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Saturday video break: “Baby clothes. This place has got everything!”

A shot-by-shot LEGO remake of the mall chase scene from The Blues Brothers: How awesome, not to mention OCD, is that? Here’s the side-by-side comparison: And the “making of” video: All done by the folks at Bricktease. I am in awe. Via Consumerist.

Film incentive lawsuit

I can’t wait to see what happens with this. A lawsuit filed by Austin-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and the production company behind his film Machete accuses The Texas Film Commission of denying agreed-to financial incentives after the commission decided the film was “inappropriate.” Machete Chop Shop Inc. says in a suit filed July 13 in […]

The Real Housewives of the Oilpatch

Sure, why not? A reality television show developer has traveled from California to Texas in hopes of spinning the “Real Housewives” concept into an oil field drama. Matt Stroud, a development producer for CrashHat Entertainment, recently released a casting call for women who can show “the real American pride that goes hand-in-hand with being an […]

Saturday video break: The Charlie Brown School of Dance

Just watch: Admit it, you always wondered what those dances were called.

RIP, Larry Hagman

Farewell, JR. J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television’s long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, “Dallas.” Although he first gained fame as nice […]

InnerVIEWS

Congrats to Ernie Manouse for reaching this milestone: Houston-(February 15, 2012) Over the past 10 seasons, the nationally syndicated award-winning series,  InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse hasentertained and informed audiences with interesting, intimate, and revealing conversations with some of today’s most captivating notables. Now,InnerVIEWS, and Emmy winner Ernie Manouse, get ready to celebrate their 150th episode with multi-award winning journalist Bill Moyers. The […]

Are you ready for “The Osteens”?

When you think about it, the strange thing is that they didn’t already have a reality TV show. Joel Osteen announced Tuesday that he has partnered with Survivor producer Mark Burnett to create a reality TV show that would follow him and his wife, Victoria, and Lakewood Church members on mission trips across the country. […]

Saturday video break: OK Go + Muppets = awesome

Some things were just meant to happen: Be sure to watch the “behind the scenes” video as well: Thanks to Popdose for the embeds.

“Miss Representation”

The above is a preview for Miss Representation, which is showing this Thursday for one night only at the Alamo Drafthouse, West Oaks Mall, at 7 PM. I’ve got tickets for the screening, which is also a benefit for Annie’s List. There are similar screenings in Austin (Tuesday, 7 PM, The Drafthouse) and San Antonio […]

Saturday video break: We’re off to see the Wizard

Bobby McFerrin sings “The Wizard of Oz” in seven and a half minutes. It’s even more awesome than it sounds. There’s a more recent version of this performance, with somewhat better video (not having been ripped from someone’s VHS tape, one presumes) here, but I prefer the embedded one, both for the stronger audience participation […]

Saturday video break: Seven in seven

Seven “Harry Potter” movies, summarized in seven minutes: I haven’t seen a Potter movie since the third one – we saw it two days before Olivia was born, if that helps you understand why I’m behind in my movie-watching – but I do hope to see this one. And now I’m prepared for it.

Saturday video break: We the people

Here’s a little Schoolhouse Rock to get you in the Fourth of July mood: If you’re a true child of the 1970′s, you are incapable of merely saying the Preamble. It simply must be sung. Hope you’re having an excellent weekend.

Saturday video break: The Magnited States of America, where you are FREE to TEXT in a THE-A-TER

In case you haven’t seen it yet, another reason to love the Alamo Drafthouse: I wonder if this girl has figured out yet what a spectacle she has made of herself. CNN’s Anderson Cooper picked up on it the other day: Bravo, I say. See Austin360 for more.

Saturday video break: Select all robots

All movies should be like this: Plot? Dialog? Those pesky laws of physics, not to mention logic? Pshaw. Who needs them when you have that much awesomeness? Via Gizmodo.

Saturday video break: When an evil boy meets an evil girl

It’s the age-old story. May your Valentine’s Day be filled with maniacal laughter, robot armies, and anything else your heart desires.

Saturday video break: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

The other day I heard Olivia saying – trying to say, anyway – fourteen-syllable words are quite the mouthful – that fabled construction from “Mary Poppins”, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, to Audrey. I sang her a verse of the song, and they were duly impressed. Then Olivia wanted me to spell it for her. I’m a pretty good […]

Special Friday video break: Dash away all

Once more with my favorite narration of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”: Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

RIP, Blake Edwards

The man who gave us the one true “Pink Panther” movies has passed away at the age of 88. One of Hollywood’s most successful specialists in comedy, Edwards was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1922 and started out as an actor. After appearing in about 30 films, he worked as a TV scriptwriter before becoming […]

No film commission incentives for you!

Noted for the record. The Texas Film Commission has denied incentives for “Machete,” the controversial immigration-related feature film from Robert Rodriguez’s Austin-based Troublemaker Studios. In a brief, formal letter dated Dec. 1 and released Wednesday by Katherine Cesinger , a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Film Commission cited part of a state code […]

“CSI:San Antonio” would be far preferable

Oh, hell no. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is planning a neo-Western crime drama from executive producer Anthony Zuiker called “Desperado.” It focuses on a group of lawmen who enact cowboy-style justice in modern times on criminals in San Antonio. The publication compared it to “Justified” on FX, which is based on an Elmore […]

Saturday video break: It’s never wrong to mash up “Star Trek”

Some things don’t require an introduction, others defy the very attempt at one: Beam me up, Scotty. UPDATE: This can happen when you draft stuff in advance. Go here to see the video. Sorry about that.

RIP, Leslie Nielsen

As Mel Brooks said when his friend Harvey Korman passed away, the world is a more serious place today. Leslie Nielsen, the actor best known for starring in such comedies as Airplane! and the Naked Gun film franchise, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He […]

Saturday video break: Won’t I get a reputation for being soft on turkeys?

President Bartlett, doing his Constitutional duty: There’s also the classic Butterball hotline sequence if you want more. Happy Saturday!

Cutting the cord on cable

I have no plans to change the way I watch TV any time soon, but a lot of other people are at least thinking about it. The Convergence Consulting Group of Toronto predicts that about 1.6 million U.S. households will “cut the cord,” or cancel monthly cable subscriptions, by the end of 2011, as more […]

Saturday video break: This is Halloween

And this is how you celebrate it: Happy Halloween!

“For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair”

From the inbox: Gish Creative (www.gishcreative.com) and Southwest Alternate Media Project/SWAMP (www.swamp.org) have come together to celebrate the arts and cultural landmarks with a public screening of “For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair” (www.andersonfairthemovie.com) on Tuesday, October 26, 7pm at the River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray. All proceeds from […]

Saturday video break: For excitement, and emotion

School starts Monday in these parts. In honor of that, here’s a little Schoolhouse Rock: We have one of the Schoolhouse Rock DVD sets. I need to play it for Olivia, I think she might be old enough to appreciate it now.

Saturday video break: Fireworks

At times like this, we turn to Schoolhouse Rock for answers: Happy Third of July, everybody.

Saturday video break: Life’s great mysteries

For those of you of a certain age, the following needs no introduction: I don’t know about you, but I didn’t even know there was an extended version of this commercial. Truly, the Internet is a marvelous thing. In case you’re wondering, my inspiration for seeking this out was the Father’s Day present I got […]

Saturday video break: Re-Micks

So we spend a fair amount of our TV-watching time on stuff the TiVo has recorded off the Disney Channel. They don’t run commercials, so to fill the out their time slots they do a lot of promos of other Disney Channel shows and related material, and they occasionally slip in a short cartoon. These […]

Special Sunday video break: What cats have to say about “Lost”

“Lost” re-enacted by cats in one minute: There are some actual spoilery bits in there, so if you’re not prepared to watch the finale, click at your own peril.

Saturday video break: Squirrels in my pants

Don’t you hate it when this happens to you? If you’re not a fan of Phineas and Ferb, you should be. See more of their music videos here. I recommend the Evil Love Song as a starting place: Who says they don’t write ‘em like that any more?

Saturday video break: Birthday time

One of the things you learn when you reach a certain age is the extent to which children’s television has completely taken over your brain. It’s the times when you’re by yourself and you find yourself humming or even singing these tunes and you realize just how far you’ve gone. So you try to make […]

Saturday video break: Happy Presidents Day!

Monday is Presidents Day, which normally means no mail delivery and mattress sales. But it should mean a bit more than that, so here’s a little song to help you celebrate: Obviously, a newer version is needed now, but it’ll do. Happy Presidents Day!