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Many would consider Christmas Vacation to be a holiday classic. But does it rank up there with It.s a Wonderful Life? Some may think so, but Chevy Chase isn.t among them. In fact, he doesn.t seem to see the sense in comparing the two films. Rolling Stone recently ran an oral history of Jeremiah Chechik.s 1989 comedy Christmas Vacation. It.s full of interesting facts about the production of the film, and leads into the cast's thoughts on the reaction to the movie in the years that have followed its release. Chevy Chase apparently finds it silly that anyone would compare the movie to Frank Capra.s beloved It.s A Wonderful Life. Comparing Christmas Vacation to It's A Wonderful Life is the silliest thing. That film starred the greatest movie actor of all time and the idea that our movie could ever be connected in some »
Hollywood gets quiet this time of year, as the stars tend to go back home to be with their families. Before taking off, though, celebs shared their holiday wishes and traditions with Et.
News: How Hollywood Is Getting Into the Giving Spirit
"We've got a 2-year-old boy at home, so we're going to shower him with presents," Chris Pratt told Et. "He's just getting old enough now to start enjoying this stuff, so we're actually going to the grandparents' house in Washington state."
"We're gonna celebrate in Miami this year with my boyfriend," said Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, who's riding high on Golden Globe nominations for her and her show. "It's a Cuban thing, so it's a lot of pork, which is great."
John Stamos, whose mother died earlier this year, told us, "My wish is going to come true this »
The holidays are finally upon us, and in celebration of the seasons, we're posting five fun facts about our favorite festive flicks!Today's featured film is the 1989 comedy classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."1. The flick is based on writer John Hughes' short story "Christmas '59," which was published in National Lampoon Magazine in December 1980. There's actually a secret reference to the story in the movie -- during the part when Clark (Chevy Chase) finds a home movie reel in the attic, it's labeled "Xmas '59."2. The Griswolds live next door to Sergeant Roger Murtaugh? Yep, their neighbor's house is the same one that Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and his family lived in during all of the "Lethal Weapon" movies. They're all located on the Warner Bros. Studios back lot. 3. Mae Questel, who played senile old Aunt Bethany in the movie, is best known as another famous lady -- Betty Boop! »
- tooFab Staff
The Christmas vacation week has been a great time for movies for many years now. Knowing that people are on vacation and (possibly) eager to escape the odd family obligation or two, studios plan big releases for Christmas day, which is also conveniently one of the last big release dates of the year, making the […]
The post 20 Movies to Watch During Christmas Week 2014 appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
Reminiscing on my childhood I can't remember a Christmas without my entire family laughing at Chevy Chase. The physical humor coupled with his smoky hiss laugh is what the holidays were and are still made of.
It’s very rare for a film to have immense re-watchability, but Christmas Vacation somehow exhibits that quality in bucketloads. I fondly remember in high school performing Chevy’s monologue "Hap-Hap Happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby danced..." in front of my drama class, probably to the dismay of my teacher.
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- Debbie Cerda
There are movies that everyone watches this time of year that are very Christmas-centric or Christmas-themed. Christmas Vacation. Home Alone. A Christmas Story. Love Actually. You get the picture. These are the types of films you think of when someone is talking about "holiday movies." These are straight-up Christmas movies. And then there are the films that you may not consider Christmas movies, but for some reason or another, they are synonymous with your holidays. Maybe it's just tradition in your household to marathon a certain movie franchise. Maybe Christmas or winter is part of the plot of the movie, but it's not necessarily a holiday film. Whatever it may be, there are movies out there we like to refer »
While the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise has celebrated 31 years of operation, with various destinations and family members along the way, one of its most memorable incarnations has to be the 25 year old hit Christmas Vacation. There's just something about Christmas that makes the typical dysfunctions of the Griswold family that much more hilarious - and to celebrate, an oral history of the film's rise to fame has been prepared. In fact, earlier today we brought you one of Johnny Galecki's best Vacation stories. But thanks to the same source, we've got another really interesting story that involves Juliette Lewis and her then boyfriend. As the story goes, courtesy of Rolling Stone's first class history lesson, Lewis brought her at-the-time boyfriend on the trip to shoot Christmas Vacation on location in Colorado. You would think that with his girlfriend being in a major Hollywood picture, Juliette Lewis' then boyfriend »
Jeremiah S. Chechik's Christmas Vacation has become a movie staple of the holiday season in the years since its release in 1989, and it's not hard to see why. The film has more than a few incredibly memorable moments, from Clark's difficulty with the Griswold home's light display, to his epic, foulmouthed rant about his cheap, jelly-of-the-month-club-as-a-bonus giving boss. As awesome and funny as those scenes are, however, they could have been balanced by some nice dramatic sentimentality in the form of a heart-to-heart moment between Clark and his son, Rusty. And it's all Johnny Galecki's fault that they weren't. The cast and creators of Christmas Vacation recently all came back together for a special interview organized by Rolling Stone, and during the conversation Johnny Galecki revealed that he put the kibosh on what could have been a key scene in the history of the film and the franchise, »
There’s typically a lot going on during the holiday season, but the one thing we insist on making time for is watching Holiday movies.
If you’re particularly busy and can’t watch all your favorite Christmas movies this year, don’t worry! We’ve created a mashup of the best lines from the can’t miss classics.
Watch: The Holiday Movies the Stars Just Can’t Get Enough Of
From It’s a Wonderful Life to Home Alone to Scrooged, we’ve got you covered with 13 of the best Christmas movie moments!
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964): “Why am I such a misfit? I am not just a nitwit. Just because my nose glows... why don't I fit in?”
Love Actually (2003): »
Chrissy Teigen's pre-Christmas vacation with her adorable hubby, John Legend, is giving us major Fomo. The outspoken model shared several snaps from her sun-filled trip including a hilarious video of the good-looking couple riding bikes along a narrow path above the ocean. The husband and wife, who appear to be staying in huts overlooking the water, joked that they were playing Mario Kart during the Instagram clip. Legend also snapped a shot of his lady love in a bikini, flaunting her enviable figure, which she captioned, "I know. Curves for days. Beat you!" Ain't that the truth! The Sports Illustrated model also showed off a loved-up photo of her gazing lovingly at the Grammy »
Ever wonder how your favorite country stars spend Christmas morning? Well, we have - so we asked them to tell us. Read on to find out whose family likes to give dead squirrels as Christmas gifts and whose resembles a Norman Rockwell painting (yes, we're serious). Trisha Yearwood: My husband [Garth Brooks] and I have the kids every other year for Christmas morning, so it just depends. If it's kids, actually, I'm the first one to wake anyone up - I turn into like the biggest kid on Christmas. You would think that the kids would be up at the crack of dawn, »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
Since the turn of the new millennium, the world has been given the gift of some truly remarkable films. Unfortunately, this hasn't necessarily extend into the realm of holiday movies. Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - they all came out before the year 2000, and only a handful of classics have been released that could rival their status as seasonal staples.
Video: 7 Murderous Holiday Horror Flicks to Enjoy This Christmas
We're looking back at the past 14 years to see which movies are worth a watch and which should be avoided at all costs. To remain objective, these rankings are based on a average of the films' Rotten Tomatoes score, their IMDb rating and their Metacritic scores. So this list of the five best and five worst Christmas movies is truly definitive.
Following the news that Sony Pictures would indefinitely shelve The Interview following terrorist threats from North Korea–based hackers, everyone from politicians to filmmakers to George R.R. Martin condemned the movie studio for bending to the hackers' demands and setting a precedent in the war against cyber attacks. In Barack Obama's year-end address Friday, amid comments on Cuba and job growth, the President also criticized Sony for pulling the comedy and overreacting to the threats.
"I think [Sony] made a mistake," Obama said. "We cannot have a society where some »
Im Dreaming of a Darker Christmas Ten SongsCovers You Probably Wont Hear on Your Local Station Christmas. While some people might think Horror Freaks would be diametrically opposed to the holiday it and its season have given us some genre classics like Black Christmas Silent Night Deadly Night Rare Exports A Christmas Tale and And All Through the House from both the Tales from the Crypt TV show and movie. A Christmas Carol in all its various forms and incarnations is built upon a leadup to a dark deathrelated climax. And of course all of us have a soft spot for at least one more traditional classic whether it be Rudolph Frosty The Grinch A Christmas Story National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or my »
Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…
Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.
Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons, »
In opposition to TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock” classic tune, for movies three is not always the magic number. It’s true for most film franchises especially comedies (with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation being the exceptional exception). Many moviegoers still get queasy thinking about last year’s The Hangover Part III. Well, how about a more family friendly comedy series? In 2006 Ben Stiller decided to expand his fan base by starring in the surprise box-office smash, Night At The Museum, an all ages PG slapstick farce. Naturally he followed it up three years later with Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, which did enough business to warrant another entry….five years later?! Really, it took that long for all the stars to align? Now these flicks are special effects heavy and during the post production two of its stars, well, made sure they weren’t available for a fourth installment. »
- Jim Batts
This holiday season we've seen a couple of amazing pieces of artwork commemorating Home Alone (one from Mondo and another from artist Matt Ryan) and also a beautiful print paying tribute to the classic It's a Wonderful Life. Now we've just stumbled upon another wonderful original piece of artwork that honors another holiday movie that millions watch each and every year. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation chronicles one of the most insane and hilarious family holiday gatherings the big screen has ever seen, and now the Griswold family is immortalized on this amazing poster by Rich Davies. See it below! Here's Rich Davies' amazing print for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (via Poster Posse): Unfortunately, this piece was privately commissioned, so you won't be able to get your hands on this one to frame on your wall. But we’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, »
- Ethan Anderton
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and Walt Disney Studios snatched the top spot on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Dec. 14 with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the year’s biggest box office hit.
“Guardians,” which earned $332.5 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart – which tracks total disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined – and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart.
The film opened theatrically Aug. 1 and cost an estimated $170 million to make. Advance word was so good that Marvel Studios announced a sequel even before the film opened; it’s expected out in 2017.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which debuted at No. 1 on both charts the previous week, slipped to No. 2, also on both charts, with total unit sales just 12.2% of the first-week tally for “Guardians.”
Walt Disney’s “Frozen” moved down a notch to No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Who would have thought that Tracy Ullman’s late '80s variety show would have been the launching pad for one of the most successful shows in television history?
It's been 25 years since The Simpsons first episode aired -- the Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." We're celebrating by taking a look back at pre-premiere interviews with key members of the creative team responsible for Springfield's first family.
Back in 1989, creator Matt Groening gave us insight into what viewers were in store for, “I think it's going to be a family that North America will readily identify with, it's a family that loves each other but also likes to strangle each other.”
Watch: On the Set of 'National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation' in 1989
"She's kind of trying to hold the family together," said Julie Kavner, who voices Marge Simpson. "She has three children; She's got Bart and Lisa – who's a genius by the way »
The holiday season just doesn't feel right until you've watched some of the classic Christmas movies. Turns out, the stars agree!
Watch: Flashback: Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Turns 20!
We rounded up a few of our favorite stars, who shared their favorite holiday films with Et.
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