The Lonely Island guys ‘never stopped never stopping’ around Austin Friday

From left, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island visited Austin Friday, April 29. Photo via The Lonely Island official website.
From left, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island visited Austin Friday, April 29. Photo via The Lonely Island official website.

The guys of comedy trio The Lonely Island made their way to Austin on Friday to promote “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” spending the day with radio station KLBJ, the guys over at Rooster Teeth and some lucky UT students.

“Popstar,” which will be released June 3, is a comedy written, produced by and starring Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg. It follows the story of Connor, a rapper whose album bombs and is forced to re-form his old boy band. Tonight, the film will be screened at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to UT students only.

The group started off the day at radio station 93.7 KLBJ where they talked about the numerous cameos in “Popstar” and Samberg’s haters.

“We’re producers so we’d sit in the theater and people don’t know we’re in there,” he said. “And there’s always one dude that says ‘I’ve got to say, I just don’t like Andy Samberg.”

Then, they made their way over to production company Rooster Teeth, whose Twitter account posted a few photos from their session together. Apparently, they broke a table together.

The trio’s last stop before their screening is Good JuJu Cafe in West Campus, where Universal Pictures UT Austin organized a meet and greet for the first 100 students to line-up outside by 11 a.m.

So far, there haven’t been too many posts online about how the meet and greet went. We’ve heard Good JuJu Cafe was playing “Dick in a Box,” though.

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Remember, everyone: Never stop never stopping.

5 Lunchtime Links: ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ gets second Netflix reboot

Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in the Netflix original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp”. Photo by: SAEED ADYANI / NETFLIX
Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in the Netflix original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp”. Photo by: SAEED ADYANI / NETFLIX

1. “Wet Hot American Summer” to get second Netflix reboot.

Looks like prequel “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” wasn’t enough to satisfy fans of cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer.” Netflix has announced plans to produce another reboot set 10 years in the future — or 1991. The reboot “Ten Years Later” is set for release in 2017.

2. El Arroyo helps Jay Z recount his problems.

Remember the days when it was just 99, Jay Z? Austin’s El Arroyo sign, which never misses an opportunity to offer a relevant quip, weighed in on the Jay Z controversy surrounding BeyoncĂ©’s recent “Lemonade” release and helped the “99 Problems” rapper recount his problems.

3. Get elevated at Levitation.

Nine years strong Levitation, previously called Austin Psych Fest, will welcome a whole host of uplifting acts this weekend when performers like Animal Collective and Brian Wilson make their way out to Carson Creek Ranch, Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Check out our festival guide here.

4. Richard Sherman has a new gig.

Looks like even Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t above making a little extra cash on the side by driving for Lyft. In the video, it’s clear fans who got picked up by the football star weren’t expecting much more than a free water bottle. According to the Bleacher Report Sherman is one of many professional athletes to team up with the ride-hailing program in offering surprise rides.

5. Baby’s first surrealist novel.

Maybe you read it when you were a kid, maybe you’ve never heard of it — either way the 1978 surrealist children’s novel “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” is a joyful, silly book for young and old readers alike. The Atlantic’s Adrienne LaFrance tells of how the book shaped her to be a brave, exploratory reader.

5 Lunchtime Links: Why adult coloring could be less innocent than it seems

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Christine Walczyk, left, Leah Urtado and Angela Mantia color at Gourdough’s. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman

1. Is adult coloring a cry for help?

Put the crayon down. Back away from the coloring book. Not everyone is so sure the whole adult coloring craze is as innocent as it seems. A piece by Quartz argues that the popularity of the mindless activity could point to unhealthy stress levels in those who pursue it as a calming pastime.

2. Paul Simon to tape “Austin City Limits” May 12.

The legendary Paul Simon, a crucial half of also legendary Simon & Garfunkel, will record an “Austin City Limits” episode May 12 at ACL Live, the American-Statesman’s Peter Blackstock reports. As with all live tapings the tickets for the show are distributed through a lottery that opens up about a week before the performance.

3. Breaking it down: BeyoncĂ©, “Lemonade,” Jay Z, Rachel Roy, Rachael Ray.

Do you find the rumors surrounding BeyoncĂ©’s “Lemonade” release about as confusing as the Prop. 1 ballot language? Get your Rachels straight, your “Becky with the good hair” rumors right and scroll through the nearly 15-year saga that is BeyoncĂ© and Jay Z’s crazy-in-love love in this Jezebel piece.

4. Joss Whedon stops by “I love you so much” mural.

Screenwriter Joss Whedon’s friendship with folksinger Shawnee Kilgore brought him to Austin for a traditional “I love you so much” mural pic and a few other stops around the city, including the one below at Radio Coffee & Beer. Whedon, who wrote and created shows like “Buff the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” met Kilgore when he backed her Kickstarter campaign for her debut album.

5. Who will claim what Prince left behind?

Prince’s sister confirmed Tuesday that the singer didn’t have a will prepared ahead of his death last week, the Associated Press reports. She also said she is currently working to appoint a special administrator who will divide the star’s estate.

BeyoncĂ© fans shift attention to Rita Ora after singer steps out in same dress as Bey

Photo via Beyoncé/Youtube
Photo via Beyoncé/YouTube

BeyoncĂ©’s newest album “Lemonade” started people discussing who “Becky with the good hair” could be, and Rachel Roy’s Instagram post convinced many that Jay-Z cheated with her (which also led to a mix-up of Rachels). But a new woman has been added to the speculation.

On Monday, Rita Ora was spotted wearing the same red-and-white Gucci dress that BeyoncĂ© wears in the “Formation” music video.

While this could be (and probably is) simply a good sartorial choice on Ora’s part, her outfit appeared only one day after the release of “Lemonade” on HBO and Tidal.

Ora also posted a Snapchat of herself on Sunday wearing a lemon bra and a diamond pendant that looks like a “J” in the selfie-style shot:

But it’s her signature “r” initial necklace. The juxtaposition certainly didn’t appease Bey-defenders, though.

Rita’s latest Instagram post is a photo from the 1973 Elizabeth Taylor movie “Ash Wednesday,” which is about a middle-aged woman who submits herself to full-body plastic surgery in an attempt to woo her husband back as their marriage fails.

The comments in BeyoncĂ©’s defense, as per usual, contain many bee and lemon emojis.

Ora sued Jay-Z label Roc Nation earlier this year, arguing she has been largely ignored since the label changed leadership. Keeping that in mind, she could be adding fuel to the social media witch hunt because of Jay, and not Beyoncé.

The most important day of the year for ‘Miss Congeniality’ fans is here

It’s April 25, and you know what that means.

Well, you know what that means if you’re a fan of the 2000 romantic comedy “Miss Congeniality,” filmed in Austin and starring local celebrity Sandra Bullock. April 25, of course, is the answer Miss Rhode Island (played by Heather Burns) gives when asked by Miss United States host Stan Fields (a delightful William Shatner) what her “perfect date” is. Watch the clip below.

We wouldn’t go so far as to say today is not too hot, Cheryl. This is Texas, after all.

(Photo by Ron Batzdorff)
(Photo by Ron Batzdorff)

In honor of this most auspicious of dates, read the American-Statesman’s December 2000 review of the film, by then-film critic Chris Garcia. Spoiler: He did not care for it.

Watching “Miss Congeniality” is like hanging out with a bunch of people whose horrible jokes crack each other up. Your dismay swells as the drollery, against all natural laws, only gets worse. You bargain with God for a painless end to it all.

Written by a clutch of TV hacks and shot in Austin and San Antonio, this feeble fluff barely registers as a major motion picture. It stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who goes undercover as a contestant in the Miss United States Pageant to foil a terrorist plot.

The hackneyed twist is that Bullock’s agent is an avowed tomboy who thinks beauty pageants are for bubble-headed bimbos. Characterization is beyond the facile script, so we never get an inkling why she’s this way.

High comedy is supposed to be had when a swishy consultant (a supercilious Michael Caine, outclassing this rot) gives her a va-va-voom makeover in preparation for the contest, which lowbrow director Donald Petrie (“Ritchie Rich”) stages like a Wal-Mart display of plastic zombies. There is no drama, no laughs as Bullock hardly miraculously becomes one of the girls. Without the self-reflection of satire, the movie has the nerve to deride pageants, then strike a phony conciliatory note in the end.

Bullock gropes for dizzy screwball charm — her character’s name, Gracie, is a cue — but the repeated pratfalls and snorty laughs draw a straight line to Suzanne Somers, circa 1979.

Bullock long ago gave up trying to be a real actress, slumping into roles that ask of her little more than excellent grooming and sorority girl pep. Her recent films, uniformly bad, have been indistinguishable vanity pieces that chart a slippery descent into dashed promise.

If anything, the movie will trigger frissons of recognition in local viewers. Getting good screen time are Starbucks at Sixth and Congress, the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, the Dog and Duck Pub, Bass Concert Hall and, courtesy of the Austin Film Society, a hangar at the old Mueller airport. There is a cameo by a Schlotzsky’s sandwich, which steals this water-brained show.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on April 25, 2018.

Showtime just released a damn fine cast list for its ‘Twin Peaks’ revival

Monica Belluci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, David Duchovny, Robert Forster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Koechner, Trent Reznor, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Vedder and Naomi Watts all may not seem like they have a lot in common, but come next year, they will all have the same TV show on their resume.

Showtime released the full cast list for its upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival Monday, and it’s full of all of the above actors plus a lot more. In total, there’s 217 actors on the list.

This photo provided by NBC shows David Duchovny as Sam Hodiak in a scene from the episode, "Home is Where You're Happy," from the new NBC television series, "Aquarius." Duchovny plays a Los Angeles police detective working a case involving Charles Manson which premieres Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 9 p.m. EDT. (Vivian Zink/NBC via AP)
David Duchovny in NBC’s “Aquarius.” (Vivian Zink/NBC via AP)

News of a reboot of David Lynch’s groundbreaking 1990 TV show has been swirling for a while, but the new show has finally finished filming, according to Deadline.  The new episodes will pick up 25 years after the original series and will feature a mix of returning cast members and those listed above. Kyle MacLachlan, who played FBI Agent Dale Cooper in the original series, was the only previously confirmed actor on the list.

The big question, though, is if there will be an “X-Files” tie-in with the addition of Duchovny. One can dream. Just, hopefully not like this.

New episodes should premiere on Showtime sometime in 2017.

5 Lunchtime Links: Why even ‘Lemonade’ can’t fix Tidal

FILE -- Beyonce and her husband Jay Z at a launch event for the music subscription service Tidal, which Jay Z bought in 2015 and reintroduced as an artist-friendly alternative to Spotify, in New York, March 30, 2015. When Beyonce?s album ?Lemonade? was released it was available only on Tidal, but now it appears that exclusivity will only last 24 hours before it can also be downloaded from iTunes. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z at a launch event for the music subscription service Tidal, which Jay Z bought in 2015 and reintroduced as an artist-friendly alternative to Spotify, in New York, March 30, 2015. When Beyonce?s album ?Lemonade? was released it was available only on Tidal, but now it appears that exclusivity will only last 24 hours before it can also be downloaded from iTunes. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

1. Despite “Lemonade,” “The Life of Pablo” Tidal still has major shortcomings for listeners.

There’s little BeyoncĂ© can’t do, but right the Tidal model might be on the short list. In commentary for Wired, K.M. McFarland parses out the main hardships the streaming service is now facing, including a class-action lawsuit concerning Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” release and not enough of the exclusive offerings that would entice buyers into, you know, buying.

2. Rachael not Rachel.

Jay-Z wasn’t the only one caught in the crossfire resulting from the highly-anticipated Saturday release of BeyoncĂ©’s visual album “Lemonade.” As the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports, TV chef Rachael Ray was on the receiving end of what was probably, at first, some very confusing hate, after Queen Bey’s army confused her with designer Rachel Roy, with whom Jay-Z is rumored to have had an affair with.

3. Austin to be first stop on Drake’s summer tour.

This boy’s up to something. Drake will again gift Austin with his presence when he kicks off his “Summer Sixteen” tour at our very own Frank Erwin Center July 20, Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Tickets for the show are set to go on sale Friday.

4. Which car really inspired Prince’s “Little Red Corvette”?

Although you might have thought the lyrics descriptive enough, there is some controversy surrounding just which car inspired Prince’s hit “Little Red Corvette.” Luckily Jalopnik wrote a story about it, and then another after the woman who owned the very vehicle called to make a correction, and — plot twist — it isn’t even a Corvette.9gvpHRVmN3u4ldCPLa2xRtqddaaTXDxGn2BapORvWkE (1)

5. Woman paints through all 403 episodes of Bob Ross’ “Joy of Painting.”

How relaxing do you find an episode of Bob Ross’ paint-along PBS show “Joy of Painting”? As Mashable reports, one woman finds the show enjoyable enough to have tasked herself with painting through all 403 episodes of the series and however thousands of many friendly trees. This lady is clearly working toward those good times. You can follow her progress here.

 

Junk-culture legend John Waters celebrates 70th birthday

Seventy years ago today, the world became just a little more corrupt as the “Pope of Trash” was born.

BALTIMORE, MD--Mar 26, 1998--Director John Waters photographed at his home in front of his bulletin board. Photo by Doug Kapustin.
BALTIMORE, MD–Mar 26, 1998–Director John Waters photographed at his home in front of his bulletin board. Photo by Doug Kapustin.

John Waters — the iconic director, writer, actor, journalist and much more — celebrates his 70th birthday on April 22.  The creator of counter-culture Hollywood treasures like “Pink Flamingos” and “Hairspray” usually throws himself a big party on his special day. But in an interview with Biography, he said this year he will fly the five people he talks to every day of his life to Paris.

“For my 70th, I thought, ‘I don’t need to have a celebrity party this year,'” he said. “‘I’m going to go take my oldest, closest friends to Paris.'”

Though he’s not working on any new films (and said trashy movies are pretty much a thing of the past), Waters is currently writing two books — “Mr. Know It All” and “Liar Mouth.”

The Baltimore native came to Austin in February 2015 to perform his one-man show at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, and we can only hope he makes his way back soon. The city that likes to keep it weird could always use a visit from the thinly-stached Prince of Puke.

Here’s how Dreamland News suggests you celebrate Water’s birthday.

5 Lunchtime Links: What we’ve accomplished since the first Earth Day

The city s Jason Alfaro centers the tree in the hole. Daisy Troop 1438 planted a fig tree at the Bastrop Community Garden on Main Street with the help of representatives of the city of Bastrop, YMCA and Texas Sage Master Gardeners. They were able to buy the tree and supplies by using their Girl Scout cookie sales money. Photo by Fran Hunter.
The city s Jason Alfaro centers the tree in the hole. Daisy Troop 1438 planted a fig tree at the Bastrop Community Garden on Main Street with the help of representatives of the city of Bastrop, YMCA and Texas Sage Master Gardeners. They were able to buy the tree and supplies by using their Girl Scout cookie sales money. Photo by Fran Hunter.

1. What we’ve accomplished since the first Earth Day.

While Earth Day serves to remind each of us of our responsibilities in protecting our blue marble, it can also be a day to look back and remember our accomplishments in environmental protection. National Geographic has a list of the major victories since the first Earth Day over 40 years ago.

2. Austin radio station goes “All Prince, all day.”

One radio station knew exactly how Austin’s Prince fans would want to mourn his death Thursday, the American-Statesman’s Gary Dinges reports. 96.3 RnB set their dials to “all Prince, all day” shortly after noon yesterday, playing favorites like “The Beautiful Ones,” “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.” Watch the cast of “Hamilton” honor the pop superstar in their own way, below:

3. No female directors scheduled in coming years for Fox, Paramount.

If you’re looking to see a 20th Century Fox or Paramount film directed by a woman in the next couple of years, we have bad news. TheWrap reports that both of the major film studios will release more than 20 consecutive male-directed movies before 2018.

4. “Game of Thrones” sends viewers into new season blindly.

With the show’s decision not to provide screeners to media ahead of Sunday’s premiere and the fact that the creators have nearly used all of George R. R. Martin’s original material, even the biggest “Game of Thrones” fans will head into the show’s sixth season without the slightest clue what might take place. The Atlantic repeats the questions every fan is asking ahead of Sunday.

5. Why have so many celebrities died this year?

According to BBC you weren’t just imagining it; statistics show a clear upward trend in celebrity deaths in 2016. It could be caused by something as simple as there are more famous people now than there used to be, and many of those who have passed this year were member of the baby boom generation.

5 Lunchtime Links: How does a queen celebrate her 90th birthday?

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Queen Elizabeth II meets the public on her 90th Birthday Walkabout on April 21, 2016 in Windsor, England. Today is Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be carrying out engagements in Windsor.  (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Queen Elizabeth II meets the public on her 90th Birthday Walkabout on April 21, 2016 in Windsor, England. Today is Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be carrying out engagements in Windsor. (Photo by John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

1. How does a queen celebrate her birthday?

Although she may have answered the question differently in her 64 years as the reigning monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday with her dogs (two Corgis and two Dorgis) and a walk through Windsor to greet the thousands of people who gathered with flowers, gifts and balloons, The Telegraph reports.

2. R.I.P. Prince.

Is this what it sounds like when doves die? TMZ is reporting that pop icon Prince has died at 57 years old, following a hospitalization last week after “fighting the flu for several weeks.” Police were called to the musician’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota Thursday. Check back at Austin360 for details as they develop.

3. Today in numbers.

In the quantitative sense, today you might be curious to learn just how many days of Disney Channel Original Movies a marathon makes, how much money a South Korean fried chicken restaurant now owes Louis Vuitton and how many complaint calls New York received in the past five years concerning people smoking weed in parks. FiveThirtyEight counts it out for you.

4. Take a taco tour of Austin.

See Austin the way it was meant to be seen — through tacos. If we could wrap you in a warm tortilla and roll you through the city we would, but instead take a look at some of the spots guaranteed to get your cravings going by scrolling through our interactive taco tour.

5. Oprah adds Harriet Tubman $20 to “Favorite Things” list.

Maybe not actually, but Oprah’s excitement over the announcement that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 and become the first woman to grace a piece of U.S. paper currency echoed the feelings of many Americans.