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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Gilly Hopkins is a little girl who's full of gumption and an attitude to boot. Her life - up until now - hasn't exactly been easy; she's been in and out of foster homes and doesn't let people into see the real Gilly. Having been given multiple warnings, Gilly can't find a place that she fits in and is sent to a new home with the warning that if she doesn't make this foster home work, she'll be put into a teen centre by social services. However much attitude Gilly has, she knows that a teen facility is the last place she should be.
Gilly is welcomed by an older lady named Mrs Trotter who lets her into her home. Though Mrs Trotter is friendly and has dealt with many kids in the past, Gilly takes an instant dislike to the woman and her other foster child, William, who is far younger than Gilly.
Though Gilly is cold and distant towards her new 'family', she soon learns to follow Mrs Trotter's rules and finds that her nightly meals with Trotter, William and their neighbour Mr. Randolph are periods of time she learns to enjoy.
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Bates is to be the primary star of 'Disjointed', which has been snapped up for 20 episodes by Netflix.
Following massive successes with the likes of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Two and a Half Men’, writer Chuck Lorre’s new sitcom ‘Disjointed’ has found a home on Netflix for its debut season, and has also announced its star in the form of Kathy Bates.
Having been the subject of bidding wars between traditional networks and streaming services, Netflix has landed Lorre’s new project and has snapped up 20 episodes. Co-written by Lorre and ‘The Daily Show’s David Javerbaum and produced by Warner Bros, it’s to be shot in front of an audience in a ‘multi-camera’ style.
Kathy Bates is to be the star of Chuck Lorre's new sitcom 'Disjointed'
Kathy Bates - The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - Closing Night Presentation: "American Horror Story: Hotel" at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 21st March 2016
Michelle Darnell is one of the most successful businesswomen of her age. She's loud, boisterous and upset MANY people on her way to the top.
To Michelle, she's made it. She's made billions and she has everything -materialistic - that she needs. However, when the businesswoman is arrested for insider trading, she can't even begin to grasp the changes that are going to happen in her life.
Penniless, sent to jail and alone, Michelle's life has gone from an all-time high to the lowest point she's ever experienced. After being released from jail, she's sure that she'll be ready to reinvent herself as America's latest reformed sweetheart but having offended so many people in the past, finding people to help her along the way won't be easy.
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Anyone else get nightmares after Episode 3 of Hotel?
'American Horror Story' has returned with yet more blood and supernatural horrors than ever before with 'Season 5: Hotel'. If you thought 'Freak Show' was as bizarre as it could go, you'd be wrong. And episode three 'Mommy' takes it up yet another spine-chilling notch.
Chloe Sevigny has the creepiest greeting so far in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'
So what's happened so far? Well episode one 'Checking In' saw Hotel Cortez play host to some particularly creepy, bloodthirsty forces, with the wretched, ill-fated guests being killed by flesh-eating ghost kids, raped to death by the Addiction Demon and slashed to ribbons by vampires during an orgy. Plus, Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson) has fallen to her death at the hands of Donovan's (Matt Bomer) protective mother, hotel manager Iris (Kathy Bates). Naturally, events have caught the attention of Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley).
Stet is just 11-years-old and struggling to come to terms with his mother's death. He frequently lashes out and has little discipline, but the one thing he does have a lot of is talent. An impressive singer, he is thrust into the National Boychoir Academy who accept him only on the basis that he can sing and that his father pays them well. However, he struggles to fit in with the other children, especially when it emerges that he is unable to read music. He causes fights and is frequently picked on, the school are beginning to see him as a liability, but there's an important concert coming up and Stet could prove to be their new secret weapon; all he needs is a little help. Choir master Carvelle takes him under his wing with a hard line, determined to show Stet just how great he can be.
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'Freak Show' star Finn Wittrock reveals why he's excited about Lady Gaga's appearance in the fifth season.
The man who played psychopath Dandy in the fourth series of 'American Horror Story' has given his thoughts on Lady GaGa's guest appearance in this year's chapter of the blood-spattered anthology.
Finn Wittrock's portrayal of Dandy was a highlight of 'Freak Show'
Speaking to Variety, actor Finn Wittrock recalled his reaction when he first heard the 'Bad Romance' singer would be guest starring in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' later this year.
Evan Peters will star in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'. The 28-year-old actor has starred in the past four seasons of the hit FX show from creator Ryan Murphy.
Evan Peters is returning to American Horror Story: Hotel. The series' creator, Ryan Murphy, announced the news on Twitter on Friday (24th April). "This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #AHSHOTEL," Murphy wrote.
Evan Roberts has been cast in American Horror Story: Hotel.
Kathy Bates is the latest star to check into the AHS hotel for the horror anthology's fifth series.
The confirmed cast for the next series of 'American Horror Story' just keeps getting better, with co-creator Ryan Murphy announcing that fan favourite Kathy Bates will be returning to the show.
Kathy Bates is making a comeback
The Oscar-winning actress will be joining Lady Gaga, Chloe Sevigny, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson and Wes Bentley for the popular horror anthology's fifth series, which, if previous seasons are anything to go by, will be back on screens in October, just in time for Halloween.
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The cast of season 4 is taking shape with Jyoti Amge's most recent addition.
Jyoti Amge, who became known as “the world’s smallest woman” has been cast in the fourth season of American Horror Story, which bears the somewhat questionable subtitle Freak Show. Creator and showrunner Ryan Murphy announced the news on his own Twitter, posting a picture of Amge, posing with AHS star Jessica Lange.
Kathy Bates in American Horror Story
The show begins each season with an entirely new setting and premise and the series regulars play different roles each time. The previous season centered around a school for young witches, with traditions stretching back to the Salem witch trials and explored themes like feminism, racism and the civil rights movement. Season 5 will feature a carnival theme and be set in the 1950s.
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