Empire Control Room
"...Cave and his crew return to Austin for their first appearance since South By Southwest, where he sat down for a panels interview and also debuted his departure disc Push the Sky Away at a packed-out and delirious Stubb’s. An even newer album will be in tow: the stripped down Live at KCRW, recorded at the Los Angeles radio station in mid-April and set for release on Record Store Day 2013, part two, Nov..."
"...We brought in the special effects guy, Brian Spears, who's a terrific, terrific makeup guy, and he got a big kick out of doing it because it was straight makeup, just doing age. On the first day, it took about an hour and a half, and I was the first one there..."
"...Twenty-eight-year-old L.A. soul blaster Nick Waterhouse arrives at the Parish on Friday with his second disc, Holly..."
"...Yesterday, we recommended some great Father's Day cookbooks – but if Dad prefers chocolate, pastries, or spirits to actual cooking, here are some distinctive local treats likely to endear you to sweet ol' Pops for the rest of the year...."
"...Editor's note: On Friday and Saturday, Chronicle Associate News Editor Lee Nichols will be keeping an up-to-the-minute blog of the Texas Relays for Track & Field News magazine. The second day of the Texas Relays was the Diana Pickler show. The Washington State senior and Texas native – who won the Relays heptathlon title in 2005, only to lose it to her teammate/sister Julie last year – continued her momentum from yesterday and finished the seven-event contest with 6,205 points, well ahead of UT-San Antonio's Ryanne Dupree (5,818) and Julie (5,734)..."
"...Veronis' first feature is a strange amalgam of New York City deadpan schtick and edgy drama that never quite gels but isn't nearly as grating as the dark and dingy camerawork might make you think. It's part The Daytrippers and part Weekend at Bernie's, with more than a little indie chutzpah thrown in for good measure..."
"...The trip would have faded into camping oblivion had it not been for the events of the second day. Since it was Earth Day, Sharon, Susan, Tim, and I set out with black plastic bags to clean one small piece of the planet..."
"...It was a massive gamble for a shrinking industry: Give away a couple of million samples of your product the day after one of your industry's biggest characters makes his major motion picture debut. The people who make and sell comic books had no way of knowing whether the public's interest in Spider-Man onscreen would generate any appetite for the wall-crawler in his four-color form, but this seemed like one way to find out..."
"...Collect them all. Day Trips, Vol..."
"...Consequence of Sound Day PartyBeauty Bar, Wednesday, March 14..."
"...An eclectic mix of pop with folk veneer, 2.0 updates to early R&B and palatable throwbacks to hip-hop’s origins were on display Wednesday night for the Showtime House SXSW showcase at Clive Bar...."
"...And then the girl is upon him, pissed. You can't hear her, but you can read her lips clear as a day: We don't have time to look at CDs!!!!!!..."
"...The museum is on the outskirts of Kerrville at 1550 Bandera Highway (TX173). The galleries are open Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm..."
"...Up close, the lights create a colorful world where everything seems to dance. Texans love their holiday displays...."
"...Life sometimes offers the best surprises. Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye, the Roky Erickson tribute album I produced in 1990, is being reissued this year on Record Store Day..."
"...Feeling boxed in by the badge around your neck? Convergence Day is all about sampling what other arms of the Fest have to offer. On Tuesday, March 17, all sessions held on the fourth floor of the Austin Convention Center are open to badge holders of all stripes..."
"...End of an Ear, Thursday, March 19..."
"..."It's a lot of fun, but a lot of work," Lord says. With a typical road trip taking 10 days they will put 5,000 miles on the car..."
"...If you’re looking for a familiar Austin face at a headliner show, Mac Blake opens for Dennis Miller at the Paramount on Thursday, April 24, at 7pm. In addition to frequenting O’Grady’s Sure Thing show, Blake won the 2013 Funniest Person in Austin title, and he often performs alongside Austin comedy veterans like John Erler and Owen Egerton as a member of Master Pancake..."
"...The event: Friday, Feb. 26, 7pm in the Charles Nelson Prothro Theater at the Harry Ransom Center..."
"...Directed by: Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day. As a fascinating, confounding portrait of "the longest running religious festival in history" – the Kumbh Mela in Prayag, India – Short Cut to Nirvana offers Westerners a tantalizing glimpse into this 70 million-strong, once-every-12-years event that by dint of sheer overwhelming humanity eclipses all other religious pilgrimages on Earth..."
"...Starring: Michael Willis, Jerry Grayson, Matt Ross, Vicki Lewis, Kurt Fuller, Jake Weber, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack. Operating under levels of stress that would turn ordinary men to jelly, the air traffic controllers at New York's Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) must safely guide 7,000 flights a day to safe harbor at one of the area's three mightily congested terminals -- Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark airports..."
"...The show, which opens this Friday, throws open the vaults on the network that slipped adult humor into seemingly innocuous cartoons, airing iconic underground classics like Invader Zim and true modern televisual masterpieces like Avatar: The Last Airbender...."
"...To Nick Gomez, heaven is 18 holes of green and a blue, blue sky. At least that's one of the striking, heavenly images we get during the course of what is essentially a metaphysical treatise on life, death, and drug-running in modern-day Florida backwaters..."
"...Or maybe not. DeCillo's second feature (his first being the underrated Brad Pitt vehicle Johnny Suede) is a caustic, witty, nightmarish look at what goes into the making of an indie film, from the endless screw-ups that transpire as the crew battles with backbiting, egomaniacal stars run amok, sexual politics on and off the set, and all the little horrors of day-to-day filmmaking on a shoestring budget..."
"...But back to that damned notebook. Allie and Noah’s love affair is told in flashback, which means there’s a present day that must be attended to..."
"...Kith and kin to the likes of Leonard Cohen and his much-admired Nina Simone, Cave remains, at 57, a quietly explosive presence whether onstage or off, a duality that becomes apparent here as we’re offered access to the various creative stages, from notebook birth to demo recording to live performance of the title track from the 2013 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away. Directors Forsyth and Pollard employ a simulacrum of the singer-songwriter/screenwriter/novelist’s literal 20,000th day alive to capture the sum of the parts of the whole of Cave’s work and world in a remarkably fascinating and strangely accessible way..."
"...Nick (Reynolds) and Roy (Bridges) are dead police partners in the Rest in Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) in present-day Boston, serving out their 100-year hitches as a chance to clear their names before the final Judgment Day. Their mission is to catch the dead who remain on Earth..."
"...Aniston plays Kate, a young Madison Avenue ad exec with a stalled career and love life. Her boss (Dunn) fears Kate's single marital status makes her too risky to promote (lest she leave the company along with valuable clients), her mother (Dukakis) is aching for grandchildren, and her studly co-worker Sam (Bacon) won't give her the time of day because she's not married..."
"...This true-crime yarn beaded with hot, young actors is like watching McG’s Fastlane on Xanax. Because it has the Cassavetes label and premiered at last year's Sundance, it flaunts a certain indie cred (also look for Harry Dean Stanton, who seems to have been rented by the day), but this film is way more about tits and ass and drugs and guns and California muscle cars and busting up house parties with kung fu than it is about deep characterization on the epic scale of Scarface..."
"...While he's getting his life back together, he's staying at the family home of city sanitation worker Charlie (Cairns), an old school chum whose two dominant talents are playing baseball and pissing away the opportunities that life hands him. Nick obviously had a lot in common with Charlie back in the day, as allusions to 600 SAT scores and general blue-collar delinquent behavior make clear..."
"...Wrong follows the tribulations of career woman Martha Alston (DeGeneres), whose romantic life (or lack thereof) comes under scrutiny when her younger sister gets married. After a disastrous Valentine's Day blind date with a Ken doll look-alike (and think-alike), Martha has a chance encounter with Whitman Crawford (Pullman), a handsome, sensitive, rich, romantic, Jaguar convertible-driving poet..."
"...Starring: Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Fiona Shaw, Stanley Tucci, Larry Miller and Obba Babatunde. When I was a kid, my mom would pop up a grocery bag full of popcorn, let us each pick a can from the tantalizing array of Shasta soda pop flavors, pile us all into our blue Impala convertible and head for the drive-in where, it seemed, a new Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie played each week..."
"...Directed by: Seth Gordon. Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland, Julie Bowen, P.J..."
"...Based on the book by Austin writer/philanthropist Turk Pipkin and produced by Austin’s Elizabeth Avellán (Spy Kids, Sin City), this sugarcoated Christmas tale is reminiscent of an old Roy Rogers movie, a musical Western with a moral message – except that this version features Willie Nelson as a modern-day singing cowboy and saint (aptly named Nick). Filmed in Bastrop and in and around Austin, McCanlies’ newest work is an eye- and ear-candy treat for locals and live-music fans appreciative of Austin’s music roots and folksy allure..."
"...The narrative inevitability of gunplay only adds a growing sense of dread to the proceedings because we've come to like these two-bit Brooklyn hustlers, gotten to know their wives and girlfriends, recognize their youthful oblivion of mortality. They're real neighborhood guys just looking to get by with their petty scores; no big dreams of getting out or becoming top dogs (after all, these are the same Brooklyn streets that spurred Tony Manero into a Saturday Night Fever)..."
"...Willis does his serious acting thing (as opposed to his rote action-hero routine) in a nicely understated turn as a sort of Midwestern Babbitt coming unglued. As the area's biggest car dealer and star of his own hard-sell TV commercials, Willis' Dwayne Hoover is a local celebrity who, despite all the outward appearances of success, starts each day with a ritual that tests whether this will be the day he blows his brains out with a revolver..."
"...Starring: Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Spencer Breslin, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Elizabeth Mitchell and Tim Allen. Like its boffo predecessor from 1994, Santa Clause 2 is an amiable, formulaic holiday romp with the whole family in mind..."
"...Labor Day weekend is just around the corner when Eric (Saturday Night Live's Sudeikis) discovers to his dismay that his father (an unbilled Don Johnson) is putting their sprawling summer mansion up for sale. Formerly the site of a series of themed bacchanals that'd give Delta House a run for its togas, Eric and his close-knit circle of friends are understandably forlorn at the prospect of losing their party palace..."
"...All is not well in the Duncan household. Idealistic schoolteacher dad Paul (Kinnear) and photographer mom Jessie (Romijn-Stamos) are debating the wisdom of moving from their stylish downtown loft in favor of a more countrified approach, he’s just been mugged by a former student, and she’s trying to keep the lid on a madcap kiddie birthday party..."
"...Directed by: Sean Anders. Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jonathan Banks, Lindsay Sloane and Keegan-Michael Key...."
"...Take Three: David Williams, Finch's friend and leader of Denton band Self Is on the Throne, had been another accordion non-player when the day began. But as hours passed, he had been teaching himself how to play..."
"...South by Southwest revealed details this afternoon for the lottery system to get into mega showcases for the Sound City Players, Green Day, and Nick Cave. Last March’s headlining SXSW set by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band functioned similarly, with no real problems reported in the aftermath...."
"...Starring: Larry Bishop, Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Eric Balfour, Vinnie Jones, David Carradine and Leonor Varela. The line between homage and parody is blurry enough at the best of times in our post-Pulp Fiction world, but Hell Ride – a grindhousey biker flick executive-produced by Quentin Tarantino and starring Madsen's ongoing impersonation of a hung-over Nick Nolte on a good-hair day – pretty much fucks the distinction over..."
"...Is it funny? It can be. I loved the part where the Rock arrived to save the day but accidentally blew himself up with a grenade..."
"...Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, David Andrews and Kristanna Loken. In the 12 years since Terminator 2: Judgment Day was released both the sci-fi/action genre and the art of computer-generated special effects (which that film’s director James Cameron helped revolutionize) have morphed, like Robert Patrick’s T-1000, into swaggering behemoths that crush everything in their path..."
"...Sumptuously shot by Toyomichi Kurita, Afterglow is endlessly fascinating. Nolte is well-cast as the randy yet deeply sensitive older man, while Christie has a field day measuring out her rueful and sarcastic dialogue..."
"...Barry. What with all the holiday tunage on the soundtrack, and the plethora of Yuletide gags scattered throughout the vitriol, something tells me The Ref missed its targeted Christmas release..."
"...When Truelove runs afoul of unhinged junkie Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster), that fantasy world turns all too real, and the ensuing battle between the two men results in the kidnapping of Mazursky's younger brother, Zack (an exceptional Anton Yelchin). What follows is three days in Babylon, as Zack is initiated and not unwillingly into the gang's decadent world of drink, drugs, and girls, But as the witnesses to Zack's kidnapping pile up and the real world starts closing in, Truelove begins to believe that getting rid of the kid might be his only hope of escape...."