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The 21st Annual Austin Film Festival and Conference is in full swing. Movies are taking place from now through Thursday at venues across town including the Paramount, Stateside and Hideout theaters downtown, Rollins Theater at the Long Center, both theaters at the Texas State History Museum and Alamo Drafthouse Village. Badges are still available to purchase for you procrastinators. Keep an eye out here on Slackerwood for daily reports and reviews from the fest.
The Alamo Ritz is going to be hosting a special event tomorrow afternoon with author Anne Helen Peterson, celebrating the release of her new book Scandals Of Classic Hollywood. She'll present a special double feature of 1927's It starring Clara Bow (35mm) and 1954's Carmen Jones starring Dorothy Dandridge (Dcp) and discuss the tragic careers of both actresses. On Monday night, you can enjoy another Universal Horror double feature. This week, they've got Murders In The Rue Morgue »
- Matt Shiverdecker
By Anjelica Oswald
For some actors, it is a natural progression to move from using their talents in front of the camera to testing their skills behind it. Though actors have been making the transition for years, 2013 was a particular popular year for actors-turned-directors. Among some of the releases throughout the year were Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lake Bell’s In A World…, her directorial debut. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the directorial launching pad of Jason Bateman’s Bad Words and Mike Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and the festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon and Ralph Fiennes‘ The Invisible Woman.
- Anjelica Oswald
If there are any stares more prominent or cinematic than Clint Eastwood’s then we haven’t seen them. Today, we’ve got this remarkably entertaining infographic to celebrate the release of the Clint Eastwood: The Blu-ray Collection from Universal that teaches you how to recreate the famous stares from the man for yourself!
From The Director’s Squint to The “Are you kidding me?“, celebrate his iconic moments in this box set and give staring like Eastwood a go.
The Clint Eastwood Eight Movie Blu-ray Collection includes Coogan’s Bluff, Two Mules for Sister Sara, The Beguiled, Play Misty for Me, Joe Kidd, High Plains Drifter, Breezy and The Eiger Sanction all together in a beautiful box set, perfect for any fan or movie-buff. Own it now: http://amzn.to/1rKjUeB
By the way, Universal are also encouraging you to send your pictures of how you stare like »
- Dan Bullock
While the prolific Clint Eastwood, now mostly directing, has hit a late career stride of serving up mediocre, studio backed pictures, it speaks to the length and impact of his career that nearly forty years ago, he had already done enough work to justify an hour-long documentary about him. And that's just what you get with 1977's appropriately titled "The Man With No Name." The BBC production is presented by Iain Johnstone and finds the star — declared one of the biggest on the planet — at an interesting point in his career. By the end of the '70s, Eastwood was a blockbuster titan thanks to "Dirty Harry," but was also making a name for himself as a filmmaker with a half dozen films under his belt including "High Plains Drifter," "Play Misty For Me" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales." And this doc captures that time with key insights from Sergio Leone, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A fine oo-de-lally to you, friends, as Robin Hood and Little John would say. Yes, those two scoundrels and some of their friends are at the center of this week’s new Mousterpiece Cinema, which is all about the 1973 Disney animated film Robin Hood. Josh, in the past, hasn’t made any bones about the fact that he’s not too hot on this adventure, but Gabe and return guest Alexander Huls both have nostalgic love for this movie, even if they don’t have nostalgic love for the song “Love,” which is also from this movie. (In fact, Gabe chose to compare that scene to, of all things, Play Misty For Me.) Has Josh softened on the film or is he put off by a potential laziness in the storytelling and animation? Or have Gabe and Alex hardened a bit? And how early does Alex’s pet peeve of whistling get brought up? »
- Josh Spiegel
Some multi-talented actors take the knowledge and experience they gain from being on a movie set and turn it into a successful secondary career as a director. In Don Jon, Joseph Gordon Levitt places not only himself in the director’s seat, but also as the title role!
To celebrate the release of Don Jon on Blu-ray and DVD from 24th March we take a look at the greatest examples of actors who went behind the camera.
Clint is undoubtedly a Hollywood legend giving us the iconic characters of the Wild West and Harry Callahan, a cop unafraid of taking the law into his own hands. Eastwood first plunged into the world of directing in 1971 with psychological thriller, Play Misty For Me and has since gone on to sit in the director’s chair over thirty times. It turns out he’s pretty good behind the camera with »
- Paul Heath
6 items from 2014
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