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Film Flam

By Kimberley Jones, December 3, 2012, 1:33pm, Picture in Picture

Hey Brooklyn babies. Texas is sending you a care package, but you'll have to wait until 2015 to open it.

That's when the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is planning to open its Alamo Drafthouse City Point theatre, boasting seven screens, both 35mm and digital projection, and all the food, frenzy, and ingenious programming the Alamo has patented over the years.

Why the long wait? The theatre will be part of the new City Point mixed-use project, and, y'know, 1.8 million square feet of construction don't happen overnight. Other announced tenants include A|X Armani Exchange and Century 21 Department Store. Strange bedfellows, indeed.

The New York Film Critics' Circle is currently in deliberations, but they're announcing winners as they decide them – including newly minted Best Supporting Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, recognized for his work in Magic Mike and Bernie.

Save the date: The Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards will take place March 7, 2013 at Austin Studios' Stage 7. Start saving your pennies now if you wanna reserve one of the super-swanky $25,000 tables. Want to party at Austin Studios before then? You're in luck: The Austin Film Society's annual Make Watch Love Austin party takes place there on Saturday, Dec. 8, 5-9pm. Bonus: Among the many exciting activities and foodstuffs on the table, indie game collective Juegos Rancheros will have a J.S. Joust station – that's the still unreleased (but currently Kickstarting), crazy-addictive slo-mo jousting game tuned to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

The Make Watch Love Austin party is free for AFS members, $10 for the general public.

A belated congrats to Stephen Jannise, who was recently named the new film programmer for the Paramount and State Theatres. Previously, Jannise was showing off his exceptional taste in movies as the Austin Film Festival film program director.

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