Did you know you can copyright an ill-advised tattoo design? Neither did we. Whoever owns the rights to “pouting Tasmanian Devil” or “yin yang symbol with a rose draped over it” should know they could have a lot of money coming their way, now that Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist is suing Hangover Part II filmmakers for using his design without permission. Thank goodness “crudely-drawn dragon” isn’t a copyrightable image, or else everyone in our high school would be completely bankrupt by now.
As you can hilariously see in the Hangover Part II trailer, Ed Helms‘ character awakes to find himself branded with Tyson’s famous face ink, an homage to the boxer’s cameo in the first movie. Now tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill, who gave Tyson the tattoo in 2003, is suing Warner Bros. for violating his copyright. In addition to an undisclosed amount of money, Whitmill is attempting to prevent the film from even showing the design. Doesn’t he realize the more people see it, the greater the chance that some drunken frat will collectively decide to get it etched into their face as well? And you know what that mean. Cha-ching! Get that hideous tattoo money!
If the Hangover Part II trailer didn’t give you enough of a sense of what the sequel, opening May 26, will be like, the new Hangover Part II character posters really convey the grimy, panicky good times in store for the Wolfpack. In the promo ads, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifiankis are joined by the film’s break-out star, an adorable monkey in a jean vest. Add to these photos the fact that director Todd Phillips commissioned an original Hangover Part II song from Glenn Danzig, plus the news that The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes is replacing Liam Neeson in the role of a grody tattoo artist, and we’re counting on the movie being one filthy, nearly hallucinatory good time.
Okay, yes, the Hangover Part II trailer seems to confirm what the Hangover II teaser trailer merely suggested: the sequel is essentially the same film all over again. Having traveled to Thailand for yet another wedding, the gang manages to lose Stu’s young future brother-in-law Teddy, played by Mason Lee. Did they check the roof? No, seriously, someone check it right now.
If you thought that we would care one iota about the plot, however, you have deeply underestimated our love of Zach Galifianakis. Ken Jeong’s maniacal Mr. Chow also returns, and the men seem to have accidentally gained custody of an elderly man in Teddy’s clothes, an adorable call-back to Heather Graham‘s baby in the original. While we haven’t caught a glimpse of him yet, we’re excited to see if Liam Neeson’s role in the Hangover IIcan rival Mike Tyson‘s in the first…and, well, undoubtedly the second. Between battling Buddhist monks, escaping gangsters and watching Galifianakis give the most inappropriate wedding toast of all time, we fell in love all over again. “When a monkey nibbles on a weenis, it’s funny in any language,” Zach says with child-like glee. So is this, Zach. So is this all.
Charlie Sheen might be riding high on all the attention he’s getting recently (in addition to Riding The Snake), but it looks like he won’t be showing his mug in at least one medium any time soon, Major League 3 excluded. According an E! interview with Bradley Cooper, Charlie Sheen and Bill Clinton will not appear in The Hangover Part II, despite numerous rumors to the contrary. “Bill Clinton, we saw him give a speech in Bangkok,” Cooper went on to explain. “Me and Zachie [Galifianakis] and Todd [Phillips]…were honored enough to have dinner with him.” Despite their evening with the former president, Clinton clearly has more important things to do, like helping create some sort of defense plan in case Sheen’s warlock army finally makes it to the surface.
While the Two And A Half Men star will probably miss out on the chance to appear on the big screen in 2011, Sheen’s media presence is still expanding with SpikeTV’s animated special Charlie Sheen’s Winningest Moments. Teaming up with Taiwanese media company NWA, SpikeTV will present a fine selection of Sheen’s most over-the-top moments rendered in CGI. Charlie already owns the internet so hard, it was only a matter of time before the computers got together and made a homage to their new leader #cyberwinning.