October 3, 2013 |
"Parkland" hangs on a split second on Nov. 22, 1963, when a president was shot, a country was wounded and a city was brought to its knees. This unsettling film zeros in on the initial impact - just four days - for those closest to the president, for the many ordinary people of Dallas who became involved, and for a city that would begin to wear the assassination of John F. Kennedy like a shroud. It is the way in which ordinary acts began to define an extraordinary moment in history, and the residue of regret that would stay with the city, that Peter Landesman's new film seeks to mine.
September 12, 2013 |
The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's "One False Move" co-writer Tom Epperson, the movie even gets away with its classicist vibe for a good while too. Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie Kevin Bacon)
August 2, 2013 |
FX is bringing back "Fargo. " Not the movie, but a new miniseries. A revamped version of the Coen Brothers' 1996 black comedy starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand as a pregnant police chief investigating a murder case will premiere in spring on the cable network which will star another Oscar winner, Billy Bob Thornton. John Landgraf, chief executive officer of FX Networks, announced the project as a highlight of the network's upcoming slate, which will include a ramping up of original scripted comedies that will air on FX and its satellite networks, FXX and FXM. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview The new "Fargo" will be a 10-part miniseries.
January 3, 2013 |
Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton has sold his estate in Beverly Hills for $8 million. Built in 1929, the 11,012-square-foot Spanish-style mansion retains its period details and features a two-story living room, a recording studio, a gym, a library, nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The walled and gated property of more than a half-acre includes a swimming pool, a spa, fountains and a paddle tennis court. Thornton, 57, directed, wrote and starred in the movie "Sling Blade" (1996)
July 12, 2012
MOVIES The actor Billy Bob Thornton has led one of cinema's more colorful recent careers (when Angelina Jolie wears a vial of your blood, you're doing something right), and he tells all in his new book "The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts. " The signing accompanies screenings of two of his landmark movies: his Coen brothers collab "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "A Simple Plan. " Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 6:15 p.m. Fri. americancinematheque.org.
December 25, 2009
SERIES Bill Moyers Journal: Choreographer Bill T. Jones discusses a new dance piece inspired by President Abraham Lincoln (9 p.m. KCET). Daycare Divas: Two women attempt to run a successful business while wrangling a dozen toddlers in this new reality series (10 and 10:30 p.m. TLC). SPECIALS Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade: Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Kris Allen are scheduled to perform, with Kelly Ripa hosting from Orlando and Ryan Seacrest hosting from Anaheim (9 a.m. ABC)