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Oscar countdown

Foolproof guide to Oscar gold: Every Academy Award winner is named here (we hope)

By Duncan Carson

There is an entire Internet subculture devoted to predicting the Oscars. Like sporting events, it has its own Vegas odds-makers, and several blogs are devoted to handicapping the ceremony. Hard and ...


Movies Are My Life

Oscar controversy: Nomination snubs and shocks raise real questions, from Bigelow to Django

By Joe Leydon

Snubs. Upsets. Cinderella stories. On Thursday morning, members of the Motion Picture Academy offered, in true Hollywood fashion, a whole bunch of unexpected twists while advancing the narrative of ...


Awards Season

Houston film critics honor Argo, Bernie, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence as year's best

By Joe Leydon

Two fact-based films — Argo, Ben Affleck’s acclaimed drama about an audacious plan to escape from Iran, and Bernie, Richard Linklater’s cheeky dramedy about crime and punishm ...


Mondo Cinema

Django Unchained, Argo and Bernie lead parade of 2012's most memorable movies

By Joe Leydon

To begin, as I do every year, with my standard disclaimer: This may be my list of the Top 10 Movies of 2012 – but it’s not necessary a rundown of the year’s 10 Best Movies. B ...


Final week at Hiram Butler

Projections: Artist Will Henry decodes the myths and realities of the 21st-century American West

By Tyler Rudick

Since the first hunter-gatherers made their way across the Bering Straight land bridge, humans have sought to make their mark on the American West. From the cliff dwellings and petroglyphs of t ...


Not Quite like Jude Law

Sex robots are not just the future, they're already here: Scholarly study misses a Houston reality

By Tyler Rudick

If we're to believe Steven Spielberg's 2001 sci-fi flick AI: Artificial Intelligence, sex robots aren't supposed to happen until at least the 22nd century . . . But two resear ...


In Houston this weekend

Boot scootin' love: Nevena Christi's Rocketbuster Boots make an impression wherever they're worn

By Clifford Pugh

As designer Nicole Miller's close collaborator, Nevena Christi never thought in a million years that she would leave the New York fashion world for the far reaches of West Texas. But when ...


Big Surprises, Small Sculptures

Whistle while you watch: Ethan Hawke & Cinema Arts Fest guests receive unique gift

By Cynthia Neely

I wish I could be a fly on the wall when actor Ethan Hawke opens his thank you present for participating in this week’s Cinema Arts Festival Houston. How much fun it would be to watch his fam ...


Happy Haunting

The real history of Halloween: From pagan rituals to candy carnage and a ghoulish industry

By Cynthia Neely

When filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s E.T. wanted to phone home to his home planet, the little alien just repurposed the innards of various electronic equipment, like telephones and a turntable, ...


Now a Canadian TV home

Show saviors no more: DirecTV not interested in rescuing another Friday Night Lights

By Cynthia Neely

If your favorite network or cable program is cancelled, don’t expect it to get a new lease on life from DirecTV. The satellite savior for cancelled TV shows, like our beloved Friday Night Lig ...


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