Sam's Town Point
"...Peter Pan stole Wendy from her British bedroom because he needed someone to sew pockets onto trousers for his Lost Boys and read bedtime stories to them, although Peter, no doubt, also had some unstated needs for nurturance and mothering. Martians, apparently, need mothers, too, but in the animated Mars Needs Moms, the aliens require something other than A+ skills in stitchery and storytelling..."
"...Starring: Ice Cube, Clea Duvall, Pam Grier, Jason Staham, Natasha Henstridge and Lobo Sebastian. When John Carpenter was on Late Night With Conan O'Brien the other night, promoting his new film, the host turned to him and asked what Ghosts of Mars was about..."
"...Since then, with more mainstream fare such as Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, and the muddled Mission: Impossible, De Palma has reached out to embrace a larger audience and seemingly sacrificed those traits that drew us to him in the first place: his singular vision, his clinical stylistics, and the palpable sense of dread that his best films engender. It comes as little surprise, then, that Mission to Mars falls prey to an overwhelming sense of a man trying to please everyone all the time..."
"...It's official. Tim Burton's latest holiday release Mars Attacks! wins the award for Film with the Largest Cast..."
"...First there was the much maligned (unjustly in my opinion) John Carter, set on a Mars populated by cast members of The Wire and Friday Night Lights. Then the Total Recall remake doesn't even make the trek..."
"...Today’s five-person panel of engineers, analysts, and designers working on the Mars 2030 virtual reality experience has some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: You’re not going to Mars..."
"...Every single twist of Bruno Mars’ hips was greeted by whoops. And there was plenty of hip-shaking to be had Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center...."
"...Marshmallow nation, you may now exhale: Rob Thomas did ya right...."
"...Earth to Mars! Or, rather, we should say, "Mars to Earth!"..."
"...That's right, everyone's favorite whipsmart and sassy student, Veronica Mars, is looking to make the leap to the big screen...."
"...When it came time to name his production company, Swerve Pictures, Austin filmmaker Geoff Marslett turned to his favorite philosopher, Titus Lucretius Carus. "Swerve" has a contemporary ring, as does Marslett himself..."
"...The SXSW Interactive panel, Next for NASA: The Journey to Mars, was at capacity, which charmed panelist and astronaut Victor Glover. “It’s beautiful outside,” said Glover..."
"...Mars1400 S. Congress, 472-3901 www.marsaustin.com Sunday-Monday, 11am-10pm; Tuesday-Wednesday, 11am-10:30pm; Thursday-Saturday, 11am-11pm..."
"...You can live in the wreckage and pretend it's still the mansion you remember. Or you can crawl from the rubble and slowly rebuild." Veronica Mars, pilot episode..."
"...In the intervening years, my go-to film on the seductive danger of photography was Eyes of Laura Mars, a 1978 film often called an "American giallo" after the campy Italian slashers it resembles. Faye Dunaway plays Laura Mars, a world-famous fashion photographer who, for vaguely psychic reasons, begins seeing crimes as they happen through the eyes of the murderer committing them..."
"...Since you likely won't gain admission to the Alamo Drafthouse's Veronica Marsathon, for which Thomas personally compiled a clip show, I decided to do one myself. What follows is a totally subjective "best of" list of Mars-isms and scenes from the series' first campaign..."
"...We've never hidden our love – nay, obsession – with Veronica Mars. The new trailer for the upcoming Kickstarted movie doesn't miss a beat...."
"...But you, reader, you know what "Mars Attacks!" means. You're likely to recall the Tim Burton spectacle of cinematic overreaching in which, for instance, the U.S..."
"...The two-parter marks the last of the stand-alone specials that have been airing since the show stopped airing as a regular series. In fact, America gets a crack at penultimate special The Waters of Mars, this Saturday; it airs at 8pm on BBC America...."
"...Marshmallow nation, you may now exhale: Rob Thomas did ya right...."
"...Pennebaker. Remixed and restored in conjunction with a 30th anniversary re-release of David Bowie's monumental album in the history of rock, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, D.A..."
"...Navarro and his political action committee – Save Our Ears – is leading a petition campaign either to recall the entire radio station or send it into space. "They might need a Rush Limbaugh-driven, crazed right-wing radio station on Mars," said Navarro..."
"...Cast and crew, including Percy Daggs III ("Wallace"), attended the packed-house world premiere of Veronica Mars Saturday afternoon at the historic Paramount Theatre...."
"...Any Veronica Mars panel without the show’s star, Kristen Bell, feels sub par, but creator Rob Thomas and actor Chris Lowell gave fans enough scoop to keep interests piqued...."
"...Dear Editor, I was shocked when I read Darcie Stevens' review of the new Mars Volta album [“Texas Platters,” Music, Sept. 29]..."
"...Try as one might, it's difficult to find anyone able or willing to talk smack about Thomas unless you include Thomas himself. His Web site is an unabashed autobiography this side of confessional (baby pictures are included) outlining what might be called his quirky path to becoming the creator of one of television's hottest cult dramas, Veronica Mars (UPN)..."
"...Mars Restaurant & Bar..."
"...There were audible gasps when Rob Thomas revealed the motivation behind his character Veronica Mars – then followed by a group "Awwwwww," mostly from the women in attendance at the world premiere of the movie sequel to the beloved TV show cut short in its prime...."
"...Lost yet? So was I, but Stanton, who not only directed but also co-wrote (with Michael Chabon, no less) this wild and woolly adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1911 pulp adventure series John Carter of Mars, keeps things far less confusing on the screen than they come across when synopsized. Suffice it to say, we are on Mars with the titular John Carter (Friday Night Lights’ Kitsch), a former cavalry hero of the Confederacy who is spending his post-Civil War life searching for gold in the Arizona territories..."
"...Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is a procreative mistake. He was born on Mars to a mother who was the ship’s captain and only female on a mission to Mars, where NASA, along with Nathaniel Shepherd (Oldman), a rich visionary investor (think cross between Richard Branson and Elon Musk, but played by an actor who chews more scenery than an army of goats), have established a Martian outpost called East Texas..."
"...Around the world, state-of-the-art sporting arenas are being built, replacing treasured stadiums and displacing working-class fans who can no longer afford ticket prices. Austin filmmaker Jonny Mars documents that painful shift in America's Parking Lot...."
"...Mars Restaurant & Bar1610 San Antonio St., 472-3901..."
"...I nod absently. I'm watching scenes from the new Veronica Mars movie, squinting at the screen over Rob's shoulder to catch the precise moment when Veronica and Logan see each other for the first time after nearly a decade..."
"...The geek is the hero and not the sidekick in the consistently entertaining The Martian, the perfect summer popcorn movie but for its release in the fall film season. True to Andy Weir’s bestselling sci-fi novel upon which it’s based (the book’s devotees salivate at its mere mention), the film’s protagonist astronaut, Mark Watney, is the imagined offspring of Robinson Crusoe and Angus MacGyver, a can-do optimist who must rely on his scientific wits to stay alive after being left stranded on Mars during an aborted NASA mission, mistakenly presumed dead by his fellow crew members..."
"...Even if the kid isn’t really an alien (no spoilers), there’s still opportunity galore for the wild and the weird. In the hands of director Meyjes, a movie about a boy convinced he’s from Mars becomes Little Orphan Annie..."
"...Rarely does a filmmaker openly admit to being a propagandist. But such is the case of Van Neistat, who, working in collaboration with artist Tom Sachs, sent two women to Mars and filmed the whole thing..."
"...SXSW V2V 2.0 a go, Veronica Mars movie gets a release date, Lars Nilsen hangs up his Something Weird Wednesday hat, and more news lighting up Screens big and small...."
"...Four years ago, Thomas Mars’ face had the look of genuine disbelief as he surveyed the afternoon crowd at ACL Fest’s AMD stage. He gathered himself, jumped off of the platform, and sprinted through the barriers separating the crowds, peppering the audience with high fives..."
"...Starring: Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson, George Dzundza, James Cromwell, Myriam Cyr and Justin Lazard. Mars needs women! (Or, at the very least, a better method of conception.) This bracingly inane sequel to 1995's surprise hit Species operates on the classic more-is-better conceit, this time featuring more stillborn dialogue, more preposterous plotting, and loads more gore (courtesy of Steve Johnson, who can still make a pregnant woman's distended belly explode like nobody's business)..."
"...Where the film really falters is late in the narrative when Ben’s mother (Essman) presents a preachy, binary Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus-type speech that oversimplifies the conflict and offers a hurried, half-ass solution. (To be fair, it’s pretty self-aware in that the characters acknowledge its inherent exclusionary faults.) Nevertheless, the segment distracts from the fresh and quirky method Anna and Ben have already developed for dealing with their problems..."
"...They immediately head from their home in Rio to deep in the Amazon basin, where they find a whole flock of blue macaws that turn out to be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her father (Garcia) and an old love (Mars), is delighted to be with them in the jungle, while the kids immediately adjust to the ways of the wild..."
"...But back to the naked and the dead: Johansson is an emotional blank as an alien on the prowl for earthmen, although Mars Needs Women this isn’t. In fact, the film never fully acknowledges that her impassively eroticized, nameless character is strictly out-of-this-world (other than in the obvious, male-gaze way) at all..."
"...An Austinite wins a Bulwer-Lytton Award, and Veronica Mars goes literary...."
"...Charlie Mars' Friday Showcase: Central Presbyterian Church, 9:30pm..."
"...Starring: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Victor Garber, Betty White, James Wolk and Kristin Chenoweth. Bell is an appealingly tart, wheels-always-turning kind of actress, and someday (fingers crossed) she’ll find a film role that suits her as well as her star turn as a snappy peewee private eye on TV’s Veronica Mars did..."