South Austin Popular Culture Center
"..."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!"..."
"...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..."
"..."I used to hate Bob talking about his kids. I'd turn the mic off..."
"...I still am. That's the thing, you know – you can't just tell kids to 'just say no.' You have to give them an alternative..."
"...Robert Rodriguez is busy at South By Southwest pimping Predators – the first film he is just producing and leaving the directing chores to Nimrod Antal – let slip his next project: Spy Kids 4. Rodriguez said it will have a new group of kids though some of the stars of the first three films may drop in...."
"...He's patched up people everywhere from Kuwait, during the war there in the early Nineties, to offshore oil rigs where he aided divers. But he had kids back in Texas and wanted to be home nights..."
"...Over the last decade, the duo has released three features and no fewer than 10 shorts, not to mention music videos for such local bands as the Octopus Project and the Precarious Warehaus Dwellers. And unlike the Spy Kids director, the Zellner Brothers have been doing it all while getting up and going to office jobs every morning, which makes the abundance of their output all the more impressive...."
"...Naming the Stars: Dwayne Wayne, ur, Kadeem Hardison (right), is in town to play a former child star who resists a reunion show in The Cassidy Kids, the Burnt Orange production now shooting locally. I wonder if this is the time to suggest A Different World reunion? The film's other two leads are Anne Ramsay (Six Feet Under's Jackie Feldman), and stand-up comedian/actor Judah Friedlander, who is perhaps best known as the hug guy in Dave Matthews' "Everyday" music video...."
"...Think War of the Gargantuas, but in real life, with dueling former partners Hakim Bangash, CEO of the Scream Channel, and Nicholas Psaltos, CEO of the Horror Channel, duking it out for the chance to satisfy Americans' thirst for the macabre. It's too soon to tell just yet who will win out, or for that matter who will end up with Professor Griffin at their beck and call although Fotinos' pal and fellow Texan John Bloom, aka Joe Bob Briggs, has signed an agreement and nondisclosure statement with the Scream Channel, which, tough luck for us, disallows him from commenting on the situation for this article but the stakes, as Bela Lugosi would surely say, are high for Griff and his producer, Shane Scott (an alumnus of the prop crews on Office Space and Spy Kids)...."
"...Austin Film News: Robert Rodriguez's (and Elizabeth Avellán's) Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over has earned more than $110 million, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico is at $50 million and still going strong. Tim McCanlies' Secondhand Lions is at $24 million and looks to end up in the $40 million to $50 million range..."
"...Paramount Summer Film Classics Films screen at the Paramount Theatre (713 Congress) through August. Regular admission is $6.50 for adults ($5.50 for features before 6pm); $4.50 for kids under 12, students, and seniors..."
"...A couple of weeks back I popped in over at my local java hole -- Ruta Maya -- and noticed that the building opposite, former SXSW and occasional house party venue, the Millennium Center, was serving double duty as a soundstage for Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellán's new Spy Kids production. Austin's Cue Lounge was taken over for night shoots on the Sandra Bullock/William Shatner/ Michael Caine vehicle Miss Congeniality last week..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Danny Trejo – one of the hardest working character actors in show business – is best known for his work with Robert Rodriguez as Machete in the Spy Kids movies and the new action series bearing the character's name. Catherine Hardwicke hails from McAllen, Texas, but spent time in Austin as the production designer on subUrbia and The Newton Boys for Richard Linklater..."
"...With the exception of maybe Spy Kids, nothing from either Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino seems like it'd work with a chipper chorus line. Nevermind trying to keep Rose McGowan from blowing a hole in the stage with her machine-gun leg...."
"...That explains the packed audience, and the fact that some hardcore faithful were in costume as Carnival characters, sight unseen. They were greeted by a lot of Repo! veterans on screen, including horror icon Bill Moseley, Ogre of industrigods Skinny Puppy, and Alexa Vega of Spy Kids fame..."
"...In her book Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids: 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas, Alison Macor describes writer-director Skaaren as a Zelig of the local scene. Skaaren, who died in 1990 at the age of 44, served as the first executive director of the Texas Film Commission, had a hand in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and ran a production company in Dallas..."