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

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 30, 2013 at 2:30PM

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.
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'Bad Santa'
'Bad Santa'

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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.