Yep, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates will be there!

By EW Staff
October 26, 2016 at 05:08 PM EDT
Jan Thijs

He sees you when you’re sleeping, knows when you’re awake — and absolutely loves getting wild and drunk over the holidays. That’s right: the worst Santa ever is coming to town!

EW’s PopFest will screen footage from the sure-to-be-merry con-artist comedy Bad Santa 2 (in theaters Nov. 23), and bring cast members Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, and more along for the ride. Spiked eggnog, anyone?

The stars join an already star-studded lineup of singers, actors, and more taking the stage at Entertainment Weekly’s two-day pop culture extravaganza. Some of the additional PopFest programming includes cast members from Grey’s AnatomySupernaturalThis Is Us, and all four superhero shows on the CW (ArrowThe FlashSupergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow), as well as Gilmore Girls creator/executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino. Jennifer Aniston will appear with her Office Christmas Party cast mates, Eddie Redmayne will conjure up a sneak peek of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and PopFest will kick off with an advance screening of Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

EW PopFest runs from Oct. 29-30 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

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  • 11/22/16
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