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Entertainment Weekly, in two separate October issues, singled out two local Web endeavors for meritorious distinction. In an article titled "30 Beautiful Sites" in the Oct. 10 issue, TV Hole ( was listed as one of the five best television sites on the Web. Its award? "Best Snarky TV Site"... and we have to agree. Daily installments roast the TV programming from the night before and its humorous, take-no-prisoners attitude is a welcome relief from all the hype that bombards us constantly. Then, in EW's annual Power Issue on Oct. 31, who should be included as an "in-siter" in their "Power 101" list of the top Hollywood movers and shakers but our favorite cyber cine-fiend Harry Jay Knowles? Knowles' Ain't It Cool movie news site ( came in at #101, followed only by the Spice Girls at #101.5. Congrats, we think. And, in a special issue of EW that focuses on the "New Hollywood" and the world of independent films which is just now hitting the streets, the SXSW Film Festival is cited in a list of the top dozen "must"-do film festivals in the country...

The monthly meeting of Reel Women is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:30pm, at Movements Gallery. The speaker will be documentary filmmaker Ellen Spiro (Roam Sweet Home)...

Funhouse Cinema programmer Bill Daniel has scheduled the feature film Forevermore for this week's enjoyment at the Ritz Lounge on Nov. 17, at 8 & 10:30pm. The film by Eric Saks is a pseudo-documentary diary of an outlaw toxic waste dumper. Daniel describes the film as blurring "fact and fiction to create a haunting psychological landscape made poisonous by decades of dirty deeds -- truly creepy"...

The Cinemaker Co-op hosts the traveling Super Super-8 Film Festival Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8 & 10pm, at the Ritz Lounge. The event aims to bring the festival back into the film festival with live musical accompaniment to silent films (featuring Quick Golden Arm Trio), games, door prizes, and more. Fourteen films from around the U.S. and Europe (including three from Austin) are included in the program...

Part of a week-long series of events hosted by the Austin Area Homeless Coalition to spotlight National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week includes a documentary film chronicling seven homeless persons in Minneapolis called The Homeless Home Movie. The screening is Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7pm at the Dobie Theatre; all donations will benefit the Cold Weather Shelter for the Homeless effort. Call Raymond Porter at 707-3202 for specifics about cash alternatives...

The Austin Film Society continues two ongoing series this week. The Survey of the American Avant Garde screens a collection of Mid-1960s shorts. The films include Go, Go, Go by Marie Menken; Report by Bruce Connor; Film Sprocket Holes... by George Landau; Breathdeath by Stan Vanderbeek; Hamfat Asar by Larry Jordan; and Castro Street by Bruce Baille. Showtime is Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7pm, at the Union Theatre. As for the AFS Musicals series, this week's offering is the Sonja Henie dance/skate move Sun Valley Serenade, which also features Glen Miller and his Orchestra performing such numbers as "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Showtime is Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30pm, at the Dobie. Beggar's Opera repeats Sat., Nov. 15 at noon.

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