By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
San Antonio had zip, zero.
Hudgins says Rick Ferguson, head of the Houston Film Commission, "is doing a great job, but he can't control where people live." (We asked Ferguson for comment, but haven't heard back.)
The five series being shot in Dallas include Lone Star (Dallas is playing Houston in that one), My Generation, Friday Night Lights, Chase (Dallas plays Houston again) and The Good Guys. Not all have debuted yet.
Total spending — including films, TV, video games and commercials — was $219.2 million in Austin, $166.1 million in Dallas and $21.1 million in Houston.
DOING IT DAILY
There is a ton of stuff each day on the Houston Press blogs; youre only getting a taste of it here in the print edition. Head to blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs (or /rocks or /eating or /artattack) and under Tools on the top-right side of the page, use the categories drop-down menu to find these stories:
The Texans had fans fired up after beating their longtime tormentors the Indianapolis Colts, even though Bernard Pollard said that his "I hate cursing" policy is somewhat flexible. The Coogs continued on their winning ways, although team officials got a little testy with questions about Heisman candidate Case Keenum's injury status. And we continued, perhaps quixotically, with our weekly explanation of why Notre Dame will win the BCS and Texas won't.
We interviewed Frank Davis, one of '70s Houston's hipsters of yesteryear, about his pet "Mammy Goat" (and Townes Van Zandt's love/hate relationship with her). We reported about a pair of historic murals ordered to be destroyed by Texas Southern University's president and the $50,000 renovation job it will take to "make it right." And we talked to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Director Peter Marzio about the rash of overseas art heists and how the MFAH assesses crime threats and stays on guard.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled front license plates must be on the bumper, not under the windshield — especially if you're carrying a half pound of cocaine. Harris County prosecutions for choking family members are way up; two women discovered they were romantic rivals and got in an amateur demolition derby; and with the discovery that one of Martin Luther King's intimates was an FBI snitch, we looked at five other FBI informants, including two presidents.