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Tuesday
Oct182011

Man Claims His Honeymoon Inspired 'Hangover II,' Files Lawsuit

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- There's a claim that The Hangover Part II took its inspiration from the story of an American who says he wrote a script charting what he calls his Asian adventures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Rubin is representing himself in a federal suit against Warner Bros.

According to the report, Rubin married a Japanese woman in Japan in 2007 and they honeymooned in Thailand and India where he encountered financial difficulties.  In India, Rubin claims he met a producer in Bollywood who gave him work in several movies.  Rubin says he then wrote a script entitled Mickey and Kirin, and submitted a copy to the Writers Guild of America.

Rubin says he later heard from a Hollywood friend about the movie Hangover II, which features several Americans experiencing mishaps in Asia on the way to a wedding.

Rubin is suing for copyright infringement, misappropriation of his publicity rights, and defamation.

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Thursday
May262011

Movie Review: 'The Hangover Part II'

Ablestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How do you live up to the most successful R-rated comedy of all time? You can't, and The Hangover Part II doesn't, but should we give Todd Phillips and company credit for trying? Sure!  

This time Phil, Stu and Allen find themselves hung over, beat-up, sheared and tattooed in a seedy hotel room in Bangkok -- replete with the finger of Stu's missing future brother-in-law and Ken Jeong's Mr. Chow. How did they get there? Not really important. What ensues isn't much different than what happened in The Hangover, only there's more action, fewer laughs and a monkey.

At its best, The Hangover Part II offers one shockingly hilarious scene. At its worst, the film overreaches, giving us an excess of what made the first movie so great. In the end, this sequel feels like a "deleted" scenes feature on a DVD of The Hangover, where some of the scenes worked while others have you thinking, "Oh, I understand why they cut that."  Despite all that, The Hangover Part II will likely make a fortune.

Two and a half out of five stars.

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Tuesday
May242011

Tattoo Suit Won't Stall 'Hangover 2' Opening

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(ST. LOUIS) -- A federal judge has ruled that The Hangover: Part II can open in theatres on Thursday, but said a copyright lawsuit over Mike Tyson's face tattoo duplicated in the movie would be allowed to go forward.

A trial opened Monday in St. Louis threatened to stall the film's opening, but experts say the ongoing case could still shed new light on the murky corners of copyright law.

"We are very gratified by the Court's decision which will allow the highly anticipated film, The Hangover: Part II to be released on schedule this week around the world," Warner Brothers, the production company behind the film said in a statement.

In the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster, actor Ed Helms wakes up in Bangkok after a night of heavy drinking with a face tattoo that very closely resembles that of boxer Mike Tyson, who also appears in the film.

Although the film will roll on, so to will the lawsuit, spawning an interesting legal conundrum that sounds like a joke straight out of the upcoming comedy: who owns the tattoo on Mike Tyson's face?

S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who designed the tattoo and who inked Tyson's face in 2003, filed a lawsuit in April at the federal court in St. Louis, arguing that Warner Brothers, the company producing the film, had violated his copyright.

The reproduction of Helms' face amounts to "reckless copyright infringement" according to the suit.

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Thursday
Apr072011

No More Monkey Business: 'Hangover II' Trailer Yanked

Warner Bros.(WASHINGTON) -- Just days after the full trailer for The Hangover: Part II hit theaters, Warner Bros. has been ordered to pull it.

The Motion Picture Association of America claims the studio didn't run the trailer by its ratings board, which ensures ads for R-rated movies like Hangover 2 only run before similarly-rated films.  At issue is a scene in which Zach Galifianakis goads a monkey into biting a bottle the actor hides under a old man's robe, making it seem as if the monkey is performing a sex act on the man.

The Hangover: Part II trailer had been attached to PG-13 fare like Source Code.  A new, MPAA-approved trailer will be attached to a more appropriate film, the R-rated Scream 4, starting April 15.

The Hangover: Part II opens May 26.

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Monday
Nov152010

Former President Bill Clinton Shoots Cameo for 'The Hangover 2'

Photo Courtesy - Frank Polich/Getty Images(BANGKOK) -- Mel Gibson will not make an appearance in The Hangover 2, but a former president will.  According to People magazine, former President Bill Clinton will play himself in a brief cameo in the sequel.

According to the report, Clinton filmed his appearance Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand, while in the city to deliver a speech.

Gibson was originally slated to make a cameo as well, but he was replaced by Liam Neeson following backlash from cast and crew members.

The Hangover 2 will hit theaters next May.

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Wednesday
Oct272010

'Hangover 2' Director Defends Decision to Drop Mel Gibson from Film

Photo Courtesy - Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Hangover 2 director Todd Phillips knows the importance of chemistry on set.  Phillips tells Us Weekly he decided to drop Mel Gibson from his planned cameo in the upcoming comedy in order to keep the peace with the cast, which reportedly objected to the Braveheart star's involvement.

Phillips said, "He's one of our finest actors and, quite honestly, one of our finest directors.  But The Hangover 2 is a family...and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of people didn't...I didn't want anything to come in between that family."

Gibson, who was slated to play a tattoo artist, has since been replaced by Liam Neeson.

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