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Make a date with RTX, and dodge a few legal battles

By Monica Riese, 2:30PM, Tue. Jan. 28

Quentin Tarantino looks a little less pleased this week.
Quentin Tarantino looks a little less pleased this week.
Photo by Gary Miller

This week, Film Flam is full of suits and suites.

• Good news and bad news out of the Alamo Drafthouse camp this week. Good news: They're (finally) launching a loyalty program. Alamo Victory rolls out in Austin starting this week, with other markets to follow. It's free to join, and members are guaranteed two special offers each year, plus a free ticket for their birthday. Visit www.drafthouse.com/victory to sign up.

• Bad news: The Milwaukee Casualty Insurance Co. has filed suit against the Alamo Drafthouse, claiming the chain owes some $100,000 in insurance premiums. According to Austin 360, the Drafthouse is being sued for the premiums, interest, attorney fees, and more.

• Speaking of lawsuits, Quentin Tarantino is seeking damages from Gawker Media for copyright infringement. Tarantino's script for would-have-been-forthcoming Western The Hateful Eight leaked last week despite only having been entrusted to six people. He alleges Gawker took advantage of that fact by offering readers multiple venues for downloading the whole shebang.

Vulcan Video is officially open for business in its new home on North Loop. Stop by the store to see the new digs, or head over to their Facebook page to check out their enticing offer for opening a third location.

• The true case that inspired Richard Linklater's 2011 film Bernie could be back in court. A Texas Monthly article formed the basis of the script, so it's fitting that writer Skip Hollandsworth wrote the update this weekend that defense lawyer Jodi Cole may have uncovered new evidence that could get Bernie Tiede released from prison. Read the whole epic tale here.

Austin Film Society is looking for new neighbors. With all the development going on around the 51st Street Austin Studios, the time has come for the Creative Media Hub to start getting some anchor tenants in place. A request for qualifications is live now, with applications due by Wednesday, April 30.

• You're not hearing things; that's the first crow of the rooster. Rooster Teeth, that is, which revealed the dates for RTX 2014 would be Friday-Sunday, July 4-6. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31, at RTXevent.com, but prices are unannounced until then.

South by Southwest announced Monday that the host for its Interactive Awards would be Nerdist's Jessica Chobot. The awards ceremony goes down Tuesday, March 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Downtown.

TruTV's Impractical Jokers are coming to town. The Tenderloins will put their hidden-camera humor on live display when they make a stop at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8. Visit austintheatre.org for complete details.

• Last but definitely not least, the French trailer for forthcoming David Gordon Green feature Joe came out today. The director will receive a Texas Film Award in March for his contributions to Texas cinema, not unlike this one, which was shot in our fair state.


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