One of the most-watched movies of any holiday season is undoubtedly National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. People just can’t get enough of seeing a dysfunctional family try to make it through the holidays, probably because it makes it a little easier to deal with their own family problems. And soon enough, they may be able to see The Griswolds more often, at least if they have HBO Max.
WarnerMedia’s new streaming service has announced a new half-hour comedy series called The Griswolds, based on the Vacation franchise that started with National Lampoon’s Vacation in 1983. But will it bring back any of the Vacation franchise cast members for the series or not? Read More »
The Goldbergs are still lavishing in that 1980-something nostalgia as they head into their seventh season on ABC. The comedy series has paid tribute to countless classic movies from the decade ranging from The Karate Kid to Spaceballs, and for their upcoming season premiere, they’ll be taking a little road trip inspired by National Lampoon’s beloved summer sojourn from 1983.
National Lampoon’s Vacation is the quintessential road trip comedy, and it introduced us to the Chicago family known as The Griswolds. Since The Goldbergs aren’t too far off from The Griswolds, both in their namesake and their familial antics, it only makes sense that they will embark on a a very important road trip of their own. But of course, things don’t go as smoothly as they hope and hilarity ensues. Read More »
Last night brought us the 76th annual Golden Globes, and during the ceremony broadcast cinephiles were treated to an extremely cool advertisement from Walmart. To promote their growing grocery pick-up service, the megastore utilized some of film and television’s most famous vehicles in an advertisement where the Batmobile from Justice League, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, the Jurassic Park Ford Explorer, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, Lightning McQueen from Cars, and more are speeding to Walmart to pick-up their groceries.
Watch famous cars pick up groceries at Walmart below. Read More »
Every year, Gallery 1988 hosts a new edition of their Crazy 4 Cult art show with artists creating prints, paintings, sculptures and other creations in honor of movies from all genres that have a cult following, whether it’s rather large or very small. This year’s brings the 12th iteration of the show featuring artwork paying tribute to movies like The Iron Giant, The Blues Brothers, Back to the Future, Taxi Driver, What We Do in the Shadows, Trainspotting, Gremlins, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Great Outdoors and many more.
Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Crazy 4 Cult 12 art show below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take an extensive tour of the real locations used to shoot National Lampoon’s Vacation. Plus, learn about the long, troubled road to get Jurassic Park 3 off the ground in 2001, and see Stranger Things in a whole different light thanks to some bad lip reading. Read More »
There’s a lot to love about George Miller’s Best Picture nominated action adventure Mad Max: Fury Road. Every facet of the film is impressive, but undoubtedly one of the coolest elements of the film are the post-apocalyptic vehicles that all the characters right around in. There are classic hot rods turned into fast-moving tanks, semi-trucks turned into death machines in eighteen wheels, and that vehicle with the Doof Warrior that is essentially a mobile metal concert from a Dr. Seuss nightmare.
But what if a bunch of other famous vehicles from film and television got a Mad Max makeover? What would cars like the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, the Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo or even the staircase truck from Arrested Development look like if they were modified to look like vehicles from the Wasteland? Illustrator Scott Park has answers to all those questions and plenty more with a cool new set of drawings that you can check out after the jump. Read More »
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 »
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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Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California has announced that they will be closing their iconic roller coaster Colossus on August 16th 2014 after more than 36 seasons of operation. The wooden coaster has been in operation for 36 years, and has appeared in many television shows and movies.
The roller coaster was featured in the opening credit sequence of the TV series Step By Step (the Lambert-Foster family rides Colossus) and in National Lampoon’s Vacation as the Walley World roller coaster called Screemy Meemy (although it should be noted that it was not the main metal roller coaster which appeared in this sequence of the film, that coaster is the Magic Mountain Revolution).
The coaster was also featured on tv episodes of Wild & Crazy Kids, Doogie Howser, M.D., Knight Rider, Wonder Woman, and The A-Team. It appeared in other films like the 1982 teen film sex comedy Zapped! starring Scott Baio.
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Honestly, we might never see a better summer than 1982. Almost every single weekend, Hollywood released a would be classic: The Thing, Blade Runner, E.T., the list goes on and on. And when something is that successful, what does Hollywood do? Release a sequel, of course. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse is doing this summer.
After last year’s successful Summer of ’82 screening series, this year will mark the Summer of 1983 screening series. Starting with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, the Drafthouse’s various locations will screen movies such as Scarface, Risky Business, Octopussy, The Deadly Spawn, WarGames, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jaws 3D and others.
Below, find out how to get tickets, see the poster and watch a trailer. Read More »