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"...Directed by: Rian Johnson. Starring: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane and Maximilian Schell..."
"...Though Robert Johnson had been dead for 37 years by the time Antone's opened in 1975, the delta bluesman has put in anniversary appearances. One of his two existing images graced the 15th anniversary poster, and Buddy Guy performed his song "Sweet Home Chicago" as part of the club's 20-year celebration and corresponding live release..."
"...Driving around Chi-town in a used LTD Crown Victoria surplus cop car, Elwood patiently gathers up the remains of the band (including Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy) and sets out southbound. On the way, the group once again encounters various blues legends and manages to provoke the ire of everyone including the Illinois State Police, the Russian Mafia, and a white separatist militia group (sadly, Arte Johnson is nowhere to be seen)..."
"...They didn’t look all that remarkable – just two tiny, weather-beaten notebooks – but these artifacts steered much of the conversation at Friday morning’s Script-to-Screen discussion with Rian Johnson about his first film, Brick, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt...."
"...When she was a little girl, Shirley Ratisseau met Robert Johnson. Kind Hearted Woman Blues..."
"...Bottles of Garrison Brothers bourbon may still be difficult to find on liquor store shelves, but the business owners fought for and won the right to serve samples to guests at the distillery. Bourbon aficionados will want to add a stop at the Garrison Brothers facility near Hye, west of Johnson City on Highway 290, to their next trip out to the Hill Country to enjoy a sample...."
"...People wouldn’t think of him when they think of prewar blues. They think of Robert Johnson..."
"...Meanwhile, back at Guantánamo, Poitras intercuts her fly-on-the-wall footage of Jandal's life in Sanaa with the footage shot by cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, along with archival footage of the legal maneuvering then surrounding Hamdan's detention and the voiceover readings of his letters to his family. He's something of a ghost protagonist..."
"...Last September, as part of the Alamo Drafthouse's annual Fantastic Fest, writer/director Rian Johnson screened his new film, The Brothers Bloom. It's Johnson's first film since his celebrated high school noir, Brick, which was one of the true surprises of 2005..."
"...The biographical drama LBJ treads much of the territory Robert Schenkkan’s expertly crafted stage play All the Way traversed in chronicling the early years of the Johnson presidency. Like the Tony Award-winning production (subsequently filmed as an HBO movie), it spends much of its time focused on the 36th president’s risky decision to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an act of heresy in the eyes of Southern congressmen who mistakenly presumed him as their philosophical (read: racist) brethren, given his Texas roots..."
"...Directed by: Rian Johnson. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo and Pierce Gagnon...."
"...At the very least, Hoodlum might have been better off had it been filmed in monochromatic black-and-white instead of the garish color palette (and plenty of gore) that Duke opted for because they, unfortunately, only reinforce the hamminess of the picture. Fishburne plays the historical figure Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, a low-level street thug just released after a stretch in Sing Sing, who finds himself running the numbers when Harlem's longtime “Queen,” Stephanie St..."
"...Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23" became a hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977, a high school year for me. The Bros..."
"...Lead single "Strawberry Letter 23" twinkled celestial soul, a psychedelic love note littered with rainbows, orange birds, blue flowers, and cherry clouds. Producer Quincy Jones oversaw the Brothers Johnson taking it to No..."
"...By his own account, Will Johnson plays drums like a frustrated guitarist...."
"...Directed by: George Tillman Jr.. Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Tom Berenger, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Mike Epps, Michael Irby and Oliver Jackson-Cohen..."
"...It's a winning short not only for its almost gleefully vaudevillian sense of comic timing, but also because it's one of the few shorts here that shies away from the pure gross-out, something Spike & Mike have never been able to resist. Breehn John Burns and Jason Johnson turn in another in what appears to be a continuing series with Beyond Grampa II, utilizing the elderly and their occasionally off-putting personal habits in ways only a true fan of the sick and twisted could appreciate..."
"...Founded in 2006, the distillery has sold more than 80,000 bottles statewide. Tucked away along Highway 290 between Johnson City and Stonewall, tours of the distillery can be made by reservation..."
"..."Jeff was a musician in a hardcore punk band," explained Bobby. "I organized this show at Johnson, Vermont, which was called the mud bogs..."
"...Then, it's a matter of life and death, and worse. Rian Johnson's debut feature, Brick, is set in that universe, where bad girls mix it up with brains, jocks and heshers assail all comers, and Sydney Greenstreet droops lazily in the corner, chuckling to himself while pulling the strings..."
"...If we weren’t going to give the Hanuka Brothers’ The Divine the description it deserves, we’d go all media shorthand and say it’s a mash-up of parts of Apocalypse Now and Princess Mononoke and that Rian Johnson sci-fi thing called Looper...."
"...When Centro-matic formed in Denton in 1996, bandleader Will Johnson didn’t give the band much prognosis for success. Yet nearly two decades and 11 studio LPs later, the original quartet of Johnson, Matt Pence, Scott Danbom, and Mark Hedman brings the group to an end on Dec..."
"...Directed by: Derek Jarman. Starring: Karl Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Michael Gough, Clancy Chassnay and John Quentin..."
"...That he’s playing with Stephen Barber, our own Renaissance man about town, plus drummer J.J. Johnson, bassist Chris Maresh, and guitarist Derek O'Brien, is just too good to pass up...."
"...KIMCHEE RECORDS SHOWCASE: Started by smarty-pants DJs at M.I.T.'s radio station in Cambridge, Kimchee Records slices and dices a pickled dish of dark Boston rock, strong voices, and glowering guitars. A whispering torrent called Torrez evokes Lisa Germano and Giant Sand slammed headlong into some sweet psychedelic soul riffs that could rouse the Brothers Johnson..."
"...Raised on a diet of Bad Brains, Black Flag, and the blues brothers Johnson (Robert and Blind Willie), Booker and his band play with reckless abandon, a steam train that shakes the shit out of the rails without ever careening off the track...."
"...Indeed, at 5:30pm on a Friday – now that Hanson's just run through songs by Parliament, the Brothers Johnson, Patrice Rushen, and Janet Jackson – it makes perfect sense...."
"...Best known for writing "Strawberry Letter 23," a hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977, the reclusive Shuggie Otis surprised everyone with this 2-CD set: his final studio album, 1974's Inspiration Information expanded with four bonus tracks, plus Wings of Love, a planned follow-up featuring 14 tracks recorded between 1975 and 2000. Inspiration Information has been reissued before, and fans of blues great Johnny Otis' guitarist son might be familiar with its trippy brand of psychedelic rock and soul, sampled by OutKast, Beyonce, Digable Planets, and others..."
"...It’s one thing when a few childhood friends say Benji was “Magic Johnson with a jump shot,” but when Nick Anderson, Mike Wilbon, and countless other celebrities back up that story, you have to wonder if he could have been the rival Michael Jordan never had. And with Benji hailing from Chicago, the stories of this rivalry could have been legendary, surpassing Larry and Magic..."
"...ALBERT NOBBS Writers: Glenn Close, John Banville Director: Rodrigo Garcia (in attendance) Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson Glenn Close stars as a woman who must disguise herself as a male butler in order to find work in 19th century Ireland...."
"...He cited J.J. Johnson (“I want him involved in anything I do), Jeremy Stacy, and Abe Laboriel with little hesitation, prompting the question, is there an inner drummer in you?..."
"... IN-STORES Backspin Records WEDNESDAY: Dr. Delay (2pm), Percee P (3), Bird Peterson & Tittsworth (4) FRIDAY: The Little Bicycles (2pm), Ume (2:45), Xcella (3:30), the Fall Collection (4:15), El Paso Hot Button (5) SATURDAY: Super Soul Saturday with Mingering Mike & Dori Hadar, Wiley & the Checkmates, Ralph "Soul" Jackson, Herman Hitson (1pm) Opera House WEDNESDAY: Oh, Pyramid (6pm), Diamondhead (7), Voodoo Economics (8), Ex-Cocaine (9) THURSDAY: Slow/Dynamite (2:30pm), the Gang (3:15), Dana Falconberry (4), John Maus (4:45), Karl Blau (5) FRIDAY: Douglas Ferguson (noon), Lisa Cameron (12:30), No Age (2), Mika Miko (2:30), Foot Village (3), Kevin Shields (3:30), Devon Williams (4), Ima Gymnist (4:30), Magic Johnson (5), Friends Forever (5:30), KIT (6), Mistress (6:30), Nero's Day at Disneyland (7), Anavan (7:30) SATURDAY: Transmography (1pm), La Snacks (2), Binary Marketing Machine (3), Asleep Dream Audience (4), the Bill Jeffreys (5), Peachcake (6), Naught for 3 (7), Yatagarsu (8) Cream Vintage THURSDAY: Georgie James (12:10pm), Le Loup (1:05), These United States (2), Pash (2:55), Middle Distance Runner (3:50), Jukebox the Ghost (4:45), Exit Clov (5:40), Samantha Murphy (6:35) FRIDAY: Balmorhea (noon), Deer Tick (1), David Karsten Daniels (2), Tall Firs (3), Panther (4), Hey Willpower (5) SATURDAY: The Hymns (2pm), the Steps (3), Mr..."
"...I only knew that anyone with the vocal chops to trigger a Shuggie in my brain was all right by me. Their cover of that Shuggie classic (a big hit for the Brothers Johnson) was crazy..."
"...The Brothers Johnson notwithstanding, Curt Kirkwood is all about stomp. Bounding onto the Cactus Cafe's red-velvet stage with a matching red Gibson acoustic guitar at precisely 9:15pm, no opener, the SSToried punk rocker/Meat Puppet/Austin transplant looked both happy to be there and vaguely ill at ease..."
"...They didn't, and neither would Shuggie's experimental soul psychedelia. The world would have to wait a few years for the Brothers Johnson to make a platinum hit out of his genre-bending, pre-trip-hop jazz blaster "Strawberry Letter 23" until the Eighties for Prince to take the funk throne and another decade or two for the rest of pop to catch up to electronica..."
"...But like Shepard's 14.8 minute anti-epic, there were jet-packs of potential crammed within. In Premiers Symptomes, Air takes a look back at their look forward, the way one might read Jules Verne to remember how we used to see the future, or more topically, the way one might listen to Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, Curtis Mayfield, or the Brothers Johnson, even, to get a feel for where we were at the dawn of our crystal, dew-soaked electronica mornings..."
"...Even less surprising is how this stuff kicks live, with Brian Standefer's cello and superdrummer J.J. Johnson turning this gloomy pop into something nonetheless celebratory..."
"...HOT BUTTERED RHYTHM: Forget the polls, many a local musician will argue that J.J. Johnson and Brannen Temple are Austin's two best drummers -- masters of diverse skills and rare style..."
"...Perhaps A.J. Zilker saw a bit of himself in the hardworking Joseph, who bought wares in town, packed them on his burro, and traveled as far as Johnson City to sell them to farmers and ranchers..."
"...What do Lyndon Johnson and Groucho Marx have in common?..."
"...Here in 1999, the end of the world seems as fitting a time as any to excrete a slew of reissues and revisit the smarts of the good Captain. And why not? Our creaking culture of recombining all the stuff that didn't work the first time certainly has space for one more pure original, no? In the entertaining and exhaustive liner notes to TheDust Blows Forward, a new 2-CD compilation, Van Vliet denies all influence, characterizing the recognizable part of his cosmic skronk instead as "possession." Okay, so the devil himself, Robert Johnson, handed him a broom, and Beefheart dusted with it, and his patented growls and yowls are scraped right from the Howling /Muddy/Screaming bowels of all those brothers from other planets (especially Sun Ra)..."
"...ANGUSD: Patrick Read Johnson; with Charlie Talbert, George C. Scott, Kathy Bates, Rita Moreno, Ariana Richards, Chris Owen, Lawrence Pressman. Angus (Talbert) is smart, sensitive, courageous....."
"...BEN JOHNSON: THIRD COWBOY ON THE RIGHT..."
"...ANGUSD: Patrick Read Johnson; with Charlie Talbert, George C. Scott, Kathy Bates, Rita Moreno, Ariana Richards, Chris Owen, Lawrence Pressman. If you are one of those rare birds who recall their high school days with trilling glee or cooing fondness, Angus is probably not your cup of moo juice..."
"...In the Documentary Spotlight field, Trinidad filmmaker PJ Raval returns with Before You Know It, his look at gay seniors (Raval also lensed The Bounceback); UT Radio/Television/Film department chair Paul Stekler reunites with Vote for Me collaborators Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Peter Odabashian for Getting Back to Abnormal, a look at growing pains in post-Katrina New Orleans; and director Josh Johnson debuts ode to home video Rewind This! An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story is another project of interest – especially for anyone who inhaled Pamela Colloff’s recent, riveting two-part feature in Texas Monthly about Michael Morton’s wrongful conviction as a wife-killer; it’s directed by Al Reinert (For All Mankind), the Houston-based two-time Academy Award nominee...."
"...The film tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage..."
"...Honeytrap (UK) Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Johnson Honeytrap is a tragic teen romance, set in London and inspired by true events. It tells the story of 15-year old Layla, who sets up the boy in love with her to be killed..."
"...Thank You a Lot Director/Screenwriter: Matt Muir A struggling, two-bit music manager will lose his job unless he signs a reclusive country music singer, James Hand, who also happens to be his estranged father. Cast: Blake DeLong, James Hand, Robyn Rikoon, Sonny Carl Davis, Jeffery Da'Shade Johnson (World Premiere)..."
"...D: Robert Wise; with Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn...."
"...Smith; with Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as LouAnne Johnson, an ex-Marine with designs on becoming a schoolteacher, who serves as the Great White Hope to the "dangerous minds" of the title: a classroom of ill-mannered, cynical kids who have lost all interest in learning and have more or less resigned themselves to rather dismal futures..."