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It's an oddly personal run to South By Southwest for me this year. There's a documentary playing which uses me as a talking head interview, and there's also a film playing that was made largely by people I've known for many years now. It's that second film that I'm most excited about, if only because I believe in Emily Hagins as a filmmaker, and I have a feeling she's been building to "Grow Up, Tony Phillips" for a while now.
When I met Emily, she was a little girl. She attended Alamo Drafthouse events with her mother, Megan, and she was a voracious film fan even at a very early age. It was apparent early on that she had dreams of being a filmmaker, but unlike many kids, she actually did something about it. She directed her first film, "Pathogen," when she was only 14, and that process was documented in the film "Zombie Girl." That movie has a certain degree of charm, but it's very rough. It really wasn't until her last film, "My Sucky Teen Romance," that I think her voice really started to come into focus, and this new film marks a big jump for her in terms of the type of cast she's directing and maturity.
Justin Timberlake has already proven that he will go down among the great “Saturday Night Live” hosts, alongside Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.
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Before the Sound City Players head to South By Southwest next week for a March 14 performance at Stubbs BBQ, Dave Grohl, the rest of the Foo Fighters, and John Fogerty put on a ferocious performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic, “Fortunate Son” for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night (March 5).
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MIAMI - I've often said it's a mistake to hold film festivals in beautiful, vibrant cities: if you really want to direct undivided attention to your programme of films, you'd be best off locating the entire thing in a stranded multiplex somewhere off the New Jersey Turnpike. In January.
The directors of the Miami International Film Festival, however, are wise to this problem. After a fairly heavily programmed opening weekend, the festival programme unfolds at a civilized pace, with screenings beginning only in the early evening: a fair solution both for working locals and tourists like yours truly, who needn't choose between the movies and Miami's ample pastel-colored charms.
A quick review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I have non-McConnaughey examples...
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I'm looking at a bright future in mall security...
In a couple of months Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight." It's an interesting project, as you know, in that it reunites the director with actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the third time in a unique series of films that keeps catching back up with the characters to see where they are in their lives (four if you want to count their brief reunion in 2001's "Waking Life").
The film gave us an idea: What other filmmaker/actor collaborations have worked so well in the past that we'd like to see them team up again? Sometimes sparks really fly on such a combination and it can leave you yearning for more. While everything from conflicting schedules to outright estrangement can sometimes get in the way, it doesn't mean filmgoers aren't eager to see lightning strike again.
There was a time, I think, maybe, when the MTV Movie Awards were kinda neat. But when you're talking about an organization that didn't want it even whispered that it was celebrating its 30th anniversary (lest the kiddies think it's old school), well, you get "Best Shirtless Performance."
Ironically enough, that new category this year is the one place that perennial MTV Movie Awards favorite, "The Twilight Saga," was chalked up this year. The Razzie-dominating vampire tragedy was shut-out otherwise. Gasp! Is the honeymoon over?
The nominations were led by Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" with seven each. Not far behind was David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" with six and, rounding out the Movie of the Year line-up, "The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises" with four and five respectively.
I'm not sure if FOX is trying to confuse me or trying to confuse my cable listings. On-air, FOX has been saying that tonight features performance by the Top 10 "Idol" Ladies. In my listings and on FOX's press site, though, it just says "10 Semifinalists Perform."
There's a big difference between those two things.
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As Kris noted last week in our gallery of potential 2013 Oscar contenders, the next awards season could be a(nother) big one for George Clooney -- whose Best Picture win for "Argo" last week put him in an elite club of individuals to have won Oscars for acting and one other discipline.
With his regular producing partner Grant Heslov, Clooney will be looking to score a second straight Best Picture win -- a feat last achieved by David O. Selznick in 1941 -- and has two shots at bat. The first, the eagerly awaited adaptation of stage sensation "August: Osage County," is simply a producing gig for the star. The second, WWII thriller "The Monuments Men," features more Clooney for your buck: it's his first project as director, co-writer and star since "The Ides of March" in 2011.