You can now vote for your favorite Alamo Drafthouse #DontTalk PSA

It’s perhaps the only competition that would dare put Elijah Wood against Coach Taylor against Danny Trejo against Amy Schumer.

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and the Highball
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and the Highball

The #DontTalk Challenge Bracket, brought to you by Texas Monthly, is designed to name the most convincing famous face to star in Alamo Drafthouse’s signature PSA announcements that air before each showing.

To do so, the folks over at Texas Monthly are asking people to vote for the most iconic pre-movie shush-er in five different rounds of voting. For the all too daunting task of comparing Gov. Greg Abbott to, say, Kevin Bacon, they’ve arranged the brackets by four categories: “current stars,” “staged skits,” “random warnings” and “classic stars.”

Round one of voting opens today and the final round runs through Sunday. As of now, there is no prize beyond bragging rights, but we’ll still be staying tuned for the results.

And don’t forget to check out sometimes Austinite Elijah Woods’ new PSA:

Wes Craven 1939 – 2015

Wes Craven

Horror genius Wes Craven, best known for his “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream” has died of brain cancer. He was 76. His family announced his death at 1 p.m. Sunday.

MV5BMTMxOTk4NjMzOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQ3NDAzMg@@._V1_SX214_AL_Craven’s character Freddy Kruger from the “Elm Street” movies — he of burned face, ratty sweater and glove with giant knives — became a horror icon.

After all but rebooting the teen horror genre in the 1980s with the phenomenally successful “Elm Street” film, Craven revised the genre once again in the late 1990s with the self-aware “Scream” series of films, which riffed on the very horror conventions Craven (and other filmmakers) codified a decade-plus earlier.

Craven’s other films included the horror classics “The Hills Have Eyes,” the still-controversial rape-revenge movie ‘The Last House on the Left” and the under-known “The Serpent and the Rainbow” as well as the terrific “The People Under the Stairs,” “Vampire in Brooklyn,” “Swamp Thing” and others.

In 2000, Craven score Lifetime Achievement Award from the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in 2000.
What is your favorite Craven film?

New teaser clip for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ released on Instagram

Co-stars John Boyega, right, and Daisy Ridley, rear, of Star Wars The Force Awakens giving away their Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition character figures, Finn and Rey, to two lucky fans during the video games presentation at the D23 Expo on Sunday, April 16, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (Disney Enterprises, Inc. via AP)
Co-stars John Boyega, right, and Daisy Ridley, rear, of Star Wars The Force Awakens giving away their Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition character figures, Finn and Rey, to two lucky fans during the video games presentation at the D23 Expo on Sunday, April 16, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (Disney Enterprises, Inc. via AP)

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams confirmed at San Diego Comic Con earlier this summer that there wouldn’t be any new “Star Wars” trailers until fall, according to the Verge, but it seems an exception has been made. A short teaser clip was released Thursday on the “Star Wars” Instagram account.

The 15-second clip took advantage of Instagram’s new landscape-friendly orientation option. It was simply captioned, “There’s been an awakening…” and the raspy in-video voice-over finishes the sentence by asking, “Have you felt it?”

The clip was a combination of old and new footage, but the stand-out moment happens when viewers get to see John Boyega’s Finn wield what appears to be Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber in a face-off against Adam Driver’s Ren.

You can watch the full clip below:

If you’re looking for more SW goodness, watch the Comic Con exclusive “Star Wars” gag reel, plus several other trailers released at the convention here.

‘Digging for Fire’ delves into mystery and marriage (Our grade: C)

This photo provided by The Orchard shows, Mike Birbiglia, from left, as Phil, Jake Johnson as Tim, and Sam Rockwell as Ray, in a scene from the film, "Digging for Fire." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (Ben Richardson/The Orchard via AP)
This photo provided by The Orchard shows, Mike Birbiglia, from left, as Phil, Jake Johnson as Tim, and Sam Rockwell as Ray, in a scene from the film, “Digging for Fire.” The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (Ben Richardson/The Orchard via AP)

Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune

The best thing to happen to filmmaker Joe Swanberg? His choice of cinematographer. Ben Richardson, who worked with the director on the recent Chicago projects “Drinking Buddies” and “Happy Christmas,” teams up with Swanberg again for “Digging for Fire,” which was shot on warm, pleasing 35 millimeter film in the canyons and on the beaches of Los Angeles.

The movie, the latest of Swanberg’s infidelity daydreams, moves with uneffacing assurance. It boasts a blue-chip cast clearly comfortable with improvising on — or bailing out — the script by Swanberg and the film’s star, Jake Johnson.

» Read full review at » Find showtimes for “Digging for Fire”

The difficult, extraordinary ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ (Our grade: A-)

Left to right: Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Goetze, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe in "Diary of a Teenage Girl."
Left to right: Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Goetze, Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze and Alexander Skarsgard as Monroe in “Diary of a Teenage Girl.”

The first time we see 15-year-old Minnie Goetze in Marielle Heller’s extraordinary and often extraordinarily uncomfortable “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” the aspiring cartoonist is walking — no, striding — down a sun-dappled San Francisco street. It is 1976, and our heroine looks like she could take on the world. Then, her voice-over: “I had sex today. Holy (expletive)!”

Played with Oscar-worthy emotional precision by 23-year-old British actress Bel Powley, Minnie breaks out a knowing, almost gleeful smile; moments later, we see her toggle between confidence and insecurity. It’s a bravura opening that signals the complexity to come.

» Read full review at » Find showtimes for “Diary of a Teenage Girl”

‘We Are Your Friends’ plays a rather tired tune (Our grade: C+)

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Zac Efron in a scene from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, "We are Your Friends." (Tony Rivetti Jr./Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Zac Efron in a scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Studiocanal’s romantic drama, “We are Your Friends.” (Tony Rivetti Jr./Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Katie Walsh – Tribune News Service

“Are we ever gonna be better than this?” Cole Carter (Zac Efron) entreats his hyped, pulsating crowd. “We Are Your Friends,” directed by Max Joseph, isn’t quite sure of the answer to that question.

But, as an audience, you wish that this promising, but generic film were better than this. “We Are Your Friends” injects a throbbing beat and fresh style into a classic coming-of-age tale, but all the electronic dance music and formal experimentation can’t keep it out of the mire of a well-worn narrative.

» Read full review at » Find showtimes for “We Are Your Friends”

‘The Prophet’ made into a cartoon — and it works (Our grade: B)

Mustafa (voiced by Liam Neeson) befriends little girl Almitra in an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran s  The Prophet.
Mustafa (voiced by Liam Neeson) befriends little girl Almitra in an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran s The Prophet.

David Lewis – San Francisco Chronicle

Though some might find it hard to conceptualize Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” as a cartoon, animation turns out to be a nifty way to visualize this collection of world-famous poems about spiritual enlightenment.

The interesting experiment by “Lion King” director Roger Allers will probably be too Disney-esque for some people’s tastes — there are friendly birds, bumbling guards, a young girl at the center of things — but in the end, this is soulful work, without a cynical frame. And it was no small accomplishment to adapt a 1923 book that’s virtually void of cinematic elements.

» Read full review at » Find showtimes for “The Prophet”

“The Martian,” “High Rise,” “Lazer Team” to play Fantastic Fest 2015

HIGH-RISERidley Scott’s “The Martian,” Ben Wheatley’s J.G. Ballard adaptation “High Rise” and the world premiere of “Lazer Team,” the first feature from the Austin-based web series gods Rooster Teeth, will screen as part of Fantastic Fest, organizers announced Wednesday.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” will open this year’s festival with the-lobster_posterthe director in attendance, while Team “Lazer Team” — director Matt Hullum and cast members Burnie Burns, Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones, and Gavin Free —  will be in attendance and at Fantastic Fest’s Rooster Teeth-sponsored opening night party.

Jeremy Saulnier follows up his Fantastic Fest hit “Blue Ruin,” with”Green Room” starring Patrick Stewart, while Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen reunite for “Klovn Forever.”

Thirty-two member percussion collective Itchy-O will also perform.

Here is the second wave of programming:


France, Belgium, Canada, 2015

US Premiere, 90 min

Director – Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci

In an alternate history where Napoleon’s heirs rule France, scientists and scholars have gone missing for years, leaving behind a world deprived of their technological innovations. In this land powered by coal and steam, young April searches for her missing scientist parents.



Japan, 2015

US Premiere, 110 min

Director – Eiichiro Hasumi

The most heart-warming, touching coming-of-age tale of 2015 just also happens to be the story of how one classroom of kids gets trained as assassins so they can kill their teacher before he destroys Earth.



Turkey, 2015

US Premiere, 97 min

Director – Can Evrenol

It’s a quiet night on the beat for a mobile unit of Turkish police until they’re called out to support a squad encountering trouble in a remote building.



Japan, 1973

Regional Premiere, 86 min

Director – Eiichi Yamamoto

A young and in love Jeanne is attacked by the local lord and makes a pact with the Devil himself in one of the most important rediscoveries of this year. Never before released in the US, this seminal psychedelic masterpiece has been painstakingly restored in 4k digital.



France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2015

North American Premiere, 110 min

Director – Jaco Van Dormael

When Ea gets fed up with her overbearing father (who happens to be God), she decides to follow in her older brother’s footsteps by leaving the house, gathering her own apostles, and writing her own testament.



Chile, 2015

US Premiere, 98 min

Director – Pablo Larraín

In a secluded Chilean village, four men lead a quiet life, trying to redeem themselves of their past sins. Their existence is threatened by the arrival of a man whose own secret may reveal all which the four have worked to forget.



Ghana/Romania, 2014

North American Premiere, 63 min

Directors – King Henry Blackson & FOKN Bois

Beaten, robbed and left for dead, Wanlov and M3NSA are back and looking for revenge. But first, singing. And lunch. Prepare yourself for “the world’s second first pidgin musical”!



Poland/Israel, 2015

US Premiere, 94 min

Director – Marcin Wrona

A day after discovering human remains in the backyard of their new home, a man begins experiencing strange things which come to a head on his wedding night.



South Korea, 2015

World Premiere, 94 min

Director – Lee Sang-woo

In Lee Sang-woo’s follow up to last year’s I AM TRASH, Chul-joong is too busy forcing his friend to sexually please his developmentally disabled sister to notice someone may want to actually love her for who she is.



France, 2015

US Premiere, 81 min

Director – Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Lucile Hadzihalilovic returns to directing with a surreal tale of a young boy on a remote island who develops a mysterious illness and is subjected to sinister medical treatments.



United States/Canada, 2015

US Premiere, 93 min

Director – Osgood Perkins

The lives of two high school students will be linked together when they’re forced to stay at their boarding school over the winter break and an evil presence starts to stalk them.



United States, 2015

US Premiere, 94 min

Director – Jeremy Saulnier

Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.



Canada, 2015

World Premiere, 110 min

Director – Allan Ungar

A tactical assault officer is saddled with a hard partying star out to rehabilitate his image – and avoid jail time – in this throwback to the odd couple buddy action flicks of the early ‘90s.



South Africa, 2014

Regional Premiere, 94 min

Director – Zee Ntuli

Supremely confident ladies man TK may have bitten off more than he can chew when he sets his sights on Skiets, a township beauty with an edge who sets the pair off on a non-stop rollercoaster ride through the local underworld.



United Kingdom, 2016

US Premiere, 118 min

Director – Ben Wheatley

Laing, a young doctor, joins a community in a luxury building in Thatcher’s England, who exile themselves from society and gradually divide into violent tribes.



United States, 2015

Texas Premiere, 95 min

Director – Daniel Barber

In the waning days of the Civil War, three southern women (Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and newcomer Muna Otaru) defend themselves from two Yankees in Daniel Barber’s second film.



Denmark, 2015

International Premiere, 90 min

Director – Mikkel Nørgaard

Five years have passed since the first KLOWN, and with their friendship at risk of fracturing forever, Frank must follow Casper to America… with typically disastrous results.



France, 2014

Texas Premiere, 120 min

Director – Frédéric Tellier

Frederic Tellier’s tight police procedural recreates the events around the decade-long search and trial of “The Beast of the Bastille,” France’s first serial killer, who was tracked down using DNA evidence.



Puerto Rico, 2015

World Premiere, 100 min

Director – Angel Manuel Soto

The lives of a midwife, a young boxer, a mute kid and a young couple collide unexpectedly in a story about the desperate pursuit of happiness on the streets of Puerto Rico.



United States, 2015

World Premiere, 93 min

Director – Matt Hullum

When Earth is threatened by an advanced alien race, our only hope lies in four morons, the self-proclaimed “Lazer Team.”



Ireland, Greece, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, 2015

US Premiere, 119 min

Director – Yorgos Lanthimos

Somewhere in the near future, single people face a choice: Join a program to find a mate in forty-five days or be transformed into an animal.



India, 2015

US Premiere, 92 min

Directors – Q & Nikon

Time and space collide when a possessed game grabs hold of two friends eager for a sinful night of sex and drugs in Indian auteur Q’s first foray into horror.



United States/Canada/Italy/Japan, 2015

World Premiere, 93 min

Directors – Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy

  1. One shiny quarter. 44.5 hours of continuous play. The race to be the first gamer in history to score one BILLION points. Until recently, Timothy McVey (not the terrorist) thought he had — for all these years — held the world record on Nibbler. Note: a Nibbler cabinet will be available in the lobby for the duration of Fantastic Fest for attendees to attempt to break the current world record.



United States, 2015

Special Screening, 120 min

Director – Ridley Scott

Get ready to be blown away by Fox’s latest action-packed 3D adventure, THE MARTIAN starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig with a special screening of the upcoming film directed by Ridley Scott. THE MARTIAN is the story of what happens during a manned mission to Mars, when Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission.



Denmark, 2015

US Premiere, 100 min

Director – Anders Thomas Jensen

Mads Mikkelsen as only his longtime absurdist Danish collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen could conceive, a chronic masturbator with a hair-trigger temper, desperately searches for his true identity.



United States, 2015

US Premiere, 87 min

Director – Joe Begos

On the heels of his Fantastic Fest debut ALMOST HUMAN, Joe Begos returns with a classic battle of good versus evil. A drifter with suppressed psychic powers must learn to unleash them to save the woman he loves.



United States, 2015

US Premiere, 89 min

Director – A.D.Calvo

Mort, a lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, has fallen for his new employee Ellen, a smart, aspiring graphic novelist. A dark past and a missing girl, however, will complicate their story more than anyone can imagine.



United Kingdom, 2015

World Premiere, 87 min

Director – Gareth Bryn

After their car is driven off the road and crashed into a river, a young couple on the run is taken in by a simple man living with his secrets in his isolated home.



France, 2015

US Premiere, 99 min

Director – Eric Hannezo

Four violent criminals escaping a robbery take a man, an ailing child and a young woman on a nightmarish road trip in this remake of Mario Bava’s near-lost Euro-crime nasty.



Canada/Laos, 2015

US Premiere, 88 min

Director – Jamie Dagg

John, a volunteer doctor, finds himself on the run in a strange country when he tries to stop the rape of a drunk girl at the hands of an Australian man.



United States, 2015

Regional Premiere, 107 min

Director – Dennis Hauck

A troubled private eye trawls through the belly of Los Angeles looking for a missing young woman, slowly revealing a careful web of intrigue, lies and connections.



Denmark, 2015

World Premiere, 85 min

Director – Bo Mikkelsen

An idyllic suburban summer is shattered with the outbreak of an unexplained disease. With residents forced into quarantine with no explanation, the situation quickly spirals out of control.



Canada/United States, 2015

Texas Premiere, 90 min

Director – Robert Eggers

Sixty years before the Salem witch trials, a Puritan moves his family away from civilization to a homestead which shares its borders with inescapable evil.



Japan, 2015

Texas Premiere, 115 min

Director – Takashi Miike

After a yakuza vampire boss is struck down, his most loyal disciple takes it upon himself to avenge his mentor’s death and eliminate the assassins and their giant plush frog leader in Miike’s classic yakuza tale turned inside out.



United Arab Emirates, Jordan, 2015

World Premiere, 91 min

Director – Majid Al Ansari

Talal wakes up in a cell with no memory of the night before with no I.D. and no escape. Nothing can prepare him, however, for the arrival of a brilliant psychopath and the games he wants to play.




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About Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” and was also named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.



Today is ‘From Dusk Till Dawn Day’ in Austin

Happy “From Dusk Till Dawn Day?”

Executive producer Robert Rodriguez speaks onstage during the “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” panel discussion at the El Rey Network portion of the 2015 Summer Television Critics Association Tour in July. FREDERICK M. BROWN / GETTY IMAGES
Executive producer Robert Rodriguez speaks onstage during the “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” panel discussion at the El Rey Network portion of the 2015 Summer Television Critics Association Tour in July. FREDERICK M. BROWN / GETTY IMAGES

That’s right; Mayor Steve Adler met with Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez at Troublemaker Studios on Monday to make the official proclamation: Aug. 25, 2015 is “From Dusk Till Dawn Day.”

In addition to honoring the Austinite and jack of all filmmaking trades, “From Dusk Till Dawn” coincides with the second season premiere of Rodriguez’s television show of the same name.

The show will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. CT on El Rey, a television network based in Austin that Rodriguez launched last year.

“I wouldn’t be nearly as creative if I had to live and work in Los Angeles, because I’m from here and my roots are here. It’s where you’re the most inspired. It’s why I wanted to create my business at home even though it was kind of unheard of back then,” Rodriguez told Time Warner Cable News yesterday at Troublemaker Studios.

The television series, which Rodriguez recently discussed with Austin360 columnist Dale Roe, is originally inspired by Rodriguez’ 1996 cult classic, considered a breakout film for both him and Quentin Tarantino, who starred in and co-wrote the film.

If you haven’t seen it, that would be a good place to start if you’re going to celebrate “From Dusk Till Dawn Day” today.

More “From Dusk Till Dawn” and Robert Rodriguez news:

• Demi Lovato’s ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ character was written for her

• New season of Robert Rodriguez’s dark ‘Dusk’ takes wing

Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to make another film for $7,000


Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to make another film for $7,000

Robert Rodriguez sat down with the nerds behind the Nerdist Podcast this week to discuss the upcoming premiere of season two of “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

Texas Film Awards Honoree Robert Rodriguez walks the red carpet held at Austin Studios on March 12, 2015. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro
Texas Film Awards Honoree Robert Rodriguez walks the red carpet held at Austin Studios on March 12, 2015. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro

The Austin filmmaker also announced that to mark the 25th anniversary of “El Mariachi,” which he has repeatedly credited as the film that first got him noticed, he will be making another film with the same budget as that film: $7,000.

“El Mariachi,” which Rodriguez made in 1992, won the then little-known filmmaker a two-year deal with Columbia Pictures and an audience prize at Sundance.

“I’ll have no crew; I’ll just use friends — I’ve got some pretty cool friends I can put in front of the camera — but still no crew, no money,” said Rodriguez, who has more than enough “cool friends” (George Clooney, Selma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino just to name a few).

The filmmaker also said the he will have a documentary crew to chronicle the process and show how to make a $7,000 film in 2015.

“When I made ‘Mariachi’ out of my apartment and sold it, I wanted to go tell everybody that it was possible because I would have wanted to know that,” Rodriguez said during the podcast interview.

“I know how many other people thought the same thing: ‘Oh I’m very creative and I have a talent for this sort of thing — but I don’t live in the right city, that I don’t know the right people — so I shouldn’t even dream about that.”

Rodriguez, hailed by Nerdist as being one of the “brightest, shiniest examples of a creator,” is known for making it on his own as a do-everything-yourself filmmaker.

The Austin director expressed gratitude to fellow filmmaker George Lucas (heard of him?) for telling him to “stay in Austin” and pursue film making outside of Hollywood.

Rodriguez also told Nerdist that his Austin-based television network, El Rey, is the “most gratifying thing” in his career so far because of how it shines a light on up-and-coming, out-of-the-Hollywood-box filmmakers.

For more from Rodriguez, look in Sunday’s paper for Austin360’s Dale Roe’s interview with the filmmaker on season two of El Rey’s “From Dusk Till Dawn.”