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Briefly: FX is moving into the limited series market with Fargo, inspired by the Joel and Ethan Coen movie of the same name. Fargo was the film that really put the Coens on the mainstream map almost 20 years ago, and this is the second time the film has been used as the basis for a TV show. The series being developed at FX isn’t exactly a TV remake of the Coen Brothers film, however, as it will feature new characters and crimes — the connecting thread will be the location and regional Minnesota quirks

The first casting news is just starting to come out, and Deadline reports that Billy Bob Thornton will play one of the lead roles. He’s Lorne Malvo, “a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.” So he’s more or less the antagonist, somewhere between the Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare roles from the film.

The other significant report to come out of the FX panel today is that while this run of Fargo will go for only ten episodes, success could help the show transform into an American Horror Story-style anthology that presents a new story and character set each season.

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Nearly fifty years later, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 remains one of the most controversial and discussed events in history. With hundreds of books and dozens of movies made on the subject, it might seem like every angle of the story has been explored. Well, that’s not the case.

Writer/director Peter Landesman is coming to the Toronto Film Festival this September with Parkland, a brand new film telling the story of that terrible day from the point of view of the hospital employees at Parkland General Hospital, the local Dallas hospital where the President was taken and pronounced dead. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Colin Hanks, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden and will be released September 20. Check out the first images below. Read More »

If you’ve ever wanted a redneck Boondock Saints, or some vague approximation of an offshoot from Smokin’ Aces featuring the Tremor Brothers, then The Baytown Outlaws is probably your movie. If you haven’t wanted either of those things, then… well, watch out.

We saw a sales trailer for the film back in April that was a lot like the new one that arrived today. This new trailer is a bit more polished, but ultimately it is selling the same movie. This is the sort of thing that you’re probably going to either be desperate to see after watching the trailer, or you won’t want to touch it ever, for any reason. Read More »

Billy Bob Thornton‘s been talking up a possible Bad Santa 2 for the past couple of years, saying the 2003 comedy’s the only one of his films he wants to do a sequel for. Now it seems his Christmas wish is about to come true. A new report indicates that Hot Tub Time Machine helmer Steve Pink has just entered preliminary talks to rewrite and direct the dark holiday comedy.┬áMore details after the jump.

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Some months ago, before shooting his latest film Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton said that there just aren’t many movies being made lately that are really of interest to him. And indeed, the first trailer for his latest, which stars Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O’Connor, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, and what looks like a draft-dodging Kevin Bacon, makes the film look like a pretty controlled, even old-fashioned family drama the likes of which we don’t often see.

That’s not a bad thing, at least as an absolute, though in this particular case the film doesn’t look like the liveliest thing around. But there are good performance moments in this trailer, which arrives thanks to a DVD release that hits there early next year. Thornton’s ’60s-set drama is rooted in the South and revolves around a family reunited for a funeral; see some of what he put together, below. Read More »

If you told me that The Baytown Disco was written and shot in the late ’90s, some time in between the debut of Guy Ritchie and The Boondock Saints, I would believe it without question. This so-called Southern-fried thriller features three grimy redneck killers (Clayne Crawford, Travis Fimmel, Daniel Cudmore) hired by Eva Longoria to rescue her godson from Billy Bob Thornton. Oh, and there is a crew of assassins made up of strippers. Barry Battles directed from the script he wrote with co-star Griffin Hood.

This trailer (which looks like a sales trailer, rather than a final sales pitch meant for the general public) features an overload of ’90s gangster cliches: foul-mouthed assassins! Cartoonish still-frame character introductions! Worldly conversations! Eccentric crews of killers! There’s even a White Zombie song and Michael Rappaport. (And a little bit of A Perfect World, just to cover all bases.) If you’ve been looking for a successor to The Boondock Saints, this is probably it, with all the meanings that statement implies. Read More »

Billy Bob Thornton is in Berlin this week with the latest film he directed, Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Reviews are hitting today and a quick scan suggests the response is middling but more favorable than not.

The actor/director is also doing interview rounds, and the subject is ranging to more than his current film. In fact, Thornton says that the oft-discussed sequel to Bad Santa will finally shoot this fall. In addition, he’s prepping to direct another film, tentatively titled And Then We Drove. That one is a road movie inspired in part by Thornton’s marriage to Angelina Jolie, though she isn’t likely to be in the film. Details on both follow after the jump. Read More »

Could romcom queen Kate Hudson be branching out at last? Earlier this week, she signed on for her first animated feature in DreamWorks’ Me & My Shadow, and she’s now gunning for action stardom with Everly. Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) will direct from a 2010 Black List script by Yale Hannon. Hudson will play a woman trapped in her apartment as she fends off attacks from assassins hired by her ex, a ruthless mob boss.

Hudson is best known for her romantic comedy roles, like last year’s Little Bit of Heaven and Something Borrowed, but her upcoming slate shows a little more variety. In addition to Me & My Shadow and Everly, she also has Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist due out next year.

After the jump, Piper Perabo fights a bear and Common does magic.

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