5 Lunchtime Links: ‘Star Wars’ leads MTV Awards nominations

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO from 'Star Wars' appear onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO from 'Star Wars' appear onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) BB-8, R2-D2 and C-3PO from ‘Star Wars’ appear onstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

1. “Star Wars” leads in MTV Movie Awards nominations.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” garnered 11 MTV Movie Award nominations, the ceremony revealed via Snapchat Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Times reports. Following the racial controversy during this year’s Academy Awards, Excecutive Producer Casey Patterson said that the MTV Awards can serve as an example of what award shows can and maybe should be. “This show is about fandom and the stars come out to celebrate that,” Patterson said. Other movies nominated include “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Creed,” “Deadpool,” “Jurassic World,” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

2. Your favorite park might be America’s favorite, too.

As of today Zilker Park was polling second in a best city parks vote hosted by USA Today and 10Best, the American-Statesman’s Pam LeBlanc reports. That means our favorite stretch of grass in Austin is ranking above iconic city parks like New York’s Central Park and Chicago’s Grant Park. Currently Forest Park in St. Louis is ranked No. 1. The media companies hired four park experts to help them in choosing the finalists, which are now up for a reader vote. The results will be announced after polls close March 28. If you love Zilker be sure to cast your vote here.

3. Austin, San Antonio mayors call truce in taco “war.

Mayor Steve Adler and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor have put their beef behind them — or folded it into a tortilla and decided to eat it. Today Adler released an advisory “For Immediate Release,” which announced a truce in the ongoing “taco war” (which he previously declared) between the two cities and plans for a taco summit Thursday, the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports. The advisory cites “hostilities threatening breakfast’s status as the most important meal of the day” as the reason for the summit, and calls for “guac in our times.” This will hopefully end one of the most drawn out fake, food wars most of us have ever lived through.

4. SXSW opens up ticket drawing for Obama keynote.

South by Southwest has announced festival badgeholders can participate in a ticket drawing for a chance to see President Barack Obama’s keynote address to the Interactive festival, the American-Statesman’s Omar L. Gallaga reports. The winners, who are to be selected randomly, will be allowed to attend Obama’s talk at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Dell Hall at The Long Center. The drawing opened Tuesday morning. If you’re a badgeholder who doesn’t come out a winner, remember the festival will live stream the talk at sxsw.com/live.

5. Whataburger now on Snapchat.

Whataburger’s very sociable Twitter handle isn’t the only way to keep up with the burger chain. Whataburger is now on Snapchat and offering you a burger a week for 10 years if your snap catches the company’s eye, the American-Statesman’s Jake Harris reports. Whataburger’s vice president said the new social platform will allow the chain to interact with its customers in “fun, new ways.” Because for some strange people out there just eating burgers isn’t enough fun! Make sure to keep an eye out for the chain’s fry pedicabs during SXSW next week.


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