Screen Junkies » billy bob thornton http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:54:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 FX’s ‘Fargo’ Trailer Introduces Us To All The Folksy Weirdos Who Will Be Murdering One Another http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fxs-fargo-trailer-introduces-us-to-all-the-folksy-weirdos-who-will-be-murdering-one-another/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fxs-fargo-trailer-introduces-us-to-all-the-folksy-weirdos-who-will-be-murdering-one-another/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:20:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=260343 Oh, gosh.

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Have you ever wanted to watch a version of Fargo recast with actors who have had diminishing movie popularity over the last ten to fifteen years? FX did. In fact, they wanted to see that so badly that they’ve adapted the Coen Brothers film into an all-new FX Original Series. Get to know the new faces in Fargo, MN. Before they are all murdered gruesomely.

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Writers Hired For Competing ‘Bad Santa 2′ Scripts http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/writers-hired-for-competing-bad-santa-2-scripts/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/writers-hired-for-competing-bad-santa-2-scripts/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:35:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220446 Dimension has invoked kal-if-fee.

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Bad Santa took everyone by surprise with it’s unflinching raunch, wit, and willingness to show a dwarf punch a child in the nads and vice versa. So, of course, I’m willing to watch another go ’round. And so is everyone behind the scenes it seems.

The film’s producers, along with Dimension Films and Miramix have hired two writers to draft two different scripts for a sequel. The writers are Johnny Rosenthal, whose million-dollar script Iron Jack has been stuck in development since 2009, and Dirty Grandpa writer John Phillips. The idea is to use one for Bad Santa 2 and maybe the other for a third film. I like to imagine that they are bitter rivals working on their scripts in the same coffee shop. Casting one another icy glares and putting laxatives in one another’s lattes when the opportunity arises. May the best man win!! (LA Times)

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Billy Bob Thornton Loads ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’ With Cast http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/billy-bob-thornton-after-a-decade-returns-to-directing-with-jayne-mansfields-car/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/billy-bob-thornton-after-a-decade-returns-to-directing-with-jayne-mansfields-car/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 23:12:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216124 Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon are just some of the actors that will speak slowly and deliberately in this film.

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Billy Bob has decided to return to directing for the first time since 2001′s Daddy and Them with Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Reports today indicate that he’s assembled a pretty crack team that matches his earnest sensibilities as a writer and director. Stepping in front of the camera will be Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick and Ray Stevenson. The addition of Billy Bob himeslf to that lineup creates a cyclone of homespun country charm that could endanger audiences, so bring a helmet.

Thornton co-wrote the story with frequent collaborator Tom Epperson. The plot focuses on two rival families on different continents in 1969. What that has to do with Jayne Mansfield’s car or how that is logistically even possible is beyond me, but it’s got Robert Duvall!

Thornton has also found funding for the project, but all things considered, that’s not nearly as interesting as the participation of ROBERT DUVALL.

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Billy Bob Might Be Dusting Off His Santa Suit http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/billy-bob-might-be-dusting-off-his-santa-suit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/billy-bob-might-be-dusting-off-his-santa-suit/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:56:23 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202492 'Bad Santa 2: Badderer Santa'?

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Actor Billy Bob Thornton‘s Christmas classic Bad Santa has warmed the hearts of yuletide movie-watchers for years. And millions of children across the world have looked up at their parents and asked, “what happened to Billy Bob Thornton‘s character after the end of Bad Santa?” Well, now you can finally stop lying to your children, because Billy Bob Thornton has been interested in doing a sequel for a while, and now is actually in negotiations to do it. Here’s a Weinstein Company spokesman, who I like to imagine is wearing a Santa hat:

“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.”

It was actually Thornton who initially let slip about this at South by Southwest, so it looks like this might actually be happening. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! (via The Wrap)

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(Not Crazy) Robert Duvall To Star In (Crazy) Billy Bob Thorton’s New Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/not-crazy-robert-duvall-to-star-in-crazy-billy-bob-thortons-new-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/not-crazy-robert-duvall-to-star-in-crazy-billy-bob-thortons-new-movie/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 04:47:26 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17487 Mr. Woodcock adds Major Frank Burns to his team.

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Billy Bob Thornton‘s making a film called Jayne Mansfield’s Car and Robert Duvall is going to star. You know who else is gonna star? Billy Bob Thornton. Can you guess who’s gonna write and direct the movie too? If you guessed Gus Van Sant, you should have guessed Billy Bob Thornton. Wasn’t the answer really obvious?

Duvall will have a supporting role in this independently financed film that may or may not be about blonde bombshell actress Jane Mansfield. The Godfather actor claims the movie “puts Tennessee Williams in the back seat — it’s that brilliant.” From what I know about Tennessee Williams, he would have no problem going into the backseat, as long as a swarthy Italian WWII soldier dude was there with him.

Speaking of WWII, here’s what we do know about the plot, courtesy of Duvall:

“It’s about a guy in between WWI and WWII who raises a family after his wife left him for an Englishman and moved to England…When the wife dies, she asks to be brought back to Alabama to be buried, and at that point the character hasn’t seen her in 20 or 30 years. The two families — her original family she abandoned and her English family — meet and then things get really interesting.”

This doesn’t exactly scream out to me “go see this,” but as everyone says, “you gotta respect The Duvall.” I say that at least twice a week. (indieWIRE)

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Billy Bob Thornton Talks ‘Bad Santa 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/billy-bob-thornton-talks-bad-santa-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/billy-bob-thornton-talks-bad-santa-2/#comments Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:40:48 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8891 The holidays are right around the corner, and it looks like Billy Bob Thornton has a gift for us in the form of Bad Santa 2. Well, not really, but he's open to the idea, which is a start.

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The holidays are right around the corner, and it looks like Billy Bob Thornton has a gift for us in the form of Bad Santa 2. Well, not really, but he’s open to the idea, which is a start.

“‘Bad Santa‘ [has] become like a classic Christmas movie. People watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Miracle on 34th St.’ and Bad Santa now is sort on the box set. And there’s been talk of making a sequel to it, which I actually would like to do. I’ve never done a sequel to one of my movies, but that one makes sense to me to do it.”

Of all the films Billy Bob would choose for a sequel, I’m surprised he wants Bad Santa. Not that it’s a bad choice, but with the public clamoring for a follow up to the prison comedy Monster’s Ball, it seems a bit out of left field. (Collider via First Showing)

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Review: Faster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-faster/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:05:44 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8831 The tough guy movie of the year is here. Faster is all about the characters and attitude, much more so than action. This is how you make a cool movie. It’s not just set pieces. It’s an overall tone.

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The tough guy movie of the year is here. Faster is all about the characters and attitude, much more so than action. This is how you make a cool movie. It’s not just set pieces. It’s an overall tone.

driver (Dwayne Johnson) gets out of prison and goes on a rampage, shooting people before you even know what’s going on. This is a list movie, where they introduce all the bad guys and then Driver goes through killing them all. That might remind audiences of Kill Bill but to me it harkens back to Point Blank. There’s no watered down “likeability” but it’s full of respect and honor.  The characters accept their role in this story and have their confrontations.

Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is on Driver’s tail, and Killer is just interested in conquering another quest. He’s already a perfect physical specimen. He just needs a more dangerous game. Cop (Billy Bob Thornton) is on the case, but he’s not a very good cop. Each character speaks to what another character lacks, and it’s a more interesting triangle than usual.

Driver is the best character The Rock has ever played, and that includes The Rock. His actions are so stark before he does pretty much any talking, it just brings us into this story. We don’t have to know Driver’s motivations right away, but we’ve got to stick with him because we’re already in too deep to get out.

I like The Rock, and Johnson is good at comedy too, but it’s cool to see him take a serious badass role. There’s a lot of staring going on. He’s sweaty and gritty. He crosses several lanes of traffic without looking. Of course we know the cars will stop but he doesn’t care. He tosses an interventionist card because he’s not going to talk about his feelings. The Rock is back in action, and better than ever.

George Tillman, Jr. may not have a lot of action set pieces in Faster but he knows how to play visually. His character introductions are completely informative, incorporating behavior and visual cues with slow motion, music and humor. Driver’s reunion with his car is a big deal, even though there’s not really a car chase. There kind of doesn’t have to be, because Driver probably wouldn’t risk his beauty.

Faster brings back all the classic elements that have been missing from movies and takes them to new levels. Driver is one of those miraculous cases of survival who should be dead but he’s back. The hit man is obsessed with excellence and conquering all challenges. There is actually a character close to retirement, and the “one last job” angle has a way different context here. There’s even a gratuitous strip club scene, although they’re all in bikinis. Damn.

The film introduces some new twists too. Real things happen to these characters in between plot points. The deadbeat cop who works too much actually chooses his family in an interesting, still morally ambiguous way. They deal with relationships, addictions, families and religion. Some films throw that in to pretend they have more of a plot, but Faster actually delivers the drama.

I do wonder how all these expert drivers in movies have time to work out and study martial arts too. Learning how to drive that well must take hours and hours behind the wheel every day for your entire life. Those are good skills but you’re still in a seated position. What, you drive for six hours, lift weights for two and do kata before bed?

Faster is just a solid, aggressive thriller. The title might suggest more action than the movie actually delivers, because that’s probably the only way to market it. It’s actually a refreshing minimalist character piece, but man does it propel you through Driver’s anger and Killer’s obsession. Dare I say Faster is also furious? I dare.

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The Faster teaser trailer has Tokyo drifted onto the scene. It’s nice to see Dwayne Johnson shedding his tooth fairy wings and picking up a gun. He should only kick ass from now on and stop these movies where he gets into embarassing situations with nine-year-olds.

The film follows an ex-con who sets out to avenge his brother’s death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. It also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace, Moon Bloodgood, and Carla Gugino. That’s a whole lotta sexy for one movie. The women must have joined together at some point to fend off Billy Bob’s forceful advances.

Faster skids into theaters Novembe 24, 2010.

Check out the teaser after the jump…


Faster — Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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First Pic of Dwayne “Don’t Call Me The Rock Anymore” Johnson in ‘Faster’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-pic-of-dwayne-dont-call-me-the-rock-anymore-johnson-in-faster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-pic-of-dwayne-dont-call-me-the-rock-anymore-johnson-in-faster/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 USA Today premiered the first production still of the action movie Faster starring Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler with the eyebrow thing. The Rock (Ooooopsie!) plays “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, and Moon Bloodgood. Now I can think of two reasons to see this film that each have two reasons to see this film. And no, I'm not talking about testicles.The tag for Faster is "Revenge is the only thing that drives him." Thought provoking stuff, but I think that this guy would disagree:Show your chauffeur some respect Dwaaaayne. (/Film)

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USA Today premiered the first production still of the action movie Faster starring Dwayne Johnson the wrestler with the eyebrow thing. The Rock (Ooooopsie!) plays “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, and Moon Bloodgood. Now I can think of two reasons to see this film that each have two reasons to see this film. And no, I’m not talking about testicles.

The tag for Faster is "Revenge is the only thing that drives him." Thought provoking stuff, but I think that this guy would disagree:

Show your chauffeur some respect Dwaaaayne. (/Film)

 

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