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Clark Griswold and family are heading to the small screen, as WarnerMedia has put into development a comedy series for HBO Max called The Griswolds. Johnny Galecki, who played Rusty Griswold in Christmas Vacation, is executive producing The Griswolds with The Middle scribe Tim Hobert writing the series. As it sounds, the half-hour single camera sitcom is based on National Lampoon's Vacation movies, following the day to day lives of the Griswolds when they come home to the Chicago suburbs after their shenanigan-filled vacations.
There have been five official Vacation movies developed by National Lampoon at this point, with each installment featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold. Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn both show up often in the movie series as well as their friends and neighbors, Eddie and Catherine Johnson. There is also Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure, which gave Quaid his own spin-off movie, and Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo starred in an official 14 minute Griswold short.
The actors playing the Griswold children, Rusty and Audrey, have consistently changed in every movie. At this time, it's not clear if any of these actors will be on board for The Griswolds or if the series will introduce an entirely new cast. While we've all come to accept the revolving door of actors for Rusty and Audrey, most Vacation fans probably wouldn't be too thrilled about Chase and D'Angelo getting recast.Based on a short story written by John Hughes, the first Vacation movie was released in 1983, following Clark Griswold and the Griswold family on a cross-country trip to Walley World in California. European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation would follow in 1985, 1989, and 1997, respectively. Quaid and Flynn also both reprised their franchise roles in the television spin-off Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure in 2003. In 2010, Chase and D'Angelo also returned as the Griswolds for the short film Hotel Hell Vacation, which was created as part of an advertising campaign for the vacation rental company HomeAway.
A soft reboot of the Vacation franchise came in 2015 when Ed Helms and Christina Applegate took over as the new lead characters, with Helms playing the new Rusty and Applegate co-starring as his wife. This time, Rusty and family decide to travel to Walley World, just as he had done as a child in the original movie. Although their roles were reduced, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo also appear in the movie to once again reprise their roles as the Griswold parents, with the movie revealing the two have since opened their own bed and breakfast in San Francisco. While profitable at the box office, the movie was not as warmly received by critics as the earlier Vacation movies, leaving the future of the franchise in jeopardy.
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Sean Patrick Flanery a Daytime Emmy award winner for Amazon’s drama series The Bay is set to star alongside Abigail Hawk Blue Bloods, Weston Cage Coppola Circus Kane, Mark Dacascos John Wick 3: Parabellum and Michael Jai White Spawn in Assault On VA-33, an indie action thriller directed by Christopher Ray. Written by Scott Thomas Reynolds, the plot centers on decorated veteran and PTSD sufferer, Jason Hill Sean Patrick Flanery, who he meets his wife, Jennifer, for lunch at the Veteran's Affairs hospital where she works. After Jennifer is called away for an emergency consultation with the head of US Military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the hospital and everyone in it are taken hostage by heavily armed terrorists. Jason becomes the last line of defense and must battle the terrorists and his own PTSD induced demons to save his wife, the General, the hospital's staff and patients. Gina Holden, Rob Van Dam, Brittany Underwood, Max Adler, Richard Gabai and Gerald Webb co-star. DeIinstitutionalized LLC managing partners Gerald Webb and Christopher Ray are producing.
Cleopatra Entertainment has secured the North American rights to Skin Walker, a horror indie that is a tribute to the great European horror movies of the 1970s from first-time feature director Christian Neuman and producer Luxembourg/Belgium. Described as a mix of mixes gothic images, supernatural terror and psychological drama, the film stars Udo Kier Andy Warhol's Dracula, Jefferson Hall Halloween and Amber Anderson In Darkness. Skin Walker will get a limited theatrical release in the U.S. late this summer, followed by a VOD and Home Entertainment DVD release in the fall. The rights deal was brokered by Cleopatra Founder and CEO Brian Perera and Tim Yasui with Ida Martins from the Media Luna New Films Sales Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Comedians Tawny Newsome Nobodies, upcoming Star Trek: Lower Decks and Barry Rothbart Kidding, upcoming The Lovebirds have been added to the supporting cast Hulu's upcoming comedy Vacation Friends, starring John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Yvonne Orji, and Lil Rel Howery. Directed by Clay Tarver, the pic is about a straight-laced couple that has fun with a rowdy couple on vacation in Mexico. When they return to the States, they discover that the crazy couple they met in Mexico followed them back home. Newsome and Rothbart will play an unhappily married couple who are the main character Emily's sister and brother-in-law. Todd Garner is producing the project through his Broken Road Productions label. The new casting additions are both repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Newsome is also a client of Artists First while Rothbart is with Mosaic.
It’s almost time for Adventure Time to return to our screens. The acclaimed Cartoon Network show is making a short comeback on HBO Max in the form of four animated specials that catch up with our favorite residents of the Land of Ooo. As we near the May launch of HBO Max, the streamer has released the first Adventure Time: Distant Lands teaser, along with synopses of the four exciting new specials.Adventure Time Distant Lands Teaser
Come on, grab your friends. The adventure continues with Adventure Time: Distant Lands, a series of four animated specials that will each focus on a different character from the disarmingly good Cartoon Network series created by Pendleton Ward. The teaser for Adventure Time: Distant Lands doesn’t show us much from the upcoming specials apart from some flashes of our favorite characters including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler, but it’s enough.
It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen these characters, who all went through drastic journeys during the whimsical, surprisingly sad, original series. But the synopses for the specials hint at an exciting reunion for Finn the human and his best friend Jake the dog, after the ambiguous, bittersweet ending of the original series. The other specials focus on BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and Peppermint Butler.
Here are the official synopses for the four specials:
Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”
Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”
Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”
Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
Adventure Time: Distant Lands debuts on HBO Max soon.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: