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Why ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Is a Perfect Movie

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is no Citizen Kane, but for my money it's perfect. Feel free to shake your head, laugh, throw some insults, or even agree with me if you like, but this is my go-to, feel-good, all-time favorite movie to watch, any time of year. Let's take a look at the things that have stayed the same from the original 1983 Vacation, through its horrific 1985 sequel European Vacation, to the 1989 fan-favorite that is Christmas Vacation: John Hughes scripted each film, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo starred as Clark …
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Christmas Story 2 Vs. Jingle All the Way 2: Which Is Worse?

Christmas Story 2 Vs. Jingle All the Way 2: Which Is Worse?
It's time to light a fire, get some eggnog, and settle in for some Christmas classics. And we know which ones are at the top of the list. A Christmas Story, Jingle All the Way, Christmas Vacation, Elf, and Bad Santa are certainly favorites. But a little unknown fact is that all of these movies have gotten sequels. You might not realize that because they are all equally terrible.

So which movie has the absolute worst Christmas sequel? Well, we can scratch Friday After Next off the list, because the original was never a Christmas movie to begin with. But at the top of the list surely has to be A Christmas Story 2. While the original is so popular that it plays for 24 hours straight on Christmas day, the only place you're likely to see the sequel is playing on a loop in Hell. Sure, it has some fans, but
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Al Pacino Celebrates 77th Birthday on Romantic Beach Date With 38-Year-Old Girlfriend -- See the Pics!

Al Pacino Celebrates 77th Birthday on Romantic Beach Date With 38-Year-Old Girlfriend -- See the Pics!
Age is nothing but a number for Al Pacino!

The Scarface star celebrated his 77th birthday on Tuesday with a beach getaway with his 38-year-old girlfriend, Lucila Sola.

Watch: Helen Mirren: Al Pacino Is World's 'Most Beloved' Actor

Pacino, dressed in a dark T-shirt and khaki shorts, wasn't shy about packing on the Pda with Sola in Tulum, Mexico. At one point, the actor leaned in for a passionate ocean kiss with his bikini-clad girlfriend.

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The two, who have been dating for nearly a decade, later went for a romantic stroll on the beach.

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Related: Al Pacino's 5 Highest-Rated Films

Pacino has never married, but shares 27-year-old daughter Julie with ex-girlfriend Jan Tarrant and 16-year-old twins, Olivia and Anton, with former longtime love Beverly D'Angelo.

Meryl Streep recently admitted to being absolutely starstruck by Pacino when the pair had dinner for the first time before she made it big.

“I was so
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Shooter: Season Two; Beverly D’Angelo Returning, Three Added to USA Drama Series

Some new and familiar faces are coming to season two of Shooter. Deadline reports Beverly D'Angelo will return for the new season of the USA Network TV show alongside three new cast members.The action drama follows Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe), a retired marksman who is coaxed back into action when a sniper threatens to assassinate the president. The cast also includes Shantel VanSanten, Omar Epps, Eddie McClintock, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Tembi Locke, David Marciano, and Sean Cameron Michael.Read More…
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Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford & Todd Lowe Join USA Network’s ‘Shooter’

Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford & Todd Lowe Join USA Network’s ‘Shooter’
Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford and Todd Lowe will join USA Network’s Ryan Phillippe-starrer Shooter as recurring characters, the network said today. Beverly D'Angelo will be back when the show returns for its second season July 18. Ferrara (Entourage) will play Kirk Zehnder, a former marine who always detects a conspiracy and is part of the core team of Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe). Bradford (Flags of Our Fathers) will recur in the guest star role of Harris Downey, a D.C…
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Bryan Cranston Sulks in His Attic in First Trailer for Indie 'Wakefield'

"Suburban life. So much is the same, week after week. Who hasn't had the impulse to put their life on hold for a moment?" IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for an indie drama titled Wakefield, from writer/director Robin Swicord. This first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, to fairly mediocre reviews unfortunately. Bryan Cranston stars as a New York City lawyer living in the suburbs who has a nervous breakdown and decides to leave his family and hide out in his attic. The full cast includes Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo, Jason O'Mara, Ian Anthony Dale, Pippa Bennett-Warner, and Ellery Sprayberry. I like this trailer. It plays like a short film, but I'm not sure how much else there is to this film. Here's the first official trailer for Robin Swicord's Wakefield, direct from YouTube: Howard Wakefield, a New York City lawyer, hides out
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Every Which Way But Loose Remake Is Happening

Every Which Way But Loose Remake Is Happening
Nearly 40 years after the Clint Eastwood comedy Every Which Way But Loose hit theaters, a remake is moving forward. James Fargo, who directed the original movie, has come aboard to produce this Every Which Way But Loose reboot, bringing Anthony Cohen on board to direct. The filmmaker made his feature directorial debut with last year's The Sex Trip, which stars Jim Hanks, Frank Stallone and Louis Mandylor, the younger brothers of Tom Hanks, Sylvester Stallone and Costas Mandylor.

Deadline reports that James Fargo has been quietly searching for a director for the past year, with production now set to begin in late spring. No cast members have been announced at this time, but James Cohen revealed in a statement to Deadline that he knew Anthony Cohen was right for Every Which Way But Loose after watching his film The Sex Trip. Here's what he had to say below.

"I have
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Watch: Johnny Simmons as a Romantic Pianist in 'Dreamland' Trailer

"Sometimes you just have to take a step back and really contemplate what it is that you're doing..." Orion Pictures has released a trailer for an indie comedy directed by a composer titled Dreamland, set in Los Angeles about an aspiring pianist who wants to open a piano bar. This plot may sound familiar, as it's pretty much what Ryan Gosling's character wants in La La Land. But these are two very different films, and this one has its own charms. Dreamland stars Johnny Simmons as Monty, who gets into trouble when he falls into a romantic affair with an older wealthy woman who is willing to help him fund his dream. The full cast includes Amy Landecker, Jason Schwartzman, Frankie Shaw, Beverly D'Angelo, Noël Wells, Talia Shire, Shay Mitchell and Nick Thune. I actually quite like the way this looks, nice indie vibe to it. Here's the
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Exclusive Cool Video: Top 10 Christmas Vacation Moments

  • JoBlo
It's that time of the season! Time to revisit your old Christmas classics and one of the best of the bunch is 1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the famed Griswold family, doing everything they can to make a special, old-fashioned family Christmas in the face of one disaster after another. There are tons of great... Read More...
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New VOD and Digital Releases, Plus: See Jessica Biel in 'Bleeding Heart' at Home Now Before It's in Theaters

  • Movies.com
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Inside Out (animated Pixar hit; voices: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith; rated PG) Vacation (comedy sequel; Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo; rated R) Bleeding Heart (thriller; Jessica Biel, Zosia Mamet; pretheatrical release; not rated) The End of the Tour (drama; Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg; rated R) The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror (animated; voices: Bella Thorne...

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: November 2-8

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Inside Out"

Joy! Joy! Joy! Disney/Pixar's brilliant emotional roller coaster is finally out on Blu-ray and DVD on November 3. There are so many special features with the various in-home releases, especially if you get the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including the short film "Riley's First Date," another short film called "Lava," tons of behind-the-scenes featurettes, four deleted scenes, and commentary. Check out the extras breakdown.

"Vacation"

The Griswolds are back, for better or worse, in this next generation comedy, which is out on DVD and Blu-ray November 3. Ed Helms plays the adult Rusty Griswold, who takes his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons on a road trip to Walley World. OGs Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo co-star,
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The Sentinel

Michael Winner is the bad-taste choice to give The Exorcist a run for its money in the faux-religious horror shocker sweepstakes, and the brave actress Cristina Raines leads an impressive supporting cast as the unfortunate suicide attemptee chosen to be the new Gatekeeper for the portal to Hell. Don't expect to see a Keymaster, but instead some of the most indigestible exploitation of the mainstream decade -- mainly real sideshow oddities to represent 'evil' people. Easily the hands-down insensitivity champ of the '70s. The Sentinel Blu-ray Shout! Factory / Scream Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 27.99 Starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Kennedy, Deborah Raffin, Ava Gardner, John Carradine, Beverly D'Angelo, Eli Wallach, Sylvia Miles, Martin Balsam, José Ferrer, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, William Hickey, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Holland, Tom Berenger. Cinematography Dick Kratina Special Effects Albert Whitlock Special Makeup Effects Dick Smith Original Music Gil Melle
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Blu-ray Review: The Sentinel

  • DailyDead
The Sentinel was released in 1977 to a bit of controversy over director Michael Winner's decision to use real sideshow oddities for his film's conclusion—a move no filmmaker had the balls to do since Tod Browning in 1932's Freaks. Based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is a horror film anomaly, one that simply has to be seen to believe how truly insane it is.

The Sentinel centers on a fashion model who moves into an apartment building that happens to be a portal to Hell. The portal is secretly guarded by deprived priests and occupied by eccentric neighbors who like to host extravagant birthday parties for their pet cats, as well as a mute Beverly D'Angelo who expresses her sexuality during an awkward visit with her new neighbor over friendly morning coffee.

Starring Cristina Raines and Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), The Sentinel
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The Sentinel Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

  • DailyDead
Standing watch at the gateway, Scream Factory will unleash The Sentinel on Blu-ray next Tuesday. To give fans a look at the new HD transfer of the film from the interpositive, we have clips and a trailer from the upcoming release.

The Sentinel Blu-ray: "When a beautiful model, Alison Parker (Cristina Raines, Nashville, The Duellists), rents an apartment in a gloomy New York brownstone, little does she realize that an unspeakable horror awaits her behind its doors...a mysterious gateway to hell. Alison likes her eccentric new neighbors, so it comes as a shock when she's told that, except for a strange old priest, she's the only tenant.

Based on Jeffrey Konvitz's best-selling novel, this contemporary gothic chiller features amazing special makeup effects by the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Little Big Man) and an incredible assemblage of stars including Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, José Ferrer, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith,
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Vacation review: National Lampoon's Hangovered reboot is funny even if Chevy Chase isn't

Vacation review: National Lampoon's Hangovered reboot is funny even if Chevy Chase isn't
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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Trailer For National Lampoon Doc Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

Trailer For National Lampoon Doc Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
The new version of Vacation isn't doing terribly well either with critics or at the box office. So if you're nostalgic for a bit of vintage National Lampoon, you're probably better advised to turn your attention to the documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. And look - here's a brand new trailer to convince you!The original satirical/surrealist/scatological/stoned National Lampoon magazine began publishing in 1970, hitting a heyday in the late '70s and early '80s during which its rule-brealing humour spilled out into radio, TV and film. But as the documentary discusses, that was also the start of its downfall, with much of its talent pool following the money elsewhere. It coughed its last breath in 1998.Gathered together by director Douglas Tirola to read its final rites is an impressive cast of Lampoon alumni, including Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Christopher Guest, John Landis, Bill MurrayIvan Reitman and key magazine staff,
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'Mission: Impossible 5' Takes Top Box Office Spot with $56M

'Mission: Impossible 5' Takes Top Box Office Spot with $56M
Paramount's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took the box office by storm this weekend, taking in an estimated $56 million for an easy win over New Line's comedy remake Vacation. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took in an impressive $14,156 per-screen average from 3,956 theaters this weekend, propelling it to victory over Vacation, which took in just $14.8 million in its first weekend in theaters. The opening weekend tally is the second highest for the action-packed franchise, behind Mission: Impossible 2's $57.8 million opening weekend back in 2000.

The opening weekend take is also the third-highest opening weekend for star Tom Cruise, behind War of the Worlds ($64.9 million) and Mission: Impossible 2. Over 85% of the audience were over the age of 25, setting up an interesting showdown next weekend with 20th Century Fox's superhero movie, Fantastic Four, which is tracking very well with males under the age of 25. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation was released in 369 IMAX theaters this weekend,
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Box Office Predictions: 'Mission: Impossible 5' Vs. 'Vacation'

Box Office Predictions: 'Mission: Impossible 5' Vs. 'Vacation'
After two straight weeks atop the box office, Marvel's Ant-Man will surely be dethroned this weekend, with the arrival of two new releases, Paramount's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and New Line Cinema's Vacation. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will easily take the top spot, somewhere in the low $50 million range, in its first week in theaters. The fifth installment of the lucrative Mission: Impossible franchise is heading into theaters with a strong wave of critical buzz, with a 93% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though Vacation debuted on Wednesday, and the reviews haven't been favorable (25% "Rotten" rating), it should still easily take the second place spot.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation opens in 3,956 theaters today, with action icon Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt for the fifth time. He is joined by stars of 2011's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, along with a
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Review: 'Vacation' runs out of gas long before it reaches its destination

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