"...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 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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"..."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..."
"...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..."
"...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 (apsac.mine.nu). But the project has stalled somewhere at City Hall, and the skaters say they're getting increasingly frustrated..."
"...[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.”..."
"...On Friday, April 11, City Manager Marc Ott released the Austin and Travis County "After Action Report" on the Oct. 31, 2013, Halloween flood..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...Dear Editor, Today, Clarence Thomas stated affirmative action is unconstitutional. I totally agree..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 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...."
"...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..."
"... 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...."
"...“The best way to describe her,” Reddehase concluded – “she is love in action.”..."
"...Always the charmer, Action Bronson won over a capacity crowd at Scoot Inn hours before stepping on stage...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."