14 items from 2015
I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Rollins battles frustration and Ziggler, Ryback feeds and Neville steaks his claim on the briefcase just three days before Money in the Bank…
Ambrose’s promo is essentially a recap of his week with the absconded WWE World Heavyweight Championship, including his involvement on Monday Night Raw. During this spot, the WWE are not-so-subtly reminding us all that they have an Instagram…
This speech logically moves onto Ambrose proclaiming that he will win at Monday in the Bank. Continuing this tried-and-tested formula, Rollins charges out, insulting his challenger and the crowd. Ambrose presents Rollins with the Championship, which he then admits is just a replica. Supposedly Ambrose has lost the belt in New Orleans and scampers out to go find it. »
- Jake Wilson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Billy Bob Thornton (August 4, 1955) is an American actor, director, writer, producer and singer-songwriter. He has worked on a wide variety of films throughout his career, including One False Move, Sling Blade, Monster’s Ball, Friday Night Lights, and The Judge. He has also played a number of television characters, including ones in The Outsiders, […]
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- Ryan McDonnell
Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.
In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »
- Catherina Gioino
To celebrate the release of The Judge on Blu-ray™ and DVD, we’re giving 3 lucky whatculture.com readers the chance to get their hands on a copy of the film on Blu Ray!
But as if that wasn’t good enough, one lucky winner will also receive a signed poster!
The Judge stars two-time Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin, Tropic Thunder,) and Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, Crazy Heart) alongside Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring) and Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights).
In The Judge, Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
The Judge is out now on »
- Sam Driver
The pair took turns gabbing as one another, with Fallon's lips first making Aniston talk like Sling Blade-era Billy Bob Thornton and the most amped, obnoxious Bonnaroo attendee. Aniston took a simpler route, turning Fallon into a sweet Southern belle: "I'm just pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty little thing, y'all," she said. "I think I'm gonna flip a house!" Her impression was cut short, »
Jennifer Aniston stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk up her latest project, Cake. After her interview, the actress joined Jimmy for a game of "Lip Flip," during which they did impressions of Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade and ended up in a heated debate about whether the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks will win the Super Bowl. Jennifer's appearance sort of gave us Friends flashbacks! Jen has been keeping busy this month doing TV press and print interviews for the emotional indie drama; her role has garnered best actress nominations at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and upcoming SAG Awards, though Jen's Oscar snub has been making major headlines since the nominations were announced last week. She recently talked to Ellen DeGeneres about how much attention her omission from the list has gotten, joking, "Yeah. I'm the number one snubbed! »
It's once again time to drag out the celebrity equivalent to musty yearbooks: wonderfully dated red carpet photos. With the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Jan. 25, we dug through the archives and surfaced 20 years of gowns, power couples and confusing trends straight from the SAGs of yore. While Benedict Cumberbatch and Rosamund Pike are still relatively new to the SAG scene, most of the nominees have been walking the show's star-studded carpet for years. This means plenty of hidden treasures, from Jennifer Aniston's formal crop top to Billy Bob Thorton's inexplicable hair. See what 2015's honorees look like »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
“Cake” star backs one team in the Super Bowl battle between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, with Fallon backing the other
After heaping praise on Jimmy Fallon for the way he was interviewing her on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday night, Jennifer Aniston admitted that she kind of wanted to interview Jennifer Aniston, too. Usher in the latest installment of “Lip Flip.”
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- Jason Hughes
Beverly Hills - It's fair to say Billy Bob Thornton is grateful for his role on "Fargo." "As soon as I read the pilot script, I completely understood why they were doing it," the Best Actor in a TV Drama winner told the press backstage at the Golden Globes. "It was so well written and I heard the people that [they] were assembling after myself, they were getting together, and I thought 'what a great group of people.' There wasn’t really any red flag whatsoever. My only concern is 'Are the Coen brothers on board?' And when I found out they were, that was the last piece of the puzzle for me. It is a joy to be a part of something artistic." Speaking of art, is the "Sling Blade" director looking to extend his filmmaking talents to television anytime soon? "I don’t know, television is a »
- Chris Eggertsen
At the beginning of the season I had Damien Chazelle's screenplay for Whiplash in the Adapted Screenplay category, believing the short film that came before the feature was where it all began. As a matter of fact, the short film was actually an "adaptation" of Chazelle's feature screenplay, made in an effort to get raise the money to get the feature made. So, I moved it over to the Original Screenplay category, where I've had it ever since... until now. Now, Pete Hammond at Deadline is reporting the Academy has listed Chazelle's screenplay as an Adapted screenplay and done so without informing Sony Pictures Classics. Making matters more complicated, the Writers Guild of America considers it an original screenplay and will most likely be among their Original Screenplay nominees tomorrow, January 6, when their nominations are announced. Hammond relays the following story sent to him from screenwriter John Gatins (Flight »
- Brad Brevet
"Whiplash" was one of our frontrunners for Original Screenplay but the academy has classified it as an Adapted Screenplay. This shift comes despite it contending over in original at the Writers Guild, which will reveal the nominees for its awards on Wednesday. The academy deems adapted scripts to be those based on material that has been previously published or produced. In the case of "Whiplash," it is an expanded version of a short that writer/director Damien Chazelle made and screened at Sundance in 2012 to raise money for a feature-length film. -Break- A similar situation happened back in 1996 when Billy Bob Thornton won the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "Sling Blade," which had been based, in part, on his 1993 short "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade." However, unlike "Whiplash," "Sling Blade" had been slotted into the adapted side at the WGA, where it prevailed. In 2009, & »
Exclusive: Damien Chazelle’s Sundance-winning Whiplash, an admittedly largely autobiographical screenplay he wrote, has been mysteriously classified as an adapted script by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — which did not inform Chazelle or the film’s distributor of its decision before ballots went out December 29th. In fact, Sony Pictures Classics only discovered this fact only Monday and was quite puzzled.
Chazelle, who considers his script original, is not an Academy member and therefore is unable to vote, also was completely unaware. Complicating matters, the WGA had vetted it and declared it an original screenplay for their competition (nominees will be announced Wednesday), leading to the unprecedented situation of the guild calling it original and the Academy disagreeing.
It’s already causing all sorts of confusion for the Academy’s writers branch. John Gatins, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Flight, put out an Sos via email to me Monday »
- Pete Hammond
14 items from 2015
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