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Billy Bob Thornton Talks Directing 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' & Looks Back On 'Sling Blade,' 'Armageddon,' 'Bad Santa' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 13, 2013 2:06 PM
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These days, most people think of Billy Bob Thornton as an actor, thanks to his unforgettable performances in pictures like the Coens’ “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Sam Raimi’s “A Simple Plan” and Terry Zwigoff’s “Bad Santa,” so much so that it’s easy to forget that Thornton wrote, directed and starred in the Academy-Award winning “Sling Blade” (Best Adapted) and co-wrote genre classics like Carl Franklin’s “One False Move” and Raimi’s “The Gift.” His latest effort as a co-writer, director, and star is “Jayne Mansfield's Car,” which opens today in theaters and on demand, a charming comedic drama about a southern family whose matriarch leaves, marries a man in England, and then dies (you can read our review from Berlin earlier this year here). The movie takes place on the eve of her funeral, with the two families (one stiff-upper-lip, one deep-fried-south) collide.

Alexander Payne Trying To Lure Gene Hackman Out Of Retirement For 'Nebraska'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:30 AM
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Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall All Rumored Candidates; Film Will Be Shot In 'Black & White'Earlier this year, we revealed that Alexander Payne would be following up "The Descendants," which was only in post-production at the time, with his gestating father-son road-trip story "Nebraska," with Casey Affleck and Robert Forster loosely being eyed for the leading roles (wishlist stage essentially). Little had been heard about the project since then, but now that the George Clooney-led 'Descendants' gears up to hit theaters after impressing audiences and critics during recent festival appearances, it appears that Payne is getting "Nebraska" into motion.

Robert Duvall Aims For 'One Shot' With Tom Cruise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 6:49 AM
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With the thriller "One Shot" gearing up to shoot very soon, the casting rounds continue and more excellent names continue to get added.

Dwight Yoakam & Dennis Quaid Set To Star In Billy Bob Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 31, 2011 2:51 AM
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A decade after his last directorial effort, news filtered through last year that Billy Bob Thornton had finished a script for a post-war drama titled "Jayne Mansfield's Car" with Tom Epperson and that he was set to direct and star along side Robert Duvall.

Dakota Fanning Joins 'Motel Life' With Emile Hirsch & Stephen Dorff; Also Goes 'Mississippi Wild'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 9:49 AM
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Robert Duvall, Mickey Rourke & Forest Whitaker Also In Talks For 'Mississippi Wild'It looks like Stephen Dorff is going to find out what working with the other Fanning sister is like. Variety reports that Dakota Fanning has signed on for a couple of films that should keep her busy for the next little while.

Robert Duvall Joins Billy Bob Thornton's Next Directorial Effort 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2011 9:16 AM
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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Robert Duvall revealed at last Friday’s Critic Choice Movie Awards that he's eying Billy Bob Thornton’s “Jayne Mansfield’s Car," his next directorial effort. Thornton first revealed the project late last year, and the film will find him starring and directing a script he co-wrote with Tom Epperson, with whom he worked on "One False Move" and "A Family Thing" that starred Duvall.

Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana To Adapt 'The Color Of Lightning' For Ridley Scott

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 15, 2010 2:02 AM
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Also Penning Comanche Drama 'Empire Of The Summer Moon' For Scott CooperLarry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, the Oscar-winning co-scribes of Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," are set to reunite to adapt two separate period Westerns novels, both being produced under the Scott Free banner with Ridley Scott himself attached to helm one and "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper attached to the other.

Robert Duvall Describes Late Director Stanley Kubrick As An "Actor's Enemy"

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 6, 2010 3:32 AM
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Calls Performances In 'The Shining' & 'A Clockwork Orange' Some Of The Worst EverYou gotta love Robert Duvall. The great actor showed up to the recent THR's Awards Watch Roundtable and more or less played the part of the lovable uncle, amusing the rest of the table with his timeless tales and brutally honest observations and opinions.

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