Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Celebrities starring in films premiering at SXSW 2016

SXSW announced the majority of the festival's films today and, as usual, many star big name celebs.

Don't have time to skim through the massive list of films? No worries. We're highlighting the celebrity cast members for you.

Here goes.

The first category is the Narrative Feature Competition which includes a few familiar faces but not many household names.
Tom Cullen

Those you may recognize are Tom Cullen (The Other Half) who most recently featured in Downton Abbey. He also stars in the Narrative Spotlight film Black Mountain Poets.

Lily Rabe
Lily Rabe (Miss Stevens) who has starred in multiple seasons of American Horror Story.

Betsy Brandt (Claire in Motion) starred on Breaking Bad and can be seen currently in the CBS series Life in Pieces.

Andre Royo (Hunter Gatherer) is best known for his role on The Wire.

You may know Oscar Nunez from The Office and Rob Huebel (both are featured in Miss Stevens) of The League and Comedy Central's Children's Hospital.

Tatiana Maslany is most well known as the star of Orphan Black while Henry Czerny (both of The Other Half) as Conrad Grayson on Revenge.

Barkhad Abdirahman (A Stray) raised his profile when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Captain Phillips.

And Johnny Simmons (Transpecos) biggest role thus far has been in The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Murder is so hot right now (check out our four-part series on Making a Murderer). 

It was also hot in 1995 when the nation glued itself to every dramatic glove-wearing, smug look-giving moment of the O.J. Simpson trial. In a similar fashion to now, 24-hour news channels aired every live moment of it - breaking news be damned.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

All Top 10 - January's hottest headlines

January was a great month for pop culture.

Here are the 10 most buzzed about stories on

10 - Hunger Games tour through District 12 and beyond

We took a road trip up to North Carolina to see the site of District 12 and then had an epic night of beer sampling in Asheville.

9 - Moontower Comedy Festival lineup

The Austin based comedy fest welcomes SNL's Leslie Jones and Colin Jost, former cast member Janeane Garafalo, Martin Short and more.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The great Making a Murderer debate

Netflix's documentary series Making a Murderer has taken America by storm.

We devoured the series and it left us with many questions and concerns.

In part one of our heated debate, we wonder, is Steven Avery guilty or innocent? Was Brendan Dassey involved? Where did that key come from? What happened to the DNA?


Part two focuses on how the media affected the outcome of the Steven Avery trial and asks are we now getting a fair and balanced look at what went down? Plus, how the case compares to Serial and Cheaters and who made the biggest mistake.

In part three, we talk more about that poor kid, Brendan Dassey. 

And finally, we discuss things that were not included in the trial and/or documentary. And, who we think may have actually done it. Spoiler, it was NOT Wilford Brimley. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Hunger Games adventure through North Carolina

On a warm winter weekend, we decided to take a road trip up to North Carolina and check out the shooting locations for the Hunger Games. Katniss was keen on a trip back to her homeland so we took her along for the ride.

The trip started on a Friday night in Charlotte, which was used as the site for the Capitol in the first film (Atlanta was used in the subsequent films).

Since the Carolina Panthers were deep into the NFL playoffs, the sparkling Queen City was lit up in royal blue. 

To kick off the weekend adventure, we warmed up for the Asheville brewery scene with a few bars in the Southend.

First up was Sycamore Brewing on Hawkins Street, followed by The Brass Tap on Tryon and then onto The Gin Mill, located just down the street on Tryon as well.

The next morning we took Katniss for a little work out at First Wind, a new gym that focuses on small group training and cycling.

Once we hit the road, it took about an hour to get up to Hildebran in Burke County where we  stopped at Henry River Mill Village. 

The abandoned manufacturing town was the perfect place to serve at District 12. 

Once home to a mill that turned out fine-combed cotton yarns, an active dam still stands outside the run down mill, multiple shanty homes litter the landscape as well as the building that served as the Mellark family bakery.