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Today in Movie Culture: 'Mad Max' Black Friday Parody, Kevin Smith On Everything Wrong With 'Star Wars' and More

27 November 2015 9:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Parody of the Day: Not so much a parody of a movie as an American custom, here's a video that turns Mad Max: Fury Road into a story about the insanity of Black Friday (via Live for Films):   Movie Mashup of the Day: "Bridge of Spies Like Us" imagines a Cold War drama directed by Steven Spielberg starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd (via One Perfect Shot):   Movie-Inspired Cartoon of the Day: Alien meets the Smurfs in this cute mashup from illustrator Ed Harrington (via Popped Culture):   Movie Takedown of the Day: Star Wars fan Kevin Smith joins CinemaSins to point out everything wrong with the original movie:   Vintage Image...

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Saturday Night Live Recap: Matthew McConaughey

22 November 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Our host for tonight is Matthew McConaughey, who said “All right, all right, all right” in his first movie and now we’ll never let him forget it. You may know McConaughey as the young Texan stoner from Dazed and Confused, as the constantly shirtless heartthrob from various romantic comedies, as a very skinny and very serious actor pushing for an Egot any way he knows how, or as that guy who tried to sell you a Lincoln once in a fever dream (Wait, what? That Was Actually A Commercial I Watched In Real Life?).    Cold Open: The gang at Fox and Friends interviews Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Ben Carson, and discusses the Syrian refugee situation. Ugh. This was not a great start to the night. Normally I consider Fox and Friends a decent opener to the show-- just a utilitarian way to recap the news with the kind of recurring »

- Emilie Sowers

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E! Cancels 'The Soup' After 22 Years

18 November 2015 1:31 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The end of an era is upon us. Shortly after shuttering its Master Control operations department in Los Angeles, E! has now canceled their longest running program. The Soup, a comedy series that skewers pop culture, is going to air its series finale on December 18th. This will bring the show to a close after spending 22 years on the air.

Current host Joel McHale will help celebrate the legacy he is leaving behind when the finale episode airs the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. The long-standing cable staple was first launched on E! in 1991, but it was originally called Talk Soup. This early iteration of the program focused solely on clips from the various talk shows airing at that time. When it was revamped as The Soup in 2004, the show expanded its reach to all pop culture programing and also focused on viral »

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E!s ‘The Soup’ Ending After Joel McHale’s Current Season Wraps this December

18 November 2015 11:25 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After 22 seasons, E! is ending “The Soup,” the cable network announced Wednesday. The final episode will air on Dec. 18, serving as the series finale.

Hosted by Joel McHale for 12 years, the pop culture comedy series has been a staple on E! for more than two decades.

“We are incredibly proud of the long-running success of ‘The Soup,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development for E! “‘The Soup’ has delivered countless laughs and unforgettable episodes, and we are grateful to the talented team’s fearless wit and clever approach week after week.  Joel took the show to new heights for more than a decade, and his irreverent humor and unique brand of comedy as captured so perfectly on ‘The Soup’ will be missed.”

“I loved doing ‘The Soup’ for all of these years — 86 to be exact — but am excited to solely focus on my acting career now, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Contest: Vacation (2015) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Combo (3 Winners)

16 November 2015 7:20 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

This year offered the next generation of Vacation fans a chance to hit the 'Holiday Road' with Clark Griswold's offspring including now full grown Rusty (Ed Helms). Joining Rusty on a nostalgic pilgrimage to Wally World are his wife (Christine Applegate) and two kids. Of course Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) make a brief appearance, and even cousin Eddie gets a mention.

Vacation (2015) has already made its home video debut, and we have teamed up with Warner Home Video to offer three lucky readers the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack version of the film in this giveaway. For a chance to win one, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

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Home Alone: how a fallout with Chevy Chase got Chris Columbus the job

12 November 2015 10:02 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Chris Columbus chats about how he landed the job of directing Home Alone - and Chevy Chase is loosely involved...

Christmas approaches, and thus one of the five - count 'em! - Home Alone films must be discussed. It is the law.

In this case, it's the original, which was steered by director Chris Columbus to become a huge breakout hit in 1990. It made Macaulay Culkin a star, and Columbus would duly sign up for a sequel.

And yet he very nearly didn't direct the film.

John Hughes wrote and produced Home Alone, and at around the same time, he was putting National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation together. He hired Columbus to work on that, and all was going well. Until Columbus met Chevy Chase.

As he told Chicago magazine, "John Hughes sent me the script for Christmas Vacation. I love Christmas, so to do a Christmas comedy had been a dream. »

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Chris Columbus landed Home Alone because of Chevy Chase

12 November 2015 2:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’re fast approaching the festive season and pretty darned soon we’ll be breaking out the usual suspects, probably starting with Die Hard and then continuing on with films like Jingle All The Way, Home Alone and, of course, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Love this time of year.

Anyway, this is related. We’ve come across this fantastic nostalgic snippet of information today which actually involves the last two movies on that list. Chris Columbus, who went on to direct Mrs. Doubtfire and the first two Harry Potter movies, gave an interview with Chicago Magazine, and revealed he was down on his luck after his 1989 film Heartbreak Hotel bombed. It seems that Columbus was tied up with the Christmas Vacation movie, but ended up not doing it allegedly because of Mr. Chevy Chase. He didn;t get on too well with the funnyman and ended up leaving the project. »

- Paul Heath

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How Chevy Chase's Chevitude Led To Home Alone

11 November 2015 9:18 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Home Alone has become a true holiday classic. After all, the movie does hold the Guinness World Record for highest grossing live action comedy. And, honestly, what would Christmas be like if we couldn.t all indulge our violent holiday-time tendencies and live vicariously through a little boy who (rightfully) has to use any and all means to stop a pair of crooks? Now, though, it looks like the movie might not have turned out to be such a classic had Chevy Chase, who wasn.t even in the film, not been a big old meany. In December.s Chicago Magazine, a very detailed article describes basically all aspects of the production, which mainly took place around the city.s North Shore neighborhood. And, this is where Home Alone.s director, Chris Columbus describes the impact Chevy Chase had on his decision to helm the film. After John Hughes sent »

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Chris Columbus Ended Up Directing ‘Home Alone’ Because Chevy Chase is a Jerk

11 November 2015 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Even though Thanksgiving is still a couple weeks away, stores and people are already focused on Christmas. And this week the holiday mood gets a little boost with the 25th anniversary re-release of Home Alone, which has its final two showings today in select theaters. In honor of that milestone, an oral history has been put […]

The post Chris Columbus Ended Up Directing ‘Home Alone’ Because Chevy Chase is a Jerk appeared first on /Film. »

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Chris Columbus Directed Home Alone Instead of Christmas Vacation Because He Met Chevy Chase

10 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

James Hughes, son of the legendary writer and director John Hughes, put together an oral history of Home Alone for Chicago magazine. In it, he reveals how the film ultimately found its director, Chris Columbus. After directing the 1988 flop Heartbreak Hotel, Columbus was worried about finding a new directing gig. Which is part of why he was so excited when Hughes thought of him for the sequel to the wildly popular Vacation — Christmas Vacation. Also, "To do a Christmas comedy had been a dream," Columbus tells Chicago. So he met with the film's star, Chevy Chase ..."Chevy treated me like dirt," Columbus explains. Needing a job, he began working on the film, shooting establishing shots (some of which can still be seen in the movie). But then he had another meeting with Chase that went even worse. According to Columbus, he then called Hughes and said, "There’s no way I can do this movie. »

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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson Have a Sexy Night Out on the Town

8 November 2015 12:58 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Jessica Simpson and her husband, Eric Johnson, were the definition of #RelationshipGoals when they stepped out for date night on Saturday. The pair, who wed in 2014, attended Tom Everhart's I Got Ants in My Pants and the I Need to Dance Paintings art exhibition before grabbing dinner at Vic's restaurant in NYC. Jessica recently made headlines when she and Eric channeled Christie Brinkley and Chevy Chase's characters from National Lampoon's Vacation on Halloween, adding to her long list of superhot moments. Read on for more photos of Jessica and Eric's night out on the town, and then check out their sweetest family snaps. »

- Monica Sisavat

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New VOD and Digital Releases, Plus: See Jessica Biel in 'Bleeding Heart' at Home Now Before It's in Theaters

3 November 2015 5:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Inside Out (animated Pixar hit; voices: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith; rated PG) Vacation (comedy sequel; Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo; rated R) Bleeding Heart (thriller; Jessica Biel, Zosia Mamet; pretheatrical release; not rated) The End of the Tour (drama; Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg; rated R) The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror (animated; voices: Bella Thorne...

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Jessica Simpson Reacts to Christie Brinkley's Halloween Costume Praise

3 November 2015 1:04 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

So meta! A totally flattered Jessica Simpson hilariously reacted to Christie Brinkley's praise for her Halloween costume on Monday, Nov. 2. Simpson, 35, dressed up for Halloween as Brinkley's bombshell character from 1983 classic National Lampoon's Vacation, while her husband, Eric Johnson, tackled the role of Chevy Chase. On Sunday, an impressed Brinkley posted a photo of Simpson and her husband in costume, and gushed about the idea. "How cute is this? Our National Lampoon was lampooned to Perfection !" the supermodel, 61, wrote. "You guys look Hot [...] »

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Christie Brinkley Reacts to Jessica Simpson Dressing Up as Her for Halloween

2 November 2015 4:46 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

In this case, imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. Christie Brinkley took to Twitter on Sunday, Nov. 1, to praise Jessica Simpson's Halloween costume this year, a send-up of Brinkley’s bombshell role in the 1983 classic comedy National Lampoon's Vacation.  Simpson, 35, and her hunky husband, Eric Johnson, paid homage to the movie by dressing up as Brinkley's and Chevy Chase's characters in the film. As fans no doubt remember, the supermodel had a memorable turn as the gorgeous blonde in the red Ferrari who [...] »

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: November 2-8

2 November 2015 4:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Inside Out"

Joy! Joy! Joy! Disney/Pixar's brilliant emotional roller coaster is finally out on Blu-ray and DVD on November 3. There are so many special features with the various in-home releases, especially if you get the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including the short film "Riley's First Date," another short film called "Lava," tons of behind-the-scenes featurettes, four deleted scenes, and commentary. Check out the extras breakdown.


The Griswolds are back, for better or worse, in this next generation comedy, which is out on DVD and Blu-ray November 3. Ed Helms plays the adult Rusty Griswold, who takes his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons on a road trip to Walley World. OGs Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo co-star, »

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Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards

21 October 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A bit of breaking news for you folks. It’s been announced that Chris Rock will be the host of the Oscars. Yes, the comedian/actor has been selected to lead the 88th Academy Awards telecast, marking the second time that Rock has been given this prestigious job. Not everyone wants to do it more than once, or accepts it when offered, so this now puts him into a small club of returning hosts. I didn’t include him in my recent speculation about how could get the gig, so it just goes to show how unpredictable things can be. It’s his job now, so let’s discuss that for a little bit… First up, for comparison’s sake, here’s the other folks who are in Rock’s club of hosting the Academy Awards at least twice: Bob Hope (19 times) Billy Crystal (9 times) Johnny Carson (5 times) Whoopi Goldberg »

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Interview: Director Douglas Tirola on ‘Drunk Brilliant Stoned Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

19 October 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Before the days of 24/7 internet access to every form of entertainment that exists, there were eras of radical performance expression that changed the landscape of attitudes toward everything – think of The Beatles evolving music and also changing social culture. The roots of another evolution, especially in comedy, began with a modest humor magazine that brought together the right mix of anarchists and misfits. What they did would influence comedy for years afterward, and their story is told in “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon,” directed by Douglas Tirola.

“National Lampoon” Magazine was a national publication founded in 1970, that was spawned from the Harvard Lampoon, and brought together a team of 1960s-influenced comic radicals that changed the way humor was conveyed. No sacred cows existed on their pages, and the magazine also broke out into signature comedy records, stage performances and radio shows. This cottage industry featured »

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10 Movie Spies That Were Really, Really Bad At Their Jobs

13 October 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

International men of mystery like James Bond and Derek Flint may be pretty good at what they do. Hell, even Austin Powers tends to get the job done when he needs to. But for every suave, badass, and successful super spy we know and love in movies, there are those who, how shall we say this gently, really suck at their jobs. Sometimes this is because not actually spies, but everyday people thrust into extreme circumstances, sometimes their ineptitude is played for comedic value, and other times simply just not very skilled when it comes to espionage. We thought we.d run through some of our favorite inept, dim witted, and otherwise hapless spies. Let us know how we did and if we missed your favorite lackluster secret agent. Emmett Fitz-Hume And Austin Millbarge, Spies Like Us Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) and Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd »

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‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ is vivacious and acerbic

12 October 2015 8:25 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Directed by Douglas Tirola

United States, 2015

The words “National Lampoon” might mean different things depending on your generation: a magazine, Animal House, Saturday Night Live, a still-ongoing spate of raunchy films, that publication that you always get confused with Mad Magazine.

Douglas Tirola’s vivacious documentary neatly puts that history into perspective, in a fast-paced paean that celebrates the magazines vulgarity.

Tracing the history from its founding at Harvard, through the golden years, and into a mostly dismal, occasionally tragic ending, Tirola’s film uses a whole lot of comics straight from the magazine, sometimes in animated form, to punctuate and, effectively, illustrate the rise and fall of a mini-empire. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is often hilarious, if for no other reason then just from the old drawings themselves, which have remarkable staying power and prescience.

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead – The Review

9 October 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Attention comedy geeks everywhere! To paraphrase a literary classic, this new documentary feature lets us all “look back in laughter” at one of the most influential humor magazines of the last fifty years. Actually its legacy reaches on past its newstand existence. Yes, it’s been absent from newsstands (there’s still a few of them left) for nearly twenty years. But, to paraphrase again, we’ve come “not to bury this magazine, but to praise it”. And to recall the chuckles and the mini-empire it spawned. Of course, this wasn’t the first humor publication. Puck paved the way decades before. Then Mad magazine shook up the staid 1950’s. But by 1970, that mag had somewhat settled into a (still entertaining) routine, poking fun at suburbia, and wasn’t connecting with the “counter-culture”. Younger “baby boomers” wanted their humor to have a sharper edge, to reflect the “hippie” spirit, and »

- Jim Batts

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