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Remembering 'Easy Rider' and 'The Last Movie'
CinemaTexas program notes
Screens Story  June 4, 2010
"...The film, though open to other interpretations, captured the imagination of young audiences who identified the cyclers' rootlessness and alienation from American society with their own. Costing $400,000 to produce, the film earned more than twenty-five times that amount [between 40 to 60 million dollars worldwide] and propelled its principals – Dennis Hopper, the director and co-star, with Peter Fonda; Jack Nicholson, whose supporting role as an alcoholic southern lawyer turned him into a major box-office attraction; and Bert Schneider, whose BBS Productions financed the film – into a vanguard who appeared to be taking over Hollywood for the young generation...."

Texas Book Festival
Photos by John Anderson
Books Story  November 17, 2000, by David Garza
"...The older, mainly Anglo audience laughed heartily. When he continued to suggest that the day's new law would "abolish the Texas-Mexico border," the group was far less amused...."

Based on a French comic strip, Fonda and her then-husband Roger Vadim had a good time with this outrageous movie about the adventures of a 41st century sexual explorer. It makes virtually no sense, but the costumes are fetishistic gems and the set design trips the light fantastic.
Film Review  April 27, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Roger Vadim. Starring: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O’Shea, Marcel Marceau and David Hemmings..."

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
This popular Cold War comedy was a riot in its day. Alan Arkin made a memorable screen debut as the leader of a scouting party for a Russian vessel stranded...
Film Review  August 12, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Norman Jewison. Starring: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Theodore Bikel, John Phillip Law, Tessie O'Shea, Ben Blue and Michael J..."

Screens Story  August 14, 1998
"...Ever wanted to see Groucho Marx puff a fattie with John Phillip Law? How about Carol Channing (in her mid-fifties) stripped down to her bra and panties?? Or have you ever imagined Jackie Gleason whacked out of his skull on LSD?!? These brain-spraining images and many more are in Skidoo (D: Otto Preminger, 1968; Grouch Marx, Carol Channing, Jackie Gleason), Otto Preminger's monumental misfire of a counterculture comedy. Gleason plays a retired hit man who's pressured by Cesar Romero and young snotnose Frankie Avalon into going to prison to rub out Mickey Rooney (so far, so good)..."

Killing the Messenger
John C. Danforth's Indictment of Whistleblower Bill Johnston May Lead to a Nasty Courtroom Showdown
News Story  November 17, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...By indicting Johnston, Danforth appears to be heading for a nasty showdown in court with the former prosecutor and his allies. Sources close to the matter believe that Johnston's lawyers will subpoena Danforth and make him take the witness stand, where they will ask him about the truthfulness of statements he made to both Johnston and the media..."

SXSW Film Conference and Festival '98 Further Reflections
Screens Story  March 27, 1998
"...Dir/scr: Roland Tec; Prod: Catherine Burns & Roland Tec; DP: Gretchen Widmer; Ed: Jon Altschuler; Cast: Peter Bubriski, Jay Corcoran, John-Michael Lander, Jeff Miller, Paul Outlaw, Merle Perkins, David Vincent...."

Shooting Spelce in a Barrel
Bush and Bush Land a Free Ad
News Column  March 13, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"...No doubt that's the same reception Spelce would have received if he had asked a single question that smacked of relevance. What would the Bushes have done if Spelce had asked about Panama or Iran-Contra? Thrown him overboard? Or what if, upon hearing Senior wax about "how fortunate we are in this country to hear the call of the great cranes," the newsman had jumped in with a prickly question as to why President Bush consistently fought against environmental protection laws or why Junior is in the pocket of property rights extremists? That would have made for the kind of in-your-face television that would have made Fred Friendly proud...."

Friggin' Genius
SXSW Film announces feature film lineup
DAILY Screens  February 4, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...BARRY MUNDAY Director and Screenwriter: Chris D’Arienzo Barry Munday wakes up after being attacked to realize that he's missing his family jewels. To make matters worse, he learns he's facing a paternity lawsuit filed by a woman he can't remember having sex with..."

The Long, Hot Summer
Books to Spend Your Summer With
Books Story  June 5, 1998
"...Author Richard Dooling ponders hefty issues of conscience, human motivations, and hate crimes in Brain Storm (Random House, $25 hard), his well-paced, scrupulously researched fourth novel. Dooling writes almost exhaustively on the particulars of law, computer technology, and neuroscience, and it's almost miraculous that such an intellectual endeavor manages to be so trashy..."

Naked City
Breaking news from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
News Story  November 21, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The Travis Co. grand jury that indicted Officer Scott Glasgow in the June shooting death of Jessie Lee Owens issued a report last week questioning apparently different standards and procedures of law enforcement on the city's east and west sides, and in particular a pattern of assigning young and inexperienced officers in minority neighborhoods (see APD, City Kick Off 'Dialogue')...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  May 3, 2002
"...[Ed. note: Fred Lewis is an attorney for Clean Campaigns for Austin, the group that wrote the Austin Fair Elections Act, which will become law if Prop..."

Naked City
Waco special counsel John C. Danforth has announced plans to indict former federal prosecutor Bill Johnston.
News Story  September 8, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Last Thursday, Michael Kennedy, a lawyer for Johnston, told reporters that Danforth's office has informed Johnston that he will be indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements. If Danforth follows through on the threats, it may result in a new faceoff, this one between federal officials in Waco who are loyal to Johnston and federal officials in Washington and St..."

Sounding the Alarm on Texas' Nursing Home System
25% of the state's 1,200 long-term care centers have been cited for serious standard deficiencies
News Story  October 19, 2017, by Nina Hernandez and Annamarya Scaccia
"...Though Texas maintains a host of laws that pertain to nursing home care, the state has an equally long history of trouble doing right by its elderly citizens. In January, the AARP released a blistering report titled "Intolerable Care," which paints DADS as a toothless regulatory system that allows bad actors to get away with hurting clients..."

Further Lost Austin fallout and enviro-rhetoric from our readers.
Columns  February 16, 2001
"...Attorneys on the appointment lists must show trial and practice experience (for misdemeanor appointments, one year of criminal law practice and lead counsel in three trials, with qualifications increasing for different levels of felony cases), and the list is reviewed each year;..."

A Whole Lotta Lava Going On
Winter/Spring Movie Sneaks
Screens Story  February 14, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A law student, played by Trainspotting's Ewan McGregor, takes a part-time job as a night watchman in a morgue just as a serial killer begins terrorizing the city; for director Ole Bornedal, Nightwatch is his American re-make of a movie he made two years ago in Denmark, although this stateside version has a script by Steven Soderbergh...."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...THE GEEZINSLAWS: Texas' answer to Homer and Jethro have been pumpin' bellylaughs out of crowds for longer than I've been in Austin. Best known in recent years for their rap crossover, "Help, I'm White and I Can't Get Down." (Broken Spoke, 10pm) -Ken Lieck..."

Calendar Listings
  June 9, 1995
"...BEIRUT burns again, as Vortex revives its steamy hit as a fundraiser in a run of midnight shows. Set in the plague years of the not-too-distant future, Alan Bowne's edgy romance details the struggle of Torch and Blue as they confront life and love in a society under martial law..."

Linklater/Hawke/Black: The Complete Transcript
Screens Story  March 10, 2016
"...Being a junkie is about being away from the world. And it's about being an outlaw..."

The Luv Doc: A Remarkable Debut
Fold back your ear flaps, there's a new band in town
Columns  September 6, 2013, by The Luv Doc

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