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. More 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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Liam Neeson may need nothing more than broken minibar bottles to face off against a wild wolf in The Grey, but I doubt even he could go hand-to-hand with a 700-pound grizzly bear all by himself. No, to battle a creature that big, you’d need at least three people — like, say, James Marsden, Thomas Jane, and Billy Bob Thornton. The three actors are now set to star in a man vs. thriller titled Red Machine, from Saw V director David Hackl. More details after the jump.

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Paraphrasing Jack Lipnick in Barton Fink, “The writer is king here at Dimension!” You should recognize that as a joke of the highest order, at least in the context of Barton Fink. Turns out to be a cosmic gag in the context of real life, too. Because Dimension and Miramax, which are working together to make sequels to a few films produced under the old Miramax order, have hired not one, but two screenwriters to script a sequel to Bad Santa.

Two screenwriters: no big deal, right? Well, they’re writing two scripts, which will eventually be dressed in strappy leather fetish outfits, slathered in pig grease and thrown into some executive Thunderdome, where they’ll do battle to see which becomes Bad Santa 2. Read More »

Last year Billy Bob Thornton started to talk about a late ’60s-set family drama called Jayne Mansfield’s Car. He and Tom Epperson wrote the script, in part as a response to the fact that Mr. Thornton wasn’t all that taken with a lot of the films being made lately, and he plans to direct it this year. Robert Duvall was announced as one primary player, and now it looks like he’ll be joined by Dwight Yoakam and Dennis Quaid. Read More »