger Party; Carlos Returns in New HANGOVER PART III Poster

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New posters for two of this summer’s most anticipated films have arrived online.  First up, hot on the heels of yesterday’s excellent banner comes a new poster for Guillermo del Toro’s Warner Bros. tentpole Pacific Rim.  The film’s story is kicked off by the emergence of monsters (known as Kaiju) who start a war that devastates humanity.  To fight back, the humans build giant robots (known as Jaegers) that are controlled by two pilots.  This new poster shows a host of Jaegers assembling either for battle or one epic pool party.  The film opens in 3D on July 12th.

Additionally, a couple of new character posters for Todd Phillips’ trilogy closing The Hangover Part III features the return of Heather Graham’s stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold Jade and her baby “Carlos,” as well as John Goodman’s villainous character.  If you missed any coverage from our set visit, you can get caught up on interviews with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Zach GalifianakisPhillips and screenwriter Craig Mazin at the corresponding links.  The film opens on May 24th.  Hit the jump to check out all three posters.

Heather Graham Talks AT ANY PRICE, THE HANGOVER 3, Her Script HALF MAGIC, and CALIFORNICATION

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Heather Graham takes on an unforgettable role in Ramin Bahrani’s drama, At Any Price, as Meredith Crown, the town beauty who never managed to get out of town.  Set in the American heartland amidst the competitive world of modern agriculture, the film chronicles the complexity and corruption of the American Dream and what happens when ambitious Iowa farmer Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) and his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) face an unexpected crisis that threatens the family’s entire livelihood.

At the film’s recent press day, Graham talked about preparing for the role, her thoughts on the moral ambiguity of the characters, the directing process with Bahrani, working with Efron and why she admired his relationship with his fans, what she learned about GMOs and how it may have turned her into a vegetarian, and why she enjoyed shooting on location in Indiana.  She also discussed reuniting with the guys on The Hangover Part III,  her new screenplay, Half Magic, which she hopes to direct, and her upcoming role on Season 7 of Showtime’s Californication playing a woman from Hank’s past who comes back to haunt him.  Hit the jump to read more:

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, THE HANGOVER PART III Set Visit, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Trailer, NOW YOU SEE ME Set Visit, CinemaCon Coverage

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Last weekend I finally had the chance to check out director Rodney Ascher‘s The Shining analysis doc Room 237 on Xbox Live. The film garnered a rave review from Matt when he screened it at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and for the most part I share his enthusiasm for the pic.  On one hand, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen and I admire it for that exact reason. The extensive scenic analysis Room 237 employs, the hypnotic score, and its refusal to show the faces of those presenting their theories makes it an absolutely captivating ride that never lets you come up for air. On the other hand, I now have to live the rest of my life looking for Stanley Kubrick‘s airbrushed face in the clouds during The Shining‘s opening scene. And when/if I ever find it, what am I supposed to do with that information? Sigh.

I could go on about the film’s individual parts, but suffice to say that I consider it required viewing for anyone with even a fleeting interest in film analysis, Kubrick, and/or The Shining. And with that I’ll move on to the reason we’re all here. In this week’s Top 5 you’ll have the pleasure of checking out a stellar new trailer and a slew of other assets from Man of Steel, our set visit recap for The Hangover Part III, the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, more set visit goodness for Now You See Me, and all of our CinemaCon 2013 coverage. The “Continue Reading” button below is your ticket to a brief recap and link to each of the above.

45 Things to Know About THE HANGOVER PART III from Our Set Visit

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Just before Thanksgiving of last year, I took a little trip to Tijuana. Then things got a little fuzzy. I came to in a flophouse in the middle of nowhere and found myself with a front row seat to an out-of-control cock fight.  Blanket-draped chicken crates were stacked all around the seedy hotel room, which was quiet until Alan crashed into them … then all Hell broke loose.  Roosters took flight in the confined space and attacked anything they could get their talons on.  Unfortunately, that happened to be Phil and Stu’s faces.  Then, to make matters worse, Mr. Chow busted in and started firing a gun at the flying menaces, narrowly missing his friends.  After his clip ran out, director Todd Phillips yelled, “Cut! Reset!” and the cast and crew broke into laughter.

Rather than take to the dangerous streets of Tijuana itself (where someone might kidnap poor Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper), this particular scene of The Hangover Part III was staged on a Warner Bros. studio set.  The safety of the location certainly didn’t negatively impact the crazy performances of Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong at all.  Roosters and bullets were definitely flying, though not all of them were real.  The excitement on set from everyone involved in the trilogy’s concluding chapter was, however, quite genuine.  The Hangover Part III opens on May 24th; you can watch the most recent trailer here.  I’ll have set visit interviews with the cast, writer and director coming up, but hit the jump for 45 things to know about the upcoming film.

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