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'Entourage' movie: Billy Bob Thornton in talks to play billionaire cowboy

EW has confirmed that Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join Warner Bros.’ upcoming film adaption of the hit HBO series, Entourage.

The film reunites Entourage stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrera, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven, and continues to follow the Hollywood adventures of Vinnie Chase (Grenier) and his crew.


'Jayne Mansfield's Car': Billy Bob Thornton on the '60s, directing Robert Duvall -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

If you could choose a period of time to go back to, which would it be? For Billy Bob Thornton, the late 1960s clearly hold a special place in his heart and nowhere is it more evident than in the new film he directed, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, in which he brings together several generations of actors — himself, Robert Patrick, Kevin Bacon, and Robert Duvall — to play the men in a family who in 1969 Alabama find themselves torn apart by their experiences in three different wars.

“I had to set it in ’69 because I wanted to comment on this idea of the different generations and how they deal with war and how it affected them all differently,” Thornton tells EW. “And in the last three decades the  way people look at the wars we’ve been in, there’s not that great a difference in it from decade to decade, but from World War I to World War II to Vietnam, there was a huge difference.”

The late 1960s shaped a generation, and Thornton says he’s drawn to those times as a director. “1969 was the pivotal year,” he says. “The social network has changed a lot about how we look at the world, who comments on it, and I think I’m just very attracted to the ’60s, I like the way things operated then.” And don’t forget the tunes.  “People  can tell me music’s as good right now as it was in the 1960s, but they’re just wrong.”

Casting Net: Gerard Butler's new goal to defeat Nazis in 'Dynamo.' Plus: Paul Giamatti, Olivia Wilde, Romany Malco

• Gerard Butler is attached to star in Dynamo, about the real-life soccer match during WWII between a team of starving Ukrainian players and a well-fed German team, commonly referred to as “The Death Match.” The project is based on the book Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kiev; no director is yet attached. [Deadline]

• Moving forward in time for historical dramas, Paul GiamattiBilly Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) are set to star in Parkland, which examines the assassination of President John F. Kennedy through the prism of Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where Kennedy was brought after he’d been shot. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing. The film is based on Vincent Bugliosi’s tome Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. The project, which is aiming to arrive in theaters next year in time for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, does not yet have a director. [THR]

• Olivia WildeHailee Steinfeld and Nicole Behaire (Shame) have signed up to star in the Civil War period drama The Keeping Room, about two sisters and their slave who fend off Union soldiers from attacking their home. Daniel Barber (the UK film Harry Brown) will direct from a script by first-time feature writer Julia Hart. [THR]

• Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old VirginThink Like a Man) has joined Last Vegas, as the hotel concierge at the hotel where four old friends (Michael DouglasRobert De NiroMorgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline) have gathered for a bachelor party. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is directing from a script by Crazy, Stupid, Love screenwriter Dan Fogelman. [Deadline]

• Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah, longtime comic character actor Bryan Callen (The Hangover), and actress Tika Sumpter (Sparkle) have joined the comedy Ride Along, about a security guard (Kevin Hart) forced to accompany the cop brother (Ice Cube) of his fiancée (Sumpter) on his regular beat. Pharoah will play an informant, and Callen will play an undercover cop alongside John LeguizamoTim Story (Think Like a Man) is directing. [Variety]

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