Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Matthew McConaughey in Austin - PICTURES!

Matthew McConaughey was honored as a distinguished alumni at Saturday's home UT game.
MM and his fam were seen on big screens and small taking in the game, snapping family pics and even passing through the student section.  Click on the pic to the right to see more of our faves.
Apparently, the Oscar winner also stopped by Fort Hood to screen his new film Interstellar for the troops.
No word on whether McConaughey was driving a Lincoln while in town.

The Undertaker was also spotted taking in the game from the sidelines.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five favorite sports movies filmed in Texas

We love us some sports movies. And though our very faves (Hoosiers, *61, Remember the Titans) weren't filmed in Texas, some fiesty and just plain fun sports movies have been shot in the Lonestar State.

Here are our five faves.

1 - Johnny Be Good

This movie is one of my favorite late 80s films... though I'm not sure why. It's really not good. I do love that Anthony Michael Hall though. Robert Downey Jr's not so bad either. And let's not forget, this is the movie that introduced us to Uma Thurman.

The movie was filmed mostly in Georgetown and San Antonio, featuring Thomas Jefferson High School and Alamo Heights High School. Keno's Drive Inn grocery and bait store in New Braunfels also served as a shooting locale.

2 - Friday Night Lights

The TV show will always be our fave, though the big screen film is more true to the HG Bissinger novel. Shot all over the state, the film was supposed to be set in Odessa.

3 - Glory Road

Set in 1966, the film highlights Texas Western coach Don Haskins as he leads the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Filmed mainly in Louisana, the production did shoot some scenes in Forth Worth and El Paso.

4 - 8 Seconds

Starring Dylan McKay, I mean, Luke Perry, this film chronicles the life of Lane Frost, 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion. Boerne, Del Rio, Helotes, San Antonio and Seguin are all used for filming locales.

5 - Varsity Blues

As I recently re-watched this film, I noticed some familiar shooting locations that hadn't registered in the past. 

Top Notch stands in as the joint where Jules works, Elgin's Main Street doubles as the town center of West Canaan while Elgin High is the site of the Coyote's home games. The big game was played on the Old Georgetown High School field that was demolished in 2010. But my favorite filming site? The Landing Strip, where the boys spend all night getting blitzed before game day.

And my one to grow on pick is Dazed and Confused. This counts as a football movie, right? Or it more of a chase movie? Well, then that would mean The Faculty counts too. Just keep livin'.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tickets still available! Cary Elwes in Austin for a special Princess Bride Quote-Along

A quote-along screening of Princess Bride is happening in Austin and actor Cary Elwes will be there live in person. Inconceivable! But true.

Prices for the good seats are a bit hefty, but, in true “Rocky Horror” fashion, attendees will also receive a collection of props to bring the action on screen out into the theater.

And that's not all!

After the screening and Q&A with Elwes, everyone in attendance will receive a signed copy of his memoir, As You Wish, which is filled to the brim with even more facts and inconceivable tales from the making of the film.
Guests will also receive a limited edition, silk-screened Princess Bride  pint glass to commemorate the evening.
Tickets are still available for the October 20th event, happening at The Long Center in tandem with the Alamo Drafthouse.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Farrah Abraham a stripper at Palazio Gentlemen's Club

Farrah Abraham, known for MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, is now stripping at Palazio Gentlemen's Club, according to E!

Abraham told E! News that she's doing job shadowing for future projects.

"It's how I get the information to write my books and do my movies. Unfortunately, I'm not free to talk about what those future projects may be. ... I'm getting paid to play a role and get informed," she said.

The reality star moved to the Austin area in 2013. ATX Gossip chatted with the former Teen Mom about life in Austin at Perez Hilton's annual SXSW party earlier this year.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wiz Khalifa wanted in El Paso

Wiz Khalifa mugshot courtesy of TMZ.

Wiz Khalifa, who was arrested in El Paso in May for attempting to take weed onto a plane, failed to show in court on Wednesday.

Perhaps he was too busy preparing for Pictionary with Jimmy Fallon and friends.

An arrest warrant has been issued.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Alamo Drafthouse announces The Premiere Project and TMNT mural

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes out this Friday and in honor of the release, Alamo Drafthouse has partnered with Paramount Pictures for the launch of their new art program The Premiere Project.

Local artist Mike Johnston (AKA TRUTH) has turned the giant 40' X 70' wall canvas along the side of Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane facing the Mo-Pac freeway into a tribute of the heroes. 

To celebrate the finished project, an outdoor TMNT party was thrown that included art demos, a costume contest, free pizza, and even an advanced screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

TMNT will be in theaters August 8th.

Men, Women, and Children to premiere at TIFF

Director Jason Reitman's film Men, Women, and Children is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September as part of the "Special Presentations" section.

The movie is based off of a novel by Chad Kultgen of the same name. It centers around a group of high school students and their parents and the impact that the internet has had on their lives.

Some of the stars include Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, and Ansel Elgort (who you may know from the latest box office hits, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent).

The movie was shot in and around Austin December 2013 - February 2014 in local schools, hotels, and houses. ATX Gossip actually got the chance to work on the movie as an extra and as a stand-in for stars Kaitlyn Dever and Katherine Hughes. 

For all you Ansel Elgort fans - I got to hang out with him everyday for about two weeks! Check back after the release of the film for exclusive behind-the-scenes details and pictures.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday with ATX Festival 2014 highlights

Some of our favorite moments at this year's ATX Television Festival were never really documented. So, on this particular Throwback Thursday, we think it's time.

One of our highlights was most definitely meeting cast members of Orange is the New Black. Those ladies know how to have FUN! 

Uzo Aduba (Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren) is incredibly lovely and intelligent in real life while Lea DeLaria is basically a less criminal version of Big Boo. Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha, is always down for a good time (just follow her instagram). Post fest appearance, she snapped a pic on a mechanical bull.

Former Party of Five and My So Called Life star Wilson Cruz was also in attendance. Cruz revealed that pal DeLaria is a phenomenal jazz singer and, like any good friend would do, he then pulled up this YouTube video of her showing off her skills. 

Wilson Cruz and Michael Willett (Shane Harvey/MTV's Faking It, Lionel Trane/United States of Tara).
Cruz and fellow festival participant Shane Harvey, who are both pretty great musicians themselves (Michael has an album out and Wilson started in Broadway's Rent), spent the night bellowing out tunes at Ego's Karoake bar.  

Photo Credit @misterwillet Twitter 
But our favorite moment of the fest was rubbing elbows with the Fonz. Henry Winkler was awarded the ATX Festival Achievement in Television Excellence Award. 

And what did he do next? 

He went Franklin BBQ, of course, along with Michael Rauch, the producer of Royal Pains

Winkler even called ahead from Hollywood to make sure the famous BBQ joint could save him a dish. 

Photo credit @Michael_Raich Twitter.

Season 4 of the ATX Television Festival will take place June 4-7 in Austin, Texas.