Movies & TV


Six more Asian stories that Hollywood should turn into movies

We hear the expression “representation matters” all the time, and it’s still worth repeating. As a Korean-American, I grew up yearning to see actors who looked like me. On the rare occasions I saw an Asian celebrity, I adored them unflaggingly. Still, I can count those figures on one hand: champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, the yellow Power Ranger, Lucy Liu in the 2000 movie...
‘Blaze’ is a terrific portrait of the artist as a poetic screwup

‘Blaze’ is a terrific portrait of the artist as a poetic screwup

Let the word go forth from this time and place: Ethan Hawke, director of the excellent Blaze Foley biopic “Blaze,” is apparently extremely good at getting stunning performances out of non-actors. Ben Dickey, a 40-year-old musician from Arkansas, has been feted at Sundance and South by Southwest for his performance as Foley in “Blaze,” but nothing quite prepares you for seeing...
Movies in theaters, 8/17/18

Movies in theaters, 8/17/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “Crazy Rich Asians” Grade: B. Review page 25 “Blaze” Grade: B+. Review page 24 “Alpha” Grade: C. Review page 26 “McQueen” Grade: B+. Review page 27 NOT REVIEWED “Mile 22.” R. 95 minutes. CIA operative James Silva is the leader of a small but lethal tactical command team on a dangerous mission transporting a foreign intelligence...
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ an uneven but vital milestone

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ an uneven but vital milestone

Before it whisks you off on the sunniest, most extravagant Singaporean holiday imaginable, “Crazy Rich Asians” begins on a curiously dark and stormy night. When Eleanor Young (a mesmerizing Michelle Yeoh) arrives dripping wet at an exclusive London hotel, the snob at the front desk declines her booking and advises her to stay elsewhere (“May I suggest Chinatown?”). He&rsquo...
‘Alpha’ is simple but will melt any dog-lover’s heart

‘Alpha’ is simple but will melt any dog-lover’s heart

You know Sheila the She-Wolf from “Glow” on Netflix? “Alpha” would be her favorite movie. She’d watch it every day on a VHS tape, memorizing each line of Cro-Magnon dialogue, fashioning her costumes in tribute to the fur-trimmed Hot Topic looks sported by the characters, adopting a Czech wolf dog like the one in the movie. It’s sweet, really, to imagine the kind...
McQueen documentary is the best of many fashion movies this year

McQueen documentary is the best of many fashion movies this year

There are two Alexander McQueens in “McQueen,” the fascinating documentary portrait of the acclaimed fashion designer, who committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40. One is the eternally boyish McQueen we see on-screen, in both archival footage of media interviews and behind-the-scenes glimpses of his creative process. That McQueen — “Lee,” as this product of London&rsquo...
‘The Meg’ takes big bite out of box office

‘The Meg’ takes big bite out of box office

Warner Bros.’ over-the-top sci-fi thriller “The Meg” took an unexpectedly massive chomp out of the North American box office over the weekend with $44.5 million in ticket sales, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore. The PG-13 film, about a giant prehistoric shark that terrorizes beachgoers, more than doubled analysts’ projections of $18 million to $22 million...
Fall TV: Julia Roberts, reboots and efforts at diversity

Fall TV: Julia Roberts, reboots and efforts at diversity

What’s the television industry’s top summer destination? A hotel in which 200-plus U.S. and Canadian entertainment reporters and critics gather for an early look at next season’s shows and the chance to question the actors, writers and producers who create them. The Television Critics Association’s just-ended biannual conference was both a micro look at programming and a macro...
How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ could help change stereotypes about Asian men

How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ could help change stereotypes about Asian men

This week, the highly-anticipated “Crazy Rich Asians” movie will hit theaters. The film, based on a novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, has generated widespread excitement, particularly among Asian-Americans. It’s the first Hollywood studio film in 25 years to feature Asian-Americans in leading roles (the earlier movie was “The Joy Luck Club.”) It has an all-Asian cast...
New Oscars category sets up cynical tug-of-war between art, commerce

New Oscars category sets up cynical tug-of-war between art, commerce

Well, as the kids say these days, that escalated quickly. When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its decision to add an award for best popular film on Wednesday, the predictable howls went up throughout the Film Twitterverse. The best hot take might have come from Rob Lowe, who called the new category “the worst idea the Academy has had since they asked me to sing with...
Actress Jennifer Garner, daughter rescued from shipping channel while kayaking in Sweden

Actress Jennifer Garner, daughter rescued from shipping channel while kayaking in Sweden

Actress Jennifer Garner took to Instagram this week to poke fun at herself after she got lost while kayaking in Sweden. >> Read more trending news  Garner and her 12-year-old daughter, Violet, took to the waters while vacationing in Stockholm when something went wrong. Garner admitted they ended up in a shipping lane and had to be rescued. “On a pre-middle-school sneak away with my...
Texas history museum names new director you might know

Texas history museum names new director you might know

You might already know the newly appointed director of the  Bullock Texas State History Museum. That’s because hyper-competent  Margaret Koch has already twice served as the museum’s interim director as well as its director of exhibits and deputy director. The Bullock Texas State History Museum names Margaret Koch as director. Contributed Koch previously...
A Guy Fieri ‘convention’ is coming to paint Austin in donkey sauce

A Guy Fieri ‘convention’ is coming to paint Austin in donkey sauce

The world will eventually come to end. When the ground beneath our feet has turned to ash the color of lead, and when poisoned air grasps at our throats with its choking skeleton grip, will you be able to remember a town that once bloomed with flavor? You might, as there is a Guy Fieri convention coming to Austin this fall. That’s according to Do512, where a posted event called &ldquo...
Oscars new popular film category meant to boost ratings, deny ‘Black Panther’ ‘best picture’ nod, critics say

Oscars new popular film category meant to boost ratings, deny ‘Black Panther’ ‘best picture’ nod, critics say

Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards, including the addition of a popular film award category and the promise of a shorter ceremony in an effort to combat declining viewership and criticisms that the awards are out of touch with the mainstream. But the Wednesday morning announcement was also met with immediate backlash online, raising questions about what the new category would mean for a...
Pups rescue mishmash of stories in ‘Dog Days’

Pups rescue mishmash of stories in ‘Dog Days’

“Dog Days,” an omnibus comedy about the unique ability of dogs to connect us to others and ourselves, is the kind of mildly amusing, pandering film that shows up in movie theaters at random times throughout the year when nothing else notable is playing and people are willing to watch just about anything. Yet it still achieves some moments of genuine sweetness. It’s a film about dogs...
Movies in theaters, 8/10/18

Movies in theaters, 8/10/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “The Meg” Grade: B. Review page 19 “Dog Days” Grade: C-. Review page 20 “BlacKkKlansman” Grade: B+. Review page 18 NOT REVIEWED “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Not rated. 91 minutes. In 1993, a young girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her guardians. Alamo South. “Never Goin’ Back.” R. 86 minutes...
It’s Statham vs. shark, and you’re gonna need a bigger popcorn

It’s Statham vs. shark, and you’re gonna need a bigger popcorn

It’s as true in 2018 as it was in 1975: There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than a movie about a really, really big shark. From “Jaws” to “The Shallows,” moviegoers have been gobbling up flicks about treacherous fish for decades, and it’s time to meet our newest finned foe: “The Meg.” It’s the nickname for the megalodon, a prehistoric...
‘BlacKkKlansman’ is Spike Lee’s best, and most necessary, movie in years

‘BlacKkKlansman’ is Spike Lee’s best, and most necessary, movie in years

Among Spike Lee’s prodigious filmmaking talents, opening sequences are perhaps his most distinctive. He creates ambitious, operatic overtures for his films, mini-movies that introduce viewers to the stories and themes they’re about to encounter, as well as plunge them into the precise kind of dream-state necessary to best appreciate what’s to come. The introductory sequence to &ldquo...
Model Nyle DiMarco was at Barton Springs Pool, and he’s a great diver

Model Nyle DiMarco was at Barton Springs Pool, and he’s a great diver

There are a few ways you might know Nyle DiMarco. He was the second male winner and first Deaf winner of “America’s Next Top Model.” He won the 22nd season of “Dancing With the Stars.” He’s appeared in roles on TV shows like “Switched at Birth” and “Difficult People.” He’s an activist for the Deaf community. He&rsquo...
INSIGHT: Why Alex Jones, or someone like him, will be back

INSIGHT: Why Alex Jones, or someone like him, will be back

Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and promoting fringe ideas have been with us since the invention of American broadcasting. First on radio, then on television, the American audience has consistently proven eager to consume the rants of angry and bitter men. Before Alex Jones and InfoWars, there was Glenn Beck. A decade ago, Beck was hawking his conspiracy theories on HLN and...
Spike Lee just wants America to achieve greatness, period

Spike Lee just wants America to achieve greatness, period

Spike Lee has been opining for a few minutes now: Isn’t it ludicrous that people call football players unworthy of living in this country for kneeling during the national anthem, he says, when the first American who died during the Revolutionary War was a black man? “So nobody can tell black people … about going somewhere else,” he concludes. “Along with the genocide...
All the Harry Potter movies are coming back to theaters for one week. Here’s where to see them in Austin

All the Harry Potter movies are coming back to theaters for one week. Here’s where to see them in Austin

All eight Harry Potter films, plus the first installment of the “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” spinoff series, are coming back to theaters -- but there’s only one place you can watch them in the Austin area. Cinemark 20 and XD (formerly Tinseltown) in Pflugerville is the only Central Texas theater hosting Cinemark’s “Wizarding World XD” week...
Singer Tamar Braxton said she was ‘targeted’ after confrontation with Delta pilot

Singer Tamar Braxton said she was ‘targeted’ after confrontation with Delta pilot

Singer Tamar Braxton is speaking out for the first time about an “unfortunate” exchange she said she had with a Delta Air Lines employee earlier this year. >> Read more trending news  During an interview with TMZ, the singer discussed her interaction with a pilot, who reprimanded her on a flight last month. She said she was “targeted.” The star’s sister...
Trump, ABC talk dominates ‘Last Man Standing’ as it heads to Fox

Trump, ABC talk dominates ‘Last Man Standing’ as it heads to Fox

LOS ANGELES — The only name dropped more than Tim Allen at last week’s “Last Man Standing” panel was Trump. It wasn’t a surprising line of questioning from the journalists assembled for the Television Critics Association panel, as Allen is an outspoken conservative and the show’s cancellation at ABC in 2017 caused an uproar among fans who claimed the ax came down...
New releases fail to top ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’

New releases fail to top ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’

Despite three new films opening in wide release this past weekend, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” maintained the No. 1 spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. The film earned $35 million in the U.S. and Canada for a cumulative $124.5 million, handily beating its closest competition, Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” which opened at...
Film festival event celebrates Austin as home to growing Asian culture

Film festival event celebrates Austin as home to growing Asian culture

Asian-American creatives gathered Saturday night at the Long Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate strides in Asian representation in food, fashion and media. The Austin Asian American Film Festival hosted the event to highlight “Crazy Rich Asians,” an upcoming film adapted from the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. Festival board President J.D. Chang said the event sought to...
Wind down summer with Blues on the Green, more Austin events

Wind down summer with Blues on the Green, more Austin events

1. Blues on the Green at Zilker Park Music starts at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. Free, parking pass $15 + service fees. 2115 Lou Neff Road. kgsr.com. Have we already reached the end of the road for this year’s Blues on the Green run? The popular KGSR-sponsored series, which draws thousands to Zilker Park every few weeks during the summer months, has tapped a bit of an underdog for its final headlining spot...
LEGO sculptures invade Houston

LEGO sculptures invade Houston

  LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya (as in, artist who uses LEGOs, not a guy who designs the bricks themselves) has installed six LEGO figures in Houston’s The Acre development as a part of his "Park People" installation, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. The sculptures can be found on benches around the business area in The Acre, which is in the Allen Center, seven...
Marvel stars want James Gunn rehired despite offensive tweets; Disney sources say not likely

Marvel stars want James Gunn rehired despite offensive tweets; Disney sources say not likely

Director James Gunn joked about AIDS patients, rape and child rape in a slew of vintage tweets thatgot him booted from the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. >> Read more trending news  The stars want Marvel to hire him back. “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to...
It’s no bother for voice actor to speak for Pooh, Tigger

It’s no bother for voice actor to speak for Pooh, Tigger

The new live-action feature “Christopher Robin,” which opens Aug. 3, sounds right because of Jim Cummings. The prolific voice actor has once again stepped into a recording booth to speak for Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the latest production featuring the characters from the books by British author A.A. Milne. Christopher Robin, played by Ewan McGregor, has grown up and lost the childhood...
‘Generation Wealth’ takes a deep look at the shallowness of greed

‘Generation Wealth’ takes a deep look at the shallowness of greed

Photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has made a career out of documenting the culture of conspicuous consumption and the commodification of all things — including the human body. In her 2006 feature documentary debut, “Thin,” about women with eating disorders, and the 2012 “The Queen of Versailles,” about a wealthy couple’s attempt to build a house in Florida...
Kate McKinnon is secret weapon of ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

Kate McKinnon is secret weapon of ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’

Don’t ever question the power of a well-deployed Kate McKinnon. It’s been proven time and again that her specific brand of kooky comedy can elevate anything, from the fun and loopy “Ghostbusters” remake to the questionable bachelorette-party-gone-wrong dark comedy “Rough Night.” Wind her up, set her loose and watch her wring laughs out of any flimsy, high-concept...
Movies in theaters, 8/3/18

Movies in theaters, 8/3/18

OPENING THIS WEEK “The Spy Who Dumped Me” Grade: C+. Review page 23 “Generation Wealth” Grade: B. Review page 25 “Dark Money” Grade: B. Review page 26 NOT REVIEWED “Christopher Robin.” Story, page 24. “The Darkest Minds.” PG-13. 104 minutes. In this movie adaptation of a popular young adult series, teenagers use powerful, mysterious abilities...
‘Dark Money’ a political detective story about campaign contributions

‘Dark Money’ a political detective story about campaign contributions

No one has to see a documentary to understand that large sums of untraceable political campaign contributions are a bad thing. But “Dark Money” does need to be seen because it reveals with fascinating specificity how that crooked system works and details how one state decided to take it on. That state would be Montana, a key target of dark money forces because it is sparsely populated...
Austin Asian-American Film Festival to host free Crazy Rich Asians Experience

Austin Asian-American Film Festival to host free Crazy Rich Asians Experience

The Austin Asian American Film Festival is hosting the Crazy Rich Asians Experience, a free, family-friendly event featuring a community party and Asian market with plenty of food and local vendors from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Long Center. The night also includes a ticketed VIP fundraiser featuring “MasterChef” winner Christine Hà and “Project Runway” winner Chloe...
In Austin theaters in August: Christopher Robin, black Klansmen and some obscene puppets 

In Austin theaters in August: Christopher Robin, black Klansmen and some obscene puppets 

New movies? We got ‘em. This isn’t quite all of them (and does not include repertory theaters -- hence the word “new”). Aug. 3 “Christopher Robin.” Ewan McGregor stars as THAT Christopher Robin, the one from the “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories, all grown up and without a sense of wonder, which, you know, happens when you get older. Guess who shows up to help...
New season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ proves it’s time to end show

New season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ proves it’s time to end show

Since it premiered in 2013, “Orange Is the New Black” has helped shine a light on the inherent injustices of the American criminal justice system. The Netflix prison dramedy continues that tradition in its latest season, which began streaming last week, but its most compelling argument is more about the show itself: It’s time for it to end. Season 6 finds many of Litchfield&rsquo...
Tiffany Haddish loving her new ride, especially the price

Tiffany Haddish loving her new ride, especially the price

Tiffany Haddish is feeling very recharged these days — thanks to her new car. The comedian is enjoying her Tesla Model X, a high-end electric vehicle that was a gift from Tyler Perry. » RELATED: Tiffany Haddish reveals Tyler Perry bought her a Tesla "I can feel the electricity going through my body, feel like I'm getting recharged myself," Haddish said Monday from the red...
‘It hasn’t stopped my life at all’: Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s

‘It hasn’t stopped my life at all’: Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s

Actor Alan Alda, known for his roles on “M.A.S.H.,” “The West Wing” and “The Aviator,” announced on Tuesday that he has Parkinson’s disease. Speaking on “CBS This Morning,” Alda said he has had “a full life” since he received the diagnosis 3 1/2 years ago. “I’ve acted. I’ve given talks. I help at the Alda Center for...
Latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ shoots to No. 1

Latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ shoots to No. 1

After six movies, 22 years, countless bruises and a broken ankle, Tom Cruise’s death-defying “Mission: Impossible” stunts continue to pay off at the box office. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” easily took the No. 1 spot on the domestic charts this weekend. Paramount Pictures estimates that it earned $61.5 million from 4,386 North American theaters. Not accounting...
Austin’s Khiem Nguyen tries ‘Making It’ on new Amy Poehler crafting show

Austin’s Khiem Nguyen tries ‘Making It’ on new Amy Poehler crafting show

Austin’s Khiem Nguyen just went on a roller coaster ride. He left Austin to film a reality show in a barn outside Los Angeles. “Making It,” from the minds of “Parks and Recreation” co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, is to crafting what “Project Runway” is to fashion. Nguyen, 28, is a woodworker by trade and owns A&K Woodworking & Design with his wife...
Roseanne Barr apologizes again over racist tweet in first televised interview

Roseanne Barr apologizes again over racist tweet in first televised interview

Comedian Roseanne Barr apologized again Thursday night for sending a racist tweet about a former Obama administration official two months ago that no one thought was funny. >> Read more trending news  In her first televised interview since the infamous post, which cost her her newly rebooted “Roseanne” show, she told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity that she’s...
WATCH: Tom Cruise takes James Corden skydiving, what happens next is priceless

WATCH: Tom Cruise takes James Corden skydiving, what happens next is priceless

Actor Tom Cruise has been making the late-night talk show rounds recently to promote the opening of his latest installment of the “Mission Impossible” franchise. >> Read more trending news  Thursday night on “The Late Late Show with James Cordon,” Cruise talked novice Cordon into sky-diving for the first time.  “I don’t think any other late-night...
Movies in theaters in Austin, 7/27/18

Movies in theaters in Austin, 7/27/18

NEW THIS WEEK “Blindspotting” Grade: A. Review page 20 “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” Grade: B. Review page 21 “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies” Grade: B. Review page 22 NOW PLAYING “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” B. PG-13. 125 minutes. Though under house arrest, Scott Lang dons the Ant-Man suit once again to fight alongside the Wasp, in the hopes of bringing...
The miraculous ‘Blindspotting’ looks at race and friendship

The miraculous ‘Blindspotting’ looks at race and friendship

The further you get into the brilliant, beautifully dense “Blindspotting,” the closer you want to pay attention. The more you watch, the more you want to see it a second time to make sure you got the verses of the freestyles, the shots of the filmmakers’ beloved Oakland, the screaming fights between brothers-from-other-mothers, the backs-gotten and near-fatal mistakes. Directed by...
‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ is pure action with gasp-worthy stunts

‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ is pure action with gasp-worthy stunts

Is it even summer without a “Mission: Impossible” movie? Hardly. Thankfully, another installment of the Tom Cruise-starring action franchise, “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” drops this weekend, as sturdy and reliable as ever. Under the swift and efficient supervision of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, this is the kind of action filmmaking that proves to be an...
‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’ is wacky DC Comics fun

‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’ is wacky DC Comics fun

Compared to their dark and dour live-action brethren, the Warner Brothers/DC Comics animated features are a breath of fresh air. Much like “The Lego Batman Movie” (which one could argue is the best Batman movie — full stop), the wild, wacky and self-aware “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” bursts onto the screen like an attention-addled sugar rush. It absolutely nails the...
Did you know ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Glen Powell is from Austin?

Did you know ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Glen Powell is from Austin?

For a while, Glen Powell was one of those “Hey, I know that guy from somewhere” actors. He’d been in some TV shows and had bit parts in some films, but nothing huge.  That all changed this summer, when Powell was the leading man in Netflix’s rom-com revival “Set It Up,” in which he plays an aggravated office assistant who conspires with another assistant...
Here’s how you can see ‘Eighth Grade’ for free

Here’s how you can see ‘Eighth Grade’ for free

On Aug. 8, every state in the union is hosting a free screening, somewhere, of Bo Burnham’s outstanding “Eighth Grade,” and the film’s R rating will not be enforced.  As the news release noted, “If you’ve been through 8th Grade, ‘Eighth Grade’ is for you.” The Texas screening takes place 7:45 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. ...
Fantastic Fest 2018 will feature world premiere of J.J. Abrams’ ‘Overlord’ 

Fantastic Fest 2018 will feature world premiere of J.J. Abrams’ ‘Overlord’ 

​Fantastic Fest will host the world premieres of the J.J. Abrams-produced World War II horror picture “Overlord,”  Gareth “The Raid” Evans’ folk horror movie “Apostle” starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen, and Timo Tjahjanto’s brutal gangster movie “The Night Comes For Us.” A partial lineup for the genre film festival, which...
Tonya Harding to chat after screening of ‘I, Tonya’ in Austin. [Make your own ‘WHHHYYYY?!?!’ joke here.]

Tonya Harding to chat after screening of ‘I, Tonya’ in Austin. [Make your own ‘WHHHYYYY?!?!’ joke here.]

Tonya Harding will chat live in-person after a screening of the biopic “I, Tonya” Aug. 14 and 15. The screenings take place at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Unfortunately, as of this Friday morning, the screenings are sold out. We will let you know if they add more. Alison Janney picked up a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Harding’s mother, a role that was...
Check out the new trailer for the Austin-shot ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Check out the new trailer for the Austin-shot ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

The new trailer for “Alita: Battle Angel” shows a whole mess of cyborg vs. cyborg action. Also: wow, Alita has giant eyes. Adapted from Yukita Kishiro’s 1990s manga “Battle Angel Alita” and a passion project for producer James Cameron for many, many years, “Alita” was produced and co-written by Cameron and directed and co-written by Austin’s own Robert...
Austin writer Evan Narcisse joins Rooster Teeth animated show

Austin writer Evan Narcisse joins Rooster Teeth animated show

Evan Narcisse, the Austin writer whose “Rise of the Black Panther” mini-series was one of the spring’s buzzier Marvel comics, has joined the writing staff of “gen:LOCK,” the upcoming anime-style sci-fi series from Austin content mega-provider Rooster Teeth. In “gen:LOCK,” Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war...
Want to see sharkosaurus movie ‘The Meg’ on the water? Of course you do.

Want to see sharkosaurus movie ‘The Meg’ on the water? Of course you do.

Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow is presenting the man vs megalodon movie “The Meg on the shores of Lake Travis at Volente Beach Resort Aug. 5. (Sadly, this movie is not, as rumored, about an enormous Meg White who eats a regular sized Jack White.) “‘The Meg’ on the Water” attendees will float on inflatable rafts while watching Jason Statham fight a giant...
Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Celebrity-sighting in Austin is so much easier when the stars give us a heads up. Case in point: “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin, who posted to his Instagram account this weekend that he was in the capital of Texas. “I'm in Austin. Gonna blow stuff up with @modernrogueshow,” Culkin wrote in the caption of a photo of a a tank of compressed hydrogen, also tagging the...
Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Contrast Fest focuses on films you might not otherwise see in Austin

Austin has another film festival. The inaugural Contrast Film Festival wants to put the spotlight on “boundary-pushing, genre-defying and forward-thinking filmmaking with an emphasis on female and queer artists,” according to its website. The event, which kicks off July 20, includes films ranging from 2018’s “Shakedown” and “Narcissister Organ Player” to 1933&rsquo...
Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Wanna watch ‘Dazed and Confused’ at a moontower? Alright, al- you know the rest

Alright. Alright. Alright. On Aug. 24, Alamo Drafthouse, along with the Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Film Society, presents a 25th anniversary interactive screening of Richard Linklater’s iconic 1993 flick “Dazed and Confused” at the Zilker Park moonlight tower. Linklater and members of the cast and crew will be live and in person for the event. No word on who will...
Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

Alamo Drafthouse chain to eliminate plastic drinking straws

The Alamo Drafthouse will get rid of plastic drinking straws from all company-owned theaters by the end of the month, says the Hollywood Reporter.  This includes theaters in Austin, Kansas City, New York, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Francisco -- about half of the brand’s 35 locations. (About half are franchises.) Apparently the Drafthouse is the first nationwide theater chain to do...
‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

‘Captain America: Civil War’ might be Texans’ favorite Marvel movie

Texans like Captain America, but they like him the most when he is battling over the idea of “just trust us to do the right thing” vigilante lawlessness versus a measure of state control over living weapons of mass destruction, which is just one of the most Texas things to ever Texas. According to the folks at CableTV.com, after running the movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Documents: New cinema has strained Austin Film Society’s budget

Documents: New cinema has strained Austin Film Society’s budget

The Austin Film Society’s effort to operate its own arthouse movie cinema has run into financial difficulties. Little more than a year after its opening, the theater — called the AFS Cinema — has fallen short of the film society’s financial forecasts, prompting cost cuts and a determination that the facility likely will need to rely on donations indefinitely to help fund its...
No wonder it looked familiar: Austin is the 14th most filmed location in the world 

No wonder it looked familiar: Austin is the 14th most filmed location in the world 

Ever watched a movie or show and thought, “Gee, that place looks curiously familiar...wait, is that Austin?” The answer might very well be “Yes. Yes, it is.” By compiling data from IMDb's "filming locations" section, including both films and TV productions shot in these locations and removing film studios, the folks at GoCompare.com have made an exhaustive list...
GIVEAWAY: Win a 4-pack of tickets to ‘Jaws’ on the Water

GIVEAWAY: Win a 4-pack of tickets to ‘Jaws’ on the Water

You’ve probably heard by now that you’ve got the opportunity to catch the classic film “Jaws” while floating in an inner tube on Lake Travis.  The annual “Jaws on the Water” event hosted by Alamo Drafthouse is back again every Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 4, and we’re giving away a four-pack of tickets for the Saturday, July 14. Each...
‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Grease,’ more to play Long Center law free Sound & Cinema series

The Long Center Sound and Cinema Series is one of the more popular free summer film series in Austin and NOW we know what titles (and bands) are playing this summer! July 11: “Wayne's World” with music from Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad July 25: “Grease” with music from Huggy & the Feel Goodz Aug. 1: “Mean Girls” with music from Go Fever Aug. 15: “O Brother...
What movies are playing at Sound and Cinema this year? Take your best guess

What movies are playing at Sound and Cinema this year? Take your best guess

Sound and Cinema is back for another season in Austin, and it’s a summer favorite. Every year, the event brings together music and movies for several evenings on the Long Center lawn. RELATED: Check out the summer’s best events with the Austin360 Summer Fun Guide This year’s lineup will be announced on Thursday, but in the meantime, organizers are giving fans a chance to...
When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

When the robots come to Austin, we will probably kick them.

Last year, the Austin City Council approved the use of delivery robots in town. The robot delivery company in question is called Starship Technologies (even though based on their robot design Droid Technoiogies would probably been a better... wait that’s been taken twice, hasn’t it?) Here’s a photo gallery, in fact, of the little guys visiting Austin: So it was interesting ...
Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 13 Austin film series

Make this your ‘summer of movies’ with these 13 Austin film series

UPDATE: The Easy Tiger schedule is up! UPDATE:  The Sound and Cinema titles have been revealed! There are two kinds of summer film series in the fine city of Austin: The kind where you sit in an air-conditioned theater and watch movies curated around a particular theme, and the kind where you sit on a blanket after sundown and, well, watch movies curated around a particular theme. Our town...
WATCH: Anne Hathaway would like Matthew McConaughey to feed her husband to sharks in ‘Serenity’

WATCH: Anne Hathaway would like Matthew McConaughey to feed her husband to sharks in ‘Serenity’

Yes, you read that correctly. In the upcoming movie “Serenity,” written and directed by Steve Knight,  Anne Hathaway plays a woman who begs her ex-husband, a fisherman with the extremely MOVIE name of Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey), to get rid of her abusive new husband (Jason Clarke) by taking said abuser on a fishing trip and murdering him with sharks. In the immortal words of...
Disney brings ‘Peter Pan’ out of the vault; the third ‘Thor’ is streaming

Disney brings ‘Peter Pan’ out of the vault; the third ‘Thor’ is streaming

Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as some titles that have recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Peter Pan”: Just in time to celebrate its 65th anniversary, this legendary classic has been released from the Disney vault for the first time in over a decade. Join Peter, Tinker Bell and the Darling kids on their...
Alamo Drafthouse to introduce large-format auditoriums in Frisco, Denton, elsewhere

Alamo Drafthouse to introduce large-format auditoriums in Frisco, Denton, elsewhere

 The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Alamo Drafthouse chain is introducing premium large-format theaters in several markets in the coming year, including Denton, Frisco, Woodbridge, Va., Woodbury, Minn., and St. Louis. “The Big Show" auditoriums will  feature giant screens (reportedly a minimum of 66 feet), as well as recliner seats, immersive sound and 4K laser projection....
Austin stuntman Gary Kent has lived a life right out of the movies

Austin stuntman Gary Kent has lived a life right out of the movies

Gary Kent has heard sentences no person wants to hear.  Here’s an example: “All your ribs are broken.” Then again, the former stuntman/actor/writer/director has heard sentences every person would love to hear.  Here are some from the actor Esai Morales, whom Kent cast in “Rainy Day Friends,” the 1985 feature film Kent wrote and directed: “He’s a...
Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Jukebox Cinema debuts June 3 with ‘Ballmastrz: 9009’ animator Christy Karacas

Man, Beerland has been killing it of late. First, they announce all kinds of tremendous shows: The Scientists Oct. 5 and 6! The June 1  And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead show is early, which is pretty great given that most of their fans are in their 40s! And now Beeland is getting into what annoying money types call “the cinema space” with the debut of Jukebox Cinema...
Ex-husband sues actress Tiffany Haddish in Travis County, alleging defamation

Ex-husband sues actress Tiffany Haddish in Travis County, alleging defamation

The former husband and mother-in-law of Tiffany Haddish sued the actor and comedian for defamation Tuesday in Travis County over abuse claims Haddish made in her best-selling memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn.”  Haddish’s ex-husband, William Stewart Sr., and his mother, Elnora Daugherty, filed suit against Haddish, publishing company Simon and Schuster, Inc., and the book&rsquo...
5 iconic ‘Hope Floats’ scenes in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary

5 iconic ‘Hope Floats’ scenes in honor of the film’s 20th anniversary

If you’ve ever driven down Highway 71 toward Houston, you may have seen a sign just past Bastrop. “Smithville, Home of Hope Floats,” it reads. Yeah, that “Hope Floats.” The 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. as reunited lovers in their hometown. It’s set in a town called Smithville (which, as “Southern Living&rdquo...
Patient viewers will be rewarded by atmospheric ‘Annihilation’

Patient viewers will be rewarded by atmospheric ‘Annihilation’

Here are some interesting new releases available now from cable and digital providers as well as a title that has recently become available for streaming. Video on Demand “Annihilation”: In his follow-up to “Ex Machina,” Alex Garland yet again proves that he is a master of atmospheric science fiction. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson...
The Alamo Drafthouse is old enough to legally drink. Here are 21 movie and drink pairings to celebrate.

The Alamo Drafthouse is old enough to legally drink. Here are 21 movie and drink pairings to celebrate.

The Alamo Drafthouse is well-known for its special menu pairings and drink specials. Now that the theater has reached legal drinking age in the United States, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate with a curated list of some choice film/drink pairings. Try ordering these at your local Drafthouse, or make them at home. Enjoy. Abide with the Dude while watching this Coen Brothers classic. ...
Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia

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

As has been documented elsewhere, the jacket game in the “Star Wars” movies is tremendous.  And no matter what that admittedly excellent survey says, Han Solo rocked better outerwear than anyone. The dude redefined what a space pirate should look like. Over the decades since the arrival of “A New Hope” (then merely called “Star Wars,” kiddies), how many...
Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series

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

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

ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast

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

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

In October 2016, Starwars.com confirmed what had been rumored: Donald Glover had been hired to play a young Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At the time, Glover was best know as a comedy writer on “30 Rock,” a strong actor on the sitcom “Community,” a good-not-great stand-up comic, and a musical artist called Childish Gambino whose second...
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Dazed and Confused’ with a ‘School’s Out’ pool party Memorial Day weekend

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

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

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

DUHHH-dun. The two most terrifying musical notes in cinematic history will take on an even more chilling effect this summer when the Alamo Drafthouse’s most popular Rolling Roadshow event, Jaws on the Water, returns. During 14 steamy summer nights, moviegoers won’t just be watching the classic “Jaws” — they’ll be viewing it in custom inner tubes at the...
Veronica from ‘Riverdale’ hung out in Bastrop while filming her new movie

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

It may not be as dark and dramatic as the town of Riverdale, but one of the stars of the Archie comics spinoff show spent some time in another quaint, small town: Bastrop. Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge in the CW’s “Riverdale,” was in Bastrop filming her new movie “Coyote Lake.” The filming wrapped over Mother’s Day weekend. Not much is currently...
Does this 1990 ‘How Much to Tip in Austin’ video still apply in 2018?

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

It was 1990 and Austin was a very different place. The skyline was a fraction of its current silhouette. Glass Eye, Poi Dog Pondering and Pariah were still around. “Slacker,” the movie that would put a certain generation of young Austinites on the map, was shot (in 1989) but not yet released.  And the fine people at Austin Cable Access TV ran this PSA from a bunch of Austin servers...
Tickets on sale May 21 for Marvel Universe Live!

Tickets on sale May 21 for Marvel Universe Live!

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. May 21 for the “Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes” stunt show, which is coming to the Frank Erwin Center Aug. 23 to 26. In “Marvel Universe Live,” “The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into...
Six blockbusters that won’t tax your brain when you go to the movies this summer

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

A lot of folks do not want to do too much thinking when they go to the movies in the summer. A giant soda, a bucket of popcorn the size of a medieval knight’s helmet, and air conditioning such that you need a sweater -- this, and only this, is what many want from a summer movie. Here are six blockbusters to look forward to in the next few months.    “Deadpool 2.” The Merc...
Texas might have a favorite ‘Star Wars’ movie, and the news is not good 

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

What with the quasi-holiday May the Fourth approaching, the website Reviews.org did a little digging as to which “Star Wars” movie was most popular (or at least most searched for) in each state. And the results are striking. The number of things about which you can say, “Oh, Texas, what are you thinking?” is, let’s admit it, pretty vast, but here is a factoid that .....
‘Supernatural’ star Jensen Ackles is serving up crawfish at his Austin-area brewery this weekend

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

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

Take a peek at Matthew McConaughey’s childhood home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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