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"...One of Austin scenesters' favorite gripes is how we don't get enough national recognition and that for as much coverage local bands get from the coasts, Antone's might as well be in Dallas and Emo's in Waco. (OK, maybe it's not that bad.) But judging by the May 2007 Spin magazine, which hit newsstands this week, we're going to have to find some other complaint..."
"...When Spin Modern Thai's managing owners Alphonso Dryer and Kuantan Vo announced that their relatively young restaurant was suddenly closing, it was quite a surprise for the local food community. In the 16 months that Spin had been open, the eatery earned coveted spots on multiple "Best Of" lists, including the Austin Chronicle's First Plates Awards..."
"...Thus was born Spin, a musical that weds songs by the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Brel, Shelby Lynne, Kurt Weill, and Amy Rigby with original monologues by such playwrights as Lisa D'Amour, John Walch, Jessica Hedrick, Cyndi Williams, Jennifer Haley, and Catherine Berry's brother, Refraction Arts Artistic Director Ron Berry. Catherine Berry is calling Spin an inverted musical, because her process for creating it was an inversion of the traditional method of write the book, find out where the story needs music, write songs, and insert them..."
"...Big up to Austin's Zykos, whose "sprawling indie rock from the Lone Star State" won them Spin.com's "Band of the Day" today. Elsewhere on the site, someone wrote up Explosions in the Sky's big sold-out psych-fest at Emo's last night; apparently our Friday Night Lights heroes have "one of the most accurate band names in music today." There are new Spoon tour dates on there, too, but nothing in Texas..."
"...Dear Editor, Today, as the U.S. Senate, that bastion of the gullible and the culpable, votes to extend the USA PATRIOT Act, I'm thinking about spin..."
"...Dear Editor, I remember The Austin Chronicle when it was a true source of accurate information on world affairs in addition to entertainment news. Louis Black: Wow! Where do I begin? You claim to be a progressive paper, yet your column “Page Two: Darkness on the Edge of Town” [July 29] is a travesty of spin and outright propaganda. Shame on you for trying to soft-pedal the blatant and illegal actions of the DNC against Bernie. Your words here: "Claiming election fraud – the elections, candidate, and party were disparaged," as if those enraged about the corruption were the bad guys! This is the ongoing mind control BS of the DNC: "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." "Isn't it awful that all those Bernie supporters don't just fall into line, lock-step and support Hillary, (the figurehead of corruption) in today's political world?" You expect us all to be so easily fooled that we buy into your screwed-up viewpoint and then go on listening to your blatant bias against Trump? "Hey everybody, keep hating Trump, cause he is all about hate! So pay no attention to the abject corruption of the Democratic party – just hate Trump." Pathetic. Not even a real article of news coverage about the horrific betrayal of all those enthusiastic Bernie supporters..."
"...'Spin' PARTY: Kendrick LamarStubb's, Friday, March 15..."
"...16]. I also agree that Perry is spinning a yarn..."
"...The pro-density team won the first round of the Spin Wars Tuesday morning, when the Statesman's front page headline came out: "CodeNext's third draft neighborhood-friendly." Of course, that ought to be good news for all city residents – we all live in neighborhoods, right? – but in the coded shorthand of Austin politics, that headline gives a first impression, based on the Code team's summary presentation, that this draft leans markedly to one side (very roughly, those who'd like to see more preservation of urban core building stock, with density increases targeted to corridors and centers), and that, as a starting point for negotiations, it will likely have to be reeled back in to accommodate the other side (very roughly, those who'd like to see widespread density and more new construction in the urban core, and less parking and compatibility restrictions)...."
"...18-25 cover story in The Nation, "Building a Blue Texas" by John Nichols. Nichols traveled the state with Jim Hightower, Nina Turner, and other members of Our Revolution (www.ourrevolution.com), the organizational spin-off of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign..."
"...Spin’s annual SX day party at Stubb’s seldom disappoints. Attendees have learned to count on a stacked lineup of cutting-edge acts (recall Kendrick Lamar a couple years back), carefully curated crowd favorites, and a free supply of whatever beer partner they find that year..."
"...The Los Angeles-based label/artist management company of the same name didn't see it that way and has been harassing the soul spinners with threatening letters, emails, and phone calls for the past year. Looking to avoid a lawsuit, DJs Little Danny, Greg Most, Dr..."
"...”Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” That’s a maxim from artful warrior Sun Tzu, whose bellicose playbook is referenced many times over in the course of Austin-based director David Gordon Green’s semi-comedic, overtly cynical drama about soulless American political strategists spinning a Bolivian presidential election into a personal grudge match..."
"...This is Broadway: The Golden Age, Rick McKay's epic oral history of the heyday of the Great White Way as told by the people who were living on graham crackers and dreams back when it was all going on. Consisting of five years' worth of interviews illustrated by a mountain of archival footage, the film sails on the actors' consistent ability to spin a good yarn – as well as their seemingly bottomless repository of good yarns to spin..."
"...Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello. For his American debut, French director Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Big Blue) gives us what at first appears to be a film composed entirely of cinematic clichés, but then has the good sense to give them a friendly spin, thereby knocking our preconceptions off kilter and into a whole new realm..."
"...To the uninitiated, the Veronica Mars movie might seem like small potatoes: a modestly budgeted spin-off of a short-lived TV show about a teenage private eye that dazzled its tiny viewership with its wittiness, withering cut-downs of wealth and the cult of celebrity, and feisty, feminist hero. But the stakes are much higher for fans of the original series (self-described “marshmallows”) – and for its creator, Rob Thomas..."
"...The voices, yes, are a touch off: While Jim Cummings uncannily re-creates Sterling Holloway’s special pitch and cadence of the honey-hungry Pooh Bear, his Tigger sounds like Jimmy Durante, if Durante had been a dockworker. (The more famous voices have a leg up; their familiarity breeding comfort, as with late-night TV talk show host Craig Ferguson’s likable spin on Owl with a Rex Harrison-like singsong.) The slim but narratively fecund plot begins with Pooh waking with the knowledge that he has a Very Important Thing To Do, but he's at a loss for what, precisely, that thing might be..."
"...Yet the model persists in the movies, as in real life. The movie Guinevere, however, takes this familiar cliché out for a spin, and finds there's still a lot of unexamined life left in the old chestnut..."
"...If so, the movie would have been a lot quieter and a lot less frenetic. As it is, this latest Saturday Night Live movie spin-off is a whole lot better than it has to be, but consider the past standards Tommy Boy has to live up to..."
"...And while there’s no quibbling with the comedic timing and inflections of Benedict Cumberbatch’s voicework as the Grinch, I wish he hadn’t sanded down his British accent, so deliciously withering, into an American one, flatter and more benign, in step with a larger campaign to soften the Grinch up well before his come-to-Jesus moment when he embraces the Christmas spirit. To be clear, there’s no actual God talk here, only generic complaints about consumerism, and a season’s usual greetings soundtrack that spans Christian classics (“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”), secular standards (Nat King Cole silkily roasting those chestnuts on an open fire), and Tyler, the Creator’s spin on “You’re a Mean One, Mr..."
"...Liz and the Blue Bird is effectively a standalone spin-off from the successful novel and anime series Sound! Euphonium, chronicling the lives and complexities of the Kitauji High School music club. In the show, Mizore and Nozomi were background characters, but here the spotlight is on them, without any need to dive into the broader backstory..."
"...It’s the biggest cinematic question of the year: Which symbiotic action movie starring sorta-Tom Hardy is better? Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade caught audiences by surprise by showcasing inventive fight choreography and a breakout performance from star Logan Marshall-Green. For its part, Venom comes barreling into theatres with superhero name recognition, a big budget, and lofty expectations as the first film in Sony's new Spider-Man spin-off cinematic universe (none of which are planned to actually feature Spider-Man)..."
"...The filmmakers are poking fun at the male ego without portraying its more sinister aspects. It’s a new spin on an old narrative – a fresh start if you will...."
"...It's not that no one is trying. Edgerton, determined as always, continues to waste his layered everyman persona on high-concept junk (looking at you, Bright), while Schoenaerts gives his Putin-in-waiting spymaster a twisted spin..."
"...During the opening scene of Game Night, co-directors John Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks) and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) don’t skip a beat as they plunge you into a first-comes-love, then-comes-marriage montage between the film’s leading couple, Annie (McAdams) and Max (Bateman) – in like five seconds flat. The pacing never really lets up from there as we quickly learn that Annie and Max host a regular game night (featuring parlor staples like charades and Scrabble) with the same friends until Max’s brother Brooks (a very game Chandler) shows up to put his own flashy spin on things because sibling rivalry..."
"...Every actor who’s slipped into the fastidiously polished shoes of the diminutive Belgian detective has interpreted to his own liking the part of Hercule Poirot, a character so iconic and so deeply embedded in the popular imagination that the Times saw fit to print a front-page obituary when his maker Agatha Christie killed him off. Joining the ranks of Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, and David Suchet, Kenneth Branagh – charming, exasperating – was bound to put his own spin on Poirot, too..."
"...Her billionaire ex, Christian Grey succeeds in seducing Ana once again, because despite his traumatizing childhood (shown briefly in a prologue that deftly combines every conceivable stereotype of child abuse in two minutes), he wants to love her, and she wants to love him. But the deal here is, she also needs to heal him, and while I see that resolution coming down the pike, this second film really has nothing to do except spin its gears, and wait for the conclusion..."
"...If you’ve been following the Snowden story since it broke, then chances are you already know much of the narrative Stone spins. It’s in the way he and his rock-solid cast spin it, thrillingly, that makes Oliver Stone’s Snowden the top-notch nail-biter that it is..."
"...This weekend, Mouthfeel, the Q, House of Kenzo, and numerous performers are aiming to prove me right. Saturday marks the third installment of Magical Realness – an Austin spin on vogue/drag balls..."
"...Not so much a sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman as a sandwich, this spin-off begins before the first film’s action, then leapfrogs to seven years after it. Snow White figures in here in name only – actress Kristen Stewart wasn’t invited back to the party, I guess – but we do reunite with the titular Huntsman (turns out his name is Eric), played as before with brawny, cocky cool by Chris Hemsworth..."
"...It’s here, in this flat, desolate landscape that we meet 10-year-old best friends and apparent runaways Harrison (Wellford) and Travis (Freedson-Jackson), traversing a blank spot on the map while daring each other to say the worst swear words they can think of. Cute, no? Well, sure, right up until the moment they stumble across the titular cop car, seemingly abandoned, and decide to take it for a spin...."
"...Thankfully, characters like the proudly brash Fat Amy endure, and even Kendrick’s Beca has traded in her pouty-loner routine for something a bit dorkier. Anyone already enamored of this gang of girls won’t leave Pitch Perfect 2 any less fond of them; they just may quote it a little less often and not spin its soundtrack as much..."
"...Revealing little new about the political lobbyists that Thank You for Smoking slyly skewered a decade ago, Merchants of Doubt adopts a similarly glossy visual persona, playing up motifs of card games and con artists as director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) identifies and dismantles the recurring representatives and tactics used to spin the agendas of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, and Big Oil in Congressional hearings and the media over the course of several years...."
"...Grimm, indeed. Lately, movies and television have taken the genre for a postmodern spin, reimagining the backstories of glamazon villainesses, empowering damsels with feminist ideals, and flattening the abs of muscled-up Prince Charmings..."
"...This San Antonio-shot indie feature tells a familiar story about the crass commercialism of the music industry, but does so with an engaging cast and contemporary spin. And, refreshingly, The One I Wrote for You is a family-friendly cautionary tale that refrains from seeking divine messages or the outlines of God’s handiwork in the foibles of His creations..."
"...What’s black and white and, at first, a bit of a blur? That’d be the penguin leads of this latest feature from DreamWorks Animation. Regular viewers of the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon series The Penguins of Madagascar – a spin-off of 2005’s Madagascar, which also spawned two film sequels – should have no problem identifying old friends..."
"...Folman’s English-language feature puts an intriguing spin on the story, framing it around the story of an aging Hollywood actress – played by Robin Wright, playing a version of Robin Wright (she also produced) – who is contemplating the last contract offer she’ll ever receive. Confronted by her loving but frustrated agent (Keitel) with Robin’s long career of “lousy choices” (“lousy movies, lousy men”), Robin eventually shakes hands on a unique deal with the devil – here, el diablo is played by Danny Huston’s “Miramount” studio boss..."
"...What a clunker. Though billed as coming from “the world of Cars” – that would be Pixar’s 2006 hit about talking race cars – this spin-off is a co-production of DisneyToon Studios and India’s Prana Animation Studios..."