Austin's reputation as "Little California" just got more real: Hollywood film production company Line 204 Studios announced plans to plant a 546-acre film studio and movie-making facility in Bastrop.
The company, which specializes in movie props, stages and other filmmaking tools for rent, said the new facility will have sound stages, an RV park, a beach, a golf course, a harbor, a ranch and backlit movie sets. The studio would also come with restaurants, event spaces and lodging.
While the plan hasn't been approved by Bastrop City Council, the Bastrop Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval for the project on June 3. The development plan, dubbed Bastrop 552, places the facility in a bend in the Colorado River south of Bastrop near Highway 304.
The entertainment hub would provide more than star power to the area. Over 1,400 jobs in addition to 700 construction jobs will be created by the project, and the studio is expected to bring in $2 billion to the local economy in the first decade, the company said during the June 3 meeting.
Line 204 Studios said they are eager to boost the local economy and bring Hollywood-style movie production to the Austin area.
"The community has expressed a unique desire to develop and strengthen the film industry here in Central Texas, and we believe this unique and environmentally friendly project will drive economic growth and contribute to Bastrop's future success," the company wrote on June 4.
While many approved of the project, some worry that the studio could hurt Bastrop's small-town feel, affecting traffic, noise and the environment.
If approved, the studio will join Troublemaker Studios, owned by acclaimed filmmaker and Austinite Robert Rodriguez; Rodriguez, along with director Richard Linklater, are bringing in stars Ben Affleck and Alice Braga for upcoming film "Hypnotic" filming in Austin later this year. As the city grows, so does its film influence with films and shows making Austin the set of choice.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.