13 items from 2015
"Walley World... here we come!" Warner Bros has debuted the new "green band" trailer for Vacation, from writers/directors John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, a continuation and update of the comedy classic National Lampoon's Vacation. This time we follow Rusty Griswold all grown up, played by Ed Helms, who takes his family on another road trip back to Walley World. The first red band trailer showed quite a bit of promise because they could include the raunchy jokes. In this trailer they hold back a bit, but it still looks ridiculous and potentially amusing in the right ways. It's got a huge cast, and seems absurd but still funny. Here's the second official trailer for Warner Bros' new Vacation, originally from Yahoo: Vacation is written and directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, making their directorial debut. In the follow-up »
- Alex Billington
Remaking a beloved comedy is a tricky thing because you’re going to ruin someone’s childhood, obviously. Most 1980s comedies are sacred and remakes were seemingly verboten for many years, but perhaps that’s about to change. The “Vacation” redo, from writers turned directors duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (“Horrible Bosses” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”), seemed like a pretty horrible idea when it was first announced, but don’t all of them? And the first red-band trailer was pretty damn funny too. But it’s actually not a reboot and is more of a belated sequel, which features the Griswolds' son Rusty all grown up (played by Ed Helms) and on a new mission to recreate the classic family holiday to Walley World. The movie also stars original “Vacation” couple Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in their classic roles as the now graying Griswold grandparents and also co-stars Christina Applegate, »
- Edward Davis
As Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures narrow their list of potential actors to take over the role of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, they're also trying to sign the new director to take over the multi-billion dollar franchise. While it seems Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland have the upper hand as far as playing the titular character, Deadline is reporting Sony is looking at Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) or Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) to sit in the director's chair. Both directors definitely wouldn't be the first choices for most studios to direct a high profile superhero epic, but Marvel Studios has a history of hiring directors that are new to the action adventure genre. Last year, Marvel released movies from Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy). Both movies went on to perform incredibly well domestically and worldwide. The Russo Brothers were »
- Charles Dean
The folks at Latino-Review.com are reporting Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game) has been cast as the new Spider-Man for Sony Pictures and will have his first appearance as the webslinger in next year's Captain America: Civil War followed by a new Spider-Man feature in July 2017. Butterfield was reported as the front-runner back at the end of April and other than a brief report saying Tom Holland ("Wolf Hall," The Impossible) was still in the mix that never changed. Word is the new Spider-Man will keep Peter Parker a lot younger, a lot longer, focusing on his high school years and word is they plan to go with a tone matching that of a John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Other names that were once on the short list of contenders for the Spidey role included Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars), Timothee Chalamet »
- Brad Brevet
Just one day after the Vacation red band trailer debuted, Warner Bros. has released the official poster for the upcoming summer reboot. This one-sheet features Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) proudly showing off his love for the theme park Walley World, where he took his first ill-fated road trip with the entire Griswold clan in the 1983 classic Vacation. As we saw in yesterday's trailer, Rusty's family isn't exactly on board with his plan, but it will surely be one memorable Vacation.
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again-and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father's footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross- country trip back to America's "favorite family fun park," Walley World. The cast includes Leslie Mann as Rusty's sister Audrey, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins as Rusty and Debbie's sons, »
Ed Helms sets the record straight in the new red band trailer for Vacation, in which he stars as a grown-up version of Rusty Griswold who's dragging his family back to the site of one of his best childhood memories: Walley World. "I've never even heard of the original vacation," Rusty's teenage son says. "Doesn't matter," the father replies. "The new vacation will stand on its own."
While the clip showcases the new Vacation's commitment to the original's national lampoonery, it's also packed with plenty of gags straight out »
"I've never even heard of the original Vacation..." Back to Walley World they go! Warner Bros has finally debuted the first official trailer, thankfully a red band to show you how vulgar this R-rated sequel is, for the raunchy comedy Vacation. From writers-turned-directors John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, this continuation of National Lampoon's Vacation series picks up with Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold when he's older, now with his own family, taking a return trip vacation to Walley World just like he did when he was a kid. Oh boy. I wish there was more footage in this, but it still looks like fun and I love the connection to the original throughout. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Regina Hall also star. Here's the first red band trailer for Warner Bros' new Vacation, direct from Comedy Central: Vacation is written and directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, »
- Alex Billington
A whole new generation of Griswolds are headed for Walley World, and the red band trailer for the “Vacation” reboot shows off plenty of nostalgia for fans of the original, as well as meta in-jokes and plenty of euphemisms. The new “Vacation” stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprising their roles. 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. Also Read: TheWrap's 25 Most Anticipated Movies. »
- Linda Ge
New Line Cinema has debuted the first full cast photo for their upcoming Vacation reboot, which hits theaters nationwide July 31. This image features three generations of the Griswold family, including Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) from the original Vacation and its sequels. The photo also includes Clark and Ellen's son Rusty (Ed Helms), his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their children played by Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins.
The story centers on Rusty, following in his father's footsteps by taking his family on their first vacation ever, on a cross-country road trip to the beloved theme park Walley World. The supporting cast is rounded out by Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Elizabeth Gillies and Keegan Michael Key. The reboot was recently pushed from its initial October 9 release date to July 31, where it will square off against Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Southpaw and The Gift.
When we featured our list of the 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015, one of the comedies on the list was the reboot of the 1983 classic comedy National Lampoon's Vacation. Now the film is simply called Vacation, but there are still solid ties to the original franchise with Ed Helms leading the film as a grown up Rusty Griswald, getting ready to take his own family out on a vacation just like his father (Chevy Chase) and mother (Beverly D'Angelo) did when he was a kid. The two original stars of the four-film comedy franchise reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, and now we have an official first look at the film. Here's the first photo from John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein's Vacation (via USA Today): Vacation is written and directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, making their directorial debut. »
- Ethan Anderton
This March will mark my fourth straight year attending the South by Southwest Film Festival. Every year creates many memorable moments, whether it be seeing the world premiere of Short Term 12 when it was on no one's radar or seeing Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman fight on stage when there was a problem with the screening file for The Raid 2, I always have a good time seeing as many movies I can in a short amount of time. And I am happy to be covering it for the first time as press for RopeofSilicon. The opening night films for SXSW have been hit and miss. My first year it was The Cabin in the Woods, and unfortunately, they cannot all be that great. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Chef followed after that. This year, SXSW has chosen the documentary Brand: A Second Coming as the opening night film. »
- Mike Shutt
Recently we've seen Olivia Wilde in the likes of Her, Rush and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. But if you were thinking that what's been long missing from her CV is a horror thriller, look no further than this new trailer for The Lazarus Effect. Wilde dies and comes back to life again. For science!Wilde stars with Mark Duplass, Donald Glover and Evan Peters as one of a group of scientists investigating the reanimation of dead tissue. Sadly an electrical accident finishes her off mid-experiment, leading her colleagues to continue their work on Wilde herself. But when she comes back she's not quite the same as when she left.Bits of Flatliners and The Eye in that set-up, but hopefully the full movie will effectively tread its own path. David Gelb (the rather different Jiro Dreams Of Sushi) is the director; Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (the new Fantastic »
2014 has been a particularly good year for movies. It seems everyone found a group of movies they could hold onto in a very personal way. I like that. It created a very diverse set of top tens around the Internet. However, because opinions were so diverse, it makes a lot of us think, "Why did so many people like thatc" or "Why does no one talk about this moviec" Well, Rope of Silicon writer Jordan Benesh and I decided to choose five films each of us thought got far more praise than they deserved and five films we thought did not get enough love. Thus, we bring you the top ten overrated and underrated movies of 2014. The first five and five combination is mine, Mike Shutt's, and Jordan's start on page three. Enjoy! The lists are not numerically ranked. Just alphabetical. When our top tens come around, then you will get some rankings. »
- Mike Shutt
13 items from 2015
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