Movies & TV


Webb Report: Texas is Marvel Comics country, according to study

The most boring question in all of geekdom: Are you a DC or a Marvel fan? Hold on a second, I need to push my glasses up on my nose. DC and Marvel are the world’s two dominant comic book companies, the ones that have published the adventures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (on the DC side) and Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men (on the Marvel side) for decades. Asking which company is your...
Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday. Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s. >> Read more trending news  She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life&rdquo...
Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

With the curtain closing this weekend on the Pyeongchang Games, one of the most unexpected TV love affairs will pack up its skates and skis for the next four years: Austin and the Winter Olympics. Austin has been one of the top 10 U.S. television audiences for the Winter Games. The list of powerhouse TV markets for these Olympics have all the other usual suspects — winter sports cities such...
67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

Elegant actress Jane Seymour is about to grace the pages of “Playboy” magazine at 67-years-old. >> Read more trending news  The former Bond girl took to social media Wednesday to share a modest photograph from her upcoming spread in the iconic men’s magazine. “I’m thrilled to finally share this with you! I was recently photographed and interviewed in my home...
Marvel or DC? Texas wants it both ways on comic book favorites

Marvel or DC? Texas wants it both ways on comic book favorites

The most boring question in all of geekdom: Are you a DC or a Marvel fan? Hold on a second, I need to push my glasses up on my nose. DC and Marvel are the world’s two dominant comic book companies, the ones that have published the adventures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (on the DC side) and Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men (on the Marvel side) for decades. Asking which company...
‘Black Panther’ breakout Letitia Wright is just getting started

‘Black Panther’ breakout Letitia Wright is just getting started

“My voice is all gone,” said Letitia Wright. “I sound like a hoarse-y man.” While the sentiment was a bit of an exaggeration, Wright was beginning to go hoarse after a week of nonstop press for Marvel’s highly anticipated “Black Panther.” In the film, which took in more than $20o million in its debut weekend, Wright shines as Shuri, King T’Challa&rsquo...
‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

There’s no question the undisputed winner in the new comedy “Game Night” is the generally dependable Rachel McAdams. The infectious and unfiltered exuberance she brings to the role of the super-competitive Annie — one of a group of best friends who get together on a regular basis to play parlor and board games — turns what was little more than an extended episode of a...
Movies in theaters, 2/23/18

Movies in theaters, 2/23/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Annihilation” Grade: B+. Review page 21 “Game Night” Grade: C+. Review page 22 NOT REVIEWED “Every Day.” PG-13. 95 minutes. In this film based on David Levithan’s bestselling novel, a 16-year-old girl falls in love with a mysterious soul named A that inhabits a different body every day. Cedar Park. City Lights. Gateway. Hill Country. Metropolitan...
Female-driven ‘Annihilation’ is singularly adventurous

Female-driven ‘Annihilation’ is singularly adventurous

Sometimes cinematic adaptations are conversations with source material rather than direct representations. No recent film more exemplifies this idea than Alex Garland’s bold, metaphysical and just plain weird “Annihilation,” adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s book, the first in his “Southern Reach” trilogy. The result is a deeply challenging, big budget, female-driven...
Film looks past the magic of the Magic Kingdom at childhood poverty

Film looks past the magic of the Magic Kingdom at childhood poverty

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 “The Florida Project”: Willem Dafoe just earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Bobby Hicks, the compassionate manager of a budget motel in Orlando, Florida...
Commentary: On being black in the time of ‘Black Panther’

Commentary: On being black in the time of ‘Black Panther’

At the movie theater over the weekend, I stood in line to get my overpriced snacks before seeing today’s blackbuster hit. “Black Panther.” As is the case most times I go to movies, I stood out like a sore thumb. You see, I’m a black woman who lives in Austin. And I see a LOT of movies. I stick out because the audience is typically just as overwhelmingly white as the actors...
Austin 'Black Panther' fans put on their Wakanda best this weekend

Austin 'Black Panther' fans put on their Wakanda best this weekend

It has come to pass as many (eventually) thought it would: experts are predicting “Black Panther” will deliver a $235 million-plus debut over the four-day weekend, making for the third highest four-day gross in history.  As Box Office Mojo noted, it is only the fifth movie to debut with over $200 million over its opening weekend. Just for a little bit of perspective, know...
Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

Flipside Austin parties before, during and after SXSW

SXSW muscles its way onto Austin’s social calendar in a couple of weeks, but you can wrestle down plenty of other options for parties before, during and after the main event. Feb. 23:  Wonders and Worries Unmasked. JW Marriott.   Feb. 28:  Austin Music Awards. ACL Live. March 1:  Back on My Feet Austin Gala. JW Marriott....
Man dressed as Black Panther proposes to his girlfriend at New York Alamo Drafthouse

Man dressed as Black Panther proposes to his girlfriend at New York Alamo Drafthouse

In case you live under a rock, “Black Panther” hit theaters this weekend and cemented itself as an instant classic, breaking box office records in the process. Theater lines went out the door, screenings sold out, fans dressed in traditional African attire and some even donned the Black Panther costume. And at an Alamo Drafthouse in New York, a man dressed as the Black Panther...
Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Enter the hypnotic, disturbing beauty of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’

Anyone who was lucky enough to see “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” in the early 1980s will never forget it. The experimental movie about the tensions between the environment and the tentacles of modern urban life broke into the national consciousness without the use of words. First-time director Godfrey Reggio used slow-motion and time-lapse photography as well as sweeping aerial...
Andrew Zimmern checks out Austin’s Tex-Mex, barbecue and live music hotspots

Andrew Zimmern checks out Austin’s Tex-Mex, barbecue and live music hotspots

Esteemed celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is back at it with a new food and travel series, and of course the season premiere features one of the country’s most exciting food cities: Austin. The premiere of “The Zimmern List,” which airs Tuesday, March 13 at 8 p.m. on the Travel Channel, features back-to-back episodes with visits to Los Angeles and Austin.  Zimmern starts at Franklin...
Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey

Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey

If you’re an American-Statesman reader, you probably spotted actor Matthew McConaughey’s full-page ad congratulating Austin native Nick Foles on his Super Bowl win. Foles appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday and dished a little bit about his ATX roots and his connection to the “Dazed and Confused” star. “Besides the MVP, you got another...
Despite some sparks of brilliance, ‘Early Man’ falls flat

Despite some sparks of brilliance, ‘Early Man’ falls flat

It’s not every day that you get to see a caveman buddy comedy. And it’s certainly not every day that that caveman buddy comedy has a soccer twist. So I was hopeful that Aardman Animations’ “Early Man” would be a breath of fresh, prehistoric air. But while the movie shines at times, its surprisingly stale storyline keeps it from becoming an instant, stop-motion classic...
Report: Texas-born actor Luke Wilson helped injured in fatal car crash

Report: Texas-born actor Luke Wilson helped injured in fatal car crash

Texas-born actor Luke Wilson did not sustain serious injuries after being involved in a fatal car crash Tuesday night in Pacific Palisades, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times reported that pro golfer winner Bill Haas was in a Ferrari as a passenger when the car overturned and killed the driver. Haas is in serious condition after the crash, the Times reports. Wilson...
‘Black Panther’ is the king of them all

‘Black Panther’ is the king of them all

A few weeks ago, a very short video made the internet rounds. The viewer sees a massive poster for “Black Panther” in a movie theater and hears someone saying over and over: “All the time?!?” All the time!?!?” Off-camera, the filmer (we assume) starts talking: “So we’re sitting here looking at this dope-ass ‘Black Panther’ poster and the conclusion...
Find out about the relationship that led to ‘Wonder Woman’

Find out about the relationship that led to ‘Wonder Woman’

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 “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”: You may not be aware that the “Wonder Woman” comic was born out of the mind of a feminist professor in a polyamorous relationship who had...
Wendy Williams calls Meghan Markle a ‘random princess,’ says she applied for a job with show

Wendy Williams calls Meghan Markle a ‘random princess,’ says she applied for a job with show

Meghan Markle reportedly once applied for a job at “The Wendy Williams Show.” >> Read more trending news  Wendy Williams made the claim on a recent edition of her show while she was interviewing an actress from a series that Markle had once appeared on: “90210.” AnnaLynne McCord was chatting about Markle’s guest-starring stint on the CW show. While McCord...
An Austin writer is telling the story of Black Panther’s early years

An Austin writer is telling the story of Black Panther’s early years

On Jan. 6, Evan Narcisse, the Austin-based writer of the six-issue Marvel Comics miniseries “Rise of the Black Panther,” held a signing at Dragon’s Lair Comics on Anderson Lane. The first issue of “Rise” had appeared in stores a few days earlier. Narcisse’s day job is as a writer for website Io9, so he is a reasonably well-known and well-regarded figure in the world...
Nicole Eggert reveals alleged abuse by Scott Baio almost drove her to suicide

Nicole Eggert reveals alleged abuse by Scott Baio almost drove her to suicide

“Baywatch” alum Nicole Eggert reveals she contemplated suicide at the age of 15 over Scott Baio’s alleged abuse. >> Read more trending news  Eggert recently accused her “Charles in Charge” castmate Scott Baio, 57, of sexually abusing her as a minor, and she says she nearly committed suicide as a result. Eggert, 46, told police that while on the set of the popular...
Actor Brad Pitt involved in three-car accident near his Los Angeles home

Actor Brad Pitt involved in three-car accident near his Los Angeles home

Hollywood icon Brad Pitt emerged unscathed from a three-car pileup. >> Read more trending news  The 54-year-old reportedly crashed his grey Tesla into a Nissan, which then slammed into a third vehicle. According to the Daily Mail, the Feb. 5 accident — nearby his Los Angeles home — was minor, and Pitt did not appear to suffer any injuries. He was photographed wearing...
Clint Eastwood turns extraordinary real events into a tedious film

Clint Eastwood turns extraordinary real events into a tedious film

With “The 15:17 to Paris,” director Clint Eastwood overwhelms the extraordinary with the mundane, turning the true story of three Americans who helped subdue a gunman aboard a European train into a tedious film. The movie retraces the 2015 European backpacking trip of Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, three young men who first became friends as boys in the Sacramento area...
‘Peter Rabbit’ features gorgeous animation, violent mayhem

‘Peter Rabbit’ features gorgeous animation, violent mayhem

Hollywood studios have recently been pillaging the literary canon of beloved children’s literature, digging up fodder for animated feature films. The best of these, like the “Paddington” movies, successfully meld nostalgia with modern and exciting filmmaking, while the more questionable ones, like the recent “Ferdinand” adaptation, manage to muddle the source material...
Movies in theaters, 2/9/18

Movies in theaters, 2/9/18

OPENING THIS WEEKEND “Peter Rabbit” Grade: C+. Review page 22 “The 15:17 to Paris” Grade: D. Review page 23 NOT REVIEWED “Fifty Shades Freed.” R. 101 minutes. The third and final installment in the erotic romance trilogy sees Anastasia Steele adjusting not only to married life but to her new husband’s wealthy lifestyle and controlling nature. Alamo Lakeline...
Nicole Eggert files sexual abuse charges against Scott Baio, dating back decades

Nicole Eggert files sexual abuse charges against Scott Baio, dating back decades

Nicole Eggert has taken her accusations of sexual assault against Scott Baio to the next level. >> Read more trending news  The 46-year-old actress made the allegations official when she filed a police report on Tuesday accusing Baio, 57, of sexually abusing her when she was a minor, reports TMZ. Eggert was accompanied by her attorney Lisa Bloom who tweeted, “We will...
“The Dukes of Hazzard” ended 33 years ago: Where are they now?

“The Dukes of Hazzard” ended 33 years ago: Where are they now?

Thirty-three years ago today, one of television’s great — nay, iconic — series came to an end.  It was a show about a couple of good ol’ boys that meant no harm, yet were crossways with the law … practically since the day they were born.  Beats all you ever saw, right? OK, I admit I probably have a soft spot for “The Dukes of Hazzard.” When the...
‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Justified’ actor, musician Mickey Jones dead at 76

‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Justified’ actor, musician Mickey Jones dead at 76

Actor and musician Mickey Jones — known for dozens of character roles in TV and film, and a musical career that yielded numerous Gold records — has died at 76 after “a long illness.” >> Read more trending news  Jones’ agent Cherry Hepburn confirmed Jones’ death in a statement to Deadline but did not offer specifics on how he died or services...
Jordan Peele ‘seriously’ considering sequel to hit movie ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele ‘seriously’ considering sequel to hit movie ‘Get Out’

Director Jordan Peele’s unexpected horror film “Get Out” was a sleeper hit last year. >> Read more trending news  The movie, about a biracial couple heading to meet the woman’s white parents, was critically acclaimed and turned into a smash hit, netting over $255 million worldwide on a shoestring budget of only $4.5 million. The film has garnered a slew...
Meghan Markle used secret code when talking about Prince Harry on ‘Suits’ set

Meghan Markle used secret code when talking about Prince Harry on ‘Suits’ set

A former Meghan Markle co-star from “Suits” has confessed that the actress used a secret code to discuss Prince Harry on the set of the legal drama. >> Read more trending news  “She met this nice guy and we always talked about him in code really,” actor Wendell Pierce, who played Markle’s onscreen dad, admitted on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk...
Armie Hammer and Paul Thomas Anderson coming to Austin for Film Hall of Fame honors

Armie Hammer and Paul Thomas Anderson coming to Austin for Film Hall of Fame honors

Screenwriter and director Paul Thomas Anderson will accept the inaugural Jonathan Demme Award, and Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will present Armie Hammer with Variety’s “One to Acclaim” award at this year’s Texas Film Awards. The March 8 gala will be held at the Austin Film Society Cinema.  Jonathan Demme, a longtime Austin Film Society Advisory Board member...
‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Drunk History’ and David Simon headline ATX TV fest

‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Drunk History’ and David Simon headline ATX TV fest

The seventh annual ATX Television Festival released programming and panels for the fest, which takes place June 7 -10. Let’s take a look, shall we? * Look for a conversation with Blown Deadline producing partners David Simon and Nina K. Noble, celebrating 20 years of HBO series together, including “The Wire,” “The Deuce,” “Treme,” “Generation Kill,&rdquo...
Richard Linklater tackles loss, friendship in latest film, now on VOD

Richard Linklater tackles loss, friendship in latest film, now on VOD

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 to stream. Video on Demand “Last Flag Flying”: An unofficial sequel to Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail,” Austin auteur Richard Linklater’s latest effort was criminally unseen during its theatrical release last fall...
‘Frasier’ star, fan favorite John Mahoney dead at 77

‘Frasier’ star, fan favorite John Mahoney dead at 77

Actor John Mahoney, most famous for his role as Martin Crane on “Frasier,” died on Sunday at the age of 77, according to his publicist and news reports.  Read more trending news  In addition to his 11-season run on “Frasier,” Mahoney had numerous film credits and theatrical roles with the Steppenwolf Theater Company. He won a Tony Award for his appearance in...
Robert Wagner's story on Natalie Wood's death doesn’t add up, investigators say

Robert Wagner's story on Natalie Wood's death doesn’t add up, investigators say

Investigators who last week told CBS News that actor Robert Wagner is a “person of interest” in the death of actress Natalie Wood, have now confirmed his story just doesn’t “add up.” >> Read more trending news  Wood drowned in November 1981 after going overboard while on her family’s yacht near Catalina Island, California. Her then-husband,...
Tom Brady's ex ‘Blue Bloods’ star Bridget Moynahan responds to Super Bowl loss

Tom Brady's ex ‘Blue Bloods’ star Bridget Moynahan responds to Super Bowl loss

Actress Bridget Moynahan caused a stir following the Super Bowl when she praised the game’s MVP, Nick Foles, after the Philadelphia Eagles big win. >> Read more trending news  The “Blue Bloods” actress, who shares a son with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, took to Twitter late Sunday night, writing, “NickFoles is having an amazing game @eagles @nfl.&rdquo...
How ‘Paddington 2’ warmed America’s cold, cold heart

How ‘Paddington 2’ warmed America’s cold, cold heart

You know how many children were seated in my row at a recent Friday showing of “Paddington 2”? Not one. Sure, there were some kids up front and a few behind me who let out guffaws at choice moments. But this was a theater primarily filled with adults who had reserved plush armchairs to see a movie about a bear who wears a parka and loves marmalade. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so...
As ‘Black Panther’ excitement grows, representation is everything

As ‘Black Panther’ excitement grows, representation is everything

The royal purple carpet at last week’s world premiere of “Black Panther” was awash in gem tones and African-inspired prints as those privileged to catch the film early adhered to Disney’s “royal attire” dress code. The lavish event staged on Hollywood Boulevard outside the Dolby Theatre took its cues from the movie’s hero — King T’Challa (Chadwick...
Dinges: Pride Radio Austin gone from 97.5 FM; new format debuts

Dinges: Pride Radio Austin gone from 97.5 FM; new format debuts

After two years on the air, the plug has been pulled on 97.5 FM Pride Radio Austin. Owner iHeartMedia has replaced the format, which targeted the Central Texas gay community, with the new Alt 97.5. Alt 97.5, which is launching with 5,000 commercial-free songs in a row, features music from alternative acts such as Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Weezer and Muse. “We’re thrilled to bring...
Chip and Joanna Gaines pay off ‘Fixer Upper’ family mortgage

Chip and Joanna Gaines pay off ‘Fixer Upper’ family mortgage

“Fixer Upper” fans have a special place in Chip and Joanna Gaines’ hearts and the Copp family’s story really touched the couple. >> Read more trending news  This week, fans of the hit HGTV series watched the home renovating duo team up with former football player Tim Tebow to give a dream home to a family in need. Melissa and Jody Copp have two sons, Calan, 9, and...
Drew Carey announcing engagement to therapist Amie Harwick

Drew Carey announcing engagement to therapist Amie Harwick

They just met in June of 2016, but Drew Carey and therapist Amie Harwick are now engaged, according to the New York Daily News. >> Read more trending news  Carey and Harwick, 59 and 36 respectively, were first pictured on Carey’s Instagram with artist Kaskade at an EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) party last year. Carey’s rep confirmed the happy news to New York Daily News...
Tight pace helps powerful ‘Insult,’ Lebanon’s Oscar hopeful

Tight pace helps powerful ‘Insult,’ Lebanon’s Oscar hopeful

In Ziad Doueiri’s searing “The Insult,” a small slight spirals wildly out of control. It seems unreal that such a minor event can spark such a firestorm, but using the incident as a powerful symbol, Doueiri reveals the tinder box of trauma that is Lebanon nearly 30 years after its civil war. Drenched with a gasoline of machismo, stubbornness and pride, it’s no wonder everything...
Annette Bening shines in story of fading actress Gloria Grahame

Annette Bening shines in story of fading actress Gloria Grahame

The reason to pay attention to “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool” is the reason it got made in the first place: the opportunity it provides to see star Annette Bening in action. Bening has always been savvy in the roles she selects, and for decades, ever since she first discovered the work of Gloria Grahame while preparing for her role in “The Grifters,” she’s...
Helen Mirren welcomes anti-gun vibe of horror film ‘Winchester’

Helen Mirren welcomes anti-gun vibe of horror film ‘Winchester’

On a bright Los Angeles morning a few days after the Golden Globes, Helen Mirren — dressed impeccably in black while discussing her latest film, the haunted-house tale “Winchester” — arrived at an unexpected concern: the fate of all those poor Stormtroopers in the “Star Wars” movies. “I saw (‘The Force Awakens’) and I thought they made a terrible...
Movies in theaters, 2/2/18

Movies in theaters, 2/2/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” Grade: B+. Review page 24 “The Insult” Grade: A-. Review page 25 “Winchester” Grade: Not screened for critics. Interview with star Helen Mirren, page 26 NOW PLAYING “12 Strong.” B-. R. 130 minutes. In the harrowing days after 9/11, a U.S. Special Forces team with new leadership (Chris Hemsworth)...
Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris and more to speak at SXSW

“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum, “Ready Player One” author Ernest Cline, actress Dakota Fanning, “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, Paramount TV & Digital Entertainment president Amy Powell and, hello, actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will all speak as part of South By Southwest...
Matthew McConaughey is now the voice of Carl’s Jr. Not Whataburger, but Carl’s Jr.

Matthew McConaughey is now the voice of Carl’s Jr. Not Whataburger, but Carl’s Jr.

The universe contains many glorious mysteries. Why does Ashton Kutcher’s fame continue? What exactly was going on with Fergie’s National Anthem? And how has Whataburger never tapped Matthew McConaughey as a spokesperson? Welp, it’s too late now, as Carl’s Jr., of all places has made Mr. McConaughey the voice of Carl’s Jr. In a press release that starts with the admittedly...
Mr. Incredible stays home? ‘Incredibles 2’ Olympic-sized teaser trailer drops

Mr. Incredible stays home? ‘Incredibles 2’ Olympic-sized teaser trailer drops

The Olympics were the perfect venue for Disney and Pixar to release their latest installment of “The Incredibles” franchise. And if you’ve seen any of the teaser images, they’re starting to make sense. >> Read more trending news  Recently, they’ve teased fans with Mr. Incredible, voiced by Craig T. Nelson, at an ironing board. We also know where the super suits...
Is Alamo Drafthouse toying with its own version of MoviePass?

Is Alamo Drafthouse toying with its own version of MoviePass?

Some Alamo Drafthouse customers recently received a survey asking them if they would be interested in a “subscription service that would let you watch unlimited movies at Alamo Drafthouse for a flat monthly price.” Which is to say, something very similar to MoviePass. Questions touched on such topics as a flat fee for watching a movie a day at Alamo Drafthouse, the possibility of...
7 spring break road trips for college kids (inspired by movies)

7 spring break road trips for college kids (inspired by movies)

Whether you're a genuine college kid taking a break from the books or you're a few years out and trying to recapture those carefree days, it's time for some spring break inspiration. Why not take a cue from a cinematic adventure? Let's just start by getting “Dirty Grandpa”(2016), starring Robert De Niro and Zac Ephron, out of the way. If you haven't been introduced to the time-honored...
Sean Penn coming to Austin April 3

Sean Penn coming to Austin April 3

Actor/director/activist/colorful personality Sean Penn is coming to Austin to chat with historian Douglas Brinkley about Penn’s debut novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” They will be talking about the book and probably some other things (Penn’s Oscars, his blend of activism and journalism, not finding Chris Rock’s 2005 Oscars joke about Jude Law funny) 7 p.m. April 3...
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to close SXSW

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to close SXSW

The North American premiere of Wes Anderson’s highly-anticipated and somewhat controversial stop-motion animated film“Isle of Dogs” will close the 2018 South By Southwest Film Festival, it was announced Wednesday.  Starring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances...
Reading the best Black Panther comics is cheaper than a movie ticket

Reading the best Black Panther comics is cheaper than a movie ticket

It’s well established that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not all that closely related to whatever has gone on or will go on in the comic books published by Marvel. However, there’s also no getting around the fact that the MCU have always taken characters, plot points, situations and relationships straight from the comics. Which is to say, you don’t have to read the comics to understand...
John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’  will open 2018 SXSW Film

John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’  will open 2018 SXSW Film

John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” will open the 25th South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, which runs March 9 to 18.  During the nine days of SXSW, 132 features will be shown, with additional titles yet to be announced.  The full lineup will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 world premieres, 11 North American premieres and five U.S. premieres. ...
Spike Lee, Lena Dunham, ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson all coming to SXSW

Spike Lee, Lena Dunham, ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson all coming to SXSW

Spike, Rian, Lena and Wright!  Look for Oscar- winning director, writer, producer and Knicks lifer Spike Lee, actress, writer, controversy magnet and director Lena Dunham, actor, writer and country music fan Ethan Hawke, “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” and “Brick” director Rian Johnson; and Westworld cast members Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden ...
Omarosa returning to reality TV after White House exit

Omarosa returning to reality TV after White House exit

Omarosa Manigault Newman, “The Apprentice” star-turned-White House aide, will return to reality television next month, CBS announced Sunday. Manigault Newman submitted her resignation last month as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, effective Jan. 20. Reports indicated Manigault Newman was escorted from the White House last month after an argument with Chief of...
Beavis and Butthead are headed to Texas State (as part of the Austin Film Festival archive)

Beavis and Butthead are headed to Texas State (as part of the Austin Film Festival archive)

The archives of the Austin Film Festival are headed to the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University and you can check them out in the fall. Beginning in September 2018, the AFF’s audiovisual and feature materials from Festivals and Conferences between 1997-2002 will be viewable online and in-person free of charge in San Marcos.  This is made possible via a grant from the Texas State...
Sky Cinemas, a cinephile's 14-screen dream movie theater, has come to Dripping Springs

Sky Cinemas, a cinephile's 14-screen dream movie theater, has come to Dripping Springs

Sky Cinemas, the new 14-screen cinema from the folks who brought you Violet Crown, opens Jan. 26 at 13201 U.S. 290.  The plan is for a mix of new release blockbusters, popular indies, some repertory stuff and more.  Featured food will include fresh beef hamburgers, hand-cut fries, pizzas, salads and an assortment of vegetarian options along with traditional theater concessions, self-serve...
#BlackPantherChallenge sends internet into frenzy

#BlackPantherChallenge sends internet into frenzy

“Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and thousands of children may have a chance to see it for free thanks to the #BlackPantherChallenge.  Earlier this month, Frederick Joseph, of New York, launched a GoFundMe to help students from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he...
Two years after violent arrest, Breaion King 'more at peace' upon learning of officer’s firing

Two years after violent arrest, Breaion King 'more at peace' upon learning of officer’s firing

7:30 p.m. update:  Breaion King, the Austin school teacher whose violent arrest in 2015 sparked national attention, said Tuesday that she felt “a sense of peace” upon learning the Austin police officer she encountered two and a half years ago is no longer on the force. “I became OK with living again,” King said in an interview with KVUE-TV and the Austin American-Statesman...
Alamo Drafthouse promises new staff initiatives, code of conduct for events

Alamo Drafthouse promises new staff initiatives, code of conduct for events

Several months after controversy surrounded the Alamo Drafthouse regarding the firing, rehiring and firing again of Devin Faraci  -- and the organization’s relationship with longtime Drafthouse staple Harry Knowles -- the Austin-based chain of movie houses released a new code of conduct and announced several initiatives aimed at reforming their own staffing issues. In a blog entry...
Six movies to get you into the Winter Olympic spirit

Six movies to get you into the Winter Olympic spirit

It’s Winter Olympics time, which means the enormous height of the ski jumps, the enormous spins of the free skate and the enormous thighs of the speed skate. Also biathlon and curling, the official sports of “wait, this is a sport? How is this a sport? Might as well watch it. THIS IS FANTASTIC, GO GO GO!!!!” Ahem. Here are six movies to get you into the Olympic spirit: Look, I didn&rsquo...
'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, a Finnish hotel chain has built the ultimate experience for fans of “Game of Thrones,” made entirely from ice and snow. Lapland Hotels’ SnowVillage, set about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, opened last month with an ice restaurant, an ice bar, an ice chapel and a “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel. The hotel features a life-sized...
‘Get Out’ wins Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best First Film from Austin Film Critics Association

‘Get Out’ wins Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best First Film from Austin Film Critics Association

The Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) announced its 2017 awards Tuesday, with Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” winning Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best First Film. (I am a member of said organization.) Guillermo del Toro took Best Director for The Shape of Water, which leads the group’s Top Ten list. Acting award winners include Timothée Chalamet, as Best...
Priscilla Presley, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater to speak at SXSW

Priscilla Presley, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater to speak at SXSW

Mrs. Presley is coming to Austin. Priscilla Presley, who is executive producing “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” a new documentary about her late husband, will join doc director (and longtime Bruce Springsteen filmmaker) Thom Zimny as well as writer and director Olivier Assayas; director and noted Austinite Richard Linklater; and “Westworld” showrunners...
Which is bigger: Texas or the Death Star?

Which is bigger: Texas or the Death Star?

It’s the match-up of the millennium: Lone Star State vs. Death Star vs. Starkiller Base.  In the war of stars, who comes out the biggest? An image from “Star Wars” Instagram meme account gungan_grand_army has been making the rounds on Texas social media, and it plays to the state’s well-documented obsession with size. That’s right, everything is bigger in Texas,...
Jinger Duggar, husband Jeremy Vuolo, announce they are expecting their first child

Jinger Duggar, husband Jeremy Vuolo, announce they are expecting their first child

The Duggars are shaping up to have enough family members to fill a football team -- and there’s another one on the way. Jinger Vuolo (née Duggar) is expecting a child with her husband, former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo, the couple announced Wednesday. “The past 14 months have been the best of our lives as we have had the wonderful privilege of beginning our journey...
WATCH: San Antonio boy sings ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’ in memory of his sister 

WATCH: San Antonio boy sings ‘Remember Me’ from ‘Coco’ in memory of his sister 

Get some tissues. No, really. Do it. San Antonio couple Samir and Stephanie Deais recently filmed their son, Alexander, singing "Remember Me" from the Disney film, "Coco," to an altar dedicated to his late baby sister, Ava Lynn, on what would have been her first birthday. The Deais family told mySA.com that their daughter was born with hydronephrosis, a kidney ailment, and died...
Talks on for a 'Mad About You' revival: reports

Talks on for a 'Mad About You' revival: reports

Nearly two decades after its series finale aired, talks are on for a possible revival of NBC’s hit show “Mad About You,” according to multiple reports. “Mad About You” followed the lives of newlyweds Paul Buchman, played by Paul Reiser, and Jamie Stemple Buchman, played by Helen Hunt, as they built a life together in New York City. Its seven seasons aired on NBC from...
Tubas are all around: See our 360° video of TUBACHRISTMAS at the Capitol

Tubas are all around: See our 360° video of TUBACHRISTMAS at the Capitol

A steady drizzle rained down on the annual TUBACHRISTMAS performance, held Friday on the south steps of Texas Capitol Building. Two hundred tubas played brass versions of Christmas classics to a small but appreciative crowd, who was undeterred by overcast skies and falling temperatures. “I love it, it’s so much fun,” said coordinator Geno Gottschall. "It’s such a big spectacle...
Movie texting lawsuit makes top 10 ‘Most Ridiculous’ list

Movie texting lawsuit makes top 10 ‘Most Ridiculous’ list

A lawsuit filed against a Round Rock woman by her date for texting during a movie has won a place on a list of the top 10 “Most Ridiculous” suits of 2017. Austin resident Brandon Vezmar sued the woman in small claims court in Travis County in May for texting during a showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The lawsuit was No. 8 in the list released Thursday by the U.S...
Alamo Drafthouse to open video rental store in 2018 in North Carolina

Alamo Drafthouse to open video rental store in 2018 in North Carolina

  Variety is reporting that the Alamo Drafthouse will launch Video Vortex, an old school video store in 2018 at its not-yet open 11-screen location in Raleigh, N.C. According to the story, the store will be “one of the largest video archives on the planet. Visitors can return rentals on their next trip to the location or mail DVDs and Blu-rays back to the shop with a return envelope...
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...
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...
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...
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...
'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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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