HOLLYWOOD – With the release of the Trailer of The Hangover Part 3, the Studio Exec was given the opportunity to sit down and speak with the cast and director.

‘When we got together to talk about doing a third part to the much loved comedy series The Hangover, one thing we were all agreed on was not to simply photocopy the original,’ says writer Todd Phillips. ‘After all, we already did that with Hangover Part 2. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!’

The ‘creative’ team behind the multi-million dollar franchise decided that there free and easy approach to alcohol had perhaps been a ‘mite irresponsible’ and so to add a darker tone and to redress the balance it was decided early on to kill off several members of the cast.
Zach Galifianakis butts in:

Initially my character erm… Alan, I think he’s called? Any way me. I was going to contract hepatitis from the drinking and liver damage and they would have had to amputate both my legs which got gangrenous. But then we decided a lot of the comedy beats were a bit off, but then we said well if after the operations I die anyway, now THAT would be hilarious.

Phillips continues:

Of course once we’d killed Alan we thought, Wow, what if we killed off Bradley Cooper as well, I mean his character.Jesus what is his name? Anyway, we thought he could Hendrix, you know choke on his own vomit in a drink induced coma. It’d be gross out comedy and poignant to boot. 

Cooper laughs, with this look of fear in his eye. He takes up the narrative:

So then Ed Helms who plays David or Doug or Dan or someone, he was like woah there. What about me? So Todd came up with this…

Tod Phillips:

Fantastic idea. Yeah. That he should drink drive and like crash the car and totally be decapitated, and because he’s so fucking drunk, he’s like staggering around like a fucking chicken. I mean comedy is about accumulation. First he loses a tooth and then his head. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

So Ken Jeong’s character is the only one to survive?

Heck no. He gets really depressed and kills himself.

The Hangover Part 3 will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2013.


THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK: REVIEW – Face from the A Team is more like Mad Murdoch when his wife leaves him and after a brief stint in One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest goes not so Strictly Ballroom with Katniss Everdeen.

Everyone’s crazy in this well made and well played melodrama. David O. Russell hot off The Fighter continues a winning streak with a kind of slice of life ensemble and keeps his kookie pretty much in the jar. The beats are sometimes predictable, but the screenplay is witty and smart and the acting is generally excellent, including – sit down before you read this – Chris Tucker and – stay sat down – Robert de Niro. Sometimes in a film there comes a moment when a director wins your trust by doing something unusual or avoiding a cliché. In this case there’s a moment when after a bust up in a diner, Bradley Cooper runs after Jennifer Lawrence only to be stopped by the waitress brandishing the check. It is a telling detail that makes the world that the bizarre characters live in solid and believable and grounds some of the more fantastical elements.


I don’t know how to ride a bike

HOLLYWOOD – Bradley Cooper – in preparation for playing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in the new JJJ Abrams’ film Stretch Armstrong – has stated categorically that he won’t be playing Lance Armstrong, disgraced cyclist. ‘I have no intention nor have I ever intended to participate in any film whatsoever about this man or this subject,’ Cooper said today, fixing us with a steely stare. ‘I don’t even know who Lance Armstrong is.’

JJJ Abrams was also being cagey. He looked wretched in a hat, having just discovered that you shouldn’t shine lights into the camera as it causes what cameramen refer to as flare: ‘No one told me,’ he whined.
Cooper is already training, doing a staggering three miles of road work every day followed by a punishing three minute stint at the gym, which is usually only enough time to set up his iPod.

Stretch Armstrong is due to start filming in Norway on the 13th of April, 2013.