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

If you grew up watching Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise, what elements from the Saturday morning show would you hope to see in Lionsgate’s 2017 cinematic reboot? If you demand mechas and the phrase “it’s morphin’ time,” you’re in luck. If you crave Elizabeth Banks menacingly whispering “Krispy Kreme” as she wreaks havoc on a soundstage...
Woody Harrelson doesn’t do justice to graphic novel in ‘Wilson’

Woody Harrelson doesn’t do justice to graphic novel in ‘Wilson’

Daniel Clowes is one of the great graphic novelists and jaundiced wits of our time, creator of fantastically bitter characters whose litanies of complaint and twisted avenues of philosophical inquiry would be tragic, or merely pathetic, if they weren’t also really funny. Clowes is like Anton Chekhov’s wiseacre American cousin. And, near-miraculously, director Terry Zwigoff’s film...
‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

This just in: Jake Gyllenhaal could not stay on the International Space Station for a year. Gyllenhaal: “No. No. No way. Physically, there would be no use for me up there other than potential entertainment. I would be hopeless in any other way.” David Jordan, his character in Daniel Espinosa’s new sci-fi thriller “Life,” has spent more than a year up there and is among...
Gorgeous ‘Song to Song’ has little to do with music, Austin

Gorgeous ‘Song to Song’ has little to do with music, Austin

If beloved Austinite Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” which opened South by Southwest, is a meditation on the shallow, flash-over-substance, Los Angeles-ization of Austin, then it is a bullseye. If it is a troll of contemporary Austin, if the idea is to mock a city overrun with poseurs-come-lately who dream of being artists without, you know, ever working at their craft, then &ldquo...
‘Power Rangers’ is more goofy than gritty

‘Power Rangers’ is more goofy than gritty

Back in the ’90s, you probably knew them as “Mighty Morphin,” and these days they take the pre-fix “Saban’s,” but we all know them best as simply the “Power Rangers.” Executive producer Haim Saban discovered the “Super Sentai” series on Japanese television in the 1980s and brought the concept of teens in colorful costumes fighting monsters...
Movies in theaters, 3/24/17

Movies in theaters, 3/24/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Life” Grade: C-. Review page 30 “Personal Shopper” Grade: B+. Review page 35 “Power Rangers” Grade: C+. Review page 32 “Song to Song” Grade: C-. Review page 26 “T2 Trainspotting” Grade: A-. Review page 28 “Wilson” Grade: C. Review page 34 NOT REVIEWED “All Nighter”: R. 86 minutes. An L.A. musician is...
Kristen Stewart intrigues again in ‘Personal Shopper’

Kristen Stewart intrigues again in ‘Personal Shopper’

French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has entered into a fruitful collaboration with Kristen Stewart, showcasing the former “Twilight” star in entirely new and refreshing ways. Stewart’s talent has never been in question — she commanded attention as a child in “Panic Room,” and in indies like “Into the Wild” and “Adventureland,” while also cavorting...
There is little thrilling and nothing original about ‘Life’

There is little thrilling and nothing original about ‘Life’

There is absolutely nothing original about “Life.” Zero. Nada. One looks for sample credits in the end titles, the way you might scan the liner notes of a hip-hop album, and expects to see something like, “Features interpolations from ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens,’ ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘Silent Running,’ ‘Gravity’ and did we mention...
‘T2 Trainspotting’ is emotional wipeout for fans of the original

‘T2 Trainspotting’ is emotional wipeout for fans of the original

Confession: I was one of those guys. I saw “Trainspotting” five times in the theater. I took myself. I took my girlfriend. I took two different roommates. A friend and I saw it for the second or third time each. His reaction: “I am not sure I could take much more movie.” Yes, this. It was the music that did it — I couldn’t get over the music supervision. Iggy Pop&rsquo...
Leo rips up the screen as Madalyn Murray O’Hair in ‘Most Hated Woman’

Leo rips up the screen as Madalyn Murray O’Hair in ‘Most Hated Woman’

Melissa Leo delivers a powerhouse performance as the Austin atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair in director Tommy O’Haver’s “The Most Hated Woman in America.” As O’Hair, Leo is foul-mouthed, in your face, unapologetic and downright nasty at times as she battles most of the rest of the world in fighting for First Amendment rights. In case you’ve forgotten...
Actress relishes chance to play ‘Most Hated Woman in America’

Actress relishes chance to play ‘Most Hated Woman in America’

Melissa Leo has played a string of hard-nosed characters throughout her career, from Kay Howard in TV’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets” to Alice Ward in “The Fighter,” for which she won a supporting actress Oscar. She’s also played one of Austin’s most famous residents, Lady Bird Johnson, in the TV series “All the Way.” But in “The Most Hated...

KVUE meteorologist Jared Plushnick leaving at week’s end

KVUE weekend evening meteorologist Jared Plushnick is leaving the station at the end of this week, bound for Tennessee.
Tim League isn’t worried about streaming services, and 4 other things we learned from his clapback at Netflix

Tim League isn’t worried about streaming services, and 4 other things we learned from his clapback at Netflix

  Alamo Drafthouse co-founder and CEO Tim League is no stranger to making strong statements about the movie theater industry.
Should you journey with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt in ‘Passengers’?

Should you journey with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt in ‘Passengers’?

Here’s a look at some interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand “Julieta”: Originally intended as his English-language debut, Pedro Almodovar ended up sticking with Spain for his 20th feature film. He adapted three short stories from Alice Munro and weaved them into a haunting...
SXSW 2017: ‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

SXSW 2017: ‘Life’ star Jake Gyllenhaal is doing just fine on Earth, thanks

  The following contains mild spoilers for “Life.” This just in: Jake Gyllenhaal could not stay on the International Space Station for a year.
10 highlights from the SXSW Film Festival

10 highlights from the SXSW Film Festival

From left, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling star in Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song.
‘Trainspotting’ director Danny Boyle on music and middle-age men

‘Trainspotting’ director Danny Boyle on music and middle-age men

Danny Boyle is kind and generous when it is revealed that the journalist in front of him saw his 1996 movie “Trainspotting” five times in the theater. “I did that a few years ago,” Boyle said. The energetic 60-year-old director was at South by Southwest to discuss “T2 Trainspotting,” the long-awaited (and shockingly good) sequel to the iconic original. “Saw...
Meth, Muppets and music: Five of our favorite documentaries from SXSW

Meth, Muppets and music: Five of our favorite documentaries from SXSW

A scene from “Meth Storm: Arkansas USA” The documentary slate at South by Southwest this year was as strong as ever.

‘David Lynch’ documentary has arty appeal for fans of filmmaker

“David Lynch – The Art Life.” Contributed David Lynch no longer remains a mystery.
Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ packs a punch that occasionally misses

Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ packs a punch that occasionally misses

The essence of Iron Fist is the mystical martial artist’s ability to focus on his chi so intensely that he generates an energy that turns his fist into an indestructible weapon. In Marvel/Netflix’s “Iron Fist,” which began streaming Friday, if Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is distracted, by his own doing or by others, he loses his focus and the ability to channel the ultimate weapon...
Lessons learned from a week of watching ‘Christian Netflix’

Lessons learned from a week of watching ‘Christian Netflix’

Almost three years ago, a little $2 million movie named “God’s Not Dead” opened in theaters. The story of a Christian college student who challenges his atheist philosophy professor’s assertion that “God is dead,” it made back four times its budget in its opening weekend and went on to make a little more than $62.5 million worldwide. The sequel, “God&rsquo...
Weird and wacky movies we saw at SXSW

Weird and wacky movies we saw at SXSW

“Prevenge.” Contributed South by Southwest screens hundreds of films. Some of them fit right in with our Keep Austin Weird aesthetic.
‘The Belko Experiment’ is meaningless gore

‘The Belko Experiment’ is meaningless gore

A poster announces that “The Belko Experiment” is “‘Office Space’ meets ‘Battle Royale.’” That’s not praise so much as a declaration of fact. Since the 2000 Japanese film about teens forced to kill each other in a government-sanctioned murder game, there have been many a riff on that cult classic — “The Condemned,” “The...
‘The Last Word’ wastes Shirley MacLaine

‘The Last Word’ wastes Shirley MacLaine

An enduring talent can add a level of class to pedestrian material, even a saccharine effort like “The Last Word.” The film is fortunate to have Shirley MacLaine return to her first starring role in years. Unfortunately both she and we in the audience are out of luck. The film is a misuse of the Oscar-winning star’s talent and a waste of our time. But she does it with flair. MacLaine...
‘Land of Mine’ is powerful in its anxiety

‘Land of Mine’ is powerful in its anxiety

The dehumanizing effects of war are presented with gripping power in the Danish World War II drama “Land of Mine.” The grim story has a terrible, punning title, but that’s its only significant defect. Writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s Oscar-nominated drama treats the end of combat as the beginning of pitiless revenge that very slowly leads to a belated recovery of mercy. Its...
“Beauty and the Beast” beautiful to look at, beastly to get through

“Beauty and the Beast” beautiful to look at, beastly to get through

“Tale as old as time …” Disney, in all its wisdom, decides to capitalize on an animated classic and turn it into a live-action film. Sometimes it works, especially when it tells a different part of the story or tells the story in a different way. 2014’s “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie worked because it wasn’t the frame-for-frame story of “Sleeping...
Movies in theaters, 3/17/17

Movies in theaters, 3/17/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Beauty and the Beast” Grade: C+. Review page 27 “The Belko Experiment” Grade: D. Review page 31 “Land of Mine” Grade: B. Review page 29 “The Last Word” Grade: C-. Review page 30 “Raw” Grade: A-. Review page 28 NOW PLAYING “Arrival.” A-. 116 minutes. PG-13. In this science fiction film, Amy Adams plays a linguist...
‘Raw’ is a fiercely original horror film

‘Raw’ is a fiercely original horror film

The first-year veterinary students assemble in their crisp white coats for a group photo, smiling sweetly before being drenched in cascades of blood of mysterious provenance. Afterward, smeared and crusted with the red stuff, they line up to take their communion: a raw rabbit kidney. One girl protests: She’s from a vegetarian family of vets and has never eaten meat. It’s not until her...
Orson Welles mysterious unfinished masterpiece to be completed by Netflix

Orson Welles mysterious unfinished masterpiece to be completed by Netflix

One of the most famous unfinished films in cinema history is about to get an ending, a restoration and “wide release” by Netflix when it’s completed The movie, “The Other Side of the Wind,” starring John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, and Dennis Hopper among others, was the last film by legendary producer, director and actor Orson Welles, but he died of a heart attack in...
In February TV ratings, KXAN wins mornings, evenings

In February TV ratings, KXAN wins mornings, evenings

KXAN continues to be Austin’s No. 1 choice for TV news, winning virtually every head-to-head competition in February, according to the latest Nielsen ratings. The city’s NBC affiliate took the top spot at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. At 4:30 a.m., KXAN and KVUE tied, while KVUE is home to Austin’s top-rated midday newscast. KXAN’s margin of victory, in most cases...
Diane Lane learns to enjoy life in ‘Paris Can Wait’

Diane Lane learns to enjoy life in ‘Paris Can Wait’

Eleanor Coppola and her husband Francis Ford Coppola were attending the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, and they were supposed to fly to Eastern Europe afterward, where he had business. But Ms. Coppola had a bad head cold and was worried about flying. So a business associate agreed to drive her back to Paris, where the Coppolas have an apartment, and her husband would join her after finishing his business...
Melissa Leo rips up the screen as Madalyn Murray O’Hair in ‘Most Hated Woman’

Melissa Leo rips up the screen as Madalyn Murray O’Hair in ‘Most Hated Woman’

Melissa Leo delivers a powerhouse performance as the Austin atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair in director Tommy O’Haver’s “The Most Hated Woman in America.
Texas ties run strong in these SXSW films

Texas ties run strong in these SXSW films

Pierce Brosnan stars in “The Son.” Contributed Some were shot here. Some come from filmmakers who live here.
SXSW: Nine takeaways from ‘Muppet’ master Frank Oz’s chat with Leonard Maltin

SXSW: Nine takeaways from ‘Muppet’ master Frank Oz’s chat with Leonard Maltin

From left, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson and Bill Barretta in “Muppet Guys Talking.
‘Hot Summer Nights’ tells drug-fueled coming-of-age tale

‘Hot Summer Nights’ tells drug-fueled coming-of-age tale

“Hot Summer Nights.” Contributed “Hot Summer Nights” is a sneaky slice of dark Americana, a gorgeously shot, hard truth coming-of-age tale rendered through a lens of innocence and grandeur, a sexy 20th century fairy tale.
Because you demanded it! Here are the SXSW Film buzz screenings

Because you demanded it! Here are the SXSW Film buzz screenings

“68 Kill” Well, maybe not literally demanded it, but South by Southwest audiences do generate buzz for certain films, and here is the complete (so far) list of added screenings.
Texas Film Awards ceremony glammed out to the max

Texas Film Awards ceremony glammed out to the max

Recently, we glammed out with Texas movie stars, saluted two of the state’s sports legends, heard from Austin business givers, got a bit groovy at the Long Center, took in a fashion show for a worthy cause, and graded area education. Texas Film Awards “I’m not going anywhere,” Shirley MacLaine quips. “And anyway, I’d be right back.” Pound for pound, there...
Sex tapes, press freedom and our possible slide toward authoritarian rule in ‘Nobody Speak’

Sex tapes, press freedom and our possible slide toward authoritarian rule in ‘Nobody Speak’

  Hulk Hogan and Gawker. Probably not two names that rush to mind when you think about the health of America’s democracy. But, as Brian Knappenberger’s “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” shows us, the collision of the two sensational brands could serve as a crucial point in terms of a free press. The documentary uses the case of Hogan suing Gawker and publisher...
Two brilliant British films we saw at SXSW that you should check out this year

Two brilliant British films we saw at SXSW that you should check out this year

Lots of films screen at South by Southwest; which ones should you keep an eye out for in theaters? “Baby Driver”: Edgar Wright’s ode to car chases and 1990s music is, as critic Joe Gross puts it, “an ode to those who need a stream of tunes in their heads, everywhere, all the time, and a cinematic high-five to the movies that made Wright the absurdly talented music-n-film dork...
James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist’ relives a movie people love to hate

James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist’ relives a movie people love to hate

Dave Franco and James Franco in “The Disaster Artist.” Contributed So, if you make a biopic surrounding the making of a god-awful film turned cult hit, could that potentially make the biopic even worse than the original film?
Three movies at SXSW that treat music very differently

Three movies at SXSW that treat music very differently

From left, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling star in Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song.
Isabelle Huppert delivers memorable, difficult performance in ‘Elle’

Isabelle Huppert delivers memorable, difficult performance in ‘Elle’

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that are hitting streaming services this week. Video on Demand “Elle”: For his first feature film in a decade, Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct”) headed to France and teamed up with the incomparable Isabelle Huppert. Their collaboration, which earned her a Golden...
‘Honor Farm’ delightfully subverts horror genre at SXSW

‘Honor Farm’ delightfully subverts horror genre at SXSW

What a cool idea for a movie: Tell a story that subverts every aspect of the horror genre, but not in a satirical way but in a sweet and very mushroom-trippy way. That’s the essence of Austin director Karen Skloss’ “The Honor Farm,” which is part of the Midnighters section at South by Southwest. This is Skloss’ first narrative feature, after a documentary feature about...
SXSW: “T2 Trainspotting” is an emotional wipeout for fans of the original

SXSW: “T2 Trainspotting” is an emotional wipeout for fans of the original

  Confession: I was one of those guys. I saw “Trainspotting” five times in the theater. I took myself. I took my girlfriend. I took two different roommates. A friend and I saw it for the second or third time each. His reaction: “I am not sure I could take much more movie.” Yes, this. It was the music that did it — I couldn’t get over the music supervision....
Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor host “T2 Trainspotting” secret screening at SXSW

Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor host “T2 Trainspotting” secret screening at SXSW

Director Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor hopped on stage at an absolutely jammed Alamo Drafthouse Ritz on Sunday night to host the (not quite secret) SXSW secret screening of Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting,” the sequel to the groundbreaking 1996 film. The movie itself was an emotional wipeout, a kinetic snapshot of iconic characters 20 years on: Mark Renton (in Amsterdam for lo these...
Ed Sheeran will guest star on ‘Game of Thrones’ next season

Ed Sheeran will guest star on ‘Game of Thrones’ next season

Yeah, you read that right. And you can think Maisie Williams for it. NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 08: Ed Sheeran performs on NBC’s “Today” at Rockefeller Plaza on March 8, 2017 in New York City.
‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels gets emotional at SXSW keynote

‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels gets emotional at SXSW keynote

Director/producer Lee Daniels gave an emotional keynote address to SXSW on Sunday, detailing how he grew up in a rough neighborhood in Philadelphia, how he learned to fend for himself, how he eventually attended college, only to leave early because he wanted to head to Hollywood. He talked of living in the back of a church, staging plays and finally getting a full-time job at a nursing agency, where...
‘Divine Divas’ salutes groundbreaking Brazilian artists

‘Divine Divas’ salutes groundbreaking Brazilian artists

With all of the bathroom debate going on at the state Capitol in Austin, SXSW has decided to highlight a new documentary about Brazilian performers who were born male and pursued a life of dressing up as women and singing — and “acting!” “Divine Divas” tracks the lives of the first generation of Brazilian transvestite and drag artists of the 1960s. And yes, there&rsquo...
Is Sophie Turner’s hair color a ‘Game of Thrones’ spoiler?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'DuckTales' trailer released, not all embrace reboot

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

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

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

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

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

'Twin Peaks' star Warren Frost dead at 91

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

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

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

Special screenings of ‘Assaulted’

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

AFF Panel: Deconstructing ‘Dr. Strangelove’

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

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

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

Austin at Sundance: Congrats to Octopus Project

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

Janet Pierson talks SXSW Film

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

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

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

SXSW Film: Planning for Monday, docs

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

Special film screenings: May 16-22

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

Weiner of ‘Mad Men’ to get AFF award

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

Moviemaker Dialogue with actor Kevin Corrigan June 23

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

Eli Wallach’s Texas ties

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

More Alamo Drafthouse news: Los Angeles location coming in 2015

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

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

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

'Mannix' star Mike Connors dead at 91

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

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

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

The Oscars 2017: Complete list of nominees

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

Watch: Dog appears to dance to music at groomer

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

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

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

Alec Baldwin to host 'Saturday Night Live'

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

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

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

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

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

Oprah wants to go glamping with Michelle Obama

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

South Florida mother scores 'Shark Tank' deal

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

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

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

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

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

Pixar streaming short film with adorable message

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Muppet Babies' crawling back to TV

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

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

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

Netflix releases 'Gilmore Girls' trailer

"Gilmore Girls," which first premiered in 2000, wrapped in May 2007 to the dismay of many loyal fans.  But now, nine years later, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are back in "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life." The show, a four-part series, will debut Nov. 25, exclusively on Netflix. Tuesday, a month before the premiere, the streaming company released an official trailer...
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg team up for cooking show on VH1

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg team up for cooking show on VH1

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg will star in a cooking show that will debut Nov. 7  on VH1. >> Read more trending stories   The 45-year-old rapper and the 75-year-old business woman and television personality will team up to bring viewers the "most ridiculous dinner party" in "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party." Other celebrities that will...
Watch: Star Lord and co. are back in first 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' trailer

Watch: Star Lord and co. are back in first 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' trailer

Star Lord and company are back in the first teaser for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." The highly anticipated sequel to director James Gunn’s 2014 hit "Guardians of the Galaxy" will come out in May 2017. The first sneak peek at the Marvel fan favorite is only a minute-and-a half, but fans will want to watch it to the very end for the biggest reveal. The trailer held...
'Logan' trailer released

'Logan' trailer released

He's been teasing it for days, but Hugh Jackman and 20th Century Fox are giving fans of the X-Men franchise their first full look at the upcoming installment of the comic book movie series, "Logan." Jackman, posting to Twitter, and Fox, posting to YouTube released the first full trailer of the film due out next year.  The trailer shows an older Logan than we last saw in "X-Men...
Watch: Children recreate promo for HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

Watch: Children recreate promo for HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

Home renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines are best known for their hit television show "Fixer Upper," which airs on HGTV.   The show, which focuses on the married couple's home renovations around Waco, Texas, also highlights the playful relationship they have with each other.  Joanna recently posted a video on her Instagram account featuring two children who recreated...
Disney announces next live-action remake; Guy Ritchie set to direct 'Aladdin'

Disney announces next live-action remake; Guy Ritchie set to direct 'Aladdin'

Disney has given the go-ahead to its next live-action remake and has named a surprising choice as its director. Disney announced that Guy Ritchie will direct a new version of the hit animated feature film "Aladdin," Deadline reported. The movie, which centers around a "street rat" redeeming himself after using a genie to win the heart of a princess follows, other cartoon-to-live-action...
Trailer: Natalie Portman appears as Jackie Kennedy in 'Jackie'

Trailer: Natalie Portman appears as Jackie Kennedy in 'Jackie'

A new biopic about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stars Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman. Fox Searchlight released a trailer for the movie on Wednesday. The trailer, which shows mostly silent visuals, shows the former first lady washing her husband's blood off of her, staring tearfully out of a car window, mourning at Kennedy's funeral and leading a television crew...

Miley Cyrus drops pay bombshell about 'Hannah Montana' days

She may be one of the biggest names in showbiz, but when she got her start she didn't bring in the big money you'd think she would have.  In a new sit-down interview with Elle Magazine, Miley Cyrus may have just shocked her fans from her "Hannah Montana" days. The former Disney Channel child star claims she may have been the star of the show, but was paid the least of the cast. ...
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