Monthly Archives: July 2012

Small Screen Standups & Shows

Despite the pissing contest between Viamcom and DirecTV that has halted streaming of The Daily Show and The Cobert Report for the time being, there is a slew of exciting comedy content on the horizon and coming to a small screen near and/or on you soon:   Continue reading

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Summer Classic Film Series Celebrates Comedies

The Paramount Theatre’s 37th Annual Summer Classic Film Series lovingly screens all genres from indie art house to Golden Age epics and this week features a collection of bona fide comedy classics: the ensemble satires of Christopher Guest’s Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, the screwballs Bringing Up Baby and My Man Godfrey, the witty romantic comedies The Philadelphia Story and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the slapstick farce of Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man plus their second picture, Buck Privates, which launched them into the stratosphere.

Perhaps even more so than other film genres, comedies should optimally (hell, compulsorily) be watched with the communal experience of an audience. And of course, cinema is inherently sublime when seen in celluloid on the BIG screen of a movie palace listed in the National Register of Historic Places, where the house projectionist, John Stewart, has over four decades of craftsmanship, and a ticket is admittance for a double feature. But beating the heat here this week isn’t just grand entertainment— it’s practically doctor’s orders! Or so says the Mayo Clinic about the short and long-term health benefits of laughter (preposterously, the Paramount is still out-of-network for many insurance carriers). And cinephile-wise, The Huffington Post, The Criterion Collection, and USA Today have recently touted the Paramount’s summer motion picture tradition.   Continue reading

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IndieGoGo Fundraising for “Have Thong Will Travel” Documentary on Austin Icon, the late Leslie Cochran

From Freckled Fanny Films: Nine years in the making and told with brazen humor, HAVE THONG WILL TRAVEL is a touching portrait of Albert Leslie Cochran, a 60-year-old cross-dressing, street person who became an Austin icon and an ambassador for keeping it weird. A social activist, mayoral candidate, and talk show host, Leslie arrived in Austin in 1996, walking and biking through the Texas city famous for its embrace of individuality and self-expression. The film follows Leslie, a one-man show in his own absurdist theater, as he survives on unforgiving streets – all while wearing a thong and a smile. HAVE THONG WILL TRAVEL chronicles his journey to find peace while exploring the demons that drove him, the wit that kept him sane, and his passion for bringing awareness to social injustice.

Leslie’s story unfolds as we travel the streets with him and learn what it’s like to be both a local celebrity and a pariah. To many, he’s a beloved folk hero who fights for respect, independence, and self-expressionism in a cookie-cutter world. To others, he’s a vagabond who enjoys a broken system. But to a dedicated few, he’s a beautiful spirit whose adventurous nature is punctuated by the pitfalls of self-sabotage and trauma. While Leslie searches for peace, we find ourselves looking at a new definition of home and the beauty of friendship. Throughout his life, Leslie managed to create and foster a dynamic and provocative community around him. Coupled with hilariously shocking footage of the “Queen of Austin,” HAVE THONG WILL TRAVEL presents Leslie Cochran as a troubled but beloved free spirit.

HAVE THONG WILL TRAVEL is co-directed & produced by Ruby C. Martin and Tracy Frazier with cinematography by Lee Daniels and editing by Nevie Owens. Austin Tighe is executive producer and Grammy-award winning artist Patty Griffin is included in the growing list of musicians who have come aboard to create a truly fantastic soundtrack.   Continue reading

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Tix On Sale for Aug. 18th Live-Action Graphic Novel Intergalactic Nemesis Books I & II

Get tickets to both shows and/or add in a fresh, locally sourced Hickory Street dinner between events with unlimited soft drinks, cast meet & greet, and commemorative poster!

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The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that mashes up radio drama with comic-books. Three actors voice dozens of characters; one Foley artist creates hundreds of sound effects; one keyboardist performs a score of thousands (yes, thousands!) of notes; while we project more than 1,250 individual, full-color, hand-drawn, hi-res, blow-your-mind comic book images to tell the story visually. LIVE.

Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other and it’s for the kid in everyone.

The year is 1933. Are you ready for the adventure?

THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS
Live-Action Graphic Novel
Book One: Target Earth

Saturday, August 18th
Doors @ 2:00pm | Show @ 3:00pm
The Paramount Theatre

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THE SEQUEL. The creators have taken the artwork from an original comic-book story, removed the word balloons, and then project that art panel-by-panel while three actors voice all the characters, one performer creates all the sound-effects, and a keyboardist performs the score. LIVE.

The year is 1933. When the robot emissary Elbee-Dee-Oh disappears in deep space, it’s up to Molly Sloan to rescue him. If only it were that simple. Because at that same time, and unbeknownst to her, her former fiancé Dr. Lawrence Webster has miraculously arrived on Robonovia, the Cerebretron is malfunctioning, Timmy has only just begun to master his telekinetic powers, a sinister robot named Alphatron is up to something terribly nefarious, and the duplicitous Soviet spy Natasha Zorokov has followed Dr. Webster through the Galactascope. Will it all get sorted out? Or is there another, more evil, thread to this complex tapestry?

For the kid in everyone!

THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS
Live-Action Graphic Novel
Book Two: Robot Planet Rising

Saturday, August 18th
Doors @ 6:30pm | Show @ 7:30pm
The Paramount Theatre

General On-Sale (Phone & Online): Friday, July 6th @ Noon

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YouTube’s “Next Comic” Program Application

YouTube is accepting applications through Friday, July 13th, 2012, from individual comedians for a chance to be one of sixteen participants for their “Next Comic” program. Chosen recipients will receive $10K in Google Display Advertising, $5K in video production equipment, training via Google+ Hangout workshops, and mentoring from “YouTube star comedians and other industry leaders.”   Continue reading

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