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This just in: Tonight, Thursday, May 27, Texas Writers Month has extended its celebration to include a screenplay reading of Tim McCanlies' new script Secondhand Lions. It will take place at Jazz Upstairs (214 E. Sixth St.) at 7pm. McCanlies is the writer-director of Dancer Texas Pop. 81, who has also written the script for this summer's upcoming animated film, Iron Giant...

The next meeting of the Actors' Alliance is Tuesday, June 1, 6-8:30pm, at the Top of the Marc (618 W. Sixth St.). The guest speaker will be casting director Tracy Roswell. Admission is free to Film Alliancemembers; $5 for nonmembers. For more info call467-2015...

The deadline is looming for submittingfilms for consideration in the 1999 CinemaTexas International Short Film and Video Festivalscheduled for September 22-26. Deadline is Friday, June 4. Works under 45 minutes may be in any genre and will be accepted in most formats. For submission forms and complete info see, send e-mail to, or call Bryan Poyser or Jen Proctor at 471-6497...

Best news of the week came when the Fox television network announced their new fall lineup. No, it wasn't any of the new series that got my heart racing; it was the announcement that King of the Hill is moving back to Sunday nights ... where it belongs. Mike Judge's inspired show will again be paired with The Simpsons to fill one solid hour of animation entertainment...

Man of the Century, one of the big hits of the 1999 SXSW Film Festival, has just been acquired for distribution by Fine Line Features. This hilarious and highly original picture was also one of the big hits of theSlamdance Film Festival. It seemed that more people raved to me about Man of the Centurythan any other film in this year's festival. (In fact, there's no less than two separate reviews of the film in this year's Chronicle coverage because the writers all wanted to weigh in on its brilliance. See Now with a distribution deal finally in place, we hope that many more people have the opportunity to see it...

And speaking of Austin Chronicle film reviews, they were given a nice mention by none other than Roger Ebert in the June issue of Yahoo! Internet Life in an article reviewing his favorite Web movie sites. Actually, what he mentioned was Weekly Wire'sFilm Vault (, a super-site devoted to the alternative press with which the Chronicle shares its film reviews and other content. To quote from Ebert: "Strong critics such as Ray Pride of Chicago's New City Net and Russell Smith of The Austin Chronicle are on board. But it's more than just a review depository. Each review is linked to other films by the same director, and to similar films." Thanks, Roger.

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