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Last Action Hero
Overflowing with stunts, one-liners, and cameos, this would-be blockbuster overflows with unfulfilled potential.
Film Review  June 25, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance, Tom Noonan, Mercedes Ruehl and Anthony Quinn. Trying to be everything to everybody rarely, if ever, works, and Last Action Hero is a textbook case in point..."

Action Point
Johnny Knoxville takes one for the team (again)
Film Review  June 8, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Action Point gives Knoxville and a Jackass crew redux (basically just Chris Pontius) a chance to get all misty-eyed about the lazy, hazy summer days of the Seventies, when health and safety was a fanciful lark, and screaming around amusement attractions on dangerous, battered equipment, and diving into swimming holes with drunken lifeguards, was just part of growing up. Donning his Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa old man makeup again, Knoxville plays the mischievous D.C., who reminisces with his granddaughter about his old amusement attraction – based on the legendarily dangerous Action Park in New Jersey – and the last summer there with his daughter Boogie (Worthington-Cox)..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action
Short films come in nice packages.
Film Review  February 7, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...This year’s quintet of Oscar-nominated, live-action short films is, as ever, a mixed bag of issue-oriented filmmaking, whimsical magical realism, dark comedy, and just plain fascinating offerings that straddle the blurred line between playful and deadly serious. Much like short stories, short films are a painstaking and difficult milieu to inhabit..."

Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Riotous comedy mixes live-action and animation for a great result.
Film Review  November 14, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...have had it rough lately – 1996’s Michael Jordan vehicle Space Jam was a weak attempt at updating the cartoons for a more modern audience, and it lost much of the characters’ anarchic charm in favor of Jordan’s wooden personage and liquid ball-handling. Back in Action succeeds where that film failed due, in no small part, to the capably wacky direction of Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers), a genuine fan of cartoons with the wherewithal to finally make one of his own..."

A Civil Action
Many a bleary-brained air traveler was blessed last year by Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action, a personal nominee for the Airport Newsstand-Book Hall of Fame. But when Steven Zaillian's ambitious...
Film Review  January 8, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...Macy, Tony Shalhoub, Zeljko Ivanek, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, Bruce Norris, Robert Duvall, Kathleen Quinlan, John Lithgow, Sydney Pollack and Stephen Fry. Many a bleary-brained air traveler was blessed last year by Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action, a personal nominee for the Airport Newsstand-Book Hall of Fame..."

2017 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Why not form an opinion instead of guessing what will win?
Film Review  February 10, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...When it comes to naming its best feature nominees, the Academy Awards famously has a bias against comedy. That bias trickles down to the live-action short films category, as well; social justice themes play better than slapstick with the selection committee..."

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Form an opinion instead of guessing what will win this category
Film Review  January 29, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...Anguish pervades the majority of this season’s nominated live-action shorts, sometimes with tragic results. With the exception of the clash of cultures in Basil Khalil’s irreverently delightful “Ave Maria,” each film features characters struggling to cope with difficult situations that are sometimes of their own making..."

Creative Action's I Spy Pie a Big Success
Kids and families enjoy art, music, and pie
DAILY Food  October 26, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The talented and energetic folks from Creative Action (formerly Theater Action Project) certainly know how to throw a good party! The I Spy Pie event last weekend on the deck outside Central Market attracted families with kids of all ages and everyone had a great time...."

Academy Award-Nominated Live-Action Shorts 2009
Good things come in small packages.
Film Review  February 6, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Here’s the problem with talking about short films: They come in such small packages that to say too much is to spoil the surprise. Even a one-line logline can be too revealing; in fact, I’d wager the very title of one of the short films nominated for this year’s Academy Award for a Short Film (Live Action) tips its hand too far..."

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
Compassion, grace, and humor distinguish the Oscar hopefuls
Film Review  February 9, 2018, by Steve Davis
"...This year, three of the nominated live action short films emphasize the power of human compassion, sometimes for a complete stranger. In the tense "Watu Wote: All of Us," based on an actual event more than two years ago, a distrustful Christian woman is saved by the selfless actions of her fellow Muslim passengers on a bus hijacked by terrorists near the Kenyan/Somali border..."

2015 Academy Award-Nominated Live-Action Short Films
This live-action group is unified by a general desire to tug at the heartstrings.
Film Review  January 30, 2015, by William Goss
"...Despite language barriers, this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Live-Action Short Film are unified by a general desire to tug at one’s heartstrings...."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2012: Live Action
Good things come in small packages.
Film Review  February 10, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...All five of the nominated live-action films embody the great promise of short filmmaking: to crystallize a story idea in a succinctly encapsulated form. That’s really all they have in common, however..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011: Live Action
Amaze your friends and colleagues when you know everything about all the nominees in this category.
Film Review  February 11, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Catholicism and kids: Narratively speaking, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Two of the films nominated for this year’s Best Short Film (Live Action) dip into the well – the spooky “The Confession,” about a quiet, well-behaved child stymied due to his lack of bad deeds to take to the confession box, and “Wish 143,” in which a terminally ill teenager enlists a priest in the fulfillment of his last wish, to lose his virginity – while a third, Michael Creagh’s “The Crush,” is set in that seat of Catholicism, Ireland, but skips the religion for a pitchy take on kids doing the darndest things (with guns)..."

International Week Results; Champions League Action to Come; Bonus High School Playoff Coverage
DAILY Sports  March 29, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...and scored a hat trick as the Yanks beat fellow World Cup finalists Ecuador, 3-1, in a friendly in Tampa. They were in action again as we went to press, in Dallas against Guatemala. The European Champions League is back in action April 3-4, and all four quarterfinals will be shown live at 1:30pm on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes..."

Houston Dynamo Beat Pachuca, U.S. Men in Action, and More
DAILY Sports  March 21, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...In the other semifinal, DC United and Chivas of Guadalajara fought to a scoreless draw in Washington. This is international week, with the weekend and next Wednesday set aside for the national teams. In Europe, that means Euro 2008 qualifiers Saturday and Wednesday, with 20 games each day and every country in action..."

Ecology Action: Recycled by Zoning?
Neighboring 'cop shop' garage dissatisfied with EA's upkeep
News Story  October 14, 2005
"...After 10 years of operation, Ecology Action of Texas, the recycling drop-off center on the corner of Ninth and I-35, has suddenly landed in the sights of the city's Solid Waste Services Zoning Enforcement division. The complaints that initiated the city investigation, alleging site plan violations at their facility, apparently originated at the city-owned vehicle-repair shop immediately to the south..."

Rude Mechanicals: Grrl Action impacts Austin
The Rude Mechs' greatest achievement? Maybe scoring funding for Grrl Action from nonprofit heavyweight Impact Austin.
Arts Story  July 20, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...Community outreach is part of what the Rudes do, and they founded their Grrl Action program, a three-week summer intensive for 13- to 16-year-olds, back at the turn of the millennium. The program focuses on girls creatively expressing themselves and developing that expression into an artistic presentation..."

Where the (Early Action) Rubber Meets the (Clean Air) Road
Local leaders take the first steps toward real-world solutions to our air-quality problems.
News Story  June 27, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...So far, the Central Texas battle with air pollution has mostly been fought on paper. While citizens may recognize terms like "nonattainment," "O3 Flex," and "Early Action Compact," Capital Metro's free-ride Ozone Action Days are about the only real-world evidence that Austin has a smog problem and that the government is trying to solve it..."

Point Austin: Justice Demands Affirmative Action
In UT admissions case, 'diversity' is important – but justice more so
News Column  August 17, 2012, by Michael King
"...Based on the history and its relatively recent Grutter decision, it's a bit surprising that the court agreed to hear Fisher at all. The fact that it did so, and that its balance on affirmative action is in question – Sandra O'Connor, who wrote Grutter, has been replaced by Sam Alito, and Elena Kagan has recused herself – is cause for real concern. Willfully Blind..."

New 'Action' Park Rolls Closer to Reality
Skaters, BMXers collaborate on new digs
News Story  June 25, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...For Austin's action-sports enthusiasts, the park has been a long time coming. Pevey recalled, "We started back in the late Nineties, back when [former Mayor] Will Wynn was a City Council member." She donated the current Downtown ramps as a stopgap while the city developed a plan for three parks within 10 years – a plan that has yet to fully materialize..."

Latino Immigrants in Action
The Latino Immigrants in Action, a grassroots immigrant rights organization based in East Austin, will screen Austin filmmaker Heather Courtney's documentary Los Trabajadores/The Workers. Winner of an Audience Award at...
Film Review  September 13, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Various. The Latino Immigrants in Action, a grassroots immigrant rights organization based in East Austin, will screen Austin filmmaker Heather Courtney's documentary Los Trabajadores/The Workers..."

Council Proposes “Austin Affordability Action Plan”
Looking for ways to balance the budget
News Story  March 2, 2017, by Michael King
"...Predictably as clockwork – or calendar-work, with the FY 2018 budget deliberations looming on the horizon – the "affordability" phrase is back in the City Council air, carrying as many definitions as there are tongues to repeat it. Formally on the agenda today, March 2, is a resolution sponsored by Council Member Ellen Troxclair (co-sponsored by Mayor Steve Adler and CMs Ora Houston, Ann Kitchen, and Jim­my Flannigan), to direct staff "to prepare a timeline, budget recommendations, and ordinances necessary to finalize and implement the Austin Affordability Action Plan" itemized in the resolution..."

SCOTUS: Affirmative Action OK at UT
Justices rule 4-3 on using race in college admissions
DAILY News  June 23, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The surprising twist here is that Kennedy (who has previously sided against any race-based affirmative action) not only sided with the majority, but penned the majority opinion. However, that arguably indicates that even Kennedy was won over by the overall balance of the admissions process..."

Playback: Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee: A New Campaign
Begin your write-in campaign for Poison 13 duo Tim Kerr and Mike Carroll to reunite Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee – possibly at Grizzly Hall, with Leo Rondeau opening!
Music Column  May 26, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee, the only Austin act with a more exhausting name than ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, resurfaced this month – a decade after their last performance – with a long unissued recording titled Your Move...."

Action Bronson: Mr. Wonderful
Queens MC goes major label with third LP
DAILY Music  April 7, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...The bearded Queens rapper/chef/force of nature Action Bronson claims all breaks he’s received, paving unusual new roads for what’s possible within rap. At first look a clever thug, the MC pontificates about the finer things, while holding torches for questionable women on his previous indie releases Dr..."

From the Vaults: Myth-ing in 'Action'
Saluting Superman on his last big birthday – 25 years ago
DAILY Screens  June 13, 2013, by Robert Faires
"..."Myth-ing in 'Action': A Toast to Superman on His 50th Birthday" was originally published in the Chronicle April 8, 1988, and though I've penned hundreds of pieces for this publication since then, this essay remains one of my all-time favorites – in part because it's one of my most personal. Since it predates our online archive start date, it's reproduced here in its entirety..."

Driving While Campaigning: Bill White Talking (Around) Climate Action
The gubernatorial candidate gamely navigates the politics of climate change
News Story  January 15, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"..."Texas has a great opportunity to be a world leader in energy-efficient fuels," he responded instead. Asked how his leadership on climate action would differ from that of Gov..."

Need an Air Action Day
Postmarks  May 9, 2008
"...Dear Editor, We have an Ozone Action Day program. There are plenty of nonprofits and other organizations using it to promote how "clean" they are..."

House Park Skateboarders Roll for Action
A downtown skate fest raises the call for a city skateboard park
News Story  July 16, 2004, by Wells Dunbar
"...Laurie Pevey, founder of Austin's Tekgnar Skate Shop and the festival organizer, said the event was held "to provide a fun and free afternoon for skateboarders [while] promoting the long overdue agenda of building our public, cement skate park." A public space, to be overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department, was proposed in 2000, according to Seth Johnson, skater and president of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee ( But the project has stalled somewhere at City Hall, and the skaters say they're getting increasingly frustrated..."

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors
Plaintiffs cite longstanding malpractice by Austin, Travis County
DAILY News  June 19, 2018, by Sarah Marloff
"...[image-1-right] Three local sexual assault survivors on Monday filed a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Austin, Travis County, District Attorney Margaret Moore, her predecessor Rosemary Lehmberg, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, his predecessor Art Acevedo, and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, alleging that years of failures at APD’s crime lab and at the District Attorney’s Office have resulted in Travis County women who have been sexually assaulted facing gender discrimination by government officials, being denied equal access to justice and protection of the law, and being “failed” by those “sworn to protect them.”..."

Post-Flood Report: Mixed 'After Action' Reviews
171 action items needing improvement
News Story  April 18, 2014, by Michael King
"...On Friday, April 11, City Manager Marc Ott released the Austin and Travis County "After Action Report" on the Oct. 31, 2013, Halloween flood..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
Childhood, aging, and geographic diversity are common themes in these dramas from around the world.
Film Review  February 8, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...More than any other Oscar category, shorts recognize the talents of filmmakers who also toil in other fields. This year’s Live Action lineup honors a group of directors who’ve had successful careers in advertising, acting, recording, and arts activism..."

Gibney Dance Community Action Residency
Training dancers to help victims of abuse
Arts Story  November 4, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
"...New York City choreographer Gina Gibney is of a similar mind. For more than 10 years, her dance company's Community Action for Domestic Violence project has helped NYC survivors build positive mind-body connections through movement..."

Needed: Plan Of Action For Aggressive Dogs
Postmarks  March 25, 2011
"...Dear Editor, The Town Lake Animal Center needs to have a plan of action for when aggressive dogs attack another dog in the walking area. I was there on March 19 when a customer carelessly unleashed a large, aggressive dog before it was safely back in its own pen. The dog immediately ran over and attacked another loose dog as it was bound to do..."

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2010: Live Action
Judge for yourself among the five films contending for this year's Oscar for live-action short. The five international shorts nominated for Best Live Action Short Film include Patrik Eklund’s “Instead of Abracadabra," Luke Doolan's “Miracle Fish," Juanita Wilson's “The Door,” Gregg Helvey's “Kavi," and Joachim Back’s award-winning “The New Tenants.”
Film Review  February 19, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Various. The five international shorts nominated for Best Live Action Short Film are competently made and individually compelling, but I can’t say any demonstrably raised my temperature..."

Hilltoppers, U.S. Men in Action This Weekend
All the latest soccer news on the Hilltoppers, Longhorns, Dynamo, and more
DAILY Sports  October 8, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Houston Dynamo beat Panamanian champion San Francisco FC, 2-1, Tuesday night in CONCACAF Champions League action to move into a tie for the Group B lead. The Dynamo also clinched an MLS playoff spot last week; with three games to go in the regular season, they seem a safe bet for the Western Conference title, but five other playoff spots are still up for grabs, and not a single team is yet eliminated from contention...."

Against Affirmative Action, in Favor of Government Aid
Postmarks  September 23, 2008
"...Dear Editor, Today, Clarence Thomas stated affirmative action is unconstitutional. I totally agree..."

Theatre Action Project: A birthday bash for your inner grownup
The arts organization serving youth marks its 10th year with a party for the adults among us
Arts Story  February 22, 2008, by Barry Pineo
"...It started as a class project by University of Texas graduate students trying to address violence in Austin Independent School District schools. But in the decade since, the Theatre Action Project has grown into one of the city's most valuable arts service organizations, connecting with 12,000 young people a year, primarily in Title I elementary, junior high, and high schools throughout Central Texas..."

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Films: Live Action
Be your own judge and jury for these final five competitors for the Best Live Action Short Oscar.
Film Review  February 15, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Be among the few who have a leg up in handicapping this year's Oscar results. This program affords the rare opportunity to see all five contenders in the Academy Awards competition for the best live-action short of 2007..."

Academy Award-Nominated Live Action Shorts 2006
And the Oscar goes to … see the five nominees and judge for yourself.
Film Review  February 16, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Few surveys of the 2006 feature filmmaking world have failed to notice the ascendency of Mexican-born filmmakers (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón) into the international spotlight. A similar case might be made for Spanish directors in the category of live-action shorts: Two of the five shorts nominated for 2006 Oscars hail from Spain..."

Ecology Action Bouncing Back
News Story  June 28, 2002, by Dave Mann
"...Ecology Action of Texas recently received some rare good news: The city awarded it a special contract providing roughly $85,000 in reimbursements for operating expenses this year. The money is a further sign that the 30-year-old recycling group -- which runs a processing center in Austin and four rural drop-off stations in the Hill Country -- is bouncing back from last year's troubles, including labor strife more common to Major League Baseball than a left-leaning environmental group of just 10 staffers...."

Film Action IV
Film Action IV by Luke Savisky and the Golden Arm Trio is a combined presentation of Savisky’s unique film collages and light projections with the music of local soundscape artists,...
Film Review  June 16, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Luke Savisky and Golden Arm Trio. Film Action IV by Luke Savisky and the Golden Arm Trio is a combined presentation of Savisky’s unique film collages and light projections with the music of local soundscape artists, Golden Arm Trio..."

Positive Action
Postmarks  April 17, 2017
"... This legislative session, it seems that discussions around the transgender community largely revolve around fear and misunderstanding, and are resulting in policy proposals that would discriminate against this population. HB 943, however, would take positive action to dispel some of that mystery and anxiety...."

“Love in Action
Florence’s Comfort House is the Best of “Weird Austin”
DAILY News  May 22, 2015, by Michael King
"...“The best way to describe her,” Reddehase concluded – “she is love in action.”..."

SXSW Live Shot: Action Bronson’s Scoot Inn BBQ
The rap on Texas-style brisket poutine
DAILY Music  March 19, 2015, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Always the charmer, Action Bronson won over a capacity crowd at Scoot Inn hours before stepping on stage...."

SXSW Panel: Fan Data – Journey from Analysis to Action
Tumblr, data mining, replicants
DAILY Music  March 15, 2014, by Austin Powell
"...As panel moderator Kristina Wallender, VP of marketing for Ticketfly explained, there’s a data-driven loop – gather data, interpret data, create an action plan, and enact change – and the algorithms involved constantly need to be reevaluated, as inputs like Myspace, for one obvious example, rise and tank in social clout...."

Point Austin: Firefighters in Action
Snowden and allies on the tech side of human rights and personal privacy
News Column  March 14, 2014, by Michael King
"...As Greenwald said of journalists, we need to be aware of the undeniable risks in reporting on classified or otherwise hidden public information, but not so fearful that we let it affect our work. Greenwald pointed to the example of Snowden – and he might as readily have pointed to that of Swartz, who finally succumbed to despair – and concluded, "We all need to avoid defeatist thinking, and take decisive and bold action in defense of our values." It's called citizenship...."

SXSW Swings Into Action with 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Director
Film fest adds major names plus eight new films to the slate
DAILY Screens  February 12, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Looks like SXSW Film is ready to swing into action: Mark Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man, is the final name added to the keynote speaker list, plus eight more movies and some major figures in film make the schedule...."

The Alamo's Action Man
Programmer Greg MacLennan on the world's most ridiculous job
DAILY Screens  October 13, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Recently, MacLennan has become famous for his marathon homages to action heroes like the Stallone Zone, Baymaggedon, and the upcoming tribute to Nicolas Cage. The real work there is hunting down some realitively obscure prints..."

APD Implements Suggested 'Action Items'
Acevedo agrees with all but four DOJ recommendations
News Story  December 25, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...The Austin Police Department concurs with and has implemented most of the 165 "action items" for improving the department made in a U.S. Department of Justice "technical assistance" document issued last December..."

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