The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a female-centric festival celebrating the books, TV shows and movies that serve as cornerstones of “girlie pop culture.” Organizers Brandy Fons and Sarah Pitre call Forever Fest “the ultimate slumber party,” a chance to indulge in the sappy, funny and sweet. The eclectic fest, an extension of the Alamo’s “Girly Night” programming, takes place Nov. 1-3 at the Alamo Ritz. Expect cocktails, cupcakes and swoon-worthy fare. The fest kicks off Nov. 1 with a screening of “Empire Records,” starring Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry, Renée Zellweger and Maxwell Caulfield, which will be followed by a “Rex Manning Day Party” at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel.
Weekend festivities include a video collection of cute animals, a young adult book panel, an ’80s-themed dance party and a screening of the John Hughes’ classic “Sixteen Candles,” with actors Liane Curtis (Randy) and Debbie Pollack (Marlene “Lumberjack”) in attendance. Tickets for individual events and more information at Drafthouse.com.
Maybe Machete don’t do sequels, either.
Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” had one of the worst opening weekends in box office history for a movie opening on more than 2,500 screens, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
It did make almost $4 million but averaged only $1,496 at the 2,538 theaters at which it opened. The $3.8 million in ticket sales puts it eighth on the list of wide-release low performers on opening weekend. The worst opening weekend ever for a movie that opened on such a large scale was “Won’t Back Down.” The drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis made $2.6 million on 2,515 screens. “Saturday Night Live” spinoff comedy “MacGruber” is 11th on the list, earning just more than $4 million on 2,538 screens.
Rodriguez’s 2010 film “Machete” earned $11.4 million opening weekend and went on to earn $44 million worldwide.
Art-house on campus
The latest installment of the University of Texas student-run film program Austin Cinematheque kicks off Monday with a screening of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Uzak.” This semester’s art-house series, which screens all movies on 35 mm film, includes Joe Swanberg’s “All the Light in the Sky” (Nov. 4), Abbas Kiarostami’s “Taste of Cherry” (Nov. 18), and Roberto Rossellini’s “Flowers of St. Francis” (Dec. 2). All of the screenings are free, open to the public and take place at 7 p.m. at the Texas Union Theater (2247 Guadalupe St.)
Cine Las Americas is showcasing the work of Texas filmmaker Hector Galán with a new free screening series at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.). “Las Movies: Mexican American Cinema — The Films of Hector Galán” runs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. until Nov. 20 and features eight films from the prolific, award-winning filmmaker who has had his work shown on PBS’s “Frontline” and “The American Experience.” The next screening in the series is “Los Mineros,” a documentary that tells the 50-year story of Mexican-American miners and their struggle to shape the course of Arizona history between 1903 and 1947. For more information, visit www.cinelasamericas.org.