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10 items from 2012


Angelina Jolie should retire with a bang – not a lecture

4 December 2012 9:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If the Maleficent star is to bow out in style she'll need to steer a course between the vapid action fluff and middlebrow issue movies she's favoured lately

Angelina Jolie has always tried to use her celebrity to draw attention to humanitarian causes. So, following her recent Channel 4 News interview alongside William Hague to discuss warzone sexual assaults in her capacity as a Un special envoy, all the headlines were naturally about when she's going to stop being in films.

And the answer is apparently quite soon. Upsettingly for fans of her work, and for fans of errant red carpet leg-juts, Jolie already has the finishing line in her sights. "I think I'm going to have to give up acting as the kids hit the teenage years because there is going to be too much to manage at home," she said. Given that her oldest son Maddox is now »

- Stuart Heritage

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Billy Bob Thornton 'Blew' Angelina Jolie Marriage Over Insecurities

16 May 2012 9:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Billy Bob Thornton was left feeling like the Phantom Of The Opera over the barrage of criticism he received following his marriage to Angelina Jolie, and blames their split on his own lack of confidence.

The pair was Hollywood's odd couple when they got wed in 2000 shortly after meeting on the set of their movie Pushing Tin a year earlier.

They courted controversy with their public displays of affection on the red carpet and by wearing vials containing each other's blood around their neck.

Thornton and Jolie split in 2002, and the actor cites his own insecurities over dating the renowned beauty as the reason he "blew" the marriage.

He tells America's Nightline show, "I blew it because I didn't think I was good enough for her. She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine and I was just too insecure.

"I did feel like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs... People have actually said that I didn't deserve to be with her." »

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Angelina Jolie Gives Ex-Husband High Praise

15 May 2012 8:41 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

There seems to be no hard feelings between Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton, as the actress penned some pretty high praises for Billy in the forward of his new book The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts.

Related: Angelina's Stunning Engagement Ring

According to Life & Style, Angelina wrote that her former lover "has a big beautiful heart," and reportedly went on to gush, "He has an unmatchable wit and can make you laugh until your face hurts ... I know one thing: The world would certainly be a hell of a lot more dull if that man weren't in it."

This news follows Angelina's highly publicized engagement to her partner of seven years, Brad Pitt.

The news source reports that Billy Bob recently took the blame for the failure of his marriage to Angelina, saying, "I blew it because I didn't think I was good enough for her ... She has one way she »

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The Baytown Disco Trailer Features Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria

18 April 2012 6:33 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

The Baytown Disco, the grits-n-hominy crime flick that’s come barrelling out of the left field of the indie scene over the past year, finally has a new trailer.  If there’s any kind of justice in the world, this movie would already be out, but there you go.  I guess we’ll have to make do with this slab of promotional material.

For whatever reason, an embeddable version of the trailer is unavailable.  But you can whip on over to Deadline, check it out, then head back.

Done?  Awesome, wasn’t it?  Yeah, you can go check it out again, I’ll wait.

In case you can’t tell, we down at the Complex have a southern-fried boner for this movie, and have had for some time.  What started as a frantic six-and-a-half-minute short film has evolved fairly quickly into a full-blown “southern whip-ass extravaganza,” the exact sort of high-octane, »

- Jimmy Callaway

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Billy Bob Thornton Ended Angelina Jolie Marriage Because of Children, Claims Actor's Ex-Wife

9 March 2012 10:52 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton's marriage ended because he didn't want kids, according to one of his ex-wives. Melissa deBin-Parish - who was married to the 56-year-old 'Bad Santa' actor from 1978 to 1980 - claims it was Billy's lack of desire for children that drove them apart. She said: "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he did not want to be around children back then. Look at the timeline: she adopted Maddox and then, [Billy] was gone." The pair - who met in 1999 on the set of 'Pushing Tin' and married after just two months of dating in 2000 - split just three months after adopting Maddox, now 10 - who has since been adopted by Angelina's current partner Brad Pitt. But Melissa admits she doesn't know why they were together in the first place. She told Star magazine: "I always wondered why they were attracted to each other. »

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Billy Bob Thornton 'didn't want kids with Angelina Jolie'

9 March 2012 2:01 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton's marriage ended because he didn't want kids, according to one of his ex-wives. Melissa deBin-Parish - who was married to the 56-year-old 'Bad Santa' actor from 1978 to 1980 - claims it was Billy's lack of desire for children that drove them apart. She said: 'I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he did not want to be around children back then. Look at the timeline: she adopted Maddox and then, [Billy] was gone.' The pair - who met in 1999 on the set of 'Pushing Tin' and married after just two months of dating in 2000 - split just three months after adopting Maddox, now 10 - who has since been »

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Angelina Jolie writes foreword to Billy Bob Thornton memoir

24 February 2012 6:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor contributes foreword to ex-husband's memoir The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, written with Kinky Friedman

In a further sign that they may have Hollywood's best post-breakup relationship, Angelina Jolie has written the foreword to ex-husband Billy-Bob Thornton's forthcoming book of memoirs, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts.

Written in conjunction with musician-author Kinky Friedman, The Billy Bob Tapes promises "colorful tales of his modest Southern upbringing, his bizarre phobias, his life, his loves (including his heartbreakingly brief marriage to fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie), and, of course, his movie career."

Thornton was married to Jolie between 2000 and 2003 (though they separated in 2002) after meeting on the set of the 1999 film, Pushing Tin. Their relationship quickly became tabloid fodder (including the now-notorious "phials of blood" they wore on necklaces) but their friendship appears to have survived intact.

At the recent Berlin film festival where he was premiering his new film, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Billy Bob Thornton: 'The Us has the wrong idea about the English'

17 February 2012 2:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Billy Bob Thornton Writes, Directs Then We Drove - Film Based On Angelina Jolie Marriage

15 February 2012 12:30 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Billy Bob Thornton is making a film based on his failed marriage to Angelina Jolie. The actor-and-director is to co-write and direct road movie 'And Then We Drove' which will have parallels to his union to the screen beauty, according to Variety. Billy Bob, 56, has revealed the project is about "a guy who's on a road trip and picks up this girl along the way, and what happens to them. It's about the question of life, 'What is this? Where do I fit in?' " 'And Then We Drove' producer Alexander Rodnyansky has confirmed the film is partly inspired by the couple's well-documented relationship. Angelina - who now raises six children with her long-term partner Brad Pitt - tied the knot with Billy Bob in Las Vegas in 2000, after first meeting him when they starred in 'Pushing Tin' together. Their union ended in June 2002 but when they were »

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Baftas 2012 shortlist: neither Kim Kardashian nor Kate Middleton

17 January 2012 3:18 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This year's nominations are neither trashy nor po-faced. The usual heavyweight suspects are in, balanced by thornier fare

It is at this point that our cosy awards season tips into air-traffic nightmare, like some fevered, Sweded version of Pushing Tin re-enacted with gold statuettes. The Golden Globes have barely left the runway, outbound for oblivion, when the Baftas hove into view, its business class crammed with many of the same passengers we thought we'd only just waved off. The whole thing's confusing; it's starting to blur. Surely there must be an award for the harassed, faceless controller in charge of ensuring that all these awards don't collide in some ghastly mid-air fireball.

Until then we're left with the Bafta nominations, with its happy huddle of The Help and The Artist, The Descendants and Tintin. We've seen these names before and will doubtless see them again when the Oscar shortlist is announced next week. »

- Xan Brooks

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