Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin won a $2.17 million grant from the Moody Foundation to create "UT3D," the first comprehensive 3-D production curriculum in the country.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—News hit the entertainment industry that China’s box office rose 31 percent to 17.1 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) last year. With this, China has now overtaken Japan as the top-earning international territory for U.S. filmmakers.
Larry Hagman Exits the Scene Larry Hagman, the man who was best-known as the iconic scoundrel, J.R. Ewing, died on Friday in Dallas from complications of cancer at the age of 81. His wife of 60 years,Maj Axelsson, was by his side, as were his Dallas castmates,Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, from the original show and its new TNT revival.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—The Lone Star Film Society announced Jayne Mansfield’s Car, written, directed and starring Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton, as the opening night film for the 2012 Lone Star Film Festival, Nov. 7 -11 in Sundance Square, Fort Worth.
Texas Business reports: WACO—Murder mysteries, music-filled sagas, aeronautical documentaries and football die-hards will make their debut as Texas Independent Film Network and Baylor University's Film and Digital Media team up for the Fall 2012 Film Series.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Fantastic Fest announced Walt Disney Pictures' Frankenweenie will have its world premiere on September 20 as the opening night film for the 2012 festival, happening September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
Texas Business reports: CANNES, France—With development funding in place, producers of Empress of Texas are at Cannes International Film Festival 2012 to pursue an A-list actress for their heroine and a distributor.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— Thomas Smith, visual effect producer for such films as "Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back" and "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial," has donated his archive to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.
Filmmaker Pablo Veliz has screened his work at the Sundance Film Festival and gotten “the call” from Hollywood. But his heart and, more important, the stories he wants to tell remain in South Texas. At age 22, with nothing but a digital camera and his imagination, Veliz wrote, produced, edited and directed his first feature film, “La Tragedia de Macario,” about a Mexican peasant named Macario and his struggle to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Texas Business reports: PLANO—Cinemark Holdings Inc., one of the world’s largest motion picture exhibitors, plans to build a 16-screen, all-digital movie theatre that will feature the company’s new Cinemark NextGen design concept.
Texas Business reports: WACO—The Baylor film and digital media division of the department of communication studies will show its first Texas Independent Film Network movie screening of the spring semester at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Room 101 of Castellaw Communications Center, 219 Baylor Ave.
Texas Business reports: PLANO—Cinemark Holdings Inc., a motion picture exhibitor, deployed more than 3,400 digital cinema systems in 251 first run domestic theatres, converting from 35mm to digital projectors.
Texas Business reports: Baylor film and digital media, a division of the communication studies department, will show its final Texas Independent Film Network movie screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Room 101 of Castellaw Communications Center, 219 Baylor Ave.
Texas Business reports: Rice Cinema will present six films by noted Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán Nov. 10-19. Guzmán will attend three screenings during the first weekend of the retrospective series and will discuss the films with audience members.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Now in its third year, Cinema Arts Festival Houston (CAFH), which runs from November 9 to 13, 2011 will bring an ambitious program of films by and about artists to the nation's fourth largest city.
Texas Business reports: “Lights! Camera! Propaganda!", "Invite Your Friends -- But Don't Trust Them!" and "Iron Curtain Meets Red Carpet" are some of the attention-getting sentiments that have cropped up on posters advertising the Cold War Film Festival at Baylor University in November, a four-night event featuring four films.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Dallas Film Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that celebrates films and their impact on society, will honor screen and theatre legend, John Lithgow at its annual fall fundraising event The Art of Film on November 18, 2011, at the Hall of State, Fair Park.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—During the opening remarks of the 2011 Austin Film Festival (AFF) it was announced that veteran director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) has signed on to helm Jasper Milliken, a story written by Julie Howe that won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award in the 2010 AFF Screenplay Competition.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Odyssey Pictures Corporation, a publicly traded media and entertainment company, has acquired the screenplay and feature film rights of the children's literary franchise, "Hank the Cowdog," from Rising Star Studios.
Texas Business reports: Baylor University's division of film and digital media will host a showing of the 2010 drama "Dance With the One" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 101 of Castellaw Communications Center on the Baylor campus.
Recent UNT graduate Joshua Spires received a first-place award in the 2011 U.S. National Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition for his work of The Whale, a film written and directed by another recent UNT graduate, Jaime Chapin.
Texas Business reports: DENTON—When Joshua Spires agreed to be the cinematographer on The Whale, a film created as an assignment for one of his classes at the University of North Texas, he didn't realize that he would be shooting more than 100 miles away from campus at Caddo Lake in East Texas -- and at sunrise and in darkness.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH— The Lone Star Film Society (LSFS) announced announce five films that will be featured during the 2011 Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth in Sundance Square Nov. 9 – 13.
Texas Business reports: Baylor University's division of film and digital media will host a showing of the 2010 documentary "Echotone" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in Room 101 of Castellaw Communications Center on the Baylor campus.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Jarry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, acquired a collection of materials from husband-wife duo actress Carlin Glynn and writer and director Peter Masterson relating to their careers and their work on the original Broadway production and film of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The archive of film director Nicholas Ray (1911–1979), best known for his film, “Rebel Without a Cause,” has been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin.
Texas Tech Hosts Global Lens 2011 Film Festival Texas Business reports: Against the backdrop of Argentina’s mid-80s military regime, an overzealous young teacher develops an unusual obsession with one of her students after she is asked to keep a watchful “eye” over the happenings at an elite Buenos Aires private school.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Austin—Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing have secured genre heavyweights Xavier Gens (Frontiers, Hitman) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Black Death) to join Noburo Iguchi (Robo Geisha, Machine Girl) and Kaare Andrews (Altitude) along with 21 other directors to make up the talented roster behind THE ABCs OF DEATH, a twenty-six chapter anthology feature that showcases death letter by letter.
Texas Business reports: Los Angeles—The world premiere of a Texas film will open the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times and supported by L.A. LIVE, announced the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s Bernie as the opening night film for the 2011 Festival.
Texas Business reports: Austin—The Alamo Drafthouse and Texas Monthly announced their collaboration for the 2011 Rolling Roadshow, marking the first all-Texas tour of free outdoor 35mm screening experiences pairing famous movies with famous places.
Texas Business reports: The Texas Independent Film Network Film Series, hosted by Baylor University's Film and Digital Media division, will continue with a free showing of “St. Nick” Thursday, May 19, in Castellaw Communications Center, Room 101.
Presidio Launches Feature Slate with “12 Mighty Orphans” Texas Business reports: Austin—Upstart, Texas-based Presidio Pictures confirmed today that it has reached an agreement to acquire all rights to Jim Dent’s “Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football” and that pre-production activities have begun for a feature film based on the book. Filming will take place later this year, primarily in Fort Worth.Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
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