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Cannes in transition: French festival celebrates 70 years amid changes

Even though the Cannes Film Festival turned 70 this year, it seems to be wondering what its future holds. Should it continue to add TV shows to its lineup, as it did this year with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl”? Should it allow movies such as “Okja,” which is being distributed by Netflix, to compete for the...
Dinges: Austin classical radio station KMFA adds 2 new hosts

Dinges: Austin classical radio station KMFA adds 2 new hosts

Listen for two new voices to pop up on Austin classical music station KMFA 89.5 FM. Nathan Langfitt has been named host of “Sunday Matinee,” which airs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. His previous broadcast experience includes a stint at the classical radio station in Baton Rouge, La. He also headed up Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s education department for a time and now serves as...
How La Barbecue landed an Austin DJ a front-row seat in Stephen Colbert’s audience

How La Barbecue landed an Austin DJ a front-row seat in Stephen Colbert’s audience

We all knew La Barbecue was good. Apparently it’s good enough to get you a front-row seat at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” My buddy and I were heading into the parking lot to eat Thai food from the Dee Dee trailer (look for that review next week) when he ran into old friend Mikey Pendon, aka DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, a longtime Austin DJ. Mikey was loaded up with to-go...
Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Actor Jamie Foxx revealed during a radio interview this week that Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention when Foxx was partying too much after completing his Oscar-winning turn in “Ray” in 2004 and before the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony. >> Read more trending news  During an interview with DJ Howard Stern, Foxx, 49, explained he was on a binge, “gallivanting,” &ldquo...
Movies in theaters, 5/26/17

Movies in theaters, 5/26/17

OPENING THIS WEEK “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Grade: C. Review page 25 “A Dark Song” Grade: B. Review page 26 “Baywatch” Grade: D. Review page 27 NOT REVIEWED “The Commune.” 111 minutes. The Danish film follows the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a 1970s Danish commune. Violet Crown. NOW PLAYING &ldquo...
Latest ‘Pirates’ movie follows the formula

Latest ‘Pirates’ movie follows the formula

Since Hollywood loves a nostalgic reboot, it’s no surprise that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is setting sail once again, six years after 2011’s “On Stranger Tides.” For “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Disney has hired a lesser-known filmmaking duo to reanimate the series — a pair of Norwegian filmmakers, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg...
British horror movie scares up themes that go beyond the genre

British horror movie scares up themes that go beyond the genre

Every person owns a phobia that chokes his or her mind. But there is one fear we all share: the unknown. Our species studies things to understand and control them. If we can’t, we become hopeless, confused and, of course, frightened. The unknown can do whatever it will to us. We can’t anticipate it coming until it’s too late. The cold, eerie British film “A Dark Song,&rdquo...
Even the Rock can’t rescue this ‘Baywatch’

Even the Rock can’t rescue this ‘Baywatch’

(“Baywatch” opened in theaters Thursday. This is a condensed version of the review from opening day.) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has so much charisma it can be seen from space. It’s a precious and powerful tool that has lifted middling comedies like “Central Intelligence” and revved up the “Fast and Furious” franchise. But with the sloppy, incoherent...
Austin celeb Jared Padalecki ‘nervous’ after having daughter

Austin celeb Jared Padalecki ‘nervous’ after having daughter

Austin fixture and “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki is now the father to a baby girl, and that’s got him feeling some kind of way. According to People, the actor, whose daughter with wife Genevieve was born in March, feels “nervous and vulnerable” about raising Odette Elliott, in a way he didn’t feel about sons Shepherd, 3, and Thomas Colton, 5. According...
Not even Dwayne Johnson can rescue ‘Baywatch’

Not even Dwayne Johnson can rescue ‘Baywatch’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has so much charisma it can be seen from space. His charisma should be considered a national resource and channeled to power homes and solve world hunger. It’s a precious and powerful tool that has lifted middling comedies like “Central Intelligence” and revved up the “Fast and Furious” franchise. But with the sloppy, incoherent &ldquo...
Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay makes her debut

Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay makes her debut

Welcome to another season of the beautiful disaster known as the “Bachelor” franchise. This “Bachelorette” season’s star, Dallas native and University of Texas graduate Rachel Lindsay, met her 31 suitors Monday night in an episode that was filled with — you guessed it — drama. Let me just start by saying that Rachel is a badass boss lady. She&rsquo...
See this buzzy HBO true crime documentary that debuted at SXSW

See this buzzy HBO true crime documentary that debuted at SXSW

Here’s a look at some interesting new releases available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available on streaming services. Video on Demand “My Life As A Zucchini”: After his mother dies, a young boy nicknamed Zucchini heads to a foster home and makes new friends with other orphans his age, some of whom have a troubled past. A co-production...
Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem dive into Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem dive into Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

Universal Pictures has signed on more A-listers to star in its new monster franchise, the studio announced on Monday. It also announced the name of the new franchise, “Dark Universe,” which includes a series of film reboots with classic horror movie monsters and characters.  “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. #DarkUniverse,” the movie studio said on Twitter...
Smash hit ‘Mama Mia’ film sequel in works; original cast set to return

Smash hit ‘Mama Mia’ film sequel in works; original cast set to return

  A sequel to the 2008 box office smash “Mama Mia” is in the works with most of the original cast members, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, expected to return, according to media reports. “Mama Mia: Here We Go Again” is shaping up as both a prequel and a sequel and will be directed by “The Best  Exotic Marigold Hotel&rdquo...
VR experience at Cannes puts you with migrants crossing border

VR experience at Cannes puts you with migrants crossing border

Europeans get a daily dose of news these days about refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere washing up on their shores and crossing borders, seeking safety from the carnage back home. And the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France is tackling the issue in a various ways, from British actress/director Vanessa Redgrave’s documentary “Sea Sorrow” to Hungarian...
How ‘Baywatch’ went from an early belly flop to the big screen

How ‘Baywatch’ went from an early belly flop to the big screen

In Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of the television series “Baywatch,” Dwayne Johnson portrays a hard-charging beach lifeguard with an unsanctioned sideline — murder investigations, undercover surveillance and drug enforcement; he feels it’s his duty to “protect the bay at all costs.” Zac Efron, as an upstart junior lifeguard in this $87 million film, which...
Set sail on Lady Bird Lake with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Fitzcarraldo’ Memorial Day weekend

Set sail on Lady Bird Lake with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Fitzcarraldo’ Memorial Day weekend

Ahoy! Alamo Drafthouse is hosting two boat parties over Memorial Day weekend, giving Austinites the chance to take a cruise over the long weekend and enjoy a movie. On Saturday, May 27, the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Boat Party Adventure features a screening of the film at 11 a.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar followed by a “pirate adventure” on Lady Bird Lake...
Man plans to drop his lawsuit against woman who texted during movie

Man plans to drop his lawsuit against woman who texted during movie

6:30 p.m. update: A man who sued a woman because she was texting during a movie on their first date at an Austin theater said he plans to drop the lawsuit Friday because she paid him back the price of her movie ticket. “I feel that Crystal met me halfway,” said Brandon Vezmar, a 37-year-old communications company owner from Austin. Vezmar sued Crystal Cruz of Round Rock in small claims...
Movies in theaters, 5/19/17

Movies in theaters, 5/19/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Alien: Covenant” Grade: C+. Review page 22 “Chuck” Grade: C+. Review page 25 “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” Grade: D. Review page 23 “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” Grade: C. Review page 26 “The Lovers” Grade: B. Review page 24 NOT REVIEWED “Everything, Everything.” PG-13. 96 minutes. A teenager allergic...
Film explores the way love can be a many-splendored thing

Film explores the way love can be a many-splendored thing

Azazel Jacobs’ “The Lovers” is a complex character study of long-term relationships that takes a clever premise — what if you were cheating on your lover, with your spouse? — and uses it to explore the nuances and ultimate truths of long-term relationships. The film is anchored by a duo of powerhouse performances from Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, who play married couple...
A split decision on the boxing story about the real-life Rocky Balboa

A split decision on the boxing story about the real-life Rocky Balboa

A boxer named Rocky sounds like a hero: likable, steadfast, iconic. A boxer named Chuck, on the other hand, sounds like an ordinary guy — albeit one who “can take a punch,” to quote the title character of the boxing movie “Chuck.” Based on the true story of Chuck Wepner, the new Jersey heavyweight whose moment in the spotlight inspired Sylvester Stallone’s &ldquo...
Latest ‘Wimpy Kid’ film is definitely a long haul

Latest ‘Wimpy Kid’ film is definitely a long haul

From 2010 to 2012, a trilogy of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films were released in rapid succession, starring Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn. Adapted from the web comic turned kids novels by Jeff Kinney, the films featured the kinds of embarrassments and toilet humor that tend to make up most middle school lore. Five years later, a fourth film, “Diary of...
“Alien: Covenant” not much beyond a bloodbath

“Alien: Covenant” not much beyond a bloodbath

There are two types of nervous laughter to be heard from audiences during the somehow unsurprisingly disappointing “Alien: Covenant.” The first is that which comes from witnessing extreme stress and violence: humans screaming, humans running, humans running and screaming, humans slashed to pieces by Xenomorphs. This reaction is completely understandable and likely welcome by the film&rsquo...
Documentary is portrait of a chef seeking redemption

Documentary is portrait of a chef seeking redemption

For someone who has had such an illustrious career, Jeremiah Tower may be the nation’s most unfortunate chef. As chef de cuisine of Chez Panisse from 1972 to 1978, he made the famed restaurant in Berkeley, California, what it was, but it’s only founder Alice Waters’ name that people associate with it. Tower founded one of the country’s best restaurants — San Francisco&rsquo...
Four Texans competing to win the heart of Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay

Four Texans competing to win the heart of Dallas ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay

Two months ago, Dallas native, University of Texas graduate and all around badass lawyer Rachel Lindsay was named this season’s “Bachelorette,” making her the first black lead on either “The Bachelorette” or “The Bachelor,” which have run for 15 years and a combined 33 seasons. On Thursday, ABC announced the contestants on Lindsay’s season...
Zac Efron to channel serial killer Ted Bundy in new ‘Extremely Wicked’ movie

Zac Efron to channel serial killer Ted Bundy in new ‘Extremely Wicked’ movie

Actor Zac Efron has signed on to play Ted Bundy in a new independent movie on the life of the notorious 1970s serial killer, according to Variety. The 29-year-old Efron is set to star in the film called “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Producer Nicholas Chartier told Variety he’s been wanting to work with Efron for some time. “From his dramatic turn in ‘Paperboy&rsquo...
This $3.3 million Austin home has a theater that looks like an airplane cabin

This $3.3 million Austin home has a theater that looks like an airplane cabin

Love movies? Love travel? Have several million dollars to spend on a new home? You’re in luck. This 4,809-square-foot home for sale in West Austin features a home theater and entertainment room that will make you feel like you’re 40,000 feet above the earth. The house on Scout Island Circle, listed for nearly $3.3 million, has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. But it’s the media...
Where to celebrate the ‘Twin Peaks’ premiere in Austin

Where to celebrate the ‘Twin Peaks’ premiere in Austin

If you’ve spent the last 25-plus years lamenting the loss of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks,” a cult-favorite television show that unfortunately lasted only two seasons, you’re probably feeling pretty pumped this week. The TV show is getting a reboot, and season three premieres on Showtime on Sunday night. Of course, Austin is celebrating. Here’s where you can find...
Fox: It would be ‘extremely fraudulent’ to bring back ‘American Idol’

Fox: It would be ‘extremely fraudulent’ to bring back ‘American Idol’

Fox executives have some complicated feelings about “American Idol” — specifically, the recently announced rebooted version of “American Idol,” which will air on ABC next season. After 15 seasons on Fox, the long-running singing competition wrapped up last May. On a conference call Monday, in which Fox unveiled its new fall schedule, Fox Television Group chief executive...
‘This Is Us’ will air Thursday nights after ‘Will & Grace’ on NBC

‘This Is Us’ will air Thursday nights after ‘Will & Grace’ on NBC

NBC is going all in on “This Is Us.” The weepy family drama, which made a splash last year as a surprise breakout hit, will return this fall on Thursdays, a very prestigious night on broadcast TV — particularly for NBC, which is reviving its famous “Must See TV” brand for the upcoming 2017-2018 TV season. “We think (‘This Is Us’) is peerless at the moment...
‘Machete’ star Danny Trejo's doughnut shop sells nacho, margarita flavors

‘Machete’ star Danny Trejo's doughnut shop sells nacho, margarita flavors

Danny Trejo: man, myth, Machete. The Los Angeles actor most famous for his collaborations with Austin director Robert Rodriguez turns 73 (!) on Tuesday, and it made us wonder: Whatever happened to that doughnut shop he planned to open? Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts opens Tuesday on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, according to Eater. The foodie news outlet reports that, in addition to bags...
‘Hounds of Love’ delivers creepy tale of married serial killers

‘Hounds of Love’ delivers creepy tale of married serial killers

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand “Hounds Of Love”: Ben Young’s debut feature drops us off in 1987 under the sunny skies of Perth in western Australia. Stephen Curry and Emma Booth star as John and Evelyn White, a seemingly normal married...
“King Arthur” no match for “Guardians of the Galaxy”

“King Arthur” no match for “Guardians of the Galaxy”

LOS ANGELES — Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” failed to pull an Excalibur-like miracle to top “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” becoming the summer season’s first big flop. In its debut, the live-action take came in third, with just $14.7 million. Falling well below analyst expectations of $25 million, this is an even rougher start than projected...
The stars will shine brightly in France for 70th anniversary of Cannes

The stars will shine brightly in France for 70th anniversary of Cannes

The annual celebration of high-art aesthetics, Hollywood glamour and commercial vulgarism resumes May 17 with the kickoff of the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. And since it’s the 70th anniversary, the organizers have made sure we have plenty to debate, anticipate and snicker about. Cannes always has its snickering moments, especially with the absurdist goings-on along the Croisette...
‘Rick and Morty’ fans: The Rickmobile is coming to help Austin get schwifty

‘Rick and Morty’ fans: The Rickmobile is coming to help Austin get schwifty

Face front, “Rick and Morty” nation. The cult hit Adult Swim series has a truck shaped like main character/mad scientist Rick Sanchez, and it will travel. Across the United States, to be specific, including a stop in Austin. Billed as the world’s biggest Rick “that’s actually a truck, but also a store,” the Rickmobile’s cross-country trek will stop at...
Three family movies to watch this summer

Three family movies to watch this summer

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.” Not a reboot, but the cast of the first three Wimpy Kid movies have officially aged out of usefulness as wimpy kids, their siblings and their parents.
Richard Gere is perfectly annoying in ‘Norman’

Richard Gere is perfectly annoying in ‘Norman’

In “Norman,” Richard Gere gives the most maddening, annoying performance of his career — all by design. He’s a nebbish, a hustler, a finagler, a lapel-grabber — clingy, needy and obviously full of it. If, after a few minutes with him, you want to scram, well, that’s exactly how director Joseph Cedar wants you to feel. Certainly the other characters share your feelings...
‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ is interesting but not entertaining

‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ is interesting but not entertaining

“Buster’s Mal Heart” is an interesting movie, more interesting than it is entertaining or satisfying. There are intelligent impulses behind it. It captures some of the strains within certain sectors of modern life, before it goes off into obscurity and opacity. It’s about a guy who’s trying to do the right thing, but the right thing isn’t working for him. Jonah...
Dark ‘Hounds of Love’ has bark and bite

Dark ‘Hounds of Love’ has bark and bite

“Hounds of Love,” a kidnapping crime drama set in 1987 in Perth, Australia, bears a passing similarity to “The Square,” an Aussie thriller from 2008. Both juxtapose the stereotypical images of a northern-hemisphere Christmas with the sunny, sweaty reality of the holidays Down Under. This disconnect provides an intriguing and disorienting sense of place to this terrific exercise...

Movies in theaters, 5/12/17

OPENING FRIDAY “King Arthur” Grade: C-. Review page 28 “Snatched” Grade: D. Review page 29 “Lowriders” Grade: C+. Review page 32 “Norman” Grade: B. Review page 30 “Hounds of Love” Grade: B. Review this page “Buster’s Mal Heart” Grade: C. Review page 31 NOT REVIEWED “Obit.” NR. 93 minutes. This documentary covers...
‘Snatched’ isn’t worth snatching up tickets

‘Snatched’ isn’t worth snatching up tickets

The promising young writer Katie Dippold, who wrote “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters,” strikes out with her third feature, “Snatched.” This mother-daughter kidnapping comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn is a huge disappointment, and for Schumer, this is a low moment of a career that’s been peaking. As Emily, Schumer plays her characteristic problematic...
‘King Arthur’ is different — but not great — look at legend

‘King Arthur’ is different — but not great — look at legend

It’s bold, it’s daring, it’s a black metal acid trip. It will most likely give you motion sickness. It’s Guy Ritchie’s take on the King Arthur story, so naturally, this King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is really into bare-knuckle boxing, (see Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” and “Snatch”). “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is unlike any...
‘Lowriders’ explores car culture of East LA

‘Lowriders’ explores car culture of East LA

The family drama “Lowriders,” starring Demian Bichir and Eva Longoria, explores the car culture of East Los Angeles, delving into the roots of lowriding. Though the tricked out, bouncing vintage cars are a staple of ’90s rap videos, “Lowriders,” directed by Ricardo de Montreuil, situates these iconic vehicles within a historical context, while telling a family story of...
Aliens, superheroes and Matthew McConaughey: 40 summer movies

Aliens, superheroes and Matthew McConaughey: 40 summer movies

It’s almost summer, which means blockbuster movie season, which means a few months of sequels, reboots and a fair number of superheroes. If fall and winter are when the Oscar bait gets trotted out, and spring is where movies that want to avoid the blockbuster crunch get dumped, summer blockbuster season is a singular combination of “This will work, we just know it!” and “Gee...
5 Great TV shows that can help your preschooler learn a second language

5 Great TV shows that can help your preschooler learn a second language

If you want your kids to speak both English and Spanish, the following bilingual TV shows can support your efforts by helping preschoolers learn new words and phrases in both languages. The shows also teach gentle, age-appropriate lessons such as cooperation, problem-solving, and the importance of family. The main language of these shows is English, but you can find them dubbed in Spanish with phrases...
Alamo Drafthouse offers gift certificate to settle Austin texting suit

Alamo Drafthouse offers gift certificate to settle Austin texting suit

The Alamo Drafthouse has long led the charge for no texting or talking during movies, often enlisting celebrities to spread the word. But when founder and CEO Tim League learned about a lawsuit that Brandon Vezmar of Austin filed recently against a woman seeking the cost of her ticket because of her texting during their movie date at the Barton Creek Square theater, League said he was...
GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to watch the new ‘Baywatch’ on a beach

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to watch the new ‘Baywatch’ on a beach

Want to see the new “Baywatch” with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron? Want to see it on a beach?  The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a “Baywatch on the Beach” movie party May 24 at Volente Beach Water Park in Leander, and we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to the event. Tickets include access to the water park as well as dinner, drinks and a shark-themed...
'American Idol' set to return to television

'American Idol' set to return to television

Just over a year after “American Idol” aired its final episode on Fox, ABC announced that it will bring back the popular voice competition for the 2017-2018 season. Fox announced in May 2015 that the 15th season of “American Idol,” which debuted January 2016, would be its last. But on Tuesday, ABC announced that it would bring back the show in conjunction with FreemantleMedia...
Jimmy Kimmel responds to critics of his health care plea

Jimmy Kimmel responds to critics of his health care plea

Jimmy Kimmel delivered a tearful opening monologue last week on his late-night show about his son, who was born with a heart condition, and the state of health care in America. That monologue spurred an outpouring of support for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, but not everyone found him convincing. Kimmel spoke last week in support of the Affordable Care Act ahead of a vote in the U.S....
May the Fourth: What kind of dog would Chewbacca be?

May the Fourth: What kind of dog would Chewbacca be?

It’s Star Wars Day, in case you didn’t know (May the Fourth be with you—get it?) and a local startup has an answer to the question we know you’ve been asking yourself for years now: What kind of dog would Chewbacca be? Austin startup Embark, a dog DNA testing company, used its expertise to analyze the “Star Wars” character and interpret what dog breeds could...
10 things to know about Ryan Seacrest

10 things to know about Ryan Seacrest

Kelly Ripa announced Monday that Ryan Seacrest will become her co-host for “Live.”  The radio and TV star is from Atlanta. 1. In an interview with Atlanta Magazine in 2003, Seacrest said his idol, WSB-TV’s John Pruitt, inspired him to want to be on TV or radio someday. 2. He graduated from Dunwoody High School in 1992. 3. He studied journalism at University of Georgia...
Will Ferrell reprises role as George W. Bush for 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner'

Will Ferrell reprises role as George W. Bush for 'Not The White House Correspondents Dinner'

Comedian Will Ferrell reprised his role as former President George W. Bush on Saturday night to thunderous applause at “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” hosted by Samantha Bee. The event was taped as journalists gathered at the Washington Hilton for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Pennsylvania. "...
Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney was preparing to release information on the number of jobs that will be created and the impact on the economy its newest attraction, Pandora – The World of Avatar – will have on Central Florida when it opens on May 27. The attraction will feature a bioluminescent rainforest, dining, shopping and two new rides – Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. Situated...
Austin actress Amber Heard is reportedly dating Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Austin actress Amber Heard is reportedly dating Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Amber Heard and I were both born in Austin. This weekend, the “Magic Mike XXL” actress went ziplining in Australia with a space-bound automotive innovator worth $15 billion. I cleaned my bathroom and listened to podcasts. According to multiple reports, Heard and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk are officially an item. The actress and mogul both posted photos to their respective Instagram...
Matthew McConaughey enjoyed some Wild Turkey in Austin last night, because of course he did

Matthew McConaughey enjoyed some Wild Turkey in Austin last night, because of course he did

Last year, prince of Austin Matthew McConaughey was named spokesperson for Wild Turkey, and he’s been shamelessly plugging the Kentucky bourbon ever since. He even made his directorial debut with a commercial (further sweetening his role as a University of Texas film professor) and met with an Esquire reporter at the bar where the commercial was filmed. So of course...
Justin Theroux donates $10,000 to Austin Pets Alive! on Ellen Show

Justin Theroux donates $10,000 to Austin Pets Alive! on Ellen Show

Justin Theroux has a special place in his heart for an Austin nonprofit. The star of HBO’s “The Leftovers” recently went on The Ellen Show to play the game “Hot Hands.” If Theroux won the game, host Ellen Degeneres explained, he would win $10,000 to the charity of his choice: Austin Pets Alive! “Austin Pets Alive! [is] a wonderful organization in Austin...
Film academy will stick with accounting firm despite Oscars flub

Film academy will stick with accounting firm despite Oscars flub

Despite its culpability in a high-profile gaffe at this year’s Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will continue working with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, officials told members. Among other duties, the firm is responsible for organizing results and monitoring the distribution of awards at the Oscars. It took responsibility for a flub that led presenters to name...
‘DWTS’ pro Cheryl Burke replaces Abby Lee Miller on ‘Dance Moms’

‘DWTS’ pro Cheryl Burke replaces Abby Lee Miller on ‘Dance Moms’

“Dance Moms” instructor Abbey Lee Miller blindsided fans when she announced she was quitting the Lifetime reality TV show Monday, but the network is moving on fast. According to Entertainment Tonight, “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke will be on board with the show for the rest of the season. “It's a go with or without Abby,”an unnamed source told ET...
TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ is headed back to television

TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’ is headed back to television

TLC is bringing back its popular show “Trading Spaces” 10 years after it went off the air. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network announced it will bring the show back in an upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday. “I am excited to announce that TLC's most successful and most iconic series ... ‘Trading Spaces’ is coming back.” TLC’s ...
'Cash Me Outside' teen signs reality TV deal

'Cash Me Outside' teen signs reality TV deal

Danielle Bregoli is Hollywood-bound and it’s time to get your TV remotes ready.  The “Cash Me Outside” teen just signed a deal with a major production company, according to TMZ. Danielle, the Boynton Beach, Florida, native who just turned 14, will star in loosely formatted reality TV show. While nothing has been filmed yet, producers are confident that they can sell networks...
‘Power Rangers’ morphs from sullen teen melodrama to silly doughnut commercial

‘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...
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...
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...
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