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Next year will be huge for fans of both Marvel and DC Comics, with each studio launching two huge movies apiece. Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016) will start the studio's Phase Three initiative, while Warner Bros. kick starts their own DC Comics Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016). At the heart of the Dceu is Ben Affleck's Batman, a character who will share the screen with Superman (Henry Cavill) for the first time ever. Variety recently caught up with Ben Affleck, who acknowledges that there is an immense amount of pressure for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to succeed.
"I think there is a ton of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls-ting you to say there isn't. You'll see next year they are going to have a great year. They are now developing probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, »
Georgie Flores (CSI), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Pepi Sonuga (Life Of A King) and Mark Valley (Human Target) have rounded out the cast of ABC Family drama pilot Famous In Love. The project, based on Rebecca Serle's romantic novel, was written by Serle and I. Marlene King, executive producer/co-showrunner of ABC Family's flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars. Famous In Love centers on Paige (Bella Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after… »
American Horror Story star Kathy Bates has joined the cast of the upcoming comedy sequel Bad Santa 2, where she is set to play Sunny Soke, “the foulmouthed, tough-as-nails mom” to Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Soke.
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 also set to reprise their roles from the original movie.
Filming on Bad Santa 2 is set to get underway in January 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Misery star Kathy Bates has joined the cast of the soon-to-start-production Bad Santa 2 opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Who’s she playing? Well, none other than Sunny Soke, the mother of Thornton’s Willie Soke.
We don’t know too much more than that because the plot is being kept under wraps, but we do know that Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is directing and it will be release next holiday season – as in a year from now.
The original Bad Santa was released to acclaim all of the way back in 2003.
- Paul Heath
With Mean Girls director Mark Waters instated at the helm, America Horror Story alum Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Bad Santa 2 as Sunny Soke, the no-nonsense mother to Billy Bob Thornton’s sleazy mall santa, Willie Soke.
Setting up shop at Miramax with financing help from Broad Green Pictures, the studios’ long-in-development sequel to 2003’s dark cult comedy is primed to leap in front of the cameras at the beginning of 2016, eyeing up that all-important festive window in little over a year’s time.
Reprising his title role as the con artist, Thornton returns as the borderline-alcoholic Willie for another round of R-rated festivities. Details on the plot are, as you would imagine, thin on the frosty ground, and all we know is that Thornton will suit up once again as the mall-robbing crook. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are also on board for the sequel though, »
- Michael Briers
Miramax and Broad Green are co-financing and co-producing with Broad Green handling U.S. theatrical distribution during the 2016 holiday season. Principal photography will commence in January in Montreal.
The 2003 original grossed $60 million domestically on a budget of $23 million. Thornton, who came on the project on Oct. »
- Dave McNary
Kathy Bates is set to play Billy Bob Thornton‘s foul-mouthed mother in “Bad Santa 2,” TheWrap has learned. “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) will direct the sequel, which was written by “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Tony Cox and Brett Kelly are reprising their roles, though plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Joins Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's English-Language Debut (Exclusive) “Bad Santa 2” will be co-financed by Miramax and Broad Green Pictures, with the latter company handling its release next year. Production will start in January in Montreal. »
- Jeff Sneider
Liana Liberato is not a household name in Hollywood yet but the 17-year-old actress is already getting the Jennifer Lawrence treatment ... pocketing a cut of her upcoming film's box office profits. Liana's landed a starring role in the coming-of-age flick "Dear Eleanor," about two Eleanor Roosevelt fangirls set in 1962. It's being directed by Kevin Connolly, aka "E" from "Entourage," and also stars Jessica Alba and Isabelle Fuhrman. Liana's getting $65k off the bat for the »
- TMZ Staff
The untitled project revolves around a successful young couple who finds themselves starting an unconventional family.
Bicks created the project, based on an idea by Ellin and writer Joey Boukadakis. She will write and exec produce the potential series by way of her Perkins Street Productions banner. Ellin will exec produce via his Halyard Park shingle, which is currently under and overall deal with CBS Television Studio, the studio behind the single camera comedy.
Teri Weinberg (“The Office,” “Ugly Betty”) will also exec produce though her production company, Yellow Brick Road. Boukadakis, who wrote Comedy Central’s animated series “Blitz,” which was based on the life of Dan Bilzerian, will serve as a co-exec producer on the pilot and series, should it be picked up. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Top auspices behind two of the most popular HBO comedy series of the past two decades — Entourage creator/executive producer Doug Ellin and Sex And The City executive producer Jenny Bicks — are teaming for a new comedy project at CBS. Created by Bicks based on an idea by Ellin and Joey Boukadakis, I hear the untitled single-camera comedy centers on a successful young couple who find themselves starting an unconventional family when a threesome leads to a pregnancy. Bicks… »
CBS is developing a comedy series from “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, Jenny Bicks, and Teri Weinberg. The untitled single camera comedy will follow a young professional couple who find themselves starting an unconventional family. Bicks, who created the project based on an idea by Doug Ellin and Joey Boukadakis, will write and executive produce via her Perkins Street Productions. Ellin will executive produce via his company Halyard Park, which is currently under an overall with CBS Television Studios. Also Read: Why CBS Is Loading 'The Amazing Race' With Social Media Stars Weinberg will executive produce via her production company Yellow Brick Road. »
- Joe Otterson
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing that Miramax has recruited the Mean Girls filmmaker to take the reins of the edgy comedy sequel, which is now on course to hit theaters in time for Christmas 2016. A good thing, too, with the Patrick Stewart-led ensemble comedy Christmas Eve, Krampus, The Night Before and Love the Coopers all muscling for the lion’s share of the festive box office pie this year.
As for Bad Santa 2, Thornton is in line to reprise his role as the curmudgeonly Willie Soke when the cameras begin rolling in January, where he will be joined by the old faces of Tony Cox and Brett Kelly. Waters will be working from a script by Johnny Rosenthal, »
- Michael Briers
Miramax and Broad Street Pictures are finally getting the ball rolling on Bad Santa 2, as the studios have just found the film’s director and finalized deals with two original cast members from 2003’s Bad Santa. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mean Girls director Mark Waters is officially on board for the sequel, while Tony Cox and Brett Kelly, who played Marcus and Thurman Merman in Bad Santa, will reprise their roles alongside Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie.
In addition to Mean Girls, Waters has directed a wide array of films aimed at both children and teens, including Freaky Friday, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Vampire Academy. Bad Santa was a rather raunchy R-rated comedy, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the shift in target audience.
While Bad Santa was by no means a box office blockbuster, it did end up making over three times its budget, »
- Justin Cook
Sierra/Affinity will handle foreign sales with starting at the upcoming American Film Market, which opens Wednesday. Principal photography will commence in January in Montreal.
The 2003 original grossed $60 million domestically on a budget of $23 million. Thornton, who came on to the project last week, was seen on season one of FX’s “Fargo” and appears in Warner Bros.’ “Our Brand is Crisis.”
- Dave McNary
“Mean Girls” director Mark Waters has signed on to direct “Bad Santa 2,” which sees the return of Billy Bob Thornton and his original co-stars Tony Cox and Brett Kelly, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Miramax and Broad Green Pictures are co-financing the sequel, which the latter company will distribute in U.S. theaters during the 2016 holiday season. The script will be credited to “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, as well as Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Billy Bob Thornton Returns for 'Bad Santa 2'; Miramax, »
- Jeff Sneider
The Transformers saga begins a new chapter as Bumblebee and a team of Autobot action heroes embark on a mission to protect and save Earth from a deadly faction of Decepticons. Hasbro Studios' top-rated animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, which airs on Cartoon Network, is the latest installment of the Transformers franchise and builds on the lore of both the Autobots and Decepticons. Featuring an all-new animation style, this hit animated series is filled with exciting, action adventures and great humor for fans of all age.
Last month, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, released Transformers: Robots in Disguise - A New Autobot Mission on DVD, featuring five entertaining episodes and special behind-the-scenes bonus content. Packed with unforgettable Autobot and Decepticon characters and action adventures, this new collectible DVD delivers fun-filled home entertainment that kids, parents and loyal fans will enjoy! This DVD is priced to »
You might want to skip this Christmas, because Bad Santa 2 is 100% happening and it's set for release next year.
Bad Santa 2 will begin shooting early next year in Montreal.
The 2003 original grossed $60 million in the Us on a budget of $23 million, and took $76.5 million worldwide. »
"...the writer is still working on the script, he's doing his rewrite right now. We saw the first draft and we just had a few little things we wanted to take away or add and he's doing that. The plan is to shoot that in the fall," Billy Bob Thornton told us way back in 2012. That's really just an example of how long the sequel to "Bad Santa" has been brewing, but now it's officially moving forward. Miramax and Broad Green Pictures have announced that Thornton will reprise his role as Willie Soke, and production on "Bad Santa 2" will start in January in Montreal, Quebec. However, there's not much else in the way of details. There's no word on who has penned the script, or who will be directing. Steve Pink ("Hot Tub Time Machine," "About Last Night") and Doug Ellin ("Entourage") had been linked to the project in the past, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Burns told Variety that the series is tentatively titled “40-Year-Old Rookie” and is a father/son story about a former criminal defense attorney who, in order to clear his conscience and be on the right side of justice, becomes a 40-year-old rookie cop working alongside his son in the same precinct. Burns will executive produce, along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of The Tannenbaum Company.
“The lead character has a very Jerry Maguire moment and realizes his life is unfulfilling as an attorney despite the money,” Burns told Variety.
- Dave McNary
A couple of months ago, as I prepared to tape a radio appearance, the host and I discussed potential topics, and I noted that Starz's basketball comedy "Survivor's Remorse" would have its second season premiere that weekend, and I liked the show a lot. "I have honestly never heard of that show before," she told me. And this wasn't someone with a general interest show just doing a segment on television; this was someone who hosts an entire show about television. I know, I know: Peak TV in America, Starz has always had trouble getting traction with its comedies (Rip, "Party Down"), the title gets across the basic theme of the show (Jessie T. Usher's Cam Calloway feels guilt over making it out of a tough Boston neighborhood to become a pro hoops star) while never conveying what the show is actually about (or that it's a comedy), the »
- Alan Sepinwall
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