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'The Hangover Part II' screenwriters talk about getting fouler, dirtier, and more outrageous for the sequel

In 2009, The Hangover ticked off pretty much every item you can imagine on the R-rated-comedy checklist on its way to record-setting box office glory. Foul language? Check. Drinking and drug use? Check. Wildly inappropriate sexual humor involving a baby? Check. Naked man jumping out of the trunk of a car and attacking people with a crowbar? Well, hey, it was Vegas. So how exactly do you top all of that insanity in a sequel? For the screenwriting team behind The Hangover Part II — director Todd Phillips and co-writers Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong — the only answer was to go for broke and explore the outer boundaries of what the MPAA would allow in terms of R-rated outrageousness. “We were given full license to push it to the limit,” Armstrong says. “The first Hangover almost had its own set of rules, and we definitely weren’t going to hold back on the second one.”

Setting the story in Bangkok, a city whose very name connotes danger and exotic pleasures, opened up whole new worlds of trouble for the movie’s main characters — Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) — to get themselves into when they travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. READ FULL STORY

'Hangover Part II' director Todd Phillips and stars talk Tasers, fish blood, and Mel Gibson

As members of The Hangover‘s Wolf Pack, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper are used to being put in uncomfortable situations — like in the first film, when director Todd Phillips wanted to use a real Taser on them during a scene in a police station until Warner Bros. lawyers put the kibosh on the idea. “My boys would have done it,” Phillips says now. “These guys are soldiers.”

But as Cooper says in EW’s Summer Movie Preview issue, nothing quite prepared them for the grueling experience of filming The Hangover Part II, the upcoming sequel to the 2009 comedy smash. The cast shot the film for nine weeks in sweltering, chaotic Bangkok, Thailand, where the Wolf Pack reunites for the wedding of mild-mannered dentist Stu (Helms), only to see things go horribly awry again. READ FULL STORY

'The Hangover: Part II' trailer -- the case of the missing teen brother-in-law

A new trailer for The Hangover: Part II premiered Thursday in the place that started it all: Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Thousands gathered here for the final day of CinemaCon, wrapping up the week-long convention of theater owners with a presentation on the upcoming sequel, as the Wolf Pack reunites in Thailand for Ed Helms’ character Stu’s bachelor party and wedding. Unfortunately, his smoking hot wife-to-be asks them to take her teenage little brother along, and guess who vanishes without a trace this time?

Check out the footage and an exclusive Q&A with director Todd Phillips below, where he discusses Mel Gibson’s scrapped cameo, Bill Clinton’s rumored cameo, and how crazy is too crazy for these stories.  READ FULL STORY

'The Hangover Part II' poster: Where's Justin Bartha?

The new poster for The Hangover Part II proclaims “The Wolfpack is Back,” but the question fans are asking: Where’s Doug (Justin Bartha)? Didn’t he first make Alan (Zach Galifianakis) feel like he was no longer a lone wolf? A rep for Warner Bros. declined to comment. Earlier this month, Bartha told Empire that Doug isn’t lost in the sequel. “There are similar circumstances,” he said, “but he’s a little bit more involved.” So we assume he does get separated from the trio again (though this time they know where he is), and that he’s not been magically transformed into that well-dressed monkey.

We also assume having the trio on a poster with wildlife is a nice callback to this one for the first movie.

Bradley Cooper in 'Limitless': A serious movie star is born

There’s a scene early on in Limitless, the enjoyably fanciful but squint-and-it-sort-of-looks-plausible brainiac thriller that opened at number one this weekend, that captures why Bradley Cooper is going to be a major movie star. (What, you say, he already was a major movie star in The Hangover? I’d quibble with that, but won’t annoy you with my carping for another paragraph.) In Limitless, Cooper starts out all earnest and disheveled, in scraggly long hair — he’s like Ben Stiller’s hippie-graduate-student brother — but then he gets hold of a powerful, untested pharmaceutical drug that allows him to tap his unused mental capacity. When the first rush hits him, he’s on the stairwell of a crummy New York walk-up, trying to talk his way past his landlord’s wife, who is threatening him with eviction. Instead of fighting her off, he starts to figure things out about her — like the fact that she’s a law student — and within moments, he has won her over to his side. The scene works because Cooper makes his sudden Sherlockian powers of observation completely convincing, then turns deduction into seduction, and does it all so lightly that he gets you right onto his wavelength of nimble motormouth aggression. And that’s what he does, more or less, for the rest of the movie. READ FULL STORY

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