Paxton started appearing in films in 1975 but came to public prominence in 1986 as the cowardly Private Hudson in James Cameron’s “Aliens.”
In a brilliantly paced film full of ground-breaking action and serious terror, Paxton was impossible to forget. His hysteria was visceral, and it helped that he was blessed with the most quotable lines: “Game over, man! Game over!” and “Seventeen *days*? Hey man, I don’t wanna rain on your parade, but we’re not gonna last seventeen hours!” He was incredibly annoying and completely fantastic.
Paxton’s career was all over the place in the best possible way.
He showed up in the cult favorite “Near Dark,” the video for New Order’s “Touched By the Hand of God” and was critically acclaimed in the still-underrated “A Simple Plan.”
He was astronaut Fred Haise in “Apollo 13,” starred as the complicated polygamist patriarch in HBO’s weird and excellent series “Big Love” and directed a very strong Matthew McConaughey in the 2001 thriller “Frailty.”
He played a soulless killer on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a nasty fellow cameraman opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler” and was currently filming the show “Training Day” for CBS when he died.
The guy was everywhere for 40 years. Hollywood will miss him a lot.
Alamo Drafthouse Mueller will open for business March 9.
The increasingly-insanely-popular-on-a-national-scale, Austin-grown cinema chain’s sixth location in the city will feature the usual mix of first-run films and curated specialty programming, nice seats with individual tables and all kinds of food.
Alamo Drafthouse Mueller is also home to Barrel O’ Fun, a bar and event space. Yay, booze!
The Alamo is located in the heart of the Mueller neighborhood next door to the Thinkery.
How great would it be if the Thinkery started a program in conjunction with the Drafthouse that let parents drop off their kids off at the Thinkery in a supervised environment — essentially babysitting at the Thinkery — while the parents go to a movie?
Staff training days begin March 3, where those eager to get a first taste of Alamo Drafthouse Mueller can enjoy discounted food and non-alcoholic drinks while staff trains in the new space.
Tickets are on sale now, with the first shows on March 3 and 4 offered exclusively to the Alamo’s highest-level Victory members.
Alamo Drafthouse Mueller features six auditoriums that range from 45 to 140 seats, with combined seating for 609 moviegoers. Free, four-hour validated parking is available in the McBee garage located adjacent to the theater.
The theater will offer its own unique twist on the Alamo Drafthouse’s food and drink menu, with new items like chilaquiles and a grilled jerk chicken sandwich along with longtime Alamo Drafthouse menu favorites such as the brussels sprouts, smoked bacon and goat cheese pizza.
By day it’s a family-friendly hall with a vintage boardwalk feel, complete with functioning carnival games. When the sun goes down, however, the “R-E-L” on the sign goes out and the space transforms into the “Bar O’ Fun.” The carnival games fold into the ceiling to reveal a curated selection of fine spirits and craft beers, with an emphasis on barrel-aged offerings (naturally) and craft cocktails.
Barrel O’ Fun bar Manager Ryan Hollowell comes to Alamo Drafthouse with deep cocktail and draft beer experience, most recently as the opening bar manager for Lonesome Dove in Austin. In addition to the rotating local tap wall for the theater and the bar, Ryan will oversee the barrel-aged cocktail program and themed specialty drinks for the cinema. The Barrel O’ Fun will also feature an array of old-fashioned soda fountain classics, like the Pineapple Fizz Up, real egg creams and the Cherry-Lime Rickey.
During happy hour and most weekday evenings, Barrel O’ Fun will feature a schedule of entertainment that will include DJ sets, live bands, Geeks Who Drink quizzes and more. Most live music shows in the space will be all-ages. Families and kids will also enjoy a selection of special events with hands-on creative activities during early evening and weekends.
Barrel O’ Fun will offer its own carnival-inspired menu designed to delight both kids and adults. Younger palette-friendly eats like mac and cheese and hand-battered Corn Pups can be found alongside more grown-up dishes, like the cedar-planked pork belly.
The first substantial peek at Terrence Malick’s new movie — starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and set to debut at South by Southwest this year — is chock full of familiar sights. Luckily, Statesman multimedia producer Alyssa Vidales is the human equivalent of the “COMPUTER, ENHANCE” scene from every episode of “CSI,” and she’s identified lots of Austin landmarks in the clip. Now, we’re not 100 percent on some of these, and there are few we still need help identifying. See if you can help.
First, we’ve got what is obviously Sixth Street heading west toward Congress Avenue, a drive we’ve all made many times but never with Gosling at the wheel.
There’s plenty of Austin City Limits Music Festival to be seen, including a shot of Mara outside some fences near what appears to be Lou Neff Road (though we had guessed Barton Springs Road earlier) …
… and a lingering scene of the actress and Fassbender canoodling in the middle of Zilker Park. Scope that pop-up festival bar.
We’re thinking this is somewhere on U.S. 290. Can you identify the exact location from the sign that says “____ Star”? (UPDATE: A commenter suggested that this is The Rustic Star furniture store in Fredericksburg, and the Google Maps investigation checks out.)
There’s only one place that this string of pride flags could be: West Fourth Street. Looks like just outside Hangar Lounge and just east down the block from Oilcan Harry’s.
Now this one is a big ol’ stab in the artfully illuminated dark, but could this glowing spot be the Architects of Air exhibit that was in Austin in 2015? Or maybe it’s the James Turrell installation at the University of Texas. The artist and Malick are known associates, even if the colors and lines are wrong. But the filming time frame wouldn’t necessarily match up. We know Malick shot some of “Song To Song” in Austin between 2011-12.
Oh, and that time frame is when we know the cast was filming at Fun Fun Fun Fest, clearly seen here in the trailer.
No confusion about this tasteful architectural shape. It’s the Long Center, baby.
This is almost certainly not in Austin, unless there’s a hidden European micro-village hidden somewhere. (UPDATE: A commenter points out that this is Izamal, Yucatán, in Mexico, which is pretty dang far from Europe.
On a more certain note, Austin360 restaurant critic Matthew Odam is pretty sure this dining scene takes place at Asti Trattoria:
Compare the wall decoration and the seating with this photo:
However, being the non-millionaires we are, the identity of this high-rise window still eludes us, but it sure looks Austin-y. (UPDATE: One commenter suggests this might be a view from the Four Seasons Residences, which a little sleuthing of condo listings reveals as a distinct possibility. Check the view.)
So, Austin cinephiles and archaeologists alike: Can you help us confirm the identities of any of these local sights or any others in the trailer? Watch the full trailer, leave a comment on this post and we’ll update our findings.
Here’s the trailer for Terrence Malick’s Austin-set, Austin-shot “Song to Song.” A few things
I never object to using Del Shannon’s “Runaway” in a trailer — it is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. But it is also a giant pain to sing. Written in A-minor (with a chorus in A), it sounds like B-flat minor on the recording. Some think the vocal was sped up to make Shannon sound younger. (He was an ancient 26 when he cut the record.) All of this has confused singers ever since and making poor Ryan Gosling sing it seems…slightly cruel.
There is something phenomenally icky about someone saying “I know you do the live music thing” to anyone and it sounds doubly so when it is Michael Fassbinder saying it.
Lots of slow-motion moshing at a dusty Fun Fun Fun and the sorts of empty rooms and wide open spaces Malick loves. Malick shot some of it at Fun Fun Fun in 2011 and 2012.
It is the opening night movie for SXSW and will screen March 10.
The Paramount and Stateside Theatres announced the opening weekend (May 25–28) lineup for the 2017 Summer Classic Film Series.
The traditional opener is always “Casablanca.” This year it is joined by “Titanic” (directed by James Cameron), which turns 20 this year, and a double feature of “Bonnie and Clyde” (directed by Arthur Penn), which turns 50 this year, and Terrence Malick’s still-stellar directorial debut “Badlands.”
“Casablanca”/ 7 p.m. May 25
“Titanic” / 7:30 p.m. May 26
“Bonnie & Clyde” / 2 p.m. May 28
“Badlands” / 4:10 p.m. May 28
To purchase a movie ticket or view the full lineup (which is not out yet), go here.
Austin indie icon David Gordon Green (“Joe,” “Manglehorn,” many more) and his frequent collaborator Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”) will be making the next “Halloween” movie for Miramax. Yes, that “Halloween.”
You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?”
Well so do I.
So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.
I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.
And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”
Jaws are slated to meet back up with upper palettes sometimes next week.
Now, if you had told me those two were going to take a swing at John Carpenter’s “Dark Star,” I would have said, “Man, that could be amazing.”
This, on the other hand…this is fascinating. Frankly, I think Green is perfectly capable of directing (and Green and McBride writing) an intense, emotionally exhausting horror film in the spirit of the original. No word yet on cast.
Carpenter’s original “Halloween” arrived in 1978 and, for many, embodies the “slasher” genre. It remains one of the most influential motion pictures ever made.
They’re not quite ready to announce an opening date – soon, though! – but the Alamo Drafthouse location planned for the Mueller development does have some news to pass along to anxious moviegovers.
The Austin-based chain says it aims to make the Mueller cineplex its most family friendly location to date. Helping lead the charge will be newly hired programming and promotions manager Katy Daiger Dial.
Dial comes from the Austin Film Society, where she was director of operations and, before that, community education manager. A University of Texas graduate, she’s also worked for the Texas Film Commission.
“Katy is the perfect addition to the Mueller team and this role specifically,” Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League said. “Her family and youth program experience and passion for film are exactly what we were looking for. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Katy join the Alamo Drafthouse team and help launch our new family and community flagship location in Austin.”
With numerous families living nearby, not to mention the Thinkery, Alamo Drafthouse has set out to make the Mueller theater “a hub for family, kids and youth programming” – and Dial says she’s up to the challenge.
“I have the most wonderful memories from Alamo Drafthouse events, and I’m excited that I’ll now be able to create those memories for the audience at the Mueller location,” she said. “Knowing that Alamo Drafthouse wants to have a focus on youth and families at the new Mueller location particularly drew me to the job. I love the idea of building programming that will create the next generation of film lovers and bring the tried and true Alamo Drafthouse spirit to Mueller and Austin’s east side.”
Look for more details soon on the sixth Alamo location in the Austin area – including that opening date.
The shockingly accurate designs will be on display at the Lakeline and South Lamar locations courtesy of the Texas LEGO Users Group, Bricker said, so don’t miss them when you swing by to check out the movie this weekend.
James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” his feature film about Tommy Wiseau‘s legendary “The Room,” starring Francos James and Dave, Seth Rogen and Josh Hutcherson will debut at South by Southwest Film.
SXSW also announced the remainder of its festival program, including the Midnighters, Shorts and VR lineup for the 24th edition of the Festival. These ten movies, as well as nine additional films, bring the total numbers of features to be screened to 128.
The Midnighters slate comprises ten genre pictures:
Director: Trent Haaga, Screenwriters: Trent Haaga based on the novel by Bryan Smith
Chip’s problem is that he can’t say no to beautiful women. This weakness gets him into a world of trouble when he agrees to help his girlfriend steal $68,000. Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, Annalynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson, Lucy Faust, Eric Podner, Peter James, Hallie Grace Bradley, James Moses Black (World Premiere)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon: 10th Anniversary Screening
Director: Scott Glosserman, Screenwriters: David Stieve, Scott Glosserman
At SXSW in 2006 AICN’s Quint wrote: “…it just had its world premiere at the Alamo a few hours ago. I hope to see this one get picked up, but I guarantee this one will make it.” 10 years after its 2007 theatrical, the 35mm print returns to the fest! Cast: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Robert Englund, Scott Wilson, Zelda Rubinstein, Kate Lang Johnson, Britain Spellings, Bridgett Newton, Ben Pace
Game of Death (Canada, France)
Directors: Laurence “Baz” Morais, Sebastien Landry, Screenwriters: Laurence “Baz” Morais, Sebastien Landry, Edouard Bond and adapted by Philip Kalin-Hajdu
In the middle of small-town nowhere, seven friends are forced to kill or be killed when they play the Game of Death. When faced with their own mortality, will they turn on each other to survive? Cast: Sam Earle, Victoria Diamond, Emelia Hellman, Catherine Saindon, Nick Serino, Erniel Baez D., Thomas Vallieres, Jane Hackett (World Premiere)
The Honor Farm
Director/Screenwriter: Karen Skloss
After prom night falls apart, Lucy finds herself at very different kind of party… On a psychedelic trip that could be a dangerous trap. Cast: Olivia Applegate, Louis Hunter, Dora Madison, Liam Aiken, Katie Folger, Michael Eric Reid, Mackenzie Astin, Michelle Forbes, Josephine McAdam, Christina Parrish (World Premiere)
Reconstructing a legendary campsite murder turns fatal when the girls decide to rewrite history. As night falls, turns out not all of them are there to play. Cast: Nelly Hirst-Gee, Mimosa William, Mikael Gabriel, Santeri Mäntylä
Director: Joe Lynch, Screenwriter: Matias Caruso
After being framed for corporate espionage on the same day that a mysterious virus is unleashed on his company, attorney Derek Cho is forced to savagely fight tooth and nail for not only his job but his life. Cast: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Dallas Mark Roberts, Caroline Chikezie, Mark Stewart Frost, Kerry Fox, Lucy Chappell, Steven Brand (World Premiere)
Meatball Machine Kodoku (Japan)
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Screenwriters: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Sakichi Sato
A long-awaited sequel to the internationally acclaimed full-throttle splatter sci-fi action horror Meatball Machine directed by Yoshihiko Nishimura, an acclaimed makeup artist and special effects designer (“Godzilla Resurgence”). Cast: Yoji Tanaka, Yurisa, Takumi Saito (World Premiere)
PIG: The Final Screenings
Director: Adam Mason
A savage satire of gender politics in America, Adam Mason is guaranteed to shock and offend with Pig. Created with actor and long time collaborator Andrew Howard, Pig is a virtuoso piece of pure cinema. Cast: Andrew Howard, Guy Burnet, Lorry Stone, Juliet Quintin-Archard, Molly Black (World Premiere)
Tragedy Girls (Canada, USA)
Director: Tyler MacIntyre, Screenwriters: Chris Lee Hill, Tyler MacIntyre, based on an original screenplay by Justin Olson
A twist on the slasher genre following two budding teenage sociopaths who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into a frenzy, cementing their legacy as modern horror legends. Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Craig Robinson, Josh Hutcherson, Kevin Durand, Jack Quaid, Timothy V. Murphy, Nicky Whelan, Austin Abrams, Kerry Rhodes (World Premiere)
Two Pigeons (UK)
Director: Dominic Bridges, Screenwriter: Rae Brunton
A wide-boy estate agent unknowingly shares his home with a malicious tenant, one with a totally surprising agenda. Two Pigeons is a dark urban morality tale with an underlying streak of jet black comedy. Cast: Mim Shaikh, Javier Botet, Mandeep Dhillon, Kola Bokinni, Michael McKella (World Premiere)
Here are a few more features just added:
The Disaster Artist
Director: James Franco, Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room
This is a true story about the making of The Room – the cult classic described as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, Alison Brie (World Premiere)
Paris Can Wait
Director/Screenwriter: Eleanor Coppola
A devoted American wife (Diane Lane) with a workaholic inattentive husband (Alec Baldwin), takes an unexpected journey from Cannes to Paris with a charming Frenchman (Arnaud Viard) that reawakens her sense of self and joie de vivre. Cast: Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, Alec Baldwin (U.S. Premiere)
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (UK)
Director: David Fairhead, Screenwriters: David Fairhead, Keith Haviland
At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future. (World Premiere)
Director: Gabe Klinger, Screenwriters: Larry Gross, Gabe Klinger
Jake and Mati are two outsiders in Porto who once experienced a brief connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time. Cast: Anton Yelchin, Lucie Lucas, Françoise Lebrun, Paulo Calatré (North American Premiere)
Song of Granite (Canada, Ireland)
Director: Pat Collins, Screenwriters: Pat Collins, Eoghan McGiolla Bhríde, Sharon Whooley
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in Song of Granite, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. Cast: Macdara Ó Fatharta, Mícheál Ó Chonfhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe (North American Premiere)
David Lynch – The Art Life
Director: Jon Nguyen
A film that deeply explores the experiences that shaped one of cinema’s most distinctive voices: David Lynch. Presented by FilmStruck.
Person to Person
Director/Screenwriter: Dustin Guy Defa
A record collector hustles for a score while a lovelorn roommate regrets a dire mistake, a teenager bears witness to her friend’s new relationship, and a rookie reporter and her demanding boss chase clues to a homicide involving a jaded watchmaker.
Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Philip Baker Hall, Bene Coopersmith, George Sample III, Isiah Whitlock, Ben Rosenfeld, Olivia Luccardi
Trophy (USA, South Africa)
Director: Shaul Schwarz, Screenwriter: Christina Clusiau
Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos, and lions march closer to extinction each year. Trophy investigates the powerhouse businesses of big game hunting, breeding, and wildlife conservation.
Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film
Director: Sam Wainwright Douglas
Some fences don’t divide.
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Director: Phil Keoghan, Screenwriters: Phil Keoghan, Louise Keoghan
Television personality Phil Keoghan retraces the 1928 Tour de France riding an original vintage bicycle, with no gears, as he tells the forgotten ‘underdog’ story about the first English speaking team to take on the toughest sporting event on earth.
Director/Screenwriter: Tommy Wiseau
Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again. Cast: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Phillip Haldiman, Carolyn Minnot
Doug Benson Master Pancake & Doug Loves Movies Podcast
Doug Benson returns in the continuing tradition of our annual St. Patrick’s Day screening of the Leprechaun series. On March 17 we present Leprechaun 5: In The Hood, directed by Rob Spera.
In addition, 128 short films were selected from 4,975 submissions. They will will screen as part of 12 curated shorts programs and can be found at sxsw.com, as can the 38 virtual reality projects.