Todd Phillips

‘War Dogs’ Review: Todd Phillips’ Best Movie Since ‘The Hangover’

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by Matt Singer August 16, 2016 @ 3:03 PM
Warner Bros.
Among the review quotes on the Amazon page for Guy Lawson’s Arms and the Dudes about a pair of stoners from Miami who became international arms dealers, is one from the magazine Mother Jones. “It sounds like a comedy flick.” It does, and now it is; War Dogs from director Todd Phillips. As the man who made Old School and The Hangover series, Phillips is a specialist in stories about men of limited intelligence and limitless ability to get into trouble. Finding the story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, two ambitious bros who smooth-talked their way into a massive deal with the Pentagon supplying millions of rounds of ammunition to the Afghan military, must have felt like a gift from God. If Phillips and his screenwriters had simply invented these guys and their improbable rise to the top of the American military supply chain, no one would have believed it. But a look at the Rolling Stone article Lawson later expanded into his book confirms that a shocking amount of the events in this movie really happened.

‘War Dogs’ Trailer: Miles Teller and Jonah Hill Make a Deal

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by Britt Hayes March 24, 2016 @ 5:15 PM
Formerly known as Arms and the Dudes, the first trailer for War Dogs starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill has arrived, teasing a slight change of pace for The Hangover director Todd Phillips — well, not so slight. It’s still a fairly rowdy and absurd comedy with a crude streak, but this one is based on an unbelievable true story.

Jonah Hill Starring in True Crime Comedy ‘Arms and the Dudes’ for Todd Phillips

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by Britt Hayes December 3, 2014 @ 8:41 PM
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After being nominated for two Academy Awards, Jonah Hill could do just about anything. As it turns out, what he plans to do next is star in ‘Arms and the Dudes,’ the new film from ‘Hangover’ director Todd Phillips, based on the true crime story of a couple of stoner guys who get in over their heads and wind up becoming arms dealers. Who will play the role of the other stoner guy? ‘Whiplash’ star Miles Teller is in talks to star opposite Hill, which would make for quite the talented pairing.

See the Cast of 'Old School' Then and Now

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by Britt Hayes June 6, 2013 @ 1:45 PM
DreamWorks
It's been more than 10 years since 'Old School' hit theaters, so we thought it would be a good time to take a look back at this classic comedy. 'Old School,' about a group of older guys who start a fraternity with outcasts from a local college, is a comedy classic that still holds up today. Let's take a peek at what Vaughn and the rest of the cast looked like back then, and see where they are now.

'Hangover 3' Interview: Director Todd Phillips Says There Will Never Be Another 'Hangover' Movie

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by Todd Gilchrist May 24, 2013 @ 4:38 PM
Warner Bros.
No filmmaker has done more for the bromance than Todd Phillips. From 'Road Trip' to 'Old School' to, now, three 'Hangover' films, he’s detailed the love one man has for another man more thoroughly than just about anyone in Hollywood. And 'The Hangover Part III' feels almost weirdly like a last hurrah for the sorts of shenanigans that have become his stock and trade: reuniting the Wolf Pack under the pretense of getting Alan (Zach Galifianakis) some much-needed emotional counseling, Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) find themselves unwittingly teamed with their man-child companion yet again after a gangster (John Goodman) holds Doug (Justin Bartha) hostage in exchange for them locating Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), whom he claims stole $21 million from him.
At the risk of great physical harm – namely, a pretty wicked hangover -- we headed to Las Vegas to talk to director Todd Phillips and screenwriter Craig Mazin about 'The Hangover Part III.' In addition to discussing the process of wrapping up the Wolf Pack saga, Mazin and Phillips explored the underlying appeal of the films to audiences, and gingerly addressed questions about what might follow from the purveyors of the most successful R-rated comedy series of all time.

Weekly Dose of Ridiculous: 'Videodrome' Remake, Todd Phillips, and 'American Horror Story' Overkill

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by Britt Hayes August 24, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
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Welcome back to the Weekly Dose of Ridiculous, in which you join us in shaking our heads disapprovingly at the most absurd news stories of the week, collected in one post for your convenience. This week we're dealing with a remake of 'Videodrome,' Todd Phillips replacing Martin Scorsese, and an over-abundance of 'American Horror Story' promos.