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Osmosis Jones
There are certain mysteries of the universe that I will never truly understand: the big bang theory, circuit breakers, the comeback of the mullet. Having slept my way through most...
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Film Review  August 10, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...For parents hoping this part live-action, part animated trip through the human body will serve as a life science primer for kiddies, well, you're barking up the wrong costoclavicular ligament. The human body is but an elaborate backdrop for the animated portion, providing some neat visuals and a couple of cute jokes (its scrappy hero, the Chris Rock-voiced Osmosis Jones, is a white blood cell who hails from “the wrong side of the digestive tract”), but don't mistake this for half-baked idea for Anatomy 101 … or groundbreaking cinema … or even a worthy descendant of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Bill Murray -- or rather, his raggedy, pot-bellied person -- stars as Frank, the host body for a city of cells united to keep Frank chugging along in his path of potato chip domination..."

Free State of Jones
Matthew McConaughey stars in pic about little-known Civil War event
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Film Review  June 24, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Writer/director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) brings to the screen a fascinating yet little-known episode of American history in Free State of Jones. Nevertheless, this ambitious and well-researched movie often trips over its own feet while translating its knowledge into a dramatic tale, leaving little but Matthew McConaughey’s focused lead performance and Benoît Delhomme’s lovely cinematography to stir viewers’ interests...."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shot: Bill Callahan
White Light/White Heat from local spellbinder
DAILY Music  November 9, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...As the band moved into “The Sing,” the laconic haze of his repetition and baritone cast against Matt Kinsey’s electric guitar and the rhythm of Adam Jones’ percussion and Jaime Zuverza’s bass turned the air heavy before the quartet erupted into the aggressive throb of “America!” from 2011’s Apocalypse...."

Bill McKibben Visits UT
Climate change leader promotes higher ed sustainability
DAILY News  April 9, 2014, by Lizzie Jespersen
"...UT Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, Building B, KLRU Studio 6A..."

Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow, Part II
Jazz patron Bill Cosby's cutting contest
DAILY Music  February 27, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...And we got a rhythm section: Elvin Jones… And I got Ron Carter. And I got, uh, uh… Barry Harris! On piano..."

Alex Jones Apologizes!
Slander against politicians is one thing; against pizza shop owners, another
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Michael King
"...Not sure which is the bigger story: that local radio demagogue Alex Jones issued an apology, or that (mouthing words written by his attorneys) he was capable of being coherent for six minutes. On March 24, Jones posted a video on his Infowars site, reading a letter formally apologizing to James Alefan­tis, owner of Comet Ping Pong, the D.C..."

The Emperor Jones
Arts Story  April 29, 1999, by Robi Polgar
"...photograph by Kenny Braun David Jones stands onstage, listens, watches. An elegant figure, almost regal, Jones commands the audience's attention, even when he's standing still..."

Needle-Exchange Bill Barely Hanging On
State Rep. Dianne White Delisi all but kills legislation that would let local health departments establish one-for-one anonymous needle-exchange programs
News Story  May 25, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Opposition is fine, says SB 308's House sponsor, Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio – if Delisi didn't like the measure she simply had to vote "no" on its passage..."

Shut Alex Jones Up!
Postmarks  December 7, 2005
"...Dear Editor, Alex Jones is a Nazi turd – an arrogant, narcissistic, megalomaniacal, power-mad, piece of filth – an Auslander, a foreigner, a punk, a fake! Alex Jones is a bucket of feces, a piece of trash! Alex Jones is a fascistic boot-licker, a pathological liar, a pus bag! Alex Jones represents everything that's wrong with America! Alex Jones is a Nazi death-camp operator, a eugenicist, a sociopath! Alex Jones is a total bloodthirsty murdering invading criminal! Alex Jones is a deep occultist, an adherent of Adolph Alios Hitler! Alex Alios Jones ... Adolph Alios Hitler! If I sound deranged, it's because those are not my words..."

Bill Parcells Calls It Quits, at Least for Now
DAILY Sports  January 22, 2007
"... Here's Parcells' statement: "I am retiring from coaching football. I want to thank Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones for their tremendous support over the last four years..."

Lege Lines: Kill Bill(s)
Abbott vetoes more than 40 bills
News Story  June 25, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...HB 3184 by Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio: Establishing pretrial victim-offender mediation programs..."

An Intimate Look at Guitar Virtuoso Bill Frisell
Film showcases an oeuvre of remarkable diversity
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Down through the years, Frisell has shaped an oeuvre of remarkable diversity. Recognized initially by jazz aficionados, he’s certainly recorded his fair share of straight-up projects with the likes of jazz legends Elvin Jones, Charles Lloyd, Ron Carter, and Paul Motian..."

Bill of the Week
Making progress toward a Flying Spaghetti Monster Studies department
News Column  April 1, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"..."Other alternate theories"? Well, that won't open up a can of worms, will it? Presumably an endowed chair of Flying Spaghetti Monster Studies is in the offering. (Go to www.venganza.org if you don't get that joke.) In an interview with Mother Jones magazine, Zedler displayed the usual intellectual prowess shown by defenders of creationism and attacked the notion of evolution by random chance: "When was the last time we've seen someone go into a windstorm or a tornado or any other kind of natural disaster, and say, 'Guess what? That windstorm just created a watch.'" So, asked MJ, "Is a windstorm analogous to genetic mutation?"..."

The Don and Bill Show: Slightly Bent
Two titan animators drew crowds at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown last weekend.
Screens Story  November 9, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Bill is Bill Plympton, the older one, the one whose work most closely resembles what it might be like if someone hybridized Chuck Jones and a batch of bad acid. Don is Don Hertzfeldt, the younger one, the one whose work most closely resembles your shattered teenage heart, gleefully cynical in the face of everything..."

Bill of the Week
Rep. Molly White wants to protect Texas from the UN's sustainability agenda
News Column  February 26, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ever heard of Agenda 21? It's a pretty innocuous, if overly wordy, United Nations document from 1992, laying out broad, voluntary guidelines for countries to move toward more sustainable policies. Alternatively, if you happen to be part of the John Birch Society, Glenn Beck, a neo-confederate, or Alex Jones, it's the sinister blueprint to steal all private property and embark on a genocidal decimation of the world's population, all in the name of the New World Order..."

Would Take Alex Jones Over NPR
Postmarks  September 4, 2009
"...But, there still are alternatives: Amy Goodman, Pacifica, GCN, and American Freedom Radio to name a few. Say what you want about Alex Jones, but in the last few weeks, he's interviewed Cindy Sheehan, Ralph Nader, and Pulitzer Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz..."

I’m Just a Bill: Replacing the Big Tuna
DAILY Sports  February 2, 2007, by Jeremy Martin
"...Sports Illustrated recently ran a quick story about possible replacements for Bill Parcells after he retires, listing probable but boring candidates like Norv Turner and Mike Singletary. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I'm pretending Jerry Jones reads this blog, so here's a few better, more interesting suggestions for him...."

It's Alive!
The unassuming, 42-year-old Bill Jones is Austin's premier garage-kit model maker, and that Godzilla leering down at you from the corner of the room is only 1 / 500th scale. Lucky you.
Screens Story  October 27, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Austinite Bill Jones lives in a house full of monsters. Behind the carefully manicured façade of his Cherrywood Avenue home lie literally hundreds of nosferatu, aliens, and garish, marching legions of the undead..."

Looney Tunes Hall of Fame
The Duck, a creature of great imagined dignity, begins his performance. It is a costume drama. He is, as always, a terrible ham. Suddenly the scenery is changed around him,...
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Film Review  November 1, 1991, by Louis Black
"...Directed by: Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Robert Mckimson. The Duck, a creature of great imagined dignity, begins his performance..."

A2K Meets 'ACL'
The rise of Charlie Jones, local promoter extraordinaire, ACL Fest main man.
Music Story  September 20, 2002, by Andy Langer
"...For a concert promoter, no two events are ever quite the same. Which is perhaps why Charlie Jones has instilled a slice of predictability into his work: a stage-side shot of tequila shared with his production team the moment the headliner strikes the first chord..."

Queen and Country
John Boorman's follow-up to Hope and Glory observes the same boy who's now a young man
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Film Review  April 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: John Boorman. Starring: Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E..."

Men in Black 3
Josh Brolin's spooky good impersonation of the younger Tommy Lee Jones is the only fresh thing happening in this sequel.
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Film Review  May 25, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld. Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mike Colter, Alice Eve, Bill Hader and David Rasche...."

SXSW 09 Film Lineup Announced
What's all the ruckus? Why, it's the SXSW Film lineup!
DAILY Screens  February 1, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...In addition to previously announced films like opening night comedy I Love You, Man (the cast of which – including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones – will all be in attendance at the festival), SXSW 09 has some big-buzz films, like Spike Lee’s Passing Strange, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, and the locally made Beeswax from Andrew Bujalski. You got return trips from SXSW alums Ry Russo-Young (You Won't Miss Me), Lynn Shelton (Humpday), and Alex Karpovsky (Trust Us, This Is All Made Up), plus you’ll-never-believe-this docs like Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man and Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie (it’s Troll 2, in case you were wondering)… Not to mention the world premiere of Women in Trouble, written and directed by Sebastian “Snakes on a Muthafuckin’ Plane” Gutierrez..."

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Such an austere and militaristic-sounding title as this one belies the affectionate, warm glow that blankets the family memoir of A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries. This latest Ismael Merchant-James Ivory...
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Film Review  October 2, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Such an austere and militaristic-sounding title as this one belies the affectionate, warm glow that blankets the family memoir of A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries. This latest Ismael Merchant-James Ivory production was adapted (by Ivory and the team's longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala) from Kaylie Jones' autobiographical novel, which is based on her childhood memories of life with her expatriate writer father James Jones (From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line)..."

White's OK for Cash
US Senate campaign finance reports show Houston mayor ahead
DAILY News  October 26, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...First up, when did Railroad Commissioner become a fast(ish) track to DC? Former commissioner and Democratic hopeful John Sharp may be losing the money fight to White, but he's comfortably ahead of GOPers Michael Williams and Elizabeth Ames Jones. Well, sorta..."

The Nine Lives of Ol' Possum
An overview of country legend George Jones' life and career.
Music Story  October 22, 1999, by Jerry Renshaw
"...Near the door of Ray Hennig's Heart of Texas Music on South Lamar, you'll find a framed photo of Hennig shaking hands with George Jones and band. The crew had just purchased a complement of Fender guitars and Fender Twin amplifiers; Jones' geometrically perfect flattop is as stiff as a toothbrush, bristling straight up from his head about three inches..."

The Scene
Jones' town
Screens Story  October 26, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Friday, Oct. 26, Alex Jones, Austin's greatest freedom fighter, radio-show host, filmmaker, and "speculative historian" (my term; copyright pending) is releasing his latest movie, Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement, on his website, InfoWars.com...."

The Mask of Zorro
Theoretically, if you take into account some of Einstein's more esoteric theorems (parallel universes and all that), the tale of Zorro has already been filmed several thousand times over. Or...
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Film Review  July 17, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Martin Campbell. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher, Maury Chaykin, Tony Amendola, Pedro Armendariz and L.q..."

Play Misty for Me
Did you know Bill Cosby is an accomplished jazz drummer?
Music Story  September 18, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The bass drum: leather heads. That's all I have! BUT, I want to play like Philly Joe Jones..."

Ghostbusters
Controversy aside, this reboot fails to hit the mark
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Film Review  July 15, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Paul Feig. Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey, Cecily Strong, Karan Soni, Andy Garcia, Michael Kenneth Williams and Matt Walsh...."

Flyboys
This story of the Lafayette Escadrille squadron, who become the first U.S. fighter pilots, is surprisingly inert.
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Film Review  September 29, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno, David Ellison, Tyler Labine, Philip Winchester, Abdul Salis, Jean Reno and Jennifer Decker. It's been ages since we've had a rousing aerial combat movie in theatres (two wars, actually), the last being 1990's Memphis Belle, courtesy of Michael Caton-Jones..."

More From the Joneses
More music scene oral history from the Joneses
Music Story  June 18, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...Mention of Austin-born Durst (1913-1995), one of the first black deejays in U.S., prompts an exclamation from Dr. Beulah Agnes Curry Jones...."

Olympia
It's not just George Bush pere who lacks a firm grip on the vision thing. Fact is, people who really know what they want out of life are so rare...
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Film Review  November 13, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...In the end, however, it's hard to say what all these bright scenes' cumulative effect was meant to be. Olympia is too ornery and manipulative to be any kind of feminist heroine, and the obscure origins of her javelin jones make it tough to fully identify with her..."

Kelcy Warren Takes a Meeting
Talk of Standing Rock overshadows Texas Parks & Wildlife's pipeline easement dispute
News Story  November 10, 2016, by Greg Harman
"...After attendees' bags had been hand-searched by security, the agency's land conservation program director informed the commissioners that staff believed there was "no feasible alternative" to approval of the mass of pipelines at the targeted WMA. As the first speaker wrapped up her three-minute protest, Commissioner Bill Jones, a Rick Perry appointee, asked: "Ma'am, just a quick question: Have you ever been to this park?" "No," she replied, "but there's a pipeline going through my town and I've studied all the possible impacts."..."

Fifth Circuit Approves Mandatory Ultrasound
It's just informed consent, they say
DAILY News  January 11, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The decision, authored by Chief Judge Edith Jones, overturns an injunction granted by district Judge Sam Sparks last year. Sparks ruled that portions of the law violated the First Amendment – compelling doctors to deliver (and patients to endure) government-crafted ideological speech – and that other portions of the law are too vague to enforce...."

Quintessence
Quincy Jones has lived a career that would make his hero, Duke Ellington, proud
Music Story  March 20, 2009, by Chase Hoffberger
"...His voice crystallizes when his children come up in conversation. All the work Quincy Jones does – his initiatives to teach kids about American music – is for them and their offspring...."

Moontower Review: Leslie Loves Colin
SNL regulars Jones and Jost let us swim in the depth of their love
DAILY Arts  April 25, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...Is not something you thought you’d read today. But then, a lot about yesterday’s Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival show Leslie Loves Colin (featuring Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones and Colin Jost) might appear jarring in print...."

2016 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentaries – Program A
Let the voting begin
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Film Review  February 5, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...”Last Day of Freedom” by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman is a lovingly animated doc that tells the story of Manuel Babbitt, a homeless man who was convicted and executed for killing a woman during a burglary in 1980. The film is told through his brother Bill’s recollection of events, with the expressionistic rotoscoping animation visualizing the ordeal Manuel went through..."

Take Me to the River
Memphis and Stax Records music artists from an earlier era mentor a younger generation in this ambient documentary.
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Film Review  September 26, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...For the legendary Memphis bluesmen and soul singers who recorded at the famous Stax Records, like Booker T. Jones and William Bell, it’s old home week, a sweet reunion of old-timers who made vinyl history back in the Sixties and Seventies while helping break the color barrier on the Billboard charts..."

News Ticker: June 10
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  June 10, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Rick Perry rips from the headlines, the Supreme Court ups the tension, and Edith Jones finds a friend. Publicity is on the News Ticker...."

Lola Versus
Greta Gerwig stars in this movie about thirtysomethings' troubles in life and love, but the conflict teased in the title never clearly emerges.
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Film Review  June 22, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Daryl Wein. Starring: Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater, Bill Pullman, Debra Winger and Ebon Moss-Bachrach...."

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Despite being the third entry in the Underworld series, this is a prequel story about the age-old war between the vampires and the werewolves.
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Film Review  January 30, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...lycanthropes franchise (that's vampires and werewolves to anyone not weaned on Famous Monsters) is as tolerable as it is, which is barely. Nighy's best known on this side of the pond as the tentacular Davy Jones of the past two Pirates of the Caribbean films and also to genre fans as Shaun of the Dead's crotchety, doomed stepfather..."

Hidalgo
Old-time adventure in which both man and steed look good.
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Film Review  March 5, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Hidalgo is fashioned like an old-time Hollywood adventure story, so it’s fitting that our first sight of Frank T. Hopkins (Mortensen), a legendary Pony Express rider, reminds us of a saddle-savvy Indiana Jones with his dark, rugged features and long leather duster..."

Revolution Rock
At the crossroads of the Clash and the great state of Austin, Texas.
Music Story  January 17, 2003
"...Concert overflow and rumors packed the joint quickly. In the middle of our first set, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, and Joe Ely wanted to jam..."

Austin Film Festival Showcases Linklater, Cumberbatch
First round of films announced mixes world and Texas premieres
DAILY Screens  August 20, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Austin Film Festival has just announced its first wave of films for its 2014 gathering, with new movies starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, and (calm yourselves) Benedict Cumberbatch. Plus, Austin's most famous director finds himself on the other side of the lens for once...."

News Ticker: April 16
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  April 16, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Greg Abbott fears a blue planet, Alex Jones wades into manure, and Bob Deuell hides his motives. Opportunism is on the News Ticker...."

Valkyrie
Tom Cruise seems somewhat out of place as a German officer in this thriller about the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life in July 1944.
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Film Review  December 26, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...We all know how it ends, and that foreknowledge dooms Singer's hotly anticipated and much troubled account of the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life by his own officers in July 1944. It's always good to see Hitler threatened or Nazis getting what's coming to them – just ask Indiana Jones – but Cruise, strident, glaring, and positively burbling over with blood and honor and love of Germany's perverted promise, makes for a problematic closet hero..."

Naked City
North American Properties pulls out of Triangle project; Charlie Jones of Middleman Music heads up New Year's Eve celebration downtown, Bernice Butler leaves her directors post at the ARA, Darlene Byrne runs for judges seat, Dawnna Dukes has an opponent.
News Story  November 19, 1999, by Amy Smith
"...So forget all that business about shutting down from Lavaca to I-35 and Second to 11th, because Mayor Kirk Watson and other party planners have changed their tune. Charlie Jones, owner of Middleman Music Co..."

Everything You Need to Know About Voter ID
A program to help guide you through Tuesday's Senate meeting
DAILY News  March 9, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...These would be moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats in very closely contested districts. I hope that’s not the case.” • The Democrats who sponsored the Scholz rally identified 11 representatives as potential swing votes: Republicans Tommy Merritt of Longview, Todd Smith of Bedford, Delwin Jones of Lubbock, and Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio; and Democrats Allen Vaught of Dallas, Stephen Frost of New Boston, David Farabee of Wichita Falls, Joe Heflin of Crosbyton, Chuck Hopson of Jacksonville, Mark Homer of Paris, and Jim McReynolds of Lufkin...."

The Toros: Season Three Preview (First Less-Than-Successful Attempt)
DAILY Sports  November 25, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...I'm just sayin' … NBA issue No. 2: At the beginning of the season, Sports Illustrated released their list of the 10 best-dressed players in the league … and Damon Jones was not on it! What kind of madness is that?! Dwayne Wade is on there, looking like Truman Capote, as is Jason Kidd, looking like he’s on his way to a bar mitzvah..."

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