Austin Entertainment Headlines: Miss Bala, Brooklyn Decker, Alita: Battle Angel, and More!


Want to know about this week’s hottest headlines in Austin entertainment? You’ve come to the right place. These are the top five pop culture related stories with ties to the ATX.

Bevo Helps Launch Curbside Service at Central Market

When Central Market launched curbside service at the North Lamar location, Bevo was on hand to celebrate, hours after turning the big 4-years-old! UT’s other mascot Hook ‘Em was also there, cheering along with the UT cheer squad and posing for pics with a decked out classic Caddy. But the cutest pic was this one we snapped of him throwing up the horns with a wee little Longhorn.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is Full of Sugar and Spice

We caught a performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at ZACH Theatre, running through March 3. Both leads are making their ZACH debut and we couldn’t be more delighted. The show is energetic, amusing, surprising, and highly entertaining. You can get tickets here.

Miss Bala Screens in Austin With Director Catherine Hardwicke in Attendance

Ahead of its Thursday night release, Miss Bala screened at the Austin Film Society with director Catherine Hardwicke in attendance. A member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, the UT grad and McAllen native gave a shoutout to her hometown pre-screening.

Based on the Spanish-language film, Miss Bala stars Gina Rodriguez as an American drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the film, which is filled with lots of twists and the appropriate level of violence. Sounds refreshing considering the current action film landscape, does it not?

Gentleman Driver World Premiere Races Into Austin

The documentary The Gentleman Driver premiered in Austin on Wednesday, one day prior to debuting on Netflix. The film gives viewers an inside look into the lives of four extraordinary businessmen who moonlight as race car drivers at the highest levels of sports-car racing. As someone completely oblivious to this aspect of racing, I found the flick incredibly inspiring. In fact, following the screening, I stopped the producer and driver Ricardo Gonzalez to tell them, “It made me want to be better at life.” These guys are determined, dedicated, and uber successful because of it (insert clapping emoji here).

Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick Go Hard in Epic Lip Sync Battle

Austinites Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick appeared on the Paramount series “Lip Sync Battle” this week. Roddick performed The Dan Band’s version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Finesse” by Bruno Mars. Decker, meanwhile, performed “Insane in the Brain” by Cypress Hill followed by Beyonce’s “Sorry.” Both contestants were joined on stage by Serena Williams for their second performances. Who came out on top? No spoilers here. You’ll have to check out the Paramount app or Youtube to find out.

Looking ahead

The Harry Potter Concert Series takes on Prisoner of Azkaban on Saturday, with the Austin Symphony playing along with the film at the Bass Concert Hall. Tickets are still available. More info here.

The Alita Experience, a tie-in to the Robert Rodriguez film Alita: Battle Angel is currently happening out near Troublemaker Studios. The interactive team building experience takes you inside the movie with real components from the set. Tickets are $25 and the experience is happening through February 13.

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Did y'all know the new film Alita: Battle Angel was shot here in Austin? And it stars some pretty famous actors including Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz… ••••••••• The film won't hit theaters until February 14, but from now until then, you can check out the #AlitaExperience (exclusive to NYC, LA and Austin). The interactive, team building experience takes you inside the set of Alita: Battle Angel with real components of the movie set. Designed by James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, and the company who brought you movies such as The Shape of Water, it feels like you drop right into Iron City once you step into the Kansas Bar. •••••••••• We got to check out a preview and y'all, it was a blast! Go with a group to maximize the fun and try for the highest score in the competition. And be sure to try the Badlands beer, a "factory exclusive" brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery. •••••••••• Happening out near Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios, the Alita Experience/ Passport to Iron City runs through February 13. Tickets are $25. Get more info at #alitabattleangel #alita #robertrodriguez #jamescameron #ironcity #austin #austinfilm #texasfilm #troublemaker #troublemakerstudios #austinevents #igaustin #atxevents

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TNT is celebrating the 300th episode of “Supernatural” with a fan-favorite marathon airing February 4 through 7. The series stars Austinites Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

Keep your eyes peeled for a couple of commercials with ties to Austin during Sunday’s big game. Austin’s own Bumble will air their first NFL commercial featuring Serena Williams and focusing on female empoweremen. And, the two 9-year-old Austin-area best friends who starred in last year’s inspiring Microsoft commercial are back. You may recall the ad with the message, “When everybody plays, we all win.” A new 60-second version will run during Sunday’s game. If you don’t remember the particulars on the original spot, here you go.

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