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First Ozomatli, now Jason Patric. Or Jim Bowie.

Not Famous. Notorious. Dept.: Actor Jason Patric, who plays the infamous knife-wielding James Bowie in director John Lee Hancock's much-awaited Texas epic The Alamo, was arrested by APD officers in the early hours of Monday morning for public intoxication and resisting arrest at the intersection of Fifth and Colorado streets following this past Sunday evening's cast-and-crew screening of the film.

According to APD public information officer Kevin Buchman, "We arrested him ... at approximately 2:45am. Jason Patric, 37, 6-17-66. He was approached by an officer as he was standing in the road at Fifth and Colorado and told that he needed to leave the road. After refusing several requests by the officers for him to step back onto the sidewalk, the officer also informed him that if he didn't do that and comply with his request he would be placed under arrest for public intoxication.

"He again failed to step back onto the sidewalk at which point an officer approached him and attempted to place him into custody. He resisted the officer – he pushed the officer and pulled away from the officer – and subsequently he was taken to the ground after a short struggle, placed in handcuffs, and transported to Travis County Central Booking, where he was placed in custody."

At the time of his arrest Patric was with a group of unidentified individuals, who, unlike the actor, "were compliant with what the officers were saying." In addition, an APD cruiser's onboard camera caught the entire arrest on video, which has since turned up on KVUE and elsewhere. "We didn't know who this individual was until after he was taken into custody. It wasn't like he was targeted," adds Buchman.

Patric was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond several hours later.

In a stroke of what can only be called prophetic screenwriting, a scene in The Alamo between Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) has Bowie describing himself as "Not famous. Notorious. There's a difference."

Open Casting Call Dept.: Mike Judge's new film, 3001, already has Luke Wilson locked in place to star, but that doesn't mean you can't be in it, too. To that end, Judge is holding an open call this Saturday, April 3, 10am-3pm, at Stubb's Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River, for "men and women of all ages and ethnicity, but especially persons of mixed race or Hispanic or African-American men built like football players or wrestler types." Filming begins April 26, all positions are paid, acting experience is not required, and supplicants should bring a current nonreturnable photo for registration... The seventh annual Cine Las Americas Film Festival is right around the corner (Wednesday, April 21-Saturday, April 25), which means yet more fine films from the Americas by or about Latinos (and other native groups) and then some. Last year's programming was superlative in every respect, and this year's promises to be even more so. Find schedules, ticket information, and more at Happy birthday, Lon Chaney!

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