Tim League

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news and tidbit (that word makes it giggle) column that is back in full swing this week. A special thanks to Cole Abaius for picking up the reigns last week while usual author Neil Miller was locked away in a 3×3 ft. cell in preparation for Fantastic Fest. No, there was not a reason for it. And yes, he has emerged ready for a bare-knuckle boxing match (or two). But first, the news… We begin tonight with a shot of Christian Bale and Terrence Malick walking through the crowds of the Austin City Limits music festival this past weekend here in Austin, TX. It caused quite a commotion with the crowds, many of whom were there to see acts like Bright Eyes, Stevie Wonder and Kanye West. As a surprise, they got T. Malick in that silly hat.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we pick a dark corner at The Highball in Austin, Texas to speak with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and Mondo creative director Justin Ishmael (and get a few exclusives in the process). Plus, Scott Weinberg from Movies.com and our very own Brian Salisbury square off in the Movie News Pop Quiz. No alcohol was hurt during the making of this podcast. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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If you live in Austin, or don’t mind high gas prices, come join the Reject crew on Tuesday evening (7/5) at or around 6:30 CST while we set up a table in a dark corner and record Reject Radio. Not sold? What if we told you that dark corner was in the world famous Highball? What? We already told you that in the headline? Sorry, we have no idea what we’re doing. Drinks will be sold by the glassful, good times will be had by all, and a mostly legitimate movie podcast will be recorded featuring the dulcet tones of Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. Plus, we’ll have a few special guests and a surprise for Mr. League that will either draw a spit take or a cheer of sheer childlike joy. Or both. So come hang out with us. There will be booze (for you to buy) and bowling to do.

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It is a known fact that the Alamo Drafthouse is one of the best places to watch a movie on planet Earth. That said, sometimes the confines of a movie theater are too restrictive for the level of awesome that the Drafthouse wants to achieve. The Rolling Roadshow was born as a result and it was good. Junkfood Cinema auteur Brian Salisbury and I had decided to sample this year’s offerings together. So it was with thoughts of cold Shiner Bock and hot chainsaws that we found ourselves driving out to Kingsland on a warm Texas evening for the second stop on the Alamo’s annual Rolling Roadshow tour. Kingsland, for those who are unaware, is the site of the now infamous house used in Tobe Hooper’s classic horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While shooting originally took place just north of Austin around Round Rock, the house was moved to Kingsland in the 90s to avoid demolition. In any case, it is the very house used in the film and there was something eerie about seeing the house on a large inflatable projector mere feet away from the actual building. Being able to glance back and forth and notice small details made for quite a cool experience.

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At Fantastic Fest, chaos does, in fact, reign. Any attentive reader of this fine publication would know that. Last year, filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo coined the phrase as the somewhat unofficial motto of the fest. Based on a line from Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, “chaos reigns” means simply that at all times, the unexpected and strange is to be expected. How’s this for unexpected? Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League, actor Elijah Wood, Vigalondo and The Rza from Wu Tang walked onto the stage at The Highball last evening during the Chaos Reigns Karaoke event. The following video is what transpired. It is well worth a few minutes of your time…

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Tim League is a busy man. Every morning he wakes up at 4am, eats 9 dozen raw eggs, boxes a kangaroo and then delivers a sickening amount of entertainment to the Austinites who are fortunate enough (or in the case of Reject Brian Salisbury, moved there specifically) to have the Alamo Drafthouse in their backyard. The man is also back as CEO of the company with an eye to expanding the amount of theaters under their belt, and he’s just announced today the launching of Drafthouse Films – a new distribution arm that has already picked up Four Lions as its first film to hurl unto the masses. I spoke with League briefly on his way out to Toronto. One thing is for sure – the drive and fandom of the Drafthouse is going to be filtered directly into what films they pick up. It’s time to get excited, and League is about to get even busier.

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So some guy in Austin just became CEO of his company again. Why should you care?

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Red White and Blue

Simon Rumley’s Red, White & Blue is a film about grey areas. There are no heroes or villains in the unforgiving landscape of this film, a landscape featuring characters that make life-altering bad decisions or knowingly do unforgivable things. It’s a dense, serious study of unfortunate happenstance, one which implements a brooding quietude throughout.

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This week, Austin becomes Geek Mecca. And if you can’t be here for it, we’ve got you covered. Come inside and find out what our coverage will look like, who will be providing it and where it can be found.

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