"...In all, 60 episodes of Split Screen aired on the Independent Film Channel during its initial run, and beginning Saturday, December 10, FilmStruck will release six episodes of the show every six weeks. Whether you've seen it all before or you're a newcomer to the series, Split Screen remains relevant and entertaining 15 years after it went off the air...."
"...So what's a more fitting way to learn about the craft, the secrets, the stories, and the ups and downs of life in the writers' room than AFF's latest compilation of the best of those Q&As, this time tuning in to TV's finest? It's filled with must-read conversations between matched talents: Paul Feig discussing Arrested Development with Mitchell Hurwitz, or Damon Lindelof asking Chris Carter about the challenge of keeping a mystery over multiple seasons of The X-Files. Give your favorite aspiring screenwriter a triple gift by adding the earlier volumes of the On Story series (Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films and Screenwriters and Their Craft) and help keep peak TV going! – Richard Whittaker The Criterion Channelwww.criterion.com/channel, $9.99/month; $89.99/year..."
"...Filmstruckwww.filmstruck.com ($6.99/month; FilmStruck + the Criterion Channel: $10.99/month, $99/year)..."
"...With its heavy emphasis on comedies like Portlandia, Documentary Now!, and Stan Against Evil, younger viewers might be surprised that the F in IFC stands for film. But when the Independent Film Channel first started broadcasting in 1994, that was all it did..."
"...MV: I transcribed the notes, going through it all, and I had the film on VHS from a couple of showings on Z Channel [if you're not familiar with L.A.'s fabled Z Channel, check out the documentary about it that was made by John's daughter Xan Cassavetes in 2004]. I rewrote it just to rewrite it..."
"...Texas on Sundance A Mexican soap opera star searches for her true destiny in Texas filmmaker Bob Byington's Olympia. Shot in Austin, the film premieres on the Sundance Channel July 2, 12:30pm..."
"...Cantu returns to K-Eye thanks to the affiliate's new news director, Tim Gardner. Gardner used to be at channel 7 when it was a CBS station, where he hired Cantu as a reporter...."
"...Poor Beddows: He lacks most of the qualities you'd expect in a war-movie hero but is cursed with a premonitory sense of his own death and an almost enlightened awareness of the insignificance of his life in relation to the grand designs of vying nations. "We are part of a machine that grows bigger and bigger," he writes to his parents before embarking on his trip across the English Channel, "while we get smaller and smaller." Overlord is striking in its originality and meditative tone and just cynical enough to acknowledge the beauty that often accompanies the most horrible acts of mass human cruelty..."
"...Austin Community Access' beloved The Show With No Name airs its very last episode, number 280, this Sunday, Sept. 26, 10pm, on Time Warner Cable Channel 10..."
"...Forget Jurassic Park: The Lost World, this is Spielberg's monster movie masterpiece. This four-disc, CAV set has everything you'd ever want to see/hear/know about the film that singlehandedly led to cable channel A&E affectionately being dubbed "The Shark Channel" (at least around my house)..."
"...Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5 (episodes 11-20; Universal Studios, $49.98): It's about frakkin' time: The tail end of the stellar second season hits shelves with plenty of time for new viewers to play catch-up before the SciFi Channel launches season three in October...."
"...Might I suggest a more constructive way to channel your Malick enthusiasm? Check out the Criterion Collection's newish DVD/Bluray release of his 1998 opus The Thin Red Line. It was the first disc I popped in to celebrate the purchase of my first-ever flat-screen, and I swear I almost wept at how pretty the film looked..."
"...Further on the horizon are two foodie shows touching down in our town. Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods America – the new season of which also premieres tonight – screens its Austin-centric episode on Aug..."
"...Grammy recipient of the first Video of the Year award in 1981, who had the year previous sold his blueprint for a cable music channel to MTV, Nesmith followed in the patented footsteps of his mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, who invented Liquid Paper at their kitchen table in Dallas in 1951. San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base (not 12th grade) later gave way to the Alamo City's community college as a launching pad for the lanky young musician, who headed west to Los Angeles in 1963..."
"...Everybody knows traditional distribution models have gone haywire in the Digital Age. Festival films such as Mary and Max are skipping the typical next step, a theatrical run, to debut instead on premiere cable outlets such as HBO or, more recently, video-on-demand services from the likes of IFC, the Sundance Channel, and Cinetic Rights Management's FilmBuff, the new VOD outlet programmed by former South by Southwest producer Matt Dentler..."