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Just when you thought it was safe to take a vacation, the Griswolds are back to make travel hell again. Take a look at the world's favorite dysfunctional travelers in their current, more modern form!
Back in 1999, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr and Samm Levine teamed up to become one of the greatest nerd trios in the history of the television medium when they starred together on the short-lived but beloved series Freaks & Geeks. Fifteen years later, it looks like the band is coming back together - but they're doing so in a rather unexpected way.
A funny cast doesn't guarantee a funny movie, but it sure does help. In that respect, the reboot/remake of the classic 1980s comedy Vacation is headed in the right direction, as Leslie Mann is reportedly in talks to join previously cast Ed Helms and Christina Applegate. If all goes well, the This is 40 star would play Audrey Griswold.
Vacation begins shooting next month after a delay over the intended rating (some want an R rating, while producers likely fought for PG-13). Chevy Chase and Beverly DíAngelo are down for cameos. Does the new casting make you more, or less, excited?
Thereís a holiday in just a couple of days, which means this week is a good week for hotdogs, fireworks, picnics, beaches, boats, tanning, swimming, barbecuing, and otherwise relaxing. Unfortunately, itís not the best week for some epic Blu-ray and DVD releases, but there are a few new things out this week that may pique your interest. Read on to learn about some of July 2ndís best releases, and maybe even a few that may have slipped under your radar.
From True Blood putting out its fifth season to National Lampoonís Vacation 30th anniversary, there are a ton of releases to choose from this week, and most of them come stacked with bonus features (and even some pretty sweet packaging). Read on to learn about some of April 30th's best releases, and maybe even a few that may have slipped under your radar.
Crammed inside a Metallic Pete Truckster and hopped up on forced optimism, thirty years ago the Griswold Family trekked across the country in hopes of seeing Wally World. Along the way, they committed felonies, lost several members of their crew and almost strangled each other. In some ways, their journey feels a bit dated.
New Line has been forced to delay production on Vacation due to creative differences. According to the trade's sources, there are some who wanted to make the film R-rated, like the original, while others want to make it a PG-13 comedy that will widen its appeal to younger audiences.
This currently untitled Vacation movie will be written and helmed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Thus misadventure will center on Clark's son Rusty, who is all grown-up with a dysfunctional family of his own to torment on a road trip,
One way to help get us excited for a resurrection of the Vacation property is to cast Applegate as Helmsí wife, who may be losing interest in him. The Married With Children actress is frequently funny on screen, and can hold her own against big-screen partners like Will Ferrell
The history of movies is filled with hundreds of father-son relationships that are loveably stupid and borderline reckless, and audiences have never had a problem laughing their asses off over the goofiness. Even as people have gotten bizarrely obsessed with preventing any harm from befalling their own children, we've never lost our willingness to giggle at dads giving the kids pizza for breakfast.
If you thought Ed Helms played a good emotionally-frazzled buddy in The Hangover movies, just wait until you see what happens when heís saddled with his own family. Earlier this year, New Line hired Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein to write and direct a new installment of the classic Vacation franchise, and with the script pretty close to completion, the directors have settled on Helms as their leading man.
The word "reboot" is one that often urges movie fans to gnash their teeth, cry out about Hollywood's lack of originality, and curse the cash-grabbing bastards surely responsible for making such a thing occur. So, when word hit that New Line was looking to reboot National Lampoon's comedy classic Vacation franchise, the response was predictably negative...
One of the biggest surprises of summer last year was Horrible Bosses. While the calendar was choked with R-rated comedies, from The Hangover Part II to Bad Teacher to The Change-Up, the Seth Gordon-directed film had a great mix of cleverness and irreverence that made it a real joy to watch.
Pack up the station wagon and punch Wally World into your GPS device, because New Line is edging closer to committing cinema blasphemy by remaking Harold Ramisí cherished National Lampoonís Vacation. And according to the L.A. Times, they want Nutty Professor II: The Klumps director Peter Segal at the helm.