According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is now facing a The Hangover Part II lawsuit filed by a stuntman who allegedly suffered “significant brain injuries” during a stunt on the movie’s set in Bangkok. Stunt actor Scott McLean was doubling for Ed Helms in a car chase sequence, when the car he was riding in was hit by another vehicle that skidded out of control. And here we thought the most horrible part of that movie was seeing that poor monkey nibbling on a severed finger. That’s still a close second!
According to McLean’s lawsuit, it was allegedly the movie’s stunt coordinator Russell Solberg who made the decision that lead to the crash. “Solberg commanded to the driver of the automobile in which plaintiff Scott McLean was a passenger, that the speed of his vehicle be increased significantly to a speed unsafe for the stunt, thus resulting in a major collision,” the suit claims. McLean subsequently had to be airlifted to Australia and has been there ever since recuperating from what his rep says are “likely permanent brain and physical injuries.” This whole sad incident sure makes the whole Mike Tyson tattoo lawsuit look really stupid. Like, even stupider than it already looked.
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At least you can rest easy knowing when you go to buy The Hangover Part II DVD (along with 94% of the world’s population), Stu’s face tat will not have to be covered by a stylized dreamcatcher or the lyrics to “Allentown,” as Warner Bros. settled The Hangover Part II tattoo lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed amount. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Warner Bros. and Mr. [S. Victor] Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided,” said attorney Geoff Gerber, who was representing Whitmill, Mike Tyson‘s tattoo artist, in the case. We’re sure Whitmill is relieved that he can get back to doing what he does best: giving awful tattoos in the hope that they’ll end up on camera near or around Zach Galifianakis.
Settling up now rather than wait for next year’s court date seems like a smart move for the studio, considering that a month after it premiered, The Hangover Part II is the highest earning R-rated comedy in the history of civilization, raking in $488.7 million worldwide. The film that used to hold the title of the highest-earning? The Hangover. With all that dough, the producers could potentially give everyone in the continental United States matching Tyson tattoos and still have enough to settle a lawsuit all over again. We’re not suggesting they should, mind you. Just that it’s a possibility.
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Jenny from the Block has some famous friends keeping her company. Although their idea of “the block” and ours aren’t exactly on the same scale, if you know what we mean. But celebrities, they’re normal people too. They like to watch movies and hang out. Case in point — Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham are going to watch The Hangover Part II together. They probably have movie theatre in their homes, but they’ll still go out and grace the public with their presences.
Jennifer’s currently in France doing talk show rounds, as seen in the photograph on the left. We love the whole ‘Jenny from the 70’s’ look she’s pulling off with that Farrah Fawcett flick and the white coat-dress. She appeared on the Alan Carr: Chatty Man! show and revealed that Posh and her, “saw Hangover together so now it is a tradition. So when I get back to LA we will go see [The Hangover Part II]!” They have a plan to move around without getting recognized too, those minxes. Jen said they, “go dressed down in sweats and sneakers. We sneak in through the kitchens.” And pop goes our little bubble. The thought of Jennifer or Victoria in anything other than stilettos and couture? No … we can’t accept that.
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Considering The Hangover Part II had been optioned before the first was even released, it’s not shocking to discover that Craig Mazin, who co-scripted the sequel, has been signed to write a third film. While there’s been some conjecture about the Wolf Pack heading to Amsterdam, we’re only into that concept if the trio run into Harold & Kumar for a mutual trilogy closer. But considering Warner Bros. exec Jeff Robinov announcing that he has dreams about a fourth Hangover movie, it doesn’t seem likely the new film will be quite so final—even if director Todd Phillips has suggested he’d like it to be.
While Ken Jeong is definitely up for another go-round (“Those guys are like family to me, so it doesn’t matter—big part or small part…Well, I guess I know a thing or two about small parts”), the primary trio have yet to announce their excitement. Will Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper all be into another run, or will someone get choosy/greedy? Will a third movie be radically different in tone or another wedding-related adventure in an exotic locale? As long as the box office doesn’t drop precipitously after Part II‘s blockbuster Memorial Day weekend, we should find out sooner than later.
In case you’re studying up on how to be a tattoo artist/lawyer that sues only movie studios, you’ll be interest to hear that The Hangover Part II face tattoo case got thrown out of court this morning. A judge in St. Louis determined that Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill cannot file an injunction against Warner Bros for using his ink in the upcoming film, nor could he delay the movie’s release. Our suggestion that they Photoshop Ed Helm‘s face out of the film and replace it with another, even more manic Ken Jeong was met with silence.
“We are very gratified by the Court’s decision which will allow the highly anticipated film,Ã‚Â The Hangover Part II to be released on schedule this week around the world,” Warner Bros said in a statement. “Plaintiff’s failed attempt to enjoin the film in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted.” Other insane lawsuits dismissed today included an injunction against the Hangover Part II monkey for stealing her act from the monkey on Friends, and an injunction against Ed Helms filed by Jason Sudeikis, for making our mom think they were the same person until she saw them both on SNL. They do look alike, Mom!
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As temperatures rise and blockbusters flood the movie theaters, prepare to swim in celebs who became household names via the boob tube. While some have since established themselves as movie stars, we grew to love them on a weekly basis from our couches.
A brunette version of Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively will play leading lady opposite Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern. Mad Men‘s January Jones will trade her 60s housewife getup for a shimmery push-up bra for her role as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. Ever the uptight but lovable nerd, The Office‘s Ed Helms will reprise his role in The Wolfpack in The Hangover: Part II. This summer’s token fluffy comedy Monte Carlo features plenty of TV’s hottest stars such as Glee‘s Cory Monteith, GG‘s Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy, and Wizards of Waverly Place‘s Selena Gomez.
Before the heat and humidity makes us all flee to the movie theaters for relief, check out what TV stars to keep an eye out for in this summer’s biggest flicks.
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They all came in droves to watch the The Hangover Part II! And by “they” we mean every type of celebrity. The supermodels showed up—Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio. The fashion designer showed up—Calvin Klein. Even figure skater Johnny Weir turned up! The screening was held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City, with an after party at The Top of The Standard.
The cast—Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianaki —held court with director, Todd Phillips. They were probably quite pleased with the mixed bag crowd who showed up, including the likes of Zach Braff, James van der Beek, Ciara, Ivanka Trump and Russell Simmons. For the full 411 on who was there, check out our gallery below.
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Oh, how we love an extremely random famous person beef (remember the great Jeremy Piven/ Chris Kattan kerfuffle of 2009? Those were the days), and a Zach Galifiankis January Jones feud would really hit the spot right about now. While promoting his upcoming film The Hangover Part II to TheShortList.com, Zach had one specific memory about Mad Men star he just hasn’t been able to shake, despite reports that Jones found him to be “the most naturally funny man she’s ever met.” Laughed Galifianakis, “ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really funny because, if I remember correctly, she and I were very rude to each other. It was crazy. I was at a party Ã¢â‚¬â€ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never met her Ã¢â‚¬â€ and she was like, ‘Come sit down.’ So I sit at her table and talk for 10 minutes, and she goes, ‘I think it’s time for you to leave now.’ So I say, ‘January, you are an actress in a show and everybodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to forget about you in a few years, so f–king be nice,’ and I got up and left. And she thinks thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funny?” Ba-zing! Man, we can’t want to see who’s next in the bizarre celebrity cage match: Bradley Cooper and Gary Busey? Ed Helms and Nicki Minaj? That little Hangover Part II monkey and, let’s go with, Chris Kattan?
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Every bro must be jealous of Dax Shepard right now…his fiancee is such a freak she’ll make out with another lady on the red carpet! Baller! Granted, Kristen Bell was tongued by monkey named Crystal who stars in The Hangover II, but it’s still pretty awesome. Other awesome sights at the film’s premiere last night in LA were a happy Robert Downey Jr., a pregnant Alyssa Milano, and Ken Jeong‘s wife, the subject of his unsurprisingly insane, surprisingly touching “Best WTF Moment” MTV Movie Award speech. After all, if it wasn’t for her brave battle with cancer, we never would have seen his wee penis in the first movie.
See photos from the premiere in the gallery below.
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We aren’t experts on this kind of thing, but it seems like a Bill Clinton A-Team 2 cameo is just the former president’s way of experiencing the perks of being back in office: helicopter rides, staring down despots, all the cigars you could possibly want. As Hangover Part II‘s Bradley Cooper tells Entertainment Weekly, when Clinton stopped by the set, getting a photo op with Zach Galifianakis was the last thing on his mind. “The first thing he said when he sat down was, ‘Is there going to be an A-Team 2–and can I be in it?,'” Cooper laughs. “I was like,’‘This is a joke, right?'” Do you remember this man’s presidency, Cooper? Virtually the only difference will be the number of gold chains his cabinet has on.
While Bill Clinton’s Hangover Part II cameo is unfortunately just a rumor, we are completely on board with Bill stopping by or, hell, even starring in the film. After all, if he’s a terrible actor, they can just fire him. The man’s been impeached; there’s not a lot that would throw him for a loop.
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