13 items from 2015
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, »
The red band trailer for Warner Bros.’ “Vacation” has hit the web, and writer-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein pay due homage to the Chevy Chase original with a cavalcade of meta references and in-jokes, opening the trailer with a nostalgic trip down memory lane courtesy of footage from the 1983 comedy.
The sequel stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold — son of Chase’s Clark and Beverly D’Angelo’s Ellen — who now has his own family to drag on an ill-conceived vacation to Walley World: wife Debbie (Christina Applegate), and two sons, James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins).
“I’ve never even heard of the original vacation,” scoffs older son Kevin, to which Rusty retorts, “Doesn’t matter, the new vacation will stand on its own!”
- Laura Prudom
As someone who still doesn’t really see the point in a Vacation reboot, I can at least acknowledge that the first red-band trailer for Warner Bros.’ new take on the classic comedy seems to have its head in the right place.
After Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), now a father, announces his plans to take his family on a cross-country road trip back to Walley World, his wife (Christina Applegate) wryly asks, “So you want to redo your vacation from 30 years ago?” He promises, “This time it will be totally different.” Quips son James (Skyler Gisondo): “I’ve never even heard of the original vacation.” Rusty assures him,”Doesn’t matter, the new vacation will stand on its own, Ok?”
- Isaac Feldberg
Scream Factory has added another Blu-ray release to their Summer of Fear Part 2: a double feature of the 1990 Italian horror films Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness. Details on the season two world premiere of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the release details for James Cullen Bressack's Pernicious, are also included in our latest round-up.
Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness Blu-ray: Scream Factory has slated their Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness double feature Blu-ray for a late August release.
From Scream Factory: "Our "Summer of Fear Part 2" lineup continues to roll out with more retro Italian-made horror films both coming to blu-ray for the first time! 1990’s "mad science" film Metamorphosis will be doubled-billed with the 1990 haunted house-themed Beyond Darkness (and from the Director of Troll 2!) for a planned late August release. Pre-order links will go up next month."
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: The sophomore »
- Derek Anderson
The 2015 incarnation of the Atx Television Festival, the fourth one in the festival’s history, has added a number of new panels to their lineup to go with previously announced panels, which have included Justified, Bunheads, and Playing House.
The festival has added the Fox series Empire to its lineup. Titled “Empire: The Creatives”, the panel will feature the show’s producers Danny Strong, Ilene Chaiken, and Wendy Calhoun discussing the freshman series. The animated series Rick & Morty will also be making an appearance at the festival, as channel Adult Swim is set to present “Inside Rick and Morty”, which will feature a discussion with the show’s creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.
The most sizable presence, however, appears to be that of FX, as the channel has brought a number of its half-hour series to the festival. Among the panels will be the series Married, which will screen »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Atx Television Festival is adding several events including “Empire” and FX comedy screenings to its already long list of panels hitting Austin, Texas, on June 4.
FX will also screen several of its comedies, including a premiere of its new series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” with exec producer and star Denis Leary, and fellow cast members Elizabeth Gillies, Bobby Kelly, Elaine Hendrix and John Ales.
“Married” stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer and exec producer Andrew Gurland will premiere a new episode of their FX show, and last season’s finale of “You’re the Worst” will screen with Aya Cash, Chris Geere and creator Stephen Falk in attendance. The cabler will also screen a new episode of “The Comedians,” including a »
- Seth Kelley
It's been 32 years since Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) took his family on a cross country trek to visit the most popular theme park of the 80s, Walley World. And over the course of three more sequels, the clan never returned. Until today! A new photo has arrived from the Vacation remake, and the iconic tourist attraction has gotten a slight upgrade as Rusty takes his wife Debbie and their two sons through the golden archway to relive one of the best childhood memories for any kid who grew up in 1983.
Yes, The next generation of Griswolds are at it again. New Line Cinema's Vacation stars Ed Helms (The Hangover films) and Christina Applegate (the Anchorman films) as Rusty and Debbie Griswold. The duo decides to take the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's directorial debut.
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New Line Cinema has debuted the first full cast photo for their upcoming Vacation reboot, which hits theaters nationwide July 31. This image features three generations of the Griswold family, including Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) from the original Vacation and its sequels. The photo also includes Clark and Ellen's son Rusty (Ed Helms), his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their children played by Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins.
The story centers on Rusty, following in his father's footsteps by taking his family on their first vacation ever, on a cross-country road trip to the beloved theme park Walley World. The supporting cast is rounded out by Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Elizabeth Gillies and Keegan Michael Key. The reboot was recently pushed from its initial October 9 release date to July 31, where it will square off against Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Southpaw and The Gift.
FX has set summer premiere dates for new and returning shows, including a standup comedy special from Louis C.K.
The comedian’s latest special, “Louis C.K.: Live From the Comedy Store,” will air May 28 at 11 p.m., immediately following the season-five finale of “Louie.” Written and directed by C.K., and hailing from his production company Pig Newton, the special was filmed at the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. C.K. also serves as an exec producer with M. Blair Breard. The project marks the second standup special from C.K. to air on FX.
Also announced Wednesday by Chuck Saftler, president of program strategy and COO of FX Networks, was the premiere date for season two of “Tyrant” on June 16 at 10 p.m. The political drama, starring Adam Rayner, a follows an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
FX on Wednesday revealed summer premiere dates for Married Season 2, Tyrant Season 2, a new Louis C.K. stand-up special and the new Dennis Leary-led Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
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The network also confirmed that The Strain will return for a second season this summer, though a premiere date has yet to be announced.
The summer premiere dates are as follows:
Thursday, May 28
11/10c Louis C.K.: Live From the Comedy Store
Tuesday, June 16
10 pm Tyrant
Thursday, July 16
10 pm Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll — Leary stars as »
Scream Factory has done an excellent job putting fan favorites and long lost films out, in awesome looking Blurays that are typically filled to the brim with special features. They’ve also done quite the job putting out original films, films that made their debut on the Chiller network, but are now being released by Sf and with good reason. For the most part, the original films have been pretty entertaining, from The Monkey’S Paw and The Squad, to the subject of this review, the Brett Simmons-helmed creature feature, Animal. Taking what could have very easily been yet another horror film about youngsters getting picked off one by one by a silly looking monster, Animal gives you people who are instantly relatable and worth caring about before giving you one gut punch after another.
Following a group of youngsters taking a trip for fun, Animal wastes no time »
- Jerry Smith
For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
Denis Leary delivered his usual rowdy session on Sunday in introducing his new FX comedy, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” at Sunday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Despite Leary’s salty language and blunt banter (for instance, jabbing PBS for having two days at TCA), the comedian focused the crowd’s attention on the breakout potential of the actress who plays his daughter, Elizabeth Gillies.
Gillies is best known for her starring role on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” which means “Sex&Drugs” marks her graduation to adult roles.
“I had to have a girl who could really sing rock ‘n’ roll, and would be willing to sing live on set because I wanted the vocals to be recorded live,” Leary said, adding that his cast of musicians had to be sexy, dramatic, comedic and have the ability to improvise. “I really wanted to capture the vocals live. Any audience at home »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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