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Ben Affleck, Alice Braga to film new thriller 'Hypnotic' in Austin

Alice Braga and Ben Affleck to film new movie in Austin.

Keep an eye out for Ben Affleck and Alice Braga around town as they both begin filming new thriller "Hypnotic," from right here in Austin in September.


The movie, brought to life by "Spy Kids" and "Alita: Battle Angel" director Robert Rodriguez, was supposed to start filming in April 2020, but the pandemic and insurance issues put a halt on production.

Revised from Max Borenstein's "Kong: Skull Island" script draft, the movie puts Affleck in the role of a detective who becomes enveloped in a mystery involving his missing daughter, a string of high-profile crimes and a secret government program. Braga's role has not yet been revealed.

Why Austin? Rodriguez has been known to shoot and produce many of his films in his home state of Texas—his production company, Troublemaker Studios, as well as his personal home base, are in Austin.

Affleck will also be seen in at least four movies coming up: DC's "The Flash," George Clooney's "Tender Bar," Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel" and Adrian Lyne's "Deep Water." Braga will be seen next in "The Suicide Squad" alongside Margot Robbie and Viola Davis.

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.