It’s the holiday season, and that means National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is airing pretty much once a day, everyday until Christmas Day rolls around. This year it might be getting even more airplay since it marks the 30th anniversary of what some say is the high point of the entire Vacation franchise.
To celebrate the milestone anniversary of Christmas Vacation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a screening of the movie with a Q&A afterwards featuring cast members Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, and Diane Ladd. Thankfully, they’ve provided some of the highlights for all of us who couldn’t be at the screening. Read More »
Even though Thanksgiving is still a couple weeks away, stores and people are already focused on Christmas. And this week the holiday mood gets a little boost with the 25th anniversary re-release of Home Alone, which has its final two showings today in select theaters.
In honor of that milestone, an oral history has been put together on the making of Home Alone, revealing one interesting tidbit. Director Chris Columbus only ended up being at the helm of Home Alone after Chevy Chase treated him like garbage in early meetings for another holiday comedy classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Read More »
The holidays aren’t exactly right around the corner, but that won’t stop Christmas commercials from airing any day now. Christmas is over a month and a half away, and some people are already looking forward to all the holiday food, family gatherings, and gifts.
Another perk of the holidays? Movies. Watching films to get in the Christmas mood is always a fun part of the holidays. ABC Family, once again, is doing their 25 days of Christmas, and they’ve made a few odd choices with their lineup this year.
See what movies you can watch on ABC Family next month after the jump.
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This week, a reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation hit theaters, but without the National Lampoon name attached. Of course, the comedy namesake’s former magazine editor P.J. O’Rourke seems perfectly fine with that, saying in a guest column at THR that the new take on Vacation is “a summer cineplex dump-fill featuring the Hangover wimp dentist as leading man” and judging by the trailer contains “obvious, pitiful, frenetic, stupid raunchiness.” Yeah, he’s not a fan.
Frankly, I found the Vacation reboot to be amusing and enjoyable. It has a bit of a sloppy script as far as story progression is concerned, but there are some very big laughs, a few great running gags, solid references to the original movie, and a fantastic performance from Ed Helms, who channels Chevy Chase and his charming naivete the whole way through.
But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t find looking back at the original Vacation, and at least one of the sequels, more entertaining. And that’s exactly what I did when I compiled this collection of the 16 Best Scenes from the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise.
See the whole list of National Lampoon’s Vacation best scenes after the jump! Read More »
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 »
Our friends at Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA have a new art exhibition, “The Road To Shermer, a tribute to John Hughes”. The show opening on February 11th and runs until March 4th, 2011. As you know, John Hughes is the writer/director responsible for some of our most beloved teen films of the 1980s: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Plaines Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Dutch, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many others.
After the jump you can find a gallery of the best artwork from the show (in my opinion).
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