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"...A selectively small SXSW 2010 audience already got a first look at clips from Predators, and now Austin nabs the July 7 world premiere...."
"...It may have been the presence of Oscar-winner Adrien Brody that generated the press scrum outside last night's Predators world premiere at the Paramount. Yet inside the biggest plaudits were reserved for the local crew that turned around a $50 million action movie in under a year...."
"...Is it a cliche to say that spirits were high in the moments leading up to the premiere of Top Chef: Texas, which as we all know by now, features Austin culinary luminaries Paul Qui (of Uchi, Uchiko, and East Side King fame) and Andrew Curren (24 Diner)? Well, so be it...."
"...In anticipation of Top Chef: Texas' premiere tonight at 9pm on Bravo, we suggest you get your drinking games in order. Try visual prompts like pearl snap shirts and ten gallon hats, audios cues like "Don't Mess With Texas" and "everything's bigger in Texas," and you should be drunk by the Quickfire Challenge...."
"...Sarah Green’s celebrated Texas films include Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Song to Song, which will make its world premiere as the Opening Night film at SXSW on March 10. Green has also served as the producer of several other Malick films, as well as John Sayles’ Passion Fish and The Secret of Roan Inish, and Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter and Loving..."
"...More recently, she has been responsible for such well-regarded works as Albert Nobbs, and her upcoming Biblical project, Last Days in the Desert, due later this year. Austin Film Society associate artistic director Holly Herrick called her a producer of "iconic, historically great films" and noted she will in Austin in February to present the world premiere of 5 to 7, the newest film under Curtis' Mockingbird Pictures shingle...."
"...Texas actor Ryan Rutledge sent word out that he had a lot of fun filming the upcoming season premiere of the BBC's Wire in the Blood. And he didn't have to cross the pond to do it..."
"...In novels, films, and on television, storytellers can’t invent new grisly ends for humanity fast enough. Our ongoing obsession with post-apocalypse fiction isn’t going away (just ask the record-breaking 17.3 million viewers who fed on last week’s The Walking Dead season premiere); all we can hope for are superior spins of the wheel, as is the case with this newly minted National Book Award finalist...."
"...In this, our trigger-happy state, it makes sense that At the Death House Door – an exploration of the death penalty through the eyes of Rev. Carroll Pickett, a former death-row chaplain, now an anti-death penalty advocate – will have its world premiere at SXSW..."
"...If that wasn't enough, for the big spenders (and this is, after all, one of AFS's big fundraisers for the year), the Variety panel at the award brunch on March 7 has added not only Linklater, but also actress Regina Hall, who will be in town for the premiere of a film by another Austin director: Andrew Bujalksi, whose "breasteraunt" comedy Support the Girls will debut at SXSW...."
"...Introducing the film will be Austin American-Statesman columnist John Kelso; Wade and Dinitz will host a Q&A after the film. The Jefferson Truett Band will provide live music, and a separate premiere party will follow for all the attendees...."
"...You can show your support for the plan – and hang with other Trekkie fans – by buying a ticket to the Austin Planetarium sponsored Star Trek premiere party and IMAX screening next Friday (May 8) from 6 to 9pm at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. (The film screens at 9:30pm.)..."
"...Despite my plea to the ether that no filmic breaking news happen while I was on vacation, the ether went ahead and broke it anyway. Like yesterday's news that SXSW posterboy Joe Swanberg would world-premiere his latest, Alexander the Last, there in a unique twin-platform release with IFC Film's Festival Direct – meaning, as the curtain goes up on March 14 at a SXSW theatrical venue, Swanberg's film will be available on video-on-demand simultaneously..."
"...Robert Rodriguez’s second installment in the Spy Kids series is for kids, about kids, and made by kids (okay, adult-sized kids), and Sunday’s premiere of Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams fed on that same sensibility. The packed house was teeming with kiddies (and parents, looking just as giddy)..."
"..."I only want to work with the people that I love on the projects that I love," she said, and that translates into staying with a movie throughout its entire production and release cycle. Even with the Hall of Fame ceremony imminent, she was knee-deep in preparations for the world premiere of Malick's Song to Song at SXSW, while seeing Nichols' Oscar-nominated Loving through its final theatrical run..."
"...Sir Doug & the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove makes its world premiere at SXSW Film Thu., March 19, 7:30pm at the Paramount Theatre. Its concert tie-in returns to the Paramount on Saturday..."
"...The more recent recordings from the Continental and the tour show off Mencher and Young at their most harmonious -- a lot can happen in eight years, not all of it bad. Shaun Young obviously wanted to turn a trick by himself on the solo album, and although he takes Smith along for comfort, he goes for a fuller sound than his normal three-piece, kicking it up with premiere drummer Lisa Pankrantz and Chris Miller on steel guitar, while adding sax and piano to the mix..."
"...Pierson said, "People were coming to us because it would be exciting to launch with us, and we thought, 'Let's see. If we find the work to support it, we'll create a section dedicated to it.' Luckily we found these six series premieres that absolutely spoke to our sensibilities." That list includes the world premiere Robert Rodriguez's TV remake of From Dusk Till Dawn for the El Rey Network and the latest from Mike Judge, HBO tech bubble comedy Silicon Valley..."
"...However, if there is anything intrinsically Austin in this series, it was not evident in the pilot episode, screened for a small but enthusiastic audience at the Paramount Theatre in mid-August. But does it have enough oomph to be noticed beyond Austin – and especially in the thick of premiere week? Final verdict: Being set in Austin doesn't help or hurt this prime-time soap..."
"...The panel kicks off with the premiere screening of "The Flea Circus," a short film based on an excerpt from The Gay Place, directed and produced by his daughters Shelby and Sidney Brammer. Next up is a panel discussion, and if you know the first thing about Texas letters, you know the lineup is an impressive one: Longtime Texas Monthly columnist (and one of Brammer's Mad Dog pals) Gary Cartwright; Brammer's first wife, Nadine Eckhardt, whose memoir Duchess of Palms was just published by UT Press; legendary curmudgeon Don Graham, who's perhaps the leading authority on Texas literature; Kaye Northcott, former editor of The Texas Observer; Texas Monthly senior editor Jan Reid (The Bullet Meant for Me); and former state legislator A.R..."
"...After its world premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival in February of last year, the film and filmmakers returned to Amarillo on Jan. 23 for its first hometown screening..."
"...As director of the Moscow State Children's Theater, she commissioned the orchestral work from her friend Sergei Prokofiev. A year after its premiere, she and her husband were caught up in a Stalinist purge and accused of treason..."
"...So far, audiences seem sincere in their appreciation of Forev. After a premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, it won audience awards at the Portland Film Festival and the Tallgrass Film Festival..."
"...Credit much of that to the concert's centerpiece: the massive, majestic A German Requiem of Johannes Brahms, which breaks with tradition by speaking not to the Lord on behalf of the dearly departed but to those left behind, comforting them in their grief. There's also the bill's premiere of a Requiem movement by a composer who's still very much alive – indeed, who just recently became the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music..."
"...This highly recommended film make its Austin premiere tonight (2/25) as part of the Stateside Theater's new Stateside Independent series; the screening is copresented by the Austin Film Society and the Texas Filmmakers Network. The 7pm show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 9:30pm show...."
"...Indeed, I agree. It’s one of Texas’s premiere dessert wines..."
"...With seven nuclear plants proposed in Texas, local environmental groups are turning to Hollywood to help get the message out. Public Citizen and the Sierra Club showed up at the Simpsons Movie premiere to talk about the dangers of Texas' nuclear future (read more here), and then on Aug..."
"..."You'll find copies of the Kyoto Treaty under your chairs," quipped Texas Monthly Editor Evan Smith at the start of the sixth Texas Film Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a nod to Friday night's unseasonable swelter. If anything, the sultry conditions inside the Austin Studios soundstage seemed to loosen purse strings, among other things; what followed was possibly the longest benefit auction on record, with well-heeled film patrons, egged on by auctioneer and radio personality Bob Cole, jostling to outdo one another in the bidding over Marfa getaway weekends and A Scanner Darkly premiere trips..."
"...The Edwin Livingston Group In his first recording as session leader, Edwin Livingston, one of Austin's premiere jazz bassists, has reached out for a sound all his own, and with the help of four original compositions and one extended improvisation, he's pushed the envelope a bit. The bass solo in the first tune, "AKA Fiddy Jones," is all over the place, taking high thin to reverbing lows, Livingston hitting quick eighths and sixteenths at all points in between as if he had three hands..."
"...Says Nathan, "The distribution grant we got for Plastic Utopia really helped out a lot with getting tapes and dubs made, which is pretty important for that sort of thing." More currently, the Zellners are awaiting the release of the film on DVD later this summer from perpetual iconoclasts Film Threat, which Nathan promises will be loaded with assorted extras. Currently, the pair have just completed two shorts, "Quasar Hernandez" (a TFPF winner last year), which will premiere at CineVegas in June, and "The Virile Man," which picked up the Spirit of Slamdance Award at this year's Park City fest..."
"...On Friday, "Rock My Plimsoul" Peter Case brings the largely acoustic sounds of his wonderful new Vanguard release, Torn Again, to the Cactus, reminding us that Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar aren't the only songwriters with country twangs and contemporary takes on folk & roll. Saturday, Watermelon celebrates the release of Eric Taylor's eponymous debut on their label, and the Houston songwriter celebrates a couple of decades of craft that has influenced the likes of Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. Whip out the acoustics, boys. WOMEN IN JAZZ Cafezino, Saturday 16 A preview of the yearly "Women in Jazz" concerts (October 13 & 14 at the Live Oak), this cozy Cafezino show features the smoky charm of four of Austin's premiere jazz divas: Pam Hart, Hope Morgan, LaDonna Jones, and Willie Nicholson..."
"...Austin's electro-pop scene swims the same cusp. Capyac's debut LP Headlunge represents a valiant endeavor to bring the genre to the forefront, but even though Delwin Campbell and Eric Peana pull off nonstop dance parties in clubs, their premiere disc evinces much to learn still..."
"...Jack Wilson wrapped a new music video this week, one for the morose, contemplative “Rainbow/Tiger,” a cut off June’s Spare Key, the local songwriter’s second album. We liked what we saw when he sent it our way, so it premieres here..."
"...Three local films will show in the NEXT sidebar, a showcase devoted to edgy, forward-thinking, modestly budgeted films: Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess, Yen Tan's Pit Stop, and Hannah Fidell's A Teacher. Bastian Günther, who divides his time between Austin and Berlin, will premiere his film Houston in the world dramatic competition, while Dallasite David Lowery, a frequent collaborator on Austin projects (case in point: he co-wrote Pit Stop), will show in the U.S..."
"...As Steakley has been working on All the Way's Texas premiere, he's become quite conscious of Johnson's many personalities, echoing Updegrove that "everyone has a different perception of who Johnson was because he was a master of transformation based on whomever he was dealing with." Steve Vinovich, who was Cranston's understudy but is only now getting to step into Lyndon's boots, was told by former Johnson aide Bill Moyers that "LBJ was 13 of the most interesting people he ever met." That makes Johnson "a remarkable character to play," says Steakley. "We hope we've captured the essence of the man through all of the interviews and research and footage and recordings we have been poring over for months..."
"...Austin's primo genre film festival, Fantastic Fest, has just opened fire with its first wave of titles for 2018, and it's already bringing the big guns, with the announcement of the world premiere of action-horror Overlord...."
"...Cinema's ickiest threesome is back for more and making its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2011...."
"...Fantastic Fest has just dropped the first wave of programming for 2013, and it's time to get excited. Keanu Reeves will be walking the red carpet with the US premiere of his directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi...."
"...Fantastic Fest could have just dropped Frankenweenie on us and we would have been stoked: But now they've sent their first wave of titles crashing over us, including a gala premiere of the long-awaited Dredd 3D...."
"...Dayton's movie will be one of several world premieres at the fest announced today, along with Canadian monster flick Big Fucking Monster aka Alarming. Talking to an exhausted but excited Mitchell on Tuesday night, he said, "It's ridiculous, man I'm so happy with the quality of films that people have sent in." He was particularly thrilled to get BFM, the latest feature from veteran TV makeup FX master Ryan Nicholson (The X-Files, Blade.) Mitchell said, "That's where he makes his money, and then spends it on these super-underground horror films."..."
"...Second year, second wave: Other Worlds Austin, Central Texas' dedicated science-fiction film festival, has just added multiple features and shorts to its slate of U.S. and Texas premieres, including drama, comedy, a kid-friendly addition, and a new documentary on steampunk...."
"...Jean Piché, composer, video artist September 9, McCullough Theatre Punch Brothers with Chris Thile; Loudon Wainwright III September 10, Bass Concert Hall Operación Clown; Cállate (Shut Up!) September 15-16 2010, McCullough Theatre The Last Cargo Cult (Texas Premiere) September 21-22, McCullough Theatre Delfos Danza Contemporánea September 23, Bass Concert Hall The University of Texas Wind Ensemble September 26, Bass Concert Hall Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI; La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Tembembe Ensamble Continuo October 3, Bates Recital Hall The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Jonathan Biss, piano October 22, Bass Concert Hall Luciana Souza Trio October 25, Hogg Memorial Auditorium Cyro Baptista; Villa-Lobos / Vira Loucos October 26, Hogg Memorial Auditorium MOMIX: Botanica October 28-29, Bass Concert Hall LA Theatre Works presents The Real Dr..."
"...The Austin Film Society will host the Texas premiere of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the followup to 2005’s Frank Miller’s Sin City. Rodriguez will introduce the film and stick around for a Q&A afterward..."
"...Opening the fest is the Texas premiere of Fourth Man Out, a comedy about a small-town car mechanic who comes out to his friends on his 24th birthday. Andrew Nackman's debut feature stars Chord Overstreet (Glee) and Kate Flannery (The Office)..."
"...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...."
"...This latest announcement also includes three whole slates of shorts from around the world, including a swath of Texas and U.S. premieres, and the latest from Calvin Reeder, creator of the um – eye-opening short "The Procedure."..."