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Leslie Mann Joins the 'Vacation' Reboot Starring Ed Helms

The long in-the-works Vacation reboot just cast its grown-up Audrey. Variety reports that Leslie Mann has signed on to star opposite Ed Helms and Christina Applegate as Rusty's sister Audrey Griswold, who was played in the original 1983 film by Dana Barron. In addition to Mann's casting, child actors Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins have been cast as Rusty's (Helms) sons in the reboot, both Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are in talks to show up in small roles, and original Griswolds Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will both make cameo appearances.

Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo Will Cameo in the New 'Vacation' Movie

The upcoming Vacation reboot/sequel will feature the stars from the original. Variety reports that Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are in early talks to appear in the new movie as their old characters Clark and Ellen Griswold. Written and directed by Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the new Vacation movie follows Ed Helms  as Griswold spawn Rusty, taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids on a road trip to Wally World. Said road trip will include a pit stop to visit Rusty's parents, which is where Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's cameos come in and where trouble on the set of the new [...]

Ed Helms Is in Talks to Reboot 'Vacation' as Rusty

Presumably because Anthony Michael Hall and Ethan Embry were too busy, Ed Helms is in discussions to play the role of an adult Rusty Griswold who sets out to take his own family on a shenanigan-filled vacation. The film was written and will be directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Sam Weir, himself!) No word if Clark is involved in the trip but you know Chevy Chase is going to love playing a grandfather. (Yes, I am being sarcastic. He will hate it.)

The Finally Screenings: I Just Saw National Lampoon's Vacation For the First Time

n The Finally Screenings, Alden Ford is watching comedy classics that, because he grew up in a cave in Alaska, he’s never seen before. These are his takes on movies everyone else has seen before.

Okay, National Lampoon. I finally watched Vacation. And I have a bone to pick.

If you want me to actually enjoy your ridiculous polyester slapstick-fests, you have to give me characters I care about. You don’t get a free pass because you show boobs or have a famous comedian in the lead.

It’s not subjective. It’s a (some might even say the) cornerstone of good storytelling. You need a hero who wants something, [...]

Charlie Day and Chris Hemsworth Join 'Vacation' Reboot Starring Ed Helms

It's been a while since there was an update on the long in-the-works Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, but today THR reports that the film just added two big stars. Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day are both currently in negotiations to join the reboot; Hemsworth will play the husband of Rusty's sister Audrey (who has not yet been cast) while Day will make a cameo as a river rafting guide. The reboot's previously announced cast includes Christina Applegate as Rusty's wife as well as original Vacation couple Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in cameo roles. The film is set to begin shooting next [...]

Christina Applegate in Negotiations to Star Alongside Ed Helms in 'Vacation'

Christina Applegate has found her first post-Up All Night gig. Now that her NBC sitcom has imploded, THR reports that Applegate is in talks to play the female lead in the reboot/sequel to the family road trip comedy Vacation. The movie will star Ed Helms as a grown-up Rusty Griswold taking his family on vacation to Wally World, and Applegate's potentially playing Helms's "strong-willed wife who might be losing interest in him." John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, Burt Wonderstone) are writing/directing and say they're hoping to incorporate characters from the previous series, meaning original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo may wind up playing supporting [...]

Talking to Matty Simmons About Producing Animal House, Publishing National Lampoon, and His New Book Fat, Drunk, and Stupid

As the founding publisher of National Lampoon magazine and the person responsible for expanding the Lampoon brand to radio, theater, and film, Matty Simmons led the charge in creating a new kind of comedy during the 1970s. From producing the National Lampoon Radio Hour and stage shows, where he gave work to pre-SNL up-and-comers like John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner, to producing Animal House, one of the highest-grossing and most-imitated movies of all-time, Simmons had a vital role in the changing of the guard that occurred in American comedy during the 70s. In addition to Animal House, he also produced two other highly-influential films: Vacation and Christmas [...]

New 'Vacation' Movie Runs Into Problems Surprisingly Not Caused by Chevy Chase

A new Vacation movie scheduled to shoot this summer has been delayed indefinitely, and, to the surprise of everyone, noted difficult person Chevy Chase is not the root of the problem. THR reports that shooting on the film, which is set to star Ed Helms as grown-up Griswold spawn Rusty taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids on a road trip to Wally World, will be delayed at least a few months – possibly until late this year. The reason for the difficulties is creative differences caused by a split between those who want the movie to be R-rated like the original and those who want a broad PG-13 [...]

'Vacation' Sequel to Film This Summer; Ed Helms Officially Signed On

A reboot of the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise centered around son Rusty Griswold and his family has been in development for a years, and now, the film's directors have revealed to Collider that Vacation will be filming this summer with Ed Helms starring as Rusty. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Sam Weir from Freaks and Geeks!), who scripted Horrible Bosses and next weekend's Steve Carell vehicle The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, began writing the script in 2009 and they'll be making their directorial debut on the movie, as well.

Helms was in talks to star last year, but this is the first we've heard of him officially signing [...]

An Exhaustive Guide to Who's Remaking Your Favorite Comedies

The past few years have seen an uptick in the number of big-screen remakes of Hollywood classics and non-classics, with the bulk of these films revisiting beloved properties from the 1980s. Remakes and reboots of Karate Kid, Clash of the Titans, and Nightmare on Elm Street, amongst others, were released last year, with Footloose and Red Dawn due out in the coming months. This past weekend’s new release Arthur was the first comedy to come out of this recent slew of rehashes, an effort to update the hit 1981 Dudley Moore film by replacing Moore with fellow Brit Russell Brand. Arthur's underperformance at the box office this weekend [...]