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Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips
(born Todd Bunzl;[1] December 20, 1970) is a Jewish American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. He is best known for writing and directing Road Trip (2000), Old School (2003), Starsky & Hutch (2004), The Hangover Trilogy
The Hangover Trilogy
(2009, 2011, and 2013), Due Date
Due Date
(2010) and War Dogs (2016). For his work on the film Borat, Phillips was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.


1 Personal life 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Personal life[edit] Phillips went to Half Hollow Hills High School West of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District in Dix Hills, New York. He later attended New York University Film School, but dropped out[2] in order to focus on completing his first film, the feature-length documentary Hated: GG Allin
GG Allin
and the Murder Junkies, about the life and death of the notoriously controversial punk rocker GG Allin. Around that time, he worked at Kim's Video and Music.[2] He also appeared as one of the drivers in the first seasons of Taxicab Confessions on HBO.[3] In a New York Times
New York Times
profile, Phillips claims to have gotten in trouble for shoplifting as a young man.[1] When asked in a September 2014 interview by the BBC
if he believes in God, Phillips replied: "Personally I don't. But I believe there's a higher power, a collective energy in people that you might say is God."[4] Career[edit] His first documentary film, Hated: GG Allin
GG Allin
and the Murder Junkies, centered the life and death of controversial punk rocker GG Allin, while as a junior at NYU
and it went on to become one of the biggest grossing student film at the time, even getting a limited theatrical release.[2] Next, he co-directed with then-partner Andrew Gurland for Frat House, a second documentary about college fraternities; it premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
and won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary features.[5] It was produced by HBO, but never aired on its channel because many of the film's participants claimed they were paid to re-enact their activities. It was never proven either way. His third documentary film Bittersweet Motel
Bittersweet Motel
centered on the jam band Phish, covering its summer and fall 1997 tours, plus footage from their 1998 spring tour of Europe. It ends at The Great Went, a two-day festival held in upstate Maine which attracted 70,000 people. While at Sundance with Frat House, Phillips met director-producer Ivan Reitman who led Phillips into writing and directing his comedy films, Road Trip and Old School, for Reitman's Montecito Picture Company. Phillips also wrote and directed the 2004 film Starsky & Hutch starring Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
and Owen Wilson, as well as the 2006 film School for Scoundrels, starring Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
and Jon Heder. In 2005, Details Magazine cited Judd Apatow, Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Phillips as "The Frat Pack".[6] He worked on Borat
(2006), but he resigned his position as a director in early 2005, due to creative differences.[7] Nevertheless, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his role in fashioning the story. After establishing Green Hat Films in 2008, Phillips directed and produced The Hangover, that was made for a reported $35 million and went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in 2009. Its worldwide gross currently stands at $480 million on February 3, 2012.[8] The film went on to win the Golden Globe
Golden Globe
for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy).[9] It also won Best Comedy at the 2009 Broadcast Film Critics Awards.[10] Phillips took almost no up-front salary in exchange for a large share of the film's profits, and has said that the movie's enormous success, combined with his deal, makes it "my Star Wars". After a worldwide gross of $467 million, his share in the film made Phillips around $50 million.[11] In 2010, Phillips directed, produced and co-wrote Due Date, which starred Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr.
and Zach Galifianakis, that was another R-rated comedy and another box office success. It grossed $211,780,324 worldwide.[12] In the fall of 2010, production on The Hangover
The Hangover
Part II began in Bangkok, Thailand that Phillips directed, produced and co-wrote. The film shot for 63 days and broke various records upon its release on May 26, 2011. With the film debuting at midnight with showings in 2,600 theaters, the film earned $10.4 million, breaking the record for the biggest midnight opening for an R-rated film. The Hangover
The Hangover
Part II went on to accrue a launch day total of $31.6 million;[13] nearly doubling The Hangover's Friday launch opening ($16.7 million). This amount broke two further records; the highest-grossing opening day for a live-action comedy and the highest-grossing opening day for an R-rated comedy film, replacing Sex and the City ($26.7 million). The three-day opening weekend accumulated $85,946,294 – an average of $23,923 per theater[14] – becoming the highest grossing opening weekend for a comedy film, replacing The Simpsons Movie
The Simpsons Movie
($74 million). For the Memorial Day four-day weekend, the film amassed $103.4 million to become the fourth-highest-grossing Memorial Day weekend opening.[14] Finally, the film's worldwide gross of $581,464,305 beat the previous R-rated comedy record holder The Hangover
The Hangover
to become the third-biggest R-rated comedy film of all time.[15] The Hangover
The Hangover
Part III was released in 2013 and grossed over $300 million, taking The Hangover
The Hangover
Trilogy's total grossing to $1.4 billion. In 2016, following the successes of The Hangover
The Hangover
Trilogy, Phillips directed, produced and co-wrote War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill
and Miles Teller. In August 2017, it was reported that Phillips will direct, co-write and co-produce an origin story movie set during the 1980s for DC Comics's supervillain, The Joker. The script will be co-written by Scott Silver, with Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
serving as co-producer.[16] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Writer Actor

1993 Hated: GG Allin
GG Allin
and the Murder Junkies Yes Yes Yes No

1998 Frat House Yes Yes Yes Yes

2000 Road Trip Yes No Yes Yes

Bittersweet Motel Yes Yes Yes No

2003 Old School Yes Yes Yes Yes

2004 Starsky & Hutch Yes No Yes Yes

2006 All the King's Men No Yes No No

School for Scoundrels Yes Yes Yes No

Borat No No Yes No

2009 The Hangover Yes Yes No Yes

2010 Due Date Yes Yes Yes Yes

2011 The Hangover
The Hangover
Part II Yes Yes Yes No

2012 Project X No Yes No No

2012 Matthew Broderick's Day Off (commercial for Honda) Yes Yes No No

2013 The Hangover
The Hangover
Part III Yes Yes Yes Yes

2016 War Dogs Yes Yes Yes No

2018 A Star Is Born No Yes No No


^ a b Itzkoff, Dave (May 31, 2009). "Finding the Fun in Eternal Frat Boys". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2010.  ^ a b c "HATED Director Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips
by Erin_broadley". SuicideGirls.  ^ Episode #1.3 on IMDb ^ Pierce, Nev (24 September 2014). "Getting Direct With Directors... No.13: Todd Phillips". BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2017.  ^ "Todd Phillips- Director of Road Trip". DVD Talk.  ^ "The Power 50: DETAILS Article on men.style.com". Archived from the original on February 29, 2008.  ^ Billington, Alex (September 27, 2006). "Interview with Todd Phillips". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved June 14, 2009.  ^ " The Hangover
The Hangover
(2009)". Box Office Mojo.  ^ Brad Brevet. "2010 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Winners: 'Sherlock Holmes' 1, 'The Hurt Locker' 0".  ^ http://www.bfca.org/ccawards/2009.php ^ "$200 Million Opening Weekend Has Warner Bros Thinking Third 'Hangover'". deadline.com. May 31, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.  ^ " Due Date
Due Date
(2010)". Box Office Mojo.  ^ " The Hangover
The Hangover
Part II (2011) - Daily Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo.  ^ a b " The Hangover
The Hangover
Part II (2011) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo.  ^ " The Hangover
The Hangover
Part II (2011)". Box Office Mojo.  ^ " The Joker
The Joker
Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film". August 22, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips
on IMDb

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Films directed by Todd Phillips

Hated: GG Allin
GG Allin
and the Murder Junkies (1993) Frat House
Frat House
(1998) Road Trip (2000) Bittersweet Motel
Bittersweet Motel
(2000) Old School (2003) Starsky & Hutch (2004) School for Scoundrels (2006) The Hangover
The Hangover
(2009) Due Date
Due Date
(2010) The Hangover
The Hangover
Part II (2011) The Hangover
The Hangover
Part III (2013) War Dogs (2016)

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