Top 10 Most Read Screens Stories

What TV and movie news lit up your search engines?

From rebuilding at the Alamo Drafthouse to jackassery at Rooster Teeth, it's been a busy year in Austin's screens scene, and on our pages. But what were you, our beloved readers, most interested in? And what did search engines wildly draw you towards?


1: “Bomb City Retells the Tensions Behind the Killing of a Texas Punk” (Feb. 9, 2018)

The 1997 murder of Amarillo punk Brian Deneke under the wheels of a Cadillac driven by a high school jock may seem like Hollywood make-believe, but it’s a true story, once poignantly recounted in Jameson Brooks’ scalding feature. As recounted by Amarillo native Marc Savlov, the making and release of Bomb City exposes the scar tissue of a city that has never really tackled a senseless murder (read the full article here).


2: “A Broken Trust at the Alamo Drafthouse” (March 28, 2018)

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One of our most controversial stories to date explored what the management of the local theatre chain was doing to rehabilitate their reputation, including in-house changes to operations and attitudes, after allegations of mishandled sexual harassment claims (read the full story here).


3: “How Rooster Teeth Became an Online Phenomenon” (May 11, 2018)

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Austin’s online content behemoth is not just one of Austin’s biggest media employers, it’s also one of the city’s most globally recognized brands. Like the story says, 9.5 million YouTube subscribers can't be wrong (read the full story here).


4: “Alamo Drafthouse Announces New Code of Conduct” (Jan. 16, 2018)

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The first major step in the Drafthouse’s efforts to shift its culture – a new code of conduct for customers and employees (read the full story here).


5: “Rooster Teeth Goes to the Dark Side” (May 4, 2018)

Another appearance for RT, this time from International Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth (geddit?). This time, it was about how upper management pulled a cruel trick on Star Wars superfan Blaine Gibson. See, this is how you get Sith Lords (read the full story here).


6: “Rooster Teeth Finds Some Common Ground” (Nov. 2, 2018)

A triple play for Rooster Teeth, but this time on a much more serious note, as cofounder Gus Sorola explores what the border really means, and in turn tells his own family history of living so close to – and sometimes on both sides of – the line between two nations (read the full story here).


7: “Meow Wolf Pounces Into the SXSW Fray” (March 9, 2018)

Meow Wolf at SXSW may be the ultimate your-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter of modern pop culture. Our own Wayne Alan Brenner talked to the artists and creatives behind Meow Wolf: Origin Story before its debut at SXSW last March (read the full story here).


8: What's a Rooster Teeth? The Beginner's Guide to RTX" (Aug. 2, 2018)

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Baffled by exactly what all those stories are about? That's why we wrote this handy intro to RTX, Rooster Teeth's annual festival/family gathering at the Austin Convention Center (read the full guide right here).

9: "Blue Starlite Shines on Mueller Again" (March 5, 2018)

Photo by John Anderson
Austin's original mini urban drive-in has bounced between multiple locations since its original Cesar Chavez location. After a four month hiatus last Winter, readers were excited to find out about its newest location at the Moose Lodge by the Mueller development (read the full story here).

10: "Khiem Nguyen Is Making It" (Aug. 7, 2018)

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NBC broke the mean-streak competitiveness of reality TV with Making It, a show dedicated to makers and the wonderful crafts that they created. No one summed that positive attitude than Austin's own Khiem Nguyen of A&K Woodworking and Design, and we couldn't be happier than to have interviewed the artisan eventually declared Master Maker (read our interview with Nguyen here)


But not every story you read in 2018 was from 2018. There are always those unexpected hits from the past that come back from the vaults in a big way. So what were the top three films stories from years past that you wanted to read?

1: “Lost at Sea and Back Again” (Dec. 29, 2000)

One of those inexplicable blasts from the past, as thousands of readers decided they wanted to read about how Texan Bill Broyles wrote the script for Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away (read the full story here).


2: “Choose Kind With Wonder” (Nov. 10, 2017)

Remember the movie Wonder? No, neither do we, but apparently our readers in 2018 were very excited about its sponsorship of the 2017 Choose Kind Day (read the full story here).


3: “His Name Was Gary Poulter” (April 11, 2014)

Another deep cut from the archive, this time with Joe O’Connell’s posthumous biography of Gary Poulter, the homeless Austinite who tragically died before audiences could witness his amazing acting debut in the second of David Gordon Green’s Austin trilogy Joe (read the full story here).

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Top 10s 2018, Rooster Teeth, Bomb City, Star Wars, Gary Poulter, Bill Broyles, Alamo Drafthouse, Wonder

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