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Walley World is officially open in the first two images from the new Vacation movie. The film, which is out July 31, is both a sequel to and a reboot of the original franchise as Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their roles as the Griswolds and Ed Helms plays their son, Rusty. Now grown, Rusty wants to take his own family (including wife Christina Applegate) on the Walley World vacation he never got as a child. He tries, but as you can imagine, it probably isn’t going to go so smoothly.

Or is it? As the moose out front probably told you, in the first official photos, you not only see the full Griswold family you get a look at Walley World. A Walley World that’s apparently open this time around. See the new Vacation movie photos below. Read More »

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

Many people today don’t realize it, but much of modern comedy was born at the National Lampoon. John Hughes, Al Jean, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Landis, Ivan Reitman and John Belushi are just some of the famous names who got their start through something related to the once-popular humor magazine, created in 1970.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, directed by Douglas Tirola, tells the complete history of this incredible brand. Simultaneously, the film documents much of the humor we love today: Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and more. Below, read the rest of our Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead review. Read More »

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Everyone loves a comedy reunion, it seems, and Vacation fans get a couple different versions. First there was that Old Navy ad campaign that brought Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Juliette Lewis back together to hawk trousers. Then there’s the new Vacation film that casts Ed Helms as the grown Griswold son, and will feature cameos from Chase and D’Angelo as the elder Griswolds. Now the two actors have a script commitment from ABC for the new comedy series that will cast them as a couple forced to raise their grandchildren. It’s not explicitly a Vacation TV reunion, but it’s close enough.

And while we’re at it, Leslie Mann is in talks to play Audrey Griswold in the new Vacation film. Read More »

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Red-Band Trailer
The Paramount Pictures panel at 2014 Comic Con was full of surprises. One of the surprises was the appearance of actor Clark Duke to premiere of the first trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Thankfully for those of you not in Hall H in San Diego, Paramount has released the full Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer online. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Chevy Chase Hot Tub

Briefly: Making a hot tub travel through time is never easy, so it’s good to have a repairman on hand just in case. Thankfully, in Steve Pink‘s upcoming Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the original hot tub repairman will be returning. Chevy Chase has signed to reprise his mysterious role in the 2010 cult comedy. There’s no word on how big his role will be this time around, but we do know the film (which also returns Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry) takes the friends a decade into future where they meet the son of John Cusack’s character (who isn’t returning) played by Adam Scott. [Deadline]

Update: Deadline offers the further news that Chase’s one-time Community co-star Gillian Jacobs will play the film’s lead female role.

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In the new sequel to/reboot of Vacation, Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark and Ellen Griswold, with the man now taking his own family on vacation. Rusty, who was played by multiple actors in the original Vacation films, once joined his parents on trips to Wally World, Europe, Vegas, and had the extended family over for Christmas. To follow that character on his own family vacation, without an appearance by his parents, would be kind of silly.

Variety reports an appearance from the elder Griswolds is set to happen as Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are in early talks to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen.  Read More »

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TV-related odds and ends after the jump, including:

  • How will Community handle Chevy Chase‘s departure?
  • Who wants to attend the first ever CommuniCon?
  • The Colbert Report is doing a Hobbit theme week
  • 50 Cent is developing a new hourlong drama for Starz
  • Brad Pitt is producing an HBO series about a debt collector
  • BBC One plans a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell miniseries
  • NBC schedules Grimm‘s return and Do No Harm‘s premiere
  • Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be on The Simpsons
  • American Horror Story reveals the present-day Bloody Face

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Chevy Chase has called sitcoms “probably the lowest form of television,” and before leaving the show, moaned that doing Community was “a big mistake.” But making a few bucks by mugging in a few shots for an Old Navy ad is OK, based on the evidence below. So this is how reunions happen now for the casts of well-liked comedies — a fat check from a retail outlet, rather than, say, an appearance on a comedy show.

Therefore, after the break, Chevy reenacts a bit of Christmas Vacation and lights up the retailer’s ad, while Beverly D’Angelo and Juliette Lewis look on in astonishment. We know that Randy Quaid is hiding in Canada right now, but did Johnny Galecki not want to ruin his Big Bang Theory cred by appearing in this one? Read More »

Chevy Chase Finally Leaving ‘Community’

Chevy Chase has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with Community, both in the pre- and post-Dan Harmon eras, so his departure always seemed more like a question of “when” than “if.” And now, that time has finally come. Effective immediately, Chase is no longer part of the NBC cult comedy, and will not appear in the few Season 4 episodes that remain to be shot. More details after the jump.

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