Rom-coms used to be a cash cow and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
Last week, Richard Malouf, the Dallas dentist accused of massive Medicaid fraud, sued WFAA, Owen Wilson's mom and real estate blogger Candy Evans, accusing them all of libel, defamation, slander and invasion of privacy. Malouf and wife, Leanne, still in the midst of being investigated by the state ... More >>
Richard Malouf has had an exciting year or so, what with being investigated by the state, the feds and WFAA for what is alleged to be a massive amount of Medicaid fraud. Malouf and wife Leanne's rather lavish personal lifestyle has also come under scrutiny: the mansion, the jets, the fancy cars, th ... More >>
For the past year, WFAA has been digging into Richard Malouf and All Smiles Dental and Orthodontics, the chain of pediatric clinics he owns (used to own, actually) with his wife. What the station found was what appeared to be a massive case of Medicaid fraud in which he bilked the state for unnecess ... More >>
Some of our notables showed great courage this year, others are simply notorious, but all 10 had a big impact in 2011.
Bob Musgrave at the "Bottle Rocket motel" last night, signing Criterion Collection DVDs for the faithfulAndy Carl Valentin and Chris Durbin didn't expect this. Not this. Certainly not. When first they hatched their cockamamie scheme -- to rescue from fiscal despair a Days Inn off I-35 in Hillsbor ... More >>
The Hillsboro motel where they shot part of Bottle Rocket is so iconic Ian Dingman put it on the front of the Criterion Collection DVD.My old friend and long-ago Observer-er Matt Zoller Seitz, who wrote the definitive making-of piece about Bottle Rocket back in September 1995, sent me a note this ... More >>
Eric Charbonneau/Getty ImagesLong, boring story short: I was on Getty Images looking for something completely unrelated when I came across this -- a photo of Luke, Andrew and Owen Wilson at the Zombieland premiere in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago. Can't remember the last time I saw all three ... More >>
Texas RangersOmar VizquelBut that's just because the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doesn't want the Rangers' shortstop to become a bullfighter. Oh, you missed that? Yeah -- a couple of days back, the former Indians great said bullfighting is "one of my things on the to-do list." Tha ... More >>
A few months back, my pal Bob Musgrave -- and that's Bob Mapplethorpe to you -- was giving some dude from Criterion Collection a tour of the local sights and sets from Bottle Rocket, which is only, like I said before, the best movie ever made in Dallas. We knew Wes Anderson's debut was getting the h ... More >>
Judd Apatow's pretty good year
The Inwood rents a room to the Tenenbaums
Jason Schwartzman as affable a movie star as you're likely to meet -- and you're likely to meet him tonight at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station, come to think of it. It's not often an actor comes into pitch a movie after it's in theaters, but in conjunction with the release of The Dar ... More >>
This week's news of Owen Wilson's attempted suicide, and Matt Seitz's essay about Owen, got me to thinking about the whole reason Owen got famous in the first place: 1996's Bottle Rocket, which remains -- easily -- the best film ever made in Dallas. I was wondering specifically why that movie -- Wes ... More >>
John Travolta is still the only cast member in The Movie That Will Not Go Away. Say it ain't so: Dallas -- the movie that will not die -- is still alive, despite the best efforts of several screenwriters and two now-former directors (Robert Luketic and Gurinder Chadha) who couldn't get the corpse ou ... More >>
Sorry, Richie -- we thought you were talking about A-Rod's alternative-rock lifestyle. OK, so some of you aren’t jazzed by Alex Rodriguez visiting a Dallas topless bar three weeks ago. But what if I told you that he frequented, at least twice, a Dallas swingers bar three years ago? According to ... More >>
Sally Horchow says she's been called a "Lifestyle Guru," a "Trend Expert" and a "Pop Culture Diva." Dreams can come true. Sally Horchow--a "journalist," writes People, so it must be true--is out there pimping the book The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections, which s ... More >>
Don Nelson's getting back to basketball. Coulda sworn he quit forever when he left Dallas. Hunh. So now we know exactly how much Don Nelson disliked Mark Cuban. After quitting the Mavericks and saying he was just tired of the travel and ready to settle down with his wife on a beach, the former Dall ... More >>
He plays golf with George Clooney. He clowns around with Chris Tucker. He's best buddies with Peri Gilpin. He's a pasty white dude named Steve Stodghill.
Taking this picture of Ashlee Simpson with my cell phone made my feel creepy, but in a good way. But since you can barely tell who it is, well, what's the dif? This item appeared on this blog for about two minutes yesterday, before vanishing into the ether; dunno how or why, and no longer do I care. ... More >>
Failure is McConaughey's perfect movie and a pretty good one for us
The grossly underutilized Granada Theater gets a makeover
Plus: Winning is Fun; Ethan Makes a Funny
Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.
Identity-theft victim gets the cold shoulder
De Niro and Murphy play it by the numbers in Showtime, but that's not a bad thing
Or, one man's passion for Clooney, killers, kooks and corn
With his own movie in tow, Dallas' indie-film guru goes to Robert Redford's festival, falls in love with the First-Timer, and embraces the hype
Stiller and De Niro square off in the big-screen sitcom Meet the Parents
DVDs pull back the curtain on the movies, but do you really want to see the Wizard?
Twenty-eight years after its creation, the once-proud USA Film Festival has lost its focus. Can, and will, two new area film fests fill the void?
The Haunting, or: We ain't 'fraid uh no ghosts
February 18 - 24, 1999
Even Bill Murray's antics can't rescue this self-important comedy
Although many standout films were released in 1998, no one movie really stood out
The mega-hyped disaster flick Armageddon signals the death of storytelling
The Cable Guy spoofs TV culture; Moll Flanders spooks a classic novel
Five Dallas filmmakers risk their lives for a burger -- and to discuss their movie