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Jennifer Lopez & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Among Those Invited To Join The Academy

June 29th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 276 new members to join this year, including Jennifer Lopez, Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Jason Schwartzman, Milla Jovovich and Lucy Liu.

If they accept, they will be allowed to vote for the winners of the 2014 Oscars and beyond.

Chris Tucker, Danny Trejo, Emily Mortimer, Paula Patton and Jack Huston have also been invited to join the Academy.

Academy President Hawk Koch explained, "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today. Their talent and creativity have captured th...
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Woman Arrested Outside Todd Phillipps' L.A. Home

January 7th, 2013 3:06pm EST
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An overzealous fan has been arrested outside director Todd Phillips' California home.

Juliana Shiao was taken into custody on Thursday night after someone at the Old School filmmaker's residence spotted the 22 year old and called the police.

She is currently being held on $150,000 bail on suspicion of following, harassing, and threatening the director.

According to TMZ.com, the Los Angeles County District Attorney has already charged Shiao with felony stalking.

It is not yet known whether Phillips was at home during the time of the incident.
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs Angling For Role In The Next 'Hangover'

April 23rd, 2012 12:49pm EDT
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs has sparked rumors he is fishing for a cameo role in the next The Hangover sequel after he was spotted meeting with director Todd Phillips.

The rapper has been pursuing an acting career over the last few years, landing a two-episode role in CSI: Miami, a slot on Hawaii Five-0 and a part opposite Russell Brand in 2010 comedy Get Him to the Greek.

He also won his first Oscar in February after working as an executive producer on sports documentary Undefeated, which was named Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

Combs is now said to be going after a role in t...
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The Wolfpack is Back - 'The Hangover Part III' Gets Release Date

March 23rd, 2012 2:00pm EDT
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The Wolf Pack is gearing up for one more night of forgotten debauchery. Warner Bros. announced that The Hangover franchise will return to theaters one more time, with The Hangover Part III scheduled to release May 24th - the coveted Memorial Day weekend.

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis are currently set to reprise their roles, although director Todd Phillips is keeping the plot under wraps. "We're going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned," says Phillips in the press release. "It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, d...
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Two Jews' Review 'Project X' And Both Join The Party (Video)

March 2nd, 2012 1:00pm EST
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Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Three high school seniors throw a birthday party that spirals out of control and their lives will never be the same.

Okay, right off the bat, I have to say that 'Project X' directed by Nima Nourizadeh, written by Matt Drake and Michael Baldwin is crazy hysterical, outrageous fun and super clever.

I loved this film.

Shot in the 'found footage' style, it tells the story of three teenagers, Tom (Thomas Mann) Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) who yearn to be 'popular'.

Costa, who could be cast on the reality ...
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Bradley Cooper Confirms 'Hangover Part 3'

December 5th, 2011 8:31am EST
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Bradley Cooper has confirmed "The Hangover" cast is set to reunite for a second sequel set in Los Angeles.

The actor shot to international fame with his role in the 2009 Las Vegas-based comedy opposite Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, and a follow-up, The Hangover Part II, set in Thailand, was released earlier this year.

Cooper has now revealed filming on the third installment should begin next September and he believes the film will be set in California.

He tells TV host Graham Norton, "I hope we'll start shooting next September. I know (director) Todd Phillips is working ...
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Bradley Cooper Wants 'Hangover' Series To Become A Trilogy

July 28th, 2011 1:27pm EDT
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Bradley Cooper is determined to make a third Hangover film, insisting the comedy series needs to become a trilogy to "close it up."

The Hollywood hunk played teacher Phil in 2009's The Hangover, and reprised the role again for this year's follow-up, The Hangover Part II.

And Cooper has called on director/producer Todd Phillips to make a third and final movie - as he's convinced a trilogy will help wrap up the characters' adventures.

Asked by BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton whether he's eager to do another movie in the series, he replies, "Yes please, I hope so - can you write in? ...
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Paris Hilton: 'I Want To Be Married & Pregnant In 2 To 5 Years'

July 7th, 2011 8:32am EDT
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Paris Hilton is upset she hasn't achieved her romantic childhood goal yet - she fully expected to be married with kids by the time she hit 30.

The socialite has had a string of high-profile romances with the likes of rocker Benji Madden, Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis and Doug Reinhardt - and each one appeared to be very serious.

But after dumping club boss Cy Waits earlier this year after an 18-month romance, Hilton admits she's troubled to find herself alone at 30.

In a new interview with Life & Style magazine, she says, "When I was a little girl, I always imagined I'd be married wit...
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It Ain’t Broke, So Philips Doesn’t Fix ‘The Hangover Part II’

May 27th, 2011 11:44am EDT
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You’re probably familiar with the sentiment “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” a colloquial expression, meaning that if you’ve found a proven formula for success, don’t mess with it. Usually when a sequel is made of a popular movie, this idea is employed by the filmmakers to some degree, so that they do not risk alienating their fans. No film in recent memory though, keeps this thought as close to the forefront as Todd Philips’ raunchy comedy “The Hangover: Part II.”

This sequel, to the 2009 hit about a bachelor party in Vegas gone awry, literally follows the same exact narrative struct...
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Third 'Hangover' Film To Focus On Ken Jeong's Mr. Chow?

May 24th, 2011 8:33am EDT
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The third film in "The Hangover" franchise could be a spin-off all about Ken Jeong's crazy character Mr. Chow.

Director Todd Phillips is already considering destinations for his third and final film after shooting the sequel in Thailand - and he reveals the third installment could be all about Chow.

He tells WENN, "The third would be very much a finale and an ending. It is not following the same template but a very new idea.

"Who knows, we could do a spin-off Mr. Chow movie but I still haven't talked to Ken about it. Chow is definitely a man of mystery - like Austin Powers - and he obvio...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Hangover Part II,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2,' & More

May 23rd, 2011 10:00am EDT
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Johnny Depp set sail again last week as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth entry in the series. After viewing the movie, I can honestly say that it’s not the best in the franchise, but certainly not the worst either. While nothing can really top the first one in my mind, this one gets back to the spirit of the original.

Captain Jack runs into an old love interest, Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who convinces him to join her on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. Sparrow unwittingly climbs aboard the vessel of Angelica’s father, Blackbeard (Ian M...
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PETA Blast 'Hangover' Producers For Monkey Stunt At Premiere

May 20th, 2011 2:40pm EDT
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Animal rights campaigners have blasted movie bosses for dressing a monkey in a frock and parading it before cameras at the premiere for The Hangover Part II.

Stars of the comedy sequel, including Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, descended on Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles for the grand unveiling of the film on Thursday evening .

They were joined by primate Crystal, who has a role in the movie - and she appeared to be loving the attention, leaping up and down, playing with actress Kristen Bell's hair, and 'smiling' for photographers.

However, officials at People for the ...
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Ping-Pong Ball Shot From Performer's Privates Lands In Bradley Cooper's Mouth

May 19th, 2011 9:30pm EDT
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Actor Bradley Cooper tested the levels of decency during filming for the Hangover sequel in Bangkok, Thailand when he caught a ping-pong ball popped from a performance artist's private parts in his mouth.

Cooper, his castmates and director Todd Phillips visited a local hotspot, where girls impressed guests with odd talents - and the actors were stunned with one performer in particular.

He says, "This one gal was able to eject ping-pong balls at high velocities with amazing accuracy."

Cooper decided to join in the fun and asked Phillips to take a photo of him with his mouth open, pretendi...
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'Hangover' Director Todd Phillips Wanted To Taser Stars For Real

May 18th, 2011 10:24pm EDT
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Director Todd Phillips wanted to taser his stars for real in The Hangover but safety watchdogs and the actors' agents insisted he was going too far.

The moviemaker admits he thought it would be fine to give Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper a buzz - but he was talked out of the idea by studio executives.

He says, "I figured we'd seen it (tasering) on (movie) Jackass and those guys do it, they're fine. I approached the guys; I figured it would be a fun thing to do.

"Bradley Cooper, who is like a soldier, was just on board: 'I'm there, let's do it...' And of course Zach and Ed...
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Crew Persuaded 'Hangover' Director To Cut Mel Gibson Cameo

May 16th, 2011 9:06am EDT
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Moviemaker Todd Phillips has spoken out about his decision to cut a Mel Gibson cameo from his "The Hangover" sequel, insisting it just wasn't worth upsetting members of his crew just for two minutes of film.

The director invited the embattled star to shoot a hilarious cameo in the movie, but too many crew members were upset about the idea, following the release of Gibson's rage-filled phone rant aimed at his ex-lover Oksana Grigorieva and her allegations he attacked her.

Movie star Zach Galifianakis was singled out as the cast member who was opposed to Gibson's involvement in the comedy s...
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'Hangover' Director: 'The Monkey Never Smoked A Single Cigarette'

April 18th, 2011 12:38pm EDT
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Director Todd Phillips has laughed off suggestions a monkey was trained to smoke during the filming of The Hangover sequel, insisting he made up the story as a "joke".

The moviemaker talked about The Hangover Part II's cigarette-puffing monkey in an interview with Total Film magazine and revealed the capuchin learned how to smoke and was left with a raging nicotine addiction.

Phillips even claimed to have incurred the wrath of officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), saying, "I wanted the monkey to smoke so we had to train her to. Now I have PETA after me because ...
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'Hangover' Monkey Is Addicted To Cigarettes

April 15th, 2011 2:21pm EDT
Night at the Museum
Director Todd Phillips has outraged officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) because the cigarette-puffing monkey which stars in The Hangover Part II is now addicted to smoking.

The moviemaker shot the sequel to the hit 2009 film in Bangkok, Thailand and he hired capuchin monkey Crystal, who previously starred in Night at the Museum opposite Ben Stiller, as part of the cast.

The primate was trained to smoke for certain scenes, but now Phillips has come under fire from animal rights activists because Crystal is refusing to give up the habit since filming wrapped.
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Bradley Cooper: 'Bangkok Is Vegas On Steroids'

April 15th, 2011 11:39am EDT
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The shooting of upcoming movie The Hangover Part II was halted on a routine basis as the cast and crew battled sickness and made regular trips to the hospital.

Stars of the original 2009 movie, including Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, reunited to film a sequel about a hazardous bachelor party in the hedonistic city of Bangkok, Thailand.

However, the three-month shoot proved to be more difficult than director Todd Phillips imagined as his actors and crew members were hospitalized for a variety of conditions ranging from exhaustion to food poisoning.

He tells Total Film...
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Britney Spears Wants To Act In A Judd Apatow Comedy

February 13th, 2011 10:00am EST
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is eager to try out her comedy skills on the big screen - her wants a role in a Todd Phillips or Judd Apatow movie.

The "Toxic" hitmaker has already shown her comedy chops in guest appearances on hit TV series How I Met Your Mother, Will And Grace, and Glee, and the singer admits she's now setting her sights on working with the directors behind The Hangover and Knocked Up.

In a question and answer session with fans on her Twitter.com blog, she writes, "I love to act and would love to be in a Todd Philips (sic) or Judd Apatow movie."

Click for more great Britney Spe...
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Ed Helms Says Bill Clinton Won't Have Cameo In 'Hangover 2'

January 26th, 2011 1:20pm EST
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The Hangover star Ed Helms has cast doubt on Bill Clinton's reported cameo appearance in The Hangover sequel, insisting the former U.S. president didn't shoot any scenes when he visited the comedy film's set.

Clinton was rumored to have landed a guest appearance in the hit movie's follow-up after he was spotted on the set with stars including Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper in November.

However, Clinton didn't step in front of the camera for director Todd Phillips, according to Helms.

When asked about Clinton's cameo, Helms told MTV.com, "Check your sources. He came and visited u...
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Bill Clinton Scores A Cameo In 'The Hangover 2'

November 15th, 2010 8:06am EST
Bill Clinton
Hollywood chiefs have found another heavyweight to star alongside Mike Tyson in The Hangover sequel - former president Bill Clinton has shot a cameo role.

The boxing champion was a big hit in the first movie, and director Todd Phillips recently revealed he had lured Tyson back for an appearance in the sequel, which is currently shooting in Thailand. And a surprise star was spotted on set with actors Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper earlier this month - Clinton has filmed a cameo for the comedy, according to TMZ.com.

Mel Gibson was also lined up to appear in the second Hangover insta...
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'Due Date' Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Agree 'Due Date' Is No 'Hangover' (Video)

November 5th, 2010 9:10am EDT
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'Due Date' directed by Todd Phillips (Hangover) stars Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis as two unlikely companions thrown together on a road trip, that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous. Downey plays Peter Highman, an expectant first time father whose wife's (Michelle Monaghan) due date is only days away. As he hurries to catch a flight home to Los Angeles from Atlanta, his chance encounter with aspiring actor and disaster-magnet Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) leads to the two of them being tossed off the plane and placed on a no-fly list. And that's where t...
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Funny Pic Of The Day: 'Due Date' European Premiere

November 4th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Due Date
Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis posed with Balu the dog at the European premiere of "Due Date" held at the Empire Cinema in London yesterday.

Director Todd Phillips re-teams with his break-out "Hangover" star for the road movie concerning a soon-to-be father (Downey Jr.) and his cross-country trip to make it back in time for his baby's birth -- with the only roadblock being the dubious passenger (Galifianakis) who's along for the ride.

Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx co-star in the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production.

Check out some "Due Date" photos here!
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'Due Date' Shows Director Todd Phillips' Growth

November 4th, 2010 9:32am EDT
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Due Date doesn’t have to be deep. Just put Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in a car and there’s your movie. It has a little more to say about grown men though. Downey plays a businessman trying to get home in time for the birth of his firstborn. Galifianakis plays a man-child carrying his father’s ashes across the country.

“While it is a road movie and it is a comedy at it's core it is a movie about Zach who's going through a drama, Zach's character Ethan Tremblay having just lost his father and Robert who's just about to become a father for the first time,” director Todd Phillips ...
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Zach Galifianakis 'Not To Blame' For Mel Gibson Dismissal

November 2nd, 2010 12:20pm EDT
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Zach Galifianakis is adamant he is not to blame for the decision to axe Mel Gibson's cameo appearance in The Hangover sequel - insisting he has no say in the "hiring and firing of actors."

The Lethal Weapon star was due to film a small role in the upcoming comedy, but his part in the movie was scrapped just days after the casting was announced. Director Todd Phillips revealed he was forced to dismiss the troubled star because some members of the cast and crew objected to working with Gibson, who hit headlines this year for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

The spot...
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Todd Phillips Still Angry Over Mel Gibson's 'Hangover' Axe

October 27th, 2010 1:29pm EDT
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Todd Phillips will always regret having to axe Mel Gibson from The Hangover sequel, insisting the troubled star is "one of our finest actors" and deserves a second chance.

The Lethal Weapon star hit headlines this year when his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva accused him of beating her in a violent domestic dispute, while tape recordings of their bitter arguments later appeared online.

Gibson was due to make his big screen comeback with a role in Phillips' upcoming comedy sequel, but he was axed from the movie after members of the cast and crew objected to working with the troubled acto...
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Zach Galifianakis A Favorite To Play John Belushi

October 27th, 2010 8:24am EDT
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"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips is developing a new John Belushi biopic, and Zach Galifianakis is at the top of his leading men list.

The filmmaker is a longtime fan of the tragic comedy legend and admits he's close to pre-production on the film of Belushi's life.

He tells Details magazine he has yet to cast the film - but his "The Hangover" star Galifianakis is a favorite to play the wildman.

Phillips admits he's surprised by internet stories suggesting Seth Rogen will play Belushi: "They want Seth Rogen? That's interesting. I honestly never even thought of that. Zach, obviously. ...
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Will Audiences Get Tired Of Zach Galifianakis?

October 7th, 2010 9:39am EDT
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This weekend, Zach Galifianak is will appear in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” number two of three films to come out in the second half of 2010. “Funny Story” is definitely a departure for Galifianakis who is given a chance to show a more serious and somber side of himself as a patient in the psychiatric ward of a hospital who is estranged from his only daughter. Then, next month, he will co-star with Robert Downey, Jr. in “Due Date” from Todd Phillips, the director of “The Hangover.”

Fans of Galifianakis’ stand-up are aware that he has been performing as a part of the alternative comedy mo...
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'The Hangover' Heading To Bangkok

October 5th, 2010 12:26pm EDT
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Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are swapping Las Vegas for Bangkok - The Hangover sequel is heading to Thailand.

The trio starred alongside Justin Bartha in the hit 2009 comedy, which saw them cause chaos in Sin City as a bachelor party went awry. Director Todd Phillips is bringing the buddies back together for a follow-up and he has now revealed the sequel won't be returning to Nevada - they are shifting the action to the Far East.

He tells Empire Online, "It takes place in Bangkok and LA. There's gonna be some f**ked-up surprises. The three guys are back, Mr. Chow's bac...
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Fall Movie Preview Part 3: November

September 8th, 2010 10:20am EDT
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November will unleash on moviegoers some of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. Sure to be the biggest opener of the month will be “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” which will ease fans into the end of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise. Director David Yates returns to helm the last two installments of the series which will be much appreciated by die-hard fans of the books and movies. Also exciting, and not surprising, is “Deathly Hallows” will be 3D which may result in the movie being just another flop in the 3D craze. Few movies have successfully employed the 3D t...
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