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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Terry Zwigoff's Raunchy Christmas Comedy 'Bad Santa'

30 December 2013 11:30 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland talks director Terry Zwigoff's 2003 "anti"-Christmas movie "Bad Santa," starring Billy Bob Thornton as a washed-up conman who poses as Santa to pull off a heist: Seemingly concocted by director Terry Zwigoff as an antidote to the sugary Christmas movies that have clogged the arteries of moviegoers for so many years, this 2003 film about a disreputable Santa impersonator makes good on its promise of bad taste, bad manners and bad Santas. Produced by the Coen Brothers and starring a convincingly dissipated Billy Bob Thornton, the film co-stars Bernie Mac and the late John Ritter (this was his last film; he passed away in September of that same year.) »

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The Top 20 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

24 December 2013 9:54 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Last year Wamg brought you our list of the 15 Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies to watch after the Holiday ham, pretty presents, and multiple viewings of White Christmas, Home Alone and Miracle On 34th Street were a thing of Christmas Past.

Minus the warm and fuzzy, our choices are filled snarky mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy – Geek style.

We made a list and checked it twice with our new lineup of the Top 20 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. You better believe that Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. films.

We kick off our list with our Honorable Mention -

Jingle All The Way

Christmas; It’s the most magical time of the year. High powered businessman Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is hard at work taking last-minute orders from customers to whom he just can’t say no; like his son, Jamie (Jake Lloyd), asking for the hottest »

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Thn Advent Calendar Day 5: Bad Santa

5 December 2013 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Welcome to The Hollywood News Advent Calendar! Join us for the next 24 days as we run down the top Christmas movies and guide you to the perfect festive viewing. Featuring some of your favourite Christmas movies and some you’d probably forgotten (maybe even on purpose), but hey, it is Christmas after all… to see the calendar so far, click here.

Billy Bob Thornton’s unexpected meteoric rise to Hollywood superstardom first began with a supporting role in Carl Franklin’s highly-effective 1992 independent thriller One False Move (co-written by Thornton himself) in which he played the psychotic villain opposite a brilliant Bill Paxton. It wasn’t until his incredible turn as mentally-challenged murderer Karl Childers in Sling Blade five years later – a role originated from the short film Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade which Thornton wrote and directed – that the actor began to turn heads. The role won »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2001

4 December 2013 1:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...

Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.

At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »

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Billy Bob Thornton Confirms ‘Bad Santa’ Sequel Will Shoot 2014

30 November 2013 4:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The hilarious 2003 cult comedy Bad Santa saw Billy Bob Thornton as a Grinch-like department store Santa Claus, who alongside his dwarf sidekick (Tony Cox), used their position to rob the store of its expensive contents and annual takings. The film has gone on the become a firm festive favourite but sadly, the original director Terry Zwigoff has stated he has “no interest in sequels”, so a follow film has struggled to make it to the big-screen despite Thornton being desperate to reprise his role.

Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was attached to the project early last year, with Entourage creator Doug Ellin tasked with penning the screenplay. Since then, things have remained rather quiet. While it’s been a long time coming, Thornton has confirmed his loathsome (yet loveable) alcoholic character of Willie T. Stokes will return to cinema screens soon.

“It’s been very hard trying to get the script right. »

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Billy Bob Thornton Says Bad Santa 2 Will Shoot in 2014

29 November 2013 11:52 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Billy Bob Thornton has been pushing for a sequel to his 2003 "Bad Santa" comedy ever since the original film hit theaters. But there have been script issues and director Terry Zwigoff said that he has "no interest in sequels." Despite all the bad news, Thornton has now confirmed that "Bad Santa 2" will begin shooting in 2014. "It's been very hard trying to get the script right. We've been through three or four drafts but we're getting real close," he explained. "Then there's the business dealings to sort out, all the stuff I don't understand. But one way or another, the sequel will happen and the idea is to shoot it next year." He went on to admit that "we'll never beat the first film," adding: "but we'll get as close as we can." Steve Pink (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity) has stepped in to direct from a script by "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin. »

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They Can’t Handle the Truth! Oscar Voters Overwhelmed by Glut of 149 Docs

18 November 2013 7:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In an effort to make the documentary feature category more democratic, the Academy’s nonfiction branch changed its qualifying rules last year. A review in the New York Times or Los Angeles Times for a doc to register as eligible was intended to narrow the number of qualifying pics and validate a doc’s theatrical bonafides. For the second year in a row, the rules failed to accomplish either.

Instead, a record-breaking 149 docs are eligible this year. That’s up 23 from last year and 87 from a decade ago.

Despite the closure of the Intl. Documentary Assn.’s DocuWeeks, which former branch governor Michael Moore criticized as an outlet to “buy eligibility,” more filmmakers than ever before are spending their own money (thousands of dollars) for qualifying weeklong runs in New York and L.A. (In its 16-year run, DocuWeeks qualified 30 Oscar nominees and seven winning documentaries.)

Another rule change initiated »

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Top 10 documentaries

12 November 2013 12:18 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cinema, as Jean-Luc Godard wrote, is truth 24 times a second. Documentaries both prove and disprove the point; but the truth is their strongest weapon. Here, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best

• Top 10 arthouse movies

• Top 10 family movies

• Top 10 war movies

• Top 10 teen movies

• Top 10 superhero movies

• Top 10 westerns

• More Guardian and Observer critics' top 10s

10. Man With a Movie Camera

To best understand this 1929 silent documentary, one ought to know that its director, the exotically named "Dziga Vertov", was actually born David Abelevich Kaufman in 1896. Some say the name derives from the Russian word for spinning top, but the pseudonym is more likely an onomatopeic approximation of the sound made by the twin reels of film as the director ran them backwards and forwards through his flatbed editor. For Vertov, film was something physical, to be manipulated by man, and yet, paradoxically, he also saw it as a medium »

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Steve Buscemi: 'I hope people remember the shutdown in the next elections'

20 October 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Boardwalk Empire star on how the Republicans have held the Us hostage and why the pursuit of money is not a worthy goal

Dressed in dark colours and a black baseball cap, in person the 55-year-old Steve Buscemi cuts basically the same slight, rumpled figure we met a quarter-century ago in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. He might be a roadie coming off a world tour. His famously exophthalmic eyes are a washed-out blue and he's tired, back home in Brooklyn after staying at his house in upstate New York. He likes to go there and hang out and do nothing, he says, maybe take a walk or do a bit of yardwork: he spent the weekend raking leaves. Self-effacing, friendly, polite, it's clear he's here under low-grade sufferance; interviews, he says in his quick, metallic, slightly strangulated way, "aren't my favourite thing to do".

He is a patient »

- Nick Laird

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Steve Buscemi: 'I hope people remember the shutdown in the next elections'

20 October 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Boardwalk Empire star on how the Republicans have held the Us hostage and why the pursuit of money is not a worthy goal

Dressed in dark colours and a black baseball cap, in person the 55-year-old Steve Buscemi cuts basically the same slight, rumpled figure we met a quarter-century ago in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. He might be a roadie coming off a world tour. His famously exophthalmic eyes are a washed-out blue and he's tired, back home in Brooklyn after staying at his house in upstate New York. He likes to go there and hang out and do nothing, he says, maybe take a walk or do a bit of yardwork: he spent the weekend raking leaves. Self-effacing, friendly, polite, it's clear he's here under low-grade sufferance; interviews, he says in his quick, metallic, slightly strangulated way, "aren't my favourite thing to do".

He is a patient »

- Nick Laird

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1994

16 October 2013 7:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29

Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...

Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.

As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.

25. Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead

The Phantasm series was quite unusual, in that writer and director Don Coscarelli made all four of them. This means that, »

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Peter Dinklage Will Play a Leprechaun in an Upcoming Paramount Comedy

8 October 2013 9:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Peter Dinklage is set to headline a currently untitled comedy at Paramount. Andrew Dodge, who wrote Jason Bateman's upcoming comedy Bad Words, will be penning the script.

Plot details are being held under wraps, but we do know that Peter Dinklage will play a character claiming to be a leprechaun. The tone will be similar to Terry Zwigoff's dark comedy Bad Santa, and it will have an R-rating. No other cast members have been announced.

Peter Dinklage is best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister on HBO hit fantasy series Game of Thrones and had a role in Neil Labute's Death at a Funeral. He will next be portraying Bolivar Trask in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Cale Boyter and Mary Parent will be producing. No production details have been released. »

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Billy Bob Thornton Talks Directing 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' & Looks Back On 'Sling Blade,' 'Armageddon,' 'Bad Santa' & More

13 September 2013 11:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

These days, most people think of Billy Bob Thornton as an actor, thanks to his unforgettable performances in pictures like the Coens’ “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Sam Raimi’s “A Simple Plan” and Terry Zwigoff’s “Bad Santa,” so much so that it’s easy to forget that Thornton wrote, directed and starred in the Academy-Award winning “Sling Blade” (Best Adapted) and co-wrote genre classics like Carl Franklin’s “One False Move” and Raimi’s “The Gift.” His latest effort as a co-writer, director, and star is “Jayne Mansfield's Car,” which opens today in theaters and on demand, a charming comedic drama about a southern family whose matriarch leaves, marries a man in England, and then dies (you can read our review from Berlin earlier this year here). The movie takes place on the eve of her funeral, with the two families (one stiff-upper-lip, one deep-fried-south) collide.Robert Duvall »

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Billy Bob Thornton gives Bad Santa 2 update

9 September 2013 12:15 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

While the majority of Christmas movies aim for chocolate-box sentiment, Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa was a refreshingly black-hearted antidote to the usual surfeit of festive cheer. Understandable then that the prospect of a sequel has generated plenty of enthusiasm, although according to star Billy Bob Thornton, it may yet be some way from materialising. “We all want it to happen,” says Thornton. “It’s all logistics. They’re still working on it. When they first said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna make a sequel to Bad Santa,’ I said, ‘That’s nice....

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Nicolas Cage to fall for prostitute in new indie movie 'Lost Melody'

4 July 2013 1:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nicolas Cage has reportedly signed up for an upcoming indie movie titled Lost Melody.

The project will be directed by Bad Santa's Terry Zwigoff and produced by American Psycho's Edward Pressman, reports The Wrap.

Cage will play a man who's stuck in a loveless marriage and falls in love with a prostitute.

Terry Zwigoff has co-written the script with Melissa Axelrod.

Pressman recently teamed up with Cage on Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans.

"When considering a project, I think it most important that the director and the film live in the same universe and Terry certainly achieves this with Lost Melody," Pressman said.

"I've always wanted to work with Terry and am excited to be teaming on a wonderful darkly-funny drama in the tradition of such classics as The Blue Angel and Sunset Boulevard."

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Casting Net: 'The Giver' gets its Jonas; Plus, 'Veep' star heads to 'Inherent Vice,' more

2 July 2013 6:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver, but things are moving forward. Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for over a year to play the Giver, and now, Brenton Thwaites has been cast as Jonas, the young boy chosen to be trained by the Giver.  Thwaites has appeared on a number of Australian televisions show and is also portraying the Young Prince in Maleficent. Fans of the book will remember we meet Jonas just as he’s about to turn 12. Thwaites is already in his 20s. »

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Casting Couch: Nic Cage May Fall in Love With a Prostitute For ‘Lost Melody,’ Kevin Costner Will Inspire in ‘McFarland,’ and More

2 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

What is Casting Couch? It’s a gathering together of the industry’s casting news, a collection of that last little bit of work agents are doing before they abandon their desks for the extended holiday weekend. Today we’ve got new Woody Allen players, new Beach Boys, and new jobs for Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A deal is currently on the table that may lead to Nic Cage starring in director Terry Zwigoff’s (Bad Santa) next sure-to-be-crude film. The project is called Lost Melody, and if the negotiations with Cage go well it will see him playing a man who decides to give up hope regarding his shrew wife in order to fall in love with a prostitute (that old mid-life crisis cliche again?). Zwigoff co-wrote the script with Melissa Axelrod, who seems to have worked doing odd jobs for the director going all the way back to Crumb. [The Wrap] Variety »

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Nicolas Cage Teaming with 'Bad Santa' Director for 'Lost Melody' Indie

2 July 2013 9:37 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Normally we don't hear about Nicolas Cage taking on indie films, but here we go. The Wrap reports the National Treasure star is currently in talks to lead Lost Melody, a new film from Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff who also co-wrote the script with Melissa Axelrod, who actually was once the director's assistant. In the film Cage ventures slightly into Leaving Las Vegas territory as he plays a man trapped in a marriage to a shrew of a wife, and ends up falling in love with a prostitute. But the film isn't all drama, as producer Edward R. Pressman calls it "darkly funny" and in the vein of Blue Angel and Sunset Boulevard. Zwigoff is known for his quirky films like Ghost World and Crumb, and with Cage on board, this one sounds like it could be something interesting. Pressman previously produced American Psycho and Thank You for Smoking, »

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Terry Zwigoff to mount comeback with two new films, one of which stars Nicolas Cage

2 July 2013 9:35 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It's taken Terry Zwigoff seven years to fully recover from the debacle of Art School Confidential, a film he said "nearly ended my career." But now the Bad Santa and Ghost World director is ready to come roaring back with two new films in the works. The first, at one point called Justice For Al (though that title seems to have been dropped), stars Portlandia's Fred Armisen as a man framed for a crime and sentenced to house arrest in his parents' home. He recruits his childhood friends to help him clear his name and enact revenge, reliving »

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Movie News: Nicolas Cage May Go Darker, Funnier; Trailers for Ryan Reynolds in 'Turbo' and Kevin Hart in 'Ride Along'

2 July 2013 9:11 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Lost Melody: Nicolas Cage, who likes to stay busy, is in talks to star in Lost Melody, described as a "darkly funny drama in the tradition of such classics as The Blue Angel and Sunset Boulevard." Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Bad Santa) cowrote the script and will direct. If negotations are successful, Cage would portray an unhappily married man who falls in love with a prostitute. If he and Zwigoff could make that premise painfully funny, we could be in for a weird winner, like 2010's Kick-Ass, pictured above. [The Wrap] The Butler: We've heard quite a bit about Lee Daniels' drama The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker as a real-life butler who served under eight presidents at the White House. The movie's scheduled for release from the Weinstein Co. on...

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