Austin’s Jared Padalecki will return to Stars Hollow (and ‘Gilmore Girls’)

Rise up with fists, Team Dean. Austin’s own Jared Padalecki has officially signed on to Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” reboot.

Actor Jared Padalecki waits to watch performer George Ezra during Austin City Limits Music Festival Friday, Oct 2, 2015. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)
Actor Jared Padalecki waits to watch performer George Ezra during Austin City Limits Music Festival Friday, Oct 2, 2015. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

E! Online reports that the “Supernatural” star (who played Rory Gilmore’s first love, Dean Forester, in the show’s original run on The WB) will participate in the revival, which is currently in production. This would be exciting news for Stars Hollow fans on a normal day. But it’s especially juicy because the two actors who played Rory’s other main flames — Milo Ventimiglia (aka Jess) and Matt Czuchry (aka Logan) — have also joined the cast. We are positively salivating at the dramatic possibilities.

Padalecki, who reportedly lives in Austin with his family, is a common sight around town, including at ACL Fest.

But back to Stars Hollow. Expect more of this:

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But with the added bonus of potentially more of this:

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Whatcha got, Jess and Logan?

Meet the man behind the Whataburger sneakers

On Monday, we wrote about Dank Customs’ Whataburger-themed Nike Dunk Lows. Pictures of the shoes went viral after the fast food chain tweeted about them in October, and they resurfaced on Reddit this week.

Photo: Dank Customs
Photo: Dank Customs

The artist behind the shoes, Jacob Danklefs, is based in San Antonio. His website says that he will not duplicate any kicks he’s created for another customer. So yes, Whataburger fans, you’re out of luck. But Danklefs told the American-Statesman in an email that the shoes’ Internet notoriety has helped his bottom line, in case you were wondering.

“I did see increased business after the tweet,” Danklefs said, including potential business from Whataburger themselves. “I did get an email from Whataburger’s VP and I have had a few meetings with him in regards to getting my services involved in their marketing.”

While any Texan would stick up for the ol’ orange and white, Danklefs said that the best reactions he saw tried to start a fast food beef.

“I think the best reactions were the people that saw it that claim In-n-Out is better,” Danklefs said.

Danklefs, who said he’s done some work for the San Antonio Spurs, does not have any other Texas-themed shoes in the works. But we think a Buc-Ee’s-themed Nike could be fresh as heck. Readers, any Lone Star icons you want to see immortalized in sneaker form?

The ‘Friday Night Lights’ 10-year reunion is happening in Austin

You can keep your Denver Broncos, and your Carolina Panthers, now that you mention it. The only Panthers we care about are from Dillon. And they’re coming to Austin.

Pictured: (l-r) Gaius Charles as Brian "Smash" Williams, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke, Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette, Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Scott Porter as Jason Street, Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins. (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)
Pictured: (l-r) Gaius Charles as Brian “Smash” Williams, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke, Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette, Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Scott Porter as Jason Street, Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins. (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)

Entertainment Weekly reports that the cast of “Friday Night Lights” will gather for ATX Television Festival this year. According to EW:

“The ‘FNL’ reunion comes 10 years after the show’s NBC premiere (and five years after the acclaimed drama ended) and includes a ‘Panther Field’ meetup with a pep rally, live music, tailgating activities, and photo ops. Participants will be announced at a later date. “

As long as Connie Britton’s hair is there, we’re happy. To tide you over until the lineup reveal, remember that time the Statesman talked to Tim Riggins himself (aka actor Taylor Kitsch) in December.

Whataburger-themed Nike sneakers are the tastiest kicks ever

We know Texans love Whataburger, but a custom pair of orange-and-white sneakers might be the ultimate expression of affection. These shoes are made for eating.

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Photo: Dank Customs

San Antonio-based Dank Customs‘ Whataburger-themed Nike Dunk Lows went viral after the megapopular fast food chain tweeted about them in October. It’s an oldie, but this goodie resurfaced on Reddit’s Texas subreddit Sunday. The kicks’ designer, Jake Danklefs, is known for eye-popping custom creations, more examples of which can be seen on his Instagram. In other words, you’re not likely to see these tasty shoes at Finish Line any time soon.

In other Whatanews, a Tyler location of the restaurant honored the memory of a 94-year-old regular who had recently died with a marquee tribute. The chain, which celebrated 65 years of burger flipping last year, also has a friend in former Texas senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, the Statesman recently learned.

Austin drag queen to compete on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

For seven seasons, drag queen/household name RuPaul has asked a different crew of female impersonators to lipsync for their lives on Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Soon, Austin will finally have its own fierce queen to root for.

(Photo courtesy of Logo)
(Photo courtesy of Logo)

Cynthia Lee Fontaine, a regular performer at Austin bar Oilcan Harry’s, has been cast as one of twelve queens competing for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” in the show’s eighth season. The cast was revealed Monday after a weeklong social media scavenger hunt.

Fontaine’s Facebook profile says the performer has been doing drag since 2007. Also, the drag queen’s Instagram profile contains several Austin-related gems, like a picture at the Texas Capitol:

And then there was that one time Fontaine appeared in the pages of the American-Statesman:

Watch Fontaine’s video introduction below:

The show’s season premiere will air March 7 at 8 p.m. with a special 90-minute episode. Contestants are competing for a $100,000 prize.

(Photo courtesy of Logo)
(Photo courtesy of Logo)

 

Did Rob Kardashian drive to Austin to pick up Blac Chyna?

Love is a many-splendored thing, full of Bentleys and Instagram posts and airport arrests. That’s the lesson from this weekend, anyway, as TMZ.com reported that Rob Kardashian came to Blac Chyna’s aid following her arrest in Austin.

(Photos: Travis County; Instagram)
(Photos: Travis County; Instagram: @blacchyna)

According to the gossip site, Kardashian drove from Los Angeles to the Live Music Capital to pick up Chyna after her release from Travis County Jail on Saturday, citing unnamed “Kardashian sources.” He made the 1,377-mile journey in 26 hours, the sources said, also pointing to a post-release Snapchat post from Chyna featuring Kardashian’s Bentley. For her part, Chyna seemed to be happy to head home on the highway.

Kardashian, the brother of the other ones, and Chyna, a model also embroiled in the reality TV family’s drama by way of BFF and former Kanye West flame Amber Rose, have been romantically linked after some recent (and cryptic) social media missives. A photo of a tattooed arm on Chyna’s feed (belonging to Kardashian, if the Internet’s team of Nancy Drews is to be trusted) kicked the hubbub off. His Instagram, meanwhile, has been rife with pictures of Chyna, including one shot that definitely seems like a jab at his famous family:

Of course, it’s not too big of a deal for a boyfriend to drive long distances to pick up his girlfriend after a stint in jail. Why the Internet has sunk its teeth into this story like a breakfast taco is the backstory, steeped in years of celebrity scandal that has recently come to a head again with West, Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa’s Twitter war.  Add Kardashian’s rock relationship with his sisters to the mix, and you’ve got a tabloid epic for the ages.