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Back in March we brought you news that the reboot to National Lampoon’s Vacation was moving forward to start shooting in the summer, but then news broke that the movie was put on hold. Well, now it seems that it’s back on again!
The reboot is planned to start shooting before the year is out. From what Moviehole are claiming, this is more of a belated sequel than a traditional reboot and will star Ed Helms (The Hangover) in the Chevy Chase role as Clark’s now-adult son Rusty and Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) in the Beverly D’Angelo role as Rusty’s wife. The movie is written and directed by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
Here’s what their sources say:
- Luke Owen
For a while, it seemed as though the reboot of the National Lampoon's Vacation series was all set to press ahead, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein set to direct from their own screenplay (they also penned Horrible Bosses). Then a delay, for undisclosed reasons, hit, and the project seemed to be on the back burner.
Well, we now learn that it's going ahead again, and the plan is to film before the year is out. Ed Helms and Christina Applegate are set to take the lead roles this time, taking their two sons to 'Astroland' on vacation. The two kids will be, it seems, a nerdy 15-year old and a bullying 11 or 12-year old.
As we prepare for our Fourth of July holiday, let's take a moment to remember the greatest American family vacation movie of all time, National Lampoon's Vacation, which opened 31 years ago this month, July 23, 1983. What did the Billboard Top 40 look like back then? Slip on your Capezios, hop in my DeLorean, and let's find out together. I can promise some Cold War paranoia, some stalking, and so, so many vests.40. "Fake Friends," Joan Jett & the BlackheartsThough anyone who was 21 or older in 1983 will furiously deny it, the advent of MTV did some really interesting things for pop music: Suddenly, the charts were full of weird British kids with refreshing hairdos. One unfortunate result was that it halted the the ascent of the kind of New Wave–y power-pop that would have been the dominant sound of the time if the Producers, Any Trouble, and Graham Parker »
- Dave Holmes
Austin Film Society continues their "Rebel Rebel" film series this weekend with a rare 35mm screening of Getting Straight at the Marchesa. This 1970 film from Richard Rush stars Elliott Gould as a Vietnam vet who attempts to go back to college amid the countercultural revolution. Also starring Candice Bergen and shot by legendary cinemtographer Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider, Paper Moon), it's playing tonight and again on Sunday afternoon. Doc Nights is booked for Wednesday evening and will be spotlighting the story of a young ballerina who was diagnosed with polio at 27. Read more about Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq in our preview post here. On Thursday evening, you can view Stanley Kubrick's Paths Of Glory as part of this month's Essential Cinema series about World War I.
The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series has a wide variety of flicks to choose from this week. Saturday and Sunday at the Paramount, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1984. I turned 14 on May 26, 1984, just as the summer movie season was getting started. These days, the summer movie season seems to begin in mid-March, and I think it's because studios want real estate that they can own. And it feels like the appetite for event films is something the audience has year-round now, so if you're able to make something that excites the audience, why not find a place for it where it's not going head to head with all the other giant event films of the year? For the purposes of this piece, »
- Drew McWeeny
We hope we are delivering when it comes to the premium podcasts with today's episode as not only do we have Laremy recording from Barcelona and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joining us to review Godzilla, but we are revisiting and reacting to five clips from the 2006 version of the RopeofSilicon pocast, which was called the "All Rude Review" back then. The clips consist of reactions to the Fast and Furious 3 trailer, reviews of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and The Devil Wears Prada and the origins of the phrase "Randy Quaid Cash". On top of that we have all the standard news topics, games, your voicemails and much more. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »
- Brad Brevet
Happy birthday, Sixteen Candles, you’re really weird. Perhaps you’ve forgotten just how weird Sixteen Candles is, but rest assured, it’s weird. John Hughes’ directorial debut arrived in theaters on May 4, 1984 (Star Wars Day, as the Internet recognizes it), making it officially thirty-years-old today. At the time, Hughes had already penned Mr. Mom, National Lampoon’s Vacation and a bunch of episodes of Delta House, but Sixteen Candles marked his first foray behind the camera in a directorial capacity. The fact that the film is rarely referred to as a very, very weird little comedy is both a total shame and fairly understandable, if only because it’s much easier to forget the skewed nature of Hughes’ comedic sensibilities and instead focus on the important thing – it’s a teen romance starring Molly Ringwald – that defined a large section of Hughes’ career, for better or worse. Plenty of eighties films were just plain weird – consider »
- Kate Erbland
With 4/20 coming around this Sunday, we could have easily given you a list of all the reasons that Super Troopers has become one of the greatest "stoner comedies" of all time. Instead, we decided to chat with all five of the Broken Lizard guys to let them tell you all about this little film they made nearly 15 years ago and how it turned into the cult classic it is today. Spark it up, cinephiles! It's oral-history time.
Snoop Dogg Hosting 4/2 'Wellness Retreat' in Pot-Friendly States
Steve Lemme ("Mac »
Fat, drunk, and stupid may not be the best way to go through life, but it sure does create one memorable film character!
Movies have often been set in and around college campuses, but none quite like Animal House. From toga parties to food fights, the film not only introduced us to many collegiate cinematic clichés, but pretty much reinvented the entire genre. When you think of a college movie, you think of Animal House.
John Belushi made a huge leap from TV onto the big screen as Bluto, the exact opposite of what you think a fraternity boy would »
- Jake Perlman
Over the past three months of Movie Poster of the Day, the two most popular posters by far were two beautiful (each in their own very distinct way) posters that I posted in memoriam of two dearly departed auteurs: Alan Resnais and Harold Ramis. And two other posters among the most popular (i.e. most liked or reblogged) were those posted in celebration of Philip Seymour Hoffman, including Chris Ware’s lovely 2007 design for The Savages, one of my favorite posters of last decade. So, if nothing else, Movie Poster of the Day has recorded the saddest losses of the year. (Not forgetting the adorable Swedish poster I posted for Shirley Temple which didn’t make the Top 20.)
I’m happy to see a number of new posters here: a very popular Dutch Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Adrian Curry
Much like a nasty cold, the '80s just won't go away. The latest franchise getting a 21st Century reboot is "Fletch," based on the novels by Gregory McDonald. Jason Sudeikis is in talks to take on the role of journalist I. M. Fletcher, a character made famous by fellow "SNL" alum Chevy Chase in "Fletch" and "Fletch Lives."
Chase was in the prime of his comic career when "Fletch" came out in 1985, with "Foul Play," "Caddyshack," and "National Lampoon's Vacation" already under his belt and "European Vacation," "Spies Like Us," and "Three Amigos" yet to come. Similarly, Sudeikis has been enjoying a string of box office hits like "Horrible Bosses" and "We're the Millers," which are both getting sequels. (He's also engaged to the super-cool Olivia Wilde, so he's got that going for him.)
"Fletch Won," which is being positioned as the first in a franchise, is being touted »
- Jenni Miller
Since the reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation is still dead in the water, and we haven't heard anything about a remake of The Naked Gun, we've been waiting to see what else Ed Helms will be doing besides lending his voice to Captain Underpants. Now Deadline has word that Helms is attached to star in an action comedy called Epic Fail set up at Lionsgate. In a story that sounds like Tropic Thunder without the show business angle, the film would follow an elite but unorthodox Special Forces team taking their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America, led by a real tough guy called The Walrus. Described as mustachioed and more badass than a Navy Seal, it's not clear why he's such a revered member of the Special Forces, or if that's the character that Helms would play, but it sounds like there's the potential for some unique comedy here. »
- Ethan Anderton
When Harold Ramis died last week I looked for a poster to memorialize him. It wasn’t easy: Ramis was a director of American comedies, and American comedies, especially from the 1980s onwards, tend not to have the most visually arresting posters. But then I came across the poster for National Lampoon’s Vacation, a poster I had seen before but not paid a lot of attention to because its hyper-realist, exaggerated comic book style wasn’t really my cup of tea. But looking at it years later I can appreciate it as one of the last hurrahs of movie poster illustration as well as a witty parody of heroic iconography in the service of broad comedy.
The poster is the work of Boris Vallejo. Born in Peru in 1941—he came to the States at the age of 23—Vallejo is a renowned fantasy and science-fiction illustrator known for his muscle-bound heroes, »
- Adrian Curry
I made plans late last week to feature Groundhog Day as my next Commentary Commentary title, and immediately discovered that I didn’t own a copy of the film. A quick trip to a nearby video store graced me with a used Blu-ray which I brought home, watched, and fell in love with all over again. It’s that rare, near-perfect movie where everything seems to fall beautifully in place, a film that never weakens on repeat viewings, and one that says more about humanity than many examples of far more serious cinema. Harold Ramis died this past Monday, and while it’s a tragedy for his wife, children, and friends, it also leaves a void for the millions of fans who’ve loved much of his work over the years. Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Ghostbusters, Back to School, Groundhog Day, The Ice Harvest… all fantastically fun films that wouldn’t have been the »
- Rob Hunter
It’s the last week of February, dear readers, and that means that, hopefully, spring will finally be on its way before long. And that also means we’re almost out of the cinematic dumping ground that is the beginning of the year, so people who want to see something good at the theater will have other options than merely seeing The Lego Movie again. But in the meantime, trailers are continuing to come in for the year’s big upcoming movies. Such is the case with this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’, which examines our first look at the forthcoming summer release Guardians of the Galaxy.
Premise: In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace). In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into »
- Timothy Monforton
The film industry was devastated by two recent deaths that have led to a movement to alter this Sunday’s “in memoriam” segment of the Oscar telecast: One was the natural causes passing of comedy filmmaker Harold Ramis, 69, and the other was the accidental death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, who was struck by a train in Georgia while working on a biopic of rock musician Gregg Allman.
Ramis, the star of Ghostbusters and Stripes, and director of Vacation, Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, while Jones, whose credits include Midnight Rambler (the film »
- Anthony Breznican
The writer, director and actor Harold Ramis, who has died aged 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, was responsible for one masterpiece and several influential smash-hits. In each of his creative capacities, he was the eternal quiet man. In front of the camera, his blithe and undemanding presence often disguised his comic skill or made it appear effortless; he seemed happy to hang back and surrender the limelight to more demonstrative and dynamic collaborators, such as his Ghostbusters co-stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. In his writing and directing he was adept at capitalising on an audience's love of coarseness without resorting to cruelty or sacrificing his compassion.
- Ryan Gilbey
You only have to listen to the Tinsel Town Stiffs section of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's Hollywood Babble On to know that not a week goes by where the entertainment industry doesn't lose one of its stars. This year alone we have seen tragic loses in James Avery and Philip Seymour Hoffman and yesterday we lost one of the true greats in comedy of the last few decades. On February 24th 2014, Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. We lost one entertainment's brightest stars.
When you look back at the great comedies of the 1980s, Ramis' name crops up again and again. Caddyshack. Groundhog Day. National Lampoon's Vacation. Stripes. The list goes on. Whether he worked on the project as a writer, actor or director, his legacy of work is hard to deny as anything other than stellar. You never really appreciate »
- Luke Owen
Of course it happened in February. Yesterday, Harold Ramis passed away from complications resulting from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare blood disease. He is survived by his spouse, Erica Mann, as well as his three children and two grandchildren. He is also survived, for those of us who knew the man’s work but never met him personally, by some of the most influential and game-changing comedies of the past forty years. It’s difficult to know what the careers of Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi would look like without him. If there had been no Harold Ramis, there would be no Caddyshack, no Vacation, no Groundhog Day. If Ghostbusters could ever have existed sans Ramis in some other form, it’s impossible to imagine quite what that would be. He was, by all measures, a consequential figure in American comedy. While working as a schoolteacher during the late 1960s, Ramis »
- Landon Palmer
Harold Ramis has passed away at the age of 69.
Digital Spy takes a look back at six great comedies in which Ramis played a key role.
Animal House (1978)
Ramis's first feature writing credit turned out to be on one of the most influential (and profitable) comedies of all time. Working from a series of stories published in National Lampoon magazine and using many of their own fraternity experiences as inspiration, Ramis, Douglas Kenney and original author Chris Miller dreamt up the ribald story of two freshmen who, having been rejected from the major college fraternity, defect to anti-establishment alternative Delta House.
Ramis's directorial debut was a game-changer, launching Bill Murray into the big time on the big screen (all »
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