The New 'Vacation' Series will Bring The Old Griswolds Back to Walley World
Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time left to get in a vacation – at least one of the National Lampoon variety.
After much discussion, it appears that the reboot/sequel to the popular National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise is happening. Ed Helms will step into the shoes worn by Chevy Chase in the new feature, but those worried that Clark Griswold won’t be around should stop worrying now.
A new press release for the feature, simply titled Vacation, reveals that Ed Helms will be playing Clark’s son Rusty. Rusty gets the bright idea to take his family (Christina Applegate co-stars as his wife) on a road trip to Walley World – and we can only imagine what sorts of hilarious disasters they meet along the way.
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Watch: An Orc Has a Really Bad Day in This Great Short Film Set in Middle-earth
If you find yourself yearning for some Middle-Earth action between now and the release of Peter Jackson’s final film in his The Hobbit trilogy, then you’ll definitely want to check out this new short film about an unfortunate day in the life of an Orc.
The new video is a promotional tie-in for the upcoming videogame Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which is due out in stores beginning September 30. Filmmakers Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer have crafted a seven-minute movie that follows Krimp the Orc as he’s “about to have a very bad day. Like, Wraith bad.” There’s nothing like some truth in advertising.
Gorski and Pueringer do a nice job taking us back to Middle-Earth with a fraction of the budget of the feature films. Sure, the acting... Read More
Movie News: Channing Tatum Gets a Beautiful Mind; 'Paranormal Activity 5' Lands Title & Release Date
Struck By Genius: Channing Tatum could get a beautiful mind if he signs onto this project being tailored for him. Struck By Genius is the true story of a party animal who gained uncanny math skills after getting beat up outside a karaoke bar. What sounds like a superhero origin story, though, will actually be pretty dramatic, and that could mean further development of Tatum as a respectable actor in the wake of his Oscar buzz with Foxcatcher. [THR]
Paranormal Activity 5: Paramount has revealed a new release date for the next Paranormal Activity movie, which is now called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (can we pull a "Ghotocol" and nickname this thing "Ghomension"?). The sequel is arriving sooner... Read More
In Honor of 'The Guest': Meet the Worst Guests in Movie History
In Adam Wingard's The Guest (in select theaters now), a soldier shows up at a family's home claiming to be an old friend of their dead son and is invited to stay with open arms. And then the bodies begin to pile up because everything is not as it seems and houseguests have a habit of revealing themselves to be awful, terrible people in the movies.
The Guest is not the first movie to feature houseguests behaving poorly and it certainly won't be the last. Cinema is rich with people abusing the generosity of their hosts. These are only a few
Buck Russell: The Bad Guest Who Ultimately Wins You Over
It's a common trope, but it's one that's easy to live with: guy shows up at your home, guy is not welcomed with open arms, guy ultimately... Read More
New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Godzilla' Stuns in HD; 'The Fault in Our Stars' Declares War on Tissues
Godzilla - Warner Bros. - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe. Full cast + crew
Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie is not going to be a home run for everyone. The human characters in it are a bit dry, and the titular monster himself is only on-screen in small doses until the end, and it's understandable if that turns off anyone hoping for this to be reaching Pacific Rim levels of constant, citywide carnage. But Godzilla just isn't trying to be like Pacific Rim.
No, instead of an action extravaganza, Edwards and his team have reverted Godzilla to his roots as a force of sheer shock and awe. He exists as a titan of nature to put humanity... Read More
See the Funny 'Breaking Bad' Easter Egg Hidden in 'Godzilla'
What's so impressive about Gareth Edwards' Godzilla is that the director managed to make a modern monster movie that was littered with all sorts of nerdy nods to Godzilla's past, both on the big screen and in popular culture. However, it wasn't just Godzilla's history that was being referenced inside all the film's little nooks and crannies -- Godzilla also saved some room to pay tribute to other characters, too, like the ones played by its lead actors.
Fans knew right from the film's "classified" opening-credits sequence that treats were being hidden, as each credit was delivered inside what appeared to be redacted military documents. While difficult to make out while watching on the big screen (because the text surrounding an actor's... Read More
Watch: Before 'The Maze Runner,' Wes Ball Directed This Academy Award-Winning Short
Most audiences will be seeing the name “Wes Ball” for the first time as they head to theaters to watch The Maze Runner—an adaptation of James Dashner's 2009 book of the same name. The sci-fi tale finds a young boy named Thomas (Teen Wolf’s Dylan O'Brien) trapped in a strange community of all boys—all with no memory—where a mysterious maze forces them to plot a dangerous escape.
The action-thriller is a big step away from the feel-good short film Ball made in 2002. A Work in Progress, which you can watch with us below, won the bronze for animation at the Student Academy Awards. Blending live action and 3D animation, A Work in Progress tells the story of a lonely girl who writes a heartfelt story about a lonely bear who tries to... Read More
Watch: Here's Martin Scorsese's Advice for the 2014 Graduating Class
Not all great filmmakers attended film school, but Martin Scorsese did. The experience changed his life. It was at New York University where Scorsese laid the groundwork for his future films with several short works—including What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963), It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964) and The Big Shave (1967). The university’s Tisch School of the Arts invited the alumnus back to campus to give this year’s commencement speech.
Scorsese shared several intimate stories about his time there, as well as his thoughts on filmmaking today. We hear the tale of his first days at school, where he hoped he could simply “be in an atmosphere where he could share a love for film.” It was at NYU where a... Read More
Why You '80s-Movie Freaks Will Absolutely Love 'The Guest'
As a family of four mourn the loss of their soldier son, a clean-cut, Gosling-faced stranger arrives at their front door claiming to be his best friend and fellow soldier. He's there because he says it's his duty; that he promised his buddy he'd let his family back home know that his final words included messages of love to his mother, father, sister and little brother. It was the right thing to do, and not long after he arrives chock-full of charm, he's asked to stay a couple of days until he figures out where he's going next. Until he gets back on his feet. Or until everyone around him is dead.
Welcome to The Guest.
The logical progression of You're Next, The Guest finds director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett once again playing around... Read More
Dan Aykroyd Wants 'Ghostbusters' to Mimic Marvel's Cinematic Universe
Don’t look now, but Dan Aykroyd is back and he’s talking about Ghostbusters. The catch is this time he’s not just beating the drum for a third film in the beloved franchise – he’s here to talk about how he envisions Ghostbusters turning into its very own Marvel-styled cinematic universe.
The actor was in London to promote his Crystal Head Vodka when he started talking about his other favorite topic, Ghostbusters. Aykroyd has become convinced that the best approach to all things ghostly isn’t to focus on a sequel, or a TV show, or a reboot with an all-female cast – it’s to focus on all of these things and more.
“It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to... Read More