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Here's some good news, especially for those who have watched with horror as Billy Bob Thornton made the long, slow slide from indie genius ("Sling Blade") through life as Mr. Jolie, to bit-part craphood in dreck like "Armageddon" and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Faster": Thornton says that he's finished a new script with old writing partner Tom Epperson called "Jayne Mansfield's Car" and plans to direct, probably this spring.

Will he come back home for the production, as with "Daddy and Them"? Cross your fingers, both for a Central Arkansas shoot and that he can recapture some of the "Sling Blade" magic. The boy needs a hit.


Kid Rock returns to Verizon Arena early next year on his "Born Free Tour."

He'll be in town at 7 p.m. Feb. 9, with country singer Jamey Johnson opening.

Tickets, which range from $25 to $89, go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets and the Verizon Arena box office.


Time's tickin', y'all.

We're looking for local acts to enter our annual battle of the bands, the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, to be held beginning Jan. 27 of next year at Sticky Fingerz and concluding on March 4 at Revolution. As usual, the contest is open to any act (solo or group) in Arkansas who specializes in original material. We encourage comers from all genres.

Christmas Eve is the deadline for submission. Uploading artist/band info and mp3s of your material online, via a link at arktimes.com/showcase11, is the easiest method. We've also got an entry form in the paper, so, if you're averse to the digital world, you can fill out that form and mail it and a CD in.

The way the competition works: Reps from the Times and Sticky Fingers/Rev whittle the submissions down to a group of semi-finalists, then each week, four acts square off before five judges (four regular judges and one weekly guest judge). Each week's winner moves on to the finals.

Write showcase@arktimes.com with questions.

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