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1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation" is a film I have an enormous fondness for, and I have no doubt part of why I feel that way is because of when I saw the film. After all, I was 13 when it came out, and the script by John Hughes felt like it was shockingly transgressive at the time. A few weeks back, I saw the film again for the first time in a while, and while I smiled at most of the familiar scenes and lines, I also saw the film with fresh eyes, and I was struck by the fact that, overall, it's a little shabby. I think Harold Ramis gets great performances out of his entire cast, but as actual filmmaking? It's a step forward from the "held together with bitter tears and cocaine" aesthetic of "Caddyshack," but not a giant step. As an overall series, this is about as »
- Drew McWeeny
People love classic Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street, It.s A Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol, but there.s also room for awesome nontraditional holiday fare like Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, and Die Hard. Now it looks like we have another to add to the latter category with the Seth Rogen-starring The Night Before, which just delivered this hilarious new trailer. This holiday season, three childhood friends become three wise men. Watch the trailer for #TheNightBefore now! https://t.co/HazuYYuAQ0 . The Night Before (@TheNightBefore_) July 28, 2015 The Night Before stars Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie as three life-long friends who spend every Christmas together. Things are changing, however, and this year that tradition comes to an end. Isaac (Rogen) is about to have a baby, Chris (Mackie) is too famous to go out in public for some reason, and Ethan (Gordon-Levitt) has come to terms »
It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey. Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »
- tooFab Staff
Midway through “Vacation,” the intrepid Griswold clan unwittingly takes a dip in a lake filled with human excrement, which is roughly how most viewers will feel after enduring 90-odd minutes of this miserably unfunny, mean-spirited and just plain wrong reboot of the much-loved 1980s and ’90s National Lampoon comedy series. Corralling a new generation of family members for another ill-fated trek toward that theme-park mecca known as Walley World, this new “Vacation” leans heavily on franchise nostalgia — with multiple cover versions of Lindsay Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” theme song and token cameos for original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo — but trades the earlier films’ endearing buffoonery for a cheap nastiness reminiscent of writers (and first-time directors) Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s “Horrible Bosses.” A trip to the corner store with this cast of characters would be an endurance test — which, with any luck, is as far »
- Scott Foundas
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Like Ghostbusters and Gremlins, a sequel/reboot to the National Lampoon Vacation series was inevitable. Some find it to be ill-advised since the movies have not been all that great since Christmas Vacation even though Vegas Vacation is a bit underrated. So, when word came down that Ed Helms would play an adult version of Rusty, fans were divided. When Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo agreed to return, more people were convinced. In the first official image from the new Vacation, we see Ed »
- Alex Maidy
Ludacris is opening up about his super-romantic proposal to now-wife Eudoxie Mbouguiyenegue! During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, the 37-year-old rapper spilled some scoop about getting engaged over the holidays. "I look at myself as a pretty romantic guy," Luda gushed. "I'm a creative guy. You gotta be creative, you gotta be different. And these things stick with women for the rest of their lives so I had to go above and beyond." Ludacris asked Eudoxie to marry him with an elaborate set-up as the couple flew into Costa Rica for Christmas vacation. "I had written in the grass her name and 'will you marry me?'" he told Ellen DeGeneres. »
Stars: Irene Miracle, Laura D’Angelo, Flavio Bucci, Gianfranco De Grassi, Macha Méril, Enrico Maria Salerno, Marina Berti, Franco Fabrizi | Written by Roberto Infascelli, Renato Izzo, Aldo Lado, Ettore Sanzò | Directed by Aldo Lado
With some of the recent releases from 88 Films they’ve delved into the Video Nasty vaults and picked out a chosen few for Blu-ray releases. With Night Train Murders which is part of The Italian Collection we get Aldo Lado’s take on Last House on the Left which surprisingly manages to be more effective than Wes Craven’s infamous classic.
When Margaret (Irene Miracle) and Lisa (Laura D’Angelo) decide to take the train from Germany to Verona for a Christmas vacation to visit Lisa’s family. Catching the eye of two young men Blackie (Flavio Bucci) and Curly (Gianfranco De Grassi) at first they playfully flirt with them in a conversation that seems innocent enough. »
- Paul Metcalf
In a strange way, Sunday’s Downton Abbey finale brought Season 5 full circle, as the Crawleys’ annual Christmas vacation — this time to visit Rose’s hellish new in-laws at Brancaster Castle — nearly went down in flames. (Remember that? Honestly, Edith…)
But let’s start with the only thing that really matters: Carson and Mrs. Hughes got engaged! And while I’m obviously over the damn moon about it, I have to admit I was surprised to see their relationship progress so quickly over the past few weeks. »
Few films have captured the complex inner lives of American teenagers better than John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.” Released three decades ago on February 15, the movie, with its expert casting, pitch-perfect dialogue and refreshing sincerity, helped pave the way for others like “Heathers,” “Say Anything” and “Mean Girls,” as well as groundbreaking TV shows like “My So Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Virtually overnight, Hughes became the poet laureate of teen angst and a passionate chronicler of the modern high school experience. On the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.
10) Uncle Buck (1989)
John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, »
- Matthew Chernov
Is there any show more reliant on its final scene than How to Get Away with Murder? "Best Christmas Ever" plodded along in typical Htgawm fashion: We learned ever more about the darkness to which Annalise (Viola Davis) regularly succumbs, our plucky law students continued to lose the plot and we once again questioned just what it is that makes Frank (Charlie Weber) so deeply loyal to Annalise. Finally, in the last 20 seconds of the episode, a jaw-dropping reveal guarantees we'll be tuning in next week.Case of the WeekInspired by Annalise rolling on her husband, another woman named Jackie »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Randy Quaid had a lot of accusations to go around in a new, odd and Nsfw video he posted with his wife, Evi Quaid. The rant was directed at Rupert Murdoch for participating in a conspiracy with News Corp, Warner Bros. and TMZ. In the clip, Quaid said he helped News Corp and Warner Bros. earn "well over a billion dollars" with his roles in Independence Day and Christmas Vacation. He said that in return, Warner Bros. executive Bruce Berman stole his house, the New York Post smears him "to high heaven," and Warner Bros. had he and his wife arrested
- THR Staff
What are Randy Quaid and his wife up to this time?
The 64-year-old Christmas Vacation actor, and older brother to Dennis Quaid, posted a truly bizarre video where he attacks media mogul Rupert Murdoch for not thanking him for his role in the 1996 film Independence Day. Exposing a Hawaiian shirt under his blazer, he touts, "This is the very same shirt that I wore in '94 when I saved the world [in Independence Day] -- another act that Rupert Murdoch still hasn't thanked me for."
All the while his wife, Evgenia, is seen in the background wearing a bikini and sunglasses and sitting on the bed. "Evi and I have been put through a living hell. A living hell of biblical proportions," he says, adding that his acting roles helped "media giants News Corp and Warner Bros Entertainment earn well over a billion dollars for the films Independence Day and Christmas Vacation."
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Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel took the respective top prizes for drama and comedy tonight at the 65th American Cinema Editors Awards. Oscar snubee The Lego Movie continued to rack up awards-season wins, scoring the trophy for Best Edited Animated Feature Film, while Citizenfour added the Ace Eddie to its winning streak for documentary feature.
The ceremony, hosted by 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub at the Beverly Hilton, saw Grand Budapest check in with the upset win over Birdman, which was edited to look like it was shot in a single take and came into the Ace Eddies with strong momentum, having won top honors at both the PGAs and the SAG Awards last weekend. The category had the usual five nominees, but this year’s dramatic feature field was notable for a tie that resulted in six nominees — only the second time the American Cinema Editors has had to »
- Ross A. Lincoln and Erik Pedersen
“Chev & Bev” reunites National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation duo, the Savage show is loosely based on gay columnist’s life
“Chev & Bev” will see Chase and D’Angelo on screen together after a string of “National Lampoon” films including the iconic “Christmas Vacation.” The pair will play retired baby boomers living a “selfish retirement” when they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren.
The Savage project »
- Matt Donnelly
Sadly, for anyone under the age of 30, the name National Lampoon is synonymous with terrible straight-to-dvd comedies, with the exception of the more celebrated films of the Vacation franchise (the original and Christmas Vacation). However, National Lampoon has a legacy that stretches decades as it served as the launching point for some of the most iconic talents in comedy, both in front of the camera and behind it. Without National Lampoon, there may not be a "Saturday Night Live" or Ghostbusters. The documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead takes an in-depth look at the rise and fall of the adult humor magazine. The arrival of this documentary couldn't come at a more relevant time after the tragic terrorist attacks on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo made headlines around the world. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead takes a look at the creation of one of the most bold, irreverent publications to ever hit the newsstand, »
- Ethan Anderton
Santa may have figured out how to shimmy down the chimney, but Chloe the cat is still out of practice. The feline from Wareham, England, cashed in one of her nine lives after she got stuck in a chimney while her family was on Christmas vacation, reports the Daily Echo. Before Marion Wood and her husband left on their December trip to visit family in Vietnam, they arranged to have Chloe stay in an outdoor kennel at home with daily check ins from the neighbors. Two days after departing, Wood learned that Chloe had disappeared from the kennel. "Two days »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Other people's vacation photos are never fun to look at ... unless those "other people" are Jay Z and Beyonce. The First Couple of Roc Nation shared their Thailand vacation photos with their legion of loyal (and jealous) fans ... so how does their Christmas vacation stack up to yours? That bad, huh? Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Step aside, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow: there's another Hollywood couple vying for the title of friendliest exes. Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy were spotted grocery shopping on Sunday in Brentwood, Calif., where the former couple, who announced the end of their engagement in early December, was photographed all smiles as they strolled side by side with their carts filled to the brim. Having recently returned from Aspen for their annual family Christmas vacation, the 35-year-old Almost Famous beauty sported a trendy blanket coat and kept her look casual with minimal makeup, wearing her blond hair down in loose style. Bellamy, meanwhile, was also dressed down for the outing, wearing a zip up »
With no new significant new releases coming out the week of Christmas, the national home video charts for the week ending Dec. 28, 2014 were virtually unchanged from the prior week.
On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, the top four were identical to the prior week: Paramount Home Media Distribution’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remained at No. 1, followed, again, by Walt Disney Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” at No. 2, 20th Century Fox’s “The Maze Runner” at No. 3 and Disney’s “Frozen” at No. 4.
Walt Disney’s “Maleficent” finished the week at No. 5, swapping places with 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” at No. 6.
Rounding out the top 10 are the same four titles that rounded out the top 10 a week ago: DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at No. 7, same as last »
- Thomas K. Arnold
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