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After throwing a passive-aggressive fit on the Q, a radio show broadcast across Canada, Billy Bob Thornton and his “modbilly” band the Boxmasters canceled the final leg of their Canadian tour. The interviewer on the Q drew Thornton's ire after he introduced Thornton, in part, as a decorated actor. But he also framed Thornton's involvement in a “you might think this is a vanity project, but it's not” kind of way, too. Thornton's complete lack of cooperation is hard, but mesmerizing, to watch. It's on Rock Candy.


There's finally a biography on Helen Gurley Brown, the Green Forrest native and former editor of Cosmo. “Bad Girls Go Everywhere,” by Jennifer Scanlon on Oxford University Press, tries to position Brown in her “rightful place as a feminist trailblazer.” That's inspired several fairly pointed critiques of the book and of Brown's legacy, and some spirited defenses. Survey the word fight online.


Watch “Bravado and Jones,” from Little Rock's Actual Cats Productions. Lately doing well on the interactive comedy website funnyordie.com, it's a short about a washed-up football player and a washed-up martial “artist” who join forces to travel to small towns to fight crime. The filmmakers plan to make a short film with the concept and enter it into film festivals.


Plus, see a video of the Rock Candy 500 winners and catch up on the latest with “American Idol” Kris Allen.




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