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.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
Way back before Damon Lindelof became the world-famous creator of Lost, he was just an ordinary Hollywood screenwriter looking for a career boost. At one point, in an attempt to impress Carlton Cuse (who would, of course, eventually serve as showrunner with Lindelof on Lost) Lindelof reportedly penned a one-act play titled Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis. Director Skot Bright turned that play into a short film in 2010, pulling together a cast that includes a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth among several other recognizable faces. Watch the full short after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by David Chen
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been recording audio blogs pretty frequently while i’ve been attending Sundance. Here’s some insight into how these work: I’ll strike up a conversation with random people next to me on the bus, or with an actor/director that I recognize, then request their permission for a brief interview. These are completely impromptu, unprepared, off-the-cuff, and raw, but they are, at the very least, conversations with people I think are interesting.
After the break, I speak with Inglorious Basterd Samm Levine, who has a new film called Drones out at Slamdance this year. Also, I chat with David Mazjlin, who composed the music for Sins of My Father, a documentary about drug lord Pablo Escobar. Finally, a conversation with the host of The Sound of Young America, Jesse Thorn, about how he got started in radio.
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The Weinstein Co today sent out a press release announcing last week’s start of production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds. You might notice that both words are misspelled, much like the early screenplay that got leaked onto the internet a few months back. That is the official title of the film, likely in an attempt to distinguish itself from the 1978 Enzo Castellari film which inspired Tarantino.
You can read the full press release after the jump, which features a full cast and crew listing. New additions to the cast list include: Omar Doom and Michael Bacall (from Death Proof), Julie Dreyfus (Sophie Fatale from Kill Bill), Cloris Leachman (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and many others. Photo above thanks to Tarantino Archives. It is also worth mentioning that an Inglourious Basterds poster has again begun to circulate the internet movie sites. It has the wrong title spelling, so I’m pretty sure it’s fan created.
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UPDATE: Simon Pegg has dropped out of Inglorious Bastards due to “scheduling difficulties,” per the brief explanation on his MySpace.
OMG, Neal Schweiber is going to fight the Führer! Actor, Samm Levine, forever a babyface and best known for his role on Freaks and Geeks, is set to star as a Nazi-slaying U.S. soldier in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Bastards. The casting news was confirmed by AICN. His role was not specified. However, the site also reported that David Krumholtz, who played Samm’s older bro on Freaks, will not be in the film as rumored.
Levine’s casting continues QT’s comedy-skewing trend for his WWII blow-out, following Michael Myers’s bit part as a British general, Simon Pegg as a Bastard, The Office‘s B.J. Novak as a Bastard, and the oft-cornball, Eli Roth, as the Bear Jew. Brad Pitt will lead this formidable gang on a mission to “git 100 Nazi scalps” and face off against the Jew Hunter, a part that is still available for a German actor.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that German critics are getting into a fuss about the leaked script’s depiction of all Germans as evil people who need to be crushed. Apparently, the lack of a distinction between Nazi soldiers and regular German ones causes concern. Blah blah. We’ll let the Bear Jew decide. Also, Tarantino is said to have met with German actors Daniel Brühl (age 30, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Til Schweiger (age 45, Bye Bye Harry). Inglorious Bastards begins shooting near Berlin this October.
Discuss: Will Neal bring his dummy to battle? For our German readers who have read the script, do these critics have a point?