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‘Hangover’ Pals Todd Phillips & Bradley Cooper Form New Warner Bros Producing Label

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 11:02am PDT
Mike Fleming

Todd Phillipsbradley cooper preferred picSharing three Hangovers with anybody is rarely a good experience. But for director Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper, the aftermath of their experience is to pool their resources and form a new unnamed production company in a three-year deal at Warner Bros. That’s where Phillips has been a fixture at Green Hat, and where Cooper is also based under his increasingly prolific 22nd & Indiana Pictures banner. They hatched the company with Warner Bros president Greg Silverman, and it might warner-bros__130912132941-150x150well be the most formidable pairing of an actor and director since Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney had the WB-based Section Eight. Insiders said that the new partners grew very close, and that Cooper has used him as a soundboard as his own producing volume has increased. They are expected to redouble their efforts and become very active as producers in films Cooper will also sometimes star in and which Phillips will direct.

The first film they will make under the new banner is Arms & The Dude, which has Phillips directing and Jonah Hill circling the role as one of two stoners who become arms dealers for the U.S., get a $300 million contract and find themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home because they were completely out of their depth. The pic is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson and Phillips has been working on it for years under his Green Hat banner. Mark Gordon is also producing and Bryan Zuriff exec producing. Jason Smilovic is writing the script. Lawson is repped by Hotchkiss & Associates. Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘The Hangover’s Ken Jeong

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 6:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA signed Ken Jeong, and will steer his career in both film and TV. Jeong really hit my radar in a small role in The Hangover, and I can’t get enough with this Asian with Attitude. He rose to a bigger role in The Hangover Part II, and though they stuck him in a freezer they couldn’t kill him, and he’s back in a bigger role in the Todd Phillips-directed The Hangover Part III with Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. Jeong will next be seen in the Michael Bay-directed Pain and Gain Read More »

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Warner Bros Re-Ups Todd Phillips’ First Look Deal As He Sets Four Films To Helm

By | Monday February 6, 2012 @ 3:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After the first three films made at Warner Bros by Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films banner grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, he has been re-upped to a new first-look deal that keeps him on the lot until the end of 2013. Phillips has been based at the studio since 2005, after he directed the 2004 comedy Starsky & Hutch for the studio.

Green Hat, which is working on a third installment of The Hangover, has four other projects percolating at the studio as potential directing vehicles for Phillips. Green Hat is also partnered with Silver Pictures on Project X, a micro-budget comedy which opens March 2–with a cast of complete newcomers. Green Hat is developing:

* An adaptation of the Tony D’Souza novel Mule, about a young couple that turns to drug trafficking to scratch a living during the recession. Green Hat’s Phillips and Scott Budnick are producing with Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell’s Electric City Entertainment. They are out to writers.

*Arms and the Dudes, based on a Guy Lawson Rolling Stone article that chronicled the unlikely rise of two stoners in Miami Beach who became big-time arms dealers, and suddenly had it all taken away by the Pentagon. Phillips and Budnick produce with Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff. Stephen Chin (I Rock Iraq) is in talks to write it.

* The Island, a project scripted by Due Date‘s Adam Sztykiel from a story by Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas; the logline’s … Read More »

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‘Hangover 2′ Biggest Global R-Rated Comedy

SUNDAY UPDATE: This weekend, The Hangover Part II generated an estimated $21.4M from approximately 5,800 screens in 55 markets, bringing the international total to $256M. With a worldwide gross of $488M, the sequel now surpasses the original’s gross of $468M to become
the biggest R-rated comedy globally. The combined worldwide box office for both pics now exceeds $1 billion. Yowza!

SATURDAY: The combined worldwide box office for Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ The Hangover and The Hangover, Part II will now exceed $1 billion. Yowza! Today the sequel (before this weekend Domestic: $226.2M, International $216.4M) will surpass the original’s $467.4M (Domestic: $277.3M, International: $190.1M).

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$200 Million Opening Weekend Has Warner Bros Thinking Third ‘Hangover’

Mike Fleming

FX Nabs Rights To ‘Hangover Part II’

In a move that seems to be about commerce as much as comedy, Warner Bros has started the process on a third installment of The Hangover. Though my sources say there are no deals and that the players involved won’t really get cracking on it for months, it seems likely that Craig Mazin will be writing the three-quel. Reports are surfacing based on an interview he did to promote the film; others involved have hinted at the third pic as well.  While Mazin doesn’t have a deal, after Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures just announced that the comedy crossed the $200 million worldwide mark and became the fastest comedy to surpass that number, developing the third film seems inevitable. The picture also blew past the Memorial Day weekend record for an R rated film.

Warner Bros hasn’t announced it’s going for three, and the timing of this film actually took longer than the last one: The Hangover Part II was commissioned before the original picture opened, because test audiences responded so well that Warner Bros knew it had a big hit. Now, there are hurdles to overcome. Warner Bros threatened to scrap The Hangover Part II because of salary disputes with stars Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. Those guys were paid less than $1 million collectively to star in the first blockbuster, but luckily for the cast, they had no options for a sequel. Their reps smartly dug their heels in, and the trio each got around $5 million against 4% of gross, which ought to mean pretty good backend paydays for The Wolf Pack. Read More »

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