Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
The original Bad Santa did such a great job of balancing salty, sour, bitter, and sweet that it almost looked easy. But with the arrival of Bad Santa 2 this fall, we may get a better look at just how difficult it can be to pull off that trick.
There’s some key talent returning in front of the camera. Billy Bob Thornton returns to star as safecracker / mall Santa Willie Soke, along with Tony Cox as Willie’s partner in crime Marcus and Brett Kelly as Willie’s young friend Thurman Merman. Behind the camera, though, there are some major changes. Mark Waters steps up to the plate as director this time around, replacing Terry Zwigoff who helmed the first film, while Shauna Cross and Johnny Rosenthal step in for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa as screenwriters.
Can they replicate the foul-mouthed hilarity and surprising tenderness of the first film? Watch the NSFW Bad Santa 2 trailer below and judge for yourself. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 Cross, Doug Ellin, Johnny Rosenthal, and John Phillips. Take a peek at the NSFW Bad Santa 2 trailer below.
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Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Melissa McCarthy may not be returning for the Gilmore Girls revival, to the endless disappointment of Gilmore Girls fans, but don’t worry — she’s got plenty of other stuff to keep her busy in the coming months. Not only will she appear as one of the new fab four in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, she’s also starring in The Boss, which reunites her with her Tammy director (and real-life husband) Ben Falcone.
McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, a hotshot CEO whose extravagant lifestyle comes crashing down when she’s arrested for insider trading. She emerges from prison disgraced and discouraged, but finds an unlikely path back to the top in the form of Girl Scout cookies. Or rather, “Darnell’s Darlings Brownies.” Kristen Bell plays Michelle’s reluctant business partner, and Peter Dinklage shows up as… unclear, but the role involves him wielding a sword. Watch The Boss red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
With a US release now set, the When Marnie Was There English cast has been revealed. The latest film from Studio Ghibli was released in Japan last summer, and hits Blu-ray and DVD in Japan this month. The US release of the film, which will be presented by GKids, is now set for May, and the tale of a young woman who makes an unusual friend while staying at a seaside home will feature Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
FX got the American Horror Story: Freak Show marketing campaign going early with a handful of short, creepy teasers, and today they’ve finally revealed the first full American Horror Story: Freak Show trailer. Though we got a look at several of this season’s main players in a colorful poster last month, this new promo offers our first look at them in action. Check out the American Horror Story Freak Show trailer after the jump.
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Melissa McCarthy co-wrote and stars in Tammy, a road-trip comedy opening July 2. The actresss’ husband, Ben Falcone, directed the film, which finds the main character on basically the worst day ever. She tries to get out of town, but has no car, so ends up on the road with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). On paper, it sounds a little underwhelming but the prime Summer release date, and McCarthy’s last few hit films, definitely scream confidence. Does the trailer? Find out below. Read More »
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has made an American film (Alien: Resurrection) but he hasn’t made one that actually takes place in the States. So The Young and Prodigious Spivet, a strange travelogue starring an unusual young boy, will be a first for the director. (It’s also his first 3D movie.)
Based on the book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen, the film follows “a 12-year-old cartography enthusiast in an eccentric family, who travels across country hidden on board a freight train after being invited to the Smithsonian Institute.”
Helena Bonham Carter, Kathy Bates, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, and Jeunet’s perpetual casting choice Dominique Pinon all appear, and newcomer Kyle Catlett plays the title role. After seeing this first trailer I could see people making links to the Coen Brothers, or the work of Wes Anderson, even Tim Burton. But this also looks to be recognizably Jeunet, and that’s pretty appealing. Read More »
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Just yesterday I said “Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels.” There’s the Hero Complex Film Festival, EW’s CapeTown Film Festival, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and now Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies.
It’ll take place April 24 at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA and feature the following line-up:
- Kathy Bates presenting Misery
- Cher presenting Moonstruck
- Sally Field presenting Norma Rae
- Peter Fonda presenting Easy Rider
- Harrison Ford presenting Blade Runner: The Final Cut
- Samuel L. Jackson presenting Pulp Fiction
- Shirley MacLaine presenting Terms of Endearment
- Demi Moore presenting Ghost
- Mike Myers presenting Shrek
- Sidney Poitier presenting In The Heat of the Night
- Kurt Russell presenting The Thing
- Kevin Spacey presenting The Usual Suspects
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Briefly: Here’s the first news of the official lineup for what could well be a very impressive Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris will open the 64th incarnation of the festival on May 11. It’s an easy choice — the director is a French favorite, and the film is packed with actors that will look great on the opening night red carpet, including a handful of French stars. Sure, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life might have been a more impressive opening, but hopefully it will spool out within a couple days of the festival’s opening.
The film, packed with a cast that includes Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, Nina Arianda, Corey Stoll, Mimi Kennedy, Kurt Fullerby, Carla Bruni, and Léa Seydoux. The plot sounds like classic Woody Allen: “A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.” Sony PIcutres Classics has picked up the film already, and will release it later in 2011, most likely in the fall.