Slackery News Tidbits: May 12, 2014

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Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

  • The Texas Tribune reports that Bernie Tiede, the Carthage man whose story of shooting the town's richest widow inspired Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's 2011 movie Bernie, was released from Panola County Jail last week. After nearly two decades behind bars, Tiede was driven away from the jail with Linklater to a home the filmmaker owns in Austin.
  • In festival news, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced its lineup last week and includes several Texas-connected movies: Land Ho!, produced by Austinite David Gordon Green; the Houston documentary Evolution of a Criminal, which premiered at this year's SXSW; and the short movie Molly, from local filmmaker Craig Elrod (The Man from Orlando).
  • Austin's movie industry may take a hit after NBC announced Friday that its hour-long, post-apocalyptic drama Revolution has been cancelled, Austin Business Journal reports. The show wrapped filming its current season last month in Austin.
  • The Austin Film Festival will screen The Golden Scallop during its Audience Award Series on Wednesday at 7 pm at Alamo Drafthouse Village. This documentary follows three contestants of a short-order cooking contest.
  • In more AFF news, the festival has teamed with Austin-based Magnolia Pictures for a free advance screening of Frontera, about a man who illegally crosses into the US from Mexico and is wrongfully accused of killing a sheriff's wife, on Tuesday at 7 pm at Galaxy Highland. The drama's writer/director Michael Berry and executive producer Eric Williams will attend. Corpus Christi native Eva Longoria stars.
  • XLrator Media has acquired US distribution rights for the SXSW 2014 premiere Housebound, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The horror comedy, about a young woman who is forced to return to her childhood home only to find that it may be haunted, is slated for a fall VOD and theatrical release.
  • Finally, Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network announced that its second scripted original series, Matador, will premiere on July 15. The series chronicles the rise of a covert operative for a little-known branch of the CIA, moonlighting as a popular soccer star.

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