The 2003 comedy Bad Santa is a holiday classic that skilfully mixes gross-out humour with resolutely unsentimental emotion. So it's very disappointing that this 13-years-later sequel reassembles the cast then merely coasts on the vulgarity, never bothering to develop the characters or plot. It's just as rude, and it provides some solid laughs along the way, but the story never engages the audience, which leaves the movie feeling naughty but never nice.
Over these years, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) has continued his slacker lifestyle into his early 60s. He still lives in Phoenix, and has continued to try to ignore the attentions of the sweetly naive Thurman (Brett Kelly), who has just turned 21. Then Willie's treacherous ex-cohort Marcus (Tony Cox) gets out of prison and approaches him with a big heist. Against his better judgement, Willie accompanies him to Chicago, where two nasty surprises await: the plan is to steal millions from a children's charity, and Willie's estranged mother Sunny (Kathy Bates) is organising the robbery. Annoyed, Willie instantly falls for the sexy Diane (Christina Hendricks), who is married to the charity's shifty boss (Ryan Hansen). Meanwhile, Marcus tries to seduce a security guard (Jenny Zigrino). And Thurman turns up unannounced.
It's depressing that, after years of talk about a sequel, this haphazard plot is the best the writers could come up with. Every element of the narrative is deeply contrived to merely string together a series of filthy jokes, rude insults, noisy sex and criminal slapstick. All of this would have been welcome if the comedy sprang from the messy relationships or personalities. But everything is so static and pointless that there's nothing to hold the audience's attention, aside from a number of witty gags that pop up out of nowhere. So at least there are a few solid laughs.
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Since we last met Willie T. Stokes, his life has had plenty of ups and downs; but mainly downs. He's still in touch with his curly haired friend, Thurman but he's the only person he really has in his life. Thurman is now fully grown and at the age of 21, he's now old enough to drink and he works at a sub sandwich shop.
Thurman is just as naive as the last time we saw him but he has just as much faith in his buddy Willie as he ever has done. Willie can't help but still feel protective over the boy he helped save from bullies all those years prior.
As for Willie's old partner Marcus, as far as Willie's concerned hopefully he's still rotting in jail after attempting to kill Willie. When Marcus gets in contact with our cranky aging ex-Santa, he's surprised to hear from him and even more surprised to learn of a new con Marcus tells him about which could be worth millions.
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The Neon Demon follows the journey of its protagonist Jesse (Elle Fanning) when she makes the move to Los Angeles as an aspiring model. Jesse is a young female that has been recruited by a fashion designer, as the typical girl from a small town with big dreams who wants to make it big in the modelling industry. However Jesse is not your typical model as she is described as a dangerous girl in the sense that the narrative soon takes a sinister turn.
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‘Guerrilla’ is among a number of new dramas announced by Sky, which include shows starring Julia Stiles and Christina Hendricks.
Idris Elba will be starring in a new political drama for Sky Atlantic set in 1970s London. Titled ‘Guerrilla’, it will be Elba’s first small-screen drama since BBC1’s ‘Luther’. The six-part series is set to debut on Sky Atlantic next year.
Idris Elba will star in new Sky Atlantic drama ‘Guerrilla’.
‘Guerilla’ follows a politically active couple after they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell. Their target becomes the “black power desk”, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch which was dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.
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It's was about time.
It’s been a long, sad winter, but with the approaching spring (it’s never too early to dream) comes new hope and new TV seasons and specifically, new Mad Men. The final season will start premiere on April.
The end of Don Draper's saga approaches.
This will be the second half of the season, aka the final seven episodes of the show. Ever. Cue existential crisis for Mad Men fans. The seventh and last season of the hit show chronicling the lives of New York advertising executives in the 1960s officially got under way last year, with seven episodes being shown.
Get ready to say your goodbyes to Don Draper and the rest of the gang at Sterling Cooper & Partners.
We knew it was coming, we just didn't known when, but the second half of ‘Mad Men’s’ final season has now been given a premiere date of, Sunday April 5th. The announcement was made by AMC on Saturday during the 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour. The first half of the final season finished last May with audiences left uncertain about the future of Sterling Cooper & Partners.
Jon Hamm's time as Don Draper is nearly over.
"What an incredible journey this has been. I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season,” series creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement. "We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us,” he added.
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Contenders jostle for Cannes Film Festival awards on Sunday, 'Star Wars' offers fans a chance to join the cast, and 'Batman v Superman' starts filming in Michigan. New trailers arrive for action blockbusters 'Transformers', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Kingsman' and 'Life of Crime'...
As the Cannes Film Festival winds down this weekend, a handful of films are emerging as frontrunners for the prestigious awards ceremony. Higher-profile contenders include David Cronenberg's 'Map to the Stars' starring Robert Pattinson, Mike Leigh's 'Mr Turner' starring Timothy Spall, the Dardenne brothers' 'Two Days One Night' starring Marion Cotillard and Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' starring Hilary Swank. Disappointments have included Olivier Dahan's 'Grace of Monaco' starring Nicole Kidman and Ryan Gosling's directing debut 'Lost River' starring Christina Hendricks. Take a look over our own top five Palme d'Or Winner predictions.
But for most movie fans, the even bigger news is that 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has started filming at Pinewood in London, complete with a competition fans can enter for a chance to actually appear in the movie. In a video clip for the charity initiative Star Wars: Force for Change, Jj Abrams explained this week that the programme will work with Unicef to help children around the world. Watch 'Star Wars: Force For Change' Trailer.
Gosling's first crack at directing hasn't been the critical success many expected
Ryan Gosling was the guy; plastering the walls of Tumblr pages with endless looping gifs of his chiselled physique. He wanted more, and despite being linked with every film requiring a handsome, brooding lead, he turned his hand to directing and writing with ‘Lost River’.
Ryan Gosling poses for the paps at Cannes 2014
But it hasn’t gone according to plan for the golden boy, who has been replaced at the centre of the GIF universe by Jennifer Lawrence – the Internet’s new ‘look what that person did’ sensation. ‘Lost River’ has been all but panned by the critics at its Cannes 2014 debut.
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Don Draper found hostility from all angles during last night's episode, 'Field Trip.'
Poor Don Draper: episode three of the seventh season of the hit HBO series Mad Men saw the philandering advertising genius as drunk and as sad as ever as he was simultaneously pushed away by estranged wife Megan and SC&P, the company where he used to be king. Don's marriage was at breaking point when he received a call from LA informing him that Megan is having trouble dealing with rejection from auditions.
Megan Pushes Don Away In The Third Episode Of Season Seven.
The vulnerable actress tells Don "it's sunny here for everyone but me," and jokes about slitting her wrists in the bath tub and meets her husband's concern with sarcasm. Don tells her to "Stop acting like a lunatic" and reveals that he has been on a forced leave of absence. Upset that Don hasn't been in LA during his time of work, Megan sends him packing, saying "This is the way it ends. It's going to be so much easier for both of us."
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Mad Men begins its seventh and final season on Sunday. But how will it end?
Matthew Weiner, the creator of AMC's Mad Men which begins its final season on Sunday (April 13, 2014), says he thought of a "fitting end" to the show several years ago and wants to ensure "to leave the characters in a place where they're going to be in viewers' imaginations forever."
Don Draper in Mad Men, Season 7
The looming end to the Madison Ave drama will conclude the story of creative director Don Draper - a character generally considered as one of the greatest television creations in history, after being played with aplomb by Jon Hamm.
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The Emmy Award nominations were revealed yesterday (Thursday 11th July). Breaking Bad; House of Cards; Modern Family; Game of Thrones and Mad Men all received multiple nominations. Netflix made history by becoming the first internet network to be nominated for a number of awards.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced yesterday (Thursday 18th July). The nomination ceremony was presented by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul via a live video stream on the Emmy's website.
Kate Mara at the Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture's Celebration of 2013 in L.A.
Netflix has managed to triumph with nominations for their shows: House of Cards; Hemlock Grove and Arrested Development. The company are developing this aspect of their business, which is proving hugely popular and profitable. The future does seem bright for the company which announced it was expanding into its 64th country. It also seems likely their awards over the next few years will increase especially with recent praise of Orange is the New Black.
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Doctor Who star Matt Smith has been cast in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How To Catch A Monster, The Guardian reports. The movie will be written by Drive star Gosling, with Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes already cast. Hendricks plays the role of Billy, a mother of two who finds herself entering a “macabre underworld” when her teenage son Bones discovers a secret road, which leads to an underwater town.
What results will be something betwixt a modern fairytale and a film noir fantasy. The film’s synopsis reveals “Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.” Not much else is known, at least not publicly, about the film and it’s not clear what role Matt Smith will play, though it’s understood he will be the male lead. Though Eva Mendes (Gosling’s girlfriend) is said to be attached to the movie, her role is also not known, as yet. Smith recently finished his third series of Doctor Who and will begin filming How To Catch A Monster in the Spring.
It looks as though Matt may well be following in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch, an equally ‘quintessentially British’ actor making a name for himself in Hollywood. It’s a pretty big deal for Smith to have landed the role in Gosling’s movie, which has been attracting attention since it was announced back in August. And of course, having played Doctor Who, he’s plenty of expertise when it comes to dealing with monsters.
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Forget their billing as co-stars, there's only one star in town when Christina Hendricks makes an appearance on the red carpet, and Elle Fanning and Alice Englebert had to take a back seat to the 37 year-old as she grabbed the lion's share of the spotlight at a screening of Ginger & Rosa yesterday at the AFI FIlm Festival (November 7). Hendricks wore a sequined low-cut figure-hugging top that showed off her cleavage, matching it with an also-sequined headpiece.
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmys kicks off this Sunday (September 23rd) and what better way to spend a Friday night than trying to predict who’ll walk home with the big prizes? None. There’s none, apart from maybe watching some of the shows nominated.
The headline this year will be Breaking Bad v Mad Men, and all things considered, it looks like Walter White v Gus will snatch it for Vince Gilligan’s meth-lord drama. Breaking Bad has been somewhat of a revelation since Mr White first approached Pinkman to propose a small time meth empire, but it’ll be fondly remembered in TV lover’s hearts as one of the greatest shows to ever grace a box-set. Contact Music predicts Breaking Bad to break Mad Men’s spell, halting the 50’s advertising magnate’s quest for a 5th Primetime Emmy.
Elsewhere in the drama category are; Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Homeland, and you can guarantee that HBO’s prohibition crime drama will clean up on any set design, make up and costume categories. Claire Danes should pick up Outstanding actress in a drama for her startling role in terrorist thriller Homeland, whilst we tip Bryan Cranston to make it a special evening for AMC by picking up his fourth Emmy award for the male award.
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A man who is known only as The Driver moonlights as a getaway driver at night, when he is not doing his day job as a movie stunt driver and mechanic. He only has one rule as a getaway driver: as long as his clients return to his car within five minutes, he will help them get away. If they take longer than five minutes, he leaves and doesn't help them.
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When he is not doing his day job as a movie stunt driver and mechanic, a man known only as The Driver moonlights as a getaway driver at night. His one rule is simple: as long as his clients return to his car within five minutes, he will help them get away. If they don't, he leaves.
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Being named a godparent is truly a remarkable thing, when Holly and Eric are named the godparents of their best friends daughter, they are more than happy to accept, though the godparents aren't exactly friends, they do have a mutual love for Sophie. But when an unfortunate accident kills both Sophie's parents both Holly and Eric are named as her guardians. They must put their differences aside and get along for the sake of the little girl who needs some stability in her life. Both parties seems to have a busy social and work schedule but they must both make sacrifices and find some common ground for the sake of Sophie and her parents wishes.
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