Full disclosure: I missed the last 10 minutes of Vacation. Last night’s press screening started 20 minutes late, then began without any sound, which lead to a 10 minute delay to correct the technical difficulties. With an unbreakable engagement elsewhere, I had to sneak out right before the very last scene. So take this review with as many grains of salt as you’d like. If you think those final minutes might recontextualize everything that came before to transform a generally miserable comedy into a beacon of transcendent hilarity, so be it. Having sat through the previous 90 minutes, I’m of the opinion that nothing short of the long-lost missing footage from Orson Welles’ Magnificent Ambersons could have redeemed this dreadful film.
What at first seemed like a silly idea for a reboot/sequel has already proven itself as incredibly promising with just a couple of trailers — a new trailer for Vacation has arrived, and it’s just as funny as the previous ones (although it features less of Chris Hemsworth’s, um, area). A new generation of Griswolds hit the road for Walley World, and the results appear to be even more disastrous than the original gang’s vacation attempts.
The new Vacation may bear the same name as the old Vacation, but it’s actually a sequel, taking place a few decades after the first ill-fated Griswold family trip to Walley World. The first trailer for this new version has arrived and while it has the same title and premise as its predecessor, it bends over backwards to let you know that Ed Helms is the same Rusty Griswold from 32 years ago, all grown up. Can we call this a rebootquel?
In 1991, Christina Applegate took her first major film role following the success of 'Married ... with Children.' In 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead,' Applegate played 17-year-old Sue Ellen, the eldest of five siblings whose mom leaves them with a babysitter when she takes off for three months. When the elderly sitter dies, Sue Ellen scams her way into an elite job at a fashion agency in order to provide for her family for the rest of the summer, but pretending to be an adult proves much riskier than anticipated. Twenty-two years later, we revisit the cast of this '90s classic and see what they're up to now.
By the hammer of Thor! As ‘Anchorman 2’ inches closer to its December 18 premiere, Paramount has released photos by the truck loads of all the hijinks to come – road trips, new suits and hairdos and … did someone say another newscaster brawl? Yup, that’s a trident. Brick has a trident!
It looks like Ed Helms and Christina Applegate won't be taking that 'Vacation' they've been planning anytime soon. New Line has delayed the reboot, citing "creative differences."
While Christina Applegate is in the middle of filming 'Anchorman 2,' which will see her once again as Veronica Corningstone, she's already started planning her 'Vacation.' The actress is said to be in talks to join New Line's update of the classic film 'National Lampoon's Vacation' in a starring role opposite Ed Helms.
Likely any TV viewer keeping abreast of the news, and NBC's recent struggles have heard the 'Up All Night' debacle that saw series star Christina Applegate exiting the series in advance of a posed three-camera reboot. NBC has yet to officially cancel the series, or release stars Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph from their contracts, but new reports suggest that NBC's proposed three-camera twists ran the gamut from meta, to completely insane. Find out what killed 'Up All Night' inside!
Many TV viewers and 'Up All Night' fans assumed the end was nigh the moment NBC announced it would put the struggling comedy on hiatus, and re-tool the single-camera sitcom into a three-camera laugh track effort. Yet even as show-runner Emily Spivey departed, the show appeared to be ready to start its new format until series star Christina Applegate dealt the most deadly blow yet, departing the show altogether. NBC still intends to salvage the show, but will new potential exits from Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph be the final nail in the coffin?
For a series already mired in turmoil behind the scenes over two season, 'Up All Night' gave what very likely could prove the series' death knell last week, as series star Christina Applegate quit before the show shifted production toward a three-camera sitcom. At the time, NBC reportedly considered re-casting Applegate's role, or further re-tooling the show to work without Reagan Brinkley, but now the network seems to have a clearer plan. Rather than shooting five episodes in the new three-camera format, the series will shoot only one more episode, but will the series continue without Applegate?