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Review: While Darker, ‘The Hangover Part III’ Ends Series In Forgettable, Unremarkable Fashion

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 22, 2013 3:59 PM
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Director/writer Todd Phillips' filmmaking career has been fairly inconsistent so far, but the peaks and positive results have always been hilariously effective. "Road Trip" was unexpectedly funny and "Old School," a comedy touchstone of sorts, practically invented the fratty, bromantic, arrested development comedy of man children that’s become its own cottage industry genre (Example: while "Wedding Crashers" was not written by Phillips, that comedy classic owes much of its form to his college-set comedy). Then came the uneven "Starsky & Hutch" and the compromised "School For Scoundrels," which dulled Phillips' dirty politically-incorrect comedy edge.

Zach Galifianakis Ruins Your Day By Suggesting Mr. Chow-Centric 'Hangover' Spin-Off, Plus New TV Spot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 9:29 AM
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There's probably mixed feelings going around about the conclusion this Thursday, when the third film opens, of "The Hangover" trilogy. For some, the films have been among the most seminal comedies of their generation, making Bradley Cooper an A-lister, and introducing the world at large to the talents of Zach Galafianakis. For others, they've been increasingly lazy, misogynistic, fratty films the popularity of which will never quite be explained.

Over 40 New Images From 'The Hangover Part 3' Get You Ready For The Return Of The Wolf Pack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 1:19 PM
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At the end of the month, you'll be faced with making the decision of which bros who you want to hang out with -- Vin and the boys in "Fast & Furious 6" or the Wolf Pack in "The Hangover Part III"? It's gasoline vs.alcohol, Las Vegas vs. London (and other exotic locales), and Luke Evans vs. John Goodman in the bad guy department. We'll leave it to you to decide which way you're gonna go, but these forty plus new images from "The Hangover Part III" give a glimpse of what you might be missing.

Review: Potentially Dumb & Fun 'Pain & Gain' Overstays Its Welcome With Unrelentingly Dumb & Unfun Tale

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 24, 2013 10:40 AM
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Big, dumb, ridiculously over-the-top fun. When all else fails, filmmaker Michael Bay, perhaps one of the most unfairly maligned directors of the last two decades, can make it rain and bring the entertaining thunder like no one else. If not the inventor of the modern day supernova-esque blockbuster, Bay certainly defined it with some of the biggest, loudest, most larger-than-life spectacles of contemporary cinema. While loathed in many circles for several years by critics like Roger Ebert and others for “ruining movies” with his dumbed-downed, stadium-sized, often banal, Bon Jovi-like anthemic films that came with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, Bay’s reputation has improved in recent years with the rise and popularity of vulgar auteurism (a newfound respect or the loud and proud).

'The Hangover Part III' Unveils 2 New Posters, International Trailer & TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2013 1:44 PM
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Oh, so you didn't think that first trailer for "The Hangover Part III" was so good, huh? Well, Warner Bros. is gonna take another swing at the plate later this week when they drop a newer (and hopefully better) one, and in the lead up to that, they're sharing a bit of marketing material to build the buzz.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Hangover Part III' Brings Back The Wolf Pack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 1:07 PM
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" 'The Hangover Part III' is Alan's story," director Todd Phillips said late last year about the plot of the third installment of the 'Hangover' franchise. "He's going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolf Pack is all he has." And after surviving Las Vegas and Thailand together, who better to have your back? Well the new trailer for the "fitting end to this three-part opera of mayhem and bad decisions" has arrived to strap in.

Watch: The End Of The World Arrives With Trailer For 'Rapturepalooza' Starring Anna Kendrick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2013 5:25 PM
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Well, it's ambitions were certainly up there. First announced two years ago, we kind of totally forgot about "Rapturepalooza," but Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley had signed on for a comedy that was aiming to be something like "Zombieland" meets "The Big Lebowski." But judging by this new trailer for the movie, the filmmakers missed the mark...and then some...

2 Sweaty New Pics From 'The Hangover Part III'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 5:19 PM
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So, "The Hangover Part III" is coming in about three months....where's the trailer? Or the poster? Or even one of those teaser trailers with no actual footage? Given the movie only started shooting last September, we figure Todd Phillips and co. are racing to the finish line, and the studio must be confident that audiences would probably walk up and buy tickets to this sight unseen. But until we get some kind of glimpse at the movie, here are a couple more stills.

New Bromance: Jamie Foxx & Ken Jeong Line Up Two Comedy Projects Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 9:43 AM
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The tale of Ken Jeong is a pretty awesome one. He was working as a doctor while honing his comedy chops at stand-up clubs, and eventually moved to L.A. and started pursuing a career in showbiz full time. He worked the comedy circuit, did guest stints on a bunch of shows, eventually fell in with the Apatow gang, and came to much bigger attention after his turn as the asshole doctor in "Knocked Up." From there came "The Hangover," then "Community" and the rest, as they say, is history. Now he's stepping up into bigger and better things.

Ken Jeong Gets Expanded Role In 'The Hangover Part 3,' But Will It Make For A Better Finale?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 13, 2012 11:20 AM
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After the post-"Old School" stumbles ("School For Scoundrels" being the most egregious), it was nice to see Todd Phillips land back on his feet in a big way with "The Hangover" and to a lesser degree, the caustic but still enjoyable "Due Date." "The Hangover" of course was more than just a comeback success, the film went supernova and became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time and turned Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper into big stars that now lead their own movies and TV shows. Phillips himself signed a mint-like deal with Warner Bros. and everyone made out pretty damn well from the Vegas misadventure that took everyone by surprise.

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