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‘Baby Driver’ director Edgar Wright talks music, stunts and Jon Hamm

Director Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” hits theaters this week after having its world premiere at South by Southwest in March. The heist thriller features Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Lily James and a whole mess of great songs. Wright, perhaps best known for the Cornetto film trilogy of “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World&rsquo...
No. 1 ‘Transformers’ hits new low with $69 million domestic debut

No. 1 ‘Transformers’ hits new low with $69 million domestic debut

“Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise from Michael Bay, may have topped the weekend, but all that robot-smashing has gotten a bit rusty at the box office. The Paramount film, which opened Wednesday, took in $45 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, placing it in the No. 1 spot ahead of returning titles “Cars 3” and &ldquo...
The tuneful ‘Baby Driver’ has the need for speed

The tuneful ‘Baby Driver’ has the need for speed

For 20 years, director Edgar Wright had been thinking about a heist movie concerning a getaway driver who must (MUST) listen to the right song while driving. The result is the enjoyable confection “Baby Driver” (named after a Simon & Garfunkel tune), which made its world premiere at South by Southwest in March and now opens in theaters. The 20 years bit is important. From the opening chase...
‘GLOW’ fits right in with today’s feminist TV, and it’s ready to rumble

‘GLOW’ fits right in with today’s feminist TV, and it’s ready to rumble

The fun and forthright “GLOW” (which premiered June 23 on Netflix) is a 10-episode dramedy about the nascent days of televised female professional wrestling, in which a disparate group of underemployed actresses, models, party girls and unwitting introverts are recruited by a greaseball B-movie director to try something that’s never been done before. Along the way, they experience...
Emails chart how ‘Mad Men’ archive landed at UT’s Ransom Center

Emails chart how ‘Mad Men’ archive landed at UT’s Ransom Center

An archive of props, clothing, scripts and abandoned story lines from a TV series might not seem at first blush to embody the literary, cultural or artistic significance of the Gutenberg Bible, Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” or any number of other holdings at the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center. But the “Mad Men&rdquo...
13 things to keep in mind when thinking about the Han Solo movie controversy

13 things to keep in mind when thinking about the Han Solo movie controversy

The Disney-firing-the-directors-of-the-Han-Solo-movie story just keeps chugging along. In sum: Several outlets reported on Tuesday that Disney had fired (yes, fired) directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie”) off of the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie.  On Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Ron Howard, one of the most well-respected mainstream...
San Antonio radio station hosts ‘men-only’ movie screening in response to ‘Wonder Woman’ screenings

San Antonio radio station hosts ‘men-only’ movie screening in response to ‘Wonder Woman’ screenings

After Alamo Drafthouse announced “women-only” screenings of the recently released “Wonder Woman” movie, the theater chain gained national attention. Some praised the theater for its decision to send a message of female empowerment, while others — including a New York attorney who filed a complaint with the City of Austin — claimed the screenings...
‘Baby Driver’ cast talks heart-pounding, toe-tapping summer action flick

‘Baby Driver’ cast talks heart-pounding, toe-tapping summer action flick

Actor Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx star in the summer’s most anticipated action movie, and it’s equal parts heart-pounding thrills and toe-tapping musical. Car crashes, romance and a musical backdrop make “Baby Driver” a genre-bending adrenaline kick from writer/director Edgar Wright. “We had a very good blueprint to work with from Edgar,” Jon Hamm told...
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is generating some of the summer’s most savage reviews

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is generating some of the summer’s most savage reviews

Head over to Rotten Tomatoes. You might notice the reviews for “Transformers: The Last Knight” are in. And they are BRUTAL. Currently clocking a jaw-dropping 15% on RT, “The Last Knight” is very easily one of the year’s most critically maligned films, and the reviews for it are hilariously nuts. To wit: From the Village Voice: “After all is a Transformers movie...
’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,...
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...
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...
‘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...
‘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...
In latest ‘Transformers’ movie, more is less

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...
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...
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...
‘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...
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...
‘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...
Movies in theaters, 6/16/17

Movies in theaters, 6/16/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Cars 3” Grade: C-. Review page 26 “Rough Night” Grade: B-. Review page 27 “Beatriz at Dinner” Grade: A-. Review page 28 “The Book of Henry” Grade: B. Review page 29 “Dean” Grade: C+. Review page 31 NOT REVIEWED “47 Meters Down.” PG-13. 89 minutes. Trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor, two sisters vacationing...
‘Cars 3’ is merely a sketch of a movie

‘Cars 3’ is merely a sketch of a movie

The wheel on that screen keeps on turning, as a third installment of the “Cars” franchise rolls into theaters in an obvious attempt to churn out more grist for the merchandising mill. It’s ironic, then, that one of the plot points in the film involves the distasteful option that Lightning McQueen might have to sell out, slapping his number and likeness on everything from mud flaps...
Salma Hayek shines in delicious Trump-era satire ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

Salma Hayek shines in delicious Trump-era satire ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

“Beatriz at Dinner” is a darkly comic fantasy about an empathetic, nature-loving Latina healer who comes face to face with a racist, vulgar, thoroughly despicable member of the 1 percent. I say “fantasy” not because it couldn’t happen but because the movie is predicated on the rare thrill of seeing an all-too-human monster being made to answer for his crimes, if only...
A mild-mannered son is mired in grief in ‘Dean’

A mild-mannered son is mired in grief in ‘Dean’

For anyone who makes a living in comedy, taking it easy is no easy thing. It’s easier to deliver, to sell it, conspicuously; the tougher course involves delivering in unexpected and subterranean ways. The focal point in Demetri Martin’s feature film directing debut, “Dean,” might be characterized as unassuming on the cusp of bashfulness. With his soft-pedal delivery, appealing...
‘Rough Night’ is a wild ride

‘Rough Night’ is a wild ride

As women achieve more milestones toward gender parity in film (and there’s still a long way to go to), steps towards equality don’t always have to be positive or uplifting images of womanhood. Sometimes, it’s more relevant when female characters can be just as raunchy, drunk, morally corrupt and beloved as their badly behaved male counterparts. “Rough Night,” from &ldquo...
GIVEAWAY: Get free passes to see ‘Baby Driver’ before it hits theaters

GIVEAWAY: Get free passes to see ‘Baby Driver’ before it hits theaters

What do Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort have in common? They all star in the upcoming “Baby Driver,” which you can get free passes to see. Click here and enter the code “BabyDriverAAS” to claim your free tickets. The pass is valid for up to two seats for the showing, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. on June 21 at Regal Metropolitan Stadium 14. Passes are...
It’s a tale as old as time — 'Beauty and the Beast' now on VOD

It’s a tale as old as time — 'Beauty and the Beast' now on VOD

Here’s a look at some interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. “Beauty and The Beast”: Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) helmed this live-action adaptation for Disney which, in just four short months, has become the 10th highest-grossing film in history. Emma Watson actually...
‘My Cousin Rachel’ is juicy, gothic melodrama

‘My Cousin Rachel’ is juicy, gothic melodrama

Director Roger Michell has tackled many different genres in his long career, including romantic comedies, dramas and thrillers. “My Cousin Rachel” offers the chance to sink his teeth into a juicy, gothic romantic melodrama, based on a 1951 novel by Daphne Du Maurier. The story was adapted to the silver screen in 1952 with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton in the lead roles, and now...
‘Mummy’ can’t quite wrap things up

‘Mummy’ can’t quite wrap things up

There is so much riding on “The Mummy,” far more than its skeletal shoulders should have to withstand. The studio behind the summer horror-adventure flick, Universal, is kicking off its “Dark Universe” with the film, its answer to the Marvel or DC cinematic universes. So they’re dusting off the familiar names that have graced cinemas for nearly a century now, like &ldquo...
Movies in theaters, 6/9/17

Movies in theaters, 6/9/17

OPENING FRIDAY “It Comes at Night” Grade: B+. Review page 20 “The Mummy” Grade: C-. Review page 21 “Megan Leavey” Grade: B-. Review page 23 “Last Men in Aleppo” Grade: B. Review page 24 “My Cousin Rachel” Grade: B+. Review page 22 NOW PLAYING “Alien: Covenant.” C+. R. 122 minutes. Ridley Scott resurrects the “Alien&rdquo...
Film builds atmosphere of almost unbearable psychological horror

Film builds atmosphere of almost unbearable psychological horror

Anyone expecting the movie “It Comes at Night” to live up — or, rather, to live down — to the self-consciously cheesy promise of its name, which hints at the kind of nocturnal boogeyman who has haunted so many horror films before it, must be unfamiliar with the work of Texas writer and director Trey Edward Shults. That’s not surprising, given that Shults’ only previous...
‘Megan Leavey’ takes different look at war

‘Megan Leavey’ takes different look at war

Based on a true story, “Megan Leavey” is a unique movie about war. It’s a story of heroism, sacrifice and connection forged on the battlefield, but it’s remarkable in how the story it tells is so deeply personal that it obfuscates the political. The focus is on the troops, as it should be, and in this case, troops whose stories haven’t always been seen on screen &mdash...
A close-up look at life and death in a besieged city

A close-up look at life and death in a besieged city

A centerpiece of the Oscar-winning 2016 documentary short “The White Helmets” was footage of the rescue of a baby from the rubble of a bombed building in Aleppo by volunteers from the Syrian Civil Defense, the group whose nickname lends the film its title. In the new, feature-length documentary “Last Men in Aleppo,” we’re again shown another viral YouTube clip of a dramatic...
Austin TV ratings: KXAN, KVUE split the wins in May

Austin TV ratings: KXAN, KVUE split the wins in May

In the race to keep you informed before you head to work or school each morning, two Austin TV stations are duking it out for first place. ABC affiliate KVUE and NBC affiliate KXAN have been relatively close in the pre-dawn hours for the past several years, with KXAN winning most head-to-head competitions. May was different, though, with KVUE taking the top spot at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., according...
Women-only showings of ‘Wonder Woman’ receive cheers — and a few gripes

Women-only showings of ‘Wonder Woman’ receive cheers — and a few gripes

Women strode through the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz theater doors in Wonder Woman dresses, shirts, knee socks, headbands and arm bands Tuesday night. They posed for photos in front of a Rosie the Riveter-style “We Can Do It” poster. They waited excitedly to see their superhero. Almost as if they weren’t the stars of a nationwide controversy. The Drafthouse’s two female-only &ldquo...
Zach Roloff reveals possible life-threatening illness on ‘Little People, Big World

Zach Roloff reveals possible life-threatening illness on ‘Little People, Big World

Zach Roloff is opening up about his health. Roloff revealed on this week’s episode of “Little People, Big World” that he’s been sick and secretly battling headaches and nausea in recent months. The new dad told his family that he wasn’t sure exactly how long he’s experienced the symptoms, but that “it has been many months.” “I don’t really...
LATEST: No drama at controversial women-only Wonder Woman screenings

LATEST: No drama at controversial women-only Wonder Woman screenings

Women strode through the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz theater doors in Wonder Woman dresses, shirts, knee socks, headbands and arm bands Tuesday night. They posed for photos in front of a Rosie the Riveter-style “We Can Do It” poster. They waited excitedly to see their superhero. Almost as if they weren’t the stars of a nationwide controversy. The Drafthouse’s two female-only Wonder...
Still have a VCR? Where to find VHS tapes in Austin

Still have a VCR? Where to find VHS tapes in Austin

    Do you still have a VCR? Would you like to use it? Nobody can blame you. As the VHS tape gave way to the DVD, the Blu-Ray and streaming, thousands and thousands of movies never made the jump to the latter formats or services. Genre films were especially hard hit -- thrillers, horror, science-fiction and the like. A recent NPR story noted that archivists at the XFR Collective are working...
Enjoying new ‘Twin Peaks’? Add this Lynch documentary to your list

Enjoying new ‘Twin Peaks’? Add this Lynch documentary to your list

Here’s a look at some interesting new releases available to rent from digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available on streaming services. Video on Demand “David Lynch: The Art Life”: With “Twin Peaks” returning to television, this is the perfect time to enjoy a documentary that explores the origin story of its creator. Jon Nguyen and his crew...
‘Wonder Woman’ conquers milestone with $100.5 million debut

‘Wonder Woman’ conquers milestone with $100.5 million debut

“Wonder Woman” conquered milestones and movie myths at North American theaters, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film powered its way to a $100.5 million debut this weekend and became the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman. The well-reviewed movie easily surpassed industry expectations with one of the summer’s biggest debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday...
Webb Report: Do you remember Wonder Woman’s weirdest costumes?

Webb Report: Do you remember Wonder Woman’s weirdest costumes?

Superhero costumes are, in a word, badass. Such is their form; such is their function. From the birth of comic book vigilantism, a crimefighter’s sartorial sensibility has been half the fun of the genre, from Superman’s long underwear to the Crimson Avenger’s domino mask and cape. Wonder Woman, the grand dame of all superheroines, is no different. With actress Gal Gadot now donning...
The ATX TV fest presents a free screening of 'Parks and Rec' with the Pawnee Harvest Festival

The ATX TV fest presents a free screening of 'Parks and Rec' with the Pawnee Harvest Festival

Every year, the ATX TV festival sponsors an event that is free and open to the public. This year? An outdoor screening of “Parks & Recreation” at the Hotel San José Parking Lot (1316 South Congress Ave.) along with their very own version of the Pawnee Harvest Festival. On June 9, look for music courtesy of Jazz Mills & Stephanie Hunt, Dre. Joe and Trent Langley, Harvest Festival...
Watch two stoners get their minds blown by Buc-ee’s in upcoming film ‘Ripped’

Watch two stoners get their minds blown by Buc-ee’s in upcoming film ‘Ripped’

Buc-ee’s is pretty amazing. It’s massive, it’s got great food and it has the best bathrooms anywhere in Texas. Well, it’s now featured in an upcoming movie. In “Ripped,” comedians Russell Peters and Faizon Love smoke some top-secret pot from the CIA and are transported 30 years into the future. They’re amazed at the price of gas, why everyone keeps looking...
Austin’s drive-in movie theater has added a bar and a West Austin pop-up theater

Austin’s drive-in movie theater has added a bar and a West Austin pop-up theater

For those who love to feel drive-in movie nostalgia, Austin’s only drive-in theater, Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in, is expanding. The theater, which relocated from the east side to South Austin earlier this year, has now added a bar at the South Austin location and a pop-up location in West Austin. The new Blue Starlite Cinema Saloon will to the public in August, serving local beer and Texas...
Joss Whedon claps back at haters of women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ shows

Joss Whedon claps back at haters of women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ shows

Can’t an Amazon warrior princess make her solo movie debut without being burdened by controversy? Apparently not, as the hits in the saga of Alamo Drafthouse’s women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings keep coming. First, the men who just couldn’t handle the idea of a place for women to celebrate the first female-led superhero blockbuster of the modern era together emerged...
Quidditch is a real sport — and the major leagues are coming to Austin next weekend

Quidditch is a real sport — and the major leagues are coming to Austin next weekend

Any good Harry Potter fan knows that the world’s best fictional sport has actually become reality and it’s gained popularity over the last decade. The sport, played on brooms in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, was adapted to a real-life full contact sport in 2005 and is particularly popular on college campuses. It’s somewhat of a blend of basketball,...
Amazons, bondage and superhero secretaries: the story of Wonder Woman

Amazons, bondage and superhero secretaries: the story of Wonder Woman

If there is one takeaway from the buzz and hype surrounding “Wonder Woman,” which opens in theaters nationwide June 2, it is that this is a blockbuster that people are taking very, very personally. All the hype is understandable. Starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the immortal Amazon, “Wonder Woman” is, with the exception of perhaps “Elektra,” the first superhero...
‘Bachelorette’ Week 2: Dallas’ Rachel Lindsay hangs with celebs and kicks a liar to the curb

‘Bachelorette’ Week 2: Dallas’ Rachel Lindsay hangs with celebs and kicks a liar to the curb

First of all, full disclosure: I watched this week's episode late because Memorial Day, so this recap is a little late. SORRY, FRIENDS. The good news is, the show's nonsense continues regardless of which day you watch it. Also, I messed up and I thought "Tickle Monster" guy went home last week, but he didn't. Forgive me. He's still here, in all his tickle monster glory, on the first group...
Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay makes her debut

Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay makes her debut

Welcome to another season of the beautiful disaster known as the “Bachelor” franchise. This “Bachelorette” season’s star, Dallas native and University of Texas graduate Rachel Lindsay, met her 31 suitors Monday night in an episode that was filled with — you guessed it — drama. Let me just start by saying that Rachel is a badass boss lady. She&rsquo...
5 Great TV shows that can help your preschooler learn a second language

5 Great TV shows that can help your preschooler learn a second language

If you want your kids to speak both English and Spanish, the following bilingual TV shows can support your efforts by helping preschoolers learn new words and phrases in both languages. The shows also teach gentle, age-appropriate lessons such as cooperation, problem-solving, and the importance of family. The main language of these shows is English, but you can find them dubbed in Spanish with phrases...
Set sail on Lady Bird Lake with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Fitzcarraldo’ Memorial Day weekend

Set sail on Lady Bird Lake with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Fitzcarraldo’ Memorial Day weekend

Ahoy! Alamo Drafthouse is hosting two boat parties over Memorial Day weekend, giving Austinites the chance to take a cruise over the long weekend and enjoy a movie. On Saturday, May 27, the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Boat Party Adventure features a screening of the film at 11 a.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar followed by a “pirate adventure” on Lady Bird Lake...
Alamo Drafthouse offers gift certificate to settle Austin texting suit

Alamo Drafthouse offers gift certificate to settle Austin texting suit

The Alamo Drafthouse has long led the charge for no texting or talking during movies, often enlisting celebrities to spread the word. But when founder and CEO Tim League learned about a lawsuit that Brandon Vezmar of Austin filed recently against a woman seeking the cost of her ticket because of her texting during their movie date at the Barton Creek Square theater, League said he was...
GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to watch the new ‘Baywatch’ on a beach

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to watch the new ‘Baywatch’ on a beach

Want to see the new “Baywatch” with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron? Want to see it on a beach?  The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a “Baywatch on the Beach” movie party May 24 at Volente Beach Water Park in Leander, and we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to the event. Tickets include access to the water park as well as dinner, drinks and a shark-themed...
'American Idol' set to return to television

'American Idol' set to return to television

Just over a year after “American Idol” aired its final episode on Fox, ABC announced that it will bring back the popular voice competition for the 2017-2018 season. Fox announced in May 2015 that the 15th season of “American Idol,” which debuted January 2016, would be its last. But on Tuesday, ABC announced that it would bring back the show in conjunction with FreemantleMedia...
Jimmy Kimmel responds to critics of his health care plea

Jimmy Kimmel responds to critics of his health care plea

Jimmy Kimmel delivered a tearful opening monologue last week on his late-night show about his son, who was born with a heart condition, and the state of health care in America. That monologue spurred an outpouring of support for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, but not everyone found him convincing. Kimmel spoke last week in support of the Affordable Care Act ahead of a vote in the U.S....
May the Fourth: What kind of dog would Chewbacca be?

May the Fourth: What kind of dog would Chewbacca be?

It’s Star Wars Day, in case you didn’t know (May the Fourth be with you—get it?) and a local startup has an answer to the question we know you’ve been asking yourself for years now: What kind of dog would Chewbacca be? Austin startup Embark, a dog DNA testing company, used its expertise to analyze the “Star Wars” character and interpret what dog breeds could...
10 things to know about Ryan Seacrest

10 things to know about Ryan Seacrest

Kelly Ripa announced Monday that Ryan Seacrest will become her co-host for “Live.”  The radio and TV star is from Atlanta. 1. In an interview with Atlanta Magazine in 2003, Seacrest said his idol, WSB-TV’s John Pruitt, inspired him to want to be on TV or radio someday. 2. He graduated from Dunwoody High School in 1992. 3. He studied journalism at University of Georgia...
Will Ferrell reprises role as George W. Bush for 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner'

Will Ferrell reprises role as George W. Bush for 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner'

Comedian Will Ferrell reprised his role as former President George W. Bush on Saturday night to thunderous applause at “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” hosted by Samantha Bee. The event was taped as journalists gathered at the Washington Hilton for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Pennsylvania. "...
Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney was preparing to release information on the number of jobs that will be created and the impact on the economy its newest attraction, Pandora – The World of Avatar – will have on Central Florida when it opens on May 27. The attraction will feature a bioluminescent rainforest, dining, shopping and two new rides – Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. Situated...
Austin actress Amber Heard is reportedly dating Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Austin actress Amber Heard is reportedly dating Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Amber Heard and I were both born in Austin. This weekend, the “Magic Mike XXL” actress went ziplining in Australia with a space-bound automotive innovator worth $15 billion. I cleaned my bathroom and listened to podcasts. According to multiple reports, Heard and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk are officially an item. The actress and mogul both posted photos to their respective Instagram...
Matthew McConaughey enjoyed some Wild Turkey in Austin last night, because of course he did

Matthew McConaughey enjoyed some Wild Turkey in Austin last night, because of course he did

Last year, prince of Austin Matthew McConaughey was named spokesperson for Wild Turkey, and he’s been shamelessly plugging the Kentucky bourbon ever since. He even made his directorial debut with a commercial (further sweetening his role as a University of Texas film professor) and met with an Esquire reporter at the bar where the commercial was filmed. So of course...
Justin Theroux donates $10,000 to Austin Pets Alive! on Ellen Show

Justin Theroux donates $10,000 to Austin Pets Alive! on Ellen Show

Justin Theroux has a special place in his heart for an Austin nonprofit. The star of HBO’s “The Leftovers” recently went on The Ellen Show to play the game “Hot Hands.” If Theroux won the game, host Ellen Degeneres explained, he would win $10,000 to the charity of his choice: Austin Pets Alive! “Austin Pets Alive! [is] a wonderful organization in Austin...
Film academy will stick with accounting firm despite Oscars flub

Film academy will stick with accounting firm despite Oscars flub

Despite its culpability in a high-profile gaffe at this year’s Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will continue working with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, officials told members. Among other duties, the firm is responsible for organizing results and monitoring the distribution of awards at the Oscars. It took responsibility for a flub that led presenters to name...
‘DWTS’ pro Cheryl Burke replaces Abby Lee Miller on ‘Dance Moms’

‘DWTS’ pro Cheryl Burke replaces Abby Lee Miller on ‘Dance Moms’

“Dance Moms” instructor Abbey Lee Miller blindsided fans when she announced she was quitting the Lifetime reality TV show Monday, but the network is moving on fast. According to Entertainment Tonight, “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke will be on board with the show for the rest of the season. “It's a go with or without Abby,”an unnamed source told ET...
TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ is headed back to television

TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ is headed back to television

TLC is bringing back its popular show “Trading Spaces” 10 years after it went off the air. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network announced it will bring the show back in an upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday. “I am excited to announce that TLC's most successful and most iconic series ... ‘Trading Spaces’ is coming back.” TLC’s ...
'Cash Me Outside' teen signs reality TV deal

'Cash Me Outside' teen signs reality TV deal

Danielle Bregoli is Hollywood-bound and it’s time to get your TV remotes ready.  The “Cash Me Outside” teen just signed a deal with a major production company, according to TMZ. Danielle, the Boynton Beach, Florida, native who just turned 14, will star in loosely formatted reality TV show. While nothing has been filmed yet, producers are confident that they can sell networks...
‘Power Rangers’ morphs from sullen teen melodrama to silly doughnut commercial

‘Power Rangers’ morphs from sullen teen melodrama to silly doughnut commercial

If you grew up watching Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise, what elements from the Saturday morning show would you hope to see in Lionsgate’s 2017 cinematic reboot? If you demand mechas and the phrase “it’s morphin’ time,” you’re in luck. If you crave Elizabeth Banks menacingly whispering “Krispy Kreme” as she wreaks havoc on a soundstage...
Orson Welles mysterious unfinished masterpiece to be completed by Netflix

Orson Welles mysterious unfinished masterpiece to be completed by Netflix

One of the most famous unfinished films in cinema history is about to get an ending, a restoration and “wide release” by Netflix when it’s completed The movie, “The Other Side of the Wind,” starring John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, and Dennis Hopper among others, was the last film by legendary producer, director and actor Orson Welles, but he died of a heart attack in...
Is Sophie Turner’s hair color a ‘Game of Thrones’ spoiler?

Is Sophie Turner’s hair color a ‘Game of Thrones’ spoiler?

Sophie Turner’s blond hair might be a “Game of Thrones” spoiler revealing the fate of the elder Stark sister. At least, that’s what Maisie Williams, who plays the younger Stark sister, Arya, would have you believe. “Her hair is still blond, so she’s dead,” Williams said during Sunday’s South by Southwest Conference panel with “Thrones” showrunners...
Emma Watson, Tom Hanks team up for new tech thriller 'The Circle'

Emma Watson, Tom Hanks team up for new tech thriller 'The Circle'

While many fans are waiting for this week's release of Emma Watson's live-action take on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," it is her next movie that may have fans reconsidering their online personas. "The Circle" examines what happens when everyone lives their lives on social media. Baised on Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, Watson portrays Mae Holland, who gets her dream job at a tech...
Dancing, gliding kids crash dad's BBC News interview, steal the show

Dancing, gliding kids crash dad's BBC News interview, steal the show

A political professor's serious, live interview with BBC News was unceremoniously interrupted Friday when his children suddenly bumbled into the room. Robert E. Kelly, an associate professor of international relations at South Korea's Pusan National University, was discussing South Korean politics in light of a court's decision on Friday to uphold the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye amid a...
Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ advance ticket sales exploding, setting records

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ advance ticket sales exploding, setting records

Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” movie is already setting records, and it hasn’t even opened yet. The new live-action reboot of the fairy tale classic, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, is breaking records in advance ticket sales and is now the fastest-selling family film in history, according to online ticket seller Fandango. It’s beating...
“The Trump boys” stop by SNL’s Weekend Update, snacks at the ready

“The Trump boys” stop by SNL’s Weekend Update, snacks at the ready

One of the best skits in the post-Trump "Saturday Night Live" panoply has been the appearances of the Trump boys, Eric and Don Jr., portrayed as the Beavis and Butthead of the first family. They returned to the SNL stage on March 4 for some new shenanigans. Mikey Day plays a slick Don Jr. As the alpha of the two brothers, he can form a complete sentence while dressed in his early-90s-NBA-coach...
George W. Bush on why he wasn't fazed by SNL impressions: 'I love humor'

George W. Bush on why he wasn't fazed by SNL impressions: 'I love humor'

Former President George W. Bush said it never bothered him "at all" when comedians imitated him during his presidency, telling late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday that "the best humor is when you make fun of yourself." "I love humor," he said Thursday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." He told the host that he even had a favorite impersonator -- comedian...
'DuckTales' trailer released, not all embrace reboot

'DuckTales' trailer released, not all embrace reboot

It hasn't even aired yet, but so many people are looking forward to the reboot of  Disney's "DuckTales" cartoon show that before the trailer was released this week, the studio ordered a second season. Disney gave fans a first full look at the upcoming show that is based on the late '80s, early '90s series that follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and their nephews. ...
'Beauty and the Beast' breaks Disney big screen barriers, has 'exclusively gay moment'

'Beauty and the Beast' breaks Disney big screen barriers, has 'exclusively gay moment'

We're weeks away from the long-awaited live action version of the hit animated film "Beauty and the Beast" and this time, Disney is breaking social barriers. Director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine that LeFou, who is the sidekick to Gaston, the villain, will have a side story about his sexuality. Condon told the magazine "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on...
Most Americans have no idea who's up for an Oscar this year

Most Americans have no idea who's up for an Oscar this year

And the Oscar goes to ... um, you know, that movie, with that guy, about that thing... That's how the average American might hand over the hardware come trophy time this Sunday. A National Research Group poll conducted for the Hollywood Reporter found that 60 percent of Americans polled in early February could not name a single best-picture nominee. But 70 percent plan to watch...
'Twin Peaks' star Warren Frost dead at 91

'Twin Peaks' star Warren Frost dead at 91

Warren Frost, who starred on "Twin Peaks" and appeared in dozens of other TV shows including "Matlock" and "Seinfeld," died Friday in Middebury, Vermont, The Associated Press reported. He was 91. Frost died at his home after a lengthy illness, according to a statement from his son, "Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost. The nature of the illness was not disclosed...
'Star Wars' spoof in works by 'Scary Movie' team

'Star Wars' spoof in works by 'Scary Movie' team

The brains behind the "Scary Movie" franchise has it's targets set on a galaxy far, far away. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Setzer have announced their latest film parody: "Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens the Last Jedi Who Went Rogue." The Hollywood Reporter announced that, while the film is still in the planning stages, it will begin shooting this fall. Friedberg...

Special screenings of ‘Assaulted’

“Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire,” a new documentary about gun control, will be having special screenings, starting Thursday, at the AMC theater at Barton Creek Square Mall. Ice-T narrates the 79-minute documentary about recent shooting tragedies that have reignited the debate on gun control. The documentary stresses the Second Amendment’s historical significance. The movie is...

AFF Panel: Deconstructing ‘Dr. Strangelove’

Deconstructing ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Friday at 9 a.m. in the Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room Alvaro Rodriguez, Kirk Ellis Panelists Rodriguez and Ellis, who know way too much about “Dr. Stranglove,” showed scenes from and discussed the film. Notable: The part of the Major T. J. “King” Kong was offered to Dan Blocker (“Bonanza’s” Hoss) who turned it...

‘Paramount100: A Century of Cinema’ offers stroll through cinema history

Film class will be in session at the Paramount and State Theatres beginning in January. In preparation for their 100th anniversary, the Paramount Theatre will launch classic cinema series “Paramount100: A Century of Cinema.” The celluloid stroll through cinema history kicks off in January with a roster of early silent films and runs into the fall of 2015. The first three months will feature...

Austin at Sundance: Congrats to Octopus Project

Austin band the Octopus Project picked up the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury award for Musical Score for their music to the Zellner brothers’ “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.” Here is the full list of awards. (While Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” received all kinds of press, hype and accolades, it was not in competition.)

Janet Pierson talks SXSW Film

What “gets” surprised SXSW Film Director Janet Pierson this year? Two words: Wes Anderson. “It was a huge surprise getting Wes Anderson to come here,” Pierson said Thursday. Anderson, a UT graduate, is slated to screen and discuss his brand new “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Pierson is also pleased to land “Chef,” Jon Favreau’s return to indie comedy...

Favreau serves up laughs and heart with SXSW opening night film ‘Chef’

Jon Favreau introduced SXSW opening night film “Chef” by describing his latest as a movie about “music, food and passion.” “SXSW was the perfect place to bring it,” Favreau said of the world premiere. The story of a chef (Favreau) who has lost the fire that once ignited his passion for cooking and creativity played to thunderous applause at the packed house Friday...
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