Theme Park Movies and Scenes

This weekend, director Brad Bird takes into a whole new world with the Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland. The film starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney is influenced and inspired by the real-life Disney theme park attraction of the same name (even if references to Walt Disney were cut out of the movie). Therefore, this seems like the perfect time to take a look back at some of our favorite theme park movies and scenes from the big screen.

Below we have a countdown of the Top 15 Favorite Theme Park Movies & Scenes. Frankly, there aren’t an overwhelming number of theme park-based movies before you start getting into bad movie territory (such as Beverly Hills Cop III or Final Destination 3). That’s why we’ve included some great scenes from films that might not be entirely set at a theme park. We’ve also expanded the concept to include carnivals, fairs and water parks, because it just makes sense. Check out the list after the jump! Read More »

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Vacation Red Band Trailer

We’ve been hearing all sorts of positive buzz from behind the scenes about Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema’s reboot of the comedy classic Vacation. The film was bumped up from an initial fall release to a much more confident summer date, and now the first red band trailer has arrived to show us what all the fuss was about. Surprisingly, this looks absolutely hilarious. Watch the Vacation red band trailer after the jump. Read More »

Warner Bros CinemaCon

I’m in Las Vegas for the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), which is the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year. The convention is packed with talks about subjects such as how to maximize profits, and features a show floor filled with the newest and best concessions equipment. More notably, most of the major movie studios hold presentations of upcoming film line-ups for the next year and beyond. Companies even show some of their films early to get some excitement from those booking the screens.

Tuesday afternoon we saw a presentation from Warner Bros Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Vacation, Creed, Point Break, In The Heart Of The Sea, Black Mass and more. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Warner Bros CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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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]

The Lego Movie

When the Lego Batman movie was announced last week, we found that it had taken over the release window previously set for The Lego Movie 2. Now, alongside all those other DC Comics and Harry Potter spin-off movies announced or confirmed by Warner Bros. this morning, we have confirmation that The Lego Movie 2 is still happening, and we have a general release window. In addition, read about the following items:

  • Gillian Anderson issues a call to Paul Feig to be cast in Ghostbusters,
  • The Vacation sequel/reboot will have a Freaks and Geeks mini-reunion,
  • There’s a second Woman in Black – Angel of Death teaser,
  • And one of Ellen’s regular guests scores a Magic Mike XXL role.

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Today’s Sequel Bits involves a bit of casting, a bit of un-casting, lots of movie star quotes and, best of all, Jeff Goldblum. After the jump:

  • Bill & Ted 3 is “closer, but no closer,” says Keanu Reeves
  • Jason Schwartzman offers a Bored to Death update
  • Super Troopers 2 will definitely involve mustaches
  • Jeremy Renner continues to talk about Bourne
  • Karl Urban claims Star Trek 3 is “phenomenal”
  • There’s a place for Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day 2
  • Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu boards Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ted 2 fires 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins amid scandal
  • Ed HelmsVacation sequel gets a fall 2015 release date
  • Bond 24 adds Rome to its list of awesome locations

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Taken 3 (2)

This Sequel Bits is brought to you by the number 3. After the jump:

  • Yes, Ron Perlman still wants a Hellboy 3
  • Jennifer Hudson teases Sex and the City 3
  • Keegan-Michael Key will go on Vacation
  • Simon McBurney chooses to accept M:I5
  • Jeremy Renner is cool with Jason Bourne
  • Star Trek 3 is headed to Seoul, South Korea
  • More Hunger Games Mockingjay pics revealed
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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 »