Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lone Stars: meet the team behind Austin based web series #ATown

We discovered #ATown The Series via Austin Monthly Magazine. Who knew print media still had relevance? 


Not really.

After watching a few amusing episodes, ATX Gossip reached out to the #ATown trio to find out more about how the series came about. 

The Texas based team consists of Elena Weinberg (co-creator, executive producer, writer, actress), Duncan Coe (executive producer, director, editor) and Mallory Larson (co-creator, writer, actress). 

Weinberg and Coe were both born in Austin, grew up in different parts of Texas and have degrees in theater from St. Edwards University. Their pal Larson hails from Seattle and moved to Austin shortly after receiving her acting degree from Depaul University.

It was Weinburg and Larson who created the series when the latter pitched the idea of #ATown after they completed a two woman show at Frontera Fest in 2013.

And the series isn't the only successful project the gang has going on.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert split

Country couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their split Monday. 

Together since 2005, the superstar performers married at a ranch in Boerne, outside of San Antonio, in 2011. While Shelton was raised in Oklahoma, Lambert hails from Lindale, Texas. 

In a joint statement, the couple said,

This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, real families, friends and colleagues. Therefor, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.

Shelton actually filed for divorce weeks ago and the couple kept it under wraps until a judge made it official on Monday. 

Are you surprised by the split? Sound off in the comments below. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Austin casting call for Ripped Van Winkles

Third Coast Extras has announced casting for the independent feature Ripped Van Winkles. Starring Russel Peters, Faizon Love and Alex Meneses, the film is written and directed by Brad Epstein who produced About a Boy, Dan in Real Life and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Extras are needed to work the week of July 13th - 16th.

For more info, check out the Beth Sepko Casting Facebook page.

From Dusk Till Dawn season 2 trailer released

DJ Cortona stars as Seth Gecko.
Season two of From Dusk Till Dawn returns to the El Rey Network on August 25th at 10pm. 

The network is also currently airing a one-hour sneak peek of the new season with creator and El Rey Network founder Robert Rodriguez. 
Wilmer Valderrama.

Titled Dusk Returns, the special contains behind the scenes looks at set and costume design as well as insight on character development and storylines. Check listing for airings of the special. 

ATX Gossip attended the premiere of season one at SXSW in 2014. You can check out all of our pictures with the cast HERE.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Meet Austin actor Richard Jones

Austin actor Richard Jones studied journalism at Texas State but it was post graduation when he was working with a media team that he discovered his artistic side. While focusing on editing, the Jourdanton, Texas, native realized he may actually have an affinity for acting.

ATX Gossip caught up with Jones to ask more about how he got started in the biz, what are some of his favorite gigs and why he chooses to live and work in Austin.  

How did you get started acting?  

I was editing actors and found myself thinking a lot about taking a class. Then, unexpectedly, someone I really respected told me twice over the course of a week that I could be a good actor. It was probably the only person in my life that I would have taken that advice from seriously. And I did.

My primary reluctance was tied into a bad experience.  I tried out for my high school theater class my senior year, but I wasn’t selected to participate.  It fueled a lot of the fear that I didn’t have the talent to act.  

My first acting class was intimidating because most of the people had been studying acting since they were young and had studied it further in college. But I loved it and loved working with other actors. It took me another year and a half to really take the classes more seriously, as I discovered acting as an outlet to express and explore myself.

I performed in a showcase as part of a class with Mona Lee and was able to get representation with TAG Talent, which is still my agency. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Season 5 Game of Thrones characters as 80's icons

While watching Game of Thrones this week, I couldn't help but imagine many of the cast as certain characters made famous in the 80s. 

I know I'm not the only one who thought of Atreyu as Daenerys took to the skies on the back of Drogon. However, she's not alone in her likeness to a classic 80's reference.

May I present to you my very favorite blog post I've ever written; the re-imagining of Game of Thrones Season 5 characters as 80's icons.

Demi Lovato in Austin on set of From Dusk Till Dawn

As illustrated by her Instagram pictures, it appears Demi Lovato may have shot scenes for From Dusk Till Dawn starring boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.

While in the ATX, perhaps she took in a run on Lady Bird Lake with Wilmer. He posted this pic on Monday with the caption, "My favorite part of the runs we go on in Austin."

UPDATE: Demi will guest star on the final episode of season two. 

The 10 episode season premieres August 25th on the El Rey Network.