Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 Crisis. Sandra 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 Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, and the ubiquitous Scoot McNairy also star. Watch the first Our Brand Is Crisis trailer after the jump.
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Will Billy Bob Thornton‘s great role on the first season of Fargo turn out to be the place where we eventually point back to a career upswing for him? The writer/director/actor has previously complained about feeling like the films he wants to make don’t have a place in the current cinema landscape, but he’s finding a new place on TV. Following his great work on Fargo, Thornton has been cast as the lead in The Trial, the new Amazon series from creator David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal, Picket Fences). Read More »
In the thriller Cut Bank, Liam Hemsworth plays a guy living in the so-called coldest spot in the United States. Naturally, he wants out. When he captures video of a murder, he gets the idea to use that video as his ticket out of town. And naturally, that doesn’t go so well. If that all sounds like it has the potential for a real Coen Brothers sort of vibe, the trailer will sell that idea even further. This Cut Bank trailer is great — it’s cut with a catchy, rhythmic and percussive attitude.
We don’t know if the film is also good, but the cast is hard to argue with (Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg, seen above, and Oliver Platt) and having A24 as the film’s distributor suggests good things. This could all be taking place just down the road from Fargo; have a look. Read More »
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Bad Santa 2 has been discussed for years, despite the fact that original writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have moved on to their own directing career and there’s no indication that original director Terry Zwigoff will return. Rather, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was linked to the film, both as writer and director, then Doug Ellin (Entourage) was said to be a potential writer/director. Now star Billy Bob Thornton says the project is still developing. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
FX’s Fargo won’t premiere for another couple of weeks, but with all the good TV shows coming up on the horizon, why not get a head start on this one? The network has released the first seven minutes of their new Coen Brothers-inspired miniseries, starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Watch the FX Fargo Seven Minutes clip after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
April is shaping up to be a damn great month for TV lovers. Not only are Game of Thrones, Veep, and Mad Men all set to return over the next few weeks, there are also a bunch of promising new shows coming up on the horizon. One of the most intriguing of the bunch is FX’s Fargo.
A brand-new Fargo featurette offers a great behind-the-scenes look at the series, from the talented cast (Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, and Oliver Platt also star) to the icy sets, to the wry tone. Meanwhile, three more promos give up some enticing footage. Watch it all after the jump.
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Fargo, the series, follows in the footsteps of Fargo, the movie, with the blessing of Ethan and Joel Coen. This isn’t a strict remake, but rather a new “true crime” story that is very much in the vein of the Coen Brothers movie, and which shares the same Minnesota setting and collection of friendly/quirky accents. That said, this new trailer shows that Martin Freeman seems to be doing his darndest to channel William H. Macy’s performance.
Some of the rest of the cast (which includes Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Joey King, and Julie Ann Emery) also has their own Coen debt to pay. Whether this will end up being able to stand on its own two feet is open to question now, but this trailer is entertaining enough that we’ll be watching the first episodes of the 10-episode series on FX. Read More »