THE HANGOVER PART III
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 expose 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 for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
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