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In latest ‘Transformers’ movie, more is less

Michael Bay is the kind of filmmaker who has always understood machines better than people. In his films, chrome hurtles through space with a sensual weightiness; the clangs and thuds of metal against metal send a frisson down the spine. “Transformers: The Last Knight” does not stray from this formula, except that it is more. It’s shinier, louder, crazier; it’s a fidget spinner...


’Downton Abbey’ the movie in the works, production to start next year

’Downton Abbey’ the movie in the works, production to start next year

“Downton Abbey” the movie is in the works, with production scheduled to begin next year. The popular, award-winning PBS television drama, which ended in 2015, focused on the lives of an aristocratic British family, the Granthams, and their family of servants. The historical TV series, starring Dame Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern, among others, was written by Julian Fellowes,...
Music this week: Summer of Love reunion, Cumbia roots, Poi Dog returns

Music this week: Summer of Love reunion, Cumbia roots, Poi Dog returns

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: John Fullbright, David Ramirez, Kevin & Dustin Welch at Hogg Auditorium. This triple bill of local and regional songwriters was too big to fit into the Cactus Cafe, though it’s presented by the neighboring venue on the University of Texas campus. Fullbright’s from Oklahoma but has deep ties to the Texas community and is widely respected as an heir to the longstanding...
Melissa Etheridge’s current mood: ‘I’m going to do my job this year’

Melissa Etheridge’s current mood: ‘I’m going to do my job this year’

It’s easy for those of a certain humanist bent to admire Melissa Etheridge as a role model of all sorts of things: a successful musician with mainstream appeal who’s maintained her integrity; an out and proud lesbian (since 1993, when such comings out weren’t nearly as common as now); a survivor of breast cancer, which she made no attempt to conceal (2005); an outspoken political...
Movies in theaters 6/23/17

Movies in theaters 6/23/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Bad Batch” Grade: B-. Review page 22 “Transformers: The Last Knight” Grade: D. Review page 23 “The Hero” Grade: B+. Review page 25 “Band Aid” Grade: B. Review page 27 NOW PLAYING “47 Meters Down.” PG-13. 89 minutes. Trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor, two sisters vacationing in Mexico must find a way to get out alive...
‘Band Aid’ an insightful comedy about a strained marriage

‘Band Aid’ an insightful comedy about a strained marriage

With “Band Aid,” it’s time to get interested in Zoe Lister-Jones. She has been on the fringes of the movie business for several years now, starring in a couple of low-budget films that she has written, while enjoying more mainstream success on TV as a regular on the show “Life in Pieces.” “Band Aid” is her first film as a director — she also wrote and...
Sam Elliott shows there’s a ‘Hero’ in us all

Sam Elliott shows there’s a ‘Hero’ in us all

Great actors just don’t play roles — they morph in such a way to become the character. In some cases that means taking on characteristics completely alien to the performer, while other roles require the actor to look inward. With a production like “The Hero,” all Sam Elliott had to do was look to his own life for inspiration to become the film’s central figure. He mixes...
‘The Bad Batch’ is grindhouse lunacy, but little more

‘The Bad Batch’ is grindhouse lunacy, but little more

Director Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” was one 2014’s most startling films, an Iranian vampire Western (no, really) that was equal parts indie horror weirdness and Sergio Leone moodiness. The perfect “here is a director to watch” type of film, it was cool, assured and powerful. “The Bad Batch,” which Amirpour wrote and...
People think this dog looks exactly like Ted Cruz

People think this dog looks exactly like Ted Cruz

The internet has found the dog doppelganger of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. A Reddit user posted a picture of a Corgi with its face smushed through the bars of a kennel with the caption “This dog looks like Ted Cruz." Eight hours later, the post had nearly 15,000 upvotes and 260 comments.  “Looks like the Zodiac killer to me,” the most popular commenter wrote, referencing ...
Project ATX6 announces 2017 musicians for international festivals

Project ATX6 announces 2017 musicians for international festivals

Project ATX6, which since 2014 has brought six Austin musicians to a handful of international music festivals as collective representatives of the city’s music community, has announced this year’s participants: Mobley, Corey Baum, Acey Monaro, Taylor Wilkins, Lindsey Verrill and Sisi Berry. There’s also a big new addition to the Project ATX6 itinerary this year. Along with festivals...
Liven up your weekend with Beer Camp, Cumbia Roots Fest and more

Liven up your weekend with Beer Camp, Cumbia Roots Fest and more

1. Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp on Tour 2017 5 to 9 p.m. June 24. $40-$75. Carson Creek Ranch, 9507 Sherman Road. beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/austin/. One of America’s largest beer festivals is coming to Austin with hundreds of craft beers, the city’s best food trucks and live music from Minor Mishap and Whiskey Shivers. Sierra Nevada has collaborated with national and international...
Movies, seafood and more events coming up

Movies, seafood and more events coming up

Dining Trace’s Clam Jam Seafood Feast. Celebrate summer with an evening of seafood and bubbles. The restaurant’s outdoor lounge will have an array of seafood offerings including clams, oysters, snapper ceviche, smoked redfish dip, mussels and more. Accompanying these is Cochinita pibil, an orange and achiote-rubbed whole local pig served with pineapple mojo de ajo, salsa de arbol, pickled...
Kirsten Dunst really loves the Alamo Drafthouse and fried pickles

Kirsten Dunst really loves the Alamo Drafthouse and fried pickles

Kirsten Dunst may not be from Texas, but we may as well make her an honorary Texan.  She’s reportedly engaged to Texas actor (and her “Fargo” costar) Jesse Plemons, who was honored at this year’s Texas Film Awards. But she also really loves another Texas staple: the Alamo Drafthouse. On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” she told Fallon that...
Our new podcast: ‘I Love You So Much’

Our new podcast: ‘I Love You So Much’

A few months ago, we told you we’d let you know when we were ready to announce our new podcast, the one that will succeed “Statesman Shots.” Welp, folks, that time has come. The new show is called “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast” (or ILYSM for short) and here’s a teaser for the new show: [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/328948176?secret_token=s-PllFT"...
Love ‘La La Land’? Watch the movie while the Austin Symphony Orchestra performs the music live

Love ‘La La Land’? Watch the movie while the Austin Symphony Orchestra performs the music live

If you loved the award-winning score for “La La Land” from composer Justin Hurwitz, soon you can hear it like never before: performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra as the movie plays. The June 30 event at the Long Center will feature the movie on the big screen with accompanying music. Tickets start at $39. It’s hot; stay indoors and watch this Disney movie on Netflix...
Twenty One Pilots rant means they won’t be headlining Coachella anytime soon

Twenty One Pilots rant means they won’t be headlining Coachella anytime soon

Twenty One Pilots took time out of their headlining set at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware Friday night to slam California’s popular music fest, Coachella, in what is now a viral moment. It’s probably safe to say that they won’t be getting a call to headline Coachella, let alone perform there, anytime soon.  Band front man Tyler Joseph told the crowd...
Update: Bob Barker ‘doing fine’ after fall

Update: Bob Barker ‘doing fine’ after fall

Update: Former game show host Bob Barker says he is doing fine after hit the back of his head during a fall last week. He was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles by his housekeeper, a Barker representative told Entertainment Tonight. He has since been released and has returned home. Barker’s spokesperson told ET that he “has had some minor discomfort and pain, but is...
It’s hot; stay indoors and watch this Disney movie on Netflix

It’s hot; stay indoors and watch this Disney movie on Netflix

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand “Land Of Mine”: This historical drama tells the horrific true story of over 2,000 German prisoners of war who were used by the Danish army to clear land mines from the coastal beaches. By sidestepping the Geneva...
KISS guitarist Gene Simmons says famous rocker hand symbol belongs to him, files for trademark

KISS guitarist Gene Simmons says famous rocker hand symbol belongs to him, files for trademark

Rocker Gene Simmons is trying to trademark a hand gesture he and other rock ‘n’ rollers are known for called the “devil’s horns” or “metal horns,” but the gesture as used by Simmons also means “I love you” in sign language.  The KISS guitarist filed an application last week that included a drawing of the gesture with the index and pinky...
Chicago and Doobie Brothers deliver blast from the past

Chicago and Doobie Brothers deliver blast from the past

Take a hit-machine rock band celebrating 50 years since its inception, add another band that’s been around for nearly as long, and you have the makings of a marathon concert. Welcome to Saturday night’s Chicago and Doobie Brothers double bill at the Austin360 Amphitheater, which ran for four hours as both bands recapped repertoires from their 1970s heydays and beyond. With more than 20...
‘Cars 3’ revs box-office engines as Tupac fans flock to ‘All Eyez on Me’

‘Cars 3’ revs box-office engines as Tupac fans flock to ‘All Eyez on Me’

Racing to the top, Walt Disney Co.’s “Cars 3” unseated Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” after a two-week box-office reign. The Pixar film grossed an estimated $53.5 million in the U.S. and Canada in its opening weekend, although it came in well below analyst expectations of $60 million. Starring Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, the series follows the ups and downs...
Beyonce’s dad confirms birth, ‘Happy Birthday to the twins!, love Granddad’

Beyonce’s dad confirms birth, ‘Happy Birthday to the twins!, love Granddad’

Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles has confirmed the singer and her husband, hip hop mogul Jay Z, are the proud parents of  twins. “Happy Birthday to the twins! Love Granddad,” Knowles said on Twitter Sunday.  It’s the first public confirmation that, in fact, Beyonce has delivered the twins. Rampant speculation and anonymous sources last week claimed the singer had...
Dine and drink at a special food truck dinner experience

Dine and drink at a special food truck dinner experience

Dining St. Elmo Brewing and Soursop Beer Dinner with LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue. Two of Austin’s most promising food trucks, Soursop and LeRoy and Lewis, have created a four-course dinner that masterfully fuses their two cuisines. Paired with beers from St. Elmo Brewing — including one brewed especially for the dinner, a Sichuan Saison — the collaborative effort mixes Southeast Asian...
Webb Report: Gene Simmons’ trademark bid a thumb away from ‘Hook ’em’

Webb Report: Gene Simmons’ trademark bid a thumb away from ‘Hook ’em’

Watch that thumb placement carefully, Longhorn nation. If Gene Simmons’ plan succeeds, you might be infringing on his trademark. The Kiss frontman filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that seeks to trademark the “rock on” hand gesture. Simmons’ application claims that the sign — which “consists of a hand gesture with the index and small...
Celebrate the most important meal of the day at BookPeople

Celebrate the most important meal of the day at BookPeople

Book events this week Amelia Gray. 7 p.m. Monday. The novelist speaks and signs “Isadora.” BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. Edie Jarolim. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The memoirist speaks and signs “Getting Naked for Money: Travel Memoir.” BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. A-105. Samantha Irby. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The essayist speaks and signs “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.” BookPeople...
See one of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musicals in Austin

See one of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musicals in Austin

Theater “In the Heights.” Set in New York City’s Washington Heights, this “Upper West Side Story”-like production from the creators of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” dazzles with sizzling song and dances as the hopes, romances and dreams of a community ignite over the Fourth of July weekend. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through...
Have a quintessential summer week in Austin with Sound & Cinema and more

Have a quintessential summer week in Austin with Sound & Cinema and more

1. Sound & Cinema 6 p.m. doors June 21. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org. One of Austin’s quintessential summer events returns with its first installment and will run alternating Wednesdays through July on the Long Center terrace. Sound & Cinema features live bands paired with classic Hollywood movies. First up is “Princess Bride” and...
Director says he wanted to get at truth of rapper Tupac Shakur

Director says he wanted to get at truth of rapper Tupac Shakur

In a way, the origin story for the new movie about Tupac Shakur, “All Eyez on Me,” goes back to one of the now-closed movie palaces on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia That’s where the movie’s director, Philadelphia native Benny Boom (back then Benny Douglas), fell in love with motion pictures, watching Bruce Lee. “On Sunday … it was two kung fu movies, a double...
These TV dads taught us a lot about being a great (or really bad) dad

These TV dads taught us a lot about being a great (or really bad) dad

We love our TV dads. They reflect all the great things about our own dads, as well as give us a fantasy of things we wish our very human dads could be for us. They make us laugh; they make us cry. Some of them even give us a lesson in what not to be as a dad. Today, on this Father’s Day, we give you lessons some very memorable TV dads have taught us. Didn’t include your favorite TV dad?...
Beat the heat with the Austin summer movie guide

Beat the heat with the Austin summer movie guide

The heat is officially here, so let us celebrate the one thing that unites all Americans during the punishing summer: Seeing movies with air conditioning (or outside after the sun goes down).   Here we go: Looking for the new, new thing? Here are 40 movies opening this summer. Celebrate the brand new beauty that is the Austin Film Society Cinema. Their current slate ...
GIVEAWAY: Get free tickets to an Alamo Drafthouse screening of ‘The Big Sick’

GIVEAWAY: Get free tickets to an Alamo Drafthouse screening of ‘The Big Sick’

Want to see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar for free? The Alamo Drafthouse is giving away passes to see “The Big Sick,” a movie based on the real-life courtship of “Silicon Valley” actor Kumail Najiani and Emily V. Gordon. The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. on June 27 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Here’s a full synopsis of the film, which...
Celebrate the solstice, refugee and yoga at Austin celebrations

Celebrate the solstice, refugee and yoga at Austin celebrations

Music Solstice Fest at Pan Am Park. After two nights of precursor shows in a handful of Red River District venues, Solstice Fest hits full gear in this east side park with headlining sets from out-of-towners JJ Grey & Mofro, the indie-swamp-rockers from Florida, and Built to Spill, proto-indie-rockers from the Northwest. The big-name local on the bill is psych-rock outfit Bright Light Social Hour...
More to do, June 17

More to do, June 17

Comedy The Hideout Theatre’s “How I Saved the World Over Summer Vacation: An Improvised 1980s Sci-Fi Adventure.” This ongoing comedy is inspired by suburban coming-of-age stories like “E.T.,” “Monster Squad,” “The Goonies,” and even modern homages like “Super 8” and “Stranger Things,” taking us all back to an...
‘The Book of Henry’ is irresistible because it’s so confounding

‘The Book of Henry’ is irresistible because it’s so confounding

The best films are the ones that require some active, alert viewing. They depend upon a degree of audience interpretation and provide a minimum of predigested pablum. They are films that cannot be reviewed, let alone discussed, in the traditional way. They are dense, vibrant and they keep us off balance until the final fade out. Ideally even longer. I don’t want to oversell the virtues of that...
Tupac Shakur biopic, ‘All Eyez on Me,’ ready for long-awaited release

Tupac Shakur biopic, ‘All Eyez on Me,’ ready for long-awaited release

On June 16, Tupac Shakur would have turned 46. The deceased rapper will receive the ultimate tribute, though – the long-awaited release of “All Eyez on Me,” the biographical drama about the musical game changer. Shot in Atlanta much of last year, as well as in Las Vegas, the film is directed by Benny Boom, whose credits include “Next Day Air” and “S.W.A.T.,&rdquo...
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