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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HaratdZettunfl o Thursday September o 9A Attractions MTVs new sitcom showcases Austins young hip and eclectic By Juan B Elizondo Jr Associated Press Writer The three main actors in MTVs Austin Stories arent the first comics to trade the stages of standup for the sets of sitcoms But unlike Jerry Seinfeld Ellen Degeneres or Roseanne the young actors of MTVs first fully scripted situation comedy arent household yet Laura House Brad Chip Pope and Howard Kremer saw the first of their 13 planned installments of Austin Stories premiere earlier this month The 30minute sitcom is the first nationwide exposure for the three comics turned writeractors The show focuses on the lives of three young Austin residents Roles the actors say that arent too hard since each has lived in Austin for some time Its not a complete factual event of our lives but this is us if we werent Ms House said Ms House a 20something had just started gaining attention as a comic when MTV approached the trio for a project originally envisioned as short sketches leading to videos The three began writing what turned out to be enough material to fill a 30minute format which MTV was persuaded to air Filming is done in Austin much of it on the citys streets Before taking the standup stage Ms House a Texas native said her mother insisted she get a teaching certificate as a fallback I knew I didnt want to teach all my life so as I got closer to getting my certification I got up the courage to get up for open mike That experience led to regular appearances at Austin comedy clubs for Ms House and an invitation from HBO to an international comedy festival My comedy was making fun of teachers we all Ms House said People who said 1 hate Nice career Kremer had the longest career in comedy before beginning the Austin Stories project three years ago A New Jersey native Kremer began standup in his home state He made appearances in New York and other states before becoming a regular in Austin Like Ms House and Pope Kremer 26 says he hopes to maintain a standup career while working on the sitcom Thats where the comedy comes he said Thats the engine that drives One really helps the Pope added Pope also of Texas describes himself as in his 20s Hes worked in comedy for about four years Pope says its somewhat strange to be part of a big production about three young people searching for direction and trying to get by Its kind of funny to have this big production to glorify what you were two years ago before this big he said The Best Pizza In WE DELIVER 6255165 iMyma B Tucker PA ft Associates1 are pleased to announce the association of Tara V Kohlenberg LMSWACP Adults Adolescents Children 189 E Austin Suite 105 830 6256300 w I i Omas Luncheon Spend some time at our haw its affordable and delicious 0 Chicken Fried Turkey Dressing Hot Spicy Sausage Plate 595 Grilled Fish of the Day r At the Movies Confidential 5 Sausage Sauerkraut Turkey W Grilled Chicken Breast J495 Ruben Potato Pancake Lunch Sandwich Soup 5 i i Soup Salad W By BOB THOMAS Associated Press Writer v Los Angeles in the 1950s was a great place to be a reporter Four major newspapers competed for scoops and there were plenty to go around The city government from top to bottom was rife with corruption Cops were on the take mobsters invaded Hollywood Turf wars spilled blood on the Sunset Strip Many film noir treatments have fed on this rich material but none more successfully than the Curtis Hanson movie that is a triumph for all concerned Like most works in this genre Confidential requires concentration to follow its densely populated plot Basically it is the story of three policemen Jack Vincennes Kevin Spacey plays both sides of the law with equal skill He acts as technical adviser for a TV cop series with such dialogue as Just give me the facts Seemingly an ideal officer he engages in a blackmail scheme with a seamy scandal magazine Bud White Russell Crowe is a Hamletlike lawman whose rage for revenge sometimes overcomes his desire to do the right thing He instinctively attacks men who abuse women his mother was beaten to Ed Exley Guy Pearce bears the legacy of his father a cop killed in the line of duty He brings to his work an altruism that is ridiculed by his fellow officers he is shunned when he reports misdeeds on the force A seemingly docile chap who wears glasses he can respond fiercely to a crisis Also in the rich gallery of characters Lynn Bracken Kim a cynical call girl made up to resemble Veronica Lake Sid Hudgens Danny who publishes a paper called Hush Hush Dudley Smith James the firmhanded police commander Pierce Patchett David a social figure who deals in underworld matters including a stable of whores who are movie star lookalikes The cast even includes real life m6b figures Mickey Cohen PatfrGuTlFoyleTano1 Johnny Stompanato Paolo Confidential stems from the hardbitten book by James Ellroy and it retains the intricacy of a wellwritten novel Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson wrote the script and its crisp dialogue and outbursts of violence befit the era Hansons achievement as director cannot be overrated He moves swiftly from scene to scene yet he allows the actors space to define their characters Producers will be adding his name to their mostwanted list Spacey gives another of his masterful portraits of morally ambivalent characters He is almost overshadowed by two young Australians Crowe and Pearce Both are tomorrows stars Basinger adds dimension to the familiar role of the gold hearted hooker Cromwell Farmer Hoggett in brings power to the role of top cop DeVito is suitably venal as the blackmailing scandalmonger Look for Confidential to figure prominently in next springs Academy Awards the release was MiJchan Michael Nathanson and Hanson Rated R for language nudity and violence Running time 136 minutes RESTAURANT Catfish Boat LIVE Mill iteJam night 6PM CLOSE COMA1BOWI 6256263 Located 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