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'Great American Hero' Tim League

First Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO, posted a new “Don’t Talk or Text” PSA on the movie theatre’s blog and sent out a press release about the item. It’s an obscenity-laced rant left on the venue’s answering machine by a young woman upset at having been evicted from the theatre after being warned not to tweet during the movie. Read More | Comment »

Film 6:00PM Wed. Jun. 8, 2011, Marjorie Baumgarten

'Falling Skies' Sneaks Thursday

Aliens invade, earth is in ruins, and humans fight to survive in this eight episode series set to launch on TNT next week. Read More | Comment »

TV Eye 9:24AM Wed. Jun. 8, 2011, Belinda Acosta

Rolling Roadshow slices up 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Scream Queens and Head Cheese

Who moved The Texas Chainsaw Massacre house? Formerly on Quick Hill Road near Round Rock, the home of Leatherface and his clan is now the restaurant for the Antlers Hotel in Kingsland. That relocation did not stop the Rolling Roadshow from resurrecting its gory glory days in a special screening with the cast and crew last Saturday. Read More | Comment »

Film 3:44PM Tue. Jun. 7, 2011, Richard Whittaker

The new Alamo Don't Talk PSA debuts

Dumb People Say the Darndest Things

Part of the Alamo Drafthouse's pre-show entertainment includes their funny but forceful "Don't Talk" videos, in which the likes of Peter Bogdanovich and our late, beloved guv Ann Richards have cautioned theatregoers not to talk or text during the movie. Their newly debuted PSA takes a different angle, and it is some awesomeness. Read More | Comment »

Film 5:26PM Mon. Jun. 6, 2011, Kimberley Jones

This Week's Waste of Time

I know game journalists should respect all genres, but I hate point-and-click adventure games. There, I said it. Suck on that blogosphere. And by "that" I mean my opinions on video games. You can metaphorically suck on those. An exception to that rule is the work of Amanita Design. They don't need to suck on anything but their own greatness. Metaphorically. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 4:13PM Thu. Jun. 2, 2011, James Renovitch

David Zirin Has a Large Head, and Other Matters He Shouldn’ t Apologize For

After the screening of his new documentary, Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports (Sun., May 29, at the AT&T Conference Center), David Zirin quickly apologized for the size of his head. This act of contrition was in no way connected to his ego, but rather the large flesh and bone based sphere attached to his shoulders. Read More | Comment »

Film 1:57PM Thu. Jun. 2, 2011, Timothy Braun

Of Comics and 'Immortals'

There is something divinely inspired about letting Tarsem – the director behind the visual overloads of The Cell and The Fall – loose with a 3D camera for his upcoming epic Immortals. So it would only make sense to let art maverick David Mack loose with the graphic novel prequel. Now there is a contest to join their pantheon. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:05AM Sun. May. 29, 2011, Richard Whittaker

This Week's Waste of Time

There's no doubt that I'm a fan of the platforming genre. They've been the weekly waste of time quite a few times in the past. Usually, to set itself apart from other running and jumping games developers offer players a unique game mechanic to spice things up. This week's platform game, Soul Brother, gives you reincarnation. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 1:34PM Fri. May. 27, 2011, James Renovitch

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Cool news from Current TV. Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) is hosting a five-part series on the netlet looking at the history of the (presumably, U.S. made) documentary and which ones any good documentary watcher should see before they die. Read More | 1 Comment »

TV Eye 11:57AM Tue. May. 24, 2011, Belinda Acosta

Upfront Aftermath: CBS & the CW

After a little poking around, I managed to view clips of CBS’s new fall series. But before I get to that, let’s get to the biggest news at CBS: Read More | Comment »

TV Eye 6:54PM Thu. May. 19, 2011, Belinda Acosta

This Week's Waste of Time

Game developer Nitrome has graced this blog before. Fault Line was a polished little piece of innovation. Their latest title, Test Subject Green might not be quite as mind-bending, but it still makes for an enjoyable take on the platforming genre. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 5:02PM Thu. May. 19, 2011, James Renovitch

Upfront Aftermath 2: 5/17/11

Yay! This time, there were no pesky technical difficulties to interrupt ABC’s Upfront presentation online. That’s not entirely a good thing, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Read More | Comment »

TV Eye 5:58PM Tue. May. 17, 2011, Belinda Acosta

Upfront Aftermath: 5/17/11

Not surprised that NBC cancelled the silly and somewhat offensive Outsourced, along with Law & Order: LA. The latter just never got any traction. The last show standing in the L&A franchise will be Law & Order: SVU, when L&O: Criminal Intent finishes its run on cable. Read More | Comment »

TV Eye 9:53AM Tue. May. 17, 2011, Belinda Acosta

On the Road Again

Texas has always fancied itself a country unto itself, so it’s fitting that the next Rolling Roadshow, set exclusively in Texas, will be unveiled in a Texas Monthly feature titled “No Country for Bad Movies.” Read More | Comment »

Film 11:00AM Mon. May. 16, 2011, Kimberley Jones

ABC Nightline at Texas Rollergirls tonight, plus new derby doc

'And Now Here's Ted With the Derby'

It seems like the camera's eye is increasingly on the world of Roller Derby: Tonight reporters from ABC News Nightline will be at the Austin Convention Center covering the Texas Rollergirls bout. Yet they are not the only camera crews on the track these days, with two documentaries imminent. Read More | Comment »

Film 11:58AM Sun. May. 15, 2011, Richard Whittaker

Who's Your Dada?

Towers open fire on Michael Bay and his summer blockbuster ilk tonight at the Austin School of Film's Friendly But Starving IV: An Evening of Avant Garde & Experimental Film. You want weird? You got it. Read More | Comment »

Film 4:22PM Fri. May. 13, 2011, Marc Savlov

The Ficklish Bone

If you know film in Austin, then you know Bryan Poyser, whom the Chron dubbed the town's Best Film Resource back in our Best of Austin 2009 for his work as the director of artist services at the Austin Film Society. Well, when he isn't resourcing up a storm, he's making his own movies, including a new short for the USA Network. Read More | Comment »

Film 10:23PM Thu. May. 12, 2011, Kimberley Jones

Local game developers Red Fly talk 'Thor'

Making Mjolnir Out of a WiiMote

Sometimes it is good when lightning strikes. That's what local firm Red Fly got this week when Thor topped the box office: A surge of power and press for their tie-in game for the Wii, Thor: God of Thunder. Read More | Comment »

Player's Guide 4:30PM Wed. May. 11, 2011, Richard Whittaker

This Week's Waste of Time

This week, waste your Friday with the games of Jonas Kyratzes. Why? Because I though I already wrote about him in this blog column. And because his creations are interesting exploration of the relationship between the gamer and the game. A relationship that is ignored by most games in an effort to facilitate suspension of disbelief. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 3:11PM Fri. May. 6, 2011, James Renovitch

This Week's Waste of Time

Dry your eyes, faithful readers (reader? anyone?) the weekly free gaming column is back. My apologies for the hiatus. We restart our adventures in browser distractions with Interlocked. And, no, you won't need 3-D glasses to play, but it is a rare example of a simple game that uses all three dimensions without confusing your computer's mouse. Read More | Comment »

Gaming 5:09PM Fri. Apr. 29, 2011, James Renovitch

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