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SXSW 2013

Posted by    |    March 15th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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Every year in March, creative minds gather in Austin, Texas to share their ideas and inspire future filmmakers and creators.  The SXSW Film Conference and Festival gives thinkers and innovators the opportunity to present their ideas to the entertainment and media culture, and pave the way for the future of film and entertainment. I attended the festival over the weekend on behalf of YouPlusDallas and covered the film portion of SXSW to present you with a description of the major events.

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

On Friday, March 8th, I attended the premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, featuring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin.  This film sets Carell and Buscemi as aging Las Vegas magicians, Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, respectively, who soon have to dig deep for a better act once Carrey’s character (Steve Gray) begins to steal the spotlight as a fresh street magician.  From a critics standpoint, this film is very unimpressive, being described by some as “instantly forgettable” and “yawn-inspiring”, while others describe it as “periodically chuckle-worthy” and “just amusing enough to pass the time”.  Only time will tell if this film becomes a hit, but I’m not counting on it.  Some of the cast was also in attendance for this film. (more…)

Bernie Update: the Movie and Character

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

There are many glowing reviews of this fine movie since we last reviewed this well made movie.  Lou Holman of Arts Atlanta nailed the character Bernie in its review of the movie Bernie.  As he so aptly states in his review, “Bernie touches on the paradox of how a town of churchgoing conservatives can embrace a confirmed bachelor with a lilting voice, a penchant for musical theater and no interest in dating eligible women his age. As long as gay people remain entirely closeted, they can be pillars of a certain kind of community. Southern hospitality and “don’t ask, don’t tell” can blur into each other.”  Some of the comments on Rotten Tomatoes about the character, Bernie, were on target.  “As Bernie, Jack Black is about as reined-in as you’ll see him. Effeminate, emotional, generous and cuddly, he’s easy to root for when push comes to shooting.” said Chris Foran of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, or this, “With facts that are stranger than fiction and a story surrounding a murder that is often played as dark comedy, Bernie exists somewhere between an Errol Morris documentary and Fargo.” stated Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Movie: Reflections on Cinema.  Bernie is a wonderfully directed and acted movie and worth the view.

Movie Review: Bernie

Posted by    |    July 1st, 2012 at 2:00 pm


Bernie, based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth and directed by Richard Linklater, is about the 1997 murder of Marjorie Nugent, a rich and mean spirited woman from Carthage, Texas, by a mortician named Bernie Tiede.  Tiede is played by Jack Black and Mrs. Nugent is played by Shirley MacLaine. There is a lot to talk about with this movie, but we will focus this review primarily on Black’s portrayal of Tiede.

Bernie is an assistant funeral director with a way of making everybody feel special. He teaches Sunday school and sings at church services, comforts widows and people (mainly women) in times of need, directs and stars in musicals, and is completely servant hearted. The people in Carthage, Texas loved him.


Freakiest Golf Tournament in Dallas!

Posted by    |    April 24th, 2012 at 10:29 am

The Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® and local 70’s cover band Le Freak are partnering for the fourth annual Caddyshack for the Cure™, a one-of-a-kind golf tournament where participants take a trip back to the 1970s complete with retro golf and disco attire.

There are tons of reasons to make it out to Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas on Thursday, April 26 for this fabulous tournament. Shall I list a few for you?

  • You love to golf
  • You love disco classics (from bands like Le Freak!!)
  • You love to dress like the cast of Saturday Night Fever or Caddyshack—whichever direction you choose
  • You love at least one woman – mom, sister, daughter, friend

Yes, we’ll be dressed like we’re in the Decade of Disco and perhaps even some Caddyshack inspired attire. But it is 2012, and we need to educate and support women in our own neighborhoods about breast health. That is what Komen Dallas County is all about. Of the funds raised, 25 percent goes to find a cure and 75 percent stays right here in Dallas County, helping the women in our lives prevent and beat cancer. (more…)

Bricks & Bunnies at Legoland Discovery Center

Posted by    |    April 3rd, 2012 at 5:46 pm

You’re in for an EGGxcellent time at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine this Easter at their Bricks & Bunnies event! The fun takes place Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 and again on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Doors open at 10 a.m. Activities include a festive scavenger hunt to find hidden eggs throughout MINILAND as well as Easter-themed model builder workshops to build Easter eggs.

Monkey See, Monkey Do at the Dallas Zoo

Posted by    |    April 2nd, 2012 at 4:37 pm

The Dallas Zoological Society is thrilled to announce plans for the first annual Kid To Do at the Dallas Zoo “Monkey See Monkey Do.” Following in the footsteps of its big brother Zoo To Do, Kid To Do will feature approximately 20 restaurants serving kidfriendly fare along with fun, festive activities for the whole family. The inaugural Kid To Do will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 6 – 9 p.m. on Cat Green at the Dallas Zoo.

“We are excited to launch Kid To Do at the Dallas Zoo this year, which we hope will re-introduce many local families to the Zoo and engage them for years to come,” said Dallas Zoological Society president and CEO Michael Meadows. “Kid To Do is sure to be the most family-friendly social event of the season, so don’t miss this chance to monkey around with your family, friends, and Dallas’ top chefs!”

Kid To Do 2012 promises a wildly amusing evening for parents and their children with entertainment by award-winning children’s singer and performer Eddie Coker, giraffe feedings in the Giants of the Savanna exhibit, exploration of the new Koala Walkabout exhibit, animal encounters, bounce houses, a DJ and dancing, a private bird show, face painting, and more! Maria Martineau Plankinton and Emily Vafa have teamed up to chair the event, and more than 250 Dallas families have joined the host committee to help plan and produce the event. Honorary Chairs for the event are Jennifer and John Eagle, and Tracy and Kent Rathbun will serve as Honorary Restaurant Chairs.

Tickets for the event are $60 per person, children age 2 and under are free, and sponsorships begin at $500.

Happy First Birthday Celebration for Legoland Discovery Center!

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2012 at 7:44 am

Guests are invited to join LEGOLAND Discovery Center (LDC) to celebrate their first anniversary on Friday, March 30 beginning at 10 a.m. with a special birthday party. Activities include fun birthday themed LEGO creations including a cupcake, Happy Birthday sign and present. At 1 p.m. guests will enjoy cupcakes from a giant cupcake tower in the LDC Café (while supplies last).

LEGOLAND Discovery Center wants to share the fun with those who also have a March 30th birthday. Just show a valid form of identification with your birth date and you’ll get in free that day. It’s our birthday gift to you!

In addition, anyone who joins as a new annual pass holder on March 30 will receive a discounted rate of $45 and any annual pass holder renewals will receive a special $40 price.


Grapevine Mills Kick-off Spring Break With Fun Activities

Posted by    |    March 12th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is hosting “Spring Brick” featuring exciting themed builds, such as favorite sports and flowers, each day during spring break week. On Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grapevine Mills Food Court the Junior Construction Panel competition kicks off and the winners will work in private events with the LDC model builder team throughout the 2012 year!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Spring Break Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – last admission 2 hours prior to closing; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – last admission at 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – last admission at 4 p.m.

SEA LIFE Grapevine will celebrate Pirates Weekend on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 where guests are encouraged to dress up as their best pirate and use quiz trail cards to search for treasure answers throughout the attraction. The SEA LIFE gift shop is also full of pirate loot for purchase, including pirate swords, pirate figures, skull pencil toppers and pirate ships.

SEA LIFE Grapevine Spring Break Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. – last admission two hours before; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – last admission two hours before.


Get Sucked Into Octopus Garden At Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium

Posted by    |    March 11th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Octopus Garden, a new innovative attraction opening April 4 at SEA LIFE™ Grapevine Aquarium, introduces families to the amazing world of cephalopods. From octopus and cuttlefish to nautilus, these distinctive creatures have almost supernatural abilities including camouflage, ink clouds and jet propulsion. Octopus Garden includes hands-on activities demonstrating some of the unique skills belonging to cephalopods.

“We are thrilled to show visitors how strangely beautiful these creatures are,” said Iain Scouller, General Manager of SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center. “Octopus Garden will educate guests about these unique creatures in a fun and interactive environment as only SEA LIFE can do.”

With five new display tanks, the exhibit features a Giant Pacific Octopus, Zebra Octopus, Pharaoh Cuttlefish and Chambered Nautilus. Octopus Garden also includes: a hide-and-seek octopus game, an octopus memory quiz, octopus maze activity and two new educational presentations.

Mockingbird Station Debuts First Outdoor Spring Concert Series

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2012 at 9:49 am

On Thursday, March 1, Mockingbird Station will present its first Spring Concert Series, a free outdoor music series on the Mezzanine Level in front of the Angelika Dallas Film Center. The series will feature a diverse lineup of local artists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, beginning with Club Wood on March 1. The performances, aimed at the after-work crowd and suitable for all ages, will begin at 6 p.m., adding to an already vibrant schedule of activities at the Station throughout the season.