"...Hank Hill and company may be taking their final bow in the fall, but no worries: Mike Judge has a new animated clan to cozy up to. The Goode Family finds the fun in one family's attempts to follow a righteous ecological path ("WWAGD?" worries their liberal mom, as in What Would Al Gore Do?)..."
"...That observation is unlikely to register with fans of mainstream animation, nor is it likely to evoke melancholy in PETA members or those among us tragically devoid of necks. But the fact remains that the California-based duo of Craig "Spike" Decker and the late Mike Gribble aided or abetted the careers of everyone from King of the Austin Hill Mike Judge (his 1992 short "Frog Baseball" earned him no ASPCA fans but won the hearts and minds of inner-10-year-olds everywhere) to Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken, whose inexplicably hilarious "No Neck Joe" was an S&M staple for the better part of the last decade..."
"...Has it really been 15 years since Craig "Spike" Decker and the late Mike Gribble initiated this surprisingly durable cavalcade of objectionable animations and crass anti-commercialism? It has, but what’s most remarkable about their annual parade of gag-reflex-inducing animations isn’t that it’s still around, but that it’s maintained a stubborn sort of unflappable continuity, marked by occasional stumbles into the realm of genius. In the past, Spike & Mike has played host to, or discovered, the work of Beavis and Butt-head’s Mike Judge, The Powerpuff Girls’ Craig McCracken (whose "No Neck Joe" is an inexplicable perennial audience favorite, again), Bill Plympton, and the semilegendary Don Hertzfeldt, who’s currently debuting his epic new short at Sundance..."
"...Looking back, it's a wonder that Austinite Mike Judge's stuttering, onanistically inclined whackmasters Beavis and Butt-head ended up on the air at all. This pair of animated 14-year-old dimbulbs were hardly the fare that corporate mega-hitter MTV seemed to be seeking, but after getting their hands on Judge's nascent work in the groundbreaking Frog Baseball short (in 1992), the die was cast...."
"...The State Office of Administrative Hearings is not usually a headline agency – for which the nonpartisan administrative law judges who preside over contested state agency cases are normally grateful. But SOAH has been pushed into the news in recent weeks by the actions of its Chief ALJ, Lesli G..."
"...Major news in the trial of Robert Springsteen and Michael Scott for the 1991 Yogurt Shop Murders. State District Judge Mike Lynch has dismissed all charges against the pair...."
"...A long and brutal slugfest to attain the Travis County judge seat ended late Tuesday with Sarah Eckhardt taking the prize in a clear 55-45 win over Andy Brown...."
"...Lest you think this sort of low-brow comedics went out with Cheech and Tommy's film careers, bear in mind that the Sick and Twisted fest (technically a bastard progeny to the duo's original, less reprehensible Classic Festival of Animation) has in the past "broken" (in the good way) such animators as Austin's own Mike Judge, the aforementioned Plympton and Hertzfeldt, and Blastro.com fave Jim Lujan...."
"...Incumbent Judge David Crain and indigent defense attorney Chantal Eldridge are both Democrats, though they are far apart in their status within the Travis County party establishment, and in their opinions of the responsibilities of a felony judge. Eldridge has spent her campaign arguing for a heightened focus on mental health dockets in the felony court, has lobbied for indigent rights, and attacked Crain for resting on his laurels after 35 years of experience on three benches, an accusation Crain rejects..."
"...In late June, a federal judge struck down an Austin ordinance that would require unlicensed "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" – religious facilities that discourage abortion – to post signage indicating that they do not provide medical services. "It's unfortunate, but we are compelled to respect and comply with Judge [Lee] Yeakel's ruling," City Council Member and ordinance co-sponsor Mike Martinez told the Chronicle..."
"...A long and brutal slugfest to attain the Travis County Judge seat ended late Tuesday with former Precinct 2 Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt taking the prize in a clear 55-45 win over Andy Brown. The victory came at the end of a weird Election Day, hobbled by an early morning freeze that forced polls to open four hours later than the usual 7am start time..."
"...Attorney Kerry O'Brien has not abandoned his personal campaign against 3rd Court of Appeals GOP candidate Mike Toth, recently appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Place 6 seat to serve out Justice Bob Pemberton's unexpired term, even as Toth campaigns against Dem nominee and District Court Judge Gisela Triana..."
"...Declaring "It's the right thing to do," state District Judge John Dietz last week found the current Texas public school finance system unconstitutional. His rulings were brief and straightforward, finding that the current system both fails to provide an "adequate suitable education" and has also become an unconstitutional state property tax, because so many districts are effectively required to tax at the maximum $1.50 rate in order to meet constitutional, state, and federal requirements and yet still lack sufficient resources to fulfill those obligations...."
"...Dear editorial board, After 30 years of involvement in the labor movement and in Democratic politics – including 20 years as prosecutor for the Travis County Attorney’s Office – John Lipscombe has proven himself to be the most qualified candidate for judge in Travis County Court at Law No. 3. Not only has John successfully earned the backing of countless leaders in our community – which include our current mayor, Lee Leffingwell; Council Member Mike Martinez; Rep..."
"...The race to replace retiring district Judge Mike Lynch has contracted since we first reported on it in February (see "A 3-D Race for the Bench," Feb. 24) – Assistant District Attorney Bryan Case has moved over to run for the Third Court of Appeals..."
"...After wandering around for a few minutes and following a pit stop at the beer booth, I checked in at the judges' table and took my place among an illustrious assembly of community leaders: Marilyn Scher, cooking teacher and Jewish Outlook columnist; Julia Brooks, president of the Texas Culinary Academy; Jeff Weinberger, owner of Jeffrey's and Shoreline Grill; and Don Harvey, drummer of Ian McLagan's band. We quickly established a camaraderie and settled in as contestants and attendees eyed us curiously...."
"...Directed by: Mike Judge. Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, Stephen Root, Ajay Naidu, David Herman, Diedrich Bader, John C..."
"...After 12 years, King of the Hill is nearing its final episode, but Mike Judge fans can find an easygoing and sublimely Hank Hill-esque denouement via the Austin filmmaker's new theatrical release, Extract. Judge initially wrote the script – which parallels and expands on many of the working-class themes of King of the Hill – in the wake of 1999's now-legendary Office Space, then set it aside to work on 2006's cultural crystal ball Idiocracy..."
"...Well, yes, if it's co-produced by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill) and Don Hertzfeldt ("Billy's Balloon," "Rejected"), two acknowledged saviors of the form who have joined forces for The Animation Show, the first traveling collection of animated shorts programmed entirely by animators...."
"...There’s a new animation show making the rounds, and it’s such a delight it makes you wonder why there aren’t more compilation programs like this circulating. Conveniently enough, it’s called The Animation Show, and it’s the brainchild of Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt and Austin resident Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head) – two of America’s smartest contemporary cartoon inkslingers..."
"...Directed by: Various. This second incarnation of the Mike Judge- and Don Hertzfeldt-produced animation anthology is, if anything, even better than the first..."
"...“This Way Up” (by Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes of England) is a macabre and funny story about the bizarre difficulties a couple of top-hatted undertakers experience while escorting a coffin to its grave site. This film by these highly accomplished British animators was funded by The Animation Show’s producers Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt..."
"...Even those at the top of the corporate ladder tend to see their moral compasses go haywire in this new age of Corporations = People. Written by Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and helmed by Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean, The Belko Experiment is a twisted, surreal, and extremely violent “What if?” answer to Mike Judge’s forever classic Office Space..."
"...Here's a twist on the old Zen brain-teaser: When a piece of office equipment falls in the city does it make a sound? The answer is a resounding yes if it it occurs in front of the Paramount Theatre just prior to the 10-year anniversary celebration of the release of Office Space, Mike Judge's hilarious send-up of cubicle culture. I couldn't see what was happening through the multi-ringed throng of people surrounding the sidewalk sacrifice, but the sound of smashing metal and punctured plastic was unmistakable..."
"...Hazen, and Mr. Horlocker," one of the most ambitious shorts in this fourth incarnation of the popular omnibus roadshow, which was co-founded by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt in 2000 (Hertzfeldt bowed out this year, and the program is the lesser without the animator and his pained stick figures rocketing from wounded to scabrous to existentially wrecked)..."
"...As final preparations get under way for the 15th annual Texas Film Awards, some new details about honorees, presenters, master of ceremonies, and the official afterparty are being released today. The Awards take place on Thursday, March 12 at the Austin Studios, and Mike Judge has just been announced as the show's master of ceremonies...."
"...Also announced are a slew of panelists, including Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke (who’ll be inducted into this year's Texas Film Hall of Fame), Austin elder statesmen Mike Judge and Robert Rodriguez, SXSW wunderkind Joe Swanberg, and – how cool is this? – trailer-maker Mark Woollen (whose work on Milk electrified me in a way, frustratingly, the film itself never did)...."
"...Directed by: Mike Judge. Starring: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K..."
"...Directed by: Mike Judge. Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Alan Crews, Sara Rue, David Herman and Brad "Scarface" Jordan..."
"...Directed by: Robert Rodriguez. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Emily Osment, Matt O'Leary, Holland Taylor, Ricardo Montalban, Mike Judge and Steve Buscemi..."
"...Mike Judge photograph by Todd Wolfson..."
"...And as with Williams, the past year has been exceptional for Root, with more and more folks taking notice of the actor and, consequently, more and more work for him. In addition to the two prime-time series, Root managed to squeeze in some feature film work, playing the browbeaten cubicle hermit Milton in Mike Judge's live-action feature debut Office Space, and a bit of cable action in Tom Hanks' epic ode to the space race, From the Earth to the Moon..."
"...Austin Interfaith caught up with the mayoral and county judge races on Tuesday night, a good occasion for Point Austin to do the same. Although AI is an admirable organization, I've mostly bypassed its "Accountability Sessions," as they traditionally consist of putting the candidates on a simple "Yes/No" record for supporting or opposing AI "issues" – akin to the sort of questions that run like this week's "Will you work with us to keep home ownership affordable ...?" Candidates who answer "No" to such questions probably need to find another line of work...."
"...New this year is the Episodic category of screenings, which will feature premieres from forthcoming television series – bringing the small screen to the big screen in a big way. Neil deGrasse Tyson's COSMOS was already on our radar, but Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn series is coming too, as is Mike Judge's HBO project, Silicon Valley...."
"...Presiding over the event will be animator and filmmaker Mike Judge as master of ceremonies. The Office Space director got his start in Austin, and is also the creator of the animated TV shows Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill, as well as the live-action HBO show Silicon Valley, which begins its second season next month...."
"..."Particularly the bigfoot movies of the period, which were, as you know, more about atmosphere, linear plots, and expository titles than about spastic editing, cheap startles, and unnecessary plot twists." Filming took place in Atascosa County, with a cast including locals Charlie Hurtin (Infamous) and Tony Wolford (The Alamo). See more at www.myspace.com/wildmanofthenavidad.Hunting Mike Judge The latest of many release dates for Mike Judge's Idiocracy is Sept..."
"...Now look ahead to pilots for series based on the Austin-shot films Friday Night Lights and Sin City. 8) What I Never Told You About Mike Judge When he spoke at the Austin Film Festival, Mike Judge revealed he'd like to fund his own films in the future..."
"...Limits to 'Idiocracy' The good news is that Austin fans will finally get to see Mike Judge's futuristic comedy, Idiocracy, on the big screen. The bad news is that people in most other areas of the country likely won't..."
"...Mike Judge didn't grow up in Texas, which might be why his animated series King of the Hill could dive into the state's indisputably singular mythology (really – are there a lot of swimming pools shaped like Oklahoma?) with dispassionate hilarity and affection...."
"...Club owner Hussein Ali Yassine (better known as Mike), his brothers Mohammed Ali (Steve) and Hadi Ali, and Mike's executive assistant Marisse Marthe Ruales were back in court today, appearing before Judge Sam Sparks for a status update on their money laundering trial. The first topic of discussion was the date of the trial..."
"...King of the Hill isn't too far off from Beavis and Butt-head in creator Mike Judge's (below right) mind in fact, he considers Hank to be the son of the latter's Mr. Anderson..."
"...Austin was probably the first city to really get this Mike Judge/Greg Daniels show -- certainly Fox was wondering what their viewers outside the Lone Star State would think. Now, more than two years later, Hank Hill and his brood have entered the pop culture zeitgeist and, despite a recent ratings plummet (due to the re-slotting of the show to Tuesday nights), King still rules as the kind of intelligent, familial, animated comedy you can't get anywhere else..."
"...Cavalcade of Agony Dept.: Chalk it up to directors attempting to have a life, I guess. Austin auteurs Mike Judge and Richard Linklater both suffered debilitating leg injuries recently, though at this stage Linklater is in a far better position (sitting, comfortably) than Judge (lying, uncomfortably, post-surgery)..."
"...Defendants and family members sit in the gallery, a handful of county prosecutors and court personnel sifts through stacks of case files making notes and consulting with colleagues, and a gaggle of defense attorneys crowds in front of the bench, waiting their turn to approach. Presiding is District Judge Charlie Baird, on the bench in coat and tie..."
"...On Friday, federal Judge James Nowlin dismissed the Hyde Park Baptist Church lawsuit against the city concerning the church's proposed construction of a parking garage. The lawsuit concerned the designed size of the garage; by rejecting its plans, the church argued, the city had violated a city ordinance as well as the church's religious freedom under federal law..."
"... More info at http://www.cinesa.org or by calling 210/733-7170... Finally, a truly bizarre bout of Web-based skirmishing has arisen between local mini-fest programmer Ray Melendez (producer of 1998's John Landis tribute) and filmmaker Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butt-head)..."
"...Finally, on the docket for the Ann Richards Award, which honors those who forge new creative directions in film, is Austin resident Mike Judge, the mastermind behind the Nineties animated cultural zeitgeist of Beavis and Butt-Head. He followed that up with the equally brilliant and poignant Fox animated series King of the Hill and the beacon of hope for worker bees everywhere, Office Space, a feature film that felt the cube-dweller's pain...."
"...Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 1MTV Home Entertainment, $39.98..."
"...We'll forgive them, if they shoot it in Austin and hire Lonestar Rollergirls' announcer Mike "Three Degrees of Separation" Whiteley and his fab polyester suit. But this means Bob Ray better hurry and get his Roller Derby documentary Hell on Wheels now in postproduction out into the marketplace, pronto.Here Comes the Judge And the winner is ....."
"... It Came From Mike Judge's Garage Dept.: Local wunderkind/director Mike Judge (of Office Space fame) is holding a garage sale to sell off items recently used as props and whatnot in his new as yet untitled film, which recently wrapped production here in Austin. Sale items include "furniture (including chairs, sofas, and some modern items), movie props, after-market vehicle accessories, tools, office supplies, lighting, light bulbs, water tanks, insulation, metal racks, etc." The event will have already begun by the time you read this but continues through Thursday, July 15, at Austin Studios, 1801 East 51st..."