The first item to be done as I drove into Austin was to purchase tickets to ZZ Top at The Backyard. I hastily made me way to Waterloo Records. As I pulled into the small parking lot, I couldn't help but notice the line of people waiting for the store to open. They were all there for the same reason I was. About twenty minutes later, I was out the door with two tickets.
Second item was to find free parking. As on Day 1, I parked across from Republic Square. While putting on my fully loaded notebook backpack, I wondered to myself. Whey the hell did I put so much stuff into the damn thing. It's a gorgeous backpack and all, but damn it. The eight block walk to the Austin Convention Center was pretty uneventful. I did have to stop midway to put on by Platinum badge. I jolted to the top level with plenty of time to spare as the A Conversation with: Bill Paxton panel hadn't started yet. Soon enough, Bill comes out to applause. He even brought along his father, who he is close to. I was surprise to learn, Bill has been a film maker since his high school days shooting with 8mm film. That's 8mm, not Super 8mm. Yes, he relived the good ol' days of Chet Donnelly from Weird Science. It was a great panel.
With SXSW 2007 behind me now, I've been playing catchup on TV shows. This Sunday night I'll be at the Alamo Drafhouse Village for the Battlestar Galactica TV party for the season finale. This one is gonna be a sell out, again. I've been going through withdrawal. SXSW totally derailed me and I missed out on the past three BSG TV parties.
SCI FI Channel has increased its episode order for the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica
to 22 from the original 13, including a special two-hour extended
episode that will air during the fourth quarter of this year and be
released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment thereafter. SCI
FI made the announcement at its upfront press event in New York on
Battlestar Galactica will air its season-three finale
on March 25 in its regular Sunday 10 p.m. ET/PT timeslot. Production
will begin on the new season in May, with an eye to an early 2008
The series is from NBC Universal Television Studio and is executive-produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.
24-Hour Samurai Marathon With Masi Oka LIVE In Person
Coming Soon! Date TBA
This past November 28, we came into the office to find our inboxes
stuffed with emails from friends telling us that we had been
name-checked on the show HEROES. Apparently the character Hiro tried to cheer up a despondent girl
by promising to take her to a 24-Hour Samurai Marathon at the Alamo
Drafthouse in Austin. We were shocked and pleasantly surprised, and we
ran to watch as many episodes of the show as we could. Turns out it's
one of the best shows on TV, and Hiro is the coolest character to come
along in quite some time. So as soon as we could, we got in touch with
Masi Oka and asked him to come down and host an actual 24-Hour Samurai
Marathon. To our great surprise he was as pumped up about the idea as
we were. So mark your calendar and quit your job if you have to because
this is hands down the greatest thing that's ever happened in the
history of mankind. But, we do have one word of clarification: 24 hours
is a long long time so we will spice up the proceedings by getting away
from feudal Japan occasionally and mixing in some other Asian combat
films to keep your alert and entertained See www.originalalamo.com for more details and to buy tickets to this hotly anticipated event.
NOTE: DUE TO LAST MINUTE SCHEDULING
CONFLICTS, THIS EVENT IS NOT TBA. CHECK BACK TO OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE
LATE BREAKING MASI OKA NEWS!
I believe the reasoning for this event being put on hold is because the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown location is moving a few blocks over in a couple months. As someone who frequently attends the Downtown location, I can't tell you enough how excited I am for all of this.
For whatever reason, I just now realized Vox let's you post a small number of links on your sidebar. Recently I've joined Twitter, been uploading videos to YouTube and have plenty of new photos in my flickr account. Let your fellow Voxer know about the feature.