Prodigal sons, a little less sex, and an indie film prince are in this edition of Film Flam.
Class reunion! Michener Center for Writers graduate Philipp Meyer’s much-lauded second novel, The Son, a multigenerational saga about a Texas ranching family, is being adapted into a dramatic series by AMC. Meyer will executive produce with fellow Michener alums Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman (Hemlock Grove). McGreevy hyped the news in a tweet yesterday, saying he was “happy to report will be taking a trip to Texas with AMC”; it remains to be seen if that’s a metaphorical trip, or if the series will in fact be shot on location in Texas.
Indie mainstay Kevin Corrigan’s not from Texas, but he’s made the trip plenty over the years, appearing in Bob Byington’s movies and Terrence Malick’s still-to-come Knight of Cups. Corrigan will take part in an AFS Moviemaker Dialogue about his far-ranging career, which includes Walking & Talking, Slums of Beverly Hills, Scotland, P.A., Pineapple Express, and The Departed. Event takes place at the Marchesa Theatre on Monday, June 23; tickets here.
In its short history, Cinema East’s summer film series has become a reliable place to catch microindies and festival favorites that otherwise wouldn’t reach Austin audiences. Its newly announced 2014 schedule, held Sunday evenings at the French Legation, kicks off June 22 with Leah Meyerhoff's I Believe in Unicorns and includes additional SXSW '14 alums like Wild Canaries and Above All Else, from ATX filmmaker John Fiege. Check out Cinema East's Facebook page for full schedule
Remember that brouhaha over the sexy-time one-sheet for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For? A new poster was revealed yesterday, presumably satisfying both the MPAA and Sin City's marketing department, which enjoyed two weeks of free promotion for the sequel, in theatres Aug. 22.
Speaking of Austin movies at the cineplex this summer: There are a lot. Mark your calendar: PJ Raval’s documentary Before You Know It has a run at the Violet Crown Cinema June 20-26; Kat Candler’s Hellion, starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, opens in Austin on June 27 (and on June 30, Austin Film Society and Arts+Labor host a premiere party and screening with cast and crew in attendance); Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer opens in limited release today – though no word yet on an Austin release date, you can watch it on VOD now; and Richard Linklater's eagerly anticipated, coming-of-age-in-real-time dramaBoyhood opens July 11 nationally and July 18 locally.
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