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'Chronicle' 2011 Lake Food: Trailers
Cupcakes take over Lakeway; citizens rejoice
Food Story  July 1, 2011, by Mick Vann
"...Much of the roadside property seems to be in real estate limbo, waiting for investors to get that magic megaprice for the next luxury condo development or très exclusive mini-neighborhood. Those folks just don't want food trailers as neighbors. Sandy's Hamburger Hut113 RR 620 N., Lakeway, 512/266-1524 Monday-Saturday, 7am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm..."

Hitching the Movie Trailers at Super Bowl XLVII
Trailers for new 'Star Trek', 'Fast and Furious' break up game
DAILY Screens  February 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The big game has become the big product launch. Everyone knows, the first Sunday in February is all about big TV ads, and that applies to movie trailers..."

Food Story  May 3, 2018

Top 10 Under-the-Radar Food Trailers
Food Story  December 28, 2017, by Reanna Zuniga

Trailers From Hell
Local horror stars start building their buzz
DAILY Screens  December 26, 2011, by Richard Whittaker

Mick Vann's Top 10 Food Trailers
Food Story  January 7, 2011, by Mick Vann

Trailers (No Trash)
The Food staff surveys the street corners and back alleys of Austin for its finest street-food cuisine
Food Story  February 29, 2008

In a World Where ...
Plumbing the depths of Joe Dante's Trailers From Hell
Screens Story  March 13, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"..."They used to commandeer theatres at midnight and just run hours of trailers; it's not a type of program that anyone can enjoy. You have to be a real fan to appreciate that many movie trailers for that amount of time..."

Double Standard?
Federal Emergency Management Agency bars employees from entering stored travel trailers – the same ones it gave tens of thousands of hurricane evacuees in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to reside in
News Story  November 16, 2007, by Cheryl Smith
"...Concerned for the health of its employees, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has barred its workers from entering stored travel trailers – the same ones it gave tens of thousands of hurricane evacuees in Alabama, Louisia­na, Mississippi, and Texas to reside in. In Texas, 655 Hurri­cane Rita families are living in 687 of these trailers (down from 4,245 families in the months right after Rita), and an additional 3,275 units are in storage here, said Don Jacks, spokesman for FEMA's Texas Transitional Recovery Office...."

Grindhouse, which was filmed in Austin, raises the bar for movie showmanship and the theatregoing experience.
Film Review  April 6, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...If they could, I suspect Rodriguez and Tarantino would design their own grind-house movie chain of theatres that would re-create the urban scuzz-holes of the past, which ran cheap movies nonstop – a usually eclectic mix of exploitation, horror, and action films, as well as a random assortment of top studio product that had seen better days and more intact prints. As it is, Grindhouse is an homage to an experience rather than any certain type of film, and with its two separate feature films – “Planet Terror” by Rodriguez and “Death Proof” by Tarantino – a host of tongue-in-cheeky trailers by the likes of Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, and Eli Roth; scratches and notices of missing reels intentionally inserted into the prints in order to heighten the illusion of the celluloid’s sprocket-weary authenticity; a splashy two-for-the-price-of-one marketing campaign; and enough cast members to keep the talk-show couches on permanent rotation, Grindhouse raises the bar for a certain kind of movie lollapalooza (and also for the kind of filmmaker who is also a showman, along the lines of a William Castle or Cecil B..."

American Dreamer
Tiffany Harelik writes her own story through her cookbook series dedicated to Austin's food trailers
Arts Story  February 14, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...As Harelik recounts in the introduction to the first volume of her book (published by the History Press in 2011), her great-grandfather worked his way up from selling bananas from a cart to owning five general stores in the Central Texas area. You could say that food trailers — not to mention questing for that elusive goal that defines this nation's ethos — are in Harelik's blood...."

Spoilers, Sweetie
NATO declares war on trailers that ruin the movie
DAILY Screens  January 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...In a world where trailers are longer than the actual film, and they give away every twist, turn, and even surprise characters, one organization is standing up to having the film going experience ruined. That organization is … NATO?..."

City Hall Hustle: Go Foodie and Multiply
Council sings happy food trails to you
News Column  September 24, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...(Well, maybe they are, but the Hustle hasn't checked on Twitter yet.) Instead, newly drafted regulations are coming before council. While nothing as onerous as the rules initially proposed in the spring, the changes will affect how trailers do business and the fees they pay to the city...."

Day Trips: El Cosmico, Marfa
The alternative hotel of tepees, yurts, safari tents, and retro trailers is funky, fun, and functional
Columns  November 21, 2017, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Despite all its charms, the realities of the rugged accommodations can't be ignored. Only two of the antique trailers have indoor plumbing; everyone else showers outdoors and/or uses a communal bathhouse...."

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is done in by its own hand
Film Review  August 5, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...hopes that this supervillain extravaganza will be the tentpole movie that can anchor the studio’s expansion plans for the DC Comics movie world, following the underwhelming critical and commercial performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, released just a few months ago. The supercharged trailers for Suicide Squad have primed the public appetite for the film’s late-summer appearance (especially after this season of action duds and disappointments)..."

Hobo With a Shotgun
Though it's a great title, this Rutger Hauer movie is an unfocused throwback to Seventies exploitation films.
Film Review  May 6, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Owen and Molly Dunsworth. This Hobo started life as one of the faux trailers in the underloved Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez mash-up Grindhouse, and it's to be commended for truth in advertising, since the bluntly accurate title pretty much says it all..."

Due Date
Road comedy hits the sweet spot with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.
Film Review  November 5, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In addition to the single-sequence appearances by Lewis, McBride, RZA, and Walsh, Phillips also casts Foxx in a small role and uses the TV show Two and a Half Men as a delicious (and unexpectedly topical) running gag. The problem with Due Date is that, although the film is funny, it is less funny at 95 minutes than it is in its succinct advertising trailers..."

City Hall Hustle: Tweetfully Yours
The City Council considers food, names, and form-based code
News Column  October 1, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...A smattering ensued: Consultant Paul Saldaña, retained by Snappy Snacks proprietor Tom Ramsey, who had kick-started the re-regulation discussion several months ago, said his client was largely pleased with the proposals (a notarized agreement with an acceptable commissary for food prep, a monthly log documenting its use, proof of sales tax collection, an itinerary, written proof of available restrooms or portable toilets, and fire department inspections), but said there was "still more work to do" in regards to the definition of a commissary. But different vendors require different commissaries, and Ramsey seems to want a definition that addresses only mobile trucks like his Snap­py fleet; one that, for instance, would require grease collection when the truck is cleaned, a requirement that has absolutely no bearing on the majority of stationary food trailers..."

SXSW Film Cops to Seth Rogen and More
SXSW Film announces the premiere of a new Seth Rogen comedy, as well as new panelist and docs
DAILY Screens  January 12, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...New panelists added to the SXSW Film Conference (March 14 – 17) include filmmakers Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Thirteen”), Robert Rodriguez (“Sin City,” “Spy Kids”) and Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “King of the Hill”), SXSW alum and Mumblecore pioneer Joe Swanberg (“Nights and Weekends, “Hannah Takes the Stairs”) and Mark Woollen, the award-winning creator of many memorable trailers (“Milk,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”)...."

The Passing Show
This rock documentary about musician Ronnie Lane can be described in one word (or is it three?): Ooh la la.
Film Review  March 31, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Part of that initial explosion of British, blues-based rock & roll, Lane formed the Small Faces, an influential band whose prominence only rose when the young Rod Stewart joined as the lead singer and the band, at Stewart’s urging, dropped the diminutive and became known simply as the Faces. (Reputedly, nothing about Stewart is small.) Never letting success go to his head, Lane had little taste for extravagance, although he did buy a countryside home where he hatched the idea for the Passing Show, a vagabond entertainment troupe that traveled England’s back roads in a caravan of buses and trailers, performing in circus tents they erected along the way..."

Bruce Almighty
In a nutshell, Bruce Almighty is about a funny guy named Bruce – a reporter covering quirky "special interest" issues – who dreams of becoming a respected anchorman, not realizing...
Film Review  May 23, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...Bruce Almighty is in fact a terribly earnest piece about doing right by others and getting to know yourself and (gulp) your God more perfectly. Apparently, that pitch didn't go over with the marketing folks at Universal, which is why the trailers instead focus on Carrey's limber-limbed pranks and the miraculous potty training of Bruce's dog – on the toilet, with the sports section (a sight gag that, God help me, splits my side every time)..."

Original Sin
Although his name is somewhat less well-known than some of his more famous contemporaries, author Cornell Woolrich is regarded by many people as the father of noir crime fiction. Among...
Film Review  August 3, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Cristofer does a much better job here, at any rate, than he did adapting Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, or one even less sensible, The Witches of Eastwick. Original Sin holds up fine as a Woolrich pastiche; it retains much of the author's beloved atmospherics, and if you can swallow some of the more overripe dialogue -- not to mention an extended and oddly edited lovemaking scene that seems to want to do Bob Guccione one better -- it's not nearly as mediocre a two hours as the trailers would have you think...."

Bicentennial Man
Is it me or was Robin Williams far less irritating during his years as a self-centered substance-abuse casualty? Granted, his manic, cocaine-induced performances on Mork and Mindy and the old...
Film Review  December 17, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Never has there been such a gifted actor so desperately in need of role as a serial killer. That said, the trailers for Bicentennial Man did little to alleviate my dread..."

Blanchett is indelible as Queen Elizabeth I, the 16th century monarch who took the British throne during divisive times.
Film Review  November 20, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...Cate Blanchett, who made an indelible impression as Ralph Fiennes' soulmate in Oscar and Lucinda is, if anything, even better here as the future embodiment of all things British. Despite the florid trailers' emphasis on bodice-ripping romantic imagery, Elizabeth is above all a political thriller..."

Dance With Me
Original working title: Shut Up and Dance. Given the already minimal nature of the plot and dialogue in this low-budget dance-and-romance trifle, the filmmakers might have done well to heed...
Film Review  August 21, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...The major settings of Kristofferson's down-in-the-heels dance academy and the urban Cuban émigré neighborhoods are accurately observed and quite real-seeming. Contrary to what the misleadingly bombastic trailers suggest, Dance With Me's primary asset is not glitzy settings and pumped-up sexuality but rather its funky, down-to-earth locales, quirky innocence, and unpretentious, low-key acting..."

Can't Hardly Wait
This better-than-average teen sex comedy looks at a bunch of seniors on the night of high school graduation.
Film Review  June 12, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Hardly as ridiculous as the film's trailers have been leading anyone over the age of 17 to believe, Can't Hardly Wait is a nifty little bit of nostalgia for those of us weaned on a young John Cusack or Jeff Spicolli, and, I suspect, a harbinger of things to come. Kaplan and Elfont's smart, zippy script is rife with knowing one-liners and just the right amount of preachy moralism (very little)..."

Operation Dumbo Drop
Operation Dumbo Drop is a terribly irresponsible picture that seems shamefully patterned after director's Wincer's other box office success, Free Willy. The first feel-good family movie set against the backdrop...

Film Review  July 28, 1995, by Joey O'Bryan
"...The younger viewers are likely to be bored and confused by the historical aspects of the movie (How many 10-year-olds know what the Ho Chi Minh Trail is?) and adults are likely to find the whole affair far too whitewashed and pedestrian to hold their attention. There is one effective sequence – played up with obvious desperation by the movie's trailers – in which the elephant, thanks to a wide array of fairly convincing special effects, parachutes from a plane..."

Robert A. Heinlein's the Puppet Masters
Despite having one of the best theatrical trailers of the year, The Puppet Masters falls short of its sci-fi/horror pretensions and ends up as listless and bloated as one of...
Film Review  October 28, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Yaphet Kotto, Richard Belzer and Will Patton. Despite having one of the best theatrical trailers of the year, The Puppet Masters falls short of its sci-fi/horror pretensions and ends up as listless and bloated as one of its dead alien visitors..."

Life With Mikey
More dreadful than you might expect from the trailers, Life with Mikey flounders at the beginning and then slowly sinks towards its end. Fox's Michael Chapman, a former child star...
Film Review  June 11, 1993, by Louis Black
"...Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper, David Krumholtz, David Huddleston, Chris Durang and William Finn. More dreadful than you might expect from the trailers, Life with Mikey flounders at the beginning and then slowly sinks towards its end..."

The Man in the Moon
Just when I'd given up on seeing teenaged girls portrayed in current movies as anything other than boy-crazy bowheads or distaff rebels without causes or scantily clad babysitters set upon...
Film Review  November 22, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...And in many ways it is. There's a predictability and familiarity to the story that's only made worse by the coming attraction trailers that reveal too much of the story and leave nothing to surprise or imagination..."

The Naked Gun Two 1/2: The Smell of Fear
Genius. Visionary. Intellectual. These words apply to no one involved in this film. However, there aren't many words that can adequately describe the best comedic work of either David Zucker,...
Film Review  July 5, 1991, by Kathleen Maher
"...For that they are to be respected. There is much that is funny in this latest version, you've probably seen most of it in the trailers..."

Got the Stomach for a Month of Meals on Wheels?
Food Trailer Challenge puts your gastronomical fortitude to the test
DAILY Food  June 14, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Think you like food trailers? Think you can practically live off them for 30 days? Starting today, we’re offering truckstoppers the chance to truly prove their prowess...."

Never Coming to a Theatre Near You
Stephen Romano's continuing adventures in fake movies
Screens Story  February 12, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Film trailers at their best are the seductive and primal essence of the films they represent. They are the tease, the come-on, the promise of cinematic bliss/adventure/thrills to come..."

The Butt-Numb-a-Thon 14 Lineup
Harry Knowles' annual film fest sneaks 'The Hobbit,' 'Mama'
DAILY Screens  December 10, 2012, by Louis Black
"...A celebration of Harry Knowles and his birthday means that this 24 hours of film watching is very much a celebration of film. It is rich in diversity: new films and old films, classic hollywood and the unexpected, features, trailers and clips (mostly of forthcoming releases)..."

The Hightower Report
Katrina Trailers Attack; and Averting the 'Long Depression'
News Column  July 23, 2010, by Jim Hightower
"...Katrina Trailers Attack..."

The Taco Kings, Besieged
A conflict with neighborhoods has made the previously independent street taco vendors organize in self-defense
News Story  August 11, 2006, by Michael May
"...It's part of a weeklong effort to contact every taco trailer in the city, and it's clear they mean business. They're all wearing pressed white button-down shirts with a photo ID dangling from the lapel, a taco insignia on the back and, above that, in large block letters "AVATACO." That's not quite an acronym for the organization's full name, Associacion de Vendores Ambulantes en Trailers de Comida en la Cuidad de Austin: the Austin Association of Mobile Trailer Food Vendors..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  October 6, 2006
"...26, a settlement in class-action lawsuit Brou v. FEMA, filed in February on behalf of disabled Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees in an effort to get FEMA to accommodate their needs in its trailers, with such things as entrance ramps, wider doorways, ampler turn space for wheelchairs, grab bars near toilets, and kitchen appliances that are low enough to be accessible..."

Lost Pines Found
How a handful of neighbors helped rebuild Bastrop County – one home at a time
News Story  November 29, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...We estimate that the loss to Bastrop is 50% of the people whose homes – owned or rented – were lost. People who remained stayed with family and friends, moved RVs onto properties, bought small sheds, cargo containers, camper trailers, and FEMA trailers...."

The Cutting Edge
Trailer maker Mark Woollen talks shop
Screens Story  March 13, 2009, by Spencer Parsons
"...Something that's hilarious in the movie and you want to feature prominently just doesn't play in the short form without the setup, and that's really tough when you should be showcasing comedy." This sort of thing is a workaday challenge for award-winning trailer editor Mark Woollen. But it's the kind of problem that too many movie trailers resolve in a morass of plodding plot points and would-be catch phrases punctuated by scratching phonograph needles and metallic impact noises and held together with moldy Motown hits or snatches of score from the blockbuster action hit of three summers ago..."

The Hightower Report
FEMA Still at It; and A Library for Bush Groupies
News Column  April 4, 2008, by Jim Hightower
"...Brownie, an incompetent Bush political hack, is now long gone, but FEMA continues in his spirit to do "a heck of a job." First, it fumbled and bumbled for months before finally providing house trailers along the Gulf Coast for thousands of devastated families who'd lost their homes...."

The Common Law: Starting My Food Trailer
Getting your food trailer business rolling
Columns  June 3, 2011, by Luke Ellis
"...Austin has seen an explosion in the number of food trailers in recent years. More than 1,600 mobile food permits are expected in Austin by the end of 2011 (up from 648 mobile food vendor permits in 2006), helping Austin keep pace with cities on the East and West coasts that are experiencing the same curbside culinary trend...."

Permanent Markers
How a trailer becomes brick-and-mortar
Food Story  April 9, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...A rotating cupcake on top of the trailer attracted curious customers, and Hurt's business flourished. Eventually, a full complement of food trailers filled the lot, making the SoCo strip an even more inviting shopping and dining destination...."

Trailers on the move, and the Austin food community loses a friend
Food Column  May 22, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The addition of multiple trailers from one vendor and the transition into brick-and-mortar is further evidence of the evolution in our vibrant local food trailer scene. Take Micklethwait Craft Meats (1309 Rosewood), for instance..."

New Food Trailer Court is Ready to Picnic!
Barton Springs Picnic offers parking, comforts, amenities
DAILY Food  April 22, 2014, by Amira Jensen
"...Gilmore's family has a serious a food legacy in modern Austin, what with his brother being Jack Gilmore of the two Jack Allen's Kitchens and his nephew, chef Bryce Gilmore, being the creative force behind Barley Swine and Odd Duck. Gilmore said Barton Springs Picnic is giving trailers a chance to put their focus on serving good food with great exposure..."

Qui SouthBites Showcases Delicious Diversity
Food trucks from near and far delight SXSW visitors
DAILY Food  March 11, 2013, by Gracie Salem
"...Walk the length of Rainey Street to Driskill Street, where you'll find the entrance (or break in the fence) to the SouthBites food court. Our best advice is to walk the loop of trailers first and then decide on what to eat..."

Book Review: ‘Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook’
Over 100 crave-worthy recipes from Austin’s famous food trailers
DAILY Food  January 4, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...[image-1] The food trailer scene is exploding and along for the tasty ride is Tiffany Harelik. Brick and mortars that started as trailers, such as Counter Culture and Torchy's Tacos, are among hundreds of success stories in the city..."

The once and future pit master returns?
Food Column  September 23, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...On the benefit front, William Pearce, owner of the Way South Philly food truck, has recruited other members of the Austin Food Trailer Alli­ance to participate in a donation drive for the Lance Armstrong Foundation's LiveStrong campaign. All participating trailers will be accepting donations in exchange for LiveStrong wristbands until Oct..."

2010 was a smorgasbord for foodies from the food trailer frenzy to the bakery bonanza
Food Column  December 31, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...This year has raced by, leaving many fascinating local food stories in its wake. The local trailer food explosion has to be the year's biggest story: Local trailers attracted attention from national newspapers, bloggers, and food and lifestyle magazines as well as reality TV – while inspiring a popular new community culinary event..."

We Have Met the Future, and It Is Us
Film on the Web, part II: the movies
Screens Story  March 9, 2007, by Spencer Parsons
"...But this time I'm typing like mad while we talk. Wilcox is chief technical officer for South by Southwest, which this year is making trailers for its films available in three different file formats viewable on cell phones...."

Feeding the Film
Sixteen-hour days, hundreds of hungry crew members, remote locations, tight facilities, and tough competition: Two local caterers go to the movies
Food Story  August 6, 2004, by Mick Vann
"...A 38-foot catering trailer with a semi cab to pull it could cost in the neighborhood of $225,000. Own a couple of these trailers, maybe a refrigerated trailer for cold food storage and food prep, tables and chairs, power generators, tents, portable ware-washing facilities, and the rest, and you're talking a considerable cash investment..."

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