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ILYSM Ep. 57: Gray Haddock and Evan Narcisse on Rooster Teeth’s upcoming ‘gen:Lock’ series

When Austinites Gray Haddock and Evan Narcisse booked “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan for their new series, “Gen:Lock,” they couldn’t tell anyone.

In the latest episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” you can hear the story of how Haddock, the head of Rooster Teeth’s animation studio, and Narcisse, a writer on the “Rise of the Black Panther” comic, attracted such a celebrity-studded cast for this show, which launches in January, and how animation has changed in Austin since Rooster Teeth’s inception more than a decade ago. The pair chatted with Austin360’s Omar L. Gallaga and Joe Gross at this year’s RTX convention, which drew more than 60,000 fans to the Austin Convention Center earlier this summer.

Rachel Youens founded Austin's FOMO Factory, which opens in September downtown with colorful, Instagram-friendly rooms to revisit the best parts of your childhood. (Omar L. Gallaga / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Austin’s first immersive selfie museum, the FOMO Factory, opens in downtown in mid-September, and creator and Austinite Rachel Youens chatted with Omar and co-host Addie Broyles about how a colorful, whimsical selfie-friendly space can help us reconnect with the best parts of childhood.

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Ben Milam Whiskey, a woman-owned distillery based in Blanco, is where Kentuckian Marlene Holmes, who previously worked for Jim Beam for more than 25 years, and longtime Austinite Marsha Milam are now making whiskey inspired by Ben Milam, a hero of the Texas Revolution and Marsha's ancestor. They joined co-host Tolly Moseley to talk about what goes into handcrafted whiskey and why the liquor industry is booming in Texas.

Marsha Milam (right), the founder of Ben Milam Whiskey, and Marlene Holmes, the company's head distiller (left), were guests on the "I Love You So Much" podcast. (Omar L. Gallaga / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

In this week's "Toast," Tolly and Omar welcomed guest contributors Mando Rayo and Dennis Burnett from TacoJournalism.com. Mando pointed listeners to El Federico, a stencil and graffiti artist in Austin (@el_federico on Instagram) who makes colorful work throughout the city, and Dennis suggested watching "Three Identical Strangers," a documentary about triplets who were separated at birth. Tolly recommended the next Netflix show "Dark Tourist," which explores the hidden side of cities we love to visit, and Omar gave a nod to "Crazy Rich Asians," the Jon M. Chu-directed rom-com that continues to do well at the box office.

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