BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
It was 2003 when Billy Bob Thornton starred in Bad Santa. Since then the film has become something of a holiday classic among those who have a slightly twisted view of the term holiday classic.
Prepare for the return of Willie T. Stokes! Since its release back in 2003, the holiday comedy Bad Santa has developed a sizable cult audience, and, as a result, it looks like a follow up is actually going to happen. Billy Bob Thornton himself has teased that Bad Santa 2 is currently in the early stages of development.
THR describes Thorntonís role as if it will fit like a black leather glove: heíll play a billionaire cowboy turned film financier who gambles on Adrian Grenier's Vinny Chase to star in a mega blockbuster. Thornton, who seems like heís been 44 years old forever, will mostly be overseeing the production from afar, as his character will have a twentysomething son on set monitoring the action and ensuring his investment is sound.
Even though the new poster seen above for the upcoming survival horror Endangered is pretty bland, two things immediately stick out. One, it looks almost exactly like one of the Inglorious Basterds posters that promoted Quentin Tarantinoís film. (You can find it at the bottom of the page for a handy reference.)
Based on an original screenplay by Thornton and Tom Epperson (with whom he also wrote Sam Raimi's The Gift), the film is set in 1969 down in Alabama and finds two families, one from the south and one from England, who are forced to reunite after the death of a beloved, long-estranged wife and mother.
It may have the name of one of the most beautiful and famous actresses of the 1950s, but Jayne Mansfield's Car is not a movie about glamour or Hollywood; it is a movie about war. OK, technically it's a movie about the clash between a Southern family and a British one when the woman who united them dies, but the new film directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton has war lurking everywhere in it.
Though this is Shakmanís first time out as a feature director, he has a long resume of TV work, including Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Psych, while fellow feature newcomer Patino also has TV experience, writing for both Sons of Anarchy and the short-lived Prime Suspect.
The Judge tells the story of a hot-shot lawyer (Downey Jr.) who returns to his hometown after being away for decades to attend his mother's funeral. When he arrives, however, he discovers that his estranged father, the local judge, is suspected of killing her.
The Baytown Outlaws could and should be a ton of fun. On paper, it sounds like a Southern-fried Fargo, a double-barreled Grindhouse thriller set below the Mason-Dixon line. Even that first poster embraced its gritty, sleazy potential, turning a traditional Star Wars pose into a Smokey and the Bandit tribute.
When Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman first announced their intention to produce Peter Landesmanís proposed adaptation of Vincent Bugliosiís Kennedy assassination book Reclaiming History, the project was billed as a meticulous character study with a real ensemble feel. Consequently, many speculated Parkland would probably steer clear of household names since there wouldnít be any clear leads. It turns out thatís not the case.
While the title Jayne Mansfield's Car might lead you to believe the vivacious blonde bombshell who met a tragic and early end is getting an adoring biopic in the vein of My Week With Marilyn, this Billy Bob Thornton-directed drama has little to do with Mansfield, instead focuses on two families brought together in grief.
Bad Santa isn't a movie that needs a sequel. It's completely self-contained, has satisfying endings for all of the characters, and operates perfectly as a singular dark comedy. Sure, Willy is a great characters and it could be interesting to see him on another "adventure," but why risk creating something so awful that it would leave a bad taste...
Thornton described Drove as the story of "a guy who's on a road trip and picks up this girl along the way, and what happens to them. It's about the question of life: 'What is this? Where do I fit in?'" His producer, Rodnyansky, added, "I found the story amazing. It's a pretty new combination of genres to put into one movie. It's based on his personal experiences in many ways."
Why are we interested in this? And who is Barry Battles? Well, weíre not 100% sure yet, either. The actor whose primary credit is Boys of Summerville has one short on his directing resume (Mr. Extion), but he has cooked up a premise that has us pining for Raising Arizona-levels of Coen Brothers insanity.
Next week all of you will be able to go to theaters and watch the likes of Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts and Nonso Anozie survive a plane crash and find themselves going head-to-head with a pack of wolves in the Alaskan wilderness that would love to eat all of them for dinner. But just in case that's not enough man vs. wild for you...
Producers of the 2003 hit and executives at Dimension Films are moving ahead on a potential sequel, they hinted that they might be ready to fill audience member's stockings with not one additional Santa but potentially two installments that would complete a devious trilogy. Up-and-coming writers Johnny Rosenthal and John Phillips have been hired to come up with two separate ideas for a sequel script.
Color me excited. Thornton has sadly been labeled as the go-to guy when you need someone to play a foul-mouthed asshole, but his early career shows that he really is capable of a lot more. This is a pretty awesome cast that Thornton has set up, and I can only hope that Duvall and Hurt play patriarchs of their respective families and get to go head-to-head. The potential here is endless.
The Bad Santa star and former foul-mouthed husband of Angelina Jolie has just boarded a new comedy about child abuse and redneck shenanigans. Called The Baytown Disco, it follows three hapless, white trash brothers who agree to help a hot chick get her son back from a father she claims has been abusing him.
We couldn't agree more about Bad Santa being a Christmas perennial, but that still doesn't mean a sequel is necessary. Though really, who knows-- the movie is all about Thornton and his performance, and if he's on board and enthusiastic he might be able to bring the magic yet again
The SXSW film festival is only days away and yet the Austin based mega-fest isnít done adding big films to its lineup. This afternoon they let us know that theyíve lined up a closing night film, directed by frequent southby attendee Billy Bob Thornton. The movieís called King of Luck and itís a documentary about the greatness of Willie Nelson.