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LBJ could be subject of new Ken Burns documentary

Lyndon Baines Johnson could soon be getting the Ken Burns treatment, the famed documentary filmmaker told the American-Statesman on Monday. Burns, who will visit Austin on Thursday to accept the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award and to screen a portion of his forthcoming Vietnam War documentary, said a future film could be “less on the foreign policy that sort of pulled him down and more...
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...
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ release date announced

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ release date announced

It doesn’t have an official full title yet, and fans don’t know which new and old characters will appear in it, but now they know when “Star Wars: Episode IX” will hit theaters. The last film in the third “Star Wars” trilogy will hit big screens on May 24, 2019.  >> Read more trending news  The announcement was made Tuesday. The second...
Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

  “Happy Days” star Erin Moran most likely died from complications of cancer. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a “joint investigation into Moran’s death was conducted” and “a subsequent autopsy revealed she likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer,” TMZ reported. “Standard toxicology tests were performed...
Love ‘La La Land’? Find out what bonus features you can watch at home

Love ‘La La Land’? Find out what bonus features you can watch at home

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent or own from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand “La La Land”: Damien Chazelle’s candy-coated ode to Hollywood’s glory days (with a splash of Jacques Demy for good measure) was nominated for 14 Academy Awards but will now always be remembered...
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...
Webb Report: Your guide to streaming ’90s kids shows

Webb Report: Your guide to streaming ’90s kids shows

The 1990s: an excellent time to be raised by a television set. Looney Tunes are great — and believe me, you’ll find no greater authority on the works of Bugs Bunny than me — but there was something special about the kids TV fare of the Clinton era. Call it edginess if you want, but Saturday morning often had a wit that felt downright conspiratorial. There are supercuts on YouTube...
Dinges: Trevor Scott is new ‘We Are Austin’ co-host on CBS Austin

Dinges: Trevor Scott is new ‘We Are Austin’ co-host on CBS Austin

CBS Austin has selected a new co-host for “We Are Austin,” its weekday lifestyle show. Trevor Scott slides into the chair recently vacated by Jordan Steele. His first day on air was Monday. “Trevor has called Austin home for four years now, but spent three years before that splitting his time between Oklahoma City and Austin, so he is no stranger to Central Texas,” CBS Austin...
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...
How to stream your favorite ’90s cartoons online

How to stream your favorite ’90s cartoons online

The 1990s: an excellent time to be raised by a television set. Looney Tunes are great — and believe me, you’ll find no greater authority on the works of Bugs Bunny than I — but there was something special about the kids TV fare of the Clinton era. Call it edginess if you want, but Saturday morning often had a wit that felt downright conspiratorial. There are supercuts on YouTube...
Intricate, hyperviolent ‘Free Fire’ makes bloodshed fun again

Intricate, hyperviolent ‘Free Fire’ makes bloodshed fun again

You know what they say about men and guns. The longer the rifle, the … well, you finish that however you please. Ben Wheatley’s stylish and adrenaline-soaked shootout flick “Free Fire,” which screened at South by Southwest in March, also lets you draw your own conclusions about toxic masculinity. It also draws blood. So very much blood — 7,000 bullets’ worth, in...
Movies in theaters, 4/21/17

Movies in theaters, 4/21/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Free Fire” Grade: B+. Review page 25 “The Lost City of Z” Grade: B+. Review page 26 “The Promise” Grade: C-. Review page 28 “Born in China” Grade: B-. Review page 27 NOT REVIEWED “Phoenix Forgotten.” PG-13. 87 minutes. A young woman searches for her missing brother and his two companions in the Arizona desert, finding that...
‘The Promise’ is too trivial a take on Armenian genocide

‘The Promise’ is too trivial a take on Armenian genocide

Horrible human tragedies — unthinkable calamities involving millions of people — dwarf everything else. If you have a movie about the Holocaust, or Stalin’s starvation of the kulaks, or, as in the case of “The Promise,” the Armenian genocide, the historical event takes precedence. It’s hard to care about fictional characters while remembering the real-life horrors...
‘Lost City of Z’ charts hauntingly beautiful exploration of Amazon

‘Lost City of Z’ charts hauntingly beautiful exploration of Amazon

In May 1925, the legendary British explorer, surveyor and archaeologist Lt. Col. Percy Fawcett vanished, along with his son Jack and their friend Raleigh Rimmell, while searching for the ruins of an ancient South American civilization. It was Fawcett’s eighth expedition to the Amazon, and it’s the third one we see dramatized in “The Lost City of Z,” James Gray’s rich...
Breathtaking ‘Born in China’ could use some context

Breathtaking ‘Born in China’ could use some context

“Born in China” is the latest installment in the “Disneynature” documentary series. It’s “Planet Earth” aimed at younger audiences, but any nature lovers can find enjoyment here, especially in the stunning cinematography. While other installments have focused on specific species and ecosystems, “Born in China,” directed by Lu Chuan, gets up close...
Stephen Colbert’s Alex Jones impression is on point

Stephen Colbert’s Alex Jones impression is on point

Alex Jones has Stephen Colbert’s heart feeling like a volcano. We know the president of the United States pays attention to Austin’s most famous conspiracy theorist. Now we know he’s on the radar of late night TV, too. Inspired by Jones, “Late Show” host Colbert on Monday night dipped his toes back into the familiar waters of right-wing caricature. If the Infowars host&rsquo...
‘Hidden Figures’ tells little-known story of women at NASA

‘Hidden Figures’ tells little-known story of women at NASA

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 “Hidden Figures”: Recently nominated for best picture and best adapted screenplay at the Academy Awards, this riveting drama sheds light on women who had never gotten the recognition they deserved for their place...
‘Girls’ was a millennial mess — just like the rest of us

‘Girls’ was a millennial mess — just like the rest of us

In a stroke of millennial unoriginality, I belong to a group of four close friends (aka a text thread) trying to make it in various creative endeavors in a bustling city. Well, in Austin. The four of us — a copy editor/baker, a graphic designer, a writer and a whatever I am — solidified our friendship, in fact, around “Girls” viewing parties.  Sometimes weekly and sometimes...
The definitive, ‘Tokyo Drift’-loving ‘Fast and Furious’ movie rankings

The definitive, ‘Tokyo Drift’-loving ‘Fast and Furious’ movie rankings

Are you ready? Spoilers below for old movies (and yes, the new one is in there.) “The Fast and the Furious” (2001) — Yeah, it’s the first one, but it’s a also wonderfully street-level crime movie about street racers, hot cars and Vin Diesel becoming a legitimate movie star.
Can Anne Hathaway save the world? It’s ‘Colossal’!

Can Anne Hathaway save the world? It’s ‘Colossal’!

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo has defied expectations again with “Colossal,” his new sci-fi tale starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It’s hard to explain that opening sentence without giving away some key plot information, but let’s just say that this is one of the most unusual, imaginative tales to come along in quite some time. Vigalondo’s first film, 2008&rsquo...
‘Gifted’ is heartfelt but a little too good to be true

‘Gifted’ is heartfelt but a little too good to be true

It often seems that Hollywood filmmaking trends too often to the “more is more” philosophy: more special effects, more stars, more spectacle. Alternatively, there’s the micro budget “less is more” of the indie scene. Like Goldilocks, you might be looking for something not more or less, but “just right.” “Gifted” is a rare example of the kind of...
Films in theaters, 4/14/17

Films in theaters, 4/14/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Fate of the Furious” Grade: C. Review page 32 “Colossal” Grade: B+. Review page 33 “Their Finest” Grade: A-. Review page 34 “Gifted” Grade: C+. Review page 35 NOT REVIEWED “Spark: A Space Tail.” PG. 90 minutes. In this animated film, Spark is a wisecracking teen living on an abandoned planet with two friends when he learns...
Charming ‘Their Finest’ is a morale booster

Charming ‘Their Finest’ is a morale booster

“Their Finest” is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. Starring a radiant and assured Gemma Arterton, a convincing Sam Claflin and a criminally funny Bill Nighy, “Their Finest&rdquo...
Tim League is still the ultimate Fantastic Fest fan

Tim League is still the ultimate Fantastic Fest fan

There is but one place to see aliens invading the Earth, cops and criminals in Mumbai and the most dangerous floating orb in all of cinema: the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar from Sept. 22-29. It’s Fantastic Fest, the annual gathering of the genre-fanatic tribe wherein the devout devour cutting-edge horror, science fiction, thrillers and documentaries from around the globe. The founder of the...
Fast cars don’t save ‘Fate of the Furious’ from feeling flat

Fast cars don’t save ‘Fate of the Furious’ from feeling flat

“The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise — perhaps the most nakedly enjoyable action movie franchise of its epoch — inadvertently raises an important question: To what extent is this series indestructible? Is there no insane plot hole, no overly expository chatter or generic action movie-ness that it cannot overcome through...
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...
German film tells comic tale of family ties and moving on

German film tells comic tale of family ties and moving on

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a new title that recently became available for streaming. Video on Demand “Toni Erdmann”: To say that a nearly three-hour German comedy isn’t everybody’s cup of tea is probably an understatement, but Maren Ade’s latest film is one of the very best movies I saw last...
SNL spoofs now infamous Kendall Jenner, Pepsi commercial 

SNL spoofs now infamous Kendall Jenner, Pepsi commercial 

  Looking back, it might be easy to see how inappropriate and tone-deaf Pepsi’s controversial commercial featuring Kendall Jenner and the Black Lives Matter movement was, but it wasn’t apparent to the soda giant or those working on the ad in the run-up to the release.  Pepsi pulled the ad barely a day after releasing it following a social media backlash, then apologized to the...
New Netflix movie “The Discover” a lot about death, but life, too

New Netflix movie “The Discover” a lot about death, but life, too

In “The Discovery,” released on Netflix March 31, there’s a lot of talk about people “trying to get there,” where “there” is the newly-discovered afterlife and the “trying to” part means suicide. “Trying to get there” also describes the experience of waiting for the ending of “The Discovery,” which starts off with an intriguing...
Film listings for 04/07/17

Film listings for 04/07/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Frantz” Grade: C+. Review page 31 “Smurfs: The Lost Village” Grade: C-. Review page 30 NOT REVIEWED “The Case for Christ”: PG. 112 minutes. An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian. City Lights. Gateway. Hill Country. Moviehouse. Round Rock. Southpark. Tinseltown...
Latest ‘Smurfs’ sequel isn’t terrible so much as forgettable

Latest ‘Smurfs’ sequel isn’t terrible so much as forgettable

First, let us sincerely thank the makers of “Smurfs: The Lost Village” for what they didn’t do. They didn’t allow any Smurfs to break wind or talk about poop. They didn’t substitute the verb “smurf” for a profanity, and they resisted what must have been impossible pressures to include product placement. (No cellphone towers in Smurf Village … yet.)...
Commentary: KLRU presents 24-hour channel devoted to kids

Commentary: KLRU presents 24-hour channel devoted to kids

On April 1, KLRU-TV Austin PBS launched a 24-hour PBS KIDS Channel. In addition to the 11 hours daily of PBS KIDS programming that will remain on KLRU, we now provide 24-hour children’s programming on 18.4, the PBS Kids app and at klrukids.org. KLRU is providing this free, fun, educational resource for all families at a time when youth populations in Central Texas have grown tremendously. The...
Pierce Brosnan brings Texas archetype to life in ‘The Son’

Pierce Brosnan brings Texas archetype to life in ‘The Son’

Much to his dismay, Pierce Brosnan says, he was sitting on his butt in Malibu, Calif., last summer after a project unexpectedly fell through. But another door opened quickly: He got the script for a new AMC series called “The Son,” based on Austin author Philipp Meyer’s epic novel about three generations of the McCullough family of Texas. “I remember when the book came out...
Aging doesn’t mean slowing down for actor Morgan Freeman

Aging doesn’t mean slowing down for actor Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman isn’t the retiring sort — at least when it comes to his acting career. Slowing down may be the norm for other older actors, whether by choice or from lack of good roles. That’s not the pace Freeman prefers — he has more than a dozen film and TV credits in the last two years — and he fully intends to keep at it for as long as he can. “You don&rsquo...
‘Fantastic Beasts’ is magical introduction to a new wizarding world

‘Fantastic Beasts’ is magical introduction to a new wizarding world

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 “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them”: David Yates directed the final four films in the Harry Potter series and has returned to deliver what is apparently the first of five cinematic tales that have been spun...
'Boss Baby' shows who’s boss at the box office

'Boss Baby' shows who’s boss at the box office

LOS ANGELES — After two weeks of domination by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” there’s a new boss in town. In a squeaker, Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s CG-animated family comedy “The Boss Baby” claimed the top spot at the box office, pulling in a bigger-than-expected weekend estimate of $49 million in the U.S. and Canada. Continuing to hold strong...
No ‘Star Wars’ movie seeking extras to play aliens near Houston

No ‘Star Wars’ movie seeking extras to play aliens near Houston

This just in from WBN12: A “Star Wars” movie wants Texans to appear as alien extras southwest of Houston. But hold any travel plans because the post proved as fake as a Wookiee. PolitiFact Texas looked into the claim as part of Sunday’s inaugural International Fact-Checking Day. Organizers at Poynter.org describe the day as “not a single event but a rallying cry for more facts...
‘13 Reasons Why’ is Netflix’s newest must-see series

‘13 Reasons Why’ is Netflix’s newest must-see series

“Mean Girls.” “Freaks and Greeks.” “Heathers.” Perhaps you’ve heard: High school is treacherous place. Students are ruthless to one another. Hormones are bad-behavior accelerants. And adults? Utterly clueless. Now throw in social media-shaming, sexism and suicide, and you have the basic building blocks for the addictive mystery that is “13 Reasons Why...
Dinges: KVUE adds traffic reporter to its morning team

Dinges: KVUE adds traffic reporter to its morning team

KVUE’s morning team will be back at full strength soon with the addition of a new traffic anchor. Anavid Reyes arrives from Abilene, where she worked for the city’s NBC and Telemundo affiliates. Her first day on air will be sometime this month, KVUE said. “Getting to work in a city like Austin, which is growing and thriving at such an incredible rate, is riveting,” Reyes said...
April’s got all-star jams, Willie Nelson, ‘The Son’ and more ‘Furious’

April’s got all-star jams, Willie Nelson, ‘The Son’ and more ‘Furious’

Here are some of the best and highest-profile new releases in music, movies, TV and more on the horizon in April. Man alive, Texas and Austin — and that which Texas and Austin care about —are all over this month’s list. As always, dates are subject to change without notice. 1 and 2. “Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings” (Columbia Legacy) and &ldquo...
After strong beginning, ‘Boss Baby’ needs a time out

After strong beginning, ‘Boss Baby’ needs a time out

Babies, for all their cuteness, joyful squeals and wonderful-smelling heads, are basically jerks. Even worse if you’re a big brother or big sister, dislodged from the center of the universe by a tiny being who doesn’t have the sense to stop peeing in his own bath water. “The Boss Baby” understands this well. And when it sticks to the core concept, the new entry from DreamWorks...
Jessica Chastain shines as ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’

Jessica Chastain shines as ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’

The Holocaust film has become a genre unto itself, and there are more than enough stories from that era to continue the trend. Against ever-shifting, polarized political landscapes, the lessons gleaned from the horrors of this very recent past are never not relevant. But too often, many of these biopics fall prey to well-trod norms and conventions. In Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s...
Movies in theaters, 3/31/17

Movies in theaters, 3/31/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Boss Baby” Grade: C. Review page 24 “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Grade: B. Review page 26 NOT REVIEWED “Ghost in the Shell”: PG-13. 106 minutes. Scarlett Johansson plays a human cyber-enhanced after a crash to be a perfect soldier tasked with stopping criminals. Alamo Lakeline, Alamo Mueller, Alamo Slaughter, Alamo South, Alamo Village, Barton Creek...
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...

SXSW Film: Planning for Monday, docs

If you’re making plans for Monday while standing in line for a movie, here’s a look at the Monday documentaries. “Seeds of Time”: Director Sandy McLeod follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler and his travels across the world to help save a key resource that we can’t live without: our seeds. 11 a.m., Violet Crown; 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rollins; 11:30 a.m. March 14, Rollins...

Special film screenings: May 16-22

Master Pancake: “The Hunger Games.” The movie mockers of Master Pancake take on the 2012 story of a dystopian future. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $13.50. Alamo Ritz, 320 E. Sixth St. Buy tickets. ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Free screening of the film. Food trailers will be selling food and drink on site. 8 p.m. Friday. South Shore District, 1333 Shore District Drive...

Weiner of ‘Mad Men’ to get AFF award

Matthew Weiner, the creator of AMC’s “Mad Men,” will receive the Austin Film Festival’s Outstanding Television Writer Award at the annual festival and conference, which takes place Oct. 23-30. Weiner has been nominated for 11 Emmys for writing a drama series. He won the award for the series pilot, as well as for the Second Season episode, “Meditations in an Emergency...

Moviemaker Dialogue with actor Kevin Corrigan June 23

Hard-working character actor Kevin Corrigan (“Slums of Beverly Hills,” “Grounded For Life,” a great guest spot as a fake-ID maker in “Freaks and Geeks,” “Big Fan,” “GoodFellas,” “The Departed,” Superbad,” Terrence Malicks’ upcoming “Knight of Cups” and literally dozens of movies and TV shows over the past...

Eli Wallach’s Texas ties

Actor Eli Wallach, who died Tuesday evening at his home in New York at the age of 98, attended the University of Texas and received his bachelor’s degree in 1936. Wallach, who was best known as the bandit in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” but who had a long career in film and theater, participated in theater at UT. Since there was no theater department, he joined a student organization...

More Alamo Drafthouse news: Los Angeles location coming in 2015

If you’re riding the news blitz about Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar location re-opening this week, here’s your cherry on top. The Austin-based movie theater chain is opening its first Los Angeles location next year. http://twitter.com/drafthouse/status/499578892936818688 According to a news release, the Drafthouse will set up shop at The Bloc, a 1.8 million square-foot mixed use...
Actress Barbara Hale of ‘Perry Mason’ fame dead at 94

Actress Barbara Hale of ‘Perry Mason’ fame dead at 94

Actress Barbara Hale, who played loyal secretary Della Street in the "Perry Mason" television series from 1957 to 1966, died Thursday, The Associated Press reported. She was 94. Her son, actor William Katt, announced Hale’s death in a Facebook post. Katt said his mother died surrounded by family at her Sherman Oaks, California, home. "She was gracious and kind and silly and always...
'Mannix' star Mike Connors dead at 91

'Mannix' star Mike Connors dead at 91

Mike Connors, who played a suave, hard-hitting private eye on the long-running TV series "Mannix," died Thursday, The Associated Press reported. He was 91. Connors’ son-in-law, Mike Condon, said the actor died Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from recently diagnosed leukemia. His death comes a day after another late 1960s/early ‘70s TV star — ...
'Batman v Superman,' 'Hillary's America' tie for Razzie worst film award

'Batman v Superman,' 'Hillary's America' tie for Razzie worst film award

UPDATE: The Razzie Awards announced this year's "winners" Saturday. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and  "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" tied for worst film award honors, scoring four Razzie awards each. Worst supporting actor went to Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Wiig won for worst supporting actress. Dinesh D'Souza won the worst...
The Oscars 2017: Complete list of nominees

The Oscars 2017: Complete list of nominees

The nominations are in for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony. On Tuesday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of nominees for each of the award show's 24 categories. The awards are meant to highlight the best in cinema each year. Nominees, who are vying to win a coveted Oscar, are chosen by AMPAS' more than 5,000 voting members. The 89th Academy Awards will...
Watch: Dog appears to dance to music at groomer

Watch: Dog appears to dance to music at groomer

An Orlando pet salon uploaded a video to its Facebook page of an adorable dog that appears to dance to salsa music. In the brief clip, uploaded Jan. 12, the dog can be seen rising to its hind legs and dancing around to "Conga" by the Miami Sound Machine. It's famously led by singer Gloria Estefan.  When you had such a fun time at your groomers, you can't help but do the #congo...
Alec Baldwin to host SNL for record 17th time, smashing previous record

Alec Baldwin to host SNL for record 17th time, smashing previous record

Actor Alec Baldwin is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” next month for the 17th time, in an appearance that will break comedian Steve Martin’s record for most times hosting the late-night comedy show. Baldwin's impression of President Donald Trump has garnered rave reviews and plenty of late-night laughs, as he played Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond...
Alec Baldwin to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Alec Baldwin to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Alec Baldwin is scheduled to host to "Saturday Night Live" on Feb. 11 amid his ongoing battle with President Donald Trump. Ed Sheeran will appear as the night's musical guest. Baldwin, who has played the president multiple times in the run-up to and since the election, will host the show for the 17th time. He holds the record for the most times hosting the sketch comedy hour, trailed by...
'House of Cards' will 'Bring the Terror' in Season 5

'House of Cards' will 'Bring the Terror' in Season 5

As the nation watched Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th president, Frank Underwood already was planning ahead. Netflix released a teaser Friday for the fifth season of its presidential drama, "House of Cards." Underwood, the crafty politician played by Kevin Spacey, will return to action on May 30, Netflix announced.   The teaser shows an American flag waving in the breeze as...
Watch Matthew McConaughey sing ‘I Will Survive’ ... kinda

Watch Matthew McConaughey sing ‘I Will Survive’ ... kinda

Matthew McConaughey: actor, philanthropist, Texas Longhorn legend, disco superstar. A gaggle of Hollywood celebrities got together for W magazine’s medley of Gloria Gaynor’s 1979 hit “I Will Survive,” and if there was one voice that needed to join this modern-day “We Are the World,” it was the pride of Uvalde. The “Gold” actor joined stars...
Oprah wants to go glamping with Michelle Obama

Oprah wants to go glamping with Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama is transitioning to life as a private citizen soon, so why not hit the trails with Oprah Winfrey for a fun glamping trip? Glamping is like camping, only posher. Oprah revealed her goals during a visit to “The Dr. Oz” show. “I believe in glamping,” Oprah said. “Why should I camp, when I can glamp?” 
South Florida mother scores 'Shark Tank' deal

South Florida mother scores 'Shark Tank' deal

Sarah Blain, the single mother entrepreneur who owns the South Florida-based business Sealed By Santa, appeared on Friday night’s “Shark Tank” to try get a $150,000 investment for 20 percent of her company. After a video visit from Santa Claus, three offers and some tears, she left with a deal from infomercial queen Lori Greiner. Blain, whose company in Boca Raton offers customized...

‘Her’ and ‘Black Mirror’: two very different visions of the near-future

In today’s Austin American-Statesman, I was lucky to have the opportunity to write about two things I got obsessed with over the holidays: the Spike Jonze film “Her” and the British anthology TV show, “Black Mirror,” which aired in its entirety on DirecTV. “Her” opens in Austin theaters on Friday (see Joe Gross’s review here) and I was thrilled to have...
Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' official trailer drops

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' official trailer drops

More clips are being unveiled as the tale as old as time gets its own live-action retelling. Disney released the full official trailer for the new version of "Beauty and the Beast." The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, will be released March 17, 2017. "Beauty and the Beast" is the latest in Disney's efforts to reimagine its classic animated films...
Pixar streaming short film with adorable message

Pixar streaming short film with adorable message

Chances are, if you've seen Pixar's "Finding Dory," you've seen the short film that screened before the movie played in theaters.  For those who haven't seen it, "Piper," a short film written and directed by Alan Barillaro, is now streaming for free online. >> Read more trending stories   But when a strong wave swallows the young bird while she's seeking...
Tale as old as time as new images released from 'Beauty and the Beast'

Tale as old as time as new images released from 'Beauty and the Beast'

Many wondered how Emma Watson would look as Belle, the heroine from Disney's live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast." Months ago, we got a sneak peek at the end of the teaser trailer.  But Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly pulled the curtain back and gave fans a glimpse into Beast's cursed castle.

Disney's in talks for 'Snow White' live-action film

Another Disney classic is getting the live-action treatment. After re-imagined box office hits like "The Jungle Book" and "Cinderella," Disney has apparently penned a deal to give its first full-length animated feature film the live-action treatment.
Raven-Symoné leaving 'The View' to star in 'That's So Raven' spinoff

Raven-Symoné leaving 'The View' to star in 'That's So Raven' spinoff

Raven-Symoné is headed back to Disney Channel. The co-host of "The View" is leaving the show to return as her character Raven Baxter in a spin-off of the Disney Channel series "That's So Raven." The 30-year-old actress announced the move Thursday morning on "The View." "I'm excited and sad, but mostly excited. I have an announcement to make," she said...
'Muppet Babies' crawling back to TV

'Muppet Babies' crawling back to TV

The Muppets are back -- again. Disney announced Wednesday on Twitter that the company is bringing back "Muppet Babies." The show, which aired from 1984 to 1991, will now be CG animated and will be shown on the Disney Junior network in 2018. Disney acquired the rights to the Muppets in 2004 from the family of Jim Henson, Forbes reported. Henson died in 1990. The new show will be marketed...
Tom Hanks relives 'Big,' not once, but twice

Tom Hanks relives 'Big,' not once, but twice

He may be one of the biggest names at the box office, but Tom Hanks isn't forgetting what got him there.  While making the rounds promoting his latest movie "Inferno," based on Dan Brown's book of the same name, Hanks has paid homage to his movie "Big," not once but twice recently. First, Hanks didn't miss a beat when he performed the rap from the 1988 flick. The song appeared...
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