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Actor and comedian Ed Helms has joined with longtime friends Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove to form the group Lonesome Trio, and the group will release its self-titled debut album in June.
Helms, Riggs and Tilove — who met while attending Oberlin College in Ohio more than 20 years ago — wrote and recorded 12 original tracks during a two-week stint at the Echo Mountain recording studio in Asheville, N.C. The project was engineered and co-produced by Sugar Hill Records’ president of A&R, Gary Paczosa, with all three of the men lending vocals and instrumentation to the tracks.
“We decided right out of the gate that the three of us needed to do the whole thing,” Helms tells Rolling Stone Country. “But we opened the door to lots of additional instruments and layers. The only rule was that we do it ourselves. I’m proud of that. It was more important than any crisp perfection in the execution, and I just love it. That’s our spirit. There is no sound on that album that didn’t come from the three of us.”
In a big show of confidence, Warner Bros. is moving New Line’s Vacation into summer.
The reboot of the iconic 1980s comedy franchise will hit theaters July 31, hoping to serve as counterprogramming to Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. Vacation, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, was originally set to open Oct. 9.
Vacation stars Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Charlie Day, with original castmembers Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo making cameos.
The movie is a sequel of sorts to National Lampoon’s Vacation, directed by Harold Ramis from a script by John Hughes, and picks up as Rusty Griswold (Helms), now grown, takes his own family on a vacation. Applegate plays Griswold’s wife, while Mann will portray Audrey Griswold, Rusty’s sister. Hemsworth will play Audrey’s husband, an up-and-coming anchorman named Stone Crandall.
UTA has just signed Ed Helms, one of the strong names on the client lists of Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, who were chief among the five comedy department brain trust agents who left CAA yesterday and joined UTA.
Helms, star of The Office, The Hangover and We’re The Millers, next stars in the rebooted Vacation film. He comes with Mike Falbo, his producing partner at Pacific Electric Picture Co. production shingle, which will also be represented by UTA. The duo continues to be represented by Principato Young Entertainment.
This follows a day when Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell followed Heyman and Lesak and moved to UTA.
New Line Cinema has pushed up the release of their comedy Vacation from November 13, 2015 to October 9, 2015. The reboot will now go up against Disney’s The Jungle Book and Relativity Media’s Kidnap. The release date shift leaves Paramount’s Friday the 13th as the only movie currently slated for release on November 13, 2015.
Vacation stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and their two sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a cross-country road trim to America’s greatest amusement park, Walley World.
Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Elizabeth Gillies, Keegan Michael Key andRegina Hall round out the cast, along with original Vacation stars Chevy Chase andBeverly D’Angelo, reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are making their directorial debuts, working from their own screenplay, with David Dobkin, Chris Bender and Jeff Kleeman producing. Production started last month in Atlanta.
Vacation comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins. The film is directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein.
Actor, writer and comedian Julian McCullough will write and topline a multi-camera comedy for NBC inspired by his childhood. The project, Poor House, hails from Ed Helms’ Pacific Electric company and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal. Poor House centers on a free-spirited, anti-establishment, non-conformist dad who drifts across America and through life until he decides to let his teenaged son have a normal high school experience, settling in a wealthy, Norman Rockwell-esque utopia where they share the only rundown house in town with two other working class misfits. Mike Pennie (Raising Hope), who has been under an overall deal at Uni TV, will serve as showrunner. He and McCullough executive produce with Pacific Electric’s Helms and Mike Falbo. Pacific Electric has another comedy project at NBC from an up-and-coming performer, Big Kids, from Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s Joe Wengert, with Claudia Lonow attached as executive producer/showrunner.
Ed Helms goes postal this fall as a special guest star in Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s second season. The Office vet will play an agent working for the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) whom Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) struggles with in order to work a case.
As of now, Helms is only slated to appear in the Fox’s comedy’s seventh episode, airing on Nov. 16, “but anybody who enters this world can come back,” says co-creator and executive producer Dan Goor. “[Co-creator and executive producer] Mike Schur and I know Ed from The Office and The Daily Show, so he’ll be great and hopefully he’ll have fun and be back.”
Helms joins the growing list of Season 2 guest stars, including Kyra Sedgwick, Eva Longoria, Terrell Owens and Jenny Slate.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns on a new night, Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8:30/7:30c on Fox.
“Vacation”, the on-again off-again on-again restart of the Chevy Chase-led franchise, is back on track with filming to kick off before the end of the year.
The first new Griswold jaunt since 1997′s “Vegas Vacation” is finally (it’s been a year since we’ve heard anything new on it) inching before the cameras – and we’ve some coolish script spoilers for you!
The script was crafted by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein; the “Horrible Bosses” duo will also direct. Ed Helms and Christina Applegate headline. Tim Suhrstedt, the DP on the striking-looking “Little Miss Sunshine”, is the cinematographer. David Dobkin, of “Wedding Crashers” fame, produces the film – serving as somewhat of a Nolan-esque shepherd to the reboot.
But a good cast and crew is no substitute for a cool concept… so what have you got for us “Vacation 2.0″?
Here’s ‘Extender Man’ with the scoop :
Rusty (Ed Helms), wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and sons Kevin and James are off to Astroland – as opposed to Wally World, which is where the clan were headed in the ’80s original – this time (sans Clark and Ellen; Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will cameo). Like the original flick, we’re staying in the states – so expect some interesting Americana stop-offs along the way (hello Grand Canyon!).
Like Clark’s clan, this is a family of four.
Kevin is 11 or 12, and James is 15 (yep ‘Kevin’ and ‘James’ – likely unintentionally funny.. Or is it!?), one’s essentially a dick (Kevin; compared to ‘Hitler’ by his sibling), the other (Guitar-strumming James) more nerdy. Lots of bullying by the younger sibling ensues.. until James the ‘pacifist’ finds the courage to stand up for himself. If either of the duo are the ‘Anthony Michael Hall’ of the pic it’s James.
Wife Debbie : Rusty’s essentially married his mother.
Rusty? essentially a clone of Clark – slightly naive, goofy.. a champion for “family”. He means well but ends up making a glitch of each situation – just as “Grandpa Clark” did. He puts his kids in some rather embarrassing situations.
Lots of throwbacks to the original – for instance, a hottie on the freeway catches James’s eye. While at the motel, they have a run-in.. which leads of his instrument* getting a tad wet. * guitar.
Humor is more on par with that of the original – slightly crude, R-rated jokes. The tone reminiscent of last year’s “We’re the Millers” — Rusty reaching under the motel bed for the remote and instead pulling out a chunk of someone’s pubic hair, another time he’s thinking he’s switched on some porn to get the missus hot and bothered .. Until she realizes it’s Jodie Foster’s “The Accused”; also quite a few Vagina gags (no topping those) in here too.
Obviously, the studio is going the R-rated route for this, likely encouraged by the success of “We’re the Millers”.
After this, Ed Helms steps into another iconic comedy role, that of Lt. Frank Drebin in a reboot of “The Naked Gun”.
Surely the “Doctor Detroit” do-over isn’t too far away?
Ed Helms is prepping his return to the small screen.
The Office alum is in final negotiations to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s TV drama One Percent, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Ed Harris and Hilary Swank are also both near deals to join the project. Studio Media Rights Capital will take the drama out to buyers for premium cable, basic cable and streaming in early August.
One Percent is set in the world of organic farming. Helms will play a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever. Swank will play Helms’ wife, while Harris will play the family patriarch.
Inarritu (Babel) will direct the entry, which he co-created with Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo. They previously collaborated on Inarritu’s latest film Birdman, with One Percent reuniting the Oscar nominee with Babel’s MRC.
The drama, which does not yet have a network attached, was first announced in November, with additional casting underway for MRC, the studio behind Netflix’s House of Cards.
For Helms, One Percent marks his latest TV role following Yahoo Screen’s Tiny Commando and appearances on NTSF:SD:SUV and Netflix’s Arrested Development. The Hangover star also launched a production company and inked an overall deal with Office producers Universal Television in September. Helms is repped by CAA, Principato Young and Schreck Rose.
NBC has put in development Big Kids, a half-hour comedy project from longtime Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre performer Joe Wengert and UCB alum Ed Helms. Loosely based on Wengert’s life, Big Kids centers on Andy, a young professional with a messiah complex who is constantly trying to control and “fix” his little sister and their young, blue-collar parents. Wengert will write the script and co-executive produce for Universal TV. He is not attached as an actor. How To Live With Your Parents and Accidentally On Purpose creator Claudia Lonow will executive produce and serve as showrunner. Helms will executive produce through Pacific Electric, the production company The Office alum launched last fall. This marks the first full development season for Pacific Electric, which has a first-look at Uni TV.
Wengert, repped by CAA, Mosaic, and Morris Yorn, has written for Kroll Show, Playing House and Comedy Bang Bang and was named a “New Face” at the 2012 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. His first half-hour stand-up special recently aired on Comedy Central. Helms is repped by CAA, Principato-Young, and Schreck, Rose. Lonow is with WME and Del, Shaw, Moonves.
Director/photographer Sam Jones recently did a one-on-one interview with Ed Helms for Off Camera tv show, magazine, and podcast. In Ed’s Off Camera issue, he talks about his early days as a film editor, landing his dream job at The Daily Show, his skyrocketing career move to The Office, and how he uses his own fear to inform his next move.
They now have a limited number of special edition signed print issues from Ed up on offcamera.com. The issues feature a striking black and white cover photo shot by Sam Jones, Ed’s entire Off Camera interview, as well as exclusive photo content inside. You can learn more about Off Camera at offcamera.com and can purchase Ed’s issue here.