1. First trailer for all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ released.
Who you gonna call? Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, if you’re looking for the new cast of “Ghostbusters,” which is made up of only female team members. The trailer for the new film, set for a July 15 release, hit the web Thursday and shows the team combating ghosts a litter scarier than depicted in the original film. Watch the full trailer here.
2. Which part of Austin ranked on a “sexiest neighborhood” list?
While all of Thrillist agrees that Austin is “objectively very, very, ridiculously good-looking,” one neighborhood stood out when it was listed among the nation’s top 14 sexiest neighborhoods. Maybe you think of South Congress as a place to grab a slice of pizza or do some shopping, but this list, which ranks the area at No. 6, sees the neighborhood as the the street the city’s “crossroad of its hotbeds of hotness,” and calls it the perfect spot for running into both “bearded lumbersexuals and yoga-lean babes in cowboy boots.”
3. Did Ted Cruz really say that?
No, he didn’t, because what I’m referring to comes from a “Bad Lip Reading” video the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang recently wrote about. “This great nation is like a pork pie. Juicy America,” Cruz appears to mouth in the Youtube channel’s new video, which shows Cruz saying all sorts of bizarre, dubbed-over nonsense. Since its March 1 upload the video has garnered around 2 million views. The video, in which Cruz admits to eating human hair, is cut from some 15 hours of raw footage the GOP presidential candidate uploaded to his Youtube account last fall.
4. Zoe Saldana met with backlash for Nina Simone role in “Nina.”
After the trailer and poster for the upcoming Nina Simone biopic “Nina” were released Wednesday the controversial film, set for release April 22, was met with a fresh wave of backlash that has since been echoed by the late singer’s family, the Associated Press reports. When the actress tweeted a quote by Simone the singer’s estate responded with “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.” Activists, including Simone’s daughter, have fought Saldana’s casting in the role since it was first announced in 2012. The Hispanic actress’s skin was reportedly darkened for the role.
5. Foundation to donate $1.1 million for Waller Creek public art.
Waller Creek’s public art is now backed by an additional $1.1 million thanks to a donation made by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, the American-Stateseman’s Jeanne Claire van Ryzin reports. The announcement was made Wednesday during a preview of the “Hurlyburly” exhibit, a massive re-purposing of lobster rope draped throughout the public park near the Waller Creek Boathouse. The money will be awarded to the Contemporary Austin, which has previously been gifted a $9 million donation by the Marcus Foundation, to encourage collaboration between the museum and the Waller Creek Conservancy.