Remembering The Late Doug Kenney, ‘National Lampoon’ Cofounder And Possibly The Funniest Man Who Ever Lived

Today would have been the 75th birthday of the late Doug Kenney, who was possibly the funniest American satirist of all time, most remembered as the original editor and co-founder of National Lampoon magazine and co-writer on Animal House and for doing the same zany duty plus producing the film Caddyshack, two films which remain for many people, some of the funniest comedy films of all time.

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Movie Review: Vacation
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Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Writers: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Beverly D’Angelo, Chevy Chase, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Charlie Day
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated R | 99 Minutes
Release Date: July 29, 2015

“I just thought we could sing Seal together, like normal families do.”

Following in the footsteps of his father Clark (Chevy Chase), a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their kids, Kevin (Steele Stebbins) and James (Skyler Gisondo), with a cross-country trek to America’s favorite family fun park: Walley World. As you might imagine, everything that can go wrong, does.

Written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), Vacation is the fifth theatrical installment in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series. Believe it or not, the character of Rusty Griswold has been played by six different actors: Anthony Michael Hall, Jason Lively, Johnny Galecki, Ethan Embry, Travis Greer and Ed Helms.

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Official ‘Vacation’ Theatrical Trailer Released By Warner Brothers
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Warner Brothers has released the full theatrical trailer for Vacation, their reboot/sequel to the hit movie series of the same name starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold, who also reprise their famous roles in cameo appearances in the new movie.

The new movie follows one of the Griswold children, Rusty (played by Ed Helms), who’s now married with children and taking his own family on a vacation back to the original movie’s destination: Walley World.

You can read much more about Vacation and check out the theatrical trailer as well as a poster below.

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Christmas Prank: NJ Exit Sign Changed To ‘Clark Griswold’ Of ‘Vacation’
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Over the Christmas holiday, a prankster changed an exit sign on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway to the name of Chevy Chase’s character in the National Lampoon’s Vacation films, according to NBC New York.

Someone used tape to doctor up the “Clark/Westfield” highway exit sign to read “Clark Griswold,” the name of the patriarch of the vacations-gone-array comedy films, including 1989’s Christmas Vacation.

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Leslie Mann Joins ‘Vacation’ Reboot As Audrey Griswold
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The family is once again complete. Leslie Mann, the star of Knocked Up, This Is 40, and the recent The Other Woman, is has entered into negotiations to play Audrey Griswold in the upcoming Vacation reboot/sequel.

The movie stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, who’s now grown up and taking his own family on vacation. Original franchise stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will return in cameo roles as the Griswold elders.

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