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Broken finger to fake snow, Chevy Chase dishes on ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

Spoiler alert — all that snow isn’t real.

From Clark Griswold to Cousin Eddie, babies recreate scenes from ‘Christmas Vacation’

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Chevy Chase says of all the questions he gets about the now-classic holiday comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” surprisingly the white powdery surroundings top the list.

“The answer, of course, is no. I hate to say it, but the very first thing we shot was the tree, that was snow and we did get Randy (Quaid) and me on a hill that was in Colorado and I did have to go down this damn trail they built for me. It was scary, but it was fun,” he recalls.



a man wearing a hat: Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) goes all out for the holiday in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."


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Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) goes all out for the holiday in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

 “But that was the first couple of days. The rest of the time we just made it look like snow around the house and stuff.”

More: Duncan Sheik: New album spins tale from ‘Barely Breathing’ to Broadway

What was real about the movie?

The legendary actor’s reactions in the infamous Christmas lights scene, where Chase’s character Clark Griswold gets so frustrated he resorts to hitting the decorations around him. 

The problem is he whacked one character — “that wasn’t in the script, but I was so angry I did it” — so hard it broke his finger.

“Oh boy did that hurt,” he said. “I thought it might melt or something, but no, it was a good, hard plastic.”

“I just went on with the scene,” he said. 

Naturally.

“These things happen. You have to be strong.” 



Chevy Chase wearing a suit and tie: Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, in New York in Feb. 15, 2015.


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Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, in New York in Feb. 15, 2015.

Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold) are hosting an online salute to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Saturday, Nov. 28. Tickets, $25, are available through New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The pair will share behind-the-scenes stories and memories, as well as take part in a live audience question-and-answer session.

More: Virtual programming a lifeline, but NJ arts remain in dire straits

Chase says he’s looking forward to the trip down memory lane even though it will be held virtually this year, enjoying in-person events every holiday season.

“When I’m on stage there with the audience, it’s usually about 3,000 people or whatever, and I’m loving it because it’s very rare that a guy that makes movies or TV shows ever gets to see his audience,” he said.

He says he even enjoys the “wise guys” who shout remarks from the seats.

“I can take anything and I can give it back better,” he said. 

Chase says he never expected the 1989 film to attain the holiday tradition status that it has.

“One always hopes,” he said. “I never come away from something like, ‘we’ve got a hit,’ but I always give it my best shot and I can think of moments that are in the movie that people are going to think

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Airbnb and Expedia agree to help Honolulu crack down on illegal vacation rentals

The city has reached an agreement with Airbnb and Expedia Group on the enforcement of short-term vacation rentals, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the two online platform giants announced today.

The agreement is expected to make it easier for the city to track and regulate vacation rentals and ensure operators are properly taxed.

“We’re going to be able to address problems that have never addressed before,” Caldwell said at a video press conference this afternoon.

Under the agreement, Airbnb and VRBO, an Expedia subsidiary, will provide the city Department of Planning and Permitting with monthly reports detailing information about the operators advertising on their platforms, allowing the agency to more easily verify if a rental is permitted.

The information to be disclosed would include Tax Map Key and Transient Accommodations Tax numbers for each property. If found to be unpermitted, the two companies have agreed to take the ads down.Agreeing to allow ads to be removed “permanently” is a feature unique to Oahu, Caldwell said. In other jurisdictions, “you have to go back and keep scrubbing the lists every so often,” he said.

Kauai County reached a similar agreement with the two companies during the summer. That agreement, however, does not include a permanent removal provision.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Brad Saito, the city’s lead attorney on the vacation rentals issue, said the companies have also agreed to provide education to their advertisers “about what is and what is not allowed in the City and County of Honolulu.”

Max Sword, Expedia’s Hawaii policy advisor, said the agreement “will help the responsible, short-term rental owners and the City and County of Honolulu.” Short-term rentals work well during the pandemic because it allows for better social distancing, he said.

The agreement is beneficial to both operators, who want fair and clearly defined rules, as well as “neighborhoods around Oahu who want to see clear guardrails around the use of vacation rentals in their community,” said Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb Hawaii policy manager.

After years of debate, the Honolulu City Council in 2018 adopted a new ordinance cracking down on illegal vacation rentals.

Under the plan, the city was supposed to allow up to 1,700 new permits for bed and breakfast operations across the island starting Oct 1. But in September, the Council adopted Bill 50 pushing the start-up date to no earlier than April 30.

Saito said DPP is in the process of drafting rules which it hopes to take out for public hearing during the first quarter of next year.

Since the new law has been in place, the city has issued 181 violation notices, Saito said.

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City teams up with Airbnb, Vrbo to crack down on illegal vacation rentals

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The city is teaming up with Airbnb and Expedia, the parent company of Vrbo, to crack down on illegal vacation rentals on Oahu.



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A new memorandum of agreement is aimed at tracking and regulating Oahu vacation rentals, including by ensuring legal rentals are properly taxed and illegal rentals are shut down.

“We know there are bad actors out there, and this will help us crack down on them. While this is not a panacea, it’s a step forward,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

“For our residents who depend on this income, we want to provide an avenue for people to list their rentals in a legal, and transparent manner.”

Under the MOU, the two platforms will provide detailed information on listings so the city can ensure they’re legal. There will also be changes made to listings to make sure they’re properly taxed.

The changes come as Oahu is slowly beginning to see tourism ramp up with the state’s pre-travel testing program, which allows incoming travelers who test negative for COVID-19 to skip quarantine.

Vacation rentals were not allowed to operate on Oahu until the island moved into Tier 2 of its reopening strategy. In October, Oahu vacation rentals had an occupancy rate of 27%.

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Mayor Caldwell signs vacation rental agreement with Expedia, Airbnb – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

“We know there are bad actors out there, and this will help us crack down on them. While this is not a panacea, it’s a step forward,” said Mayor Caldwell. “For our residents who depend on this income, we want to provide an avenue for people to list their rentals in a legal, and transparent manner. This collaboration will also provide a step forward for effective enforcement of illegal vacation rentals, and ensures that our neighborhoods remain neighborhoods for local families.”

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Vacation Rental in Hawaii with Airbnb, Expedia Group

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) between the City and County of Honolulu and short-term vacation rental platforms Airbnb and Expedia Group, parent company to vacation rental website Vrbo. The MOU is designed to help Honolulu officials effectively track and regulate vacation rentals, ensuring the community can receive the full tax and tourism benefits vacation rentals provide, while controlling the spread of illegal vacation rentals. These new memoranda of understanding help facilitate effective enforcement of vacation rental laws, allowing responsible vacation rental operators to advertise with online travel platforms.

“We know there are bad actors out there, and this will help us crack down on them. While this is not a panacea, it’s a step forward,” said Mayor Caldwell. “I also want to thank Airbnb and Expedia for stepping up to the table and help to provide solutions for legal short-term rentals on O‘ahu. For our residents who depend on this income, we want to provide an avenue for people to list their rentals in a legal, and transparent manner. This collaboration will also provide a step forward for effective enforcement of illegal vacation rentals, and ensures that our neighborhoods remain neighborhoods for local families.”

This agreement will help the City and County of Honolulu enforce vacation rental laws, reducing the number of illegal rental operations. It will allow responsible vacation rental operators to advertise their homes on online travel platforms, while requiring platforms to regularly provide the City and County with information on its vacation rentals, and in turn the City and County of Honolulu will be able to request a permanent delisting of illegal vacation rentals.

The two participating short term rental platforms have agreed to provide the City and County of Honolulu with detailed information sufficient to accurately identify the vacation rental unit and identify if it is permitted under the law of the City and County of Honolulu.

“This pandemic has highlighted just how important it is that cities, communities and industry work together on effective, long-term solutions,” said Amanda Pedigo, vice president of government affairs at Expedia Group. “Today’s agreement will help responsible vacation rental owners and managers stay in compliance with local laws and provide the City and County with insight into the local vacation rental market. Expedia Group thanks Mayor Caldwell and his team for their collaboration and leadership. We are thrilled to be part of an agreement that will benefit the people of Honolulu as the City and County work towards economic recovery.”

“As the City works to build back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, short-term rentals will continue to be a vital source of supplemental income for local residents and revenue to support the local visitor industry,” said Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb Regional Policy Lead. “We are grateful to Mayor Caldwell and his team for working with us on an agreement that preserves the benefits of short-term rentals for residents and the local economy, while providing the City the tools it needs to help enforce

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Broken finger to fake snow, Chevy Chases dishes on ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

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Photographer Amy Haehl made Christmas movie magic when she recreated scenes from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” with adorable babies.

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Spoiler alert — all that snow isn’t real.

Chevy Chase says of all the questions he gets about the now-classic holiday comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” surprisingly the white powdery surroundings top the list.

“The answer, of course, is no. I hate to say it, but the very first thing we shot was the tree, that was snow and we did get Randy (Quaid) and me on a hill that was in Colorado and I did have to go down this damn trail they built for me. It was scary, but it was fun,” he recalls.

Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) goes all out for the holiday in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” (Photo: WARNER BROS.)

 “But that was the first couple of days. The rest of the time we just made it look like snow around the house and stuff.”

More: Duncan Sheik: New album spins tale from ‘Barely Breathing’ to Broadway

What was real about the movie?

The legendary actor’s reactions in the infamous Christmas lights scene, where Chase’s character Clark Griswold gets so frustrated he resorts to hitting the decorations around him. 

The problem is he whacked one character — “that wasn’t in the script, but I was so angry I did it” — so hard it broke his finger.

“Oh boy did that hurt,” he said. “I thought it might melt or something, but no, it was a good, hard plastic.”

“I just went on with the scene,” he said. 

Naturally.

“These things happen. You have to be strong.” 

Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, in New York in Feb. 15, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold) are hosting an online salute to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Saturday, Nov. 28. Tickets, $25, are available through New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The pair will share behind-the-scenes stories and memories, as well as take part in a live audience question-and-answer session.

More: Virtual programming a lifeline, but NJ arts remain in dire straits

Chase says he’s looking forward to the trip down memory lane even though it will be held virtually this year, enjoying in-person events every holiday season.

“When I’m on stage there with the audience, it’s usually about 3,000 people or whatever, and I’m loving it because it’s very rare that a guy that makes movies or TV shows ever gets to see his audience,” he said.

He says he even enjoys the “wise guys” who shout remarks from the seats.

“I can take anything and I can give it back better,” he said. 

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Chase says he never expected the 1989 film to attain the holiday tradition status that it has.

“One always hopes,” he said. “I never come away from something like ‘we’ve got a hit’ but I always give it my best shot and I can think

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Can your boss make you use sick leave or vacation time for COVID?

Only certain employers are required to give sick time under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — You go to work. You wear your mask. You wait away from others and you wash your hands. You still get COVID or a coworker does and you’re at risk. Can your employer require you to use your sick leave or vacation time? Yes and no.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA requires only certain employers are required to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded medical leave due to COVID-19.

Covered employers are public or private employers with fewer than 500 employees and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt. This means employers with 51 to 499 employees are covered under this special sick leave, but the rest are not.

“The government thought employers who had more than 500 employees would provide sick leave to their employees without facing hardship.  The government wanted those large employers to do the right thing, whether they do, that’s up to them,” said Nicole Patino, an attorney at The Law Office of Fred T. Hamlet.

A viewer asked 2WTK this week:
Please look into employees being sent home for COVID issues and not being paid!!!!!! Or being made to use vacation time.

Patino says if the business is closed for cleaning due to COVID the employer may be able to require the employee to use their vacation time or unpaid time.   

In North Carolina, if a facility is closed, let’s say due to bad weather, employees who are not salary would not be entitled to pay under the law.


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Florida man inappropriately touched girl on vacation in Pensacola

Colin Warren-Hicks, Pensacola News Journal
Published 4:38 p.m. CT Nov. 24, 2020

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A Florida man is accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl and sending her sexually explicit Snapchat messages during a vacation in Pensacola over the summer.

Rame Baeten, 37, of New Port Richey, was arrested Monday and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct on a person under 16 years old, online solicitation of a minor, illegal use of a two-way communications device and four counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor.

County records indicate he was booked into the Escambia County Jail with a $160,000 bond and was released about 40 minutes later.

According to an arrest report from the Florida Department of Corrections, a 15-year-old told authorities Baeten touched her buttocks and sent her messages via Snapchat while she was vacationing with him and family in Pensacola on Aug. 6-10.

“The victim stated Baeten grabbed her butt at least once a day, every day they were in Pensacola,” the report stated. “She said it was not ‘playful touching’ and was done so intentionally.”

The messages Baeten sent the girl included statements such as “Are you a banana? Because I wanna peel ur clothes off” and Baeten describing the sexual acts he wanted to perform on the minor, the report stated.  

Colin Warren-Hicks can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8680.

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Was Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola throwing shade as Season 4 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation premiered?

Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola's recent post has fans wondering if she's throwing shade at former
Did Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola throw shade at former castmates? Pic credit: MTV

Is Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola throwing shade at her former co-stars?

It’s looking that way based on a post she shared ahead of the Jersey Shore Family Vacation premiere.

Sammy was one of the original cast members of Jersey Shore when the popular show premiered on MTV several years ago.

Her tumultuous relationship with Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was a continuous storyline for many seasons, but she chose to end her run as a reality TV personality even before Jersey Shore ended.

Her castmates have gone on to star in their own spinoff shows, both individually and as a group.

Over the past few years, we’ve been able to follow the lives of the Jersey Shore alums on Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

Most recently the fourth seasoned premiered on MTV, but a quote from Sammi has some fans wondering if she’s throwing shade at her former co-stars.

Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ shares obscure IG post

The 33-year-old shared a recent post on her Instagram page that raised a few eyebrows.

The brunette beauty posted a quote that has people wondering if it was targeted at the Jersey Shore Family Vacation stars.

The quote in question reads, “Notes to self: Don’t seek to be relevant or liked, seek to be undeniable,” she posted on Thursday, November 19. “Seek to be compassionate. Seek integrity. Seek humility. Seek light.”

While Sammi certainly didn’t mention anyone in the post, the timing may seem questionable.

The message was shared on Instagram on the same day that Season 4 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation premiered.

And of course, quite a few fans in the comment section attributed the quote to have some sort of subliminal meaning to the Jersey Shore cast.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation kicks off with drama

Meanwhile, the show’s premiere brought its own share of drama among the cast members.

The main source of contention among the group stems from Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding after Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and Deena Cortese gave a cringe-worthy speech during the reception.

Instead of heartfelt words to the bride, the women opted to roast her instead.

They found it funny, but Angelina did not find humor in the situation, and it has since caused a rift between the newlywed and her castmates.

During the first episode of Season 4, we saw the aftermath of the wedding drama as Mike Sorrentino tried to mediate the situation.

So far, Pivarnick is still on the outs with her co-stars and after getting lots of backlash for their behavior, the women are upset with Angelina as well.

As the season continues to play out, viewers will see if, and how, the castmates are able to put their differences aside and mend their friendship.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation airs Thursdays at 8/7c on MTV.

 

Alicea James
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