The Alamo Drafthouse Will Screen The Interview on Christmas Day After All

Categories: Film and TV

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The Alamo Drafthouse defeated tyranny by announcing new screenings of The Interview on Christmas Day.

If the movies have taught us anything, it's that Christmas is a time for miracles. Days after Sony Pictures announced that no one could see Seth Rogen's and James Franco's movie The Interview because some hackers threatened to blow up the world for daring to make a joke about beloved North Korean tyrant and Dennis Rodman BFF Kim Jong-Un, the Alamo Drafthouse announced it will screen the film on Christmas Day as they originally planned.

Drafthouse founder Tim League announced on his Twitter , "Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory." A ticket page for the Christmas Day premiere of The Interview went up earlier today and so far, two screenings of the movie have already sold out.

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6 Ways to Get Your Holiday Fix Even After Christmas Is Over

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Sheri Terris
Cheer up, little guy. The Christmas season starts again in September. Maybe August.
However you feel about the holiday season, it is finally drawing to a close. After Christmas Day on Thursday, the shimmering lights and Christmas trees will be packed away as we all get back into the regular routine. (Most of them anyway, and is there anything sadder than Christmas lights still up in February?).

We still have New Year's eve to look forward to, but some of us just aren't ready to give up the holiday season just yet.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of holiday happenings that extend well beyond December 25, much to the chagrin of Scrooges everywhere. If you're not ready to let Christmas go, you can wring out the season's last few drops of holiday cheer by attending these six post-holiday holiday events. Once this week is (finally) over, though, it's back to our regularly scheduled programming of arts, theater and dance events.

12 Days of Christmas
Dallas Arboretum
Running daily until January 4

If you haven't made it to the Dallas Arboretum's 12 Days of Christmas, they'll be keeping those life-sized nutcrackers and other holiday decorations on display through January 4. Use this opportunity to retake those terrible Santa Claus photos that your kid screamed through, or just wander around and take in the top-notch Christmas decor and accompanying foliage.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 27 Political Cyber Banksy Wylie H Dallas

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Gotham City, Texas calling Wylie H
Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.

One of the first people I added to this list of 100 Dallas Creatives was Wylie H Dallas. And then I took him off for a little while because finding 100 cultural entrepreneurs and creatives and artists is actually easier than it might seem. And what Wylie H Dallas is doing, while relevant to my journalistic life, is insider baseball.

He or she (or they) is an anonymous Facebook user and avid Internet commenter dedicated to pushing information into the world, revealing hypocrisies and bias, and uncovering misinformation. Whoever is on the other side of the computer created an identity and has stuck with it for years. And that person has access to information that sometimes makes it seem like they're a government employee, or maybe even a journalist with extra time on their hands (ha!). They've taken a creative approach to this idea of being a civic watchdog, and they've done it playfully and artfully, but with sincere investment in the city. They point out things journalists miss, or city council members glaze over.

Since joining the Observer staff at the beginning of this year, I've had conversations with many fellow staffers about the real identity of Wylie H Dallas. And it's awesome - and perhaps odd - to think that D Magazine hired this Internet personality to write for the magazine sight unseen. After all, what if they turn out to be a politician? A criminal? A zombie? So, after more than 70 artists and creatives, he made the list after all for doing something no one else is - social media performance art and activism. He's our political cyber Banksy.

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Podcast: The Hobbit Project Hits Its Spectacular End

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Photo by Mark Pokorny
Talk some sense into 'em, Bilbo.
Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson discuss the third-and-final Hobbit movie: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in this special bonus episode of the Voice Film Club podcast. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub

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13 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas December 23 - 28

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Dallas Arboretum

Here are a few sprinklings of awesome things to do when you're not spending quality time with your family this Christmas week.

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Linda Stogner Is 2014's Funniest Comic in Texas

Categories: Comedy

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Comedian Linda Stogner was all smiles and almost all tears after winning the 2014 Funniest Comic in Texas contest Sunday at the Addison Improv.

Once again, the Addison Improv hosted the final showdown for the Funniest Comic in Texas and this year's honor went to two-time FCiT finalist and local comedian Linda Stogner.

One-fourth of the Four Funny Females, Stogner went up against four strong sets from four equally talented comedians including Joel "Junebug" Runnels, Chris Mack, Jon Stringer and Theo Taylor. However, Stogner's well-honed brand of absurdist observation ultimately won over the judges and the final trophy, which was presented by last year's winner Raul Sanchez.

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Best and Worst of Dallas Culture in 2014

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Catherine Downes
Book culture, coffee culture, internet culture, beer culture.

Earlier this month, Merriam Webster Dictionary declared 2014's word of the year to be "culture." Which simply means that more people looked up the definition of that word than any other in the past 12 months. At first glance that may seem ludicrous. Everyone can define culture. But if I asked you to answer the question, "What is culture?" your response would likely be as obtuse as the answer I gave my boss in the interview for my job at the beginning of this year. "The arts," I understood as the general scene that arises from the creative output of artists, whether they be painters, poets, authors, actors, sculptors, etc. It is at once a catch-all for the work itself and the community it develops, and further the impact of that work or community. Expansive, yes, but fairly specific. Culture? Yeah, not so easy.

And for the past 11 months, I've been thinking about it a lot. Even if you can define what "culture" means as a stand alone, add it to a specific city you're meant to cover and you find yourself scarfing down breadcrumbs to follow the line of reasoning that trails off from questions like, What is the "culture of Dallas?" or How do we define "Dallas culture?" Or just what are examples of culture? And that last question is where you get listicles about ridiculous Dallas stereotypes, or occasional stories about the club scene, and, if I knew anything about sports, we could write on this blog about the Mavericks or the Cowboys. Because everything is culture, or everything is an example of culture. There's coffee culture, hipster culture, sports culture, art culture, the list goes on. And all of that? Well, that's Dallas culture. Which when you think about it, is kind of the wonderful thing about the pairing of arts and culture in the same section: everything is culture, and art can be everything. Art reflects culture; culture is informed by art. It goes on. But it doesn't make it easy to run this blog, in case you were wondering. Which is why we end up covering primarily the stuff that's simpler to pin down: art, comedy, film, theater, etc.

But without further ado, here are the best and worsts of 2014 in Dallas culture. Which is everything. So the best and worst of everything. But mostly the arts.

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Podcast: Our Favorite Movies of 2014

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Only Lovers Left Alive.

Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson run down their ten favorite/best/top/whatever movies of 2014, along with Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 28 Dedicated Artist Carolyn Sortor

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Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.
Carolyn Sortor has been called "the hardest working woman in the Dallas art scene," and it's hard to argue after glancing at her résumé.

Between curating art shows all over Dallas, displays of video art on the "largest canvas in Dallas," the Omni Hotel and exhibiting her own work, just about anyone would have trouble keeping up with her dedication to the Dallas art scene. Especially since Sortor literally purchased a B.F.A., after a 20-year career as a transactional lawyer.

In her artist statement Sortor says that she "[sees] art as a mode of research, cognition, and expression about ourselves and our world." As such many of the projects she gets behind or directions she takes in her own work are heavily introspective in all manner of unique fashion.

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Dallas-based Nathan Nipper Details Soccer-Obsession in Award-Winning Book

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Screenwriter-Turned-Soccer Coach-Turned-Author Nathan Nipper.

Between 1987 and 1989, Nathan Nipper, the Bedford-based author of Dallas 'Til I Cry: Learning to Love Major League Soccer, was a soccer-obsessed 12 year-old son of missionary parents on the go. In those two impactful years, the Nippers moved from Rose Bud, Arkansas (population 202 at that time), to Fort Worth for a few months, then to Tours, France for another short stint where the parents attended language school, eventually landing in Dakar, Senegal, where they would remain for four years until moving back to the States in 1993. The map-dotting journey served as a mechanism which enabled Nipper to morph from a simple soccer kid into a full-fledged football fanatic.

In the late 1980's, Nipper was an active youth player with an insatiable thirst for soccer. At an age when many boys in America shed their soccer cleats for football cleats, Nipper's love for the Beautiful Game only grew. Seeing the Tatu-led Dallas Sidekicks play as north Texas was enraptured in the mania surrounding the MISL team's thrilling, seven game triumph for the Championship in May of 1987, aided his addiction, as did the family move to soccer-friendly France and Senegal. During his time in each foreign port, Nipper relished the manner in which his favorite game was also everyone else's, which was the opposite of what it had been in White County of northeast Arkansas.

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