Movies & TV


Billie Lourd shares photo of mom Carrie Fisher, honoring ‘Star Wars, her last movie

Billie Lourd is remembering her late mother, Carrie Fisher, in a touching Instagram post. >> Read more trending news  The touching photo Lourd shared Friday shows the pair clinging to each other on the red carpet of a recent movie premiere. The mother and daughter starred in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” back in 2015, and now Fisher’s last movie, “Star Wars: The...
The most popular books, movies and music at the Austin Public Library in 2017

The most popular books, movies and music at the Austin Public Library in 2017

2017 was a year of change for Austin, as each year always is. But some things never change. The fact that we love bemoaning Austin traffic. The fact that our city is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the country. The fact that grackles never cease to instill fear and awe in the hearts of Austinites.  There’s also the fact that even with a shiny, brand-spanking-new location...
Actress Halle Berry ‘done with love’ after latest break-up

Actress Halle Berry ‘done with love’ after latest break-up

Halle Berry doesn’t need a man and she has the Instagram story to prove it. >> Read more trending news  On Wednesday, the actress reportedly shared a photo on her Instagram story of a rope shaped like a heart and the words “done with love” along with three flexing muscle emojis. The post comes just hours after US Weeklyreported that she had split from her music producer...
Tavis Smiley accuses PBS of ‘biased and sloppy’ investigation, denies any misconduct

Tavis Smiley accuses PBS of ‘biased and sloppy’ investigation, denies any misconduct

Former PBS host Tavis Smiley is fighting back against sexual misconduct allegations, accusing PBS of a conducting a “biased and sloppy” investigation.  >> Read more trending news  The network suspended the “Tavis Smiley” show on Wednesday after former staffers accused the interviewer of inappropriate behavior. According to Variety, the longtime...
History and humor blend in Winston Churchill story

History and humor blend in Winston Churchill story

It’s good to remember that Great Britain was in great peril in May 1940 amid its war with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. The mood in Parliament was that a British defeat appeared to be quite possible, especially after the fall of France. Politicians, led by Neville Chamberlain and Viscount Halifax, were urging peace talks with Hitler. The United States had not yet entered the war and was declining...
‘Ferdinand’ celebrates peaceful spirit but falls flat

‘Ferdinand’ celebrates peaceful spirit but falls flat

The beloved children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf, with illustrations by Robert Lawson, was published in 1936. But the simple, pacifist story about a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight has resonated across generations. It’s a natural progression that this favorite character would find a home on the big screen in an animated feature, “Ferdinand...
Movies in theaters, 12/15/17

Movies in theaters, 12/15/17

OPENING THIS WEEK “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Grade: B. Review page 23 “Darkest Hour” Grade: B+. Review page 26 “Ferdinand” Grade: C. Review page 27 NOW PLAYING “American Made.” B-. R. 115 minutes. Tom Cruise stars in this true-life tale about pilot Bary Seal, whose smuggling operation with the CIA inadvertently spawns the creation of the Medellin cartel...
Forgot what happened in ‘Force Awakens?’ Let’s catch up

Forgot what happened in ‘Force Awakens?’ Let’s catch up

It’s been two years since “The Force Awakens.” Before you see “The Last Jedi,” here is where we left our major heroes and villains at the end of the previous film: REY WHO IS SHE: A young, Force-sensitive scavenger from the desert planet Jakku (where her family long ago abandoned her), Rey is a scavenger, a mysteriously good pilot and a woman with a link to Luke Skywalker...
Tom Hanks jokes about ‘The Post’ co-star Meryl Streep calling her ‘high maintenance’

Tom Hanks jokes about ‘The Post’ co-star Meryl Streep calling her ‘high maintenance’

When Hollywood legend Tom Hanks appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to promote his new movie “The Post,” he managed to find time to take a few playful jabs at his co-star and fellow Hollywood legend Meryl Streep. Colbert and Hanks were having a friendly chat when Colbert mentioned the veteran actress. Hanks rolled his eyes and said, “You mean, can I...
Golden Globes snubs and surprises: Jordan Peele, ‘The Big Sick’ and more

Golden Globes snubs and surprises: Jordan Peele, ‘The Big Sick’ and more

The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were dominated by expected names like HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” and Guillermo del Toro’s film “The Shape of Water.” But like every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has thrown some curveballs our way. These are the biggest snubs and surprises: Film snubs “Get Out&rdquo...
Happy 94th birthday, Bob Barker. Here’s why you rock!

Happy 94th birthday, Bob Barker. Here’s why you rock!

Come on down, Bob Barker, and accept a hearty Happy Birthday wish on behalf of a grateful nation! You turn 94 years young on December 12 and if all you ever accomplished in that time was to beat up Adam Sandler, that would be more than enough (sadly, it was a fictitious fight, in a movie). But no, you hosted “The Price Is Right” right into TV’s all-time record books, went vegetarian...
Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Rose McGowan took to Twitter to attack her former “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano, after the latter appeared on television and voiced her supporter of Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein’s now estranged wife. Milano appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week and chatted with the host about her friend Chapman — with whom she worked on “Project Runway: All Stars...
Forgot what happened in ‘Star Wars: the Force Awakens?’ Let’s catch up with the main characters 

Forgot what happened in ‘Star Wars: the Force Awakens?’ Let’s catch up with the main characters 

It’s been two years since “The Force Awakens” (does this mean is the Force is now wok--nevermind) Here is where we last left our major heroes and villains at the end of that film: WHO IS SHE: A young, Force-sensitive scavenger from the desert planet Jakku (where her family long ago abandoned her), Rey is a scavenger, a mysteriously good pilot and a woman with a link to Luke Skywalker...
‘The Last Jedi’ puts incredible moments in an incredibly long movie

‘The Last Jedi’ puts incredible moments in an incredibly long movie

At some point in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — maybe it’s 15 minutes in, maybe 30, perhaps an hour — it hits you just how many masters this movie has to serve: the vision of writer/director Rian Johnson; long-term fans who have been with the franchise since Jimmy Carter was in office; the children of the aforementioned, long schooled in the ways of the Force; the 20-somethings...
Fun and ferocious comic book movies now streaming

Fun and ferocious comic book movies now streaming

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available through streaming services. Video on Demand “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards”: Despite being a fixture in the fashion world since the early ’70s, it wasn’t really until Carrie Bradshaw’s obsession with Manolo...
Best TV of 2017: ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Vietnam War’ and more

Best TV of 2017: ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Vietnam War’ and more

While television offered more than enough escape from the anxieties and outrages of life in 2017, it also found plenty of contextual and thematic relevance to kick around — sometimes intentional, sometimes just coincidental. All I know is I’ve never had a better time doing my job, or a harder time picking my yearly favorites. Here they are: 1. “Twin Peaks: The Return” (Showtime)...
In ‘Darkest Hour,’ actor transforms into one of world’s political giants

In ‘Darkest Hour,’ actor transforms into one of world’s political giants

When the producers of “Darkest Hour” approached Gary Oldman about playing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he told them, “Don’t be ridiculous. I don’t look anything like him.” “But for some reason,” Oldman says, “one of the producers at Working Title, Eric Fellner, God bless him, was like a dog with a bone … and I thought, well...
'The Holiday' is a better Christmas movie than 'Love Actually' and here's why

'The Holiday' is a better Christmas movie than 'Love Actually' and here's why

Listen. I know you love "Love Actually." I know it is widely considered a modern holiday classic. I know that the combination of Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightly, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson and that kid who played Jojen in "Game of Thrones" makes it pretty hard to dislike this movie. I get it.  But there’s actually a better...
Movies in theaters, 12/8/17

Movies in theaters, 12/8/17

OPENING THIS WEEK “The Shape of Water” Grade: A-. Review page 41 “Wonder Wheel” Grade: D. Review page 42 NOT REVIEWED “Just Getting Started.” PG-13. 90 minutes. After an attempt on his life, a resort manager teams up with a former military man to take down a person from his past. Cedar Park. City Lights. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan. Pflugerville 20. Southpark...
Love story meets creature feature in beautiful ‘Shape of Water’

Love story meets creature feature in beautiful ‘Shape of Water’

Water takes on the shape of whatever holds it, and it can be gentle as well as powerful, just like love, Guillermo del Toro says. That’s what he’s trying to illustrate with his beautifully crafted new movie, “The Shape of Water.” For the mute cleaning lady Elisa (Sally Hawkins), love takes the shape of a mystery-shrouded Amphibian Man (Doug Jones), who is being held in captivity...
‘Wonder Wheel’ unneeded, offensive take on aging women by Woody Allen

‘Wonder Wheel’ unneeded, offensive take on aging women by Woody Allen

Is it possible to separate the art from the artist? That question has unfortunately become an annual tradition when it comes to Woody Allen. Since financiers and stars keep flocking to his projects, every year, critics and audiences alike must flagellate ourselves over whether it’s OK to like Woody Allen movies, given the sexual assault accusations that have plagued him since the early &rsquo...
Angelina Jolie talks Brad Pitt, says last film together may have mirrored relationship

Angelina Jolie talks Brad Pitt, says last film together may have mirrored relationship

Fans were shocked when super couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt broke up, but it seems their final film together paralleled their own relationship issues. The actors starred in 2015’s “By The Sea,” a film about a couple attempting to repair their broken relationship, including communication and intimacy issues — problems the couple were reportedly dealing with in...
Recently fired anchor Matt Lauer a 

Recently fired anchor Matt Lauer a "weak and broken" man, friends say

Disgraced anchor Matt Lauer may never bounce back from his firing, according to a new report in People. “He is weak and broken and ashamed by his own admission,” one of Lauer’s former “Today” show  colleagues told People magazine. “He is my friend,” the source adds. “He is human, and he is flawed. But is he going to use his power to be a predator...
Elizabeth toughens up in dazzling new season of ‘The Crown’

Elizabeth toughens up in dazzling new season of ‘The Crown’

San Francisco — As the second season of Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” becomes available on Netflix on Friday, we may look back to the series’ first year and think of how very young and in many ways naive Elizabeth was when she ascended the British throne. There are traces of that young woman in the new season, of course, but she is now seasoned, tougher, wary and more strategic...
See two favorites from SXSW, now streaming and on demand

See two favorites from SXSW, now streaming and on demand

Here’s a look at some interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a title that has recently become available to stream. Video on Demand “Patti Cake$”: In this Sundance hit that also screened at South by Southwest, 23-year-old Patricia (newcomer Danielle Macdonald) lives in New Jersey with her mother, Barb (Bridget Everett), and ailing grandmother...
‘Coco’ stays on top, ‘Justice League’ takes second at box office

‘Coco’ stays on top, ‘Justice League’ takes second at box office

LOS ANGELES — As moviegoers gear up for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on Dec. 15, “Coco” is maintaining its box-office hold for the second consecutive week. The latest picture from Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios took in an estimated $26.1 million over the weekend, for a total of $108.7 million, according to measurement firm ComScore. The Dia de Los Muertos-themed...
Samurai cursed with eternal life — and seemingly interminable fights

Samurai cursed with eternal life — and seemingly interminable fights

The hero of “Blade of the Immortal” carries a curse that some samurai might consider a blessing: He can’t die. Yet Manji (actor/pop star Takuya Kimura) can be hurt — and suffer excruciating pain — as he hacks his way along a blackly comic course of slashings, stabbings and severed limbs. “Blade” is the 100th film directed by the wildly prolific (and just plain...
Movies in theaters, 12/1/17

Movies in theaters, 12/1/17

OPENING THIS WEEK “The Disaster Artist” Grade: B. Review page 26 “Blade of the Immortal” Grade: C. Review page 27 NOT REVIEWED “The Breadwinner.” PG-13. 93 minutes. The animated film tells the story of a young girl, Parvana, growing up under the might of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. She fights to support her family by disguising herself as a boy after her...
‘The Disaster Artist’: Portrait of the artist as an American weirdo

‘The Disaster Artist’: Portrait of the artist as an American weirdo

In 2003, a movie called “The Room” appeared seemingly out of nowhere. It emanated from no studio and contained no stars. It was promoted only via a massive Hollywood billboard that featured a photo of the film’s writer, director, financier and star, a mysterious man named Tommy Wiseau who sported dyed black hair and a European accent. The Los Angeles theaters in which it played seemed...
Star Wars icon Chewbacca joins Fort Worth police force in Facebook video

Star Wars icon Chewbacca joins Fort Worth police force in Facebook video

The last time we saw Chewbacca, the hulking and hairy sidekick from Star Wars, things weren’t going well for him. He got wounded in a shoot-out. His buddy Han Solo … well, things didn’t work out at all for him. And he didn’t even get a hug from Leia.  What’s a wookiee to do? Join the Fort Worth Police Department, of course. The Fort Worth police posted their own...
Former ‘Today’ co-host Natalie Morales ‘shocked’ over Matt Lauer's firing 

Former ‘Today’ co-host Natalie Morales ‘shocked’ over Matt Lauer's firing 

Former “Today” show co-host Natalie Morales was among many of Matt Lauer’s former colleagues who woke up to the news Wednesday that NBC News had fired him. Morales addressed Lauer’s firing on “Access Hollywood” Wednesday with co-host Kit Hoover.  She read part of NBC News chairman Andy Lack’s statement before sharing her own feelings about the termination...
Seven Christmas movies you won’t see on the Hallmark Channel

Seven Christmas movies you won’t see on the Hallmark Channel

There are Christmas movies ( “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Home Alone,” 1951’s “Christmas Carol” or bust, don’t @ me) and then there are movies such as the following -- set at Christmas but not necessarily associated with the season. They are the new Christmas canon. Join us, won’t you? The ultimate “This is kind of a Christmas movie, isn&rsquo...
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show features a model's fall - and CBS doesn't edit it out

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show features a model's fall - and CBS doesn't edit it out

Taking a bad spill on the runway may be a model's worst nightmare - and it's only amplified when it might be broadcast to millions on TV. Chinese model Ming Xi found herself in that scenario last week when she slipped and fell during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which taped in Shanghai. On Tuesday night, CBS aired the telecast, and some thought the network might edit out Xi's spill. "...
Marvel studios drops ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer

Marvel studios drops ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer

The bootleg footage has been on YouTube over the past few months, but Marvel Studios released the trailer for next year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” >> Read more trending news Fans get the first full glimpse of Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. The full Avengers team is also together, including the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Black Panther. Watch the trailer below...
How ‘Blackish’ star Jenifer Lewis became ‘the mother of black Hollywood’

How ‘Blackish’ star Jenifer Lewis became ‘the mother of black Hollywood’

When casting Tina Turner’s mom in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do With It?,” the director turned to a relative unknown by the name of Jenifer Lewis. The actress, who had done just a few small film and TV parts after arriving in Hollywood via Broadway and cabarets, is only about 2 years older than the film’s star, Angela Bassett. So when she got the call, she almost...
Actress Joan Collins denies son’s claims that ex husband was a pedophile

Actress Joan Collins denies son’s claims that ex husband was a pedophile

British actress Joan Collins disagrees with her son’s claims that his late father was a child molester. Collins’ son, Sacha Newley, recently said his father — Joan’s ex-husband Anthony Newley — was a pedophile.  “My father was drawn to youthfulness, he thought innocence was an aphrodisiac,” the 52-year-old artist told The Sunday Times. As an example...
Meghan Markle was once a 'briefcase girl' on game show 'Deal or No Deal'

Meghan Markle was once a 'briefcase girl' on game show 'Deal or No Deal'

British Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement Monday at Kensington Palace, and the world can’t seem to get enough of the couple. One thing you might know about Meghan Markle is her role as the paralegal Rachel Zane on the popular TV show “Suits,” but you might not know that Markle was once a “briefcase girl” on the Howie...
When the “Frozen” short before “Coco” isn’t short at all

When the “Frozen” short before “Coco” isn’t short at all

Did anyone like the “Frozen” short before “Coco”? We’d love to hear it if your kids did. What we’ve heard is “Ugh! It’s awful.” “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” (Disney Pixar) “Ugh! It’s too long!” followed by “A short is supposed to be short.” “It should have been straight to DVD” followed by...
‘The Little Couple’ get into holiday spirit with photo of kids decorating tree

‘The Little Couple’ get into holiday spirit with photo of kids decorating tree

The star of TLC’s “The Little Couple,” Dr. Jennifer Arnold, is getting into the holiday spirit, sharing a photo of her children, Will and Zoey, and the family’s Christmas tree. “After decorating the tree last night, Zoey woke up and asked if Santa came,” Arnold captioned the photo that featured her daughter Zoey decorating the family’s Christmas tree. &ldquo...
This Austin entrepreneur scored a historic deal on ‘Shark Tank’

This Austin entrepreneur scored a historic deal on ‘Shark Tank’

Austin fans of ABC’s “Shark Tank” might have noticed a familiar name on Sunday night’s episode. Local company EverlyWell, which sells at-home health test kits, scored a deal with one of the show’s investors (excuse us, “sharks”). The deal wasn’t just notable for the company’s bottom line. According to EverlyWell, it was a milestone for ...
There’s an Alamo Drafthouse PSA for ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ and it’s a glorious mess

There’s an Alamo Drafthouse PSA for ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ and it’s a glorious mess

You’ve seen Armie Hammer dance in a Twitter meme. Now, watch him tell you to shut up before your movie starts. Hammer stars with Timothée Chalamet in “Call Me By Your Name,” one of the most anticipated movies of holiday season. The Luca Guadagnino-directed romance is garnering serious film awards buzz. Less likely to earn a place in an equivalent pantheon: the &ldquo...
‘Coco’ charms audiences while winning Thanksgiving weekend

‘Coco’ charms audiences while winning Thanksgiving weekend

LOS ANGELES — Pixar’s “Coco” had the spirits on its side over the long Thanksgiving weekend, pulling in estimated ticket sales of $71.2 million over the five-day holiday, good for the No. 1 spot at the box office. The animated film, set during Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration, scored an A-plus rating with opening night audiences, per market research firm CinemaScore...
Netflix’s gory, glorious ‘Godless’ is the Western we’ve been waiting for

Netflix’s gory, glorious ‘Godless’ is the Western we’ve been waiting for

A person could spend years and even decades waiting for a Western as immersive and satisfying as “Godless,” Scott Frank’s seven-part drama now streaming on Netflix. True to the genre in almost every way (and yet refreshingly modern in providing strong, vital roles for women), it plays like a seven-hour film without wasting a glorious, gritty, panoramic minute. And as a bonus, not...
Wittliff exhibit gives Tejano music legends their due

Wittliff exhibit gives Tejano music legends their due

From shattering glass ceilings to creating anthems for the Chicano movement, the legends of Tejano music have helped lift not just Texas but American music. Oftentimes, though, recognition of their contributions to our nation’s soundtrack is overlooked. “I think (record companies) had a hard time knowing where to put us because we were so diverse,” Tejano music star Shelly Lares...
David Cassidy’s younger brother Shaun offers touching tribute on Twitter

David Cassidy’s younger brother Shaun offers touching tribute on Twitter

Teenage heartthrobs run in the Cassidy family. David Cassidy’s younger brother, Shaun Cassidy, who was also a teen idol and singer in the 1970s, remembered his late brother with a touching tribute on Twitter after the pop culture icon’s death Tuesday from organ failure. “When I was a little boy and my big brother would come to visit, the first call of business would be a punishing...
Austin closes book on one Alamo Drafthouse ‘Wonder Woman’ complaint

Austin closes book on one Alamo Drafthouse ‘Wonder Woman’ complaint

After a national controversy, cheers from star-spangled Wonder Woman fans, outrage from internet bros and a smackdown by Mayor Steve Adler of a critic, Austin is closing the book on formal discrimination complaints filed against the Alamo Drafthouse for its women-only screenings of “Wonder Woman” last summer. After all the hubbub, the Drafthouse will update its anti-discrimination policies...
Here are the Austin theaters showing Pixar’s ‘Coco’ dubbed into Spanish

Here are the Austin theaters showing Pixar’s ‘Coco’ dubbed into Spanish

“Coco,” the new film from Disney Pixar, concerns young Miguel Rivera, a Mexican boy from a family of shoemakers who loves music, contrary to his family’s dislike of the stuff. Naturally, he ends up in the land of the dead to address the problem at hand. (And yes, there’s more plot than that.) Already the all-time highest grossing film in Mexican history, “Coco&rdquo...
‘While You Were Sleeping,’ ‘V For Vendetta’ and ‘Catwoman’: What’s coming to Netflix in December

‘While You Were Sleeping,’ ‘V For Vendetta’ and ‘Catwoman’: What’s coming to Netflix in December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, that period between Thanksgiving planning and New Year’s wherein the holiday rush is balanced with the urge to sit around and watch movies.  In that spirit, here is everything popping up on Netflix this month, with a) a few notes on some of them, and b) Christmas fare highlighted. 8 Mile (a nice companion to Em’s recent SNL appearance...
The Force is with this San Antonio Star Wars Christmas lights display

The Force is with this San Antonio Star Wars Christmas lights display

We’ve all gone out to look at Christmas lights and thought, “You know, I adore Christmas lights and I thrill to the ritual of striking very tiny electric candles in the darkness and draping them all over one’s house in a bid to celebrate bringing warmth to the dark nights....but you know what this could use?  “Some Star Wars.” Well, brothers and sisters, Matt Johnson...
Get your tissues ready: The cast of ‘This is Us’ is coming to SXSW 2018

Get your tissues ready: The cast of ‘This is Us’ is coming to SXSW 2018

“This is Us!” Katie Couric! Common! South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 9-18, 2018) announced a mess of new speakers today, including actor and musician Common; journalist and author Katie Couric, and the cast of NBC drama This Is Us; actress, producer and Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe. Common will be here pushing the Showtime show...
In celebration of new film, Austinites can try Star Wars beers and cocktails

In celebration of new film, Austinites can try Star Wars beers and cocktails

In just a few short days, we’ll all get to return to a galaxy far, far away. In the meantime, a few local dining establishments and other venues are celebrating “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which blasts into theaters this week, with themed drinks, screenings of the past “Star Wars” films — and even an art exhibit. Here’s where you can go for some out-of-this-world...
Austin-shot ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is here! (Well, the trailer is.)

Austin-shot ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is here! (Well, the trailer is.)

The trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel” has arrived and hooooeeee, it is certainly a trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel.” It could not be more a trailer for “Alita” if it tried. The valley, it is uncanny. Adapted from Yukita Kishiro’s increasingly-legendary ‘90s manga “Battle Angel Alita” and a passion project for producer James Cameron...
Let’s talk about the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer

Let’s talk about the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer

It’s here, sports, uh, superherofans: The teaser trailer to next year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first of two movies that will wrap up the arc of Disney/Marvel movies that started way back in 2008 with “Iron Man.” BEHOLD: Now, let’s talk about what we’ve just seen: * We know that heroes will live and heroes will die. A whole lot of contracts are...
You thought there were no new looks for Matthew McConaughey to conquer? You were wrong.​

You thought there were no new looks for Matthew McConaughey to conquer? You were wrong.​

Slacker cir. ‘76. Sweaty lawyer. Stripper. Matthew McConaughey is a man of many looks. Feel free to add “stoner beach bum named after an obscure musician and dressed in flaming clothing” to that list. Thanks to the always-industrious folks at TMZ, feast your eyes on McConaughey in Miami currently filming Harmony Korine’s  upcoming “The Beach Bum” as Moondog...
‘Titanic’ sails back to the big screen to celebrate 20 years of the movie

‘Titanic’ sails back to the big screen to celebrate 20 years of the movie

Near, far, wherever you are in the U.S., you can watch the tearjerker “Titanic” on the big screen again or for the very first time. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and a floating piece of door that we still maintain really could have saved DiCaprio’s character, Jack, “Titanic” will re-release at all...
Austin’s Sandra Bullock to star as Wendy Davis in new movie ‘Let Her Speak’

Austin’s Sandra Bullock to star as Wendy Davis in new movie ‘Let Her Speak’

How long can Sandra Bullock stand? With a pair of pink sneakers on her feet hopefully just as long former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis.  Variety reports that the actress and Austinite landed the role of Davis in an upcoming movie “Let Her Speak” about the senator’s memorable 2013 filibuster. Davis’ 11 hour filibuster is credited with stalling an anti-abortion bill...
Get ready, Muggles: The Harry Potter movies are coming to HBO

Get ready, Muggles: The Harry Potter movies are coming to HBO

Get your HBO accounts ready (or alert the friends and family members whose logins you use to watch “Game of Thrones”) -- soon, you’ll be able to watch all eight “Harry Potter” movies. Previously, HBO only had the rights to stream “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” as well as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” But...
A month-long film fest is making sure we get our Harry Potter fix — and butterbeer

A month-long film fest is making sure we get our Harry Potter fix — and butterbeer

Austin’s drive-in theater, Blue Starlite, is bringing back the Harry Potter Film Festival starting Friday through Dec. 9, and there will be butterbeer. And a Diagon Alley-inspired artists’ market. And mini-Quidditch games. Basically, there will be much, much more than the “Harry Potter” films. But the movies will be the main attraction, of course, at the Blue Starlite...
Richard Linklater wants to make a movie about 1970s Houston

Richard Linklater wants to make a movie about 1970s Houston

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that longtime Austin resident, local film godfather and eternal Texan Richard Linklater would love to take a make a movie (or something) about growing up in Houston in the 1960s and ‘70s. “Houston deserves a good TV series and a couple of more movies," the 57-year-old was quoted during a chat to promote his most recent movie, "Last Flag Flying"...
One of the biggest Harry Potter fan conventions is coming to Texas in 2018

One of the biggest Harry Potter fan conventions is coming to Texas in 2018

One of the most popular Harry Potter fan conventions in the world is headed back to the United States next year -- and it’s coming to Texas. LeakyCon, the annual convention hosted by popular Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron, will take place Aug. 10-12 in Dallas. It’s not yet known which famous actors and creators related to the Potterverse will be appearing at the convention, but...
This South Austin house went full ‘Harry Potter’ for Halloween

This South Austin house went full ‘Harry Potter’ for Halloween

Accio candy. If you went trick-or-treating in Circle C on Halloween, you may have seen a pretty magical home. According to KVUE, homeowner Joel Pace is a huge Harry Potter fan -- so he takes advantage of Halloween every year to turn his house into his very own mashup of Hogwarts, Gringotts, Godric’s Hollow, Number Four Privet Drive and Diagon Alley. Pace said the decorations took about a month...
It’s Halloween, y’all: 5 Texas horror movies

It’s Halloween, y’all: 5 Texas horror movies

It’s Halloween, y’all. Ring in the season (or summon the ghouls) by watching one of these Texas horror movies that confirm what we always suspected: There’s something spooky about this place. 1. House of 1000 Corpses Just because this movie is slightly making fun of the movies that inspired it, like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Hills Have Eyes,&rdquo...
'Magnum P.I.' reboot in the works: reports

'Magnum P.I.' reboot in the works: reports

CBS is working on a reboot of its classic show “Magnum P.I.,” according to reports. The first eight seasons of the original series aired on CBS in the 1980s. The show starred Tom Selleck. The series reboot “follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private...
Find out where you can stream scary movies for Halloween

Find out where you can stream scary movies for Halloween

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent and a few suggestions for Halloween viewing. Video on Demand “Amityville: The Awakening”: Originally shot in 2014 and last scheduled to be released in the spring of 2016, this Blumhouse-produced sequel has been bounced around by the Weinstein Company over and over again. Perhaps thanks in part to the recent issues of its...
An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

An Austin Public Library card now gets you the Kanopy movies service

    As of today, Austin Public Library card holders have access to more than 30,000 films for free.  The Austin Public Library has added access to the on-demand video platform called Kanopy. It is essentially a streaming service a bit like Netflix or Shudder, except one needs only an Austin library card to access it. There are no commercials or fees for users. The library has it covered...
The second ‘Black Panther’ trailer is here and this movie cannot open soon enough

The second ‘Black Panther’ trailer is here and this movie cannot open soon enough

I mean, LOOK AT THIS THING. A couple of things: 1. Music supervision for Marvel trailers has STEPPED UP. Hearing Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” at the top of the first “Thor: Ragnarok” trailer was tremendous. Hearing Run the Jewels’ “Legend Has It” woven into the first “Black Panther” trailer was just as fierce. Here, we get some Vince Staples...
A handful of hep Hammer horror movies for Halloween

A handful of hep Hammer horror movies for Halloween

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the British film studio Hammer Films made some of the best horror pictures in the Western world. With over the top scripts, lush gothic colors and beautiful women, Hammer horror influenced everygenre from sci-fi (George Lucas would not have cast Peter Cushing as the Grand Moff Tarkin without the latter’s run in dozens of Hammer flicks) to fashion (a whole lot of...
‘Mother!’ director Darren Aronofsky added as SXSW Film keynote

‘Mother!’ director Darren Aronofsky added as SXSW Film keynote

“Mother!” director Darren Aronofsky is the latest film-track keynote speaker for the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will take place  March 9-18, 2018. "A provocative, and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” SXSW Film director Janet Pierson said Tuesday. “He’s been...
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ tickets go on sale today

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ tickets go on sale today

Disney announced Sunday that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” tickets would go on sale sometime Monday after the new trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel screens during halftime of the“Monday Night Football” game between the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) and Chicago Bears (1-3) in Chicago. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. CDT. The exact time tickets go on sale was not specified, so keep...
Alamo Drafthouse severs ties with Fantastic Fest co-founder Harry Knowles

Alamo Drafthouse severs ties with Fantastic Fest co-founder Harry Knowles

The Alamo Drafthouse has “severed all ties” with Fantastic Fest co-founder and Ain’t It Cool News founder/editor Harry Knowles following allegations of sexual misconduct, according to an email Drafthouse founder Tim League sent the night of Sept. 25 to Fantastic Fest attendees. This comes as the Drafthouse continues to deal with fallout after it was revealed on Sept. 11 that Devin...
Long-lost Ed Wood film causes controversy at Fantastic Fest

Long-lost Ed Wood film causes controversy at Fantastic Fest

Controversy erupted yet again during Fantastic Fest on Sunday over the secret screening from the Drafthouse-associated American Genre Film Archive. Festgoers who chose to attend the secret screening over other films showing at that time had no idea they were about to see a long-lost Ed Wood film called “Take It Out in Trade,” which, depending on who you talk to, is either a nudie/sexploitation...
A concert and a movie: Austin Symphony to return with “Harry Potter” score

A concert and a movie: Austin Symphony to return with “Harry Potter” score

Well, bloody hell: Even if you missed this weekend’s Austin Symphony Orchestra concert featuring the score and the movie of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” you have another chance for the wizarding universe to come alive on stage. The second installment in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” will get the same treatment next...
Tim League says, contrary to tweet, he is not stepping down from Alamo Drafthouse

Tim League says, contrary to tweet, he is not stepping down from Alamo Drafthouse

Friday afternoon, in the middle of the Alamo Drafthouse’s signature event Fantastic Fest, the following appeared on Twitter, posted by Sean Atkins, whose Twitter bio says he is a film/TV critic at a Canadian entertainment website. The tweet has since been deleted, but about an hour later, Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League responded on Twitter: This follows a good 11 days of drama surrounding...
Wilson from ‘Cast Away’ has popped up at a South Austin intersection

Wilson from ‘Cast Away’ has popped up at a South Austin intersection

If you’re in South Austin, you may want to consider making a stop at the corner of Alpine Road and Wilson Street. A clever Austinite, who may have watched “Cast Away” one too many times, duct taped a Wilson look-alike volleyball to the intersection’s street sign.   <div></div><br><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="...
Ain’t It Cool News is no longer a sponsor of Fantastic Fest

Ain’t It Cool News is no longer a sponsor of Fantastic Fest

IndieWire reported Thursday that Harry Knowles and his outfit Ain’t It Cool News were no longer involved with this year’s Fantastic Fest and AICN was no longer listed as a fest sponsor. Fans noticed Wednesday that the site’s logo was no longer on the fest website. Knowles told IndieWire that “his decision was partly motivated by accusations about his own activity. ‘There...
Anna ‘Unqualified’ Faris is coming to Austin on her book tour

Anna ‘Unqualified’ Faris is coming to Austin on her book tour

Anna Faris is coming to Austin as part of her book tour for her “Unqualified,” her new memoir spun off from her podcast “Anna Faris is Unqualified.” To promote said item, Faris will be at the Alamo Drafthouse for a live Q&A Oct. 25 after a screening of Faris’s totally great 2008 comedy “The House Bunny.”  A signed copy of the book is included with the...
Real-life clowns showed up to ‘It’ screenings and it was totally terrifying

Real-life clowns showed up to ‘It’ screenings and it was totally terrifying

The horror movie “It,” adapted from Stephen King’s 1986 novel, broke box office records last weekend. But regular movie goers weren’t the only people streaming into the theaters to catch the film.  People, donned in full clown costumes, appeared at several movie theaters to watch the flick.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
UPDATE: Devin Faraci is no longer employed at Alamo Drafthouse

UPDATE: Devin Faraci is no longer employed at Alamo Drafthouse

Devin Faraci is no longer employed by the Alamo Drafthouse, Drafthouse owner Tim League said in a letter that was sent to Drafthouse employees Wednesday evening and posted on his Facebook page. “Hello everyone,  Faraci’s resignation comes after it came to light earlier this week that Faraci has been writing for the Drafthouse for some time.  Several promotional blurbs with...
Less than a year after assault allegations, Devin Faraci is writing again for the Alamo Drafthouse 

Less than a year after assault allegations, Devin Faraci is writing again for the Alamo Drafthouse 

UPDATE 1:22 p.m: Faraci’s blurbs for Fantastic Fest 2017 have been removed from the Fantastic Fest site and replaced with those of another writer.  Additionally, FF director of international programming Todd Brown has resigned from Fantastic Fest upon learning Faraci was contributing to the site.  “Despite over a decade of work as the director of international programming at...
Georgie from ‘It’ tells you not to talk at the Alamo Drafthouse ... or else

Georgie from ‘It’ tells you not to talk at the Alamo Drafthouse ... or else

If there is one thing the Alamo Drafthouse is known for the nation over, it is their “don’t talk during the movie” promos.  Everyone from Ann Richards to Peter Bogdanovich has cut one.  And now young Georgie from “It” has filmed one. In his Georgie outfit. From the movie “It.” Cute or terrifying? Both? You be the judge. Having made $123 million over...
Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Atlanta food guru Alton Brown is bringing a revamped version of his “Good Eats” show back to the Food Network in 2018. “We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back,” Brown told a cheering, standing-room-only Dragon Con audience in downtown Atlanta on Sunday. “We’re getting the band back together!” He dubbed it “Return of the Eats.”...
Alexander Panye’s ‘Downsizing’ to close Fantastic Fest

Alexander Panye’s ‘Downsizing’ to close Fantastic Fest

“Election” director Alexander Payne’s "Downsizing” will close the 2017 Fantastic Fest. The festival announced its final wave of films Tuesday afternoon. Look for a mess of world premieres including: * Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts,” the sequel to Hetzfeldt’s brilliant 2015 short film &ldquo...
Who were this summer movie season’s winners and losers?

Who were this summer movie season’s winners and losers?

As the summer movie season draws to a close, we take a look at who did well and who didn’t, who will have sequels and who will get cut off (if not sent to movie jail for a spell), which were the sleeper hits and which were the megabombs. If we the people continue to see these things at the rate we seem to be seeing them, we will be watching superhero movies until the sun cools.   The...
EXCLUSIVE: Check out the Xetas tour film ‘There is No Exit Here’

EXCLUSIVE: Check out the Xetas tour film ‘There is No Exit Here’

Huzzah, we say! Here is the exclusive (until someone lifts the link it because this is the Internet) premier of “There Is No Exit Here,” a 62-minute film directed by Xetas’ Kana Harris about, well, Xetas. I mean, man -- between Xetas, SuperThief, the Cherubs reunion that is like nine times better than it has any right to be, USA/Mexico (also on 12XU) and Borzoi (I know I am...
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky: Five movies featuring a good, solid eclipse

I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky: Five movies featuring a good, solid eclipse

Since Man started looking up at the sky many thousands of years ago, eclipses have freaked us out.  For a very long time, people gazed at the sun and moon lining up in the middle of the day and said, “Aw HELL NO. That CANNOT be a good sign.” We are smarter now (more or less) but eclipses still hold a level of fascination. As we await the last total solar eclipse of our lifetimes...
Longhorn ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay plans to take her new fiancé to the Texas-OU game

Longhorn ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay plans to take her new fiancé to the Texas-OU game

It’s practically a rite of passage when you’re in a relationship with a Longhorn.  Dallas native and University of Texas grad Rachel Lindsay, whose engagement to 37-year-old Bryan Abasolo was unveiled on the season finale of “The Bachelorette” on Monday night, will be putting her relationship to the test this fall by taking her new beau to the State Fair of Texas...
Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Update: Citing sources familiar with the HBO hack, The Verge reported that a leaked copy of episode four of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” came from one of the network’s distribution partners and not from hackers who targeted the company last month. “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the...
Alright, alright, alright: 11 great Matthew McConaughey performances, ranked

Alright, alright, alright: 11 great Matthew McConaughey performances, ranked

What with “The Dark Tower” opening and Austin favorite son Matthew McConaughey starring in it (and dressed exactly like he just stepped out of one of his Lincoln ads), we’re taking a look back at some McConaperfomances and putting them into a McConaranking. Here we go. I am sure your favorite isn’t on here, especially if your favorite is “Interstellar.” (Note: several...
WATCH: McConaughey shares new catch phrases over bourbon with Stephen Colbert

WATCH: McConaughey shares new catch phrases over bourbon with Stephen Colbert

The prince of Austin Matthew McConaughey joined CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert on the couch Monday night ostensibly to publicize his role as the Man in Black in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Dark Tower.” But McConaughey also continued to shamelessly plug Wild Turkey as the Kentucky bourbon maker’s “creative...
Matthew McConaughey talks about how he named his son Matthew without naming him Matthew 

Matthew McConaughey talks about how he named his son Matthew without naming him Matthew 

One of the wonderful things about Matthew McConaughey press tours is that we learn so much.  Recall when he talked about his father buying a hot watch when he was promoting “Gold” and where his hair for that movie came from. Over on “Good Morning America,” our hero revealed that his eldest son, Levi, 9, is named for the actor’s favorite Bible verse, Matthew...
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