Your Third Hangover: The Funniest Critic Reviews Of ‘Hangover Part 3’

Like most hangovers, the third one is just not quite as fun as the first – and so is the consensus of The Hangover Part III, which opened today. But that doesn’t stop critics from making some hilarious one-liners about it, whether they meant to or not. Here’s the funniest:

  • "It is somehow even worse than the second." – FOX News
  • "Mr. Chow is more than just a silly, bisexual coke head this time around. He’s clearly a sociopath." – Boston.com
  • "Entitled fraternity dicks return to The Hangover Part III." – The Village Voice
  • "Galifianakis does hairy man child better than anyone since Robin Williams." – Total Film
  • "This is nothing short of a tragedy." – Vulture
  • "Mr. Chow goes full frontal. Can we ever erase the image from our minds?" – She Knows
  • "SPOILER ALERT: there is no hangover." – Screen Crush

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Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis to Star in Alejandro González Iñárritu Comedy

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s oeuvre—which includes Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful—is brilliant, but it isn’t particulary hilarious (unless, of course, you think dog fighting is a total riot). That is why it’s a bit surprising to learn that González Iñárritu’s next feature, Birdman, is set to be a comedy. Featuring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis, Birdman follows the Broadway production of a play based on a Raymond Carver story. Keaton will star as a marquee actor trying to reclaim his artistic credibility. How very Bullets Over Broadway, only without the mob, Woody Allen’s neuroses, or Jennifer Tilly. 

[via THR]

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This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Free Comedy Show, Alma Opens, Greystone Sundays

SUNDAY:  Secret Comedy Show Line-Up
Power Violence, the vibrant, popular weekly alt- comedy show is hosting its three-year anniversary show this Sunday night in Hollywood. Handsome and hilarious hosts and creators will take you on a comedic journey of punk rock proportions. The show is an exciting mix of standup, sketch, and video, with an array of incredible performers. There is a veil of secrecy surrounding this week’s lineup, but past guests have included Zach Galifianakis, Marc Maron, Mo Mandel, Maria Bamford, and Kyle Kinane. Beer is on hand and the show is free, but as the boys always say: “donate or die.”
Power Violence begins at 9pm every Sunday at 6470 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. For details, check out their website.

NOW: Alma Opens, Resolutions Maintained
January is coming to a close with a slight chance some resolutions are still intact. That promise to eat better has never been easier now that Alma has opened downtown. This Californian-French spot focuses on a fresh, locally sourced, sustainable menu created and executed by chef and owner Ari Taymor (formerly of Flour + Water/ Bar Tartine). No wonder it has been named the most exciting new restaurant by nearly every food critic in the city. Best of all, it’s BYOB with no corkage fee. Aged duck boudin blanc, brussel sprouts, apple, and green mustard never felt so guilt free. So put down the rice cake and head to Alma.
Alma (952 S. Broadway, Downtown) is now open. Check the listing at BlackBook Guides for all the info.

SUNDAY: Greystone Sundays
Keep the weekend going by swinging by Greystone Manor Supperclub for their can’t-miss Greystone Sundays. Hollywood will be ablaze with celebration and Hennessy as bottle parades move throughout the club while guests dance the night away. Team Hennessy and JL Nights ensure leggy ladies and intoxicating beats provided by DJ Orator will make you forget about that 9am Monday meeting. Be sure to have plenty of water and aspirin on hand.
Greystone Sundays at Greystone Manor Supperclub (643 La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood) from 10pm to 2am every Sunday. Check out the listing in the BlackBook Guides for more info.

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“Craiglist Joe” Documentary Follows Man For 31 Days Living Off Craigslist

Craiglist Joe, a new documentary about a man who tries survive for 31 straight days soley off the kindness of strangers on Craigslist, sounds like it might involve a fair amount of penises and dented IKEA furniture. But no! And gosh, I’ll be darned if I didn’t tear up by the end of the trailer.

Zach Galifanakis executive produced the flick, in which director/star Joseph Garner does away with his money, friends and family in order to live entirely off Craigslist for an entire month: food, shelter, transportation, everything. There are days of grumbling bellies and tears. There’s some cash earned by helping clean up a house that appears to be lived in by a hoarder. But there are also kind offers of warm beds and food and more than a few delightfully quirky weirdos. Mostly, though, it seems Craiglist Joe reveals America is far more generous and less disconnected than modern life might make it seem.

Of course, the fact that Garner is a white male — especially one trailed by a camera crew! — will have impacted his experiences. Shit’s probably a little different when you’ve literally got nothing because you’re a naive 15-year-old girl trying to get out of an abusive home, you know?

But hey, I’ll watch this. And yeah, I’ll probably cry.

Zach Galifianakis, John Belushi and A Confederacy of Ignatius Reillys

Vulture reports tonight that James Bobin, co-creator of Flight of the Conchords and director of The Muppets, will be bringing an adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s great American comedy, A Confederacy of Dunces, to a theatre/illegal torrent/eventual Netflix queue near you. Phil Johnston, who wrote the well-received Fox Searchlight comedy Cedar Rapids, has been named as the writer, and Bobin believes he has found an actor to handle the role of the lumbering, quixotic madman at the novel’s beating heart, Ignatius J. Reilly, in Zach Galifianakis. 

The news will likely please / outrage fans of the book (and of comedy at large) who have been waiting to see / dreading Dunces translated to the big screen, but not so fast—the novel, itself a comedy wrapped in personal tragedy with a larger-than-life character at its center that may prove ambitious for even seasoned comic talent, has had a long and extremely bumpy road to the cinema, and may, some say, be more haunted than an above-ground New Orleans cemetery. 

For your references, a brief timeline of the novel and its proposed and alleged adapations:

1706 – Irish satirist and modest proposer Jonathan Swift writes Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting. In it, one will find the iconic line, "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

1980 – John Kennedy Toole’s iconic satire of 1960s New Orleans and the heartwarming saga of one Ignatius J. Reilly is published more than a decade after the author’s death. A year later, the book wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the book maintains a following today.

1982 – Harold Ramis becomes the first writer-director attached to a film adaptation of the novel. Comedy icon John Belushi was the first actor cast in the role of Reilly, with Richard Pryor as the vagrant-turned-custodian Burma Jones. Belushi passed away shortly after being cast in the role. Belushi’s death, coupled with those of other actors, including John Candy and Chris Farley, who have been attached to the role, not to mention Hurricane Katrina and the author’s suicide, have all contributed to the theory that the work itself may be cursed (at least, according to Stephen Soderbergh). Later, John Waters also mentioned interest in adapting the novel, with his Pink Flamingos muse Divine as the lead. 

1995 – In the mid-to-late ’90s, British actor and writer Stephen Fry (who is very much alive and well, thank you) was working on a screenplay for an adaptation of the film and even traveled to New Orleans for research. Nothing really ever happened with this one, though.

2005 – For a while, this seemed like the one that was going to make it. Scott Kramer and Stephen Soderbergh adapted Toole’s novel into a screenplay with David Gordon Green, whose works include the beautiful cult classic George Washington and stoner comedy Pineapple Express, at the helm. The cast included Will Ferrell as Ignatius, Mos Def as Burma Jones, Lily Tomlin as Mrs. Reilly and Paul Rudd as Mancuso. However, between Hurricane Katrina and a lack of interest from the studio, the adaptation stalled. 

2012 – Word breaks of Bobin’s proposed adaptation of Dunces, starring Zach Galifianakis. And we shall see. 

Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson Join ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner’s Film Debut

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has been waiting for more than a decade to direct his first feature film, but this may help: Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis will join the cast of You Are Here, based off a script Weiner wrote in the early part of the millennium. "It’s a dramedy that centers on a weatherman who is dependent on a best friend for his good times," the Hollywood Reporter writes. "When the friend inherits a business and some land from his father, the weatherman is forced to get his own life in order." Maybe the reason this couldn’t get off the ground is because of how conceptually similar it sounds to Nic Cage’s The Weather Man

Weiner’s been cock of the block for a while, but especially so after signing a $30 million deal for Mad Men’s final three seasons and watching the season five premiere debut to record ratings. So what’s a little cash towards a vanity project? THR notes that actors like Matt Dillon and Renee Zellweger have been attached in the past, but with little progress. Wilson and Galifianakis are pretty marketable (Amy Poehler is rumored to be joining the cast to), so hopefully this still stick. If not, well: More time to brainstorm how Pete and Peggy can get back together.

‘The Hangover 3’ Stars Are About to Get Paid Lots of Money

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result, I’m told. With that in mind, the stars of The Hangover are trying to wrangle out a massive payday in order to do a second sequel, says The Hollywood Reporter. They’ve been working on a deal for a long time, but the demands of Bradey Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are likely to hold: $15 million each, in aims for a Memorial Day 2013 release. If a third movie will be more of the same bro antics, why not try to milk the cow for all its worth?

That’s a whopping increase from their former deals: the first Hangover paid them less than $1 million each, with around $5 million each for the sequel. Obviously, things have changed: Cooper is a bona fide leading man (Did you see Limitless? Surprisingly not bad!), Galifianakis is the hottest comedian around not named Louis C.K., and, well, Helms is their buddy. It wouldn’t be very fair if they got a lot more than him. Put together, the Hangover movies have grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, so a third movie will make all kinds of dough. The world turns, as it always does.

Louis Vuitton Sues ‘Hangover Part II’ Filmmakers

It’s lawsuit season for The Hangover Part II, apparently. First, there was beef over whether its usage of Mike Tyson’s facial tattoo constituted copyright infringement; next, a more bizarre case in which a man claimed that the film was based on his life. Yesterday, Louis Vuitton filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. (the film’s distributor), alleging a mixture of trademark infringement and public undermining. It’s all because of this scene, which you can see below:

Apparently, that’s not a Louis Vuitton, but a counterfeit bag made by a company called Diophy. You’d think you’d have to be an eagle-eyed fashion snob to spot the difference, but I guess the joke is telegraphed by Zach Galifianakis’ hesitant delivery. Vuitton alleges that Warner Bros is "explicitly misleading the public about the source of the Diophy Bag," a problem considering how many of the bags are counterfeited per year. According to Reuters, here’s what they’re looking for:

In the suit, the French company is asking that the court permanently enjoin Warner’s from using its marks in any way, and order the company to surrender all copies of the film containing the marks. It is also asking for triple damages on all profits that Warner Bros. may have amassed from using Vuitton’s marks, plus attorneys’ fees and court costs.
I’ll be honest: I understand almost nothing of that. Permanently enjoin? Marks? Triple damages? Legalese, it’s so hard to understand. We’ll see where the lawsuit goes, if anywhere. Is "it’s a goddamn joke, people" not a valid legal defense?

Simon Doonan, Diane von Furstenburg & Zach Galifianakis Design Bags for a Cause

Last night, we joined a handful of fashion and Hollywood heavyweights at Barneys Beverly Hills to toast the launch of Patti Hansen’s new line of cross-body bags, Hung on U. Inspired by the dance-friendly bags worn at Studio 54, these carryalls are amazing because they’re both lightweight and hands-free, so you can do your thing without constantly clutching your shoulder. A famous model, the wife of the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, and the mother of models Alexandra and Theodora, Hansen wanted to use her celebrity status to do something that’s both creative and for a good cause, so she asked 20 of her family’s famous friends to customize a few bags for charity. See our favorites, including a furry number by Barneys’ creative director Simon Doonan (pictured), after the jump.

image “It’s actually made of wig hair – not real hair, thank god!” said Doonan of his hair fringe bag. Each celebrity-designed bag is up for auction now through October 12, on Charity Buzz with all proceeds benefiting Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Fund.

image We loved the rope detail on this Diane von Furstenberg design.

image Perhaps the most unlikely design collaborator ever, actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis pitched in by painting and autographing a bag. We’re digging this color story, Zach!

image Keith and Patti’s gorgeous daughters, Alexandra (left) and Theodora (right). “You won’t believe it, but this dress is actually from H&M! My sister gave it to me for my birthday,” Alexandra noted rather triumphantly. We then bonded over vintage and thrift stores. What girl doesn’t like a good steal?

image The lady of the hour, Ms. Patti Hansen, rocking a killer Michael Kors suit. Note the rock star touch of white lingerie peeking through. Can we be this cool someday?