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Jonah Hill Reveals He Turned Down 'The Hangover,' Currently Prepping Mystery Directorial Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 4:05 PM
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Is Jonah Hill getting a swelled head or taking himself too seriously? That's the current narrative being tossed around, partially thanks to a recent Rolling Stone interview for "This Is The End," in which he appeared to be standoff-ish compared to his more jovial co-stars. But can you blame the guy for not wanting to answer questions about his romantic life, workout routine and farting? (Yes, the magazine did try and go in those directions.) The one quote that's perhaps most important is this one: "I've done one of the biggest challenges you can do in Hollywood, which is transition from being a comedic actor to being a serious actor, and I'm really prideful of that. I could have made a billion dollars doing every big comedy of the last 10 years and didn't, in order to form a whole other life for myself. Now I have fulfillment doing both."

10 Essential Vegas Movies In The Hungover Spirit Of 'The Hangover Part III'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2013 2:00 PM
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Las Vegas is one of those distinctly American creations: it was designed and built by a gangster, in the middle of a deathly desert, as a utopian celebration for bad behavior, gilded excessive-ness, criminal activity and off-color kitsch. It's a place where you can stay in intricately themed hotel/casinos based upon the pyramids of Egypt, Arthurian castles, New York City, Paris, Amazonian rain forests, Roman coliseums and Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island," but you'd be hard-pressed to find a museum or library to whet your cultural appetite. And yet there's something hypnotically attractive about this place – we keep returning to it, again and again, both in real life and in the movies. This week's "Hangover, Part III" climaxes (as it were) in Vegas, high atop Caesar's Palace, and in keeping with this we decided to celebrate the bad taste and blinding neon lights of Vegas by showcasing ten of the very best Las Vegas movies.

How Jake Gyllenhaal, Thomas Haden Church & Lindsay Lohan Were Almost In 'The Hangover' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 4:47 PM
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With "The Hangover Part III" arriving next month, and now a massive, R-rated comedy franchise, it's easy to forget that way back in 2009, this movie was not expected to be a hit. Oh sure, Warner Bros. knew it would do well (it didn't cost them very much either) but they couldn't have predicted how well it was going to do when arguably the biggest name in the cast was Heather Graham. Guys like Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis had not taken off yet, but over $460 million dollars worldwide later, their lives changed instantly. But what if the casting had gone a different way?

Todd Phillips Insists 'The Hangover Part II' Is Better Than The Original 'The Hangover'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2013 11:16 AM
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This seems to be the week for filmmakers to make assessments on their past work. Yesterday, Michael Bay apologized for "Armageddon," revealing that the studio took the movie out of his hands and if he had his way, he would've completely reshot the final third. And today, Todd Phillips comes out swinging against folks who used "The Hangover Part 2" as a punching bag, criticizing the movie's lack of originality and carbon copying of the first film's template.

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.

First Look At 'The Hangover' Writers' '21 & Over' Reminds Us Why Hollywood Is Placing A Bet On Miles Teller

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 26, 2012 1:22 PM
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When you see the same name popping up over and over again, you know something's up. Such is the case with 25-year-old actor Miles Teller, who has enough of a baby face to genuinely pull off teen roles, plus the chops to back it up. He's had decent-sized parts in "Project X" and "Footloose," but where he's truly shined and where everyone in Hollywood must have noticed him was alongside Nicole Kidman in John Cameron Mitchell's deeply underrated "Rabbit Hole." Kidman earned her third Oscar nomination for Best Actress in the role of a bereaved mother and Teller plays the teenage boy who accidentally killed her young son with his car. Their scenes together are poignant and moving and Teller held his own.

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