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Break out those laminators. The fake ID business is in for a real boost according to the latest NATO accords. No, not those "peacemakers" in the Balkans -- the National Association of Theatre Owners. It was announced this week by President Clinton that the trade group, which represents about 65% of the nation's theatres, has agreed to start enforcing the MPAA ratings guidelines. Anyone wanting to watch an R-rated movie will have to present a photo ID in order to prove they're over the age of 17. This will, no doubt, usher in a whole new era of sneaking into movies as the R-rated, Scream-style movies become that much more desirable simply because they're off-limits. Meanwhile, as the rash of school atrocities makes headlines while Congress continues to wag its collective finger at the movie, music, and video-game industries, it's good to know that the new, PG-13-rated Austin Powers movie has made "shagging" safe for public consumption...

Calling all creatures of the night: The Paramount Theatre plays host to a group of six films billed as the Universal Horror Film Series. The series is co-sponsored by the Austin Film Society and plays from June 14-19. Highlights include guest introducers. Harry Knowles will introduce the Monday, June 14, double bill of The Black Cat and The Mummy (1932) prior to the first screening; Robert Rodriguez will introduce the Wednesday, June 16, double bill of Dracula and The Wolf Man before the first screening; and Guillermo Del Toro will introduce the Friday, June 18, double bill of Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein prior to the first screening...

The Austin Cinemaker Co-op is at it again. They've announced their next project: Score Wars: The Phantom Flicker. Each interested filmmaker must first create an original soundtrack on cassette or CD by July 7. All works will be then tossed into a box and on July 9 the participating filmmakers will return to fish out a random score from the grab bag o' soundtracks, go home, and make a Super-8 film based on that soundtrack by August 4. Speaking of "four," that's a relevant number: only four splices and soundtrack cuts are allowed, and the films/tapes can be a maximum of four minutes in length. Call 236-8877 or stop by the group's new office at the Artplex Building (1705 Guadalupe, #201) for more information or a complete set of rules...

If you've been longing to hear the tender side of Leatherface, this CD is for you: Der Einziger Weg (The Only Way). Robbie Jacks, the most recent Leatherface, and the one-and-only Deborah Harry perform their self-penned "love theme" from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. The CD contains a German duet, an English solo by Harry, an instrumental version with Kay Klier and Sterling Price-McKinney, and a "debaucherous glitter mix" by Terri Lord. It's available, I'm sure, where all better records are sold. For more info see

Aubrey M. Horton is also beginning one of his regular screenwriting workshops. The script consultant ( will give a free lecture, "Crafting a Low-Budget Screenplay," on Sunday, June 13, 3pm, at St. Edward's University (Main Bldg., Rm. 105). Horton will also teach two screenwriting workshop at St. Ed's -- a four-week class ($140) and an eight-week class ($340). The registration deadline is June 19. Call 835-7639 for more info...

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