Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later. There’s a sequel to one of the crudest, funniest Christmas movies of all time: Bad Santa.
The red band trailer for Bad Santa 2 is filled with the witty repartee we saw in the first one – as Billy Bob Thornton reprises the role of Willie, ex-con, general misanthrope and the worst Santa in the history of Santas.
This time, Willie and his angry little partner in crime, Marcus (Tony Cox, giving as good as he gets – again!) are planning to knock off a Christmas charity – if they don’t kill each other first.
Bad Santa 2 will be in theaters on November 23rd in an attempt to crush jolly Christmas movies with better manners. Check out the nasty trailer after the break.
Our Brand Is Crisis is the fictionalized tale of the 2005 election in Bolivia that resulted in a government that was overthrown six months later. It’s the story of the campaign to elect former president Pedro Castillo fifteen years after he last held office – or rather, it’s the story of the battle between the genius campaign strategists for Castillo and his most popular opponent, a populist named Rivera, and the tricks dirty or otherwise that are employed by both.
Sadly, despite characters modeled on real and effective political figures (the film’s Calamity Jane Bodine is modeled after James Carville), the film is slowly paced and never quite makes up its mind whether it’s a breezy comedy, a sly political satire, or a serious drama. Sometimes a movie can be all over the place and the performances can save it. That’s not the case here.
Fargo’s (FX, 10/9C) Lorne Malvo is unique amongst the ranks of movie and TV antagonists. He comes out of nowhere, disappears like a wraith and can spend six months building an alter ego and a relationship to get a particular job done. He can kill with an assortment of weapons, but can do as much psychological dame with words – and he loves to mess with people’s heads.
Billy Bob Thornton has done an incredible job of making this trickster/force of nature come alive over the show’s first season and graciously took some time to speak with a group of journalists/bloggers from as far away as Tel Aviv about the season finale and playing Malvo.
FX has another top notch show on its hands with Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) – an expansion of the Coen Brothers’ hit movie. By expansion, I mean it tells an entirely new story, with all new characters, in the Minnesota of the movie – and it’s so good it earned the Coen Brothers’ blessing.
One of the most interesting – and entertaining – aspects of FX’s Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9C) is Billy Bob Thornton’s portrayal of Lorne Malvo, a kind of fixer for an unnamed criminal organization. He’s an oddity because he’s capable of dispassionate murder but that’s not his job. He’s kind of the ultimate criminal jack-of-all trades – if it’s illegal and you need it to get done, you call Malvo. While that’s certainly interesting, what makes Malvo fascinating is that he loves to mess with people’s minds. In a way, he’s like Loki, or Coyote – he loves to make mischief. The darker the better.
Thornton took some time to talk with journalists/bloggers (one from Tel Aviv!) about Fargo and Lorne Malvo – and how much he enjoyed the role and the series. Check out what he had to say about his time shooting the series after the jump.
Fargo is, for my money, one of the most darkly funny movies ever made – and, with Grit, perhaps the best of the Coen Brothers movies. The news of a Fargo TV series filled me, simultaneously, with joy and dread. It helped it had the Coen Brothers’ blessing (they’re executive producers on the series), but now that I’ve seen the first four episodes (I’ll post my review before the show’s premiere on Tuesday, April 15th), the joy has taken over.
FX has just released four introductory videos including the above First Look. Follow the jump to explore the show’s philosophy, meet its cast and get in a hint of its story.
Billy Bob Thornton has landed the lead in FX’s limited series Fargo, playing a manipulative guy named Lorne Malvo – who ‘meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.’
Fargo will tell a new ‘true crime’ story, with new characters, set in the ‘Minnesota Nice’ world created by Joel & ethan Cohen – who will act as Executive Producers on the ten-episode series. – planned as a one-and-done, but could become an ongoing anthology series a la American Horror Story.
Check out the FX press release after the jump for more details.