Would Matthew McConaughey reprise his role on ‘True Detective?’ He says ‘yeah’

Matthew McConaughey on stage during the Jack Ingram & Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman
Matthew McConaughey on stage during the Jack Ingram & Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman

“I miss Rust Cohle, man,” Matthew McConaughey said in an interview with Rich Eisen on Wednesday.

But don’t we all? During his appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show,” McConaughey discussed his character and said he would indeed reprise his “True Detective” role if given the chance.

“I miss watching him on Sunday night,” he said. “I was a happy man while we made that for six months.”

Most people would agree that the second season of “True Detective” didn’t quite live up to the first, leaving the show’s future uncertain. But a third season was eventually announced, though no cast or filming plans have been set.

As McConaughey’s latest film “Free State of Jones” makes its debut on the big screen tomorrow, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that “True Detective” brings him back.

To read about how McConaughey got into his character for “Free State of Jones,” check out our interview with him here. 

Looking to puff up your bank account? Then pass your resume over to Willie Nelson

12-29-15 Willie Nelson performs during the Willie Nelson & Family New Year concert at ACL LIve at the Moody Theater. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Willie Nelson performs during the Willie Nelson & Family New Year concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in 2015. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

If you’re looking to be a “trailblazer” in the weed industry, want to make $65,000 a year and love your fair share of Willie Nelson, then you may just be the right person for these jobs.

Nelson’s cannabis brand Willie’s Reserve, which he announced last year,  is hiring for five different positions and applications are now open.  According to the company’s website, Willie’s Reserve is a line “of marijuana products that celebrate Willie’s love of cannabis and the culture surrounding it.”

With plans to open for business soon, the Austin singer said in a statement that his cannabis company will offer “the best on the market” and will be based in Colorado and Washington.

The company is in need of a compliance officer, bookkeeper, production manager, sales director and extractor. The website says at least three of the five gigs are salary-based with performance-based incentives.

We imagine these jobs are going to go pretty fast, so better grab those papers and submit your applications. Working for Willie’s Reserve sounds pretty lit.

Security guard videotapes UFO hovering over Texas mall

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A security guard at King Best Mall in Houston captured an unidentified flying object hovering over the parking lot. Photo via Secureteam10/YouTube.

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a visitor from outer space? Is it a neighborhood kid’s drone?

The world may never know. But at King Best Mall in Houston earlier this month, the unidentified flying object hovered above the parking lot and stopped a few mall-goers in their tracks.

A security officer named Bernard Godwin videotaped the object and uploaded it to YouTube. This weekend, user Secureteam10 made a breakdown of the footage, examining the object’s structure and movement.

Though the video’s narrator is intrigued by the object’s seeming ability to shape-shift, most of the people in the comments just think it looks like a shiny Mylar balloon.

To check out a history of Austin UFO sightings, read more here.

This Texas woman dresses in nothing but Donald Trump’s face

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd for singing "Happy Birthday" as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd for singing “Happy Birthday” as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

They say fashion is a statement — and this Texas woman’s outfit says a lot.

Plano’s Barbara Tomasino, 66, is known for her custom-made dresses made up of images featuring presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the die-hard Trump supporter has worn her outfits — complete with a Trumped-out purse — to each of the three campaign rallies she has attended. And at Thursday’s Trump rally in Dallas, she plans to debut her latest outfit.

“Donald Trump is the main course, and I am the appetizer,” Tomasino said to The Dallas Morning News, where you can read more about her. 

Tomasino said she just wants Trump to notice her. She even created her on Twitter account in hopes that she’ll reach him one day.

Check out this video of her by Star-Telegram at a Fort Worth rally.

 

Not only is Texas ‘too hot to hoot’ but it’s also national Palindrome Week

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Texas has it’s own palindromic city named Anna.

Do geese see God?

That’s the only question we should be asking ourselves. At least, it is during Palindromes Week a.k.a the most symmetrical time of the year. In case you hadn’t noticed, the dates for the next five days will be the same backward and forward.

Palindromes are any word, phrase, number or other sequence of characters which are the same no matter which direction you read them. In honor of this phenomenon, here are a few fun facts about palindromes.

1. Weird Al Yankovic once made a Bob Dylan parody called “Bob” using nothing but palindromic lines: “Lisa Bonet ate no basil / Warsaw was raw / Was it a car or a cat I saw?” Honestly, it’s pretty catchy.

2. Texas has its own special palindrome. Though we have more than 900 cities, a little town of Anna in the northeast is a palindrome. And in case you’re looking for a phrase even remotely related to the state, there’s always “Bush saw Sununu swash sub.”

3. We use palindromes more often than you’d think in our daily vocabulary. Some examples are “madam,” “civic,”sexes,” “noon” and “stats.”

4. The word “aibohphobia” is a palindrome and means fear of palindromes. “Ailiphilia” is also the same backward and forward but means love for palindromes.

5. Five-digit palindrome dates aren’t all that rare. According to Aziz Inan, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Portland, five-digit dates occur every year whereas Mother’s Day won’t be a palindrome for another 789.

Mark Cuban to give Dallas PD $1 million in wake of Orlando shooting

FILE - In this May 11, 2015, file photo, Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban answers questions from the audience before President Barack Obama spoke in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The NBA has fined Mark Cuban for commenting about the team's agreements with DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews during the league's free agent moratorium. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty, which ESPN.com reported Tuesday, July 7, 2015, was for $25,000. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster), File
Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban answers questions from the audience before President Barack Obama spoke in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced his donation of $1 million to Dallas Police Wednesday morning in light of the Orlando mass shooting.

According to WFAA, the money is intended to help Dallas PD with “enhanced counterrorism efforts” and increase police presence in Dallas neighborhood Oak Lawn. It will go toward approximately 16,000 hours of police overtime.

“These funds will be used primarily to protect the LGBT community,” said Dallas PD chief David Brown. “We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment.”

Read more about Cuban’s donation at WFAA.

Pat Robertson sparks Internet outrage with comments on Orlando shooting

Controversial conservative pundit Pat Robertson weighed in Tuesday on the Pulse shooting in Orlando, saying on his “700 Club” show that liberal LGBT rights activists and radical Islamists are working in tandem with each other and that the attack that killed 50 people on Sunday was the result of that alliance.

Robertson went on to say that since liberals tend to champion Muslims and LGBT rights, they are in an ideological conundrum now that a radical Islamist killed a group of gay people, and that the best thing for conservatives to do is to “sit on the sidelines and let them kill each other.”

Video of the show first went viral on Right Wing Watch, “a project of People For the American Way dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities of the right-wing movement,” according to its website.

Robertson maintains the group that “should kill each other” is the liberals, but his remarks have sparked outrage. You can watch the video, from Right Wing watch, below:

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Earlier Tuesday, satirical website Newslo joked that Robertson claimed the Orlando shooting was God’s punishment for the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling in 2015. Robertson issued a clarification about the article here.

Right Wing Watch reported that “The 700 Club” issued a response to the Right Wing Watch video in a tweet later Tuesday afternoon, but it has since been taken down.

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It’s Donald Trump’s 70th birthday: Relive 12 of his weirdest moments

File- This June 11, 2016 file photo shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gesturing during a campaign speech in Tampa, Fla. Trump plans Monday to further address the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history in a campaign speech originally intended to attack the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The switch comes a day after Trump called for Clinton to drop out of the race for president if she didn’t use the words “radical Islam” to describe the Florida nightclub massacre. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gesturing during a campaign speech in Tampa, Fla. on June 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

Happy birthday, Donald Trump. That’s right, the presumptive Republican nominee definitely turned 70 today.

Just in case no one believes he was actually born on June 14, 1946, don’t fret. You might recall in 2013, when Trump released his “certification of birth” after comedian Bill Maher demanded to see it.

Trump’s lawyer even sent Maher this letter: 

Dear Mr. Maher:

I represent Mr. Donald J. Trump.  I write on his behalf to accept your offer (made during the Jay Leno Show on January 7, 2013) that Mr. Trump prove he is not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”

Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Regards,

Scott S. Balber

But as bizarre as that whole incident might have been, it’s pretty normal for Trump. In honor of his turning another year older, let’s take a stroll down billionaire-memory lane.

1989: “Trump has new game” the headlines once read — or at least the ones in Trump’s energetic board game commercial did. Trump: The Game, which was released that year, was the businessman’s own version of Monopoly where it’s “not what you win or lose, it’s whether you win.” Board Game Geek details how it’s played and you can buy it on Amazon. 

1992: Most everyone will remember Trump’s performance as himself in “Home Alone 2.” He runs into Kevin McCallister in the Plaza Hotel, which he still owned at the time. Would Kevin have ever found the lobby on his own?

1994: The king of cameos also appeared in “The Little Rascals” as Waldo’s rich father.

1995: If you’re anything like Trump, then you eat pizza the wrong way and are proud of it. In this Pizza Hut commercial, Trump and his then-wife Ivana approach each other in a rather sultry clip then dig into a box of a pizza — crust first, of course.

2000: Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani once shared an intimate moment. Giuliani dressed up in drag then Trump kissed him on the neck and fake breasts. The grope session was part of a skit for the Inner Circle press dinner.

2001: Trump made his way back to the big screen to take a quick moment and praise the infamous model Derek Zoolander, alongside his current wife Melania Trump.

2005: Have you ever wondered what Trump sounds like when he sings? Well, here he is performing “Green Acres” while dressed as a farmer alongside Megan Mullally at the Emmys.

2007: At Wrestlemania 23, legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin from Austin stunned Trump. Never forget.

2007: The same year Trump was getting body slammed, he also partnered with Sharper Image to launch “Trump Steaks.” Though the business endeavor eventually fell flat, his commercial is one for the books.

2008: After four years of starring on “The Apprentice,” Trump created the popular “Celebrity Apprentice.” His catchphrase still haunts us like a reality TV show ghost: “you’re fired!” Here he is firing Kiss’ Gene Simmons.

2015:  More recently, Trump hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Though the evening was full of funky moments to choose from, watch him dance like Drake in this “Hot Line Bling” parody.

After scouring the internet, searching for Trump’s iconic moments in pop culture, I think it’s safe to say Trump has definitely lived.

Where did the ‘Ugly Betty’ cast party in Austin? (No really, where?)

The cast of "Ugly Betty" at the Ugly Betty Reunion After Party presented with Entertainment Weekly sponsored by Toyota at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX on Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
The cast of “Ugly Betty” at the Ugly Betty Reunion After Party presented with Entertainment Weekly sponsored by Toyota at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX on Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Update: One reader, who was there to see the photo taken, says the “Ugly Betty” cast is eating at Roaring Fork in America Ferrera’s tweet. Cheers!

Earlier: Austin welcomed more than a hundred television actors, writers, directors and producers this weekend for the annual ATX Television Festival, which celebrates the medium, its history and where its headed. But even in the midst of all that celebration, a star’s got to eat.

Couldn’t they do us a favor and at least tag what Austin restaurant they visited, though? The cast of “Ugly Betty” were reunited this weekend and, going by their numerous posts on social media, they had a great time. Yet none of them marked where they were. Going off of photos, we’re almost certain they took this picture at Parkside.

And maybe we just don’t dine at the same places as the rich and famous, but we couldn’t figure out where they were in these photos either.

While the “Ugly Betty” cast’s Austin adventure remains a bit of a mystery, more courteous stars shared the names of where they ate on social media. The cast of FX’s show “Rescue Me,” which includes Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi and Andrea Roth, dined at the upscale Jeffrey’s.

“State of Grace” actress Mae Whitman sipped on a Bloody Mary downtown at South Congress Cafe. 

Comedian Jim Gaffigan and the cast of “Night Shift” dove into the Austin barbecue scene. 

And following President Obama’s lead, “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal made his first stop at Torchy’s Tacos.

 

Ferris Bueller played hooky on this day 30 years ago

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, suddenly 30 years have passed since Ferris Bueller took his day off.

On June 11, 1986, the iconic John Hughes movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” made its debut, locking in the love of movie-goers for years to come. The film, which opened at number two, became the 10th highest grossing movie on 1986. And did you know Hughes wrote the first draft in just six days?

But now that the ode to Chicago has outgrown its twenties, let’s take a look at where the movie’s teens are now.

Everyone’s favorite wise-guy Ferris was played by now 54-year-old Matthew Broderick. Apparently, Broderick beat out a number of actors considered for the role of Ferris, like Rob Lowe, John Cusack and Jim Carrey. Broderick’s most recent endeavor is his role in Conor McPherson’s play “Shining City” at the Irish Repertory Theater.  He plays a widower driven from his home by visions of his dead wife.

Alan Ruck, who was actually 29 when he played Ferris’ sidekick as the neurotic Cameron, switched to starring in more television roles than on the big screen. He is currently starring in the new series “The Exorcist” on Fox, which screens in Austin today as part of the ATX Television Festival.

“Everybody wants to be the guy who has the world wired and has the world at his fingertips, but most of us are the ones who have problems and need a little help,” Ruck said to ABC News about the movie’s lasting appeal.

And what about Sloane? Actress Mia Sara was the cool girl everyone wanted to be or know. She’s kept a relatively low profile since her last role in the mini-series “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz” in 2012. And her only major role since “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was as Harley Quinn in the WB series “Birds of Prey.” But she did go on to marry puppeteer Brian Henson, son of the man who created “The Muppets.”

Last but not least of the teen icons is Jennifer Grey, who played Ferris’ irritated sister, Jeannie. Known for her role in “Dirty Dancing,” Grey can be found as the mother of the main character on Amazon Studios’ recent comedy series “Red Oaks,” which is about a young tennis player named David who works at a country club in the ’80s.

Happy 30th birthday to the film and all its legendary glory. Ferris Bueller, you’re our hero.