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Life after Mr. Mashed Potatoes: more gravy, please - Toronto Star
Ever since actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton had a major snit on his CBC-Radio morning show, Q, and then dissed him publicly, Jian Ghomeshi has seen his profile go through the roof, with 2 million hits for their interview. Now he hopes their encounter...
COLUMN: Somehow, we all want to know Billy Bob Thornton - New Westminster Newsleader
By Chris Bryan - New Westminster News Leader Billy Bob Thornton created a sort-of YouTube sensation last month with his behaviour during an interview on the CBC Radio program, Q, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. Thornton was on the show with his band the...
Hall of Fame hits the small screen - Austin 360
This year's honorees include Larry Hagman, Powers Boothe, Catherine Hardwicke and Billy Bob Thornton, and presenters were Linda Gray, Keith Carradine, Brendan Fraser and Dennis Quaid. Luke Wilson accepted honors on behalf of the cast and crew of...
Yes, I Look Fabulous, but Inside I'm Saving - New York Times
Chuck Garric, who plays bass for Alice Cooper and Billy Bob Thornton, has a challenge of his own: relearning how to parallel park after years of tossing his keys to a valet. He's still springing for meals at trendy eateries like Katsuya,...
Film: Thornton friendly as he wrestles with phobias - Scripps News
By RUTHE STEIN, San Francisco Chronicle After listening to Billy Bob Thornton go on about his neuroses, it's tempting to send him a bill for psychological services rendered. Then again, he is much more amusing than an average neurotic....
Boxmasters (feat. Billy Bob Thornton) - Austin 360
It could only be Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters. The Boxmasters are fashioned after a 1960's-era mod band whose upbeat rhythms and infectious arrangements contrast sardonically with the very dark themes they explore lyrically....
Rumors Of Patrick Swayze's Death False - Access Hollywood
Billy Bush discusses the National Enquirer report that Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer and that he is close to death. After numerous gossip sites claim that Billy Bob Thornton said Angelina “is just going through a high school phase” dating Brad,...
'Other guys' in celebrity bands like Billy Bob's face double-edged ... - The Canadian Press
TORONTO — They were the forgotten victims of Billy Bob Thornton's recent tantrum on CBC: his Boxmasters bandmates, standing sheepishly in the background before being forced to perform without their petulant lead singer....
Ride the Blu-ray Wave This Summer For the Ultimate in Hi-Def ... - Magical Mountain
Also debuting on Blu-ray August 4th is Billy Bob Thornton's Academy Award® winning classic Sling Blade from Miramax Home Entertainment. Rediscover the haunting beauty of this uniquely American tale of redemption and unlikely friendship....
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With a good-ol'-boy jaw-jut suggesting Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade,” Pitt plays Lt. Aldo Raine (a reference to movie tough guy Aldo Ray; Tarantino's got a million of 'em). In about a minute's worth of screen time he recruits a “bushwhacking...

Billy Bob Thornton


Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, director, musician, playwright, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His rise to fame began in the mid-1990s, after writing, directing, and starring in the film Sling Blade, for which he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

William Robert Thornton was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the son of Virginia Roberta (née Faulkner), an alleged psychic, and William Raymond (Billy Ray) Thornton, a high-school history teacher and basketball coach. He is the oldest of four sons. Thornton lived in both Alpine, Arkansas and Malvern, Arkansas during his childhood, and also spent time with his grandfather, Otis Thornton, a forest ranger, in a small shack in the woods. Thornton is the cousin of noted professional wrestlers Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk. He was raised a Methodist. A good high school baseball player, he tried out for the Kansas City Royals, but was let go after an injury. After a short period laying asphalt for the Arkansas State Transportation Department, he attended Henderson State University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to pursue studies in psychology, but dropped out after two semesters.

In the late 1980s, Thornton settled in Los Angeles, to pursue his career as an actor, with future writing partner Tom Epperson. Thornton initially had a difficult time succeeding as an actor, and worked in telemarketing, offshore wind farming, and fast-food management between auditioning for acting jobs. He also played drums and sang with South African rock band Jack Hammer. While Thornton worked as a waiter for an industry event, he served film director Billy Wilder and struck up a conversation with Wilder, who advised Thornton to consider a career as a screenwriter, for which he eventually won an Oscar in the category of best screenplay.

Thornton first came to semi-prominence as a cast member on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire with John Ritter and Markie Post. His role as the villain in 1992's One False Move, which he also co-wrote, brought him to the attention of critics. He also had small roles in the early 1990s films Indecent Proposal, On Deadly Ground, Bound by Honor, Grey Knight, and Tombstone.

Thornton put Wilder's advice to good use, and went on to write, direct and star in the independent film Sling Blade, which was released in 1996. The film, an expansion of a short film titled Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, introduced the story of Karl Childers, a mentally handicapped man imprisoned for a gruesome and seemingly inexplicable murder. Sling Blade garnered international acclaim. Thornton's screenplay earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Writers Guild of America Award, and an Edgar Award, while his performance received Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor. In 1998, he portrayed the James-Carville-like Richard Jemmons in Primary Colors. Thornton adapted the book All the Pretty Horses into a 2000 film with the same name, starring Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz. The negative experience (he was forced to cut more than an hour) led to his decision to never direct another film (a subsequent release, Daddy and Them, had been filmed earlier). Also in 2000, an early script which he and Tom Epperson wrote together was made into The Gift which starred Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes and Giovanni Ribisi.

During the late 1990s, Thornton, who has had a life-long love for music, began a career as a singer-songwriter. He released a roots rock album titled Private Radio in 2001, and two more albums, The Edge of the World (2003) and Hobo (2005). Thornton was the singer of a blues rock band named Tres Hombres. Guitarist Billy Gibbons referred to the band as "The best little cover band in Texas", and Thornton bears a tattoo with the band's name on it. He performed the Warren Zevon song The Wind on the tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon. Thornton recorded a cover of the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire" for the Oxford American magazine's Southern Music CD in 2001.

Thornton's screen persona has been described by the press as that of a "tattooed, hirsute man's man". He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade 's success, including 1998's Armageddon and A Simple Plan, 2001's Monster's Ball and 2004's The Alamo, in which he played Davy Crockett. He played a malicious mall Santa Claus in 2003's Bad Santa, a black comedy that performed well at the box office and established Thornton as a leading comic actor. Thornton has stated that, following Bad Santa's success, audiences "like to watch play that kind of guy," and "they call up when they need an asshole. It's kinda that simple... you know how narrow the imagination in this business can be." He appeared in the comic film School for Scoundrels, which was released on September 29, 2006. In the film, he plays a self-help doctor; the role was written specifically for Thornton. His most recent film roles were The Astronaut Farmer, a drama released on February 23, 2007, and the comedy, Mr. Woodcock, in which Thornton plays a sadistic gym teacher. He will next star in the drama Peace Like a River. Thornton has also expressed an interest in directing another film, possibly a period piece about cave explorer Floyd Collins, based on the book Trapped! The Story of Floyd Collins by Robert K. Murray and Roger Brucker. In September 2008, Thorton starred in the big brother action movie Eagle Eye along side Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan.

Thornton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 7, 2004.

On April 8, 2009 Thorton and his musical group The Boxmasters appeared on the CBC Radio One program Q, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. Thorton began the interview sounding nervous and confused, replying "I don't know" when asked how long the band had been together and expounding at length on "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine in response to his musical influences as a child. Other band members answered questions without incident. Mid-interview Thorton clarified he had "instructed" the show's producers to not ask questions about his career as screenwriter and actor. Ghomeshi had mentioned Thorton’s acting credentials in the introduction. Thorton also complained Canadian audiences were like “mashed potatoes without the gravy. The interview received criticism around the world. The following night, Thornton's band opened for Willie Nelson at Toronto's Massey Hall. When Thornton explained mid-set he liked Canadians but not the CBC radio host, boos and catcalls erupted. On April 10 Thornton announced The Boxmasters would not be playing with Nelson during concerts scheduled in Canada due to members of the crew and band having the flu.

Thornton lives in Los Angeles. He has been married five times, most notably to actress Angelina Jolie. The pair were known for their eccentric behavior, which reportedly included wearing vials of each others' blood around their necks; Thornton later clarified that the "vials" were, instead, two small lockets, each containing only a single drop of blood.

Thornton and Jolie adopted a child from Cambodia whom they named Maddox. Jolie's divorce petition defined the child as both her and Thornton's, and requested the Court grant her custody and Thornton reasonable parenting-time.

Thornton is the biological father of four children: (with his first wife, Melissa Gatlin) Amanda Spence, born June 30, 1979, (with his fourth wife, Pietra Cherniak) William Langston, born June 27, 1993, and Harry James, born June 19, 1994, and (with current girlfriend, Connie Angland) Bella, born September 22, 2004. Thornton has also stated that he will likely not marry again; he has specified that he believes marriage "doesn't work" for him. His oldest and youngest child have a 25 year age gap.

He has 3 younger brothers and his two youngest brothers are twins. He and his youngest brothers have a 15 year age gap.

For albums and songs recorded by Thornton's band, see The Boxmasters#Discography.

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All the Pretty Horses (film)

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All the Pretty Horses is a 2000 film, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and based on the novel of the same title by American author Cormac McCarthy. It stars Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz.

The movie tells the story of John Grady Cole, a sixteen year old cowboy, and his best friend Lacey Rawlins, crossing the border to move south to Mexico.

They encounter, among others, a young boy named Jimmy Blevins, whom they befriend, and a young aristocrat's daughter, Alejandra Villarreal, with whom John Grady Cole falls in love. In Mexico he becomes disillusioned by the atrocities of the world.

Some attempts have been made to release a director's cut DVD, but arrangements can not be reached with the original composer, Daniel Lanois. As part of the re-cut, Weinstein scrapped the original score and hired Marty Stuart. Lanois felt insulted, and has steadfastly refused to license his score (which, unusually, he owns) to any release of the film.

Reviews of the film were generally negative, criticizing it as a poor adaptation of the novel and a dramatically un-involving film. The comment of Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum was typical: "Faced with a choice of blunt instruments with which to beat a good book into a bad movie, director Billy Bob Thornton chooses heavy, random, arty imagery and a leaden pace." The characters were also derided as undeveloped, and some reviewers considered there to be a lack of chemistry between the lead actors. The film's sweeping visuals, however, were consistently praised.

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Friday Night Lights (film)

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Friday Night Lights is the 2004 drama film that documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is obsessed with them. The book on which it was based, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, was authored by H. G. Bissinger and follows the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team as they made a run towards the state championship. A television series of the same name premiered on October 3, 2006 on NBC. This movie ranked number 37 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies. The release of the film saw it premiere in Franklin, Tennessee.

Bissinger followed the team for the entire 1988 season, which culminated in a loss in the State semi-finals against Carter High School from Dallas, who eventually went on to win the championship game but would have their title stripped for playing an ineligible player. However, the book also deals with — or alludes to — a number of secondary political and social issues existing in Odessa, all of which share ties to the Permian Panthers football team. These include socioeconomic disparity; racism; segregation (and desegregation); and poverty.

The coach, Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton), is constantly on the hot seat. Tied into the successes and failure of the coach and the team in general are the conflicts the players struggle with on and off the gridiron. The coach overuses his star player, running back James "Boobie" Miles (Derek Luke), who gets seriously injured (Miles tore his ACL, missed the playoffs, and had a limp for the rest of his life). When this happens, sports radios are flooded with calls for his resignation. Miles' once-arrogant attitude vanishes as he sees his once promising chance of playing big-time college football disappear and starts to question his future after he notices his not-so promising academic standing. Quarterback Mike Winchell (Lucas Black) struggles with being able to play consistently, and his inability to make decisions for himself. Fullback Don Billingsley (Garrett Hedlund) has a rocky relationship with his father (Tim McGraw), who won a state championship at Permian and carries on a feud with his son for not performing on the level he'd like to see, despite the fact that Don doesn't do anything to light his father's temper. Third-string running back Chris Comer (Lee Thompson Young), who takes the spot of Miles after his injury, attempts to get rid of his fear of being hit and getting injured, especially when the player who last occupied his spot suffered a season ending injury. His obsession with fame and recognition also comes at a high price that he is at first not ready to pay. Safety Brian Chavez (Jay Hernandez) is easily the smartest player on the team, and the most confident in his future after high school football. One of the themes of the movie depicts the coach as a father-type figure for the players. Coach Gaines triumphs and struggles with winning football games and connecting with his players a number of times during their tremulous season. His job depends on the Panthers making the playoffs, and his team is in a three-way tie with two other teams at the end of the regular season. Under Texas rules for ties, the tiebreaker is a coin-toss. In an effort to prevent a riot, the location of the coin-toss is kept under wraps. Permian gets a spot. They make it to the finals, where they narrowly lose to a powerhouse Dallas high school team.The movie ends with the coach removing the departing seniors from the depth chart on his wall. Notably, the depth chart has "Case" at quarterback. This refers to Permian's real-life backup quarterback in 1988, Stoney Case, who would go on to lead Permian, along with Chris Comer, to the 5A state title the following year, and still later made it to the NFL. The final scene consists of Winchell throwing a football to a bunch of pee-wees playing pick-up football before leaving with Billingsley and Chavez.

In the movie the team is depicted as practicing in full pads and with full contact on the first day of practice. Under rules of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body for Texas public-school sports, teams cannot use pads or hit until the 4th day of practice.

During a football scene, the modern logo for Bank of America can be seen underneath a stadium scoreboard. Although Bank of America existed in 1988, the logo seen in the film was not used until 1998, when today's Bank of America was created via the purchase of the original Bank of America by NationsBank. In other scenes, however, period-specific ads were used, including Pan Am and Oldsmobile logos at the Astrodome.

In the championship game versus Dallas Carter, the Carter players are wearing Under Armour products; the company was not founded until 1996, and in 1988, the founder Kevin Plank was a high school football player in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition, while showing scenes from the town, a silver Dodge Durango can be seen, which was not produced until 1998.

During the opening kickoff of the championship game between Dallas-Carter and Permian, the Permian returner attempted to run the ball out of the end zone and is tackled at the three yard line.

Most followers of high school football would consider this a "goof", because under NFHS rules, the ball is ruled dead immediately and a touchback is called once the ball enters the end zone by breaking the plane of the goal line. However, this scene is actually an accurate depiction of Texas high school football – the UIL, although being a member of NFHS, does not use NFHS rules for football, choosing instead to play under NCAA rules (with minor modifications, the most substantial being the duration of quarters (12 minutes instead of 15) and the kickoff location (40-yard line instead of 30)). Under NCAA rules, a kickoff that crosses the plane of the goal line remains a live ball and can be run out.

It should also be noted that the rule allowing a missed PAT to be returned by the defense for a 2-point score, mentioned earlier in the article, is also an NCAA rule that is not used by NFHS but is used by UIL.

Because of these uniform goofs, the film is often looked down upon by football purists. Many have wondered why they would use this equipment when so much money was invested into the film. Other popular football films all used period equipment, such as Rudy and Remember the Titans. The realism was brought under the microscope not only for the uniforms, but for many other reasons as well. Main characters had their positions changed, scores and even outcomes of games were changed for the film. The book clearly states that the average Permian player was 160 lbs soaking wet, yet the Permian players in the movie appear to be built like pro athletes. Many attribute this to the "high school film aging factor." In most high school movies, characters in their teens are portrayed by actors in their late 20's and 30's, making them look much older than the average student.

The soundtrack for the film predominantly features post-rock band Explosions in the Sky. Music by Daniel Lanois and rock band Bad Company are also included. The pump up song that is featured as the team runs through the tunnel in the game against Dallas Carter is "New Noise" by the seminal Swedish punk band Refused. Also, during the start of the third quarter during the Championship game, the song "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges is used.

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The Ice Harvest

The Ice Harvest is a 2005 neo-noir/comedy-drama film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Richard Russo and Robert Benton, based on the novel of the same name by Scott Phillips. It is distributed by Focus Features. The DVD was released on February 28, 2006. It stars John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt, and Randy Quaid.

The film begins on Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas. Charlie Arglist, (John Cusack) a mob lawyer, has just stolen a duffel bag full of money from his employer, mob boss Bill Guerrard (Randy Quaid), with the help of Vincent "Vic" Cavanaugh (Billy Bob Thornton). All they have to do is act casually and unsuspiciously until they leave town. But an ice storm has blocked the roads, so Vic takes the money while Charlie spends the night visiting his client's strip clubs and evading suspicion. Early on, he meets up with Renata (Connie Nielsen), a strip club owner after whom he has secretly lusted. She hints at spending the night with him if he can produce a certain photo of a local politician's indiscretion for her to use as blackmail. Things begin to go sour when an enforcer for Charlie's boss comes looking for him and Vic. The body count mounts as the ice beneath Charlie's "perfect crime" begins to slowly crack.

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The Badge

The Badge is a 2002 film starring Billy Bob Thornton as a small town Louisiana lawman, Sheriff Darl Hardwick, who investigates the death of a local transsexual.

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The Boxmasters

The band performing at Slims in San Francisco, California in September 2007

The Boxmasters are an American country rock/rockabilly band founded in Bellflower, California. It features actor Billy Bob Thornton on drums and vocals with J.D. Andrew on bass, guitars, and vocals as well as Michael Wayne Butler on guitars and lap steel. The group has released two albums on Vanguard Records, the first being the eponymous The Boxmasters and the second being the holiday album Christmas Cheer, in 2008. Their latest album, Modbilly, was released on April 21, 2009.

Billy Bob Thornton, credited on the band's material as 'W. R. Thornton', has remarked that "I never intended to become a movie star... It happened accidentally. I appreciate it because I'm able to make a good living for my family, but other than that, it seems like a job to me. Music is what I love." Before his acting career started, he played in cover bands for Creedence Clearwater Revival and ZZ Top. He released a record with a band called "Hot Lanta" in 1974. He also worked as a roadie with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Paycheck, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Over his acting career, he released four solo albums from 2001 to 2007.

He got the idea for creating The Boxmasters after listening to the Chad and Jeremy folk pop hit 'Yesterday's Gone', which he thought could be made into a great hillbilly cover. He then thought about going further by taking British Invasion pop songs and turning them into Americanized hillbilly/country songs. According to Thornton, his music has been infulenced by Mike Nesmith, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Byrds, and Gram Parsons.

Thornton brought in sound engineer J.D. Andrew to help with his album "Beautiful Door." After jamming together and finding a common sound, they started to record some of their material. Andrew had known Mike Butler "for six or seven years" and called him up to play guitar for them. According to Andrew, after the trio played together, he remarked that "Shoot, this sounds like a band." The three came up with the name "Boxmasters" after a piece of Southern slang, which they later described by saying "remember the bad boy in high school who got all the girls and left a trail of broken hearts ... and more?" Thornton had also briefly played in country star Porter Wagoner's similarly-titled band 'The Wagonmasters'.

The band started in Bellflower, California in 2007. During its early days, the band played several live shows in the California area, as well as in Tecate, Mexico. Their eponymous first album The Boxmasters was released on June 10, 2008 with Vanguard Records. It received a mostly poor review from, which stated that "The Boxmasters might work live because there will be visuals; but merely as a listening exercise, it's best taken in small doses so the novelty doesn't wear off." The review also alleged that "Thornton can't drum to save his life, and he can't sing".

The group resumed touring in July 2008. From 2008 to 2009, the group played in Canada and in the United States alongside musicians Bradley Davis on mandolin, guitar, and vocals, Teddy Andreadis on harmonica and organ, and Mike Bruce on drums. The band released their second album, Christmas Cheer, in November 11, 2008, also through Vanguard Records. gave another critical review, calling the music "an acquired taste".

The group has covered the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Turtles, and Mott the Hoople in its unique style. It also plays original songs, mostly written or co-written by Thornton based on the "white trash" figures he had seen in his Arkansas childhood. The Montreal Gazette has called his original material "at turns dark and funny, with world-class hooks". The members play while wearing well-dressed 'Mod' outfits such as tailored black suits, white shirts, and narrow black neckties.

In April 2009, the band was scheduled to tour across Canada, opening for country music veterans Willie Nelson and Ray Price. On April 8, the band appeared on the national CBC Radio One program Q, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. During the first half of the interview, Thornton sounded nervous and confused, giving erratic answers, such as "I don't know" when asked how long the band had been together. When asked about his musical tastes and influences as a child, he gave his longest answer, but it was about his favorite magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. He also stated that he had "instructed" the shows producers to not ask any questions about his career as a screenwriter and actor.

Ghomeshi, in introducing the band, mentioned the acting credentials of Thornton, but never based his questions to Thornton about his show business career. Thornton, who was visibly upset, then complained about Canadians in general to a national radio audience since they didn't get up and move or throw things at each other, referring to Canadians to being like 'mashed potatoes without the gravy.' This caused an outpouring of criticism from across Canada and around the world for the star's behavior.

The following night, the band opened for Willie Nelson at Toronto's prestigious Massey Hall. A series of boos and catcalls erupted mid-set, with people in the audience yelling "here comes the gravy!" when Thornton unsuccessfully tried to explain he liked Canadians but not the popular CBC radio host. Local reviews of Thornton's Toronto performance have not been positive. The Toronto Star called Thornton's voice a "high, tinny whine" and Globe and Mail commented that "Nelson could teach Billy Bob Thornton more than a few things". On April 10, The Boxmasters dropped out of the tour early, announcing that they would not be playing with Nelson during subsequent concerts scheduled in London, Ontario and Montreal. Thornton said that band members had come down with the "the flu". Willie Nelson's publicist had no comment.

The band resumed touring in Stamford, Connecticut on April 14. In the aftermath of the controversy, Thornton appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and he said, "The fact that that was news was astounding to me... But it gave humpbacked geeks all over the world something to do for a couple of days." He added that he only wants to be perceived as a musician in the context of the band, remarking that "I'm just in their band, I'm just one of those guys".

For albums and songs recorded by Thornton himself, see Billy Bob Thornton#Discography.

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Bad News Bears

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Bad News Bears is the 2005 remake of the 1976 comedy film of the same name, produced by Paramount Pictures. It is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, and Sammi Kane Kraft. The writers are also the writing team behind another Thornton movie, Bad Santa.

Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) is a washed-up alcoholic minor-league baseball player who was kicked out of professional baseball for attacking an umpire. He works as an exterminator and is a crude womanizer. He coaches the Bears, a children's baseball team with poor playing skills. They play their first game and do not even make an out before he forfeits the game. Amanda Whurlitzer (Sammi Kane Kraft), a skilled pitcher, is the 12-year-old daughter of one of his ex-girlfriends. At his request, she joins the team. Kelly Leak (Jeffrey Davies), a local troublemaker, also joins the team, and the Bears start winning games. After their first victory, Buttermaker takes them to Hooters. The Bears eventually make it to the championship game. In the middle of that game, the Bears and Yankees fight. Later, Buttermaker changes the lineup, putting the benchwarmers in and taking out some of the good players. The Bears lose the game 8 to 7. After the game, Buttermaker gives them non-alcoholic beer, and they spray it all over each other. Although they did not win the championship, they have the satisfaction of trying, knowing that winning is not so important.

Critical reaction to Bad News Bears was mixed. The film holds a rating of 45% on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 65 out of 100 on Metacritic.

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