In the spirit of brotherhood and day-after solidarity, a host of men showed up in New York City for the Cinema Society's premiere screening of "The Hangover 2."
Cast members Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and director Todd Phillips turned up on the rooftop of NYC's Standard Hotel, attracting a bunch of like-minded dudes to catch the comedy, then party.
Patrick Wilson, James Van Der Beek, Zachary Quinto, Crispin Glover, Russell Simmons, Calvin Klein with boyfriend Nick Gruber, actor-turned-director Dermot Mulroney, Zach Braff and designer Jason Wu came for the Bing-sponsored romp. (Click the photo of Bradley Cooper to launch a gallery of arrivals).
Ladies were well-accounted for, too, in the form of actresses Shenae Grimes and Gina Gershon, models Selita Ebanks, Alessandra Ambrosio and Hilary Rhoda as well as singer Ciara.
New York types like stylist and designer Patricia Field and fellow fashion guru Rachel Roy were accounted for, as was Ivanka Trump, ice skater Johnny Weir and "30 Rock" funnyman Scott Adsit.
"The Hangover 2" was one morning after that celebrities and power players weren't complaining about a bit at the party following the movie's world premiere Thursday night in Hollywood.
Hollywood Boulevard had been shut down outside Grauman's Chinese Theater for the red-carpet premiere, which attracted "Hangover 2" stars including Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, and a predictably epic party kicked into gear.
A vacant lot just across the street was built out to model the Bangkok streets scandalized by the "Hangover" Wolfpack in the sequel.
Many a booze and Thai food station awaited the likes of Diddy, Robert Downey Jr. with wife Susan, and cast members Mike Tyson, Jamie Chung and Ken Jeong.
"Harry Potter" star Tom Felton held court at the Bing photo booth, posing with props beside a faux-tattoo station where Clippers star Blake Griffin contemplated some temporary ink.
Cute couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard mingled freely with snowboarder Shaun White, a pregnant Alyssa Milano and Rainn Wilson.
Director Todd Philips was the man to congratulate, with honchos like Steve Bing among the well-wishers plus stars Cooper, Helms and Downey Jr. flanking his table. Helms, arguably the film's lead, counted his mom as his date.
"Doesn't he look like a nice southern boy?" Mrs. Helms asked, nodding to her son's Brooks Brothers suit. (Ed is an Atlanta native.)
"This is all fun," a glowing Chung said when asked if her role as Helms' bride-to-be was overwhelming.
As Kanye West tunes blasted after midnight, boxer-turned-actor Tyson may have summed it up best as he departed: "Funny-ass movie."
At "The Hangover 2" premiere, Crystal the capuchin monkey was the first celebrity to head down the carpet Thursday outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, perched atop her trainer's shoulder and dressed in a Barbie-pink couture gown by Deb Scott with a smart string of pearls. Jumping around impishly, she was greeted with screams of, "Oh my God! Look! Too cute!"
That was pretty much the identical reaction that Bradley Cooper received when he first appeared on the carpet, only to leave it to run up and down Hollywood Boulevard -- there's a picture down below -- past a thick line of ecstatic fans.
Soon, and perhaps for different reasons, it was also the type of reaction that costars Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis got as they strode down the carpet alongside Mike Tyson, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong and franchise newcomers Mason Lee and Jamie Chung.
As Hollywood premieres go, this was a big one, with all of Hollywood Boulevard between the Roosevelt Hotel and Hollywood and Highland closed off for a carpet that ran half its length. It became impossible for bypassers to walk the street, and the stars arrived so late that most of them were rushed past half the press line to get into the theater at 8 p.m., already a half an hour past the planned start time.
Also spotted: Sean (Diddy) Combs, Alyssa Milano, Robert Downey Jr., Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell and Jordin Sparks.
With the leading men doling out plenty of bro-pats and hugs, jokes ricocheted around the boulevard. There was speculation about whether Crystal could beat up Po in "Kung Fu Panda 2" (this weekend's other big premiere), with Jeong saying he was placing his bets on the monkey.
"I'll take the monkey, man! Monkey, monkey, monkey!" he chanted.
There was also plenty of buzz about how "The Hangover 2" creators could possibly come up with a second part to a conceit that was based on the day after a substance-induced group blackout. Co-writer Craig Mazin said it was indeed a tough challenge.
"All we knew from the start was that we wanted to be in Bangkok," he said of the sequel, which picks up with the Wolfpack in that notoriously wild city for Doug's wedding, where a supposedly mellow pre-wedding brunch goes terribly awry.
"The thing about 'The Hangover' is that it's always about the day after," Mazin said, "so the first thing we had to figure out was if someone should be missing."
One thing not missing at the premiere? A powerful sense that Warner Bros. Pictures has another big summer hit on its hands.
"The Hangover 2" opens Thursday, ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
-- Jessica Gelt
Top photo: Ed Helms, left, and Ken Jeong at "The Hangover 2" premiere with Crystal the capuchin monkey. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press
Right photo: Robert Downey Jr. greets "The Hangover 2" star Bradley Cooper at the premiere. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press
Left photo: Bradley Cooper, right, runs down Hollywood Boulevard outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre to sign autographs for fans. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press
"The Hangover Part II" trailer hit the interwebs this week, giving viewers a sampling of the plotline in the upcoming mysterio-comedy filmed largely in Thailand. The boys are back, which means trouble is not far behind.
The film's bachelor is Ed Helms' Stu, whose fiancee (Jamie Chung, not Heather Graham) asks him to take her little brother to enjoy the last-single-man-night festivities. And it's her brother who goes missing this time, not Doug (Justin Bartha), who is on hand for the mayhem along with Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ken Jeong (the infamous Mr. Chow of the first installment). Apparently, Jeong is Alan's (Galifianakis) plus-one in this adventure. A little monkey replaces the tiger and baby as the critter and cutie in the sequel.
After Zach Galifianakis appeared to sparkup a joint Friday during a Proposition 19 discussion on "Real Time With Bill Maher," panelist Margaret Hoover took a whiff and seemed to confirm the weed was real. However, Maher's publicist told website RumorFix on Monday that, nah, that kidder Zach was just pulling our leg. No bud here, honest!
We had been wondering why the host didn't partake, but it all makes sense now, right? Maher made the same point to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday when he too said it was just an illusion. Or maybe just cloves.
"Zach's crazy, he's not that crazy," Maher said of the "Due Date" star.
How nice for Robert Downey Jr. that "Due Date" costar Zach Galifianakis seems to be the guy making more scandalous headlines these days — not to mention the guy with a second "Hangover" in his future.
The two were among those hitting the red carpet outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood last week for the premiere of their road comedy, which has Downey as a father-to-be stuck driving cross country with Galifianakis, who plays an aspiring actor.