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March 29, 1997 | SCOTT COLLINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Billy Bob Thornton, who this week won an Oscar for his "Sling Blade" script, has seemingly revealed every last detail about his life and the story behind the movie, including his past heart problems, failed marriages and battles with studio executives. But there's still more to tell, as video customers may have already learned. Thornton has seldom talked about a 29-minute black-and-white short he wrote and starred in nearly four years ago.
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June 14, 1997 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"You look so money tonight, you don't even know it," says the murderously cool voice spoofing the movie "Swingers." "Mmm-hhhmm," drawls another familiar voice from independent film. Hint: This one is gravelly and laconic and conjures up images of French fried potaters and potted meat.
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June 14, 1997 | CLAUDIA PUIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"You look so money tonight, you don't even know it," says the murderously cool voice spoofing the movie "Swingers." "Mmm-hhhmm," drawls another familiar voice from independent film. Hint: This one is gravelly and laconic and conjures up images of French fried potaters and potted meat.
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March 29, 1997 | SCOTT COLLINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Billy Bob Thornton, who this week won an Oscar for his "Sling Blade" script, has seemingly revealed every last detail about his life and the story behind the movie, including his past heart problems, failed marriages and battles with studio executives. But there's still more to tell, as video customers may have already learned. Thornton has seldom talked about a 29-minute black-and-white short he wrote and starred in nearly four years ago.
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April 21, 1997 | JOHN MORGAN WILSON, John Morgan Wilson is the author of "The Complete Guide to Magazine Article Writing" (Writer's Digest Books). His novel, "Simple Justice" (Doubleday), has been nominated for an Edgar award by the Mystery Writers of America as best first novel of 1996
Reporters who cover the entertainment industry certainly deserve scrutiny and many warrant their share of criticism. I know this because I worked among them and was one for nearly two decades. Still, it must be pointed out that Jonathan Palmer's broadside against film industry reporters and the publications that employ them as "entertainment-obsessed" and "intent on giving actors the bare-bulb treatment" was off the mark ("So What If Jim Carrey Wants to Switch Gears," Counterpunch, April 14).
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