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Checking in to the Hotel Artemis with Sofia Boutella
How the dancer made the leap to action star
DAILY Screens  June 7, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...In the near-future crime drama, she plays international assassin Nice, who is bunkered in the titular hotel (secretly an underground hospital for criminals who can't wait for the regular emergency room) with a big wound and a few secrets. Not that she's alone in that: Each of the crooks hiding out has their own shadows, and everyone kids themselves that they're just one big score from getting out..."

SXSW Unleashes Massive Film List
High-concept horror A Quiet Place to open fest
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Won’t You Be My Neighbor? D: Morgan Neville Won’t You Be My Neighbor? looks at children’s television host Mr. Rogers' hard-fought campaign to influence generations of kids and adults in the ways of kindness. SPECIAL EVENTS [image-11]..."

Alison Macor Tells the Tale of Austin’s Greatest Rewrite Man
New book delves into the career of Top Gun script doctor Warren Skaaren
Screens Story  June 1, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...For her 2010 book, Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas, Macor interviewed virtually every industry luminary (Hooper, Linklater, Rodriguez) who lived or worked in the area. The complex web of collaborations she ultimately wove together, which won her the 2011 Peter C..."

Cracking the Mighty Coconut
Inside the Austin animation studio
DAILY Screens  July 22, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Lucas said, "We are diverse, and we're doing stuff for vastly different audiences. We're doing some stuff for kids, we're doing some stuff for adults, we've got a couple of projects that are maybe network prime-time things..."

The Luv Doc: Bored People Suck
Actually, that's not true. They don't suck at all.
Columns  July 7, 2016, by The Luv Doc

DVDanger: The Club
Home release roundup time
DAILY Screens  May 21, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Historically, babysitters in horror movies have either been the first victim or the last girl. But when Anna (Sarah Bolger, Once Upon a Time, The Tudors, the ill-fated Locke & Key pilot) is hired by a suburban couple to look after their kids while they head for their anniversary dinner......"

Mopping Up the Red in Green Room
Austinite Macon Blair on neo-Nazis and Patrick Stewart
Screens Story  April 21, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Saulnier and Blair have known each other since they were little kids, and Blair said he'd heard the idea for Green Room well before their breakthrough collaboration on 2014's Blue Ruin. But just because you're friends with the director, doesn't mean you're guaranteed a part in his film..."

DVDanger: Tokyo Tribe
Sion Sono's deranged, delirious hip-hop musical rocks
DAILY Screens  December 1, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...But what makes this most fun is that the film both embraces the silliness and critiques it. This is otaku in reverse, with Japanese street kids embracing the fantasy presented by American hip-hop..."

Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks revisit the Cold War
Film Review  October 16, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...The Cold War seems oddly old-fashioned, almost quaint, in Bridge of Spies, the chilly historical drama about the negotiated release of downed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers (Stowell) in exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Rylance). Back then, espionage took the form of stolen state secrets hidden in fake coins adhered to the underside of a park bench, kids’ stuff compared to today’s cyberhack into a nation’s defense system to obtain highly classified information..."

Robert Kurtzman Invades Garth Manor
FX legend talks Evil Dead 2
DAILY Screens  July 30, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Effects. His fingerprints are on some of the era's most famous effects sequences and monster designs, including Austin productions like Spy Kids, Texas Chainsaw 3D, and The Faculty..."

Losing It at the Movies
AFS Programming Director Chale Nafus on a life in film
Screens Story  July 23, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."Chale is so warm and unassuming," writes Elizabeth Avellán, producer of Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, Grindhouse, and many more. "Then, I find out he's hanging with graffiti taggers?! I love that he embraces us artists, past, present, and future, with love, support, scholarly teaching, and being a beacon for our Austin film community – all while being a rogue on the side supporting artistic taggers!"..."

Christopher Lee, Spies, and Werewolf Sex
The strange tale of Howling II
DAILY Screens  July 10, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...There's a pivotal scene in a punk club, but when he asked for punk extras, he was told in flat terms there were no punks in Prague. Yet somehow word got out, and 1,000 punks kids turned up..."

Bruce Sterling on Social Media Jihads
How good are terrorists' Twitter game?
Screens Story  March 12, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...BS: Assad's people are winning. Rumor says that the SEA used to be the Assad family's computer-user group, just the regime's geeky cool-kids..."

Bad Science Marches at the Legislature
Anti-vaxxers turn out for Public Health meeting, promise more action
DAILY News  March 6, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, who was concerned that the opt-out list would still be a list, which seemed to make him suspicious. However, the rest of the committee was broadly in favor, from medical professionals who understand its value for epidemiology and treatment, and parents who sheepishly admitted that they had little clue exactly where their kids' vaccination records are...."

Full Circle
Ali to his friends, Shakey Graves to the world
Music Story  September 25, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...He began at age 5 and had an agent by age 11. There were TV gigs such as a local Southwestern Bell commercial, a dramatized re-creation of a family getting killed by a tornado, and a contestant for one episode on the Discovery Kids' reality program Endurance..."

Other Worlds Austin Has a Time Lapse
All sci-fi film fest announces centerpiece title
DAILY Screens  September 16, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...The debut feature from director Bradley King, Time Lapse concentrates on three friends: Finn (Matt O'Leary, Spy Kids 2 and 3, Fat Kid Rules the World), Callie (Danielle Panabaker, Justified, Shark, The Flash and Jasper (George Finn, LOL). The trio suffer the curse of clairvoyance when they discover a machine that takes a Polaroid of whatever is happening 24 hours into the future..."

Making Trouble Look Good
How Kurt Volk got to be Robert Rodriguez's go-to poster designer
Screens Story  August 21, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...They filmed the experience, and Hrasky convinced Volk to move to Austin so they could turn their footage into a documentary. When 2001's The Last Hope was done, Hrasky concentrated on his day job as drummer for Explosions in the Sky, while Volk landed an animation job at Trouble­maker on Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over as "a shithead, the lowest rung on the totem pole."..."

Obama to Talk Economy at Paramount
On a two-day fundraising trip, Obama will address public Thursday
DAILY News  July 7, 2014, by Mary Tuma

SXSW Friday Interviews
Spotlighting Texas at SXSW TGIF
Music Story  March 14, 2014
"...Shakey Graves projected star from the start. When Alejandro Rose-Garcia emerged on Austin's music scene in 2011, with a paper-bag CD-R, heartthrob teen acting credits (Spy Kids 3-D, Material Girls), and suitcase kick-drum to provide his own rhythm, his gritty folk and roots-stomping blues ballads immediately packed houses..."

Sundance Recap: Part III
Mental instability, poverty, a disappearance, and a docu-thriller
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2014, by Neha Aziz
"...The family struggles financially because Cam cannot hold a job because of his illness. Maggie ends up getting into Columbia's MBA program and proposes to peruse her dream while Cam takes care of the kids so the clan can finally make good..."

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