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Everything Went Black: Darth Mouse

In June of 1977, I stood in line with my dad to see a the new film that everyone was talking about. And I mean everyone. I'd just turned eleven a couple of months prior, but I could have been fifty, like my dad, and Star Wars still would have had a profound impact on me. Read More | Comment »

Film 2:59PM Wed. Oct. 31, 2012, Marc Savlov

'Ghosts of Ole Miss' Comes Off as Obtuse

Remember the scene in A League of Their Own when an African-American woman throws a foul ball back to Dottie Henson and the audience is given the heavy-handed message that, Hey, black people are just like us! Well, that was a better lesson on civil rights than anything from Ghosts of Ole Miss, an unimpressive film in ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Read More | Comment »

Television 7:00PM Tue. Oct. 30, 2012, Will Eidam

'Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning' Hits VOD in the Brain

The whole point of Fantastic Fest is to be blindsided by films you don't see coming. Normally it's some unheard of director, or a microbudget genre piece with no buzz. You don't expect it to be the latest installment of the Universal Soldier franchise, available now on VOD. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:30PM Tue. Oct. 30, 2012, Richard Whittaker

Calling All Culinary Rock Stars

The creators of Undercover Boss and Project Runway are making a pit stop in Austin in their search for the next big-winning, culinary bad ass. Read More | Comment »

Television 11:21AM Tue. Oct. 30, 2012, Meghan Ruth Speakerman

AFF2012: Audience Awards Announced

In one of its final acts of official festival business, the Austin Film Festival announced its Audience Award recipients, with David O. Russell's Oscar buzz magnet Silver Linings Playbook taking the prize for Marquee Feature favorite. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:08AM Tue. Oct. 30, 2012, Kimberley Jones

DVD Watch

The situation comedy changed forever and forever changed how popular television could impact popular culture when Norman Lear's All in the Family debuted on CBS on January 12, 1971. Read More | Comment »

DVD 9:09AM Tue. Oct. 30, 2012, Marc Savlov

Wizard World: The Brothers of Destruction of 'The Walking Dead'

So Merle Dixon is back on AMC's The Walking Dead, and he's cozied up with The Governor, the source comic's defining psycho. So, sooner or later, he'll be back with brother Daryl. This weekend, at Wizard World Austin Comic Con, fans of the show got a little preview as stars Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker took the stage. Read More | Comment »

Television 5:06PM Mon. Oct. 29, 2012, Richard Whittaker

'White Walls Say Nothing' Plans to Paint the Screens

Austin has its fair share of iconic murals but, according to the film makers behind White Walls Say Nothing, the street artists of Buenos Aries in Argentina have created a whole culture and political movement around their public pieces. Now they're trying to finish the movie, and are looking for Kickstarter supporters to finish the project. Read More | Comment »

Film 8:34PM Sun. Oct. 28, 2012, Richard Whittaker

Wizard World: Five Reasons Why CM Punk Should Stay Champ

CM Punk is not just the best professional wrestler in the world. He's also the WWE champion. Tonight he defends that title against rising challenger Ryback, but before facing the beast in a steel cage in Atlanta, he spent Saturday in Austin for Wizard World Austin Comic-Con. Read More | Comment »

Television 10:03AM Sun. Oct. 28, 2012, Richard Whittaker

Wizard World: The Wit and Wisdom of Patrick Stewart (Abridged)

They say a keen imagination keeps you young. If that's true, then Patrick Stewart must have a vivid fantasy life. The spritely 72 year old, best known for playing Macbeth, Professor Xavier, Captain Ahab, Scrooge, Gurney Halleck, Vladimir – OK, let's just warp straight to Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read More | Comment »

Television 7:00AM Sun. Oct. 28, 2012, Richard Whittaker

From the Vaults: David Oyelowo

The actor David Oyelowo co-stars in two films currently playing in Austin, The Paperboy and Middle of Nowhere. The ascending screen star also appears in two more coming out before the end of the year, was in two of last year's big films, and this week was cast to play Sugar Ray Robinson in an upcoming biopic to be made of the boxer's life. Who, you ask? Read More | Comment »

Film 4:30PM Sat. Oct. 27, 2012, Marjorie Baumgarten

Wizard World: Wil Wheaton Versus the Burrito

So I'm waiting for Wil Wheaton to call me, so we can talk about his visit to Wizard World Austin Comic-Con this coming weekend, and we're having all kinds of technical problems. Him being a notorious Twitter user, I'm about to send him a message, when I read something very important on his feed. He is midway through a truly awesome burrito. Read More | Comment »

Television 9:00AM Sat. Oct. 27, 2012, Richard Whittaker

AFF2012: Billy Bob Thornton Steers 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

Calling Austin his "second home," Billy Bob Thornton presented his new film, Jayne Mansfield's Car, as the closing-night film of the 2012 Austin Film Festival on Thursday at the Paramount Theatre. Thornton directed and co-wrote the film with his frequent writing partner Tom Epperson, in addition to taking on a co-starring role. Read More | Comment »

Film 5:00PM Fri. Oct. 26, 2012, Marjorie Baumgarten

AFF2012: It's in the Blood

"I have nothing on my life but white noise," Lance Henriksen bleakly intones as Russell, the drunken, fallen sherrif and father at the bleak core of It's In The Blood. The Texas slow-burn shocker hits VOD today after a jaw-dropping screening at the Austin Film Festival. Read More | Comment »

Film 12:10PM Fri. Oct. 26, 2012, Richard Whittaker

Wizard World: Star Trek's Marina Sirtis is a One Woman Bad Girl's Club

There's a law: Wherever two Brits are in conversation, they shall either talk about the weather or soccer. When Marina Sirtis heard my North of England accent, the first words out her mouth were, with a piteous tone, "You don't even have a football team in Macclesfield. They're not in the league, are they? I think they're in the Northern Conference." Read More | Comment »

Film 11:00AM Fri. Oct. 26, 2012, Richard Whittaker

David Carr Did Not Give Up the Secret Sauce

New York Times media reporter David Carr is that rare bird: an old-school journalist who’s adapted with relish to the new media landscape. Read More | Comment »

Web 9:30AM Thu. Oct. 25, 2012, Kimberley Jones

AFF2012: ‘See the Dirt’

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like vintage vacuum cleaners and those who don’t. Scott MacMillan loves them. He’s the subject of UT grad Chelsea Hernandez and Erick Mauck’s short documentary “See The Dirt,” which won the Austin Film Festival’s jury competition prize for best short doc this year. Read More | Comment »

Film 9:35PM Wed. Oct. 24, 2012, Leah Churner

Alamo Drafthouse Launches New 'Don't Talk' Contest

It's a little sad that, in this day and age, we have to ask people to STFU in the cinema, but at least the Alamo Drafthouse has its famous "Don't talk, don't text" PSAs to help. Now they're looking for new ways to warn people to close their cake hole, with a $1,000 prize for the winner. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:00PM Wed. Oct. 24, 2012, Richard Whittaker

'Riding Shotgun With Zach Anner' Debuts

In his new travel show Riding Shotgun With Zach Anner, web celeb Zach Anner and three of his pals pile in a van to see America (and a soupçon of Canada). Anner’s the first to admit: “We have no fucking clue what we’re doing.” Read More | Comment »

Web 11:48AM Wed. Oct. 24, 2012, Kimberley Jones

Everything Went Black: Five Hits From Hell

I promise I'll get off my Halloween jag just as soon as October ends. It's a habit with a four-decade history and I'm certain you'd rather read my thoughts on the darker side of the aisle than those on the overabundance of Thanksgiving and X-mas holiday treacle. (Plenty of time for that coming up.) Read More | Comment »

Film 8:57AM Wed. Oct. 24, 2012, Marc Savlov

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