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Welcome to The Hollywood News Advent Calendar! Join us for the next 24 days as we run down the top Christmas movies and guide you to the perfect festive viewing. Featuring some of your favourite Christmas movies and some you’d probably forgotten (maybe even on purpose), but hey, it is Christmas after all… to see the calendar so far, click here.

Billy Bob Thornton’s unexpected meteoric rise to Hollywood superstardom first began with a supporting role in Carl Franklin’s highly-effective 1992 independent thriller One False Move (co-written by Thornton himself) in which he played the psychotic villain opposite a brilliant Bill Paxton. It wasn’t until his incredible turn as mentally-challenged murderer Karl Childers in Sling Blade five years later – a role originated from the short film Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade which Thornton wrote and directed – that the actor began to turn heads. The role won
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Billy Bob Thornton: 'The Us has the wrong idea about the English'

Billy Bob Thornton thinks there's a strong affinity between the American south and the English. Which explains why three Brits turn up unexpectedly in his latest film, Jayne Mansfield's Car

Billy Bob Thornton fixes me with a laser-eye stare, and briefly bares a mouthful of teeth in his southern-genteel grin. "I love British people," he says. "I always have. Fact of the matter is, my people came from you guys. The south was settled by the English, Scotch and Irish. You get into Minnesota and Wisconsin, that's German and Swedes, but our area is predominantly from the British Isles."

Overlooking the fact that few use "Scotch" any more, and that many Irish people would object to being lumped in with the British Isles, you get his drift: from Arkansas, where Thornton grew up, it probably all looks pretty similar. But it also explains the oddest aspect of his new film,
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A Tribute To George Hickenlooper Will Open The Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival

This came to us on Thursday from Cinema St. Louis.

Casino Jack to follow Hickenlooper tribute

Because of the tragic, unexpected death of native St. Louisan George Hickenlooper on Oct. 30, the 19th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), held Nov. 11-21, is altering its plans and mounting a tribute to the filmmaker.

The festival is slated to open with the St. Louis premiere of “Casino Jack,” directed by Hickenlooper. Featuring a buzz-generating performance by two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, the film chronicles the rise and fall of disgraced super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The “Casino Jack” screening – at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. – will continue as planned. But Sliff is cancelling the cocktail party that was to precede the film and is instead devoting a tribute program to Hickenlooper, a former Cinema St. Louis Award winner.

The tribute will take place from 6:30-8 p.
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George Hickenlooper obituary

George Hickenlooper obituary
Director known for his documentary about the making of the film Apocalypse Now

The films of the American director George Hickenlooper, who has died unexpectedly aged 47, straddled several genres, but he will be best remembered as a documentary maker thanks to his most celebrated work, Hearts of Darkness: A Film-maker's Apocalypse (1991). This riveting account of the troubled gestation of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now (1979) combined behind-the-scenes footage shot by Coppola's wife, Eleanor, with retrospective accounts by the cast and crew.

Hickenlooper observed "a strong parallel between Francis making the movie and the war itself. He really delved into the most sordid aspects of his own character." As Apocalypse Now's budget and schedule ran out of control – and its leading man, Martin Sheen, had a heart attack – Coppola was consumed by fears and self-doubt, as captured in the documentary. "There were too many of us,
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Hickenlooper: 'Indie Film Has Become Pottery-Barn Cinema'

Hickenlooper: 'Indie Film Has Become Pottery-Barn Cinema'
George Hickenlooper, who abruptly died at 47 in Denver on Saturday morning as he was preparing for a film festival screening of his new film “Casino Jack,” had a career that spanned genres. He made acclaimed documentaries, including the “Apocalypse Now” chronicle “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” and “The Mayor of the Sunset Strip.” His short films include “Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade,” which was expanded into Billy Bob Thornton’s Oscar-winning feature “Sling Blade.” And he made narrative features, among them his tale of model and Andy
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R.I.P. George Hickenlooper of 'Casino Jack'

The above photo of Casino Jack director George Hickenlooper, with actor Jon Lovitz, was taken on Thursday night at the Paramount. Hickenlooper and Lovitz were in town for the Austin Film Festival closing-night film and party -- red carpet beforehand, Q&A afterward, you know the drill.

Hickenlooper then headed to Denver to screen Casino Jack at the Denver Starz Film Festival. Sadly, George Hickenlooper died in Denver on Saturday morning. He was 47 years old. His filmography also includes Factory Girl, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, the short Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (on which the feature Sling Blade was based) and the documentary Hearts of Darkness about the making of Apocalypse Now.

I can't say anything better than Moises Chiullan does over at Badass Digest, and I urge you to go read his column about the director. Chiullan was friends with Hickenlooper and had planned to work
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George Hickenlooper 1963-2010

The film community(especially his home town of St. Louis) was stunned to hear of the death of director George Hickenlooper. The forty seven year old was found dead of natural causes in Denver, Co where he was helping his cousin John in his run for governor.

George left behind an impressive list of films. After making Super 8 movies during his years at St. Louis University High School, he continued his studies at USC School of Cinema and Television and Yale and interned with Roger Corman. George’s debut as a professional director was the 1988 short Art,Acting,And The Suicide Chair:Dennis Hopper. In 1991 George had great success with two feature length documentaries: Picture This:The Times Of Peter Bogdanovich In Archer City, Texas and Hearts Of Darkness:a Filmmaker’S Apocalypse (with Fax Bahr). Hearts, a look at the making of Apocalypse Now, has been hailed as one
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George Hickenlooper, 1963-2010

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George Hickenlooper, 1963-2010
Besides the initial shock that comes with the news that writer/director George Hickenlooper died in the midst of a whirlwind festival run for his latest film "Casino Jack" at the far too young age of 47 is the great irony that he reportedly passed away quietly of natural causes. For anyone who has followed Hickenlooper's career, the latter fact may come as an even greater surprise since even more so than his films themselves, he may be best known for the struggles he endured in getting them made, the product of a indefatigable love of film, and as his cousin, Denver mayor John Hickenlooper said in a statement to The Denver Post, "his unquenchable curiosity."

As the late Hickenlooper recounted in the foreword to his invaluable 1991 collection of interviews with directors and film critics, "Reel Conversations," such passion for the medium was evident from an early age when he arrived in Hollywood at 17 from St.
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Flash: George Hickenlooper Dead

About an hour ago I received some terribly sad news from a reliable source, but I wanted to wait until it was officially confirmed before sharing it online: George Hickenlooper, a first-rate director and an acquaintance of mine who I regarded as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, was found dead of natural causes this morning in Denver. George, who was only 47, was town for two reasons: first, to support his cousin John Hickenlooper, the city’s mayor and the Democratic nominee in Tuesday’s Colorado gubernatorial race, and second, to attend a screening on Tursday night of “Casino Jack,” his latest film, at the Starz Denver Film Festival, where John was scheduled to introduce him. He leaves behind his ex-wife, Suzanne, and son, Charles.

George is probably best known for co-directing “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” (1991), the story of the chaotic production of “Apocalypse Now” (1979), which
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Starting Small: Ten Notable Shorts That Became Features

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While some filmmakers spend their entire careers maximizing the succinct pleasures of the short film, others start out by making shorts that they hope will maximize their chances of becoming a feature film director. This week alone will see the feature debuts of two directors who have turned their short films into full-length one -- Neill Blomkamp, whose 2005 socially conscious alien invasion tale "Alive in Joburg" has been turned into the Peter Jackson-produced "District 9," and Paul Solet, whose 2006 horror short "Grace," about a mother who refuses to give up on her miscarriage has morphed into a feature of the same name starring Jordan Ladd. Here's a look at ten other notable shorts that got the full feature treatment.

"Bottle Rocket" (1992)

Directed by Wes Anderson

What's another $4,000 after paying private school tuition? That was probably the pitch made by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson to their fathers, a year
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