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Vacation review: National Lampoon's Hangovered reboot is funny even if Chevy Chase isn't

19 August 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M Goldstein; Screenwriters: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M Goldstein; Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase; Running time: 99 mins; Certificate: 15

As entirely unnecessary reboots go, Vacation isn't half bad. When held up to the ridiculously harsh ratings coming out of the Us for this Chevy Chase vehicle Mot, it seems positively good. But then it's probably worth remembering that the 1983 original wasn't overly well received either. Fart gags, it seems, are never in fashion.

And as you'd expect from a film starring Ed Helms, it's been Hangovered for a new generation by writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein - one in-gag has his kids slyly, but quite understandably, saying they've never heard of the original - with the shit and puke dial turned right up. Yet there are still enough genuine laughs throughout to make it a worthwhile »

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Vacation: The Evolving Faces Of Audrey Griswold

18 August 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

This week, the Vacation movie hits UK cinemas with Leslie Mann in the role of an all grown up Audrey Griswold. It’s a role which will have been played by no less than five actresses (of differing ages) across six movies over the years, and because we’re a sucker for all things Vacation, we thought we’d bring you up to speed on who has played the only daughter of Clark and Ellen Griswold in these fabulous motion pictures, before revealing the identity of a 40-plus-year-old Audrey, who has apparently just been cast earlier on today.

Fyi, Vacation (2015), stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, Christina Applegate, a returning Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (Yes!), Chris Hemsworth (who will play Stone, the husband to Audrey) and Charlie Day.

The film opens on Friday 21st August.

Let’s have them Audreys.

Dana Barron (below, right) – Vacation (1983)

Dana Hill (below, »

- Paul Heath

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The Most Overprotective Dads in Film

14 August 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Next Monday sees the UK home entertainment release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. This time around, Paul Blart heads on a Vegas vacation, with his teenage daughter in tow. Blart is hoping to spend some time with his little princess before she goes away to college, but his mall cop instincts kick in, and

The post The Most Overprotective Dads in Film appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Barry Steele

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Teen Wolf season 5 episode 8 review: Ouroboros

12 August 2015 11:36 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Teen Wolf's central group is slowly but surely fracturing in season 5, making for great drama alongside all the gore...

This review contains spoilers.

5.8 Ouroboros

Teen Wolf continues to double down on the two advantages it has over other shows of its ilk on television: a large cast that is actively developing chemistry, and a willingness to slaughter extras by the dozens in the name of body horror and gore. Teen Wolf makes great use of both things this week, splitting the team up on various missions while highlighting the growing fractures in the group. Some want to go on a brave rescue mission, others opt for protecting the weak, and still others are actively working to take the fractured group and shatter it completely. There's a lot going on and the conflict grows with every passing moment. All the while, people die horribly.

The titular teen wolves are pulled »

- louisamellor

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How Ed Helms Will Feel If He's Replaced For The Next Vacation Movie

3 August 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tradition dictates that Ed Helms be recast as Rusty Griswold should Warner Bros. move ahead with another Vacation movie. The charcter was played by Anthony Michael Hall in National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jason Lively in European Vacation, Johnny Galecki in Christmas Vacation, and Ethan Embry in Vegas Vacation. There was even a Vacation short film called Hotel Hell that featured Travis Greer as Clark’s son. If this does in deed happen, however, Helms wouldn’t be too happy.  Yahoo Movies caught up with the actor while he was out promoting the latest Vacation to ask him some questions posed by fans on social media. One Twitter user, Kevin Crossman, asked Helms if he’d be sad for any potential recasting. Helms replied:  If there’s another Vacation movie and there’s another Rusty, I will understand… »

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Vacation Review

29 July 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Vacation – another discombobulated assortment of immaturity, nostalgic pandering and weightless storytelling. The slow death of mainstream comedy, if you will. Every stupid graffitied phallus and perverse lake of shit is calculated with the cheapest of intentions, because juvenile potty humor seems to have become an underwhelming norm across comedy’s repetitive landscape. John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein promise early on that their unwarranted reboot will stand completely on its own (through yet Another meta-laced conversation), but their efforts are less convincing than Randy Quaid’s fake sex tape. Why? Because No Vacation movie has treated its audience with this little respect. And Vegas Vacation is nothing to brag about, I might add.

In this year’s vacation-from-hell comedy, Rusty Griswold has transformed from a tall, lanky nutcase (played most recently by Ethan Embry) to his All-American-Joe fate as an economy airline pilot (played now by Ed Helms »

- Matt Donato

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A ‘Vacation’ in Hell

29 July 2015 12:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Vacation

Written & Directed by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley

USA, 2015

It’s taken almost seven months, but one movie has finally emerged from the dreary pack as the worst of 2015. That film is Vacation, and it’s absolutely dreadful. Writer-directors Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley have created something so loathsome that each ticket sold should include a complementary shower. Desperate, hateful, and stridently unfunny, this vacation in Hell bypasses ‘lowest common denominator’ and plummets straight to zero. If you miss one movie this summer, make that movie Vacation.

The original National Lampoon’s Vacation and subsequent ‘80s sequels (let’s just forget Vegas Vacation, shall we?) perfectly straddled the fine line between buffoonery and sincerity. We followed the hapless exploits of super-father Clark Griswold in his unending quest to achieve familial perfection. We cringed at his failures and rejoiced with each fleeting victory. He was the satirical »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Review: 'Vacation' runs out of gas long before it reaches its destination

28 July 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Vacation review

27 July 2015 11:11 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The big screen reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation hits the mark. It's one of the funniest films of the summer...

There’s a sequence near the start of Vacation, the seventh sequel to 1983 comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation – the first since Vegas Vacation in 1997­­ - where Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) makes a speech to his wife (Christina Applegate) about their planned family getaway being able to stand on its own against that of his own family’s adventures back in the 80s.

As you can imagine the scene, and the film, has no qualms about talking to its audience in this indirect but direct way, telling the viewer who remains sceptical about a modern-day interpretation of the concept that this will be its own thing. Yes, there’s a family, and they too are heading to Walley World in search of unity and reconnection, but rest assured that things will be different. »

- simonbrew

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Vacation Red Band trailer: The Griswolds go to Walley World

23 July 2015 2:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Next week, North America territories will get the first Griswolds movie since the absolutely terrible Vegas Vacation in 1997. Vacation sees the series get a much deserved reboot with Ed Helms taking the reigns as patriarch Rusty Griswold. The Warner Bros. movie has just got itself a new red band trailer. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo and the legendary Chevy Chase co-star.

Vacation red band trailer

Here’s the synopsis:

Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favourite family fun park,” Walley World.

As we said, the film arrives in Us cinemas on July 29th, and in the UK a little later on August 15th.

Check out the new Vacation red band trailer below.

Rounding out the cast are »

- Paul Heath

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Listen to Jerry Weintraub’s Final Public Speech at HBO Premiere of ‘The Brink’ (Audio)

9 July 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jerry Weintraub made his last Hollywood industry-related public appearance at HBO’s premiere of the Jack Black and Tim Robbins comedy “The Brink” on the Paramount Studios lot on June 8, 2015. Weintraub died in Santa Barbara of heart failure on Monday, July 6. He was 77. At that premiere, the super-producer behind classics like “The Karate Kid,” “Vegas Vacation,” and “The Oceans Eleven,” who also worked with musicians like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and John Denver, cracked a joke about his own mortality and long career. “I only have one favor to ask HBO,” Weintraub said before HBO’s familiar static logo credit rolled at the premiere that. »

- Mikey Glazer

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Hollywood Producer Jerry Weintraub Has Passed Away at Age 77

6 July 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

There are only a handful of movie producers that have ever come to be known by name in the general public, perhaps Jerry Bruckheimer, Avi Arad, Albert Broccoli or Saul Zaentz. One of those iconic producers is Jerry Weintraub, who produced a number of Hollywood features including the original The Karate Kid trilogy, the new Ocean's Eleven trilogy with an amazing ensemble cast, the comedy Oh, God!, the comedy Vegas Vacation, Soldier, the new Nancy Drew, Barry Levinson's Diner. Mr. Weintraub passed away from a heart attack on Monday, July 6th at the age of 77 at his home in Palm Springs, reported via Deadline. He was producing David Yates' Tarzan and was also an executive producer on HBO's new comedy The Brink. Early on in his entertainment management career in The Bronx, a young Jerry Weintraub decided to start his own company and worked with the likes of musicians Joey Bishop, »

- Alex Billington

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Jerry Weintraub Appreciation: A Hollywood Mogul Straight Out of Central Casting

6 July 2015 4:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Even if you discount the movies he made and the artists he managed and the tours he promoted and all the rest, you have to give Jerry Weintraub this: He looked, talked and acted just like a Hollywood mogul was supposed to look, talk and act. Weintraub, who died at the age of 77 on Monday, played that part on screen a few times, both in the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies he produced and in “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation,” where he played the fast-talking, high-rolling, smooth-operating “Jilly From Philly” with such ease that you figured he was really just playing Jerry. »

- Steve Pond

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Ocean's Eleven and The Karate Kid producer Jerry Weintraub dies, aged 77

6 July 2015 3:06 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ocean's Eleven and The Karate Kid producer Jerry Weintraub has died at the age of 77.

Weintraub passed away in California earlier today (July 6) after a lengthy period of ill health, according to widespread reports.

In a career that stretched back to the 1960s, Weintraub was both a film producer and a music promoter for the likes of Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and Frank Sinatra.

Among the major films that he produced were Academy Award-winning musical drama Nashville, writer-director Barry Levinson's Diner and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation.

The producer – who was married to singer-actress Jane Morgan - was at one time the chairman of film studio United Artists, and also headed up the Weintraub Entertainment Group in the 1980s.

Weintraub's most recent accolade was an Emmy Award for the HBO television movie Behind the Candelabra.

He produced the first season of the premium channel's political comedy The Brink. »

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Rip Producer Jerry Weintraub: He Navigated Hollywood 'His Way'

6 July 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Oceans Eleven" producer and one-time United Artists chairman Jerry Weintraub died on Monday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 77. His film credits include “The Karate Kid,” “Nashville” and “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.” He won Emmys for 2014 climate change documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” and Steven Soderbergh's HBO Liberace biopic, “Behind The Candelabra.” Weintraub was one of those larger-than-life Hollywood figures who helped to define the image of what a movie producer is. Well into his 70s he was enjoying a resurgence that began with Steven Soderbergh's "Oceans Eleven" series and continued with his bestselling autobiography "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead" and the entertaining 2011 Doug McGrath HBO doc "His Way." "I'm an event guy,"  Weintraub told me on the phone from his desert hideaway. "Billy Friedkin used to call me 'Presents.' I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and »

- Anne Thompson

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Legendary Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77

6 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Weintraub, the colorful and controversial producer whose films included “Nashville,” “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” and the trio of “Ocean’s Eleven” films, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77. He had been in poor health recently.

When he received Variety‘s Creative Leadership Award in 2013, Weintraub told Variety that he had a yacht and a Rolls-Royce, but was “not a big Hollywood guy.” Some would disagree. He was actually an old-school Hollywood showman, who understood the relationship between production and marketing. He was also a snappy dresser — his shoes were colorful and fun — who knew how to work the room and how to work the press: He was always available to the media and when he had a film in release, he knew how to maximize public awareness.

But the showiness was backed by hard work. His savvy came after decades of performing in many different jobs in the industry. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Jerry Weintraub, Famed ‘Karate Kid,’ ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ Producer, Dead at 77 (Updated)

6 July 2015 2:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jerry Weintraub, the legendary Hollywood producer and Emmy award winner, died in Santa Barbara of heart failure on Monday, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. He was 77. His film credits include “The Karate Kid,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Nashville” and “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.” Weintraub’s 2014 climate change documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” netted him the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. The year prior he took home Outstanding Miniseries or Movie for “Behind The Candelabra.” Also Read: Jerry Weintraub: How I Snookered Elvis Presley, Saved Sinatra Before getting into the movie business, Weintraub had a successful career in music. »

- Matt Donnelly and Todd Cunningham

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Vacation Red-Band Trailer: Chris Hemsworth Has an Extremely Large Package for the Griswolds

7 May 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Vacation series is getting its first new installment since 1997's Vegas Vacation (though there was a spinoff and a couple short films in between) with July's Vacation. Rather than rebooting the franchise entirely, it'll follow the Griswold children, Rusty and Audrey, on a shenanigans-filled adventure back to Walley World. Only now Rusty is all grown up and played by Ed Helms, who's married to Christina Applegate, and they have two smartass kids who have "never even heard of the original vacation" — how meta. And Audrey's played by Leslie Mann. Oh, and Walley World's closing! And you know who has the perfect present to retire it? A very, very well-endowed Chris Hemsworth (he's Audrey's husband). Where's that eggplant emoji when you need it? »

- Dee Lockett

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Win an Out-Of This-World Wedding with this Alamo Drafthouse Contest

28 April 2015 2:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Exclusive: Alamo Drafthouse and Odell Team Up to Brew French-Inspired Beer Sick of wedding planning? Just want to get married already? Always dreamed of living in the "X-Files" universe? Look no further - your dream wedding sweepstakes has arrived! The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced today that they are hosting an Instagram video contest to promote the mid-May releases of "Drunk Wedding" and "Area 51." What better way to do that than with a crossover contest which will give one winner (and a fiancé) a Las Vegas vacation, complete with a (real) wedding and a tour of the (real) Area 51? To enter, convince the Alamo judges why you deserve an out-of-this-world wedding by making an Instagram video that tags @Drafthouse and uses the hashtag #Area51DrunkWedding. Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Cst on May 18; look for a winner to be announced on the Alamo Drafthouse blog and Instagram »

- Becca Nadler

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