Entries in The Hangover: Part II (9)


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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Tattoo Artist Settles 'Hangover Part II' Lawsuit

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bros. has reached a settlement in the lawsuit brought by a tattoo artist who claims the tattoo seen on Ed Helms' face in The Hangover Part II represents copyright infringement.

S. Victor Whitmill argued that he did not grant permission to producers to recreate the tattoo, which he inked exclusively on Mike Tyson's face.

According to E! Online, both sides announced Monday it has resolved the dispute, without going into details. However, the agreement means that the tattoo will not have to be digitally removed from Helms' face for the DVD release of The Hangover Part II.

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'Green Lantern' Tops Box Office

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Green Lantern made off with the top spot at the box office over the weekend, with the film about the comic book superhero pulling in $52.7 million in its opening weekend.

Coming in second in the standings was the film Super 8, which grossed $21.3 million.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($18.2 million), X-Men: First Class ($11.5 million) and The Hangover Part II ($9.6 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Super 8' has Super Opening, Tops Box Office

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Super 8 proved to indeed be super over the weekend, as it captured the top spot at the box office.

The film, which was directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, opened to an estimated gross of $37 million, knocking X-Men: First Class into second spot, with the latter raking in $25 million in its second week.

The Hangover Part II ($18.5 million), Kung Fu Panda 2 ($16.6 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($10.8 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'X-Men: First Class' Finishes First at Box Office

(LOS ANGELES) -- X-Men: First Class triumphed over its competition at the box office in its opening weekend. The Fox film was the top ticket seller, raking in $56 million, according to studio estimates.

Following in second place in the box office tally, was The Hangover Part II, which grossed $32.4 million in its second week.

Kung Fu Panda 2 ($24.3 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($18 million) and Bridesmaids ($12.1 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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The Wolfpack Roars: 'Hangover II' Scores $138 Million Weekend 

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- The gang from The Hangover Part II woke up to a record-breaking box office haul Monday morning.

Taking into account preview screenings Thursday and the estimated take from Memorial Day, Warner Bros. estimates the sequel scored nearly $140 million in the U.S.  The impressive finish shattered several records, including high water marks for the best three-day comedy opening, and highest R-rated comedy debut of all time.

Boosted by strong showings by other sequels, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, the top 10 films earned $275 million -- making it the highest-grossing Memorial Day weekend of all time.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Hangover Part II - $138.1 million
2. Kung Fu Panda 2 - $68.2 million
3. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $51 million
4. Bridesmaids - $21.4 million
5. Thor 3D - $12 million
6. Fast Five - $8.2 million
7. Midnight In Paris - $2.6 million
8. Something Borrowed - $2.4 million
9. Jumping The Broom - $2.2 million
10. Rio - $2.2 million

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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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'Kung Fu Panda 2,' 'The Hangover Part II' Open Thursday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In anticipation of the Memorial Day weekend, Hollywood releases two sure-fire blockbusters on Thursday.

Here's a closer look:

-- Kung Fu Panda 2: The sequel to the hit 2008 animated film sees the return of cast members Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen.  In their latest adventure, Black's kung fu panda, Po, faces off against an evil peacock, voiced by Gary Oldman.  Rated PG.

-- The Hangover Part II: In the first film, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms played three guys who party hard in Las Vegas with their soon-to-be married pal, black out and lose the groom.  Not much changes in the sequel, except this time around they're in Thailand to celebrate the impending wedding of Helms' character.  Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong also return.  Rated R.

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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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