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Dallas Filmmaker David Lowery Debuts New Film at Sundance, Hailed as ‘Triumph’

This week’s Sundance Film Festival is something of a seminal moment for Dallas filmmaking. Three films playing at the festival have strong roots to Dallas, including Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and Yan Tan’s Pit Stop. We’re celebrating on FrontRow with seven days of profiles looking at the people behind […]

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Sid From An Officer and a Gentleman Spent His Morning Talking About Dog Poop at City Council

The last time we saw Sid, he was dropping out of Navy flight school, getting his marriage proposal rejected, and killing himself in a motel room. If that’s a spoiler for you, sorry; the movie’s 30 years old. Since then, Sid (actor David Keith) has spent his time in more than 100 titles, but his […]

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Val Kilmer Eyeing Wyly, Perot for “Twain” Play

Actor Val Kilmer, in town this week for a Dallas Film Society appearance, is intrigued by Mark Twain as the quintessential American, as a “maverick” writer who reminded us that “we’re all silly, and who found a way to call us … on our folly.” So Kilmer’s put together a one-man play, “Citizen Twain,” which […]

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The Magnolia Theater Renovations: Are Cinemas For Watching Movies or Eating Empanadas?

Today the Magnolia movie theater at West Village opened its newly renovated theaters to audiences. Among the changes is that tickets to all of their shows are now purchased with reserved seating. Your ticket guarantees you a specific seat. While I generally prefer the flexibility of beating the crowd to get myself my preferred seat […]

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Being Zac Efron: An On-Set Liberal Arts Body Double Speaks Out

Last week Josh Radnor’s second movie, Liberal Arts, opened in theaters. Dallas-native and former FrontRow intern Will Arbery (yes, those Arberys) worked on the film as a body double for Zac Efron and in extras casting. Over on FrontRow, he shares his insight into the starry-eyed world that exists on a film set’s periphery: There […]

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What’s To Like About The City’s Newest, Decidedly Not Beautiful Arts District Venue

On September 14, Sarah Jaffe will open the latest venue in the Arts District, City Performance Hall, a $40 million facility developed by the City of Dallas  for arts groups that don’t fit into the schedules or budgets of the bigger boys on Flora St. But is the building too pragmatic? And will it actually […]

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How To Fix the Nasher/Museum Tower Issue

So listen, the other day I was watching Superman II and I totally came up with an idea that will fix everything. It happens toward the end of the movie, when General Zod is using his laser beam eyeballs to heat up semi trucks and make them explode. So then Superman comes in and uses […]

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Leading Off (6/4/12)

Prosecutors Don’t Like Municipal Judges: Ethical breaches, favoritism, and failure to follow the law are some of the accusations leveled at Dallas municipal judges by prosecutors (paywall) who submitted evaluations to the City Council. Naturally, municipal judges weren’t pleased with the evaluations, and one lawyer called the prosecutors “babies.” Prosecutors called judges “bullies.” That’s how the city […]

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Crooked Arrows: The Local Connection to the Lacrosse Movie Everyone Is Talking About

What? You haven’t heard about Crooked Arrows, the new lacrosse movie opening this weekend? It’s like Hoosiers, only with hunky Brandon Routh as the coach instead of a recovering alcoholic, and a bunch of Native Americans instead of Indiana farm kids. Really? No? Not ringing a bell? Anyway, Jacques “Bunky” Vroom III (who recently returned […]

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Capital Punishment Doesn’t “Sit Easy” With Actress Laura Linney, Who Starred in a Movie About It

Back when actress Laura Linney starred with Kevin Spacey in The Life of David Gale, a movie about the death penalty that was set in Texas, the country’s No. 1 state for executions, Linney rebuffed questions early on about her own position on the controversial topic. David Gale was really a “murder mystery,” she said […]

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Slams “Second-Rate” States That Compete With Texas for Film Business

Dallas Film Commission director Janis Burklund probably wouldn’t have used the exact words that Mayor Mike Rawlings did last night, when he talked about states that compete with Texas for film projects. But she liked his point about staying competitive in the battle for movie business. Addressing the opening-night crowd at the Dallas International Film […]

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