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Watch three brand new TV spots for the upcoming comedy “The Hangover Part II” by director Todd Phillips (Due Date, The Hangover, School for Scoundrels) and starring Zach Galifianakis (Bored to Death, Dinner for Schmucks, American Dad!), Bradley Cooper (The A-Team, Valentine’s Day, All About Steve), Heather Graham (Vengeance: A Love Story, Baby on Board, ExTerminators), Ken Jeong (Vampires Suck, Couples Retreat, Couples Retreat), Justin Bartha (Dark Horse, The Rebound, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and Ed Helms (The Office, Family Guy, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from Hangover 2. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest from »
- Brian Corder
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Long before it was even released and became the huge critical and commercial success that it did, 2009′s The Hangover had impressed test audiences enough that a sequel was swiftly greenlit. Invite scoffs though this did, the infectiously crude, surprisingly sweet bent to the humour and all that it had to say about male group dynamics did well to distract from the fact that it would lead to the inevitable cash grab.
Well, it’s two years later and The Hangover Part II is just that cash grab. While the cast is clearly game and the film isn’t without its moments of inspired lunacy, the sheer laziness with which the original film’s premise is soulessly recycled makes it a film difficult to feel enthusiastic about from the outset. It lacks the loony harmlessness of its predecessor and in upping the stakes also finds that »
- Shaun Munro
Our affection for the animated adaptation of Justice League of America is second to none. It’s one reason we raved about the Complete Series collection which came out last holiday season. Now we’re jealous since each season is being released on Blu-ray for even better definition heroics. Here’s the formal release for the July offering:
Burbank, CA (May 25, 2011) – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their DC Comics super hero comrades burst onto the scene in dazzling high definition as Justice League: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray™ for the first time. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the series’ 26-episode second season will be distributed on Blu-ray™ by Warner Home Video on July 26, 2011 for $39.99 Srp. Order due date is June 21,2011.
Amping up the action, intrigue and epic storylines from its successful first season, Justice League: Season 2 crossed new boundaries in its portrayal of the greatest fighting force in the universe. »
- Robert Greenberger
When you think of Todd Phillips' filmography, there's a few key names that come to mind: Will Ferrell (who's starred or cameo'd in a good number of Phillips' films) for instance, or Juliette Lewis (who appeared in Old School and Due Date), or Seann William Scott (who cameo'd in Old School and starred in School For Scoundrels). Add another name to that list: Scot Armstrong, who wrote Old School, Road Trip, School For Scoundrels, and this week's The Hangover Part Two for the director. We interviewed Armstrong prior to the release of the Hangover sequel, and he had some interesting things to say about sequels, dark comedy, the chances for a Hangover Part Three, and he also talked about his directorial debut Road to Nardo. Read on for the interview, after the jump... He may not have the same name-recognition as the director he's been working under for the past decade or so, »
- Scott Wampler
Looks like lots of people didn't mind showing up to work hungover. The Hangover Part II delivered the biggest midnight launch of the year. The ribald comedy raked in an estimated $10.4 million at 2,600 locations, handily topping Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' $4.7 million midnight start. It also achieved the record for largest midnight debut ever for an R-rated movie, surpassing Paranormal Activity 2's $6.3 million. Two years ago, the first Hangover grossed $1 million in its midnight start at 760 locations. Between The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2, this Memorial Day weekend should be a real scorcher, particularly compared to last year's Sex and the City 2/Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time debacle. With Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides also in the mix, this could very well be the highest-grossing Memorial weekend ever, topping 2007's $256 million haul (led by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you weren.t able to put 2+2 together, The Hangover Part 2 is director Todd Phillips. follow up film to Due Date, and sequel (of sorts) to The Hangover (2009). It.s becoming apparent that Phillips is very much a one-trick pony, but it.s a trick he.s rather good at. not great, but good. If Phillips. films were a game of chance, they.d be roulette and we.d be betting on red or black. His films are 50/50, with the original Hangover, Old School, and some would even say Road Trip, being his hits, while his other films fared less favorably with many viewers.
Before I elaborate further, I want to make this perfectly clear. The Hangover Part 2 is funny, no. it.s down right hilarious, nearly as much so as The Hangover. For that reason, the film succeeds, but not all success is equal. Let.s consider the necessity factor. »
- Travis Keune
Two years on from their foggy night of debauchery in Sin City, the Wolfpack are back, this time to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of mild-mannered dentist Stu in Thailand. At first reluctant to invite Alan along (given his tendency to drug his supposed buddies for life), he soon joins the others on their journey to the exotic location.
So far so roofie-free, although the characters make constant reference to the drug (is this to remind audience members who have forgotten the catalyst for the first film’s exploits?). As expected however, things run far from smooth, and Stu, Alan and Phil wake up on the morning following an innocent evening of beers on the beach, to find themselves in a dank Bangkok hotel room with no memory of how they got there, and missing a vital part of the wedding party, in the form of Stu’s 16-year-old future brother-in-law. »
- Adam Lowes
Jeff Bridges has committed to starring in the adaptation of the undead comic R.I.P.D.. The True Grit star will be joining Ryan Reynolds, who has been attached to the production since 2010, The Wrap reports. Bridges will replace Zach Galifianakis as the dead gunslinger Roy Powell, after the Due Date star had to drop out because of scheduling (more) »
- By Zakia Uddin
Photo: Warner Bros. When I saw The Hangover back in 2009 it had me rolling. When it came time to watch it again on Blu-ray I immediately began to feel the film's length. The novelty had already started to wear off and while it still had its share of laughs it simply wasn't anywhere near as funny as it was the first time around. That said, you can probably predict my opinion on The Hangover Part II when I tell you it is pretty much a carbon copy of the first film only set in a different city.
Last time it was Doug (Justin Bartha) that was getting married as he and his friends Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) and his now brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis) took to Las Vegas for a bachelor party that went all kinds of wrong. »
- Brad Brevet
Every summer seems to get more and more derivative as Hollywood piles on the sequels, adaptations, remakes and movies that just feel shopworn. Summer 2011 continues this trend, differentiated by a few more superhero movies and comedies than normal, a 3D onslaught (15 titles, more than doubling last year) and the highest number of sequels to $200-million-plus movies yet (six, compared to the previous high of five in both 2007 and 2009).So much franchise fare may be less risky than more original fare, but less risk also means less potential reward. Therefore, the overall summer box office should be business as usual and not game-changing. It's those major sequels that seem poised to lead, but the somewhat wobbly start for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a reminder that audiences don't always go for rote. As boring as it sounds, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
To follow up his hit 2009 film “The Hangover,” which earned $467.5 million worldwide and became the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, writer-director Todd Phillips worked with co-writers Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong to produce a sequel script that used the original film as a literal template. As a result, both films revolve around three friends (played by Bradley Cooper, »
- Michelle Kung
It’s rare to encounter a sequel that’s more rewarding when you haven’t seen the original. But director Todd Phillips has created an enigma of sorts in the next incarnation of his 2009 smash hit The Hangover. It may be under the sequel moniker, but The Hangover Part II does nothing to advance “the world” or the characters that inhabit it. Sure, it isn’t a comic-book movie or an evolving franchise, but the sheer lack of inventiveness makes this one of the laziest films we are bound to get this summer.
The film is filled with callbacks, but it is not preposterous to claim one may have a better experience if they have no knowledge of the original. By using an identical structure, beat-for-beat, the element of surprise is gone. A crazy Asian man jumping out of an ice box instead of a car trunk, masturbation/penis jokes »
- Jordan Raup
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
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The Plot: Right after their infamous Las Vegas bachelor party, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.
The Buzz: Like many wines and cheeses before him, Hangover II writer/director Todd Phillips has aged well. With Road Trip, his directorial debut, he made a film just funny enough to facilitate the production of his 2nd film, the far superior, Old School. From there Phillips helmed Starsky and Hutch, which was respected well enough, for what it was, before taking a major misstep with School for Scoundrels. Phillips bounced back big-time from his first flop, »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
What a long, strange trip it's been since the first "Hangover" film dropped in 2009. Who could predict that an original comedy starring three mid-level actors would gross hundreds of millions around the world, or that it would become the new standard of bromance comedy, or that you'd actually want to drink more after seeing where alcohol had led the wolf-pack?
But less surprising is how the careers of the actors involved have taken off. Almost all of the primary actors in "The Hangover" have found increased success in the biz, whether it's as action stars, comedic bit players, or reality TV stars.
How far have they come, and where are they going? Find out after the jump!
"The Hangover's" breakout star floated for years in the alternative comedy scene as one of those perpetually hilarious comedians who never seemed to get a big break. His turn as man-child Alan sparked mainstream attention, »
- Jeremy Gordon
Ken Jeong talks with Hitfix about his role in the upcoming comedy “The Hangover Part II” by director Todd Phillips (Due Date, The Hangover, School for Scoundrels) and starring Zach Galifianakis (Bored to Death, Dinner for Schmucks, American Dad!), Bradley Cooper (The A-Team, Valentine’s Day, All About Steve), Heather Graham (Vengeance: A Love Story, Baby on Board, ExTerminators), Ken Jeong (Vampires Suck, Couples Retreat, Couples Retreat), Justin Bartha (Dark Horse, The Rebound, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and Ed Helms (The Office, Family Guy, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from Hangover 2. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the »
- Brian Corder
Zach Galifianakis would "hate" to do a sex scene with January Jones. The 'Hangover 2' star admits he finds "intimate" scenes embarrassing and is pleased he is rarely asked to shoot such footage with anyone. When asked if he would film a sex scene with January, he explained: "I wouldn't want to. I'd hate it. I've only had to do a few of those things where you have to kiss and stuff. It's so embarrassing." Despite January recently saying she found Zach to be one of the most naturally funny men she has met, the 'Due Date' star said the pair were "very rude" to each other at a party. He told Shortlist magazine: "If I remember correctly, she and I were very rude to each other. It was crazy. I was at a party, I'd never met her, and she was like, 'Come sit down.' So »
Here’s a brand new featurette for the upcoming comedy “The Hangover Part II” by director Todd Phillips (Due Date, The Hangover, School for Scoundrels) and starring Zach Galifianakis (Bored to Death, Dinner for Schmucks, American Dad!), Bradley Cooper (The A-Team, Valentine’s Day, All About Steve), Heather Graham (Vengeance: A Love Story, Baby on Board, ExTerminators), Ken Jeong (Vampires Suck, Couples Retreat, Couples Retreat), Justin Bartha (Dark Horse, The Rebound, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and Ed Helms (The Office, Family Guy, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from Hangover 2. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest from Hangover »
- Brian Corder
To celebrate the release of The Hangover Part II in cinemas this Friday, 26th May, we’ve been given a spectacular array of prizes to give away. The Hangover Part II see director Todd Phillips return with a cast that you’ll know from The Hangover including Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha.
We have a chance for 5 men and 5 women to win the following with the first 2 people picked out of the digital hat winning extra prizes that are marked below in red.
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Synopsis: “The Hangover Part II” is director Todd Phillips’ follow-up to 2009’s smash hit “The Hangover,” which became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time and also won the Golden Globe for Best Film – Comedy or Musical.
Zach Galifianakis would ''hate'' to do a sex scene with January Jones. The 'Hangover 2' star admits he finds ''intimate'' scenes embarrassing and is pleased he is rarely asked to shoot such footage with anyone. When asked if he would film a sex scene with January, he explained: ''I wouldn't want to. I'd hate it. I've only had to do a few of those things where you have to kiss and stuff. It's so embarrassing.'' Despite January recently saying she found Zach to be one of the most naturally funny men she has met, the 'Due Date' »
With plum roles for women and an equal commitment to gross-out, Kristen Wiig's movie will be a great Hangover cure
If you're in the market for a fantastically dark gross-out black comedy about clueless young Americans trapped in a never-ending nightmare in south-east Asia, skip The Hangover Part II and just watch Apocalypse Now, reissued this week for the umpteenth time. I'm out of town this week so I've yet to see Hangover II, though I imagine there's a worldwide embargo on pre-release glimpses of its priceless shit jokes and fart oratorios, lest one dime of its projected mega profits be lost to piracy or to unfounded rumours of comedic inadequacy.
The latter, as it happens, has long been my biggest problem with the Todd Phillips oeuvre. My main memories of his last three R-rated comedies – Old School, The Hangover, and Due Date – are of wall-to-wall ads in the month preceding release, »
- John Patterson
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