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15 Damn Interesting Facts About Vegas Vacation

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Pack your bags for a Las Vegas family vacation with the Griswolds—and don’t forget these 15 little-known facts!

1. Vegas Vacation is the fourth movie in the Griswold’s series of vacations, but it isn’t technically the last.

A made-for-TV sequel to Christmas Vacation, titled National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure, was made in 2003 and features the character Audrey Griswold.


2. Vegas Vacation is the first Vacation movie not written by John Hughes.

It’s also the first in the series to lose the “National Lampoon’s” moniker.


3. This film marks the fourth time that the Griswold kids, Audrey and Rusty, were recast.

In the four movies, Rusty and Audrey have been played by Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron; Jason Lively and Dana Hill; Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis; and Ethan Embry and Marisol Nichols. Barron reprised her role as Audrey in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure.


4. Comedy legend Sid Caesar makes his last on-screen appearance in a theatrically released film in Vegas Vacation.

He plays Mr. Ellis, the character at the Keno game at the end of the movie.


5. 1992 Playboy Playmate of the Year Corinna Harney is one of the women Clark hits on at the blackjack table.

Vegas Vacation was her first theatrically released film appearance.


6. Vegas Vacation is the first Vacation movie to be rated PG.

The rest of the movies in the series are either rated R or PG-13.


7. Vegas Vacation is the lowest grossing movie in the Vacation franchise.

It had a theatrical gross of $36,400,360. Christmas Vacation is the highest grossing installment with $71,319,526.


8. Jilly from Philly is played by the film’s producer, Jerry Weintraub.

9. Weintraub’s connections helped him shoot in one Vegas’s swankiest hotels.

The production was granted access to the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas because Weintraub was close friends with Steve Wynn, the billionaire who owned the Mirage at the time.


10. Fans of classic Nickelodeon might recognize the fake I.D. salesman and Frank Sinatra impersonator.

He’s played by Toby Huss, aka Artie the Strongest Man in the World from The Adventures of Pete & Pete.


11. Wayne Newton’s house in the movie is actually Wayne Newton’s house in real life.

Called “Casa de Shenandoah,” the property went up for auction in 2013 for $70 million.


12. The cast boasts more than one Saturday Night Live alum.

The reception desk employee at the Mirage is played by Julia Sweeney, who appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1994. Chevy Chase famously appeared in the original SNL cast from 1975-1976.


13. This is the third Vacation movie to incorporate Lindsay Buckingham’s song “Holiday Road.”

It was left out of Christmas Vacation.


14. Clark plays a number of fake games with Uncle Eddie at the rundown casino.

Pick a Number Between 1-10; Coin Toss; War; Rock, Paper, Scissors; and Guess Which Hand were all made up. Only a version of War is played in actual casinos.


15. The sign at the end of the movie says Chicago is 1,880 miles from Las Vegas.

In fact, Chicago is only a little over 1,700 miles from Las Vegas.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.