Friday, December 3, 2010

The Quaid Conspiracy:

Our Beloved Randy Quaid from countless film and television roles including our “Favorite” is currently on the run.  Living in cars, changing locations daily, all in attempts to avoid what he and his wife call “the Hollywood Star Whackers.”

This elaborate Conspiracy includes murder and the framing of celebrities such as:

David Carradine’s death from auto-erotic asphyxiation in Thailand
Heath Ledger’s death
Set up Robert Blake
Jeremy Piven’s falling ill from mercury poisoning
Michael Jackson setup
“framing” of Mel Gibson
May currently targeting Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan

Currently “hiding out in Canada Vanity Fair was able to catch up with Randy and his wife Evi for their side of the story.

Check out the full story at

Monday, September 20, 2010

Molly Ringwald remembers John Hughes!

The New York Times talks to Molly Ringwald about working with the late John Hughes and their relationship.  Here are some highlights.

From the New York Times:
Mr. Hughes, who died last year at age 59, will be the subject of a two-day celebration,“John Hughes: We Can’t Forget About Him,”being held by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. (A. O. Scott of The New York Timesappraised his work here.) On Sunday, the society will show five of Mr. Hughes’s films, including “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink,” at the Walter Reade Theater. And on Monday, a screening of “The Breakfast Club” at the Paris Theater will be followed by a Q. and A. with Ms. Ringwald and her cast matesAnthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, conducted by Kevin Smith.
It’s often said about John that he was a rare adult who knew how to write for young actors. Could you sense that just from his screenplays?
Absolutely. So many scripts I would read – and I still find this to be the case – whenever there was a teenager, it just does not sound remotely like a teenager. It sounds like it’s written by an adult for a kid. And then the kid actor is trying themselves sound like a kid, and they just don’t. For some reason, when I read John’s dialogue, it was totally unique. It was like his own language. But it made sense. I didn’t necessarily hear anybody that was talking like that. But we could.
I read “Sixteen Candles” in the back of my parents’ car, and I kept laughing out loud. And I was reading them these random bits of the script, and they were like, all right, we’ll take your word for it, it’s funny.
Was it bittersweet for you as your film career diverged from John’s?
Yeah. I was ready to graduate, as it were. I really wanted to work with other people, and I think I was sort of nervous about only being associated with this one director. If I look back on it, I try not to have regrets about anything, but I do wish that I would have not worried about that so much. I wish, in a way, that I wasn’t in such a hurry to grow up. Because when you’re that age, you just think, Nobody’s going to see me as a grown-up. And you don’t realize how fast you’re a grown-up. [laughs] I always felt like John and I would work with each other again. I liked the movies he did after, and as I said in my Op-Ed piece, they’re really wonderful movies but I feel like his heart wasn’t connected to those movies in the same way.
Did you continue to keep in touch with him during this time?
Not really, no. He kind of sequestered himself. He moved back to Chicago. He didn’t really have much to do with Hollywood. I can’t speak for him, but I felt like he felt rejected in some way by me. But I did write him a letter when I was living in Paris, and I got back this enormous bouquet of flowers, so I felt good to know that I did connect with him, that he read what I wrote and it meant something, so I’m really grateful for that.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nation Lampoon's Vacation and European Vacation crash onto Blu-ray today!

That's right two of our favorites are getting the high definition treatment August 10th!

The Vacation blu-ray includes less than the 2003 "20th anniversary edition"  as far as special features go but does include a crisp 1080p transfer.

Griswold Family Commentary
Introduction By Chase, Quaid And Simmons
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Screen Resolution:
Audio: (more info)
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono 
English, Spanish, French

Special Features for European Vacation mirror the 2001 standard DVD release including a commentary track by Chevy Chase.

For more check out these reviews of the blu-ray we have been waiting for:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wagon Queen Family Truckster Toy!

I want it, I want it, I want it!
An artist named DrilOne has created a custom Wagon Queen Family Truckster and it is gorgeous!  The piece was submitted for the Multiple Personalities 2 group custom-show last year.

The metallic pea green wagon is complete with Aunt Edna who is strapped to the roof of the family vehicle.

Sadly back in 2005 announced that they were taking preorders for a 1:18 Scale Die Cast version of the car but soon it was announced that the car would not be released.
DrilOne’s work really makes you think just how great this could have been.
The attention to detail is amazing, right down to the “Honkey Lips!”

Check out DrilOne’s website at:
Check out for pictures and a 360 view of the trickster:
“Trust me if your taking the Tribe cross country… this is the automobile you should be using.  You think you hate it now but wait until you drive it.”

Monday, June 14, 2010

Vacation: The deleted scenes! Reconstructing the classic.

By Jack Robinson
Well with the new Vacation DVD coming in August and Warner Brother’s refusal to give us decent Special Features I thought I would show case some of the “lost Griswold footage,” including the famous lost ending!

This first picture is a deleted scene in which the Griswold’s run out of Gas and are forced to push the Family Truckster!  Now according to the Griswold outfits the scene should take place just after the family leaves the mechanics and just before the Grand Canyon.  Just after Russ looks in Edna’s purse, Clark comments that the hotel better cash a check or they will run out of gas.  Presumably that’s when the car runs out of gas (Approximately 59 minutes and 41 seconds in the film.)  Curiously the photo does not show Edna who I assume is laying dead in the back seat unbeknownst to the Griswold’s who do not find out about her demise until after the Grand Canyon.

Our next scene was actually scripted a bit differently than how it ultimately was filmed and the scene comes as the Griswold’s arrive in South Ft, Colorado at the camp ground.  If you’ll recall as Clark and Ellen check in to Kamp Komfort camp ground and the clerk who is played by Brian Doyle Murray charges 37 dollars for three tents.  As he explains the 37 dollars includes “scenery and wild life fun.”  Well the scene originally involved the Wild Life Fun.  While Clark and Ellen are trying to enjoy their romantic evening sharing a sleeping bag they are rudely interrupted by Dinky (Aunt Edna’s Dog.) Originally it was not Dinky but Brian Doyle Murray dressed in an Animal costume who sneaks into unsuspecting campers tents to create “Wild Life fun.”  According to the DVD commentary the scene took too long to shoot and was ultimately changed to Dinky attacking love birds, Clark and Ellen.  It’s a shame we never get to witness Brian Doyle Murray dressed in an Animal Costume!

In the original film the song "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters was played over each scene of Christie Brinkley’s driving scenes and June Pointer's "Little Boy Sweet" is played during the truck stop scene for Christie’s dance.  Presumably the song was later cut due to the price of the song?  What ever the reason all recent VHS and DVD’s have replaced all scenes featuring the song "I'm So Excited” with "Little Boy Sweet."  Despite the song being left off the DVD’s the song still appears in the credits of the film.

This brings us to the famous “lost ending!”  Originally the film ends with the Griswold’s arriving at Walley World only to find that it is closed.  Originally Clark does go to the sporting goods store but does not return to Walley World, instead he goes after Roy Walley!  Clark buys the Bee Bee gun and a map to the stars homes and storms the Walley Mansion where Mister Walley is having a meeting in the back yard!  As this photo shows Clark holds the men hostage forcing them at gun point to entertain the family.  Mister Walley and his business associates are forced to sing and dance until the police arrive on the scene to arrest Clark!  As Clark is being hauled off by the police Christie Brinkley shows up only to reveal that she is the daughter of Roy Walley!  Fortunately for Clark she convinces her famous father to drop all charges!  Finally the Griswold’s board a plane home complete with their complementary Marty Moose Hats only to find that they are on the wrong plane!  Clark then “goes nuts” hijacking the plane!  This original ending featured the song "Summer Hearts" by Nicolette Larson which despite being cut remains on the soundtrack. 

The ending was filmed and previewed to test audiences.  Much to the surprise of the film makers the audience loved the movie but hated the ending!  According to Harold Ramis the audience had invested all this time to see Walley World and it’s never seen.  Warner Brothers gave the film makers 4 days to reshoot another ending.  Screenwriter John Hughes was brought in to rewrite another ending.  The cast was brought back to reshoot and it can be noticed that Anthony Michael Hall is several inches taller and Dana Barron gained 10 pounds after hitting growth spurts after filming the original ending!  John Candy was cast as the parks security guard and cast and crew was sent to Santa Anita Park and Six Flags Magic Mountain for filming.  The rest is history! 

Despite Chevy Chase admitting that he has a cut of the film including the original ending Warner Brothers has yet to include these deleted scenes in any of their many special and Anniversary editions of the film.
Like most R rated films of the day many scenes were filmed with alternate lines specifically to be used in the television version of the film.  These include:
When Clark ask the African American Pimp for directions he responds with "Who do I look like, Christopher Columbo?" instead of his R-rated response.
Eddie's daughter credits her science teacher, not her father, with saying she's the best at french kissing.
When they lose the small suitcase while driving, in the movie version, Clark says the only thing that can't be replaced that was lost is Ellen's diaphragm, which is changed to birth control pills for the edited version.

Through my years of research I have never been able to find a complete shooting script for the film.  We know that John Hughes often wrote many drafts of his scripts.  The original John Hughes short story that Vacation was based on does include a variation of the original ending resulting with Clark shooting Walt Disney!

The Blu Ray version of Vacation is set to be released August 10th.  There is no word of special features for the disc yet but as we know, Warner Brothers is not known for producing very good DVD extras (see the recently released Caddyshack 30th anniversary edition!).  Keep checking back for more info on the release of the film and the supposed sequel!

For a real treat check out John Hughes original short story from the National Lampoon magazine: Vacation ’58.

Thanks to Braden for the pictures!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A father Vs. a son!

CBS announced a surprise with their fall 2010 schedule.  It seems they will be moving the hit The Big Bang Theory to Thursday night opposite Community.
That means that Chevy Chase will be going head to head with his one time “son” Johnny Galecki who costarred with Chase in Christmas Vacation.  Galecki played Rusty Griswold in the 1989 film and you may remember Chase just presented the People’s Choice Award to Galecki and the cast and crew of the CBS hit this past year.
In another bold move it seems that the new William Shatner CBS show will be going up against the Office!
CBS is taking a shot at must see TV.  Will it work?
Check out this for more:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Where are they now? Shermer, Illinois

Last week’s “Where are they now?” Walley World post was so popular and we got so many e-mails we are showcasing another Griswold location!

This week we are profiling the Griswold’s home and John Hughes’s fictional town of Shermer, Illinois!

John Hughes fans already know that his films, including the Vacation films are set in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois a suburb of the Chicago metropolitan area.

The original Griswold House used in National Lampoon’s Vacation was filmed in Chicago, where as, the other Griswold houses used in European, Christmas and Vegas were all filmed on the Warner Brother’s backlot.  As a reference to the Griswold’s home state Chevy Chase wears a black Chicago Bears hat in all four Vacation films.

Shermer, Illinois is home to not only the Griswold’s but the Bueller’s (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), the Baker’s (Sixteen Candles) the gang from the Breakfast Club and many more!  Shermer is said to be based on the hometown of John Hughes, Northbrook, Illinois which was originally named Shermerville.  John Hughes’ high school, Glenbrook North High School and some surrounding High Schools were often used as the high schools in his films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Shermer also borrows the real life Northbrook zip code 60062

The Breakfast Clubs school interiors and football field were filmed at Hughes High School, Glenbrook North High School which in real life is located on Shermer Rd. in Northbrook Illinois.  The exteriors of the school and Library were filmed at Maine North High School Located in Des Plaines, IllinoisMaine North High SchoolGlenbrook North High SchoolNew Trier High School (West Campus), and Niles East High School have all been filmed as Shermer High School.

An ongoing theme in Hughes depiction of Shermer is the contrast of its resident’s wealth.  Films like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Career Opportunities and Some Kind Of Wonderful all show rich and poor kids living and attending the same schools, something which Hughes has spoken about when talking about his own experiences growing up in Northbrook, Illinois.

With the death of John Hughes the days of Shermer are gone but are far from forgotten.  With films like Dogma where two characters “Jay and Silent Bob” travel to Illinois looking for Shermer only to find that it is fictional town and shows like NBC’s Community making almost weekly references to the Hughes films and it’s Shermer residents it looks like the dream of Shermer lives on.

Check out these links for more on Shermer:
The official Northbrook Website:
Pictures from then and now:
A complete list of John Hughes films:

Griswold house: thanks to Braden
Ferris and sixteen pictures from:

Chevy Chase at the DNC 1976

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bigfoot mystery solved?

Chevy Chase: Height 6’4 You be the judge!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Where are they now? Walley World!

I decided to mix things up a bit this time with our "Where are they now" section and include locations!
This week I am featuring Walley World!

The Actual Walley World is represented by both Santa Anita Park and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Santa Anita's large parking lot and blue-tinged fascia serve as the introduction scenes, while Magic Mountain serves all internal-park scenes. The two roller coasters seen in the film (and still operating today) are Revolution, which can be recognized by the vertical loop and Colossus, the double track wooden roller coaster.

"What is that? What is that?  Walley World, Next three exits!

Thanks to Braden for the pictures!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Vacation and European Vacation Take a Trip to Blu-ray on August 10th

Well it's about time.  First we get news about Caddyshack comming to Blu-ray and now it looks like this will be the summer of Chevy with Vacation and European Vacation hitting blu-ray in August!

 Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy!

No word on Speacal Features yet but odds are knowing Warner brothers nothing new. 

Still... I just peed my pants a little!

Check out this for more:

Friday, March 5, 2010

John Hughes To Get Special Oscar Tribute

Be sure not to miss this year’s Oscars Sunday night which will feature a stand alone tribute to John Hughes. 

Hughes is best known for writing and/or directing some of our favorite films from the 1980’s - National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, European Vacation, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone. 

Read more: John Hughes To Get Special Oscar Tribute | /Film

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Almost the Griswolds?

This is a real find!  This is an unaired TV pilot that Chevy Chase made in 2002.  This Lorne Michaels produced pilot was about Andy Potts, (Chase) a Reporter and single father of 3 daughters.  From what I recall the pilot was made for NBC along with another Lorne Michaels pilot starring Norm Macdonald and Jon Lovitz.  I have looked everywhere for a copy of the pilot and was only able to find this quick clip from the official website of Chase’s daughter from the show.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Harold Ramis and Beverly D’Angelo remember John Hughes

These articles are old but I thought somehow relevant with the return of the Griswold’s, The John Hughes Vanity Fair article and NBC’s Community’s recurring Hughes references.

Here we see how Harold Ramis and Beverly D’Angelo remember John Hughes.

Ramis: I read the screenplay. I thought it was very good. And John and I had some meetings, and I guess I probably made some notes, and then Chevy [Chase] and I did a rewrite, which I’m not sure John was happy with [Laughs]. And I didn’t see him much, and then the ending of the film didn’t work at all when we tested it, so I had a notion for a new ending for the film, and John very quickly scripted that.

I ran into him once in Chicago. I moved back there like 12 years ago, and I went to our local multiplex. The usher said, “Hey, John Hughes is in the next theater.” So I walked over and John is standing there in the tunnel [entry hall outside the theater], not going in, but standing where he can see the screen. I said, “What are you doing?” He said, “I want to see how my trailer plays.” I said, “John, you’ve got 100 million dollars. What do you care how this trailer plays?” [Laughs] And he said, “No, no, I care.” I thought, wow, that’s probably why he was so much more successful than I was—or at least productive. He really did care.

D’angelo: I always considered the Vacation movies a love story. I didn’t think of them as some kind of, you know, film with the fart as a punchline. There was a love story in every one of his movies, and the thing about those Vacation movies is that, he’s truly romantic. He told love stories. In Home Alone, it’s a love story: the parents and the child, ultimately. Boy loses girl, you know what I mean?

Chevy Chase [who played D’Angelo’s husband, Clark Griswold, in the Vacation movies] left Hollywood, too. Chevy left in the late ’80s. Hollywood’s not a place for the heart, unless you’ve got a really, really, really tough exterior. He never sold out. Never. Never. The key is that he considered the age of 12 to 21 sacred and kind of adult but without the power of [adulthood]. Cause that’s what those teenager characters struggled with: was being stuck in an adult world that they didn’t create and how to deal with that.

There aren’t any more Breakfast Clubs, there aren’t any more Ferris Buellers. We’ve gone a different way. John treated his teenage characters like the young adults that they were. They weren’t stupid and they weren’t useless. They powered the engine of his films.

Check out the full articles here:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

John Hughes unpublished stories.

If you grew up in the 80’s you know and love John Hughes. The man gave us The Griswold’s and many other enduring characters that defined our generation.

As the 90’s hit he seemed all but to disappear becoming something of a recluse.

When he died this past year we all hoped that surely he continued to write and that one day soon tons of scripts and short fiction would be uncovered for us to treasure.

Well is seems it is slowly happening.

It seems that over the years since his 90’s disappearance from the public eye he continued to write using various pseudonyms.

The first of what he called Very, very short stories are being published at

Check it out and enjoy:

Passing the torch. Vacation reboot.

Hollywood is buzzing about the new Vacation film. Even though some were disappointed with the Griswold/ short, interest is still high for a return of the Griswold’s in some form.

Variety reports that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been hired by Newline/Warner bros. to write the script. The two have mostly been involved in sitcom writing but both have in production films in the works.
Variety describes it as more of a Planes, Trains and Automobiles direction with Rusty taking his family on vacation. Chevy and Bev may make an appearance.

It is also believed to be more adult themed like the first Vacation.

Fingers crossed!

Check out these articles!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chevy Chase Vacation short leaked early?

I don't know if this was leaked or if posted this two days early but here is what looks like the full Hotel Hell Vacation short.

The 30 second ad (which cost 2.5 million by the way) will air during the super bowl's 3rd quarter teasing the short film that was supposed to be available the following day.  

Perhaps has more planned.

Regardless be sure to check out the site Monday for Griswold planned fun and games.

The short is really funny.  It is a big commercial for but has some great moments.  

Plus Beverly looks amazing and I got a little teary eyed seeing them together again and in the truckster!

Check out what I think is the full 15 minute short here!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Griswold invasion sweeps America!

Well maybe not but news of the upcoming marketing is all over the web.
Not only does Clark Griswold have a Twitter and facebook accounts:

But Homeaway has lots more planed including several Web Games featuring Clark and the Family Truckster. has an quick article dropping some tidbits like Rusty will be played by a new actor (Sorry Anthony Michael Hall fan!)
Check it out at:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Preview of Hotel Hell Vacation starring Chevy Chase has added a youtube page to its marketing campaign with a ton of great video’s and behind the scenes footage of the new direct to the net Chevy Chase/Griswold vacation flick. That’s quite a mouth full.

Thanks again to Mark for this great tip!

Check out all the excitement on and remember to check out Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo on the Super Bowl ad this Sunday. (Scheduled during the 3rd Quarter!)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sneak peak at the Griswolds's HomeAway Super Bowl Ad!

Thanks to Mark for bringing us this bit of news. Entertainment tonight show us our first sneak peak at the Griswold's in the 21st century!

The commerical is scheduled to appear during the 3rd quarter!
The clip shows some interviews and some clips of the commercial it's self!

Check it out:

HomeAway Super Bowl Family Truckster Griswolds Entertainment Tonight 01-29-10

Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Ask about The Griswold Super bowl Discount." is telling us on some of their properties to "Ask about The Griswold Super bowl Discount."

Can You Believe it? There is a Griswold Super bowl Discount!"

Something’s in the air and it smells like Chevy Chase! News of the new Griswold/HomeAway Vacation super bowel ad is popping up everywhere and people are even saying nice things about Chevy!
The ad will serve as a mock movie trailer for the 15-minute short film “Hotel Hell Vacation,” which will be available on

The plot involves Clark surprising Ellen with a romantic second honeymoon before an extended vacation with son Rusty and his brood. Expect plenty of mishaps along the way though – it wouldn’t be a Griswold vacation without them.

Check out these sites for more:

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Famous families

You may have noticed the gorgeous painting of the original Griswold’s on our Title.

Well everyone has been asking where I found it.

These paintings were done by an artist named Kirk Demarais who has done several paintings of history’s greatest families. Check out the rest.

Check out his web page:

Friday, January 29, 2010

Original Vacation short Story by John Hughes! Vacation '58

For those of you that didn’t know, National Lampoon’s Vacation was originally a short story published by National Lampoon’s Magazine.  Vacation ’58 chronicled the very first Griswold Vacation.
Originally the Griswold’s were off to Disney Land… later when the film was made, Disney was going to be used but they objected the fact that Disney was closed. In real life Disney is open 365 days a year. That and they probably had problems with Clark shooting Walt Disney!

The late John Hughes also wrote a short story for the magazine that later became Christmas Vacation.

Check out this link for the Original Vacation ’58. has Vacation merchandise! is a company that allows users to create and sell merchandise of their own design and people have made a ton of Griswold and Wally World stuff!

This stuff can’t be official but until Warner Brothers gets off its rear and gives us some stuff… it works for me!

Check it out!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Where are they now?

I am starting a new feature of Griswold World called "Where are they now?"

It's just a way to catch up on the old' Griswold gang and what they are up to now.

The first star is Johnny Galecki.

Johnny Galecki stared as Rusty Griswold in Christmas Vacation.

Since his days as a Griswold, Galecki stared on the hit sitcom "Roseanne" from 1992, its fourth season, until its conclusion in 1997. He stared in several films and now has his own show 'Big Bang Theory' on CBS.

Galecki just reunited with Chevy Chase recently when Chase presented the actor with a People's Choice award in January 2010.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chevy Answering phones tonight for Hope for Haiti

Chevy Chase will be one of many stars answering phones and taking donations for the Haiti releif effort.
Hope for Haiti Now will begin accepting donations at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT on Friday, January 22 via the following methods:

Phone: 877-99-HAITI
Text: Text "GIVE" to 50555
Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Griswold Reunion‏ has a preview of the new Chevy Chase super bowel commercial where he and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold! The ad is for the vacation-rental Web site HomeAway. Good to see them together again. I can't wait for this one.

Check out the story from about the price of super bowl ads.