ABOUT THOSE INCENTIVES: While covering the Cannes Film Festival, the Austin American-Statesman‘s Charles Ealy came across a bit of news from much closer to home. Waco, a $30-million retelling of the raid on the Branch Davidian compound near the town, was denied incentives from the state. In a follow up post, we learn that Bob Hudgins, head of the Texas Film Commission, made the call. According to Hudgins, the incentive legislation has language in it that disqualifies projects that show, “an inaccurate portrayal of actual event” in the state. After researching the script, Hudgins says he found the script to be inaccurate. That ruling, of course, has many in the state’s film industry crying censorship while also questioning the decision to turn away a project that would pour a significant amount of money into the Texas film industry. Check out the comments to Charles’ original post to get a flavor for the outrage.
DECONSTRUCTING TUT: Now that the King Tut exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art has closed, how do all those priceless objects get to San Francisco for the next show? The answer to that question is shrouded in secrecy as a team of Egyptian specialists begins packing up the objects this week. It’s hard to argue against the Egyptian government’s reasoning for not going into detail about the exhibit’s transportation plans. I think we’ve all seen enough heist movies by now to know why.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre opened its last show of the season over the weekend, Tom Dudzick’s Catholic school comedy Hail Mary! And the local critics seem to be mostly pleased with what they’ve seen. Writing for GuideLive.com, Lawson Taitte praises the cast, saying, “director Harry Parker has gotten wonderful performances all around.” His chief complaint has to do with the play’s structure, so it’s hard to blame Circle for that. Reviewing for DFW.com, Punch Shaw says, “the show could use a few more laughs and a little less dogma. But the cast is so strong and Dudzick’s real zingers, which are as funny as the issues are deep, make this production a winner that it would be a sin to miss.”