Movies & TV


Director Kevin Smith says he'll donate future profits from Weinstein-backed films

To say that director Kevin Smith was upset by the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, with whom he shared a business relationship, is not quite enough. Days after the news broke Smith tweeted out a statement: “He financed the first 14 years of my career - and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed.” But Smith wasn’t...
‘Mark Felt’ a timely look at Watergate whistle-blower

‘Mark Felt’ a timely look at Watergate whistle-blower

There’s such a thing as sheer luck, and “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” benefits from it. It’s the story of a career FBI officer, the second in line behind J. Edgar Hoover, whose covert leaks to the Washington Post — as “Deep Throat” — led to the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency. Written and directed by Peter Landesman, this...
‘Only the Brave’ a gripping story of firefighting heroes

‘Only the Brave’ a gripping story of firefighting heroes

Wildland firefighting is a mysterious art: a delicate dance with a raging, unpredictable force. It’s bested only with a unique mastery of weather, fuel and wind to extinguish fire with fire itself. If our image of firefighting is a big red truck and a hose, “Only the Brave,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, tweaks that image, introducing audiences to a crew of yellow-shirted mountain...
Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday. “I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,&rdquo...
Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even. Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Ross told the station...
Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

In the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal, countless women across the world have stepped forward to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. Heather Ross, also known as Heather Robinson, is a television and movie industry vet who recently told a morning radio show in Tucson, Arizona, about an ugly run-in she had with an overly aggressive unnamed Oscar winner. Her story, however...
Documentary looks at iconic movie scene that made us scared of showers

Documentary looks at iconic movie scene that made us scared of showers

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a new title that has just started streaming. Video on Demand “78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene”: In this new documentary, Alexandre O. Philippe (“The People vs. George Lucas”) examines one of the most famous scenes in the history of cinema. Over the course of 91 minutes...
Former Austin broadcaster, lawmaker remembered for his talents, charm

Former Austin broadcaster, lawmaker remembered for his talents, charm

Marvin “Dan” Love, an Austin broadcasting pioneer and former city lawmaker, died Friday. He was 88. Love became a newscaster for KTBC-TV (also known as Fox 7 Austin) and later ran KHFI-TV (now known as KXAN) as its general manager from 1965 to 1974. He was elected to the Austin City Council in 1971 and re-elected in 1973, serving as mayor pro tem during both terms. He began his media career...
‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

Actress Kate Winslet has played many impressive roles through her long career, but there is one character that she would love to go back and play again. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that if were up to her, she would go back and play Clementine from her 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” in which she starred alongside Jim Carrey. Winslet said: “Actually...
Texas lawmaker, citing Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal, seeks to end Texas Film Commission

Texas lawmaker, citing Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal, seeks to end Texas Film Commission

  State Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, called Monday for an end to the taxpayer-funded Texas Film Commission amid the recent controversy surrounding Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.  “Over the past week, our nation has grown increasingly alarmed over allegations of rampant sexual abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and others in the motion picture and TV industry,&rdquo...
‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

A 58-year-old entrepreneur, who once appeared on the popular show “Shark Tank” to make his case for an app called “EmergenSee,” has been found dead in a Pennsylvania river, reportedly from a gunshot wound to the head. The body found floating in the Schuylkill River in University City, Pa., on Thursday has been identified as Philip Reitnour, an entrepreneur who notably...
George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney is categorically denying reports that he played a role in the blacklisting his former “ER” costar Vanessa Marquez for speaking out about harassment, according to US Weekly. “I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted,” Clooney said. “I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting...
Webb Report: A group of ‘King of the Hill’ fans celebrate the ‘bwaahh’

Webb Report: A group of ‘King of the Hill’ fans celebrate the ‘bwaahh’

Bwaahh! Any fan of Mike Judge’s animated “King of the Hill” knows that’s what Texas paterfamilias Hank Hill sounds like under stress of any kind. (Or however it is you spell “Bwaahh.”) For a gathering of fans in Dallas, that noise was a rallying cry Oct. 7. Organized through a Facebook event titled “Yell ‘Bwaahh’ like Hank Hill,” a group...
In depicting poverty, ‘The Florida Project’ bucks Hollywood trend

In depicting poverty, ‘The Florida Project’ bucks Hollywood trend

Some of the best movies in history have dealt with characters who were just barely scraping by — “Bicycle Thieves” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “Modern Times.” But filmmakers today tend to avert their eyes from the horrors of financial hardship. Superhero stories are just more photogenic. Sean Baker is one exception. He gravitates...

Evening news anchor Shannon Wolfson leaving KXAN

KXAN news anchor Shannon Wolfson will be leaving the city’s NBC affiliate later this year. Wolfson, who co-anchors with Robert Hadlock at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KXAN and at 9 p.m. on sister station KNVA, is set to depart in late November to focus more time on her family and to do some traveling. “If I were to continue in TV news, I’d be staying right here at KXAN,” Wolfson...
Some of TV’s greatest hits move from Netflix to Hulu

Some of TV’s greatest hits move from Netflix to Hulu

The auction for reruns of “This Is Us” began with the usual suspects. Streaming pioneer Netflix bid millions to offer NBC’s year-old hit, a multigenerational family drama. So did Amazon.com, the e-commerce giant with growing ambitions in online media. Yet the domestic streaming rights went to a newer buyer: Hulu, the rival service owned by four big media companies, including two...
Formulaic ‘Marshall’ doesn’t live up to its subject

Formulaic ‘Marshall’ doesn’t live up to its subject

Thurgood Marshall — the pioneering civil rights lawyer who argued Brown v. Board of Education and became the first African-American Supreme Court justice — deservedly receives the biopic treatment with “Marshall,” directed by Reginald Hudlin. Chadwick Boseman once again tackles a legendary figure of American history as Marshall (he also inhabited Jackie Robinson and James Brown)...
Best Texas books to read soon

Best Texas books to read soon

We pause during Austin festival season to read up on nature in a Texas national park, the career of a Texas script doctor, the third part of an Old West trilogy by a Texan, a urban Chicano tale from another Texan and breezy book on Texas ingenuity. “Nature Watch Big Bend.” Lynne Weber and Jim Weber. Texas A&M University Press. Oh, how have we needed this book forever!...
Jackie Chan gets his ‘Taken’ moment with ‘The Foreigner’

Jackie Chan gets his ‘Taken’ moment with ‘The Foreigner’

Legendary action star and martial arts maestro Jackie Chan gets his “Taken” moment with the terrorism thriller “The Foreigner,” written by David Marconi and directed by frequent Bond director Martin Campbell. Chan co-stars as a man seeking vengeance for the death of his daughter in a bloody London bombing. His counterpart is a grizzled former 007 himself, Pierce Brosnan, growling...
‘Florida Project’ a magnificent portrait of joyous, troubled childhood

‘Florida Project’ a magnificent portrait of joyous, troubled childhood

All childhoods must come to an end, few of them as piercingly as the one in “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s raw, exuberant and utterly captivating new movie. The child in question is a wild and irrepressible 6-year-old girl named Moonee, played by a startling discovery named Brooklynn Prince. Remember and cherish that name, not least for its playful suggestion of royalty: Moonee...
Is ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ the year’s sexiest film?

Is ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ the year’s sexiest film?

It is entirely possible that the season’s sexiest, yet not salacious, flick is about a World War II-era academic and his wife. And their mistress. And ropes. What with DC/Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” a runaway smash hit ($412 million domestic and counting), folks with more than a passing interest in the character’s real-life origin would do well to check out “Professor...
Movies in theaters, 10/13/17

Movies in theaters, 10/13/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” Grade: B+. Review page 32 “Marshall” Grade: C. Review page 36 “The Florida Project” Grade: A. Review page 33 “The Foreigner” Grade: C. Review page 37 “Happy Death Day” Grade: B. Review page 34 “Lucky” Grade: A-. Review page 35 “Barracuda” Grade: B-. Review page...
‘Happy Death Day’ is a smart take on horror genre

‘Happy Death Day’ is a smart take on horror genre

“Happy Death Day,” the story of a woman who’s caught in an endless loop of her own death, follows in the footsteps of “Get Out” by taking familiar elements from the horror genre but delivering the scares with more wit, wisdom and wonder. It starts with Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), a sorority sister in desperate need of some sensitivity training, waking up in a strange...
Familial deception at heart of Austin-based ‘Barracuda’

Familial deception at heart of Austin-based ‘Barracuda’

“Barracuda,” a thriller from Austin-based directors Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund that screened in March at South by Southwest, is built around the concept of people leading double lives. Wayne Klein had a wife and daughter at home in Texas but toured all over the world and enjoyed a few extracurricular activities along the way. Over the years he harbored a big secret that comes to...
Harry Dean Stanton gives a beautiful final star turn in ‘Lucky’

Harry Dean Stanton gives a beautiful final star turn in ‘Lucky’

Harry Dean Stanton died in September at age 91. This week sees the release of his new movie, “Lucky,” in which he plays a 90-year-old contemplating his own mortality. It’s a peculiar instance of life imitating art (or is it the other way around?) that feels less like a coincidence than the punchline to a bizarre, cosmic joke — as if fiction had posed some deep questions about...
Why did NBC News let its blockbuster Harvey Weinstein story get away?

Why did NBC News let its blockbuster Harvey Weinstein story get away?

For the second time in a year, NBC News has given away a major scoop to another news outlet. And just like the first time, the reasons for the network's hesitation are in dispute. Despite months of reporting, NBC declined to move ahead with reporter Ronan Farrow's blockbuster story involving harassment and rape allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Farrow wound up taking the story to...
Chip, Joanna Gaines reveal why they’re calling it quits on Fixer Upper

Chip, Joanna Gaines reveal why they’re calling it quits on Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines are ready to talk about why they decided to end their hit reality TV show “Fixer Upper.” The couple sat down with People for a new interview following the announcement that they were going to end the show after season 5. “We gave everything we had to this show, the beautiful homes and those sweet families, but this just felt like the right time...
Dang it, Bobby, did you go to this ‘King of the Hill’ impersonation contest?

Dang it, Bobby, did you go to this ‘King of the Hill’ impersonation contest?

Bwaahh! Any fan of Mike Judge’s animated “King of the Hill” knows that’s what Texas paterfamilias Hank Hill sounds like under stress of any kind. (Or however you spell “Bwaahh.”) For a gathering of fans in Dallas, it was a rallying cry Saturday. Organized through a Facebook event titled “Yell ‘Bwaahh’ like Hank Hill,” a group...
Rose McGowan asking fans to ‘go easy’ on Lindsay Lohan after Weinstein defense

Rose McGowan asking fans to ‘go easy’ on Lindsay Lohan after Weinstein defense

Actress Lindsay Lohan faced a social media backlash after defending Harvey Weinstein amid the continuing sexual assault allegations against him, but in a surprising show of support, Rose McGowan asked people to ‘go easy’ on Lohan. McGowan is one of more than a dozen women who have come forward to tell their stories about sexual assault and rape allegations against the the powerful...
Rose McGowan calls out Ben Affleck for his Harvey Weinstein statement: ‘You lie’

Rose McGowan calls out Ben Affleck for his Harvey Weinstein statement: ‘You lie’

Rose McGowan did not accept Ben Affleck's statement about Harvey Weinstein, calling it a "lie" in a dramatic Twitter exchange on Tuesday. Affleck expressed anger and sadness about Weinstein, the studio head who gave him a start in “Good Will Hunting”.  Affleck said accounts of Weinstein's mistreatment of women he read in The New Yorker ...
The secret origin of ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’

The secret origin of ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’

A secret origin: Eight years or so ago, a film and television writer/director and comics fan named Angela Robinson received as a gift writer Les Daniels’ book “Wonder Woman: The Complete History.” She started reading about an academic, inventor, advice columnist and comic book writer named William Moulton Marston, the gentleman who invented Wonder Woman and wrote her earliest adventures...
Jolie, Paltrow join women who publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct

Jolie, Paltrow join women who publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct

More and more women are saying that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow on Tuesday published the result of a 10-month investigation that included several women going on the record to allege that Weinstein, a Hollywood power player who could make-or-break careers, made unwanted advances, and in some cases, raped them. Soon after, the New York...
‘Mother!’ director Darren Aronofsky added as SXSW Film keynote

‘Mother!’ director Darren Aronofsky added as SXSW Film keynote

“Mother!” director Darren Aronofsky is the latest film-track keynote speaker for the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will take place  March 9-18, 2018. "A provocative, and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” SXSW Film director Janet Pierson said Tuesday. “He’s been...
You can now see Malick’s ode to Austin on Prime — but do you want to?

You can now see Malick’s ode to Austin on Prime — but do you want to?

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available on streaming services. Video on Demand “Walking Out”: Cal (Matt Bomer, “Magic Mike XXL”) is a divorced father who lives in Montana. His son David (Josh Wiggins, “Hellion”) is 14 and flies in to visit for an annual...
Winona Ryder says she was bullied, called a ‘witch’ after starring in ‘Beetlejuice’

Winona Ryder says she was bullied, called a ‘witch’ after starring in ‘Beetlejuice’

Actress Winona Ryder says she was bullied after starring in the Tim Burton’s classic 80s film “Beetlejuice.” In a new interview with Marie Claire U.K., Ryder said her peers called her a “witch,” after her goth turn in the popular film. “I remember thinking, ‘Ooh, it’s, like, the number-one movie. This is going to make things great at school,'&rdquo...
Meryl Streep slams Harvey Weinstein, calling sexual assault allegations ‘disgraceful’

Meryl Streep slams Harvey Weinstein, calling sexual assault allegations ‘disgraceful’

Actress Meryl Streep is speaking out about sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The actress slammed Weinstein in a statement to the Huffington Post on Monday. “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” she told the publication. &ldquo...
‘Fast & Furious’ feud erupts again between the ‘Rock’ and co-stars

‘Fast & Furious’ feud erupts again between the ‘Rock’ and co-stars

The ninth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise was set for release in April of 2019, but production has been pushed back for unspecified reasons — and it looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s co-stars think it’s all his fault. “Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making...
Tyrese declares war on The Rock over ‘Fast and Furious 9’ in new Instagram post

Tyrese declares war on The Rock over ‘Fast and Furious 9’ in new Instagram post

All is not well in the family. Tyrese Gibson continues to hammer Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, accusing the star of holding up production on the forthcoming ninth installation of the gearhead franchise. The actor's outbursts have stemmed from rumors of a spinoff focusing on Johnson’s “Fast”character, Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs.  ...
‘My Little Pony’ movie best left for established fans

‘My Little Pony’ movie best left for established fans

The streets of pony wonderland Equestria are oddly poop-free and almost impossibly festive. But as we’ve learned in “Trolls,” the “Smurfs” franchise and “The Three Amigos,” there is bound to be conflict when you build a society where there is no defense spending and 98 percent of your budget goes to party planning. “My Little Pony: The Movie” creates...
‘Dolores’ is a stirring portrait of a social justice pioneer

‘Dolores’ is a stirring portrait of a social justice pioneer

It’s tempting to frame the career of social justice pioneer Dolores Huerta in the context of her partnership with Cesar Chavez, with whom she founded the United Farm Workers of America. Tempting, but wrong, as argued in “Dolores,” a new documentary that spotlights her central role, outside of the labor leader’s shadow, in the fight for workers’ rights. Despite a life...
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba get lost in ‘The Mountain Between Us’

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba get lost in ‘The Mountain Between Us’

Survival romance “The Mountain Between Us” seems straightforward enough — a couple of strangers are bonded forever when they endure a harrowing ordeal after their charter plane crashes on a mountain in Utah. It’s “Alive,” without the cannibalism, and a lot more romance. But as the film progresses, it becomes clear that the romantic fantasy tendencies hijack this...
Movies in theaters, 10/6/17

Movies in theaters, 10/6/17

OPENING FRIDAY “Blade Runner 2049” Grade: A-. Review page 39 “The Mountain Between Us” Grade: C. Review page 40 “My Little Pony: The Movie” Grade: C-. Review page 42 “Dolores” Grade: A-. Review page 41 NOW PLAYING “American Assassin.” D. R. 111 minutes. A Cold War veteran takes CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp under his wing, and they end...
Future Perfect: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is the sequel you were hoping for

Future Perfect: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is the sequel you were hoping for

To be a decent sequel is to obey an unspoken Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm (to the existing motion picture). Sequels that do this well become almost mythical: “The Godfather Part II,” “Star Trek II,” “Toy Story 2,” the almighty “Empire Strikes Back.” They expand the previous film’s universe without cheapening what’s come before. And...
‘The Gifted’ is an ‘X-Men’ show with no X-Men, but it still works

‘The Gifted’ is an ‘X-Men’ show with no X-Men, but it still works

Being gifted is all about showing potential. That’s something Fox’s new “X-Men” series has plenty of. “The Gifted” (which debuted Monday at 8 p.m.) is an X-Men show with no X-Men; the series doesn’t connect to the long-standing and lightly rebooted movie universe. Instead, producers say it takes place in an alternate reality in which the X-Men did exist but...
Ryan Gosling, director Denis Villeneuve talk risks of sci-fi sequel

Ryan Gosling, director Denis Villeneuve talk risks of sci-fi sequel

For more than a year, “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve and star Ryan Gosling have been working under the cover of CIA-level stealthiness. On the film’s Budapest set, copies of the script for the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi neo-noir classic were held so closely — literally locked away in safes when not in use — that many crew members...
Three very different looks at couples on VOD and streaming this week

Three very different looks at couples on VOD and streaming this week

Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available on streaming services this week. Video on Demand “Band Aid”: Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally) are a young married couple who find themselves really struggling with their relationship. No matter what happens, they can&rsquo...
‘Empire’ actress Rumer Willis sets the record straight about her sobriety

‘Empire’ actress Rumer Willis sets the record straight about her sobriety

Rumer Willis wants to make it clear she does not have a substance abuse issue. The 29-year-old actress and daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore posted on Instagram in July that she had been sober for six months. In the post, she wrote, “I wanted to share this because I am really proud of myself. Yesterday I celebrated 6 Months of Sobriety. It’s not something I planned on but after...
‘American Made’ fails to beat ‘It,’ tying with ‘Kingsman’ for No. 2

‘American Made’ fails to beat ‘It,’ tying with ‘Kingsman’ for No. 2

New Line Cinema’s “It,” now in its fourth week, returned to the top spot at the box office after temporarily being unseated by 20th Century Fox’s spy sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” Despite a 42 percent drop in earnings this week, the $35 million film, now the biggest September release ever (not adjusting for inflation), brought in $17.3 million for a cumulative...
The second ‘Black Panther’ trailer is here and this movie cannot open soon enough

The second ‘Black Panther’ trailer is here and this movie cannot open soon enough

I mean, LOOK AT THIS THING. A couple of things: 1. Music supervision for Marvel trailers has STEPPED UP. Hearing Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” at the top of the first “Thor: Ragnarok” trailer was tremendous. Hearing Run the Jewels’ “Legend Has It” woven into the first “Black Panther” trailer was just as fierce. Here, we get some Vince Staples...
A handful of hep Hammer horror movies for Halloween

A handful of hep Hammer horror movies for Halloween

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the British film studio Hammer Films made some of the best horror pictures in the Western world. With over the top scripts, lush gothic colors and beautiful women, Hammer horror influenced everygenre from sci-fi (George Lucas would not have cast Peter Cushing as the Grand Moff Tarkin without the latter’s run in dozens of Hammer flicks) to fashion (a whole lot of...
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ tickets go on sale today

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ tickets go on sale today

Disney announced Sunday that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” tickets would go on sale sometime Monday after the new trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel screens during halftime of the“Monday Night Football” game between the Minnesota Vikings (2-2) and Chicago Bears (1-3) in Chicago. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. CDT. The exact time tickets go on sale was not specified, so keep...
Alamo Drafthouse severs ties with Fantastic Fest co-founder Harry Knowles

Alamo Drafthouse severs ties with Fantastic Fest co-founder Harry Knowles

The Alamo Drafthouse has “severed all ties” with Fantastic Fest co-founder and Ain’t It Cool News founder/editor Harry Knowles following allegations of sexual misconduct, according to an email Drafthouse founder Tim League sent the night of Sept. 25 to Fantastic Fest attendees. This comes as the Drafthouse continues to deal with fallout after it was revealed on Sept. 11 that Devin...
Long-lost Ed Wood film causes controversy at Fantastic Fest

Long-lost Ed Wood film causes controversy at Fantastic Fest

Controversy erupted yet again during Fantastic Fest on Sunday over the secret screening from the Drafthouse-associated American Genre Film Archive. Festgoers who chose to attend the secret screening over other films showing at that time had no idea they were about to see a long-lost Ed Wood film called “Take It Out in Trade,” which, depending on who you talk to, is either a nudie/sexploitation...
A concert and a movie: Austin Symphony to return with “Harry Potter” score

A concert and a movie: Austin Symphony to return with “Harry Potter” score

Well, bloody hell: Even if you missed this weekend’s Austin Symphony Orchestra concert featuring the score and the movie of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” you have another chance for the wizarding universe to come alive on stage. The second installment in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” will get the same treatment next...
Tim League says, contrary to tweet, he is not stepping down from Alamo Drafthouse

Tim League says, contrary to tweet, he is not stepping down from Alamo Drafthouse

Friday afternoon, in the middle of the Alamo Drafthouse’s signature event Fantastic Fest, the following appeared on Twitter, posted by Sean Atkins, whose Twitter bio says he is a film/TV critic at a Canadian entertainment website. The tweet has since been deleted, but about an hour later, Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League responded on Twitter: This follows a good 11 days of drama surrounding...
Wilson from ‘Cast Away’ has popped up at a South Austin intersection

Wilson from ‘Cast Away’ has popped up at a South Austin intersection

If you’re in South Austin, you may want to consider making a stop at the corner of Alpine Road and Wilson Street. A clever Austinite, who may have watched “Cast Away” one too many times, duct taped a Wilson look-alike volleyball to the intersection’s street sign.   <div></div><br><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="...
Ain’t It Cool News is no longer a sponsor of Fantastic Fest

Ain’t It Cool News is no longer a sponsor of Fantastic Fest

IndieWire reported Thursday that Harry Knowles and his outfit Ain’t It Cool News were no longer involved with this year’s Fantastic Fest and AICN was no longer listed as a fest sponsor. Fans noticed Wednesday that the site’s logo was no longer on the fest website. Knowles told IndieWire that “his decision was partly motivated by accusations about his own activity. ‘There...
Anna ‘Unqualified’ Faris is coming to Austin on her book tour

Anna ‘Unqualified’ Faris is coming to Austin on her book tour

Anna Faris is coming to Austin as part of her book tour for her “Unqualified,” her new memoir spun off from her podcast “Anna Faris is Unqualified.” To promote said item, Faris will be at the Alamo Drafthouse for a live Q&A Oct. 25 after a screening of Faris’s totally great 2008 comedy “The House Bunny.”  A signed copy of the book is included with the...
Real-life clowns showed up to ‘It’ screenings and it was totally terrifying

Real-life clowns showed up to ‘It’ screenings and it was totally terrifying

The horror movie “It,” adapted from Stephen King’s 1986 novel, broke box office records last weekend. But regular movie goers weren’t the only people streaming into the theaters to catch the film.  People, donned in full clown costumes, appeared at several movie theaters to watch the flick.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
UPDATE: Devin Faraci is no longer employed at Alamo Drafthouse

UPDATE: Devin Faraci is no longer employed at Alamo Drafthouse

Devin Faraci is no longer employed by the Alamo Drafthouse, Drafthouse owner Tim League said in a letter that was sent to Drafthouse employees Wednesday evening and posted on his Facebook page. “Hello everyone,  Faraci’s resignation comes after it came to light earlier this week that Faraci has been writing for the Drafthouse for some time.  Several promotional blurbs with...
Less than a year after assault allegations, Devin Faraci is writing again for the Alamo Drafthouse 

Less than a year after assault allegations, Devin Faraci is writing again for the Alamo Drafthouse 

UPDATE 1:22 p.m: Faraci’s blurbs for Fantastic Fest 2017 have been removed from the Fantastic Fest site and replaced with those of another writer.  Additionally, FF director of international programming Todd Brown has resigned from Fantastic Fest upon learning Faraci was contributing to the site.  “Despite over a decade of work as the director of international programming at...
Georgie from ‘It’ tells you not to talk at the Alamo Drafthouse ... or else

Georgie from ‘It’ tells you not to talk at the Alamo Drafthouse ... or else

If there is one thing the Alamo Drafthouse is known for the nation over, it is their “don’t talk during the movie” promos.  Everyone from Ann Richards to Peter Bogdanovich has cut one.  And now young Georgie from “It” has filmed one. In his Georgie outfit. From the movie “It.” Cute or terrifying? Both? You be the judge. Having made $123 million over...
Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Atlanta food guru Alton Brown is bringing a revamped version of his “Good Eats” show back to the Food Network in 2018. “We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back,” Brown told a cheering, standing-room-only Dragon Con audience in downtown Atlanta on Sunday. “We’re getting the band back together!” He dubbed it “Return of the Eats.”...
Alexander Panye’s ‘Downsizing’ to close Fantastic Fest

Alexander Panye’s ‘Downsizing’ to close Fantastic Fest

“Election” director Alexander Payne’s "Downsizing” will close the 2017 Fantastic Fest. The festival announced its final wave of films Tuesday afternoon. Look for a mess of world premieres including: * Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts,” the sequel to Hetzfeldt’s brilliant 2015 short film &ldquo...
Who were this summer movie season’s winners and losers?

Who were this summer movie season’s winners and losers?

As the summer movie season draws to a close, we take a look at who did well and who didn’t, who will have sequels and who will get cut off (if not sent to movie jail for a spell), which were the sleeper hits and which were the megabombs. If we the people continue to see these things at the rate we seem to be seeing them, we will be watching superhero movies until the sun cools.   The...
EXCLUSIVE: Check out the Xetas tour film ‘There is No Exit Here’

EXCLUSIVE: Check out the Xetas tour film ‘There is No Exit Here’

Huzzah, we say! Here is the exclusive (until someone lifts the link it because this is the Internet) premier of “There Is No Exit Here,” a 62-minute film directed by Xetas’ Kana Harris about, well, Xetas. I mean, man -- between Xetas, SuperThief, the Cherubs reunion that is like nine times better than it has any right to be, USA/Mexico (also on 12XU) and Borzoi (I know I am...
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky: Five movies featuring a good, solid eclipse

I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky: Five movies featuring a good, solid eclipse

Since Man started looking up at the sky many thousands of years ago, eclipses have freaked us out.  For a very long time, people gazed at the sun and moon lining up in the middle of the day and said, “Aw HELL NO. That CANNOT be a good sign.” We are smarter now (more or less) but eclipses still hold a level of fascination. As we await the last total solar eclipse of our lifetimes...
Longhorn ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay plans to take her new fiancé to the Texas-OU game

Longhorn ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay plans to take her new fiancé to the Texas-OU game

It’s practically a rite of passage when you’re in a relationship with a Longhorn.  Dallas native and University of Texas grad Rachel Lindsay, whose engagement to 37-year-old Bryan Abasolo was unveiled on the season finale of “The Bachelorette” on Monday night, will be putting her relationship to the test this fall by taking her new beau to the State Fair of Texas...
Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Update: Citing sources familiar with the HBO hack, The Verge reported that a leaked copy of episode four of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” came from one of the network’s distribution partners and not from hackers who targeted the company last month. “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the...
Alright, alright, alright: 11 great Matthew McConaughey performances, ranked

Alright, alright, alright: 11 great Matthew McConaughey performances, ranked

What with “The Dark Tower” opening and Austin favorite son Matthew McConaughey starring in it (and dressed exactly like he just stepped out of one of his Lincoln ads), we’re taking a look back at some McConaperfomances and putting them into a McConaranking. Here we go. I am sure your favorite isn’t on here, especially if your favorite is “Interstellar.” (Note: several...
WATCH: McConaughey shares new catch phrases over bourbon with Stephen Colbert

WATCH: McConaughey shares new catch phrases over bourbon with Stephen Colbert

The prince of Austin Matthew McConaughey joined CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert on the couch Monday night ostensibly to publicize his role as the Man in Black in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Dark Tower.” But McConaughey also continued to shamelessly plug Wild Turkey as the Kentucky bourbon maker’s “creative...
Matthew McConaughey talks about how he named his son Matthew without naming him Matthew 

Matthew McConaughey talks about how he named his son Matthew without naming him Matthew 

One of the wonderful things about Matthew McConaughey press tours is that we learn so much.  Recall when he talked about his father buying a hot watch when he was promoting “Gold” and where his hair for that movie came from. Over on “Good Morning America,” our hero revealed that his eldest son, Levi, 9, is named for the actor’s favorite Bible verse, Matthew...
Sam Shepard is the coolest honorary Texan of all time

Sam Shepard is the coolest honorary Texan of all time

If there is such a thing as the ultimate honorary Texan, well, we could all do a lot worse than Sam Shepard. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright,  Oscar-nominated actor, author and embodiment of a singular kind of American Western intellectual masculinity has died at the age of 73 from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Seriously, every MFA program...
'Game of Thrones' script appears online after hackers target HBO: reports

'Game of Thrones' script appears online after hackers target HBO: reports

Hackers have targeted HBO in a major cyberattack, stealing unaired episodes from a variety of shows and leaking at least one alleged script from the popular fantasy show “Game of Thrones,” according to multiple reports. In a statement released Monday, network officials confirmed that “proprietary information” was compromised in a cyberattack. “We immediately began investigating...
Here are the best bad reviews of ‘The Emoji Movie’

Here are the best bad reviews of ‘The Emoji Movie’

So “The Emoji Movie,” an animated feature film starring the voice talent of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Farris, Maya Rudolph and others of presumably sound mind, opens today. And it is getting SLAUGHTERED. It is currently holding a legit stunning 0 percent over at reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.  Yes, zero. Zilch, nada, zip.  “A big (expletive) doughnut hole,&rdquo...
Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' revival

Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' revival

It’s official: Ryan Seacrest will return to “American Idol” to serve as host for ABC’s reboot of the singing competition. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday morning’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” “We’ve been talking about it for a little while but I am happy to confirm … with absolute confirmation that Ryan Seacrest is...
Chip Gaines rocked a man bun and people are loving it

Chip Gaines rocked a man bun and people are loving it

It’s been a somewhat rocky year for the Gaines family -- the “Fixer Upper” stars caught backlash from a Buzzfeed story about the couple’s Waco church’s anti-LGBTQ views, and Chip Gaines was accused of fraud and sued by his former business partners. But that’s not stopping HGTV’s first family from staying positive, loving life and taking...
Stuntman injured on 'The Walking Dead' set declared dead

Stuntman injured on 'The Walking Dead' set declared dead

A stuntman seriously injured on the set of AMC hit “The Walking Dead” has been declared dead. Richard Hawk, coroner for Coweta County, Georgia, confirmed to WSBTV.com that John Bernecker died Wednesday. Bernecker had been seriously injured in a fall and was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital. “They were doing a stunt and something went wrong,” Hawk told...
'America's Got Talent' pays tribute to contestant killed in crash, share posthumous audition

'America's Got Talent' pays tribute to contestant killed in crash, share posthumous audition

Television talent contest “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday shared the audition of a Virginia doctor who blew away the judges but died in a car crash before his tryout could air. Dr. Brandon Rogers, 29, was killed June 11 in a car crash in Maryland, just weeks before his performance was scheduled to air. “At the request of his family, we would like to honor his memory by sharing...
How to throw an epic ‘Game of Thrones’ watch party this season

How to throw an epic ‘Game of Thrones’ watch party this season

Season 7 of ‘Game of Thrones’ starts Sunday, and if you’re not planning on going to one of these watch parties in town, you may want to throw your own watch party at home. We’ve gathered some suggestions for how to throw the perfect ‘Thrones’ party, no matter how good (or bad) you are at Pinterest DIYs. Impress your friends (or maybe just make them giggle)...
Winter is here: Where to celebrate ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 in Austin

Winter is here: Where to celebrate ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 in Austin

Winter is no longer coming, it has arrived: The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” premieres on July 16, and there are a number of ways to celebrate its return. Watch the premiere on a 25-foot screen at The North Door. The North Door’s watch parties are the most famous in Austin, and they’re back for another year. Each week to follow, they’ll be showing...
Patrick Dempsey really loves this Texas restaurant’s pie — and no, he’s not moving to New Braunfels

Patrick Dempsey really loves this Texas restaurant’s pie — and no, he’s not moving to New Braunfels

Patrick Dempsey, a.k.a. McDreamy of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame, reportedly bought a home on Lake Jacksonville several years ago, and he’s been splitting his time between Texas and California ever since. And he’s not immune to Texas’ charms: He’s fallen in love with a little restaurant in Jacksonville called Sadler’s Kitchen. In particular, he’s fallen...
Who is the best live-action Spider-Man of all time?

Who is the best live-action Spider-Man of all time?

 So far a mere five actors have played live-action versions of Spider-Man.  Some are good, some are bad, some are just kind of there. Here they are, in ascending order of awesomeness.   The virtually anonymous actor who played Spidey as a silently spelling superhero on "The Electric Company” skits “Spidey Super Stories.” (Man, that’s a lot of alliteration...
Watch: Teens sucked into video game in 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' trailer

Watch: Teens sucked into video game in 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' trailer

More than 20 years after audiences watched a hairy Robin Williams emerge from an enchanted board game, Jumanji is back. Sony Pictures on Thursday morning released a new trailer for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The film follows the adventures of four high school students who are sucked into the tropical world of Jumanji after they find an old video game console while cleaning out their...
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is the best Spidey film in years

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is the best Spidey film in years

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” rules. Here are 12 take-aways.  1. No, really, this is the best Spider-Man movie in years, possibly since the first two, “Spider-Man” (2002) and “Spider-Man 2” (and I say that as someone who always thought Tobey Maguire was a little overrated and that Andrew Garfield was a little underrated). 2. Tom Holland, on the other hand,...
If Texas were a Hogwarts house, it would be Slytherin

If Texas were a Hogwarts house, it would be Slytherin

Hey, TIME Magazine said it, not us. For the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter novel, TIME worked with the Cambridge University Department of Psychology to create its own Sorting Hat quiz (though there’s no competing with the O.G. quiz on Pottermore, created by Queen J.K. Rowling herself). Since Monday’s anniversary, nearly 330,000 people have taken the quiz...
Movies set in Texas: 10 of the most important since 2001

Movies set in Texas: 10 of the most important since 2001

Inspired by The New York Times’ recent power-rankings of the greatest films of the 21st century so far (which included one of Texas’ own great filmmakers), we decided to look at the most important Texas-set films of the 21st century. Now, these are films that are set  in Texas, not necessarily ...
The Alamo Drafthouse is turning 20 and it is here to party

The Alamo Drafthouse is turning 20 and it is here to party

  It was 20 years ago today (OK, not actually today) that Tim and Karrie League  opened the first Alamo Drafthouse on Colorado St. Over the next two decades, the Alamo Drafthouse rewrote the rules for movie-going.  There had been Drafthouse-style movie theaters before but none with the Leagues’ mix of good food, clever booze, enthusiastic cinephilia, canny genre bookings and a...
Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with the Round Rock Express

Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with the Round Rock Express

Harry Potter and baseball: it may not sound like a winning combination (although in my humble opinion, anything combined with Harry Potter sounds great) but when a game falls on the wizard’s birthday, well, you run with it. The Round Rock Express is celebrating the 37th birthday of The Boy Who Lived on Monday, July 31 with Harry Potter Night featuring pre-game Quidditch on the field, Hogwarts...
13 things to keep in mind when thinking about the Han Solo movie controversy

13 things to keep in mind when thinking about the Han Solo movie controversy

The Disney-firing-the-directors-of-the-Han-Solo-movie story just keeps chugging along. In sum: Several outlets reported on Tuesday that Disney had fired (yes, fired) directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie”) off of the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie.  On Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Ron Howard, one of the most well-respected mainstream...
San Antonio radio station hosts ‘men-only’ movie screening in response to ‘Wonder Woman’ screenings

San Antonio radio station hosts ‘men-only’ movie screening in response to ‘Wonder Woman’ screenings

After Alamo Drafthouse announced “women-only” screenings of the recently released “Wonder Woman” movie, the theater chain gained national attention. Some praised the theater for its decision to send a message of female empowerment, while others — including a New York attorney who filed a complaint with the City of Austin — claimed the screenings...
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is generating some of the summer’s most savage reviews

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is generating some of the summer’s most savage reviews

Head over to Rotten Tomatoes. You might notice the reviews for “Transformers: The Last Knight” are in. And they are BRUTAL. Currently clocking a jaw-dropping 15% on RT, “The Last Knight” is very easily one of the year’s most critically maligned films, and the reviews for it are hilariously nuts. To wit: From the Village Voice: “After all is a Transformers movie...
Kirsten Dunst really loves the Alamo Drafthouse and fried pickles

Kirsten Dunst really loves the Alamo Drafthouse and fried pickles

Kirsten Dunst may not be from Texas, but we may as well make her an honorary Texan.  She’s reportedly engaged to Texas actor (and her “Fargo” costar) Jesse Plemons, who was honored at this year’s Texas Film Awards. But she also really loves another Texas staple: the Alamo Drafthouse. On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” she told Fallon that...
Beat the heat with the Austin summer movie guide

Beat the heat with the Austin summer movie guide

The heat is officially here, so let us celebrate the one thing that unites all Americans during the punishing summer: Seeing movies with air conditioning (or outside after the sun goes down).   Here we go: Looking for the new, new thing? Here are 40 movies opening this summer. Celebrate the brand new beauty that is the Austin Film Society Cinema. Their current slate ...
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