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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 20 Apr 2012 8:00 AM

Today in the roundup: The Museum Tower vs. Nasher story continues, Texas connections to Cannes and a Fort Worth filmmaker’s pride in his hometown.


SHIELD YOUR EYES: The Museum Tower vs. Nasher Sculpture Center story just won’t go away. In case you haven’t been following, the gist of the story is that the shiny new Museum Tower is casting a blinding reflection on the Nasher, causing a rift within the Arts District. Michael Granbury has been reporting on the story for, and now D Magazine picks up the thread. But what’s most interesting is a Front Burner post saying that Nasher architect Renzo Piano may be ready to take the whole situation to court. Stay tuned.

OFF TO CANNES: The Cannes Film Festival has announced the lineup for this year’s event. And if you look closely, there are a few entries with Texas ties. The most obvious is Houston native Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. It opens the fest and will screen in competition. And another film with a little closer local ties will also be part of the competition. Lawless stars Shia LaBoeuf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Jessica Chastain in a story of a bootlegging gang during Prohibition. The movie is the adaptation of Dallas author Matt Bondurant’s 2008 novel The Wettest County in the World. You might remember Jerome’s story on Bondurant from February. And while we’re talking local-ish, Longview’s Matthew McConaughey will be a regular presence on the Croisette. He’ll be there representing Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and Jeff Nichols’ Mud.

QUOTABLE: “I love now, when I go places, people know that I’m the guy from Texas – this creative person is from Fort Worth, not Dallas, not Austin.”

– Fort Worth film producer James Johnston, in a feature story on