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The Hangover Part III

The Hangover Part III
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Running Time: 100 minutes
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Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Rating: 14A (14A)

It's been two years since the gang known as the Wolfpack narrowly escaped disaster in Bangkok. Now, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) have happy lives at home -- but Alan (Zach Galifianakis) doesn't. Still lacking contentment and a sense of purpose, Alan has gone off his meds and surrendered to his natural impulses. It's up to the other members of the Wolfpack to get him through his personal crisis by embarking on a road trip to the place it all began: Las Vegas.

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It's been two years. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are happily living uneventful lives at home. Tattoos have been lasered off, files purged. The last they heard from disaster-magnet Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), he'd been tossed into a Thai prison and, with him out of the way, the guys have very nearly recovered from their nights prowling the seamy side of Las Vegas in a roofie'd haze, and being kidnapped, shot at, and chased by drug-dealing mobsters in Bangkok.
The only member of the Wolfpack who's not content is Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Still lacking a sense of purpose, the group's black sheep has ditched his meds and given in to his natural impulses in a big way-which, for Alan, means no boundaries, no filters and no judgment-until a personal crisis forces him to finally seek the help he needs.
And who better than his three best friends to make sure he takes the first step. This time, there's no bachelor party. No wedding. What could possibly go wrong? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
``The Hangover Part III is the epic conclusion to an incomparable odyssey of mayhem and bad decisions, in which the guys must finish what they started by going back to where it all began: Las Vegas.
One way or another...it all ends here.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes ``The Hangover Part III, the third and final film in director Todd Phillips' record-shattering comedy trilogy.
``The Hangover Part III reunites stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug. Also returning to the cast are Ken Jeong as Leslie Chow; Heather Graham as Stu's first wife, Jade; and Jeffrey Tambor as Alan's father, Sid. Joining the ensemble for the first time is John Goodman, starring as the guys' new nightmare, Marshall.
Todd Phillips directs from a screenplay he wrote with Craig Mazin, who previously collaborated with him on the screenplay for ``The Hangover Part II. The film is produced by Phillips and Dan Goldberg, with Thomas Tull, Scott Budnick, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink serving as executive producers. The film also reunited key members of Todd Phillips' creative team from the first two films: director of photography Lawrence Sher, editor Debra Neil-Fisher and costume designer Louise Mingenbach. They are joined by production designer Maher Ahmad (``Gangster Squad) and editor Jeff Groth (``Project X). The music is composed by Christophe Beck, who created the scores for ``The Hangover and ``The Hangover Part II.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Green Hat Films Production of a Todd Phillips Movie: ``The Hangover Part III. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
BUT WHAT ABOUT ALAN?
``We're stuck with him. We're gonna spend the rest of our lives with him because we're all he has now. You realize that? We're it. - Stu
In 2009, writer/director Todd Phillips threw a bachelor party the likes of which had never been seen before, and invited the whole world to bond with a group of guys now universally known as the Wolfpack. In 2011, he raised the stakes to show us how far they could be pushed without completely losing it.
By asking-and then answering-the diabolically simple question, What could go wrong?, both ``The Hangover and ``The Hangover Part II not only shattered boundaries and box office records, entertaining millions around the globe, but made an indelible mark on pop culture. Mr. Chow's deranged catch phrases still ring from the most unlikely mouths, and fans from Baltimore to Bosnia sidle up daily to the front desk at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to crack themselves up by requesting ``the Hangover suite or quoting Alan's clueless query, ``Is this the real Caesar's palace?
Now, ``We're going for a truly epic finish, says Phillips, as the story takes Phil, Stu, Alan, Doug, and their nemesis Chow south of the border and then back to the original scene of the crime for the saga's fitting conclusion: Las Vegas, where things first went very, very wrong.
What they thought happened in Vegas was only the half of it, which they are about to discover in ways that the filmmakers believe should surprise audiences as much as it surprises the guys. ``There's a lot of action and comedy, a heist, a road trip, and an element of mystery, too, as we touch on certain things that weren't explored before but were always part of the undercurrent of the two previous films, Phillips continues. ``It brings everything together and wraps it up with an ending that follows its own logic.
Screenwriter Craig Mazin, who first collaborated with Phillips on the script for ``The Hangover Part II, recounts how they reached back to the two prior outings to prime that logic. ``We uncovered a chain of unfinished business that arcs through all three movies for a final story that doesn't just end on its own, but ends all three. Something happened in the beginning, although few caught its significance, and that thing is going to come back to haunt the guys and start them down a path of what will be, in many ways, their most difficult and challenging journey of all.
Designed more as a quest than the forensic investigations that went before, ``The Hangover Part III shakes up the morning-after structure of its predecessors while still delivering plenty of laugh-out-loud and what-the-hell moments to keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.
Rather than memory loss, the final chapter hinges on clarity, and things coming into full focus. It's not about a specific hangover this time but harkens back to the original-that mother-of-all hangovers, triggered by Alan, which set all of this into motion six years ago in ways they couldn't imagine.
Bradley Cooper, returning as high school English teacher and unofficial pack leader Phil, says, ``There are little story points we maybe glanced by in the original that become pivotal pieces in the larger whole. Speaking as a fan, myself, watching these movies, the best part-and certainly the funniest-is putting it all together.
Part III does not shy away from the dark side, either, the better to give its humor a sharper edge, Phillips feels. ``With us it always starts with darkness, because that heightens the comedy. Plus, it just gets more interesting and more real as we bring them into darker places and amp up the tension. It's essentially a fish-out-of-water story for these guys who don't belong in the situation they've been thrown into, so the fun is in watching them struggle and trip their way through it.
``Todd is our captain. We just follow him into battle, says Ed Helms, reprising his role as the perpetually panicked dentist, Stu. ``At this point, it's safe to say these characters have been to hell and back...but in a good way. There are some scars. Stu, literally, has one from a regrettable tattoo, not to mention a tooth he'll never get back. But I love these stories and these guys and I was excited to read the script for 'The Hangover Part III,' to see what was in store for them. I kept turning pages and thinking, 'No way, are you kidding me? Where did that come from?'
Similarly, audiences know these characters well enough now to follow them into any situation and trust that they will somehow prevail. Or have a phenomenally good time trying. ``Bottom line: the amount of funny that comes out of these movies is unbelievable, attests Ken Jeong, returning as bad-luck charm Chow. ``And this one answers all the questions. You want to know what happened to Chow? You'll get that answer, real quick, and in spectacular fashion.
At the same time, part of what makes ``The Hangover Part III a satisfying conclusion to all the madness is how it copes with the one member of the group who has, thus far, eluded anything resembling growth or self-awareness. Who has ostensibly, throughout all the trauma and drama and near-death experiences, never learned anything and never changed.
In other words...This one is Alan's story, says Phillips.
``It's kind of bittersweet knowing that, after this, I won't be able to play Alan ever again. It was a nice run, though, Zach Galifianakis remarks, considering the persona that has earned a worldwide following and made a significant impact on his own life and career.
Knowing that ``people come to these movies not to be enlightened, but to laugh and be entertained, Mazin adds, ``I think we laugh more when we care, and Todd and I care very much about these characters so we wanted to finish this in a meaningful way, and that meant dealing with Alan.
Consequently, ``The Hangover Part III nudges Alan onto an inner journey he desperately needs, that runs parallel to the story's main action. ``I hate to suggest he grows up because I don't know how possible that would be, but something definitely starts to change in him, at a cellular level, offers Dan Goldberg, Phillips' longtime producing partner.
``This allowed us to mine comedy from the deeper aspects of the characters, Goldberg continues. ``We couldn't rely on the same things that worked before, either in character or story. Alan has given us a lot of laughs, and this movie is no exception, but there comes a time when you think, he can't go on like this. What if he was your friend? One element that comes across so well in these movies is that no matter how insane things get, the friendship feels real. You believe these guys truly care about each other. So the question eventually becomes, how could they allow one of their own to continue on such a self-destructive path?
Phillips concurs, emphasizing that the Wolfpack dynamic has always been key. ``From the beginning, I think these movies work because of the characters and the casting. If we had, say, three Alans, apart from that being impossible, it would be tapping the same vein. These actors are not only funny in their own right, but each one comes from such a different place, comedically, that it makes for an extraordinary chemistry.
``When you watch a movie, you usually identify with a certain character, he further notes. ``I think a lot of people see things through Stu's eyes, because he's the one who seems most normal. Confident audience members see through Phil's eyes and some people, if they're completely unhinged, see things through Alan's eyes, but ultimately it's the group they're responding to, and that's a real testament to the actors. Beyond the comedy, beyond the plot, no matter where they wake up or whatever harebrained heist they have to accomplish to get out of trouble, I think people are just happy to get back together with these guys and go along for one last ride.

OK, HERE'S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
``... and then everything went black. - Chow
Alan is not doing well. In fact, he's not doing much of anything, and his family has grown increasingly concerned. ``The guys, led by Doug, who is Alan's brother-in-law as well as his friend, stage an intervention in the hopes of getting him into a facility where he can get some help and put his life in order, says Phillips. ``Knowing he can't do it alone, Doug enlists Phil and Stu. So it's helping Alan that brings the four of them together.
Naturally, Alan is resistant, but he finally gives in to the irresistible promise of a road trip with his three best friends.
``Alan has to be told he's having a midlife crisis because he's not aware of it, Galifianakis admits. ``He has no idea. I guess it's more like a coming-of-age crisis, but it's hard to come of age when you're already over 40.
Unbeknownst to the four of them, though, Alan's long-overdue bid for mental health coincides with an equally momentous event occurring halfway around the world: Leslie Chow is breaking out of prison, ``Shawshank-style, and, like a malevolent genie freshly uncorked, will waste no time in bringing havoc into the lives of anyone close to him. And no one is closer to him than Alan.
As a result, states Helms, ``What starts out as a fairly magnanimous gesture quickly escalates into utter chaos and hell.
Still, Phillips asserts, ``If you talk to people who love these movies, they'll often say they wish they had a friend like Alan, and that's largely attributable to Zach. He has such sweetness behind his eyes, that he can say and do most anything and you'll think, 'Oh, he didn't mean it like that.' So he gets away with all sorts of things. People love Alan for his innocence, his big heart, and his ability to just have a good time without worrying about what other people think-which is good, even though he always goes too far and screws it up.
While Alan's unhealthy relationship with Chow ranks high on the list of things that skew his approach to life, there isn't a single member of the Wolfpack who hasn't been affected by its fallout. ``It comes to light that Chow did something during the time of the first movie that greatly pissed off a very dangerous enemy. He compounded that offense during the second, and it's all going to come back on him now-and on Alan, Phil, Stu and Doug, warns Goldberg.
Again, it's Phil who is the first to lose patience. However, once dragged in, he will likely be the last to give up. Though some see this alpha-male character as the most level-headed of the group, Cooper disagrees. ``If Phil represents the voice of reason, that's a pretty messed up reality they're living in, he suggests. ``I think Phil's view on life is demented in its own way. He can be highly moral but, at the same time, it's a very specific and personal code. He marches to the beat of his own drum, so he may seem rational on the surface, but he's actually willing to go to some pretty extreme places to get things done.
Stu is arguably the group's true voice of reason, but since that voice is so often accompanied by screaming and hyperventilation, it's hard to hear. Loyalty and good intentions aside, improvising at a crime scene just isn't his strong suit. Never was; never will be.
``Stu got married to a beautiful, sophisticated woman in 'The Hangover Part II,' notes Helms. ``And, as typically happens when schlubs like him marry women a class above them, it automatically ups his game. So the Stu we first see in 'Hangover Part III' is right away a little cooler, a little more fashionable. But it's all a house of cards. The minute things get scary, Stu reverts back to his true self. Nerd. Major nerd.
If Chow is the catalyst for chaos, and Phil and Stu the ones working for a solution, and if Alan is the linchpin for every mistake and wrong turn they've ever made... then Doug, poor Doug, is the collateral damage.
``Yeah, Doug gets screwed again, confirms Justin Bartha, wryly reflecting on the role that often has him tied up, blindfolded and shoved into the back of a van. ``They know where he is this time; they just don't know how to get him back. I think that even if this wasn't the last movie, it would probably still be the last time that anyone ever saw Doug hanging out with these guys. I think he'd be crazy to pick up the phone next time they call because they've gotten him into so much trouble already.
Goldberg takes a more philosophical view: ``That's his lot in life, unfortunately. We love Doug, but he's just meant to be kidnapped, misplaced, or stuck on a rooftop.
Similarly, Leslie Chow is just meant to stir up trouble. Ken Jeong first came aboard as Chow in ``The Hangover, and his uninhibited portrayal helped develop the supporting role into something vastly more significant, to the delight of fans around the world.
Says Jeong, ``Chow is like a squib, a little cap that explodes and makes a mess everywhere. You never know if he has a trace of fear in his heart or not, because that tiny bit of vulnerability he exposes might just be a trick to draw you in. In this film we see him, for the first time, in a seriously compromised position and it's possible that, like Alan, he's finally exploring the consequences of his actions. Or, knowing Chow, maybe not.
``Not to get too highfalutin' about it, but if you look at Greek drama there were humans and gods, and the gods weren't always nice, offers Mazin. ``Sometimes they were terrible. They would insert themselves into the lives of humans and they were immortal so you couldn't kill them, you couldn't stop them, and they would just do whatever they wanted and disrupt things for everyone. That's Chow. He's a force of nature. He's the god of mayhem.
But this time the Wolfpack's troubles are far bigger than Chow. Now, the one calling the shots and making the threats is a guy who makes him look like a camp counselor. John Goodman takes on the mysterious role of Marshall, a very bad man in a very bad mood, who sends them on a mission to retrieve something he believes they caused him to lose-with dire consequences if they fail.
``It's hard not to love John Goodman, says Phillips. ``He's so versatile. He can play steely and dead-serious or completely whacked out, or a combination of both.
``Marshall is the prime mover behind everything, the kingpin, Goodman describes. ``We don't know a lot about him, which is for the best, except that people jump when he snaps his fingers and they do what he tells them to do. He's pretty scary. Also, he dresses like a plush toy; lots of velour. So he's kind of plushy, kind of squeezable and laid-back...and he kills people.
In addition to introducing Goodman into the mix, ``The Hangover Part III re¬introduces some familiar faces, including Hangover alum Jeffrey Tambor, as Alan's beloved father, Sid, who helps to set the stage for this third excursion in a dramatic and most unexpected way; and Heather Graham as Jade, the former Vegas stripper who was once very temporarily married to Stu.
One of the few people to have benefited from her entanglement with the Wolfpack, Jade's life has changed for the better since they first staggered through town. Says Graham, ``Like many of the fans, there's a part of me that was thinking maybe Jade would end up with Stu, but even though things turned out differently I'm glad to say that she's happy. I wanted a good ending for her. We all did. Jade has stopped stripping, gotten married and become a suburban mom, and it's easy to believe that her brief introduction to nice-guy Stu was the first step in that process.
Of course, where Jade goes, Tyler can't be far away. Audiences will remember the good-natured infant-now four-that Phil, Alan and Stu discovered in their trashed hotel room in ``The Hangover, and toted around for a day before identifying him as Jade's son. In fact, Grant Holmquist, the youngster who appears as Tyler in ``Part III was one of several babies who originally shared the role and it was his image on the movie poster art, sporting sunglasses and nestled in a pouch around Alan's neck.
Says Phillips, ``He still has those beautiful cheeks and big blue eyes that were so striking. He's not an actor. But he came in and met with us and he seemed very cool. We felt like we knew him, and it was great to have him back.
The filmmakers also welcomed back Mike Epps as the hilariously volatile ``Black Doug-a moniker he clearly hates and was first coined by the guys, in desperate straits, to distinguish him from their missing friend with the same name.
Additionally, Sasha Barrese returns as the anxious Tracy, forced to split her concern between her husband, Doug, and her brother, Alan. Jamie Chung returns as Lauren, the woman Stu risked life and limb to wed in the second film. Sondra Currie appears again as Alan's long-suffering mother, Linda. And Gillian Vigman is still Phil's better half, Stephanie.

WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS
``I told myself I'd never come back. - Stu ``Don't worry. It all ends tonight. - Phil
The film's final recurring character is Las Vegas, itself-or, as Phillips calls it, ``the heart of darkness for these guys.
As much as the past six years have impacted Alan, Phil, Stu and Doug, it can't compare to what those years have meant to the real-life principals and fans of this phenomenally popular film franchise since its debut, and nowhere is that clearer than in Las Vegas. A quick glance in any direction offers ample evidence: Hangover-themed slot machines, visitors circulating in Wolfpack tee-shirts and gift shops featuring souvenir items tied to the movies while, outside, it's not unusual to see an Alan impersonator posing for tourist photo ops.
``'The Hangover' has become an iconic Las Vegas film, which I love and really makes me proud, says Phillips.
``Certainly shooting the first one we had a much lower profile, Helms remembers. ``Going back could only be described as completely bananas because not only are we all more recognizable now, but 'The Hangover' is such an institution there. It was overwhelming at times, but always fun and exciting, too. It's hard to walk through the lobby or play blackjack for an hour without drawing a crowd or having fans come up to say hello, and it's so cool to be a part of it.
The production returned to Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino, where the action kicked off in the first film and where it was destined to culminate like some twisted déjà vu. Citing the story's lasting influence on this long-standing Vegas landmark, Cooper says, ``Security guards told us they're constantly stopping people trying to get onto the roof.
Once again, filming incorporated areas in and around the property, featuring its famous lobby, elevators, and the interior of a 10,000-foot suite that serves as Chow's party pad. ``The Hangover Part III also tapped local sites such as the Super Liquor Store on Paradise Road and the area around downtown's Fremont Street.
Its most elaborate stunt sequence embraces the distinctive nighttime panorama of the Las Vegas skyline from a truly unique point of view: through Leslie Chow's aviator shades, as he attempts a daring escape off the balcony of his penthouse. High above the lights and rooftops, over Las Vegas Boulevard and past the Paris Hotel's Eiffel Tower, Chow soars like a leaf on the wind, bound for who-knows-where, while his pursuers frantically try to track him from the grid of city streets below.
The shoot required a herculean level of preparation, involving helicopters, stunt parachutists, a massive crane and even the coordination of The Bellagio's famed fountains. ``We shot it over two nights but it took months to organize, says Goldberg. ``The strip is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the world and you can't have people flying over cars; it's too dangerous. We had dozens of PAs closing streets along with the help of the Las Vegas police, and we could only do it for about eight minutes at a time. We would film the parachute jumpers coming down, wait for them to land safely and then get them off the street so we could let the traffic flow. Wait 10 minutes and do it again. It was like a military operation, but it's a great sequence and such a signature Chow move.
Four jumpers stood in for Chow at points on the route, including Philip Tan, who has doubled for Ken Jeong on all the ``Hangover films. Their trajectory was traced by six strategically placed cameras on the ground, as well as a helmet-cam and an aerial camera supported by cables that proved the piece's biggest logistical challenge.
Stunt coordinator Jack Gill offers some of the details. ``We strung a thousand feet of cable 350 feet in the air. After picking points on the various hotels that would work, we then had to find a crane from which to mount the wires. This meant pre-positioning the 500-ton apparatus near the entrance to Bally's, which took seven trucks and eight hours to accomplish. From there, he continues, ``We had a 2-wire rig going over to Planet Hollywood. It's a 1000-foot run and we put Phil Tan on one wire and a camera on the other. The camera moves toward him, then wraps around him as he goes by the other way.
The fact that the jumpers launched themselves from helicopters required FAA approval. Beyond that, Phillips recalls, ``it required the collaborative assistance of five or six high-profile properties that share the strip. Suddenly I had a button that controlled when the fountains at The Bellagio were going to go off, because we didn't want Chow drifting into the spray. It all went smoothly, and it gives the story real action, which I think always enhances the experience of watching a movie like this. Even if people don't realize it, subconsciously they see it in a different way.
Helms jokes, ``Unlike some of the stuff we did in the other movies, where we would do something and then our stunt crew would perform the more badass version of it, in this movie, certain scenes are so badass that they wouldn't let us have anything to do with them.
In fact, the actors did participate in a fair amount of their own stunts, most notably in another of the film's major set pieces where Alan and Phil rappel down the sheer side of a hotel tower. The sequence was actually captured on a soundstage; however, it still required Cooper and Galifianakis to vertically navigate portions of a 60-foot façade constructed on Warner Bros. Studios' Stage 16.
Integrating the existing Caesars Palace architecture, production designer Maher Ahmad built the structure that represented five stories of the hotel's Augustus Tower, including cantilevered balconies, carvings of trumpeting angels, and the nine-foot illuminated letters of the hotel's logo that had to withstand the shock of actors and stuntmen tromping on them. It was also engineered to accommodate a 3,200-pound crane atop the 100-foot-long set, in addition to personnel and additional gear, and parts of the stage floor were removed to allow additional room for its height.
The entire set was then completely surrounded by green screens onto which the visual effects department added meticulously recorded views of the Vegas skyline.
When it comes to meeting the physical demands of such moments, ``Bradley doesn't flinch, he doesn't even talk about it, he always wants to do it. He hates it when we use a stunt man, whereas I think Zach wishes his stunt double could do the whole movie, Phillips laughingly offers.
Acutely acrophobic, Galifianakis counters, ``Alan and Phil are climbing down from the roof with bed sheets. We had harnesses, so it was completely safe, but my irrational mind told me otherwise. Did I mention how much fun it is to be in the movies? I'm afraid of heights. If I were two inches taller I'd live my whole life in fear because that would be too high for me.
Additionally, for Chow's explosive prison break, a safety-harnessed but perpetually drenched Ken Jeong spent a day repeatedly diving from a tank into a 30-foot free-fall as water gushed out behind him.
For the prison itself, Ahmad and his team repurposed an existing hydroelectric plant, which was then joined to an elaborate system of interconnecting sewer tunnels constructed on a studio stage. ``What Todd and I wanted to do was to construct it on two levels, the designer says. ``As Chow goes through a hole in his cell wall he falls 15 feet into the hub and goes down a smaller side tunnel which branches off the main artery. From there, he climbs up to another level and whole thing narrows down to the point where he gets swept out, all of which was more visually engaging than a straight run.
Ahmad also built a Las Vegas pawn shop out of a furniture store, that proved realistic enough to attract a couple of would-be customers poking around for a deal.
His largest job, however, was turning three blocks of real estate in the border town of Nogales, Arizona into a busy Tijuana neighborhood where Phil, Stu, Alan and Chow mark a clandestine reunion. ``Rather than one building that required construction, nearly every one of the more than 50 storefronts needed some kind of transformation with dressing and signage, says Ahmad. ``It was a very interesting area with the streets forming a Y, and a perfect spot in front of a building for a bus bench, all of which was integral to the scene. The same building is also the exterior for the flophouse where Chow is holed up.
It's a cozy little dive he shares with a cache of fighting roosters, which indicates how low the former high-stakes player has sunk in his effort to make a living. At one point, when Alan upsets their tenuous calm, the room erupts into a melee of wings, claws and squawking as the birds attack Alan, Phil and Stu. The manic moments were filmed entirely on a soundstage and employed a dozen birds, both roosters and hens, trained by Birds and Animals Unlimited, to leap up and hang onto the actors' backs. Birds flying out the window were caught in sound blankets to cushion their landing. To protect both animals and humans, animatronic models provided more hands-on interaction such as simulated pecking and scratching.
A trainer from Birds and Animals Unlimited also escorted the film's star giraffe, an easygoing adolescent named Stanley, to his big close-up on a different soundstage. There, Stanley's placid demeanor was digitally recorded and later married to footage of Alan hauling an empty trailer down the highway, for a final cut in which the two are seen traveling together, equally unaware of impending catastrophe.
``This movie was rugged, brutal, massive, says Cooper. ``I mean, we have parachutes flying around Vegas at night, wild animals in places where they shouldn't be, lots of crazy things going on. But it's all grounded. I don't think there was ever a point where Todd, or anyone, thought, 'Let's outdo the first or the second film.' The intention was just to tell a good story, and it feels like the normal progression of the lives of these three guys.
In that same vein, bringing them back to Las Vegas for the trilogy's grand finale not only serves the story, but should offer a satisfying sense of completion.
``This time we're really able to close the book, in a way that's congruent with what we built in the first movie, says Galifianakis. ``We have some good jokes and some high-octane action. There's also some genuine emotion that finds its way in.
Not surprisingly, emotions also ran high as work on ``The Hangover Part III drew to a close, largely due to the camaraderie that has developed among cast and crew, most of whom have worked together on all three films.
``A lot has happened since shouting 'Action' on day one of the first 'Hangover,' Phillips reflects. ``It's fun for us to look back on five or six years and three movies, and think of all the insane things we did and the places we went together. When we came to the last scene of the last day, I certainly felt that something special had come to an end.
``I know it's a rare privilege to be able to make movies like this and create characters that audiences respond to the way they've responded to these guys, the director adds. ``And I'm glad we were able to wrap it up in a way that honors the story and gives them the big send-off they deserve.

ABOUT THE CAST
BRADLEY COOPER (Phil) has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros., announcing his production company, 22nd & Indiana.
Cooper most recently starred in the Academy Award(R) nominated film ``Silver Linings Playbook, for which he received his first Academy Award(R) nomination. Directed by David O' Russell, the film was an adaptation of the Matthew Quick serio-comic novel and also starred Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. ``Silver Linings Playbook debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to earn seven Oscar(R) nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Cooper won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performance. Additionally, he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and a Screen Actors Guild(R) nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, as well as nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role.
He will next be seen starring opposite Jennifer Lawrence in the independent drama ``Serena, based on Ron Rash's period novel set in depression-era 1929 North Carolina and directed by Academy Award(R) winner Suzanne Bier.
Cooper is currently starring alongside Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance's thriller ``The Place Beyond the Pines, which debuted at last year's Toronto Film Festival. In 2012, he starred in ``The Words, a drama written and directed by his childhood friends Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, and in ``Hit & Run, directed by Dax Shepherd.
In May 2011, Cooper starred opposite Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha in ``The Hangover Part II, directed by Todd Phillips, the blockbuster hit sequel to 2009's ``The Hangover, which was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. ``The Hangover Part II went on to surpass the original in international earnings and the two films combined have earned more than $1 billion worldwide.
In 2010, Cooper starred as Lt. Templeton ``Faceman Peck, alongside Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley and Quinton ``Rampage Jackson in the big-screen adaptation of ``The A-Team, directed by Joe Carnahan. In 2009, he appeared in ``New York, I Love You, the American version of the acclaimed film ``Paris, Je t'aime, and the hit comedy ``He's Just Not That Into You, opposite Jennifer Connelly and Scarlett Johansson, based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. Cooper's other film roles include the box office success ``Yes Man, opposite Jim Carrey; ``Wedding Crashers, opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; and director David Wain's 2001 cult favorite ``Wet Hot American Summer, with Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon and Paul Rudd. Cooper also starred with Sandra Bullock and Thomas Hayden Church in ``All About Steve.
In the summer of 2012, Cooper starred alongside Patricia Clarkson in Bernard Pomerance's ``The Elephant Man, directed by Scott Ellis, on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He is currently in development to bring ``The Elephant Man to Broadway in 2014. Cooper made his Broadway debut in spring 2006 in Joe Montello's ``Three Days of Rain, opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd. In July 2008, he joined the cast of the critically acclaimed Theresa Rebeck play ``The Understudy, which premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival to critical acclaim and sold-out performances.
Cooper starred as Aidan Stone for three seasons of the F/X drama ``Nip/Tuck, beginning in 2007. In 2005, he starred in FOX's single-camera comedy ``Kitchen Confidential, based on the trials and tribulations of renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. His other television credits include the Golden Globe nominated series ``Alias, ``Jack & Bobby, ``Touching Evil, ``Law & Order: SVU and ``Trial By Jury.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cooper graduated with honors in the English program at Georgetown University. After moving to New York City, he obtained his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University.
ED HELMS (Stu) previously starred in ``The Hangover, winner of the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and ``The Hangover Part II. The two mega-hits from director Todd Phillips, together, have grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Helms recently completed production on David Wain's comedy ``They Came Together, co-starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, and Rawson Marshall Thurber's ``We're The Millers, with Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Jason Sudeikis, set for a 2013 release.
Helms was last seen in the Duplass brothers' 2012 feature ``Jeff, Who Lives at Home, opposite Jason Segel and Susan Sarandon. He also lent his voice to the 3-D animated hit film ``The Lorax, playing The Once-ler alongside Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, and Taylor Swift. The film is based on the famous Dr. Seuss children's book about preserving the environment.
Currently, Helms stars in the scene-stealing role of Andy Bernard in NBC's hit comedy ``The Office, now in its ninth season. His other television credits include a four-year stint as a senior correspondent and writer on the Emmy Award(R)-winning ``The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central's ``Premium Blend and Fox's ``Arrested Development.
Helms' additional film credits include Miguel Arteta's ``Cedar Rapids, Shawn Levy's ``Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, ``The Goods, ``Semi-Pro, ``Knocked Up, ``Meet Dave, ``Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Jake Kasdan's ``Walk Hard and Tom Shadyac's ``Evan Almighty.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Helms headed to New York City to pursue comedy shortly after attending Oberlin College in Ohio. He now resides in Los Angeles and plays a mean banjo.
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS (Alan) most recently starred opposite Will Ferrell in ``The Campaign, director Jay Roach's hit comedy about political rivals.
Prior to that, Galifianakis reprised his role as Alan in the 2011 hit ``The Hangover Part II, the follow-up to director Todd Phillips' international blockbuster comedy ``The Hangover. In 2011, he also lent his voice to the animated comedy ``Puss in Boots, alongside Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, and appeared in the family musical comedy ``The Muppets, with Jason Segel.
Among his upcoming projects, Galifianakis will next be seen in writer/director Matthew Weiner's comedy ``You Are Here, alongside Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. He will also star with Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts in Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñárritu's ``Birdman, which is currently in production.
His recent work also includes reuniting with Phillips for ``Due Date, opposite Robert Downey Jr.; starring in ``It's Kind of a Funny Story, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival; and starring with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in the Jay Roach comedy ``Dinner for Schmucks.
Galifianakis moved to New York City after failing his last college course by one point at North Carolina State University. He got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to doing stand-up at night in clubs and coffee houses in the city. While working as a bus boy, he got his first acting job on the NBC sitcom ``Boston Common.
His additional film credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced hit ``G-Force; the indie feature ``Youth in Revolt, with Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta; a cameo in Jason Reitman's Oscar(R)-nominated film ``Up in the Air; ``Comedians of Comedy, a documentary that follows four underground comics; and the critically acclaimed true-life drama ``Into the Wild, from director Sean Penn.
On the small screen, Galifianakis also starred as Roy Hueston in the HBO comedy series ``Bored to Death, with Jason Schwartzman and Ted Danson. In addition, he hosted the critically acclaimed VH1 talk show ``Late World with Zach, and also wrote and starred in ``Dog Bites Man for Comedy Central.
Galifianakis has an internet talk show entitled ``Between Two Ferns, on which he has interviewed such guests as Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, Conan O'Brien and Charlize Theron.
When not filming, he lives on his farm in North Carolina.
KEN JEONG (Mr. Chow) first appeared as Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the 2009 mega-hit comedy ``The Hangover, alongside Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. The film became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time and went on to make over $467 million worldwide, only to be trumped by ``The Hangover Part II, which grossed $581 million worldwide.
Since his feature film debut as the doctor in ``Knocked Up in 2007, Jeong has gone on to a number of memorable roles in a series of successful comedies. Directed, written and produced by Judd Apatow, Jeong's first film grossed $219 million at the worldwide box office. In 2008, Jeong received his first major role as the villain, King Argotron, in ``Role Models, opposite Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film went on to gross over $90 million worldwide. The same year, Jeong appeared in two other major comedies: ``Pineapple Express and ``Step Brothers.
Jeong's career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to attain his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residence in New Orleans, all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, he won the Big Easy Laff Off. The competition, judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Bud Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged him to head to Los Angeles.
Jeong began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows, including ``The Office, ``Entourage and ``MADtv. It wasn't until his pivotal role as Dr. Kuni in ``Knocked Up, though, that Jeong solidified himself as a feature film comedian. In 2006, he and comedian Mike O'Connell left a mark on YouTube as ``Million Dollar Strong, a spoof rap duo. Since its posting in 2006, the video has garnered over 1 million views and Jeong and O'Connell have been tapped by MTV Films to write and star in the film version.
Jeong can currently be seen as series regular Señor Chang, alongside Joel McHale and Chevy Chase, on NBC's hit comedy ``Community, now in its fourth season.
On the big screen, he most recently starred with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in director Michael Bay's actioner ``Pain & Gain. His recent feature projects also include the hit comedy ``The Muppets. Upcoming, Jeong will lend his voice to the animated family comedy ``Turbo.
Jeong's additional credits include roles in ``The Zookeeper, ``Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, ``The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard and ``All About Steve. He has also appeared in numerous Stand Up 2 Cancer PSAs and hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.
HEATHER GRAHAM (Jade) discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant's ``Drugstore Cowboy, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She went on to score unforgettable roles in the 1997 classic ``Boogie Nights, for which she received the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and 1999's ``Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Also in 1999, Graham was named ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow.
Most recently, Graham starred in Ramin Bahrami's ``At Any Price, which screened at the Toronto, Venice, Telluride and Zurich Film Festivals, and in ``About Cherry, opposite James Franco, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2012 and hit theaters September 21, 2012. Her recent credits also include ``Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, ``5 Days of War, and Todd Phillips' 2009 blockbuster comedy ``The Hangover, with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis. She also starred with a stellar ensemble cast in Emilio Estevez's ``Bobby, about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2006 and also screened at the AFI Film Festival.
Upcoming, Graham has several projects in the works, including the Tim Garrick comedy ``Behaving Badly, with Selena Gomez, Patrick Warburton and Dylan McDermott, and the independent thriller ``Compulsion.
Throughout her career, Graham has worked with some of the industry's most respected actors and directors. Her performances include that of a doe-eyed girl in ``Swingers, with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn; an ambitious young actress in Frank Oz's ``Bowfinger, with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy; and the tragic Mary Kelly in Albert and Allen Hughes' ``From Hell, opposite Johnny Depp; as well as roles in ``The Guru, with Marisa Tomei; ``Hope Springs, opposite Colin Firth; ``Committed, with Luke Wilson; Ed Burns' ensemble ``Sidewalks of New York; James Toback's ``Two Girls and a Guy, with Robert Downey Jr.; ``Lost in Space, with Gary Oldman and William Hurt; and ``Six Degrees of Separation, starring Will Smith.
Graham also executive produced and starred in the feature film ``Cake, a romantic comedy also starring Sandra Oh and Cheryl Hines. In 2004-2005, she received rave reviews for her guest starring stint on NBC's critically acclaimed series ``Scrubs.
On stage, Graham made her debut off-Broadway in Playwrights Horizons' ``Recent Tragic Events.
JUSTIN BARTHA (Doug) previously starred in Todd Phillips' blockbuster hit comedies ``The Hangover, in 2009, and ``The Hangover Part II, in 2011.
Bartha can currently be seen in NBC's new comedy series ``The New Normal, created by Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler. He stars as one half of a gay couple trying to create a family via surrogate, and the comedy and emotional rollercoaster that comes with that life change.
He recently completed production on the upcoming release ``CBGB, a biopic about the iconic New York punk club during its heyday in the mid '70s. In the film he stars as Stiv Bators, famed frontman for The Dead Boys. He also wrapped the feature drama ``Brahmin Bulls, for award-winning director Mahesh Pailoor.
Bartha last starred in the Todd Solondz feature ``Dark Horse, with Selma Blair, Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken, which premiered in competition at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival and the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, he starred in the gritty indie drama ``Holy Rollers, with Jesse Eisenberg. Loosely based on the true story of Hasidic drug dealers in the late '90s, ``Holy Rollers premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and garnered director Kevin Asch the Breakthrough Award at the Gotham Film Festival and the Most Promising Newcomer Award at Deauville.
Bartha is also known for his performances as Riley Poole, partner to Nicolas Cage's character Ben Gates from the worldwide blockbuster franchise ``National Treasure and ``National Treasure: Book of Secrets. His additional film credits include New York, I Love You, the American version of ``Paris, Je t'aime; as well as ``Failure to Launch, with Matthew McConaughey, Sidney Lumet's HBO telefilm ``Strip Search and Martin Brest's ``Gigli.
Bartha studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from their film school. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
JOHN GOODMAN (Marshall) is well known to both film and television audiences. He recently starred in Robert Zemeckis' acclaimed drama ``Flight, alongside Denzel Washington, and in Clint Eastwood's ``Trouble with the Curve, with Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. He also starred in director Ben Affleck's dramatic thriller ``Argo, which won the Oscar(R) as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture, and for which Goodman additionally shared the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award(R) for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
His recent credits also include Best Picture Oscar(R)-nominee ``Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, director Stephen Daldry's adaptation of the best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, and the animated family comedy ``ParaNorman. For his role in the 2011 Best Picture Oscar(R) winner ``The Artist, writer/director Michel Hazanavicius's homage to Hollywood's silent film era, Goodman shared Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award(R) and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast.
Last year, he was honored by the National Board of Review with a Spotlight Award for his work in 2012, encompassing ``Argo, ``ParaNorman, ``Flight and ``Trouble with the Curve.
Among Goodman's upcoming feature projects are the Coen brothers' ``Inside Llewyn Davis; Shawn Levy's comedy ``The Internship; the animated comedy adventure ``Monsters University; and the drama ``The Monuments Men, for director George Clooney, in which he will star alongside Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray.
His recent television work includes the movie ``Alpha House, a drama co-starring Bill Murray, as well as roles on the BBC series ``Dancing on the Edge, NBC's hit comedy ``Community, FX Network's ``Damages and HBO's ``Treme.
In 2010, he starred with Al Pacino in the HBO biopic ``You Don't Know Jack, earning Emmy and SAG Award(R) nominations for his portrayal of Jack Kevorkian's longtime associate Neal Nicol. Goodman won an Emmy Award in 2007 for his guest role on Aaron Sorkin's series ``Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He earlier received two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special, for his work in the television adaptation of Tennessee Williams' ``A Streetcar Named Desire and for his performance in the title role of ``Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long.
Goodman first became a favorite of television viewers when he starred for nine seasons on the smash hit sitcom ``Roseanne. Over the course of the show's run, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as earning three more Golden Globe nominations, seven Emmy nominations and a SAG Award(R) nomination. His numerous credits also include a recurring role on Sorkin's ``The West Wing, and starring roles on HBO's ``Treme, FX's ``Damages and NBC's ``Community.
On the big screen, Goodman received a Golden Globe nomination for his chilling performance in the Coen brothers' 1991 film ``Barton Fink. He first collaborated with the Coens on the hit comedy ``Raising Arizona, and has since reunited with them on the films ``The Hudsucker Proxy, ``The Big Lebowski and ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Goodman was more recently seen in Kevin Smith's indie political thriller ``Red State. His extensive list of credits also includes ``Evan Almighty, ``Speed Racer, ``Beyond the Sea, ``One Night at McCool's, ``Coyote Ugly, ``What Planet Are You From?, ``Bringing Out the Dead, ``Fallen, ``The Borrowers, ``Mother Night, ``The Flintstones, ``Born Yesterday, ``The Babe, ``King Ralph, ``Arachnophobia, ``Stella, ``Always, ``Sea of Love, ``Everybody's All-American, ``Punchline, ``The Wrong Guys, ``The Big Easy, ``Sweet Dreams, and ``Revenge of the Nerds, to name only a portion.
In addition to his work in front of the camera, he has lent his distinctive voice to numerous animated features, including ``Monsters, Inc., ``Cars, ``The Emperor's New Groove, ``The Jungle Book 2, ``Bee Movie and ``The Princess and the Frog. He will reprise his ``Monsters, Inc. role of Scully in the upcoming film ``Monsters University.
A St. Louis native, Goodman earned a BFA in Theatre from Southwest Missouri State, and has appeared in a wide range of plays, musicals and children's theatre productions. He made his Broadway debut in ``Loose Ends, and, in 1985, earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for his work in the Broadway musical ``Big River. In 2001, he starred with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Shakespeare in the Park production of ``The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols, followed by the Public Theatre's 2002 presentation of ``The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He more recently starred in the 2009 Broadway revival of ``Waiting for Godot.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
TODD PHILLIPS (Writer/Director/Producer) directed and produced the 2009 blockbuster hit comedy ``The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha. The film became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. He then directed, co-wrote and produced its hit sequel, ``The Hangover Part II.
Phillips also directed, co-wrote and produced the 2010 comedy ``Due Date, starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr., and most recently served as producer on the irreverent comedy ``Project X.
He started his career as a documentary filmmaker, inspired by humor taken from everyday reality and the belief that the truth is often stranger than fiction. Phillips' first film, ``Hated, portrayed the revolting antics of extreme punk rocker G.G. Allin and became an instant underground sensation. It was released in the summer of 1994 and went on to become the highest grossing student film of its time.
He followed that in 1998 with ``Frat House, a documentary that he produced and directed for HBO's popular ``America Undercover series. ``Frat House premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary features.
The unflinching exposé of life in fraternities created a public controversy that eventually caused the film to be shelved by HBO. Phillips still hopes to release it in the future.
After meeting producer Ivan Reitman at Sundance, Phillips made his crossover to features with 2000's ``Road Trip, which established him as a new force in comedy. He simultaneously produced and directed ``Bittersweet Motel, a documentary on musical cult phenomenon Phish.
In one way or another, Phillips' films explore the nature of male relationships and, in doing so, he has worked with some of Hollywood's biggest comedic actors, writing and directing such films as ``Old School, in 2003; ``Starsky & Hutch, in 2004; and ``School for Scoundrels, in 2006.
Phillips was nominated for a 2006 Academy Award(R) for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on ``Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
DAN GOLDBERG (Producer) marks his seventh feature collaboration with Todd Phillips on ``The Hangover Part III, the conclusion to the comedy trilogy that began with the 2009 blockbuster hit ``The Hangover, a Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, that became the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, and its follow-up hit, ``The Hangover Part II. Goldberg also served as producer on Phillips' ``Old School, ``Road Trip, ``School for Scoundrels and ``Due Date.
Additionally, Goldberg produced the outrageous comedy ``Howard Stern's Private Parts and the animated comedy adventure ``Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan.
His screenwriting credits include the classic comedies ``Stripes and ``Meatballs, both of which he also produced; and the enduring cult favorite ``Heavy Metal.
CRAIG MAZIN (Screenwriter) most recently wrote the screenplay for the hit comedy ``Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, and directed by Seth Gordon.
His recent credits include collaborating with filmmaker Todd Phillips on the screenplay for the blockbuster hit sequel ``The Hangover Part II. He is also a producer on the upcoming animated comedy ``Free Birds, with a starring voice cast that includes Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson. The film tells the story of two turkeys who go back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get turkey off the menu.
Mazin currently cohosts the popular weekly screenwriting podcast ``Scriptnotes with fellow writer John August.
THOMAS TULL (Executive Producer) is Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures and has achieved great success in the co-production and co-financing of event movies. Since its inception in 2004, Legendary Pictures, a division of leading media company Legendary Entertainment, with film and comics divisions, has teamed with Warner Bros. Pictures on a wide range of theatrical features.
The many hits released under their joint banner include Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy, which kicked off with ``Batman Begins, followed by the award-winning phenomenon ``The Dark Knight, which earned in excess of a billion dollars worldwide. Nolan brought the story to an epic conclusion in 2012 with ``The Dark Knight Rises, which earned more than a billion dollars at the global box office.
This highly successful partnership has also produced such films as Zack Snyder's ``300 and ``Watchmen; Ben Affleck's ``The Town; Nolan's award-winning action drama ``Inception; the worldwide hit ``Clash of the Titans and its sequel, ``Wrath of the Titans; and Todd Phillips' ``The Hangover and ``The Hangover Part II, the latter of which is the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, worldwide.
Legendary's most recent release is director Brian Helgeland's real-life drama ``42, the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.
The company's upcoming films slated for release in 2013 include ``Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim, from director Guillermo del Toro; Zack Snyder's ``Man of Steel; ``Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges; and ``300: Rise of an Empire, the new chapter in the ``300 saga. Legendary is also in production on ``Godzilla, slated for release in May 2014, and ``Gravel.
Before forming Legendary, Tull was President of The Convex Group, a media and entertainment holding company headquartered in Atlanta, on whose Board of Directors he also served. Tull is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI) and the Board of Directors of Hamilton College, his alma mater, and Carnegie Mellon University. He serves on the board of the San Diego Zoo and is a minority partner in the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
SCOTT BUDNICK (Executive Producer) is Executive Vice President of Production for Green Hat Films, overseeing the development and production of a varied slate of projects. He recently executive produced the comedy ``Due Date, the blockbuster hit ``The Hangover, which won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and its sequel, ``The Hangover Part II.
Budnick began his entertainment career in local casting while at Emory University in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles, serving as casting assistant on Todd Phillips' ``Road Trip and then as associate to the director on ``Old School, starring Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Jeremy Piven.
Most recently, Budnick served as an executive producer on the irreverent comedy ``Project X, which was produced by Phillips.
Previously, he was an associate producer on Phillips' ``Starsky & Hutch, starring Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller, and a co-producer on his ``School for Scoundrels, starring Billy Bob Thornton. He was also an associate producer on Steven Zaillian's ``All the King's Men, starring Sean Penn and Jude Law, which Phillips executive produced.
CHRIS BENDER (Executive Producer) established Benderspink with partner J.C. Spink in November of 1998 with ``American Pie in post-production and fourteen writer clients signed to their management company. The film production arm of Benderspink has had a successful first look deal with New Line Cinema for over ten years.
Bender has produced or developed projects that have grown into five franchises in various genres: ``The Hangover, ``Final Destination, ``American Pie, ``The Ring, ``Cats & Dogs and ``The Butterfly Effect. Eight of his movies have opened to number one, and Bender and Spink were nominated for a Golden Globe Award for ``A History of Violence.
Benderspink has continued to make diverse feature films over the past ten years, including the romantic comedies ``Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris and ``Monster-In-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda; ``Red Eye, directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy; and ``The Ruins, directed by Sundance Film Festival winner Carter Smith.
Bender executive produced the international blockbuster ``The Hangover, its hit sequel ``The Hangover Part II and ``I Am Number Four, as well as producing 2011's ``Arthur. He most recently served as producer on the comedy ``The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, and the action comedy ``We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Ed Helms, which is set for an August 2013 release.
Among Bender's numerous upcoming projects are the comedy ``Vacation, starring Ed Helms, and two action thrillers adapted from comic books: ``Y: The Last Man and ``Undying Love.
J.C. SPINK (Executive Producer) established Benderspink with partner Chris Bender in November of 1998 with ``American Pie in post-production and fourteen writer clients signed to their management company. Benderspink's film production arm has had a successful first-look deal with New Line Cinema for over ten years.
Spink has produced a wide variety of projects, including ``Cats & Dogs, ``The Ring, ``The Butterfly Effect, ``Kyle XY, ``Leap Year and ``A History of Violence, for which he and Bender received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Benderspink has continued to make diverse feature films over the past ten years including the romantic comedies ``Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Chris Klein and Anna Faris; ``Monster-in-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda; and ``Red Eye, directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy.
Most recently, Spink served as an executive producer on the worldwide blockbuster comedy ``The Hangover, ``I Am Number Four, 2011's ``Arthur, ``The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and the action comedy ``We're the Millers, starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Ed Helms, which is set for an August 2013 release.
Among Spink's many projects now in development are the comedy ``The $40,000 Man, and two action thrillers adapted from comic books: ``Y: The Last Man and ``Undying Love.
LAWRENCE SHER (Director of Photography) has served as cinematographer on three previous films for Todd Phillips: the blockbuster hits ``The Hangover and ``The Hangover Part II, and the 2010 hit comedy ``Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.
Sher has been a director of photography for more than 17 years, shooting commercials, music videos and more than 20 feature films.
His work was most recently seen in ``The Dictator, directed by Larry Charles and starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley, and the David Frankel comedy ``The Big Year, starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin.
Among his other motion picture credits are the sci-fi comedy ``Paul, starring Seth Rogen and Jason Bateman for director Greg Mottola and ``I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel; as well as ``Trucker, ``The Promotion, ``Dan in Real Life, ``The Dukes of Hazzard and ``The Chumscrubber. Sher has also been the cinematographer on many television pilots, including, most recently, HBO's ``Enlightened for director Mike White.
Born and raised in New York City, Sher studied economics at Wesleyan University where, in his junior year, he turned an interest in still photography into a fascination with motion pictures. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career as a camera assistant. After shooting the award-winning USC short ``12 Stops on the Road to Nowhere, Sher worked as director of photography on several smaller films and music videos, coming to the fore in 2001 with the award-winning independent film ``Kissing Jessica Stein, followed by director Zach Braff's Sundance hit ``Garden State.
Sher is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
MAHER AHMAD (Production Designer) most recently served as production designer on the Ruben Fleischer drama ``Gangster Squad. The film marked their third collaboration, following ``30 Minutes or Less and Fleischer's feature directorial debut, ``Zombieland.
Ahmad's recent work includes Fisher Stevens' ``Stand Up Guys, Greg Berlanti's ``Life as We Know It, Mike Judge's ``Extract, and the romantic comedy ``All About Steve, in which Sandra Bullock starred, as well as produced with Mary McLaglen. Previously, Ahmad collaborated with Bullock and McLaglen on the comedy ``Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
His design credits also include ``The Guardian, ``Fever Pitch, ``Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, ``Mr. 3000, ``Holes, ``Paid in Full, ``Gun Shy, ``U.S. Marshals, ``The Cemetery Club, ``That Night, ``The Package, ``Miami Blues, ``Above the Law and ``Code of Silence. In addition to providing the production design, Ahmad also served as an associate producer on ``Chain Reaction, and was an associate producer and visual consultant on Andrew Davis' ``Steal Big, Steal Little.
As an art director, his feature credits include ``The Paper, for director Ron Howard; ``The Fugitive, for Andrew Davis; ``GoodFellas, for Martin Scorsese; ``Miss Firecracker, for Thomas Schlamme; ``Married to the Mob, for Jonathan Demme; and ``Angel Heart, for Alan Parker.
Ahmad earned an MFA in Theater Scene and Lighting Design from Northwestern University and began his career as a theatrical set designer in Chicago, where he was nominated six times for the Joseph Jefferson Award. He was hired as the local art director for a movie shooting in Chicago and, from that point forward, has worked exclusively in film, counting among his credits more than 60 features.
He occasionally lectures on design at film schools such as the AFI and the Brooks Academy.
DEBRA NEIL-FISHER (Editor) first worked with director Todd Phillips on the blockbuster hit ``The Hangover, for which she was honored with an Eddie Award from the American Cinema Editors. She re-teamed with Phillips on the 2010 comedy ``Due Date and ``The Hangover Part II.
Most recently, Neil-Fisher served as additional editor on another blockbuster comedy hit: ``Ted, directed by Seth MacFarlane.
Among her other feature credits are the hit comedies ``Baby Mama, ``Role Models, ``You, Me and Dupree, ``Without a Paddle, ``Saving Silverman, and the hugely successful Austin Powers films, ``Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and ``Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
Neil-Fisher has collaborated three times with director Donald Petrie, on ``Just My Luck, ``Welcome to Mooseport and ``How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Earlier in her career, she edited the comedy short ``Ray's Male Heterosexual Dancehall for writer/director Bryan Gordon, which won the 1988 Academy Award(R) for Best Live Action Short Film. Her work also extends to other genres, including the dramas ``Fried Green Tomatoes, ``The War and ``Up Close and Personal, as well as the thrillers ``Teaching Mrs. Tingle and ``Dr. Giggles.
In 1991 Neil-Fisher won a CableACE Award for her work on TNT's telefilm ``Heat Wave, for director Kevin Hooks. Her earlier television credits include ``The Amy Fisher Story, ``The Case of the Hillside Strangler and the TNT thriller ``Breaking Point.
JEFF GROTH (Editor) has spent more than a decade editing a wide variety of film and television projects. In 2012 he served as editor on the feature comedy ``Project X, produced by Todd Phillips.
Groth's recent credits also include multiple seasons of the comedy series ``Entourage and ``Community, and the documentary/nonfiction comedy ``Religulous, starring Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles.
CHRISTOPHE BECK (Composer) completes the ``Hangover trilogy alongside Todd Phillips, having previously composed the scores for ``The Hangover and ``The Hangover Part II, as well as the director's 2010 comedy ``Due Date, starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr., and the 2006 comedy ``School for Scoundrels.
Most recently, Beck composed the scores for the feature films ``Tower Heist, ``This Means War, ``The Watch, ``Pitch Perfect, ``The Guilt Trip and the ``Happy Birthday segment of the ensemble comedy ``Movie 43, as well as director Davis Guggenheim's documentary short ``The Road We've Traveled, about President Obama's first term, and John Kahrs' Oscar(R)-winning short ``Paperman. His work will next be heard in the upcoming Shawn Levy comedy ``The Internship and the family adventure ``Frozen.
Beck has scored numerous motion pictures, including the critically acclaimed comedy ``Cedar Rapids, starring Ed Helms; the musical feature ``Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera; the actioner ``RED, starring Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman; Neil LaBute's ``Death at a Funeral; the sleeper comedy hit ``Hot Tub Time Machine; Chris Columbus' fantasy adventure ``Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief; and the award-winning documentary ``Waiting for Superman.
In addition to ``The Internship, he has teamed with filmmaker Shawn Levy on a number of projects, including ``Date Night; the remakes of ``The Pink Panther and ``Cheaper by the Dozen, both starring Steve Martin; ``Just Married; ``Big Fat Liar; and ``What Happens in Vegas, which Levy produced.
Beck's wide range of film credits also includes ``Fred Claus, ``Year of the Dog, ``We Are Marshall, ``The Sentinel, ``Phoebe in Wonderland, ``Under the Tuscan Sun, ``Saved! and ``Bring It On, to name only a portion.
For television, Beck won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for his work on the hit series ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He began his scoring career on the Canadian television series ``White Fang.
LOUISE MINGENBACH (Costume Designer) most recently designed the costumes for the hit sci-fi action adventure ``G.I. Joe: Retaliation, starring Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum, and ``Battleship, which reunited her with ``Hancock director Peter Berg.
Her work on ``The Hangover Part III marks the seventh in a series of creative collaborations with director Todd Phillips, which began on the feature film ``Starsky & Hutch, followed by ``School for Scoundrels and the 2008 telefilm ``The More Things Change... In 2009, she served as the costume designer on Phillips' mega-hit ``The Hangover, then re-teamed with him on ``Due Date, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, and ``The Hangover Part II.
Also a frequent collaborator with Bryan Singer, Mingenbach is currently at work on the director's highly anticipated ``X-Men: Days of Future Past. She earned a 2000 Saturn Award and a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination for her work on Singer's ``X-Men, and teamed with him on the 1995 thriller ``The Usual Suspects, ``X2, ``Apt Pupil and ``Superman Returns, as well as the pilot for ``House M.D.
Mingenbach also designed costumes for the 2009 action epic ``X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Her additional feature credits include the Farrelly Brothers' ``The Heartbreak Kid, ``Spanglish, ``The Rundown, ``K-PAX, ``Gossip, ``Permanent Midnight, ``Nightwatch, ``The Spitfire Grill and ``One Night Stand.


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