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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 07.14.09] movie apocalyptic news thriller

Can you say badass? Outsider artist and director of the PA classic, Hardware, Richard Stanley, has, according to Fangoria, picked up the reins on his long lost project Vacation. Originally set to star Bruce Campbell, Stanley has now recruited Tom Welling (of TV’s Smallville fame) to take over the lead.

Besides the casting news and a swanky new poster, we've also got this story outline:

Vacation is the story of a coke-addicted banker who travels with his stripper girlfriend to a seedy Middle Eastern resort. Their own personal problems soon pale before the disaster that strikes in the form of freak solar storms that eradicate all means of communication, leaving them stranded in an extremely hostile environment.

Personally, I've always thought that Tom Welling never made it in features because his stiff acting and baby-faced charm really only worked on TV, but maybe under the guidance of an oddball director he will be pushed outside of his safety zone. Stay tuned for more!

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Sebastian Selig (13 years ago) Reply

Killer-pitch. Want to see this - right now.


Jonas (13 years ago) Reply

Sweet! Now if only Steve De Jarnatt could make a feature film comeback too... Oh and a Bruce Campbell this Tom Welling is not.


Julia Friedman (13 years ago) Reply


Julia here from Rooftop Films. Thanks for writing about us in the past; we
have two great film screenings this weekend and we'd appreciate your help
spreading the word! On Friday, July 17, we will present the U.S. premiere
of the film, THE BLIND PIG WHO WANTS TO FLY at the Old American Can
Factory in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Then, on Saturday, July 18, we will
present the U.S. premiere of LOS HEREDEROS at El Museo del Barrio in
Manhattan. Here is some more information:


**U.S. Premiere* A stunningly strange series of interweaving sketches that
include a Stevie Wonder-singing dentist, a woman who eats firecrackers, and
a pig, all investigations of alienation, politics, love and lust. *

*Venue:* On the roof of the Old American Can Factory *
Address:* 232 3rd St. @ 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/ Park Slope, Brooklyn) *
Directions:* F/G to Carroll St. or M/R to Union Ave. *
Rain:* In the event of rain the show will be held indoors at the same
location *
8:00PM:* Doors open *
8:30PM:* Sound Fix Records <> presents live
music by Kelli Rudick <> *
9:00PM*: Film*
10:30PM*: Filmmaker Q & A *
11:00PM&acirc;&euro;&ldquo;12:30AM:* Reception in courtyard including free sangria
courtesy of Carlo Rossi sangria <> *
Tickets:* $9-$25 at the door or online *
Presented in partnership with: The International Film Festival of
Cinereach <>, New York magazine <>,
& X&Atilde;&tilde; Projects <>*

Ticketing link:;Rooftop_Films_IFFR_Blind_Pig_Who_Wants_to_Fly

**US PREMIERE* A hypnotic documentary that observes the young working poor
in the hinterlands of Mexico, alternately expressing the joy of children
finding ways to play, the frustration of their harsh and repetitive lives,
and the fateful acceptance of their existence.*

*Venue:* On the roof of El Museo Del Barrio
*Address:* 1230 Fifth Ave. @ 104th St. (East Harlem)
*Directions:* 6 to 103rd St. or 2/3 to 110th St.
*Rain:* In the event of rain, show will be indoors at the same location
*8:00PM:* Doors open
*8:30PM:* Sound Fix presents live music by L&Atilde;&iexcl;zaro
*9:00PM:* Film
*11:00PM-12:30AM:* After-party on the roof: Open bar courtesy of Radeberger
*Tickets:* $9-$25 at door or online *

*Presented in partnership with: The International Film Festival of
Cinereach <>, New York magazine <>

Ticketing link:;Rooftop_Films_IFFR_Los_Herederos

For more information about these events and others, please contact:

Danielle Kourtesis
Music and Outreach Manager, Rooftop Films
232 3rd St, #D101
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 417-7362

We appreciate your help!

Julia Friedman


Erica (13 years ago) Reply

When Tom Welling portrays Clark Kent on Red Kryptonite, he's pretty badass! I've been waiting for someone to give Tom a chance to show his true acting chops. Tom Welling deserves a shot a feature film success.


Meimei (10 years ago) Reply

As humorous as I find the seuvcssice posts of Krish, they cleverly bring to surface a problem seeking a solution.The problem is how to affect a slowing, or as I would say is necessary, a negative economic growth. So let me lend some tentative analysis to the various ways I see to affect that goal.1) Brute force sabotage a) bombs, assassinations, spread war or pestilence, attack the world's infrastructure making it impossible to consume or produce, degrade the world's moral conscience and let mayhem and murder do its work2) Education consciousness raising a) educate the populace that consumerism and growth policies are collectively suicidal b) educate the populace that a crucial, or several key components of consumerism and growth policies are immoral, unappealing and socially taboo, heritical or blasphemous (take your pick there)3) Political conquest and the passage of laws, rules and regulations that would limit growth c) build a political party, affect a platform, and run for office to sieze control of the economy through a massive bureaucratic action4) Economic conquest that would seize control of the means of production and the opportunities for consumption and control these, or a single or multiple necessary components that would strangle growth. a) out-Bill Gates Bill Gates and out-Sam Walton Sam Walton, by producing the most successful commodity stream yet invented, one that has a smaller footprint and yet profitably satiates the human desire to own and to spend b) buy up all the real estate and gate out all the producers and the consumers, or seize some other key component in a rear guard action5) Create a social invention that would reorganize society into a new groupings making consumption and production act in a different manner than these do today a) such a movement that would be the antithesis of globalization, where secessionist movements are set forth as a human right allowing the social and political world to fragment into a great number of feudal-like enclaves that sought self sufficiency b) or anything similar along these lines5) All or a combination of any of the aboveNow, as this provides at least a tentative start at enumerating the possible means to accomplish these ends, perhaps they should be better qualified by adding their potential for success.As I have made it clear which I think is the most likely to succeed, I'll let others here prioritize how they might see the success of these or any other methods they might come up with.I will say though, I think the movie route can only encourage consumption, and that it cannot discourage consumption unless it encourages something on the list specifically or another possible alternative.Don Robertson, The American Philosopher

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