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Joints frozen in Carbonite? Stretch out on this Han Solo yoga mat

  Onnit sells a Han Solo-themed yoga mat for $64.95. Photo courtesy Onnit The latest chapter of the Star Wars saga hits movie theaters tonight, and perhaps after you’ve left the theater, yearning a wee bit for Harrison Ford’s early days, you’ll feel like doing a little yoga. But not on any yoga mat. Not after watching “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in which...
Ethan Hawke takes a spiritual journey in ‘First Reformed’

Ethan Hawke takes a spiritual journey in ‘First Reformed’

The new Paul Schrader movie, “First Reformed,” plays like a summation of a career — a distillation of the themes that have dominated the work of the screenwriter/director since the 1970s. It’s deeply spiritual, but in a Schrader kind of way, just like his earlier movies, “Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo” and “Affliction.” Ethan Hawke stars...
Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

More than 110 movies are screening this summer as part of the Paramount Summer Classic film series. Here are 30 not to miss. There are others worth seeing, of course, but are 30 really good ones. “Stormy Weather” (7 p.m. May 31) This 1943 picture remains one of the most important musicals ever made (what with its staggering African-American cast). Starring  Lena Horne, Bill Robinson...
ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

ATX Television Festival premiered its inaugural podcast series, The TV Campfire, as a part of its ATX TV Podcast Network. The series is co-produced by Madica Productions and provides an insider's perspective into the world of television with special guests including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” producer Bill Lawrence, “Wire” and “Treme” producer David...
Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

In October 2016, Starwars.com confirmed what had been rumored: Donald Glover had been hired to play a young Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At the time, Glover was best know as a comedy writer on “30 Rock,” a strong actor on the sitcom “Community,” a good-not-great stand-up comic, and a musical artist called Childish Gambino whose second...
‘Solo’ tries to rebel but sticks to ‘Star Wars’ formula

‘Solo’ tries to rebel but sticks to ‘Star Wars’ formula

While watching the entertaining yet frustrating “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a question keeps returning: We know why we like Han Solo, but why do we like him SO much? Think back to his introduction in the original “Star Wars,” aka “A New Hope”. For all we learn in that sequence, he might be a bad guy! Han wants as much money as he can get from our boyish hero and...
Austin Under 40 Awards winners are solid gold

Austin Under 40 Awards winners are solid gold

We always cheer the Austin Under 40 Awar ds  ceremony, not just because it benefits two worthy causes,  YWA Foundation and the Austin Sunshine Camps, but also because so many rising social stars end up among the winners. Toya Bell picks up the Austin Under 40 Award for Mentor of the Year. Contributed by Lauryn Vaughan of Not Purple...
Tracing the arc of a soul with Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke

Tracing the arc of a soul with Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke

Director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, 71, is having another big moment in his long career. The writer of “Taxi Driver” and the director of “Affliction” has a new movie, “First Reformed,” starring Ethan Hawke. And his 1972 book, “Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer,” is being republished this week, with a new introduction, by the University...
Tracing ‘Star Wars,’ from ‘Phantom Menace’ to new ‘Solo’ to ‘Last Jedi’

Tracing ‘Star Wars,’ from ‘Phantom Menace’ to new ‘Solo’ to ‘Last Jedi’

The “Star Wars” universe has been rapidly expanding in recent years, with the new trilogy as well as standalone films like “Rogue One” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which hits theaters May 25. Fans have put together where the “Solo” film fits into the franchise, but more casual viewers might have a tougher time deciphering the proper order of all these...
‘Book Club’ is a strained affair despite all-star cast

‘Book Club’ is a strained affair despite all-star cast

There is a built-in pleasure in seeing Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Mary Steenburgen in the same movie. We’re used to them. We like them. We like being around them — but not so much that we can’t notice that “Book Club” is a pretty strained affair, not especially funny and weirdly off key. It’s the story of four best friends from school days, who&rsquo...
Texas’ favorite infomercial is giving us bad high school flashbacks

Texas’ favorite infomercial is giving us bad high school flashbacks

Well, I would have picked the FoodSaver, but you can’t argue with Google Trends, I suppose. According to a new study, the most popular infomercial product in Texas is as clear as your skin is after using the product. A study by All Home Connections, an AT&T authorized online retailer, found that the most popular infomercial product in the Lone Star State is Proactiv. You know, that supposedly...
Ryan Reynolds is a funnier, kinder (sort of) Deadpool in ‘Deadpool 2’

Ryan Reynolds is a funnier, kinder (sort of) Deadpool in ‘Deadpool 2’

“Deadpool 2” gets most of its ugliness out of the way in the first five minutes. In a flashback sequence, explaining events that led up to our hero’s attempted suicide, we see him showing up in various locations and killing everybody. Like a mass shooter or other homicidal maniac, he presents himself unexpectedly and lays waste to a nightclub, to a boardroom, etc. He always has his...
‘House of Tomorrow’ a punk rock coming-of-age story

‘House of Tomorrow’ a punk rock coming-of-age story

Writer/director Peter Livolsi’s directorial debut “The House of Tomorrow,” adapted from Peter Bognanni’s novel, uses the philosophy and beliefs of architect, designer, inventor and geodesic dome enthusiast Buckminster Fuller as the backdrop of a coming-of-age story soundtracked to classic punk. Sebastian (Asa Butterfield) has been living a sheltered life with his grandmother...
In documentary, Pope Francis urges ‘a poor church for the poor’

In documentary, Pope Francis urges ‘a poor church for the poor’

It’s tempting to forgo a regular review of the new documentary on Pope Francis and simply print as many of the film’s laudable quotations from this remarkable man as space will allow. His words are plain and direct, full of wisdom and not a little humor. The movie won’t convert any of Francis’ die-hard opponents, who will deride it as uncritical, but it will offer consolation...
Movies in theaters, 5/18/18

Movies in theaters, 5/18/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Deadpool 2” Grade: B. Review page 24 “Book Club” Grade: C-. Review page 25 “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” Grade: B+. Review page 26 “The House of Tomorrow” Grade: B-. Review page 27 NOT REVIEWED “Show Dogs.” PG. 92 minutes. The unlikely pairing of a canine cop and an FBI agent go undercover at the world’s most...
10 movies to watch to get in the mood for the royal wedding

10 movies to watch to get in the mood for the royal wedding

It’s safe to say Meghan Markle took the road less traveled on her way to becoming British royalty. For starters, she’s American. Second, she’s an actress (not exactly a noble profession — no offense, Hollywood). And last but not least, she’s walked down the aisle before, having been married to producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. But as Markle well knows, Hollywood...
Veronica from ‘Riverdale’ hung out in Bastrop while filming her new movie

Veronica from ‘Riverdale’ hung out in Bastrop while filming her new movie

It may not be as dark and dramatic as the town of Riverdale, but one of the stars of the Archie comics spinoff show spent some time in another quaint, small town: Bastrop. Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge in the CW’s “Riverdale,” was in Bastrop filming her new movie “Coyote Lake.” The filming wrapped over Mother’s Day weekend. Not much is currently...
Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

ST. LOUIS — On Thursday evening, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It's been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama's official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled...
‘Disobedience’ is daring depiction of complex love

‘Disobedience’ is daring depiction of complex love

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is already having quite the 2018. In March, he scooped up an Academy Award for best foreign language film for “A Fantastic Woman,” his whimsical and harrowing portrait of a transgender woman trying to survive the aftermath of her lover’s death. His new film, “Disobedience,” is making waves for its daring depiction of a complex erotic...
Movies in theaters, 5/11/18

Movies in theaters, 5/11/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Disobedience” Grade: B. Review page 26 NOT REVIEWED “Breaking In.” PG-13. 88 minutes. Gabrielle Union stars as a mother who will go to any length to rescue her two children from being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security, but no traps or tricks or even any man inside can stop her. Alamo Lakeline. Barton Creek. Cedar Park. City Lights...
‘Arrested Development’ stair car and ‘Never Nude’ meet-up coming to Austin

‘Arrested Development’ stair car and ‘Never Nude’ meet-up coming to Austin

Don’t take to the sea this weekend, Austin, because this is no illusion. America’s favorite n’er-do-well family (or at least, their car) is rolling into town in style Saturday.  The Bluth family and “Arrested Development” season five hit Netflix on May 29. Perhaps to drum up excitement, the sitcom’s famous stair car is traveling the country, having already...
Tickets on sale May 21 for Marvel Universe Live!

Tickets on sale May 21 for Marvel Universe Live!

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. May 21 for the “Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes” stunt show, which is coming to the Frank Erwin Center Aug. 23 to 26. In “Marvel Universe Live,” “The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into...
Fall under the spell of ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’

Fall under the spell of ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’

Here are a few interesting new releases that are available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”: Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (“When Marnie Was There”), this is a fanciful animated tale reminiscent of “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”...
Six blockbusters that won’t tax your brain when you go to the movies this summer

Six blockbusters that won’t tax your brain when you go to the movies this summer

A lot of folks do not want to do too much thinking when they go to the movies in the summer. A giant soda, a bucket of popcorn the size of a medieval knight’s helmet, and air conditioning such that you need a sweater -- this, and only this, is what many want from a summer movie. Here are six blockbusters to look forward to in the next few months.    “Deadpool 2.” The Merc...
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a meme — and why that’s so surprising

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a meme — and why that’s so surprising

At one point in the new documentary “RBG,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her granddaughter Clara Spera are looking over a scrapbook Ginsburg’s late husband, Marty, put together for her. Marty’s idea was to solicit letters from his wife’s admirers on the occasion of her 50th birthday. His own submission said that Ginsburg could take great pride in her accomplishments...
Kylie Jenner threw Travis Scott an epic AstroWorld-themed birthday party last weekend

Kylie Jenner threw Travis Scott an epic AstroWorld-themed birthday party last weekend

Travis Scott hasn’t forgotten his Houston roots. Neither has his girlfriend Kylie Jenner. Last weekend, Jenner threw the father of her newborn child, Stormi, a birthday party paying tribute to a Houston staple: AstroWorld. According to reports, Jenner rented out Six Flags Magic Mountain in California and decorated the entire place like the long-gone Houston theme park.
Han, horror and a dangerous theme park: 35 summer movies to watch

Han, horror and a dangerous theme park: 35 summer movies to watch

It’s summer movie season (even if it’s not quite summer), which means sequels, reboots and a fair number of heroes, among other things. It is the most bonkers time of the year for film, and in 2018, we’ve got Han Solo going “Solo,” one of the (allegedly) scariest movie of recent memory, a female-cast remake of a beloved remake, an ant and a much-anticipated documentary...
‘Bad Samaritan’ a slick thriller with a creepy David Tennant

‘Bad Samaritan’ a slick thriller with a creepy David Tennant

David Tennant was the 10th Doctor Who, and he’s a first-rate psycho in “Bad Samaritan,” a pretty slick thriller that proves, if nothing else, that not enough films are shot in Portland, Ore. “Do you know why you’re not in that little jail now?” Tennant’s Cale Erendreich asks Sean Falco (Robert Sheehan), a petty thief who’s in way over his head. &ldquo...
Movies in theaters, 5/4/18

Movies in theaters, 5/4/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Tully” Grade: B+. Review page 24 “Bad Samaritan” Grade: B-. Review page 32 NOT REVIEWED “Overboard.” PG-13. 112 minutes. Kate gets payback on her boss, who unfairly fires her and then refuses to pay her, by convincing him that he is her husband and putting him to work after he parties too hard one night, falls overboard, and gets amnesia. Alamo...
Charlize Theron is fearless as a harried mom in ‘Tully’

Charlize Theron is fearless as a harried mom in ‘Tully’

You could say that “Tully” is a familiar comedy-drama about a stressed-out mom in her 40s who, after her third child, finds physical support and emotional solace in the company of a 26-year-old child-care aide. There’s the trope of the disengaged dad (a warm and shaggy Ron Livingston) and even a sight gag about stepping on stray Legos, barefoot. But that synopsis does an injustice...
Kris Jenner is using this Austin-based app to find her new personal assistant

Kris Jenner is using this Austin-based app to find her new personal assistant

Last year, Austin-based app Bumble (which initially launched as a dating app) announced a new feature called Bumble Bizz, which aims to help its users make business connections.  If you were skeptical about using a dating app to expand your professional network, it’s gotten an endorsement from a pretty big name: Kris Jenner. The Kardashian-Jenner matriarch is using the app to find her new...
Texas might have a favorite ‘Star Wars’ movie, and the news is not good 

Texas might have a favorite ‘Star Wars’ movie, and the news is not good 

What with the quasi-holiday May the Fourth approaching, the website Reviews.org did a little digging as to which “Star Wars” movie was most popular (or at least most searched for) in each state. And the results are striking. The number of things about which you can say, “Oh, Texas, what are you thinking?” is, let’s admit it, pretty vast, but here is a factoid that .....
You probably missed this intriguing romance in theaters; see it now

You probably missed this intriguing romance in theaters; see it now

Here are a few interesting new releases that are available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”: Annette Bening stars as Gloria Grahame, an actress who starred in “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Oklahoma!” Gloria never quite got...
Look ahead to the next Austin season at Texas Performing Arts

Look ahead to the next Austin season at Texas Performing Arts

You already know which Broadway musicals are coming to Austin’s  Bass Concert Hall next season — yes, including “Hamilton” — but unless you attended the onstage party last night, you don’t know about the rest of the  Texas Performing Arts season. Related: Broadway smash”Hamilton” part...
Want to catch up on Marvel films before ‘Avengers: Infinity War’? It'll take more than 38 hours

Want to catch up on Marvel films before ‘Avengers: Infinity War’? It'll take more than 38 hours

Marvel’s highly-anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War” film officially hits theaters Thursday night. Are you prepared? >> Read more trending news  The Marvel Studios film blazoned with superheroes, villains and warriors follows 10 years of such blockbusters. It’s the 19th movie and third “Avengers” film in Marvel’s decade-long history. While you&rsquo...
Movies in theaters, 4/27/18

Movies in theaters, 4/27/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Avengers: Infinity War” Grade: B+. Review page 25 “The Rider” Grade: B. Review page 26 NOT REVIEWED “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.” Not rated. 115 minutes. This documentary provides electrifying performances and personal footage of singer and actress Grace Jones. Alamo South. NOW PLAYING “Annihilation.” B+. R. 120 minutes. Natalie...
Elegiac portrait of a wounded cowboy mixes fact and fiction

Elegiac portrait of a wounded cowboy mixes fact and fiction

Viewers of Chloe Zhao’s intense, elegaic “The Rider” could easily assume they are watching a documentary. They aren’t; but what they see isn’t entirely fictional, either. This meditation on the life of a severely injured rodeo rider is a kind of hybrid, fact and fiction mixed in a way that the two deepen and extend each other. The main character, Brady, is a young rodeo...
In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ everything must go

In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ everything must go

Here is the first thing to know about “Avengers: Infinity War,” the sprawling climax to 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe moviemaking: Bodies. Get. Dropped. You think your favorite character is safe? Your favorite character is not safe. Heroes live! Heroes die! The world will never be the same! Although maybe it will! You have to wait to “Avengers 4” to see! But, seriously...
Amy Schumer says ‘I Feel Pretty’ is about confidence, not looks

Amy Schumer says ‘I Feel Pretty’ is about confidence, not looks

When you’re doing press for a movie that’s all about how confidence is the key to looking your best, what do you wear when you’re not feeling so hot? If you’re Amy Schumer, you go for business on top (a blazer and blouse), casual on the bottom (sweatpants and sneakers). “I feel like garbage today,” Schumer says, noting that it’s the second day of her period...
Paddington is back, and we are all the better for it

Paddington is back, and we are all the better for it

Here are a few interesting new releases that are available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available through streaming services. Video on Demand “Paddington 2”: This delightful family film is a rare sequel that outshines the original. A thoughtful present from the lovable bear for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is stolen. When...
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes you work but pays off as few shows ever could

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ makes you work but pays off as few shows ever could

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is not easy to watch. And it’s certainly not fun to watch, either. It is unrelentingly oppressive and dark, even more so in its second season, whose first two episodes premiere Wednesday on Hulu. Chances are that if you gave the series a shot last year and couldn’t take it, you probably aren’t planning to try again this season. But make no...
‘Super Troopers 2’: Comedy sequel stalls at the side of the road

‘Super Troopers 2’: Comedy sequel stalls at the side of the road

From the beginning, the makers of “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest” have built these politically incorrect odes to nonsense practically daring you to disapprove. The Broken Lizard comedy group embraces the lowbrow to predictable extremes. If you see a pyramid of cans somewhere, it will be knocked down. If a taser enters the scene, it must at some point be used on someone&rsquo...
‘I Feel Pretty’ is bold but superficial take on self-love

‘I Feel Pretty’ is bold but superficial take on self-love

The Amy Schumer vehicle “I Feel Pretty” tackles a very real epidemic — the crisis of confidence. Low self-esteem is part of the human condition for people of any age, gender or race, but it’s particularly virulent and destructive in the young female population, resulting in eating disorders, imposter syndrome, plastic surgery, billions of dollars spent on beauty products, diets...
‘Final Portrait’ a look at the frustrations of creating art

‘Final Portrait’ a look at the frustrations of creating art

Let’s say you’re going to make a movie about the celebrated 20th century artist Alberto Giacometti, and you’re going to set the film in his Parisian studio, while he’s painting the portrait of a young man who’s not only an admirer but also his future biographer (the well-bred, upper-class writer James Lord posed for Giacometti and eventually wrote a memoir about the experience...
‘Lean on Pete’ shows why Charlie Plummer is destined to be a star

‘Lean on Pete’ shows why Charlie Plummer is destined to be a star

At first, “Lean on Pete” seems like it’s going to be a traditional tale about a teenage boy who bonds with a horse and learns significant lessons. That’s part of the new movie starring Charlie Plummer and directed by Andrew Haigh. But “Lean on Pete” is about traumas that no teen should ever have to face. Plummer plays Charley Thompson, who moves to Portland, Ore...
Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia

Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia

As has been documented elsewhere, the jacket game in the “Star Wars” movies is tremendous.  And no matter what that admittedly excellent survey says, Han Solo rocked better outerwear than anyone. The dude redefined what a space pirate should look like. Over the decades since the arrival of “A New Hope” (then merely called “Star Wars,” kiddies), how many...
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Dazed and Confused’ with a ‘School’s Out’ pool party Memorial Day weekend

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Dazed and Confused’ with a ‘School’s Out’ pool party Memorial Day weekend

Alright, alright, alright, it’s 2018 and that means it’s the 25th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s cult-classic “Dazed and Confused.”  The JW Marriott is hosting a School’s Out Party May 27 (the eve of the last day of school at Lee High School, a.k.a. the day the movie takes place) and continuing with ongoing activations throughout the summer. The pool...
Alamo’s Jaws on the Water is back to scare you while you float on Lake Travis

Alamo’s Jaws on the Water is back to scare you while you float on Lake Travis

DUHHH-dun. The two most terrifying musical notes in cinematic history will take on an even more chilling effect this summer when the Alamo Drafthouse’s most popular Rolling Roadshow event, Jaws on the Water, returns. During 14 steamy summer nights, moviegoers won’t just be watching the classic “Jaws” — they’ll be viewing it in custom inner tubes at the...
Does this 1990 ‘How Much to Tip in Austin’ video still apply in 2018?

Does this 1990 ‘How Much to Tip in Austin’ video still apply in 2018?

It was 1990 and Austin was a very different place. The skyline was a fraction of its current silhouette. Glass Eye, Poi Dog Pondering and Pariah were still around. “Slacker,” the movie that would put a certain generation of young Austinites on the map, was shot (in 1989) but not yet released.  And the fine people at Austin Cable Access TV ran this PSA from a bunch of Austin servers...
‘Supernatural’ star Jensen Ackles is serving up crawfish at his Austin-area brewery this weekend

‘Supernatural’ star Jensen Ackles is serving up crawfish at his Austin-area brewery this weekend

As if you needed another reason to drive out to Dripping Springs and visit “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles’ new brewery, Family Business Beer Co., this weekend: the man himself is serving up mudbugs at the brewery’s crawfish boil on Saturday. PHOTOS: Take a peek inside Family Business Beer Co. Family Business posted a photo on Facebook showing Ackles with a huge bucket...
Take a peek at Matthew McConaughey’s childhood home

Take a peek at Matthew McConaughey’s childhood home

You may have seen this image making the rounds on social media last month: Yes, that is (or at least appears to be) the under-21 identification of one Matthew McConaughey, Texas legend, Oscar-winning actor, alright guy. READ: Austin’s Nick Foles explains his church connection with Matthew McConaughey The Houston Chronicle noticed the Missouri City address on the ID card, speculating...
Matthew McConaughey would like to tell you about Wild Turkey Longbranch...and the weather

Matthew McConaughey would like to tell you about Wild Turkey Longbranch...and the weather

Tuesday afternoon, noted thespian, Longhorns fan and Wild Turkey creative director/spokesman Matthew McConaughey took to Facebook live to promote a new 86-proof bourbon called Wild Turkey Longbranch. It will retail out at $40 list price and will be available in May. It was described in a press release as “a rare small-batch Kentucky bourbon is refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals...
Filmmaker Uwe Boll would like to fight Alex Jones. To which we say: Austin, let’s host.

Filmmaker Uwe Boll would like to fight Alex Jones. To which we say: Austin, let’s host.

You might know 52-year-old retired German director Uwe Boll from such films as “Alone in the Dark,” the "Bloodrayne” series and lots of genre pictures of questionable taste. What you might not know is that Boll also likes challenging people to fights. (See also the 2006 tournament “Raging Boll” in which he requested critics of his work step in the ring. Read ...
Check out the trailer for ‘Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth’

Check out the trailer for ‘Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth’

  For 15 years, the multimedia company Rooster Teeth has quietly, then not so quietly, become of the most significant creative forces in Austin. Here is its story. “Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth” provides exceptional access inside Rooster Teeth, the studio behind “Red vs. Blue,” “RWBY” and “Achievement Hunter.” Founded in a spare...
Alamo Drafthouse is selling ‘Sandlot’-inspired baseball caps for its 25th anniversary screenings

Alamo Drafthouse is selling ‘Sandlot’-inspired baseball caps for its 25th anniversary screenings

It’s almost summertime -- and almost baseball season. To celebrate, the Alamo Drafthouse is offering screenings of everyone’s favorite (don’t fight me on this one) baseball movie: “The Sandlot.”  It all kicks off on Saturday at The Long Time, Austin’s only actual sandlot baseball field, with a party to celebrate the movie’s 25th...
Alamo Drafthouse fetches Japanese flavors for ‘Isle of Dogs’-themed menu

Alamo Drafthouse fetches Japanese flavors for ‘Isle of Dogs’-themed menu

For Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion film, “Isle of Dogs” — get ready for a flurry of furry puns — Alamo Drafthouse is treating customers to a special menu of “Japanese-inspired” food at its theaters for a limited time. The chef behind the menu, Brad Sorenson, said he wanted to take Japanese flavors and weave them into Drafthouse’s...
‘Jaws’ and camp and ‘The Sandlot:’ Check out Rolling Roadshow 2018

‘Jaws’ and camp and ‘The Sandlot:’ Check out Rolling Roadshow 2018

Jaws on the Water!” “The Sandlot!” A stunt ranch! Let’s check out the events in the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow series. An outdoor screening of “The Sandlot” at Austin's one and only sandlot venue, The Long Time. The Drafthouse is celebrating the coming-of-age baseball film with an Amateur Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby contest, food trucks featuring classic...
ICYMI: Holy O(+>! ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is streaming on Amazon Prime!

ICYMI: Holy O(+>! ‘Sign O’ The Times’ is streaming on Amazon Prime!

Dude. DUDE. (And I mean that in the most gender neutral way, which is how you should talk about all things related to today’s topic.) In fact, it has been on Prime since the end of February. And yes, you would be completely within your right to stop reading right now and fire up Prime. How was there not an announcement from heaven above is beyond me. And yes, I understand that this thing screened...
Alamo Drafthouse offers free movies for first responders

Alamo Drafthouse offers free movies for first responders

After the recent series of bombings in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse is offering free admission to first responders for a limited time, the theater chain announced Friday. According to Drafthouse, the offer is in gratitude for the work police, firefighters and EMS have done to keep the city safe over “a long month.”  From the Drafthouse’s website: According to Drafthouse...
‘Cobra Kai’ trailer remembers an important thing about ‘The Karate Kid’

‘Cobra Kai’ trailer remembers an important thing about ‘The Karate Kid’

So YouTube Red released the final trailer yesterday for the long-discussed 10-part “Karate Kid” sequel “Cobra Kai.” Here is the trailer: So, a couple of things: * This looks like a decent titration of the original’s action and heart with a dollop of self-aware humor.  * If you watched movies at all in the 1980s, it was kind of impossible to avoid William Zabka...
A letter to moviegoers on the arrival of a faith-based film about Paul

A letter to moviegoers on the arrival of a faith-based film about Paul

I, Jacob, a web producer and sometimes film reviewer for the Austin American-Statesman, tasked with writing a review of the latest faith-based film to hit theaters this year, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” a release from Sony Affirm starring Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner: To all in Austin (and beyond) who are reading this review: Grace and thanks be upon you, and thank you for entertaining...
In ‘Rebel Without a Crew’ Robert Rodriguez issues a $7,000 challenge

In ‘Rebel Without a Crew’ Robert Rodriguez issues a $7,000 challenge

Back in 1991, a young filmmaker named Robert Rodriguez spent about $7,000 shooting his debut feature “El Mariachi.” A few years and several movies which helped kick start both the 1990s independent film movement and the 1990s Austin film scene later,  he published his diary about the experience in a book called “Rebel Without a Crew.” Starting March 19, the go90 streaming...
Bill Murray just recited a poem while wearing overalls and a bucket hat on Sixth Street, because SXSW

Bill Murray just recited a poem while wearing overalls and a bucket hat on Sixth Street, because SXSW

Bill Murray has arrived at South by Southwest, and approximately nobody is surprised (he’s done it before, you know -- multiple times). He’s in town for multiple reasons -- the premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” on Saturday night, a dedication at the Belo Center for New Media at the University of Texas Saturday afternoon and an appearance at the Long...
Hugh Jackman brought his new coffee shop to SXSW 

Hugh Jackman brought his new coffee shop to SXSW 

Wolverine, coffee connoisseur, “Greatest Showman” ... is there anything Hugh Jackman can’t do? The Laughing Man Cafe, Jackman’s latest coffee shop project, is in Austin for South by Southwest, and the man himself was at the festival Monday to discuss it and its mission. The coffee shop is open at the G’Day USA Australia House at Lucille on Rainey Street from ...
San Francisco theater welcomes actual dogs to ‘Isle of Dogs’ screening

San Francisco theater welcomes actual dogs to ‘Isle of Dogs’ screening

Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” which closes this year’s SXSW Film festival 8 p.m. March 17 at the Paramount, is a stop-motion movie about a young boy’s attempting to reunite with his dog, Spots, which has been exiled with many other dogs on a trash island off the coast of Japan. One expects many, many dog owners to sob uncontrollably the entire time.  So, in a move...
South by Southwest Film turns 25: Let’s look back at some key moments

South by Southwest Film turns 25: Let’s look back at some key moments

Look, South By Southwest isn’t Sundance. It’s not Cannes. It’s not Toronto. For 25 years, it’s been its own thing, a stellar venue for young and developing filmmakers to come and, as one once put it to me, “launch your weirdness.” Here are some highlights of weirdness being launched or celebrated or developed at SXSW over the years. 1. 1994 -- The first fest. You...
Roger Corman will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award

Roger Corman will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award

    Legendary-no-really-actually-legendary producer/director Roger Corman will receive the Austin Film Festival’s  Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 25th annual AFF, which takes place Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. With studios at first and then as an influential independent executive, creative and mentor, Corman, now 91, produced or directed over five hundred films...
10 tips to make the most of your SXSW Film experience, with or without a badge

10 tips to make the most of your SXSW Film experience, with or without a badge

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival starts March 9, offering up hundreds of films, feature-length and short. Don’t have a Film badge but still want to get in on the action? Here are 10 points to remember (and, to be honest, a lot of this applies to people with badges as well.) In keeping with the notion of SXSW convergence, if you have an Interactive or Music badge, you can get...
10 documentaries to watch out for at SXSW

10 documentaries to watch out for at SXSW

For documentary fans, South By Southwest is a bit like Christmas and your birthday rolled into one. As with features, it’s a chance to see sharp, often boundary-pushing nonfiction in a theater setting, something that happens rarely even as the market for docs has exploded thanks to streaming services. Here are 10 docs that we have not yet seen but are looking forward to checking out. &ldquo...
Eight South by Southwest feature films with ties to Texas

Eight South by Southwest feature films with ties to Texas

Every year at South by Southwest, there is a mess of films with Austin and Texas ties. Here are eight worth keeping an eye on. “Support the Girls.” Austin director Andrew Bujalski’s new one concerns the general manager at a highway-side “breastaurant” who has her incurable optimism and faith tested over the course of a long, strange day. With Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson...
What’s new at South by Southwest for 2018?

What’s new at South by Southwest for 2018?

From its roots as a humble regional music conference to the cross-discipline behemoth it’s become, South by Southwest is an ever-evolving beast. Here is what’s new with the festival in 2018. This function can be found on the SXSW GO phone app, the online SXSW schedule, and on the digital event status boards located around the Austin Convention Center and other venues. This system &mdash...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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