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Jack Black, Paul Rudd, and Others Passed on 'The Hangover'

The Hollywood Reporter has an oral history of The Hangover movies out today, and, in it, director Todd Phillips reveals some actors who were almost cast in the movie. Before any actors were hired, Paul Rudd and Jack Black both passed on the project (along with others). Lindsay Lohan was considered for the Heather Graham role and "loved the script,"" but she was deemed too young for the character. Phillips reminisced, "Quite honestly, we were writing the brother-in-law as a younger brother they had to take along with them – like a Jonah Hill character instead of Zach [Galifianakis]. " Jake Gyllenhaal and Thomas Haden Church were both considered for the [...]

Conan Shows Wes Anderson and Todd Phillips's 'Star Wars' Audition Tapes

Everyone's wondering who's going to direct the new Star Wars movies, and last night, Conan O'Brien somehow got access to real test footage shot by Wes Anderson and Todd Phillips, who are apparently both really, seriously up for the job. Here's Wes Anderson's audition for directing Star Wars. Check out Todd Phillips's after the jump. I'm just gonna be the one to say it: I don't think either of these guys are the right choices for taking over this franchise, based off of these legitimate, not-fake clips from a reputable late night talk show.

Danny McBride and Todd Phillips Are Set to Remake the Twisted Danish Comedy Klovn

Danny McBride and Todd Phillips have just signed on to remake the popular Danish comedy Klovn (Clown in English). Klovn, which grossed over $12 million in the Scandinavian box office, was based on the TV show of the same name by Danish comedians Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, who will be producers on the remake. Laura Turner Garrison took an in-depth look at the Danish comedy scene, including Klovn, in December. Here's what she had to say about the film:

The film Klovn picks up where the series left off, with the two man-boys planning a boys-only canoe trip that will end at a brothel. Casper labels the trip [...]

Get Ready For The Hangover III: Mass Death and Total Devastation

Oh, it's happening. The third Hangover movie will start filming this September. Details about the script (by Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin, who wrote part II together) are scarce, but apparently it takes place in LA and won't follow the same morning-after template as the first two movies. In other words, it's still possible that Mazin will follow his instinct that the movie "ends with Doug staring at a row of crosses in a graveyard." Fingers crossed?

The Hangover "Obviously" Imagined As A Trilogy, Says Director Todd Phillips

In case you were wondering how Hangover Part II is going to be distinct from the first, feel free to start wondering the same thing about Hangover Part IIInow. “If we were to do a third one, if the audience [and] if the desire was there—I think we have a clear idea where that would head and it’s certainly not in the same template you’ve seen these movies and obviously we always envisioned it as a trilogy as you can imagine,” director Todd Phillips said at a press conference for the upcoming sequel yesterday. “The third would very much a finale and an ending. The most I [...]

Todd Phillips: "People Will Come to Realize How Brilliant 'Hangover II' Is"

"Every joke in Hangover II is completely different. My feeling is that it's the better movie of the two. I think it's human nature that any time people want to try something for a second time, people go to a negative. I think in five or ten years time, people will come to realize how brilliant Hangover II is."

-Hangover II director Todd Phillips to Empire about the brilliance of Hangover II.

John Goodman in Talks to Play 'Hangover III's' Villian

The lovely, awesome John Goodman is being eyed to play the bad guy in the final Hangover movie. (More like John not so Goodman. Get it? Because he won't be G– I'll just stop now.) Goodman is a natural bad guy, as was the case in this past season of Community, because of how physically imposing he is and the undeniable gravitas of his voice. If Goodman can't do it, Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. are director Todd Phillips' back-up choices. And this marks the first time where John Goodman, Sean Penn, and Robert Downey Jr. were fighting for the same role. Well, other than when they all [...]

Oh, A Project X Sequel Is Happening

What is up with all the sequels? Project X only just opened last weekend and already there's a treatment being written for a follow-up. Doesn't this news just make you feel like a tiny dog being tossed about on the bouncy castle of life? We just don't know anything about this! Will the next movie be about the same characters throwing a frat party in college? Or about a different character at the same party from the first movie? Or a totally different set of people throwing a different but analogous high school party in a slightly changed universe from ours? Or a different dog being bounced in [...]

Will Project X Be "The New Superbad"?

Here's the trailer for Project X, a new comedy about "a group of buds who set out to throw the most epic 17th birthday party ever." Righteous, dude! It's directed by The Hangover's Todd Phillips, and is shot at least in part using footage from the characters' digital cameras. Sounds a lot like The Virginity Hit, which didn't do wonderfully in theaters. But maybe Project X will do better? It doesn't look particularly funny, but test audiences are calling it "the new Superbad" and "American Pie on steroids," so maybe the movie is way, way better than its trailer. We'll find out in March.

An Exhausted Todd Phillips Promising "Unbelievable" R-Rated Surprises in The Hangover Part II

Looks like watching a monkey chew on a fake wiener in the middle of a crowded bus is just a tiny hint of the R-rated goodness in The Hangover Part II. Todd Phillips explained in an interview with Coming Soon at CinemaCon that, despite running himself ragged shooting three films in a row (Hangover, Due Date, Hangover Part II), he is still alert enough to proudly guard his movie's raunchy secrets like a perverted bridge troll. "The truth is we're constrained by the fact that we're R-rated, so you can't give – even the trailer you just saw, that's a PG-13 trailer, so by the nature of the [...]

Watch the Trailer for 'The Hangover Part III' Which Promises to Be the Final 'Hangover' Movie

Here's the trailer for the third and final Hangover movie, which hits theaters May 24th. Up until now the plot has been kept under wraps, but the trailer reveals that it's about Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper's characters taking Zach Galifianakis's character to a mental health center after the loss of his father, only to be stopped by a criminal (John Goodman) who's looking for Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong). Oh, and Melissa McCarthy has a cameo, which is probably like 30 seconds longer than her bit in the trailer.

The Duplass Brothers Set to Write Mule for Todd Phillips

Mark and Jay Duplass have been brought on to adapt Mule for Todd Phillips to direct and produce. It's an curious pairing if not a super exciting one.

Here is a list of the movies the Duplass Brothers have written: The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home.

Here is a list of movies Todd Phillips has directed: Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, The Hangover, Due Date, The Hangover Part II

Those are two very different lists of movies. The Dup-Bros pioneered the somewhat comedic, but in a VERY minor way, genre of Mumblecore and Phillips works in the area of Naked-Face-Tattoo-Dudes-Core. [...]

New Project X Photos, Captioned By the Protagonist's Dog

New photos from Project X, Todd Phillip's epic party movie, have been released. We present them below, along with captions found hastily scrawled on the negatives in a canine hand.

11:18pm: I'm currently hiding out underneath the porch, waiting for this nightmare to be over. I have found a camera and taught myself to write so that I can document the events of this near-apocalyptic evening for posterity.

Are We Living in the Age of the Jokeless Movie?

Adam Sternbergh sure is steamed at Judd Apatow and Todd Phillips in his New York Times article "The Hangover and The Age of the Jokeless Comedy," essentially blaming the pair for crushing "joke-driven" comedies in favor of films that rely more on everyday people falling into situational gags, rather than making specific jokes. At least I think that's what he's saying, because this article is all over the place. "The films of Phillips and Apatow arrived as an antidote to tired, mechanistically joke-driven comedies, like the reference-packed Scary Movie clones. But their movies wound up acting as a kind of comedic nerve gas, wiping out joke-comedies en masse," [...]