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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
TNT is looking to shake things up with a development order for “1906,” a proposed four-hour event series about the San Francisco earthquake that took place in that year, multiple individuals have told TheWrap. A co-production from Landscape Entertainment and eOne, “1906” will be executive produced by Bob Cooper (“Amistad,” “John Tucker Must Die”) and Tyler Mitchell (“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “My Own Worst Enemy”). Landscape's director of development Sandy Shenkman is overseeing the project. Also read: ‘Dallas’ Reboot Canceled by TNT Jim Solomon (“The Conspirator,” “The Bronx is Burning”) is in talks to write the project. The series is described as “an account. »
- Jethro Nededog
Ah, “Bad Judge.” If ever a title lent itself to ridicule, it’s this one, although the show works pretty hard to earn the gibes. Kate Walsh plays the robed dispenser of justice, who, when not on the bench, has sex in her chambers, shows up to work hung over and generally behaves like a college sophomore on perpetual spring break. Walsh’s mix of comedy chops and sex appeal do as much as an actress could to sell such a role, but even generous acceptance of the show as broad farce makes it difficult to return a favorable verdict.
In a way, the series is a one-note joke, in the same way “Bad Santa” or “Bad Teacher” sort of said it all about the movie. But if you’re really going to go that route, it practically requires a pedal-to-the-metal approach that isn’t pursued – or perhaps even possible to the extent necessary, »
- Brian Lowry
Leslie Mann is ready for a "Vacation." The actress will play the adult version of Audrey Griswold in the latest entry in the long-running National Lampoon comedy franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The role previously was played by, among others, Dana Barron in 1983's "Vacation" and Juliette Lewis in 1989's "Christmas Vacation." As prevously revealed, Ed Helms ("The Hangover") will star as Audrey's grown-up brother, Rusty, with Christina Applegate playing his wife. Along with their offsprings, they embark on a cross-country road trip as disastrous as the one Audrey and Rusty took as kids in the original 1983 film. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will reportedly make a cameo as the senior Griswolds. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Charle Day and Marvel mainstay Chris Hemsworth are in talks to join in on the fun as well. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("Horrible Bosses" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone »
- Dave Lewis
Following a successful showing at this year’s FrightFest (read our review here), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that Bad Milo! will be released on DVD here in the UK on 20th October 2014.
Here’s the press release:
For over a century, Hollywood has been scaring audiences around the world with its terrifying monsters…but none as terrifyingly funny as Bad Milo!, available on DVD on 20th October from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Ken Marino (We’re the Millers, Wanderlust) and Gillian Jacobs (TV’s “Community,” The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) star in this shockingly original horror comedy about a man named Duncan (Marino) who discovers he has an actual pint-sized demon living inside him. In order to keep it from popping out and murdering anyone who angers him – including his sweet but pressuring wife (Jacobs) – Duncan must learn to embrace his inner demon and control its killer appetite!
- Luke Owen
Leslie Mann has joined the cast of New Line's upcoming “Vacation” film, which stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Also read: ‘Victorious’ Star Elizabeth Gillies Joins New Line's ‘Vacation’ Reboot (Exclusive) John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are writing and directing the reboot of the classic 1983 comedy. They've previously written “Horrible Bosses” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” together, but it's the team's feature directorial debut. Helms stars in the film as Rusty Griswold, the grown up son of Clark and Ellen Griswold, played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the original. »
- Travis Reilly
Well, here's a name we didn't expect to see in the "Vacation" reboot: Chris Hemsworth. Yep, Thor is throwing down the hammer, joining the comedy that stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, along with Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins, who were also recently added. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will make cameos, too, and the movie follows "the grown-up son of Clark Griswold who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he and his parents and sister took when he was young." John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("The Incredible Burt Wonderstone") wrote the script and will direct. [THR/Variety] Steve Carell is keeping busy as an Oscar campaign surely builds for his turn in "Foxcatcher." Firstly, he'll be in the brewing Looney Tunes movie being penned by "X-Men: First Class" writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz , with "Crazy Stupid Love" directors Glenn Ficarra and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just in time for Halloween, horror fans will be able to watch killer worms attack in high definition when Scream Factory releases Squirm to Blu-ray. We’ve been provided with official release details, a look at the cover art, and the list of bonus features:
“It was a violent summer storm. Millions of volts slashed the earth, sending hundreds of thousands of writhing, seething creatures, oozing out of the mire hungry for human flesh. It was the night of the crawling terror for the residents of Fly Creek in the 1976 horror cult classic Squirm from celebrated horror filmmaker Jeff Lieberman (Just Before Dawn, Blue Sunshine). This sought-after creature thriller stars Don Scardino (director, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 30 Rock), Patricia Pearcy (Delusion), R.A. Dow and Jean Sullivan (Escape in the Desert) and features gory make-up effects from Oscar®-winning artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Planet of the Apes, »
- Jonathan James
It looks like "Vacation" is still happening, and they're adding cast members that are making me really want to see this movie. When I interviewed John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein about their film "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," they were still just signed to write a new "Vacation" film. Since then, they've also been announced as directors for the film, and it's gone through some development twists and turns, including what felt like a step back just before they went into production so they could consider their options and fine tune it some more. If Chris Hemsworth is set to play Audrey's husband in the film, as Borys Kit reported today, that's Stone Crandall, described in the script as "tall, confident and weatherman-handsome." Will Weather God do? The Charlie Day character is a little different, though, since the river rafting guide in the script, "Chad," feels like he's meant for »
- Drew McWeeny
We haven’t seen Steve Martin on the big screen since The Big Year in 2011 and minus the animated film Home, he doesn’t even have anything on the way. However, that could change soon, because it’s being reported that Martin is currently in final negotiations to star in Disney’s Magic Camp. Martin co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman and it focuses on a “straight-laced” banker who attended Magic Camp as a kid. Now, all grown up, he’s going back to become a counselor in hopes of winning the Golden Wand competition. Hit the jump for more on the project. According to THR, Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are the ones who penned the original script and now Martin and Zicherman are giving a new draft a go. There are no producers attached and »
- Perri Nemiroff
Relativity will finance, produce and distribute “All Day,” which follows a TV news crew doing a story on a day in the life of two prison guards — on a day when a riot breaks out.
Brett Dahl is overseeing for Relativity.
Goldstein and Daley are preparing to direct their script for a “Vacation” reboot for New Line. The duo also wrote the scripts for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and for “Horrible Bosses 2,” which will be released in November.
They are represented by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.
- Dave McNary
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
It’s been twenty years since Jim Carrey had his annus mirabilis in 1994 when, seemingly in a matter of hours, he became the biggest comedy star in the world. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was followed by The Mask, before he rounded up the year very nicely with Dumb & Dumber, a film that could trouble Airplane! for a place at the top of the comedy tree.
Carrey became the biggest name in comedy for over ten years, but the two fellows responsible for Dumb & Dumber didn’t fare too badly either. The Farrelly Brothers’ follow-up, Kingpin (1996), was even funnier, though the box office returns were diminished. Their audience returned in droves in 1998 for their biggest hit, There’s Something About Mary, which made superstars out of Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller, and made men across the world take extra care when pulling up the zip on their trousers.
In recent years, »
- Cai Ross
Reactions from the talent behind films eviscerated on MST3k have varied (it could be a joke, but the crew claims Joe Don Baker of Mitchell fame wants to take a swing at them), though not as much as fans of the films proper. A famous, though unverified, story has Dennis Miller flying the cast to a filming of his HBO show only to scream at them for having their way with Marooned! In light of the recent announcement that creator Joel Hodgson wants to reboot the cult favourite, here’s a look at a few episodes that may not have been playing fair.
5. Revenge of The Creature (Season 8, Episode 1)
There is a delicate chemistry to enjoying trash on its own merit. Too bad or too good, it can easily throw things off-balance into the oblivion of the unwatchable. Creature upped the stakes of the classic original by bringing it to local beaches and, »
- Kenny Hedges
Today’s film is the 2013 short Crush. The film is written by Rachel Antonoff, who also co-directs the short with Bianca Giaever, and stars Jack Antonoff, Mae Whitman, Jenny Slate, and Gillian Jacobs. Jacobs rose to prominence in the role of Britta Perry in the NBC series Community, and has also been seen in movies such as Helena from the Wedding, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and Bad Milo. Her newest feature, titled Walk of Shame, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
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