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Billy Bob Thornton Explains Bad Santa 2 Delay

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Actor Billy Bob Thornton has blamed script troubles for delaying the highly-anticipated sequel to his 2003 festive movie Bad Santa.

The Monster's Ball star has signed up to reprise his role as a conman who masquerades as Santa, but the follow-up has yet to go into production.

Thornton has now revealed Bad Santa 2 has suffered numerous delays, but is finally due to start filming early next year (14).

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Lauren Graham Worried About Onslaught

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Bad Santa star Lauren Graham is secretly dreading the publication of her first novel next year (13) - because it means she will have to interact with her fans on

The actress admits she's not a big fan of micro-blogging because she fears once she starts chatting with followers, she'll never stop.

She tells Wenn, "I have been avoiding it. There's something about it that probably I worry I would just never leave the house and I'd just go too far.

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Thornton Back For Another Bad Santa?

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Billy Bob Thornton is set to don the Santa suit again for a Bad Santa sequel.

The movie star is in negotiations with Miramax/Weinstein film executives to reprise his boozy, foul-mouthed character Willie from the hit 2003 comedy.

A spokesman for The Weinstein Company tells, "We feel that it’s a Christmas perennial for the R rated crowd. Everyone loves the character and Billy Bob’s excited to be in talks with us."

Graham's Equestrian Dreams

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Lauren Graham had a back-up career planned if she failed at acting - the Bad Santa star wanted to be a professional jockey.

The 42 year old grew up riding horses in Virginia, and thought she was destined to race horses until she landed her first starring role in a high school play.

She says, "I worked in a barn and I rode every day. That's what I thought I was gonna do with my life. I don't know (what happened) - show business. I got in the school play, so I stopped riding. I was going to be a mountain police person or a jockey. I said those were my choices, because I can't type."

Bad Santa Inspires Quirky Christmas Rap Compilation

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Billy Bob Thornton's turn as Bad Santa has inspired a new festive rap album.

Jim Jones, Skull Gang and comedian Mike Epps have recorded tracks for new album A Tribute to Bad Santa.

Epps claims the new holiday album is full of "'Hood Christmas classics", and Jones adds, "This could be the coldest winter ever not due to the climate, but because of the recession... smoke a blunt, stay warm."

Ritter Ignored Medical Advice Three Years Before His Death

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The three doctors fighting charges they mishandled actor John Ritter's medical treatment on the night he died have revealed the Bad Santa star ignored advice to see a heart specialist.
Ritter's widow Amy Yasbeck has already won a $12.5 million (GBP6.25 million) settlement from Los Angeles' Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, claiming her husband would still be alive if staff had taken a simple X-ray when the actor checked into the emergency room complaining of chest pains.
It was too late to save Ritter when doctors eventually realised he had a tear in a blood vessel and he suffered a massive heart attack in 2003.
Yasbeck is now suing the doctors who she claims bungled her late husband's treatment, but they maintain the actor himself was to blame for his death because he ignored medical advice he received in 2000.
The trio insists it will prove Ritter ignored the advice when the misdiagnosis case comes to trial in January (08).
The doctors' attorney Stephen Fraser tells America's the Globe, "It's not the doctors' fault."

Thornton: 'Grant Teased Me Over Disraeli's Hair'

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Billy Bob Thornton found himself at the receiving end of taunts from British actor Hugh Grant - after the Bad Santa star revealed his phobia of nineteenth century British Prime Minister BENJAMIN DISRAELI's hairstyle.
Thornton was so sickened by Disraeli's curly locks he found himself unable to eat every time Grant mentioned the late statesman on the set of 2003 film Love Actually.
He tells Empire magazine, "I was watching some old movie once - I don't remember the name of it - but Benjamin Disraeli was a character in it. He was in this old, weird room, with old heavy drapes and there was just something about his hair.
"I thought, 'God knows what's going on with that hair'. I don't know what it was - maybe some food accidentally got in there somehow. There was something about the way it swept out...I couldn't breathe too well.
"When I did Love Actually with Hugh Grant, he set up a picture of Benjamin Disraeli right at the top of the stairs where we were doing our scene. He just wouldn't leave me alone about it. Right before lunch he'd mention something about Benjamin Disraeli's hair and I couldn't eat."

Schwarzenegger Christmas Movie Flop

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Christmas movie JINGLE ALL THE WAY has been voted the worst seasonal film ever.
The 1996 comedy sees Schwarzenegger attempting to secure a fantastic Christmas present for his son - but 3000 film goers polled failed to see the funny side to his festive plight, according to cinema website
Surreal 1960s movie SANTA CONQUERS THE MARTIANS was the second least favourite film, with Tim Allen starring in two of the most hated 'comedies' - Christmas With The Kranks and The Santa Clause.
KATHRYN JACOBS of Pearl + Dean says, "Everybody loves a good family film at Christmas but they can't all be classics like It's A Wonderful Life.
"We think Arnie is a very worthy winner."
Other movies in the top 10 include Home Alone, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE and Bad Santa.

Angelina's Special Note For Billy Bob

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Angelina Jolie has congratulated her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton on his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, by taking out a full-page advertisement in a trade publication.

Thornton received a star on the Tinseltown walkway today (07OCT04), and has been honoured by a range of studios and professionals with congratulatory ads in DAILY VARIETY.

But most noteworthy of all was a special message from Jolie.

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Thornton's Penis-Creating Past

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Movie star Billy Bob Thornton used to make clay penises for plastic action figures, before finding fame in Hollywood.

The 48-year-old Bad Santa actor - former husband of ANGELINA JOLIE - has a proud past as a manhood moulder for dolls, although he'd never create a phallus for his OSCAR statuette.

He tells STUFF magazine, "I have made them for GI JOEs and things like that. It's nice to take the old fatigues off, take a little modelling clay and give the guy a johnson, you know?"

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