Todd Phillips
American actor and comedian
Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. Phillips is best known for writing and directing Road Trip, Old School, The Hangover film series, and Due Date. He also produced the 2012 black comedy film Project X.
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The Reinvention Of Ken Jeong
Huffington Post - 4 months
Ken Jeong was living an exceptionally successful life before he’d ever landed his first movie role. He graduated from high school in North Carolina at just 16 and then went on to complete med school by his mid-20s. He became a partner at an HMO in California and, as he puts it, had a good job for life. “I was pretty happy,” Jeong told The Huffington Post. It wasn’t until he hit his 30s that Jeong decided to pursue acting and professional comedy, landing various small television roles and eventually a part in Judd Apatow’s 2007 movie “Knocked Up.” He then went on to appear in more Apatow projects and, after just a few years, got a starring role in the Todd Phillips movie “The Hangover.” Jeong hasn’t disappeared from the American limelight since. Despite his early successes in medicine, being an actor was Jeong’s real dream, hence why he refers to himself as a “late bloomer.” Jeong currently has a sitcom on ABC, “Dr. Ken,” that focuses on his life pre-bloom. The show recent ...
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"War Dogs": Woofing!
Huffington Post - 6 months
"War Dogs" is a curious breed. The movie is self-consciously anti-war, full of enough cautionaries about greed and profiteering from international conflict to stand as a moral tale. Repeatedly the principals tell us how much they dislike war. Over and again images of Afghan and Iraq War initiators President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are treated derisively. But for every lesson painstakingly etched, Director Todd Phillips can't resist tweaking conventional morality with attempts to draw humor out of the predicaments of his movie's larger than life characters and sympathy to their amoral plight. Phillips has had great success with reductio ad absurdum. His more successful films like "Old School", "Hangover I" and "Hangover II" push conventional limits of embarrassing interactions, painful physical comedy and implausible juxtapositions. The centrifugal force of wild action humor is held together by the contrivances of male bonding. "War Dogs" pushes thi ...
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'War Dogs' Tries To Avoid Being Yet Another 'Hangover'
Huffington Post - 6 months
It’s been three years since the third and supposedly final installment of “The Hangover” was released, and it appears director Todd Phillips is putting it all behind him. Kind of. In a luxury hotel room at New York City’s Mandarin Hotel earlier this month, Phillips met with press to discuss his new movie, “War Dogs.” While vaping, Phillips told The Huffington Post that although “War Dogs” takes a stab at political satire, the core still comes from the same DNA as his previous work. The director explained that he likes creating movies about guys who make bad decisions ― certainly the heart of “War Dogs.” “It appeals to me because bad decisions generally lead to mayhem,” said Phillips. “And mayhem is always fun to document.” The movie, which hits theaters Friday, centers around two 20-something friends who become international arms dealers and try to supply the United States Military during the Iraq War. But what sets “War Dogs” apart from Phillips’ past bad-decision films, su ...
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One of summer's most unexpected films: 'Hangover' director Todd Phillips gets dark with 'War Dogs'
LATimes - 10 months
On movie screens in recent years, director Todd Phillips has had Will Ferrell starting a fraternity, offered up Huggy Bear as a key crime-solving tool and relied on Zach Galifianakis to track down missing persons (twice). The profiteering nature of modern warfare has — thus far — not been a central...
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First Look: CBS Unveils “Rush Hour,” “Supergirl,” “Limitless” “Angel from Hell”
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
In Wednesday’s 2015-16 schedule announcement, CBS confirmed that the majority of its new series will premiere this fall. New comedy “Life in Pieces” (Monday at 8:30PM, then Thursday at 8:30PM after Thursday Night Football ends) and dramas “Limitless” (Tuesday at 10PM) and “Code Black” (Wednesday at 10PM) will arrive as soon as the season commences. Drama “Supergirl” (Monday at 8PM) and comedy “Angel from Hell” (Thursday at 9:30PM) will then start in November. Only the high-profile “Rush Hour” adaptation and “Criminal Minds” spin-off “Beyond Borders” will wait until midseason to make their premieres. In conjunction with its scheduling announcement, CBS issued first look gallery and episodic photos for “Supergirl,” “Limitless,” “Rush Hour,” “Code Black,” “Angel from Hell” and “Life in Pieces.” Those, along with synopses, follow: CODE BLACK, based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the bus ...
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Heave’s Over: Our favorite movies
Heave Media - almost 3 years
Welcome to part three of Heave’s Over, our set of staff list pieces leading up to our final day of publication on Friday. Today, our staff gives lists of their top 10 all-time favorite movies. Remember: these are all-time favorites, not “best film” lists or whatever. Also, titles aren’t italicized because otherwise everything would be in the font you’re reading now. Frank Macarthy 1) The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) 2) Animal House (John Landis, 1978) 3) Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982) 4) Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) 5) Dirty Work (Bob Saget, 1998) 6) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) 7) Trading Places (John Landis, 1983) 8 ) The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979) 9) The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978) 10) Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008) —— Marissa Morales 1) Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) 2) Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) 3) Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010) 4) The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 5) Moonrise Kingdom ...
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Emile Hirsch Will Play John Belushi In New Film
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in a new film about the late "Saturday Night Live" star's life, this according to multiple trade reports from TheWrap, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Steve Conrad, who wrote the script for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," will write and direct the indie film, which Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, and Dan Aykroyd are producing. Hirsch was named as a possibility for the role last week in a report by THR. (Adam Devine and Joaquin Phoenix were highlighted as other contenders.) The idea of doing a biofilm about John Belushi, meanwhile, has kicked around for years. Todd Phillips was originally attached to direct this particular project before Conrad replaced him at the helm. "Our goal is not to do a traditional biopic approach with it that people expect, whether you're talking about 'Walk the Line' or 'Ray.' All good movies, but our goal is not to make that typical biopic," Phillips told MTV back in 2010. "We want to make a ...
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John Belushi Biopic Could Star Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine Or Joaquin Phoenix
Huffington Post - over 3 years
After lingering in development limbo for ages, the John Belushi biopic has begun to focus in on a handful of actors who could potentially play the "SNL" legend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Steve Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness," December's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty") has met with Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild") and Adam Devine (Comedy Central's "Workaholics") to discuss the role of Belushi. Joaquin Phoenix may also be connected to the role, THR notes. The biopic was originally in place at Warner Bros., but it will now be made as an independent feature. Todd Phillips ("Old School," "The Hangover") is set to direct and produce the project. "Our goal is not to do a traditional biopic approach with it that people expect, whether you're talking about 'Walk the Line' or 'Ray.' All good movies, but our goal is not to make that typical biopic," Phillips told MTV back in 2010. "We want to make a movie that, if John Belushi saw it, he would be happy that it c ...
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You Shouldn't Want to Be an Aspiring Anything: An Interview With Craigslist Joe
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It was 2008. The economy was sinking. Fast. And Joseph Garner was living in Las Vegas, working as an assistant to director Todd Phillips on the movie The Hangover. As Joseph watched report after report of people losing their homes, jobs and savings, he got to wondering: What would he do if he lost everything? How would he get by? The movie Craigslist Joe was born. For a month, Joseph documented his attempt to rely only on Craigslist for food, shelter and friendship. He traveled from LA to New York, hung out with refugees and a dominatrix, and narrowly escaped sleeping in the snow. Global Yodel caught up with Joseph to chat about his month on the road. Tell us about the inspiration behind Craigslist Joe. It started off as a social exploration. Are we a society that can take care of each other? I didn't take any money or credit cards with me. I just had a laptop, wireless card, toothbrush, passport, and a phone with a new number. I figured that was all I needed to connect w ...
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Mark Wahlberg: In Talks for 'The Gambler' Remake!
Just Jared - over 3 years
Mark Wahlberg sports a cool pair of kicks while grabbing a quick bite to eat with a male pal on Monday (September 30) in Beverly Hills, Calif. It was recently announced that the 42-year-old actor is in talks to star in a remake for the 1974 film The Gambler, according to Variety. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mark Wahlberg Rupert Wyatt is also in negotiations to helm the film, which once had Leonardo DiCaprio and director Todd Phillips attached. In case you missed it, check out Mark and his co-star Nicola Peltz in a new still for their highly anticipated film Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
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Mark Wahlberg, Rupert Wyatt circling ‘The Gambler' remake at Paramount
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Lucas Shaw and Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES ( - As "Star Trek 3″ rumors swirl, Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") is in negotiations to direct Paramount's remake of "The Gambler," which has Mark Wahlberg circling the title role, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Paramount had no comment. Todd Phillips was previously attached to direct, but he has been off the project for several months. Martin Scorsese was also one attached to direct the remake of Karel Reisz's 1974 drama, which starred James Caan. ...
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Steven Spielberg Drops Next Film
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Steven Spielberg is still searching for his follow-up to "Lincoln." According to, Spielberg has dropped plans to direct "American Sniper," an adaptation of Chris Kyle's autobiography of the same name. Bradley Cooper is still attached to star in the film, which the actor told HuffPost Entertainment had been set to shoot in February of 2014. This is the second film Spielberg has dropped in 2013. In January, the director put an indefinite delay on "Robopocalyse," an action blockbuster that was set to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. Spielberg's reps cited script problems as the source of the delay. "The script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce," Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said at the time. "It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible." Per Spielberg left "American Sniper" because of budget issues. He was first attached to the film in May. "American Sniper" will focus on Kyle (Cooper), a decorated Navy SEAL ...
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'Hangover' director's cocky challenge to 'Fast 6' backfires
LATimes - over 3 years
"Fast and Furious 6": 1, "Hangover Part III" director Todd Phillips: 0.
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This Time, It's A Dull Ache Of A 'Hangover'
NPR - almost 4 years
In dumping his formula, director Todd Phillips has thrown out just about everything else that made the surprise-hit first movie even a little likable. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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The Hollywood Reporter's best stories of the week
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
The Hollywood Reporter's best stories of the week Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:49 am, Thursday, May 2, 2013 Fox refuses $23 million in "Life of Pi" money as the MPAA fights to enforce a trade deal. The Emmy-winning actor will earn $620,000 per episode for the show's 11th season, while Kutcher stays the highest-paid actor on TV at $700,000 per show. With the third installment out May 24, director Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and the execs behind the biggest R-rated comedy franchise of all time tell all about Lindsay Lohan's meeting, Mel Gibson's ill-fated cameo and how they tricked the baby's mom. BEYONCE, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ROLLING STONES DRIVE SUMMER CONCERT REBOUND With no new hits, the usual $9 billion in ad spending is predicted to slide as Fox (with "Idol" in free fall) will take the biggest hit ...
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John Goodman's Got A New TV Gig
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
John Goodman is coming back to TV -- or at least his voice his. The Huffington Post has exclusively learned that the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor is narrating Discovery Channel's new special, "Great Bear Stakeout." "Great Bear Stakeout," which was announced earlier this month, is a two-hour special, co-produced with BBC, that will focus on the American grizzly bear population in Alaska. “I am thrilled to lend my voice to 'Great Bear Stakeout,'" Goodman said in a statement. "I have always been fascinated by grizzly bears, and this show gives a closer look at the lives and struggles of these fascinating animals than ever before. I think people will really enjoy it.” Discovery viewers have seen glimpses of grizzly bears in other specials, but the network promises that this special will bring them "closer to the lives of these bears than anyone thought possible," including their hibernation preparation, mating rituals and feeding habits. The production team li ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Todd Phillips
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In 2016, Phillips directed, produced and co-wrote War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
    More Details Hide Details In the credits of every film Phillips has directed, the picture is addressed as "A Todd Phillips Movie", despite the fact that usually these directorial credits are referred to as "A (director) Film". Phillips also appeared in comedy films with cameo roles:
  • 2010
    Age 39
    In the fall of 2010, production on The Hangover Part II began in Bangkok, Thailand that Phillips directed, produced and co-wrote.
    More Details Hide Details The film shot for 63 days and broke all kinds of records upon its release on May 26, 2011. Starting with midnight showings in 2,600 theaters, the film earned $10.4 million, breaking the record for the biggest midnight opening for an R-rated film. The Hangover Part II went on to accrue a launch day total of $31.6 million; nearly doubling The Hangovers Friday launch opening ($16.7 million). This amount broke two further records; the highest-grossing opening day for a live-action comedy and the highest-grossing opening day for an R-rated comedy film, replacing Sex and the City ($26.7 million). The three-day opening weekend accumulated $85,946,294 – an average of $23,923 per theater – becoming the highest grossing opening weekend for a comedy film, replacing The Simpsons Movie ($74 million). For the Memorial Day four-day weekend, the film amassed $103.4 million to become the fourth-highest-grossing Memorial Day weekend opening. Finally, the film's worldwide gross of $581,464,305 beat the previous R-rated comedy record holder The Hangover to become the third-biggest R-rated comedy film of all time. The Hangover Part III was released in 2013 and grossed over $300 million, taking The Hangover Trilogys total grossing to $1.4 billion.
    In 2010, Phillips directed, produced and co-wrote Due Date, which starred Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, that was another R-rated comedy and another box office success.
    More Details Hide Details It grossed $211,780,324 worldwide.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    After establishing Green Hat Films in 2008, Phillips directed and produced The Hangover, that was made for a reported $35 million and went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Its worldwide gross currently stands at $480 million on February 3, 2012. The film went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy). It also won Best Comedy at the 2009 Broadcast Film Critics Awards. Phillips took almost no up-front salary in exchange for a large share of the film's profits, and has said that the movie's enormous success, combined with his deal, makes it "my Star Wars". After a worldwide gross of $467 million, his share in the film made Phillips around $50 million.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    He worked on Borat (2006), but he resigned his position as a director in early 2005, due to creative differences.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his role in fashioning the story.
    In 2005, Details Magazine cited Judd Apatow, Adam McKay and Phillips as "The Frat Pack".
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  • 2004
    Age 33
    Phillips also wrote and directed the 2004 film Starsky & Hutch starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, as well as the 2006 film School for Scoundrels, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder.
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  • 1997
    Age 26
    His third documentary film Bittersweet Motel centered on the jam band Phish, covering its summer and fall 1997 tours, plus footage from their 1998 spring tour of Europe.
    More Details Hide Details It ends at The Great Went, a two-day festival held in upstate Maine which attracted 70,000 people. While at Sundance with Frat House, Phillips met director-producer Ivan Reitman who led Phillips into writing and directing his comedy films, Road Trip and Old School, for Reitman's Montecito Picture Company.
  • 1970
    Born on December 20, 1970.
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