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Billy Bob Thornton marks his return to the director’s chair for general audiences with Jayne Mansfield’s Car, starring Tippi Hedren, Kevin Bacon and Robert Duvall. Isaiah Washington, meanwhile, was lured out of semi-retirement for Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice, which recalls a rash of shootings that terrorized the U.S. capital. Politics, genetically modified food, music and art are at the center of three documentaries that are among this weekend’s new Specialty offerings. Music Box will open Informant which looks at FBI informant Brandon Darby. Herb & Dorothy 50X50 is a follow-up to a 2008 doc that profiled a seemingly ordinary middle class couple who amassed an important collection of minimalist and conceptual art while Sample This looks at how a forgotten record helped cement hip hop on the streets of the Bronx.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Director-writer: Billy Bob Thornton
Cast: Tippi Hedren, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, Hohn Hurt, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
The first narrative feature Billy Bob Thornton has directed since Daddy And Them (2001), the provocatively titled Jayne Mansfield’s Car had its debut in competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Distributor came on board the film set in 1969 Alabama soon after its premiere there. “We loved it – it has a phenomenal cast, a unique storyline and it’s Billy Bob Thornton’s return to directing,” said Anchor Bay president Bill Clark. “We knew that audiences could identify with one or more of the diverse characters in the film – everyone has an uncle, father, grandfather that embodies the aspects of each generation.” The film centers on the death of a clan’s estranged wife and mother which brings together two very different families. (more…)