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Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy writes and edits stories about movies, books and the arts for the Austin American-Statesman. He has been a journalist since graduating from the University of Missouri in 1977. He came to the Statesman in 1981, where he worked until 1987. He then moved to The Dallas Morning News, where he worked until 2006, primarily in the business and arts sections. While at The News, he obtained a master's degree in humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He returned to the Statesman in the fall of 2006. He regularly attends the Cannes Film Festival and is a member of the Austin Film Critics Association. 

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Actress relishes chance to play ‘Most Hated Woman in America’
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Posted: 4 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
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 “The Son,” a new series based on the 2013 novel by Austin’s Philipp Meyer, premieres April 8 on AMC, and if you were a fan of the epic Texas novel about the McCullough family, then you’ll be a fan of the new show, too. Pierce Brosnan plays the family patriarch, Eli McCullough, who was kidnapped by the Comanches, only...

Posted: 12 days ago

“The Son,” a new series based on the 2013 novel by Austin’s Philipp Meyer, premieres April 8 on AMC, and if you were a fan of the epic Texas novel about the McCullough family, then you’ll be a fan of the new show, too. Pierce Brosnan plays the family patriarch, Eli McCullough, who was kidnapped by the Comanches, only...
‘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&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

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Posted: 12 days ago

“Dear White People,” the new Netflix TV series created by Justin Simien, premiered Monday at SXSW to thunderous applause. The screening featured episodes 1 and 2, and it became quickly clear that Simien is looking at the same events through different perspectives. Episode 1 is told from the perspective of Samantha White, played...
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Posted: 13 days ago

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Posted: 13 days ago

“Pornocracy” takes a look at the porn industry from a self-described feminist perspective, so you might think it would be anti-porn. Not so fast. The director is France’s one-name phenomenon and so-called “porn-star intellectual” Ovidie. In a Q&A from the press kit, Ovidie describes how she Googled herself...