5 Lunchtime Links: Obama will watch the new ‘Game of Thrones’ before you

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 07: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Chicago Law School on April 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama addressed his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as he hopes members of the Republican party will give Garland a hearing and a vote in Washington. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 07: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Chicago Law School on April 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama addressed his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as he hopes members of the Republican party will give Garland a hearing and a vote in Washington. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

1. President Obama only person offered advanced copies of new “Game of Thrones” episodes.

President Barack Obama will become the only person to be offered a advanced copies of the new episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” after requesting to see the show’s return a little ahead of everyone else, Time reports. “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” said the show’s David Benioff. HBO refused to provide previews to journalists or others inside the industry in order to keep the series on ultimate lock down.

2. Watch a young Richard Linklater talk about future in 1991 interview.

Although he’s now an Academy Award-nominated director, local Richard Linklater didn’t see much of a career in filmmaking during a 1991 interview. As part of public access documentary “Film Pulse” the Linklater of 25 years ago answered a few questions about his creative process. Linklator is adamant in asserting that, for him, filmmaking is more about the stories than it is about work, and, he adds with a shrug, “For the first time it looks like I should be making money out of it, but, you know, we’ll see.” 1991 was around the same time Linklater’s delightfully plotless cult film “Slacker” came out.

3. Your guide to this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest.

Are you ready to laugh? If you’re looking forward to this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest but aren’t quite sure what shows to catch when, turn to our helpful festival guide. The festival, to be held, April 20-23, will feature performances by more than 90 comics at 10 venues around the city. This will be the festival’s fifth year.

4. Kelly Clarkson gives birth to son.

“Miss Independent” Kelly Clarkson added a newly dependent member to her family Thursday when she gave birth to her second child, son Remington, the Associated Press reports. The first “American Idol” winner tweeted out news of the baby’s birth.

5. Kyoten Sushiko and L’Oca D’Oro might open in May.

Those who are still mourning the loss of sushi trailer Kyōten will be pleased to hear chef Otto Phan’s brick-and-mortar Kyōten Sushiko will most likely open in May, the American Statesman’s Matthew Odam reports. Others who are looking for another Italian option around Austin, can look forward to the similarly likely May opening of L’Oca D’Oro. Chef Fiore Tedesco has previously worked with establishments like Franklin Barbecue and Bufalina.

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