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1983 marked the beginning of the famous Vacation franchise that made a lot of careers in the mid 1980's. Among those whose success was enriched in the film's ensuing success were director Harold Ramis, writer John Hughes, and of course the couple at the center of it all, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. In the roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold, the two would be three of the only original cast members to star in each installment of the series. So naturally, they were invited for the modern sequel, and we have a photo from the film's set commemorating the moment the franchise was handed off. Courtesy of Ed Helms' HootSuite page, we now have the first photo of him as Rusty Griswold, standing in the middle of his cinematic mom and dad in the new Vacation film. Keep in mind, the last time you've seen the Griswolds on film »
If you’re a fan of one of the best TV shows of all time, Freaks and Geeks, then you should take notice of this mini reunion planned for next year. We know that the upcoming Vacation reboot will include the original Griswolds Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, so that’s exciting. Now director John Francis Daley revealed that a Freaks and Geeks reunion is also in the works for the film, with Daley (Sam Weir), Samm Levine (Neal Schweiber), and if all goes to plan, »
- Graham McMorrow
While Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after only one season, it has gone onto amass a healthy cult following, with younger audiences discovering it every year as it continues to stream on Netflix. Vacation co-director John Francis Daley hopes that works to his advantage as he plans a mini Freaks and Geeks reunion for his upcoming comedy reboot.
John Francis Daley co-wrote and will co-direct Vacation with his partner Jonathan M. Goldstein. Talking to Vulture three weeks into the shoot, Francis Daley also confirms that he has a small cameo appearance that will reunite him with former Freaks and Geeks co-stars Samm Levine and Martin Starr.
While John only has two lines in the movie, he will not reveal who he is playing just yet. He teases:
"I don't think I can even give away what my role is. I don't know if anyone even knows this yet, but Samm Levine, »
Rip, Sweets. When the beloved Bones character Dr. Lance Sweets (played by John Francis Daley) was killed off in the season opener, fans were shocked and upset. How could this happen, right after he'd discovered he'd be a dad? Turns out, you can blame Daley's successful writing and now directing career. The actor, who started out as Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks, has been turning out scripts with partner Jonathan Goldstein for films such as Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and together, they're writing and directing the now-in-progress National Lampoon's Vacation reboot. Daley called Vulture from the set in Atlanta to explain why he had to die, his good-bye cake, and what cameos to look out for in his next film.Your film is the direct cause of why you're now dead?That's right. [Laughs.] Well, about a year ago, we had been hired to write the sequel to the Vacation franchise, »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Though writer-director J.C. Chandor’s attention is currently occupied by A Most Violent Year, his buzzy period drama (out in limited release this December) which could be one of this year’s major awards players if it connects with Academy voters, Summit Entertainment has already turned its gaze forward, to thinking about the director’s next effort. Yesterday, the studio dated Chandor’s Deepwater Horizon for September 30th, 2016.
Some may think that September is too early in the awards season to give Deepwater Horizon, based on the true story of an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Mexico attempting to prevent disaster after an on-rig explosion, a fighting chance, but past years have seen major Oscar players like Argo and The Social Network arrive around that time. The story certainly seems exciting enough, and particularly with Mark Wahlberg circling the main role, the project’s prospects appear positively rosy. »
- Isaac Feldberg
In the film, Ed Helms stars as now-grown Rusty Griswold, who takes his family on a trip similar to the one he went to as a kid. Leslie Mann recently joined the cast to play Rusty's sister Audrey. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlie Day also star. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are set to make cameos.
Source: Deadline »
- Laura Frances
Mark Wahlberg stars in the movie about the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and chronicles the courage of those who worked on the rig during what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.
Meanwhile, the upcoming reboot/refresh of the "Vacation" franchise at Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line has been moved up. Originally slated for November 13th 2015, it will now hit a month earlier on October 9th 2015.
The currently filming project, which has officially scored the title "Vacation," stars the likes of Ed Helms, Leslie Mann, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day along with cameos from original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are helming. »
- Garth Franklin
A few release dates to announce: New Line moved the Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate to October 9, 2015. Deepwater Horizon is set for September 30, 2016. Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in writer/director J.C. Chandor's follow-up to All Is Lost. A Little Chaos will open March 27, 2015. Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman star in the feature directed by Rickman. Dates via Box Office Mojo. More on each project after the jump. Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are making their feature directorial debut on Vacation. Helms plays Rusty Griswold, who surprises his wife (Applegate) and kids (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) with a cross-country trip to Walley World. Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, and original cast members Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are also expected to appear in the reboot. For more on Deepwater Horizon, check out our interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. »
- Brendan Bettinger
New Line has already started production on Vacation, the reboot of the classic 80s comedy National Lampoon's Vacation starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. This time Chase and D'Angelo are only returning in a cameo capacity as the new film will follow Ed Helms as a grown up Rusty Griswold taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and their kids on a trip to Walley World. Horrible Bosses writing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are making their directorial debut on the film, and THR reports Warner Bros. releases the film on October 9th, 2015, just a year from now. But there's more. Margin Call director J.C. Chandor's next film Deepwater Horizon has just secured a release date as well. Summit Entertainment will send the film to theaters on September 30th, 2016, which seems a little early if the studio is hoping for award consideration, but it's not far from where Argo »
- Ethan Anderton
New Line Cinema has pushed up the release of their comedy Vacation from November 13, 2015 to October 9, 2015. The reboot will now go up against Disney's The Jungle Book and Relativity Media's Kidnap. The release date shift leaves Paramount's Friday the 13th as the only movie currently slated for release on November 13, 2015.
Vacation stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and their two sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a cross-country road trim to America's greatest amusement park, Walley World.
Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Elizabeth Gillies, Keegan Michael Key and Regina Hall round out the cast, along with original Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are making their directorial debuts, working from their own screenplay, with David Dobkin, Chris Bender and Jeff Kleeman producing. Production started last month in Atlanta. »
The Griswold family will be arriving in theaters slightly sooner than expected. Warner Bros. and New Line’s comedy reboot of 1983’s franchise-starter National Lampoon’s Vacation has been moved up in next fall’s release calendar from November 13, 2015 to October 9, 2015. The previously untitled project has also been officially named Vacation. It’s currently filming in Louisiana with writer-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein at the helm.
Ed Helms stars as a now-grown Rusty Griswold, who takes his family on a trip similar to the one dad Clark Griswold planned in the original film. Leslie Mann is playing Rusty’s sister Audrey, while Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlie Day round out the cast.
- The Deadline Team
New Line has scheduled its Vacation. The studio has set Oct. 9, 2015, as the release date for its reboot of the classic comedy series National Lampoon's Vacation. The new film is a sequel of sorts to the 1980s film, which was written by John Hughes and directed by Harold Ramis. It picks up with Rusty Griswold, a kid (played by Anthony Michael Hall) in the original, as a father taking his own family on a comically hellish vacation. It's the directorial debut of Horrible Bosses 2 co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, who wrote the script. Shooting began
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
The Griswolds are returning a little sooner than expected.
New Line Cinema will move up “Vacation,” the reboot of the venerable “National Lampoon’s Vacation” film series, from Nov. 13, 2015 to Oct. 9, 2015. In its new slot, the comedy will face off against the Halle Berry thriller “Kidnap” and Disney’s live-action version of “The Jungle Book.”
In its old release date, “Vacation” would have been up against another blast from the ’80s — a fresh version of “Friday the 13th.” It also now avoids being sandwiched between the debuts of the 24th James Bond film and the final installment in “The Hunger Games” series.
“Vacation” stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth and brings back original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. It centers on Clark Griswold’s son Rusty and his own leisure-time headaches. Longtime collaborators Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Horrible Bosses”) will write and direct the film. »
- Brent Lang
Theo Rossi will admit he was competitive playing Scene It? with his friends when they first moved from New York to La, so it's no surprise that he's an entertainment junkie. To prove it, the man who plays Juice on FX's Sons of Anarchy sat down to take one of our Pop Culture Personality Tests. Watch the video and read the transcript the below—then feel guilty for thinking Juice must die this season. EW: Who was your first celebrity crush? Rossi: My first celebrity crush was actually Alyssa Milano. I remember. Who's the Boss? I remember. Not aging and dating myself, »
- Mandi Bierly
Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have joined New Line’s reboot of National Lampoon's "Vacation," joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann, in a film that will be directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, their feature directorial debut, from a script that they also penned. The reboot will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (played by Ed Helms) who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) on a cross-country road trip to Walley World, an amusement park, similar to one he took as a kid with his parents, as played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the original »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Not too long after updating the progress of the Police Academy reboot and revealing that Paramount Pictures is developing a film about the "Key & Peele" sketch character substitute teacher Mr. Garvey, one half of the comedic duo has a new big screen gig. Variety reports Keegan-Michael Key has just joined the cast of New Line's Vacation reboot, the pseudo-sequel to the original National Lampoon's Vacation from 1983. The Comedy Central star is joining Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, son of Clark & Ellen Griswold (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are reprising their roles), as he takes his own family on a trip to Wally World. The rest of the cast includes Christina Applegate as Rusty's wife and Leslie Mann as his sister Audrey, with Chris Hemsworth playing her husband. But Key isn't the only new cast member entering the mix. Think Like a Man Too and Scary Movie franchise star Regina Hall is also coming on board, »
- Ethan Anderton
The pair will play the "perfect" and enviable friends of the Griswold family, reports Variety.
The reboot will see Rusty (Helms) try to recreate the holidays he shared with his family as a child.
Ed Helms stars as Rusty Griswold, the now-adult son of Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo), who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and their sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a road trip vacation to Walley World, America's greatest amusement park.
New Line’s reboot-sequel to the hilarious 80s National Lampoon franchise has added two more names to its cast today, as Key & Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key and About Last Night‘s Regina Hall have opted into the crazy shenanigans of Vacation.
Key and Hall will join the boot-quel as “family friends of the Griswolds that are described as the perfect family.” The Griswolds, this time around, are no longer the eccentric Clark and Ellen – played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in the original. Taking over in the family’s battered station wagon will be their grown-up son, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), who takes his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons on a cross country road trip to relive one of the best summers of his youth.
- Gem Seddon
Artist Marco D' Alfonso always creates amusing art for us to enjoy. His latest piece imagines Deadpool and Harley Quinn on a family trip in the style of National Lampoon's Vacation. The result is amazing. The piece was created for Cbr's The Line is Drawn art challenge. The theme of this one was "What Would Their Kid Look Like?" The illustration is called "Irrational Lampoon Vacation." One of my favorite parts about the piece is Joker wrapped up in the bag sitting on top of the car. »
- Joey Paur
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