new Spider-Man actor

A couple of weeks ago word got around that Vacation writer-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein were in talks to script Spider-Man, after losing out on the directing job to Jon Watts (Cop Car). Now the pair have finally confirmed their involvement, and have started to talk a little bit about their vision for the wisecracking webslinger.

The key word there is wisecracking — from the sounds of it, this Spidey will be wittier and funnier than his big-screen predecessors have been. Read the Spider-Man writers comments after the jump. Read More »


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final Vacation trailer

Summer may almost be over, but the latest road trip with the Griswold family in Vacation doesn’t begin until next week. Ed Helms plays a grown up Rusty Griswold, taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and their two sons on a trip in order to help bring them closer together, just like when he was a kid.

Now a final NSFW red band trailer makes one last attempt to get audiences on board the new family truckster for a trip that is more raunchy and rowdy than any of the preceding National Lampoon titles. This isn’t the best trailer for the movie, but it does have some amusing moments, especially from then new Griswold kids.

Watch the final Vacation trailer after the jump!

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Freaks and Geeks reunion in Vacation

Late July brings the reboot of the comedy classic National Lampoon’s Vacation. This time it’s Ed Helms leading the new take, simply called Vacation, playing a grown-up Rusty Griswold bent on taking his own family on a trip to Walley World in an effort to bring them closer together.

There are plenty of little references to the original flick, including appearances by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, but something else that we were looking forward to in the movie was a mini Freaks and Geeks reunion.

The cult classic NBC series starred a young John Francis Daley, who is now a successful screenwriter with writing partner Jonathan Goldstein, and the two actually make their directorial debut on Vacation. Last fall, Daley said that fellow geeks Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and Samm Levine (Selfie) would be appearing with him in cameos. But it turns out those cameos didn’t end up in the final cut.

Find out more about the axed Freaks and Geeks reunion in Vacation after the jump! Read More »


A couple of screenwriters have just landed in Spidey’s web. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks to write the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, which Jon Watts (Cop Car) will direct. Tom Holland plays the latest incarnation of the friendly neighborhood superhero.

Get all the details on the Spider-Man screenwriters after the jump. Read More »

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Several decades ago, Clark Griswold had a dream. His dream was to drive across country and take his family to a theme park called Walley World. As we remember, that didn’t go too well. Now Clark’s son, Rusty, who endured several frightening vacations with his father, is trying the same with his family. Vacation is back.

Ed Helms stars as the new patriarch of the Griswold family and though we’ve seen a red-band trailer for this new Vacation, now there’s a green-band. It’s a little tamer, but still really funny look at the sequel/reboot of the classic comedy franchise, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.

Watch the new Vacation trailer below. Read More »

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Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has landed safely in theaters, it’s time to look ahead toward Phase Three. One of the biggest developments coming our way is the introduction of a new Spider-Man, who already has a solo film set for 2017. And it seems Marvel and Sony are just about ready to step forward with a new director.

According to a new report, names on the Spider-Man director short list include Jonathan Levine (50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the Vacation rebootquel). Get all the latest on the Spider-Man director after the jump.

UPDATE 6/2/15: From the above list, which originally ran on May 5, Moore and Hess are now out. Levine and Melfi are the favorites, Francis-Daley and Goldstein are still in the mix and Cop Car helmer Jon Watts is now in contention. Read More »

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new Vacation movie Walley World header

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 »

Vacation movie release date

Briefly: In a move of supreme confidence, Warner Bros. has just bumped the Vacation reboot from October to July 31. That’ll put it up against Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which is sure to be one of summer’s biggest movies. No matter; the John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein directed film, which is both a reboot and sequel to the classic Chevy Chase series of films, is coming right on its heels.

Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold, the grown son of Clark and Ellen (Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who both cameo), who takes his own family on an sure-to-be-doomed vacation. Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Christina Applegate and Charlie Day, co-star. [THR]

Ed Helms’ ‘Vacation’ Sequel Starts Shooting

Vacation sequel

“No, no, no NO NO NO NOOOOOOOO” is how our own Peter Sciretta reacted when news of a Vacation sequel first hit /Film five years ago. Despite his objections, though, New Line pressed on, and as of today the Vacation sequel / reboot / spin-off thing has finally started shooting.

Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold, now all grown up with a family of his own. But don’t worry — Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will still reprise their roles as his parents, Clark and Ellen Griswold. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlie Day also star. Get all the Vacation sequel details after the jump. Read More »