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Principal Photography Begins on Bad Santa 2

19 January 2016 2:00 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Just in case you missed it, Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced on January 11, 2015 that principal photography has started in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on Bad Santa 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa.

As was previously reported, the film boasts an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly. Joining the already announced cast are Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Thornton (television series Fargo, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Cox »

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Bad Santa 2 Begins Shooting with Billy Bob Thornton

11 January 2016 2:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun in Montr&#233al, Qu&#233bec, Canada on Bad Santa 2. The sequel is a follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa first released in 2003. Geyer Kosinski will produce. Billy Bob Thornton is reprising his iconic role as Willie Soke in the sequel, with Mad Men star Christina Hendricks joining the cast last week.

Miramax has partnered with Broad Green Pictures to co-finance and co-produce Bad Santa. Broad Green will distribute Bad Santa 2 theatrically in the U.S. during the 2016 holiday season. Sierra/Affinity will handle foreign sales with sales starting at the upcoming American Film Market (November 4-11, 2015). Said Zanne Devine, Miramax's Evp of Film & TV.

"We've been waiting far too long to see Billy Bob's Willie Soke mess with the holiday season in his own unique way. We couldn't be more excited to partner with Billy Bob, »

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Christina Hendricks joins Bad Santa 2

7 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It appears that Lauren Graham won’t be coming back as the love interest for Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) in Bad Santa 2, but a seemingly suitable replacement has been found in Christina Hendricks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Not much about the plot is known yet, but Hendricks will apparently play the head of a charity organization targeted by Willie and his mother (played by Kathy Bates). Apparently, she’ll also serve as the romantic backbone of the narrative.

See Also: Bad Santa 2 gets November 2016 release date

Bad Santa 2 is being directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) from a script by Entourage creator Doug Ellin along with Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Tony Cox (Marcus) and Brett Kelly (Thurman Merman) are set to reprise their roles from the original movie alongside Thornton as Willie Soke, while Katy Bates (American Horror Story) will play Willie’s foul-mouthed mother Sunny. »

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'Bad Santa 2' Brings in 'Mad Men' Star Christina Hendricks

6 January 2016 5:00 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With production set to begin later this month in Montreal, the cast is coming together for Miramax's long-awaited sequel Bad Santa 2. Deadline reports that Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has joined the cast, portraying a new character who runs a charitable organization. While not specified in the site's report, it's possible that she could be the new love interest for Billy Bob Thornton's Willie Soke.

The Bad Santa 2 cast also includes Kathy Bates, who portrays Willie Soke's mother, described as a "foul-mouthed" woman. Tony Cox (Marcus) and Brett Kelly (The Kid) will also reprise their roles from the original Bad Santa, but it isn't known if others such as Lauren Graham or Lauren Tom will be back for this follow-up. No story details have been released at this point, but hopefully we'll learn more as production gets under way.

The original Bad Santa earned $76.4 million at the »

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Christina Hendricks Joins "Bad Santa" Sequel

6 January 2016 3:19 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Miramax and Broad Green Pictures have announced that "Drive" and "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks will join the cast of the upcoming dark comedy "Bad Santa 2".

Hendricks will play Diane, a woman who runs a charitable organization who, naturally, becomes the love interest to Billy Bob Thornton's mall-Santa scoundrel Willie Soke.

Tony Cox and Brett Kelly from the original film will also return while Kathy Bates is also onboard as Sunny Soke, the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom of Thornton's character.

Mark Waters will direct from a screenplay by Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin and Shauna Cross. Geyer Kosinski and Andrew Gunn will produce and shooting will commence later this month in Montreal.

Source: Miramax »

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Christina Hendricks Joins ‘Bad Santa 2’

6 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christina Hendricks has joined the cast of Miramax and Broad Green Pictures pic “Bad Santa 2” starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are returning, and Kathy Bates also recently joined the cast.

Mark Waters is directing the sequel, which is being produced by Andrew Gunn and Geyer Kosinski.

Broad Green and Miramax are co-financing and co-producing the comedy. Shooting begins in Montreal next week.

Plot details are vague, but Hendricks will play an Ivy League-educated, upper-class woman who runs a charity that is targeted by Thornton’s mall Santa and his foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails mother. Hendricks will also play Thornton’s love interest.

Johnny Rosenthal, Doug Ellin and Shauna Cross wrote the script. Miramax’s Zanne Devine and David Thwaites, Broad Green’s Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, Waters, Ellin and Jessica Tuchinsky are exec producing.

Hendricks can be seen next opposite Michael Shannon in the indie “Pottersville,” which has begun shooting, »

- Justin Kroll

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Us Briefs: Andrew Rodgers takes Denver Film Society post

5 January 2016 9:55 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: to Bobby Moresco to write Lamborghini – The Legend for Ambi; Uwe Boll prepares final film… for a while; and more…

Andrew Rodgers has been appointed executive director of the Denver Film Society after serving since 2005 as executive director of the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Rodgers holds an Mba and a degree in journalism. He worked for the Chicago Tribune before serving as a publicist for the Sundance Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival.

During his tenure at RiverRun he grew the event’s annual income by nearly 200% and secured support from Fortune 500 companies.

Bob Clasen, chair of the search committee for Denver Film Society and chair-elect of the Society’s board of directors, said: “Andrew was far and above the most outstanding candidate we reviewed and interviewed.

Crash screenwriter producer Bobby Moresco will write the screenplay for Ambi’s biopic Lamborghini – The Legend based on the Life of Ferruccio Lamborghini. Principal »

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