Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- With The Hangover Part III, director and co-writer Todd Phillips breaks with the format of the previous two films, in that the particular mess in which the Wolfpack finds itself isn't the result of a bachelor party gone wrong.
Instead, after a hilarious intervention that probably would’ve been even funnier had parts of it not been included in the trailer, Bradley Cooper’s Phil, Ed Helms’s Stu and Justin Bartha’s Doug have decided to drive Alan, again played by Zach Galifianakis, to a mental health facility in Arizona. The intervention is needed after Alan, who's gone off his meds, has a series of somewhat hilarious missteps over the previous six months. One of those major missteps is a particularly twisted visual (a Phillips specialty) that's one of the movie’s darkest and funniest moments. But for Alan, the final nail in the coffin, if you will, is when his father, Sid (Jeffrey Tambor) dies.
Even so, it’s not the intervention that sets the wheels in motion here. It's actually something that transpired in the first Hangover movie. That particular thing is why bad guy Marshall, played by John Goodman, has been following the Wolfpack and decides to run them off the road on their way to Arizona and take Doug hostage. It all comes back to Ken Jeong’s Chow, who stole a lot of gold from Marshall, who in turn threatens to kill Doug unless the Wolfpack delivers Chow.
Chow is problematic this time around. In the first movie, he’s a brilliant character -- he shows up out of nowhere and when he’s on screen, he owns the moment. Too much Chow, however, dilutes his effectiveness. That's not a knock on the brilliant Ken Jeong who, quite literally, puts it all out there in the name of comedy. Sometimes it works and works well but as was also the case with The Hangover Part II, there’s too much of him in this movie. Not to say he doesn’t have his moments, but less Chow actually means more laughs when he shows up.
The Hangover Part III is supposed to be the final movie in the Hangover franchise, so let’s give Todd Phillips credit for trying to accomplish the impossible. He made one of the most successful film comedies of all time and then tried to follow it up not once, but twice. Unfortunately, that's a losing battle. You buy your ticket, go in with an open mind and hope for the best, but the best certainly didn’t happen in the second movie and it doesn’t happen here. The good news is, The Hangover Part III is better than II and contains what actually might be the funniest moment of all three films -- but you’re going to have to wait until the movie is over, literally, to find out what that is.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Vice President Joe Biden made a cameo appearance on Thursday night’s episode of Jeopardy! by providing video clues to a category about the vice presidency.
“Since 1974, the official residence of the vice president has been on the grounds of this astronomical agency of the United States,” Biden said.
One of the contestants correctly answered, "What is the Naval Observatory?”
Continuing with a clue for the “Daily Double," Biden said, “The vice president is a member of the board of regents of this, ‘America’s attic.'"
The question: "What is the Smithsonian?"
Biden also recited clues about former vice presidents John Adams, John Tyler and John C. Calhoun.
This wasn’t the vice president’s first appearance on Jeopardy! Last year, Biden provided the clues for a category called “Cars in America,” which included a plug for the auto bailout -- an issue he often touched on during the campaign -- and mentioned one of his favorite cars, a Corvette.
ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- After Bill Hader announced he wouldn't be returning to Saturday Night Live next season, all eyes turned to longtime cast member Jason Sudeikis. On Thursday's Good Morning America, the actor didn't do much to dispel rumors that he also doesn't plan to return.
"You know, you never leave SNL. It's like the mob. It never leaves you. You never leave it. And we've got a great godfather in Lorne Michaels," the 37-year-old actor said. "And whether I'll be working there or not -- I don't know. Goodbyes are always tough," Sudeikis added after moments of stuttering.
Seth Meyers will also leave the late night sketch comedy show next year to become the new host of Late Night when Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show.
Regardless of whether Sudeikis leaves SNL, he has his upcoming nuptials to look forward to. He's set to walk down the aisle with actress Olivia Wilde, who he met on the 2011 finale of Saturday Night Live.
"We're planning to make the plans," he joked of his wedding.
Sudeikis was on GMA to discuss a very different role than what we're used to seeing him portray on SNL: his role as Bomba, a quirky professor who lives in a rundown house in the forest, in the animated movie Epic.
The film, which also stars Aziz Ansari, Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce and Steven Tyler, hits theaters Friday.
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(CLEVELAND) -- On Tuesday, JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher welcomed their daughter into the world, and now, they’re revealing her name: Emerson Jay Swisher.
“We are overjoyed, blessed and so full of love that our daughter Emme has finally arrived,” the Reba actress and her husband, a first baseman for the Cleveland Indians, told ABC News in a statement. “She is healthy, beautiful and vibrant. It’s the best feeling in the world.”
Swisher, 32, and Garcia, 33, were married in 2010, and moved to Cleveland, where Emerson was born, in December.
“My wife says, ‘You’re going to spoil that little girl so much,’” Swisher told Yahoo! last week. “I’ve got a beautiful wife — she’s my best friend. I’ve got a great job and a beautiful home, and now it’s time to be a dad.”
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Living Proof(NEW YORK) -- For years, Jennifer Aniston has been known for her fit physique and, now, she’s showing it off in a big way.
In her new movie, We’re the Millers, Aniston, 44, plays an exotic dancer alongside Jason Sudeikis, who stars as a drug dealer. In the trailer, the former Friends star shows off her moves, and strips down to her skivvies.
In an interview with InStyle UK last year, Aniston said that she stays in such great shape by working out five or six days each week, and avoiding junk food. But in spite of her killer body and great looks, the actress realizes that she’s getting older.
“You know what makes me feel old? When I see girls who are twenty-something, or the new crop of actresses and think, ‘Aren’t we kind of the same age?’ You lose perspective. Or being offered the part of a woman with a 17-year-old child. It’s like, ‘I’m not old enough to have a 17-year-old,’” she said.
In this movie, which will be released the summer, she plays the mother of Emma Roberts, 22, and Will Poulter, 20.