Bad Santa 2

Since 2003, Bad Santa has become a sort of holiday classic for people who don’t like holiday classics. This pitch-black comedy is everything Christmas movies aren’t supposed to be — crass and mean and completely twisted — which makes it all the more admirable that it manages to be kinda sweet as well. It’s a tricky balance, but one director Terry Zwigoff and writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa pull off with aplomb.

So what happens when someone tries to recapture that magic 13 years later, without the writers or director who made it work the first time? Well, we’ll find out in just a few months. This fall’s Bad Santa 2 brings back Billy Bob Thornton as self-loathing screwup Willie Soke, along with Tony Cox as his erstwhile partner and Brett Kelly as his young friend. But the director this time is Mark Waters, of Mean Girls fame, and the script comes from Shauna CrossDoug EllinJohnny Rosenthal, and John Phillips. Take a peek at the NSFW Bad Santa 2 trailer below.

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Billy Bob Thornton was on a Television Critics Association panel for his upcoming Amazon original series Goliath, in which he plays an alcoholic lawyer seeking redemption in a new case. The legal drama was co-created by Boston LegalThe Practice, and Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley. After the panel, Thornton stayed to talk to reporters further. We asked him about the long-awaited sequel Bad Santa 2, which finds his raunchy department store Santa Claus return 13 years after the original was released.

“I think we pushed it even a little further this time, not only in the sort of dark humor but also in the emotion,” Thornton said. “This one has more of a heart, more of a story you would say, but it also went a little further with some of the nasty stuff.”  Read More »

Bad Santa 2 teaser

Bad Santa 2 was in on-again, off-again development for so many years that I kind of assumed it’d never happen. But the long-awaited comedy sequel got a shot in the arm last fall when Broad Green Pictures came on board, and now we’re just a few months away from finding out what Willie Soke has been up to for the past 13 years.

Billy Bob Thornton returns as Willie Soke, still a halfway decent thief and a truly terrible mall Santa. Willie’s former partner Marcus (Tony Cox) and Willie’s young buddy Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly) are also back from the first film. New to the cast this time are Kathy Bates as Willie’s tough-as-nails mother, Sunny Soke, and Christina Hendricks as Willie’s latest mark, Diane. Watch the first Bad Santa 2 teaser below.  Read More »

Christina Hendricks in Drive

Women with Santa fetishes probably aren’t that common in real life (I’m assuming; I do not have any hard data to back this up), but apparently there’s no shortage of them in the Bad Santa universe. After wooing bartender Sue (Lauren Graham) in the original Bad Santa, Billy Bob Thornton‘s Willie Soke will find himself romancing a new woman in the upcoming sequel, to be played by Mad Men star Christina Hendricks. Learn more about Hendricks’ new Bad Santa character after the jump.  Read More »

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer

As Sisters prepares to go head-to-head with Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the box office this weekend, Paramount has dropped the first trailer for Whiskey Tango FoxtrotTina Fey leads the war comedy about a journalist sent to Afghanistan on assignment. Initially out of her element, she adjusts to the wild, adrenaline-fueled atmosphere.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the memoir by former Chicago Tribune reporter Kim Barker, and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) Also starring are Margot RobbieMartin FreemanBilly Bob ThorntonAlfred Molina, and Christopher Abbott also star. Hit the jump to see the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot trailer. Read More »

Kathy Bates in American Horror Story Hotel

Billy Bob Thornton‘s Willie Soke is back for Bad Santa 2, as are Tony Cox‘s Marcus and Brett Kelly‘s Thurman Merman. But now the sequel has made its first new addition. Kathy Bates is joining the black-hearted holiday comedy, which will be directed by Mean Girls helmer Mark Waters. More on the Bad Santa 2 Kathy Bates casting after the jump.  Read More »

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Bad Santa

Much like a certain alcoholic department store Santa, Bad Santa 2 has struggled for a long time to get its act together. But at long last, things are starting to look up. Following last week’s news that Billy Bob Thornton is officially set to return as Willie, the holiday comedy sequel has found itself a new director in Mark Waters (Mean Girls). Oh, and Tony Cox (Willie’s partner) and Brett Kelly (the kid) are also coming back. More about the Bad Santa 2 director after the jump.  Read More »

Billy Bob Thornton Bad Santa 2

Here’s an early Christmas present for those of you who like your holidays razor-sharp, pitch-black, and reeking of stale booze and cigarettes. Billy Bob Thornton is officially confirmed to return for Bad Santa 2, as announced by Miramax and Broad Green Pictures. More on the Billy Bob Thornton Bad Santa 2 return after the jump.  Read More »

Our Brand Is Crisis trailer

Director David Gordon Green sure likes to keep us guessing. After a string of studio comedies, followed by a microbudget indie and a couple of dramas, he’s back on screens this fall with the political satire Our Brand Is CrisisSandra Bullock leads the cast as Jane, an American political strategist hired to work with a lagging Bolivian presidential candidate (Joachim de Almeida).

Billy Bob Thornton plays Jane’s professional rival. Anthony MackieZoe KazanAnn Dowd, and the ubiquitous Scoot McNairy also star. Watch the first Our Brand Is Crisis trailer after the jump.

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