Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet LA actor Jay Ali of "The Fosters" on ABC Family

Jay Ali left England for LA just over five years ago. He had no contacts, no prospects and no acting experience. Though he was greeted by a sea of people telling him he was wasting his time in Hollywood, he stuck with it. 

Currently starring as Timothy on ABC Family's The Fosters, he's been working consistently for the past three years.

ATX Gossip asked him to share some of his experiences and offer a bit of advice to others looking to get into the biz.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SXSW 2015 Day 8 - Rachael Ray's Feedback House

For the eighth year, Rachael Ray is back at SXSW with her Feedback party and house. 

We hit the house Friday evening to check out Music Band, Parlour Tricks, Colony House and Alberta Cross. 

Spotted Rachael Ray in the crowd looking adorbs with her hubby, whose band The Cringe plays Saturday's Feedback party at Stubbs. 

Here are highlights from the evening lineup. 

We're pretty sure the lead singer of Music Band (left) is wearing a wig. Right? hailing from Nashville, the band has a Spinal Tap vibe.
 
Parlour Tricks was up next. Hailed as the Best Pop Band in New York 2014 by the Village Voice, we totally understand why. These ladies can rock... or pop... or whatever.
 
When it was time for Alberta Cross to take the stage, Rachael Ray passed right by us as she excused her way to the front of the crowd with her hubby and two pals in tow.
 
 
She stayed put for the entire Alberta Cross set.
 
We also crossed paths with the Brewmaster for Blue Moon. They sponsored the event along with parent company Miller Brewing, Gevalia Coffee, Titos and Grand Hawaiian, who brought in a  food truck.
 
The annual Feedback party is going down Saturday at Stubbs. Check back for a rundown of that event on Sunday.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SXSW 2015 Day 7 - Miley Cyrus at Fader Fort

After conflicting reports earlier in the week that Miley Cyrus was at the Flaming Lips show (our sources say she was camouflaged as a mushroom on stage while online tabs say she remained back stage) it's now official. Miley is at SXSW. 

The singer showed up onstage at Mike Will Made-It's Fader Fort show performing We Can't Stop

Here's a compilation of some of the best photos we found online. 

SXSW 2015 Day 6

Day six at SXSW started with an on TV sighting. Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson made a stop at FOX 7 with the band he manages North of Nine. We snagged this pic pal Lauren Petrowski posted after their appearance on Good Day Austin.
Unfortunately, it was off to the airport not long after that. Yours truly is out for the rest of the fest. Luckily, though, we have some staffers on the ground in Austin to continue bringing you highlights.


But before we departed, we made one more celeb sighting. Henry Rollins walked right past me as I picked up my bag to board the plane. Whew! I thought I was going to have my first ever celeb-less day at ABIA.  

SXSW 2015 Day 5

Day five of SXSW 15 started with yet another 80s flashback.
Christian Slater attended the screening and Q&A for the upcoming USA series Mr. Robot

Co-stars Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin and Portia Doubleday were also on hand.

The series revolves around a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer suffering from an anti-social disorder who connects to people by hacking them. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SXSW 2015 Day 4

We just keep going and going and going.

Day four was yet another blur of activity, starting with the Breakfast Club's 30th anniversary restoration screening. 

Attendees were treated to Breakfast Club themed donuts and coffee or a mimosa. 

And, as if that wasn't enough, cast members Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald were in attendance for a Q&A. 

But the real highlight was the Barton Hills choir singing Don't You (Forget About Me) before the screening.

Thankfully the Q&A happened before the screening because we didn't have time to stick around since the iZombie screening was happening at the Vimeo Theater at the convention center.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Austin choir kids perform at SXSW Breakfast Club screening

A local school choir from Austin, TX, (Barton Hills) performed Don't You (Forget About Me) before the Breakfast Club screening and Q&A with Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald. 

Watch a short clip of the adorable performance here and here

SXSW 2015 Day 3

Day three at SXSW 2015 could be described in three words: busy, busy, busy.

From the moment we hit the streets till our head hit the sheets, we were on the go, snapping plenty of pictures along the way.

It all started with a stop at the convention center for a screening of the new FX comedy The Comedians. The series stars Josh Gad and Billy Crystal who were both in attendance. Unfortunately, we weren't able to stick around for their Q&A since it conflicted with the red carpet for Love & Mercy. We were able to snag this fun fan though.

Hulu's She-Runners talk today's TV at SXSW 2015

There's little we like more than girls who run the world. That's why we couldn't be more excited about the Hulu She-Runners panel happening Tuesday at the Four Seasons at 5pm. 

Beatrice Springborn, Hulu's head of originals, will moderate a panel with the co-creators of the Hotwives franchise, Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman, and co-creator of Deadbeat, Cody Heller. 

Deadbeat premiered at SXSW 2014 and is back for season 2 on April 20.