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Chicago – Retreads from classics are often as weary as having to write that they are almost never as good as the original. And here we go again with the Ed Helms-led “Vacation,” which fails to capitalize on the beloved Chevy Chase film “National Lampoon’s Vacation” from 1983.
Lacking the soul and whimsy of the original, this modern-day take on the Harold Ramis and John Hughes classic attempts to recreate the charm with actors who know how to read the lines but don’t embody the characters. And they’re forced to speak within a lazily written story that doesn’t add enough to justify coming back.
The decision by Ed Helms to take his family to Walley World – just like his father (Chevy Chase) did with his family – feels forced for the film to have a reason for being. It feels like it went down like this: “Hey, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In exactly one week, fans will see a new generation of Griswold's journey to Walley World in New Line Cinema's Vacation reboot. The studio has released a second red band trailer which makes it clear that this is definitely not a "family-friendly" trip, chocked full of R-rated language, most of which comes from the youngest cast member. We've seen in the previous trailers that there is a unique reversal of the sibling dynamic, with the younger brother Kevin (Steele Stebbins) bullying his older, more sensitive brother James (Skyler Gisondo). This trailer takes the bullying to a new level, in hilarious fashion, with Kevin physically abusing the bigger James and even threatening to shoot him off a horse.
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again-and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father's footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, »
New Line just released a new red-band trailer for its upcoming Vacation reboot, revealing that Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s update of the classic comedy has just as dirty a mind as its inspiration.
Ed Helms stars in the remake as a grown-up Rusty Griswold who decides to honor tradition by taking his family on a precarious road trip to Walley World. Of course, shenanigans ensue, and this trailer indicates that many of the gags will be of a very R-rated variety.
Whether that will actually make them funny is another question entirely. The opening gag falls a little flat (though it may be funnier in the context of the finished film), and there’s only so much sexual humor that can be employed before it starts to grate. But there are talented thesps involved here, so it may be advisable just to let them go with it »
- Isaac Feldberg
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “Vacation” starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Chris Hemsworth!
“Vacation,” which opens on July 29, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase, Charlie Day, Ron Livingston, Norman Reedus, Regina Hall, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Beverly D’Angelo and Catherine Missal from writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free passes to “Vacation” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Comedy Central’s beloved sketch-comedy series “Key & Peele” is back with all-new episodes. The Peabody Award-winning and five-time Emmy Award-nominated series featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele returned with the first of eleven all-new episodes this week, Wednesday, July 8, airing at 10pm. An array of guest stars will include: Tatyana Ali, Bo Burnham, Kate Burton, Jessica St. Clair, Rob Corddry, Regina Hall, Tricia Helfer, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Pally, Mekhi Phifer, Rob Riggle, Rebecca Romijn, Will Sasso and Nick Searcy in the all new episodes. Viewers can expect new personalities as well as the return of their favorites, like Obama and his anger translator, Luther, along with Meegan and Andre; and then there's Shaboots and T-Ray, who are featured in the new video clip released this morning, embedded below. In it, the pair, in a TEDTalks kind of environment, deliver some hard truths about the female body to their entirely male audience. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Comedy Central’s beloved sketch-comedy series “Key & Peele” is back with all-new episodes. The Peabody Award-winning and five-time Emmy Award-nominated series featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele returned with the first of eleven all-new episodes this week, Wednesday, July 8, airing at 10pm. An array of guest stars will include: Tatyana Ali, Bo Burnham, Kate Burton, Jessica St. Clair, Rob Corddry, Regina Hall, Tricia Helfer, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Pally, Mekhi Phifer, Rob Riggle, Rebecca Romijn, Will Sasso and Nick Searcy in the all new episodes. Viewers can expect new personalities as well as the return of their favorites, like Obama and his anger translator, Luther, along »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Newcomers Jaz Sinclair and Justice Smith are actors to watch; Sinclair will appear in Screen Gems’ psychological thriller "When the Bough Breaks," in which she'll co-star with Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut; and Smith plays one of the leads in Netflix's upcoming period musical drama, "The Get Down." Both of them will next appear together in co-starring roles, in the upcoming film adaptation of "Paper Towns," a novel that tells the story of a teenager who embarks on a miraculous journey to find a friend who has gone missing. The story centers on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became »
- Tambay A. Obenson
You’ve probably already seen a trailer or two for the new Vacation film, but here comes an exclusive first peek at a new poster for the movie, which features Ed Helms’ Rusty Griswold and his family gathered for a selfie. We’re also showing off a new poster featuring them in the car… Vacation finds Helms inheriting the role of Rusty from 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. Now grown, married and with a family of his own, he’s worried that his kids are stagnating. So Rusty decides to pack James (Skyler Gisondo), Kevin (Steele Stebbins) and wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) on a cross-country trip to Walley World, the theme park his own father tried to reach years before.And what would a Vacation movie be without that very father, as Rusty stops in to visit Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo) on their way, along »
People, Places, Things Trailer. James C. Strouse‘s People, Places, Things (2015) movie trailer stars Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, and Michael Chernus. People, Places, Things‘ synopsis: “Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full of students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him.”
If you’re a Flight of The Conchords fan, this trailer should at the very least remind you how great Jermaine Clement’s disposition, attitude and delivery is. He’s wonderful to watch, and even though this seems like a very familiar movie (any mid-life crisis “dramedy”), it could be interesting enough based solely on Clement’s addition.
A lot of this even looks like a TV film, at parts, but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. If I watch this, it »
- Marco Margaritoff
The first trailer for acclaimed Sundance comedy People, Places, Things has debuted online, and we have it for you below…
What We Do In The Shadows star Jemaine Clement leads the cast as Will, a New York City professor and graphic novel writer who sees his dreams of marriage destroyed when he finds his long-term girlfriend cheating with one of their friends. A year later, Will is struggling to get his life back on track, as well as bring up his two daughters.
Co-starring Regina Hall (The Best Man Holiday), Jessica Williams (Delivery Man), Michael Chernus (Men in Black 3) and Stephanie Allynee (In A World), People, Places, Things debuts in Us cinemas on August 14th.
- Scott J. Davis
"Don't give each other secret looks!" The Film Arcade has debuted the full trailer for Jim Strouse's People, Places, Things, starring Jemaine Clement as a graphic novel artist/teacher struggling with his life as a single father. Jim Strouse is the very talented filmmaker who brought us Grace is Gone and The Winning Season, two other Sundance gems from a few years back (if you haven't seen either yet, please go watch both of them right away). This new film also stars Regina Hall, Jessica Williams and Stephanie Allynne. I saw this at Sundance and it's really, really good. Nothing groundbreaking, but just a feel good charmer that will leave you with a smile and some optimism. This is a lovely trailer for a movie I hope doesn't get ignored. Here's the first official trailer for Jim Strouse's People, Places, Things, in high def from Apple: Will Henry (Jemaine Clement »
- Alex Billington
For Will, played by Jermaine Clement in what looks to be a layered comedic turn, it sucks because his wife (Stephanie Allynne) slept with another guy and ultimately breaks up with him, splitting the custody of their two young daughters. One of his students (Jessica Williams) introduces him to her single mother (Regina Hall) and Will slowly puts his life back together. Here’s the full synopsis via Collider:
Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist and professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls’ fifth birthday party, Will’s life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children and longtime girlfriend, Charlie (Stephanie Allynne), with their friend Gary (Michael Chernus). One year later, Will is still alone and »
- Brian Welk
Typically commercials make me mad, but the DirecTV commercials featuring model Hannah Davis and Jemaine Clement as a talking horse I actually enjoy and not because of Davis, though I'm not complaining about her involvement, but because of Clement as the horse. I will admit, however, I didn't actually remember they were DirecTV commercials (I thought they were for Geico), so as much as I find them funny I guess they aren't really all that effective. Go figure. I only mention this because as funny as I find Clement, I haven't actually seen a lot of his work. I'm not at all familiar with "Flight of the Conchords", never saw Eagle vs. Shark and, well, other than Men in Black 3 and hearing his voice as one of the Despicable Me minions (though I only learned that today from IMDb), I guess I've only caught him in passing and in YouTube videos. »
- Brad Brevet
The Film Arcade has released the first trailer for writer/director Jim Strouse’s upcoming comedy-drama People Places Things. The film stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as a graphic novelist and professor living in New York City who struggles to put his life together after walking in on his longtime girlfriend and mother of his children having an affair. The comedy actually looks quite charming, and I was enthused to see The Daily Show standout Jessica Williams pop up in a supporting role as a student who sets Clement’s character up with her mother (Regina Hall). Clement appears to be giving a layered performance that’s raw yet still incredibly funny, and I look forward to checking out the full film. Watch the trailer below and click here for Steve’s interview with Clement and Strouse about the movie from Sundance. The film opens in theaters on »
- Adam Chitwood
The premise of suddenly finding yourself single and having to start over is nothing new. But add the appeal of Jemaine Clement, mix in a little bit of fatherhood, and you get "People Places Things," and the first trailer for the comedy has arrived. Co-starring Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chernus, Aundrea Gadsby and Gia Gadsby, the story centers on Will Henry a graphic novelist and a professor in New York City, whose life is turned upside down when he discovers his longtime girlfriend cheating with one of their friends. Fast-forward a year, and Will is still trying to put his life back together, raise twin daughters, and enter the dating scene. Premiering earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Katie Walsh fell for the picture, calling it "a funny rumination on fatherhood, marriage, and how relationships fall together and fall apart" that's "a total charmer." Read More: Sundance Review: Charming And. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here in the Noun: Strouse’s Familiar, Charming RomCom
The kids are basically all right in People, Places, Things, director James C. Strouse’s third outing as director, but the adult characters are having a much harder time navigating existence after divorce. While a rather standard set of issues are examined, with a slight edge considering this is from the perspective of a jilted father figure, the scribe-helmer continues to display his strengths for creating well-rounded, genuinely effective principal characters. Featuring a flawed yet appealing group of people struggling to overcome unplanned circumstances, this standard but nicely streamlined venture features winning performances. Despite a lack of novelty, Strouse’s film stands out in a mix familiar to any purveyors of the glossier side of American indie cinema.
A successful graphic novelist and professor at the School of Visual Arts, Will’s (Jemaine Clement) life swiftly unravels when he finds his »
- Nicholas Bell
Read More: Sundance Review: Jemaine Clement, Jessica Williams and More Shine in 'People, Places and Things' Jemaine Clement and two adorable young girls are front and center in the exclusive new poster for "People Places Things." Written and directed by James C. Strouse ("The Winning Season," "Grace is Gone"), the comedy-drama stars Clement as a newly single father trying to find love while also raising his children, working as a teacher and letting his ex-wife go. The film earned positive notices after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chernus and sisters Aundrea and Gia Gadsby co-star. Film Arcade will release "People Places Things" on August 14. Check out the poster premiere above.Read More: Sundance Comedy 'People, Places, Things' Acquired By The Film Arcade »
- Zack Sharf
The Los Angeles Film Festival is celebrating its 21st year and bringing free screenings, in addition to a great indie film slate, to West Coast cinephiles. Kicking off the freebies is the family-friendly “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” the 1988 classic period detective-animated slapstick mashup starring Bob Hoskins, set for June 12 at 8 p.m. at Union Station. Also, celebrating its 15-year anniversary with a June 13 screening at DIGat7th is Gina Prince-Bythewood’s on-court romance “Love & Basketball,” starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan as best friends whose shared love for the titular sport parallels their love for each other. Prince-Bythewood will attend along with her cast, which includes Lathan, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Debi Morgan, and others. June 13 will also feature Coffee Talks, a popular series where audience members get a first-hand look as filmmakers and other industry vets discuss their crafts. This year’s subjects include Colin Trevorrow, director »
It’s time for another edition of Sequel Bits, this time with casting updates, an interview and updates on developing sequels. After the jump, here’s what we’ve got for you to check out: Nathan Lee Graham is coming back for Zoolander 2 Sean Astin gives an update on Goonies 2 Regina Hall & Nicki Minaj join […]
The post Sequel Bits: Zoolander 2, Goonies 2, Ghostbusters Reboot, Paddington 2 & More appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Just one day after the Vacation red band trailer debuted, Warner Bros. has released the official poster for the upcoming summer reboot. This one-sheet features Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) proudly showing off his love for the theme park Walley World, where he took his first ill-fated road trip with the entire Griswold clan in the 1983 classic Vacation. As we saw in yesterday's trailer, Rusty's family isn't exactly on board with his plan, but it will surely be one memorable Vacation.
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again-and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father's footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross- country trip back to America's "favorite family fun park," Walley World. The cast includes Leslie Mann as Rusty's sister Audrey, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins as Rusty and Debbie's sons, »
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