Miss Teen USA from Texas criticized for repeatedly using racial slur on Twitter

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 30: Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay (C) reacts as Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) and Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik (R) crown Hay Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Karlie Hay is crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On Saturday, former Miss Texas Teen USA Karlie Hay from Houston was crowned Miss Teen USA 2016. But by night’s end, people on social media had begun posting some questionable tweets from Hay’s past.

According to Mic, Twitter users found numerous old tweets from Hay, who is now 18, in which she used the N-word. As Mic points out, we can’t independently confirm the tweets in these screen captures were posted by Hay because her personal account is now locked as private.

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But after news of the resurfaced Tweets broke out, Hay issued an apology on her Miss Texas Teen USA account.

Former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford also joined in on the conversation, stating she couldn’t understand why no one bothered to prepare Hay for media attention.

Bradley Cooper: “I was not expecting” backlash over DNC appearance

AUGUST 3 UPDATE:

Bradley Cooper responded Tuesday to the media backlash aimed at him for attending the Democratic National Convention.

In an appearance on CBS’ “Late Late Show with James Corden,” Cooper talks about how he visited his hometown of Philadelphia to attend the DNC with his mother and girlfriend Irina Shayk.

He said he wasn’t expecting the reaction he got from conservatives.

“I wasn’t expecting that…The Republicans were up in arms because I was there listening to the president speak,” Cooper said.

Cooper’s “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips then butted in, saying, “Yeah, but [that was] because you played Chris Kyle in ‘American Sniper,’ which is like the Mob being mad at [Robert] De Niro for being in ‘The Intern.'”

The two of them then regaled Corden with tales of meeting former president Bill Clinton while filming “Hangover Part II” in Bangkok.

Watch the full clip below.

EARLIER:

Bradley Cooper is not a genetically modified talking raccoon. Nor is he a scumbag schoolteacher with a penchant for hangovers. He is also not the deadliest sniper in U.S. history.

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No, Bradley Cooper is an actor, meaning he changes his appearance and demeanor to fit a character.

He’s apparently a very good actor, because he successfully fooled a lot of Republicans into thinking he shared their ideals because he portrayed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper.”

Those Republicans were not amused when Cooper was spotted at the Democratic National Convention this week, appalled that their favorite actor would stoop to such low depths.

Bradley Cooper, spotted at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Bradley Cooper, spotted at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

However, Cooper has supported the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence in the past and has donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns twice.

That, and actors historically leaning to the left side of the political spectrum, apparently didn’t stop some conservatives from angrily decrying the actor who brought us Sack Lodge and Brian Gilcrest.

 

As is Twitter’s nature, many users made fun of the outraged Republicans.

 

Heaven help them when they find out that Scott Baio really isn’t Chachi.

 

Netflix says ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack is coming to our ears soon

In case you hadn’t heard, the soundtrack to Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” is pretty stellar.

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Not only does the show — which is set in 1983 — feature haunting, synthy scores from Austin’s own band Survive but it’s full of iconic ’80s tracks, including “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, “Atmosphere” by Joy Division and “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart.

Since the show’s debut nearly two weeks ago, “Stranger Things” fans have been calling for Netflix to release the soundtrack and the entertainment company is finally humoring their requests. It posted this tweet yesterday stating “We hear you loud and clear. The Official Soundtrack is coming soon. Over.”

There’s no release date for the soundtrack just yet, but Netflix did create a Spotify playlist that compiles most of the hits from the show. Maybe this will hold you over while we wait for Netflix to make good on its promise.

Also, here’s a little fun fact: the show’s actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, does her own YouTube covers of classic songs and current pop hits.

 

Netflix unveils ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival release date plus new clip

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It’s official: the whimsical world of Stars Hollow will be back November 25.

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That’s right, today Netflix unveiled the much-anticipated release date for the “Gilmore Girls” four-part revival. The show, which comes nearly ten years after the last episode of the original series, will be available for streaming on Netflix.

Photos: ‘Gilmore Girls’ reunion red carpet at ATX Television Fest reunion

Accompanying the release date, fans were also given a short clip of the upcoming show featuring Lorelai and Rory sitting in their familiar kitchen having a chat. Though it’s a little strange hearing the Gilmore girls discuss Amy Schumer and John Oliver, it’s good to see the characters in action.

 

Baby, are you a rich man? John Lennon’s car is available but it’s not cheap

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A classic 1956 Austin Princess limousine once owned by John Lennon could sell for up to $328,000.

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FILE - In this May 13, 1968 file photo, John Lennon appears at a news conference in New York. Lennon’s 75th birthday will be celebrated next month in New York City at a concert featuring Willie Nelson, the Roots, Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow. Event producer Blackbird Presents announced Friday that the show will tape at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5, 2015. It will air on AMC on Dec. 19. (AP Photo/John Lindsay, File)
In this May 13, 1968 file photo, John Lennon appears at a news conference in New York.. (AP Photo/John Lindsay, File)

Lennon bought the car with Yoko Ono in 1971 and used it in the film “Imagine.” Then in 2008, the car was donated to the Austin Rock and Roll Car Museum by one of its owners Milton Verret. But now, the vintage motor is being sold to raise money to UNICEF at an auction held by auction company RM Sotheby’s.

Read: Now that you’ll be able to stream the Fab Four: What’s your perfect Beatles playlist?

The car will be on display before the auction in London sometime mid-August. According to the press release, the car is fitted with the five aero plane seats in the back that The Beatles star had added and will come with it original vehicle registration and title document, signed by Lennon.

You can register to bid here. 

Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges are in Austin for Texas film ‘Hell or High Water’

AUSTIN, TX - JULY 25: Actor Chris Pine participates in an Alamo Drafthouse Q&A following the Texas red carpet screening of 'Hell or High Water' on July 25, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CBS Films)
Actor Chris Pine participates in an Alamo Drafthouse Q&A following the Texas red carpet screening of ‘Hell or High Water’ on July 25, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CBS Films)

Captain Kirk and The Dude ventured to Austin last night to have a little chat at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Actors Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges were in the city for a special screening Monday night of their film “Hell or High Water,” which is about a family who has to try and save their West Texas ranch. The two hosted a Q&A and were joined on stage by co-stars Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham, director David Mackenzie and few more from the crew.

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Here’s what their Drafthouse appearance looked like according to social media:

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And after their Drafthouse appearance, Bridges and Pine made their way over to The Continental Club to see country singer Dale Watson. Apparently, Bridges is a big fan and he also gave a shout out to the memory of his friend and musician Stephen Burton.

But the stars aren’t gone yet. The “Hell or High Water” cast gave some interviews at Star Hill Ranch today, just outside of Austin.

 

Here’s a round-up of all the best trailers that debuted at Comic-Con 2016

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Photo via Warner Bros.

A thrilling number of trailers for much-anticipated upcoming releases were put online this weekend after debuting at this year’s Com-Con International in San Diego. Here’s a round-up of some of the best ones:

1. “Suicide Squad”

We have another look at the villainous film which comes out August 5.

2. “Kong: Skull Island”

Among the many reboots of “King Kong,” this one features Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and many more familiar faces. It will be in theaters March 2017.

3. “Wonder Woman”

We got to see Gal Gadot play a pretty stellar Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman” and now it’s time for her own movie. Here’s the first look at “Wonder Woman” which comes out the summer of 2017.

4. “Justice League”

Though many people have their doubts about what director Zack Snyder can do with the DC heroes after “Batman vs. Superman,” the trailer for “Justice League” looks promising. It will be in theaters November 2017.

5. “American Gods”

Starz revelead its first trailer for the television series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. It’s set to premiere in 2017.

6. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

This is the most detailed trailer we’ve been given since the film’s first, though it still doesn’t reveal much. The Wizarding World comes to New York this November.

7. “The Walking Dead: Season 7”

So this show is obviously not a new release but the trailer for season seven is. Last we saw in “The Walking Dead” there was a death that might devastate us all but who it was is still unknown. It premiers this October.

8. “The Defenders”

One of Marvel’s latest upcoming series is “The Defenders” which pairs up Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The show streams worldwide in 2017.

9. “Doctor Strange”

Here we have the second trailer for “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The film debuts November 4.

10. “Star Trek: Discovery”

Trekkies got an exciting treat at this year’s Comic Con. A cryptic teaser for the CBS show was released and it appears “Discovery” will take place in the original series’ timeline.

 

 

Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ season six bloopers have finally arrived

Photo via YouTube/GameofThrones
Photo via YouTube/GameofThrones

WARNING: The following contains spoilers. 

The “Game of Thrones” season six bloopers were released Friday in anticipation of the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con — and they don’t disappoint.

Read: ‘Game of Thrones’ creators apologize for Sunday’s episode (Spoilers)

Watch as Tyrion Lannister can’t say the word “benevolent,” Sansa finally has reason to laugh and Daenerys Targaryen can’t speak Dothraki.

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Here’s what humans would look like if we could survive car crashes — it ain’t pretty

Photo by Transport Accident Commission
Photo by Transport Accident Commission

If humans were designed to withstand a car crash, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. But at least we’d be safe?

Australian Transport Accident Commission, a government-owned organisation set up to pay for treatment and benefits for people injured in transport accidents, collaborated with a trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and renown Melbourne artist to create its latest road safety project — a humanoid figure named “Graham.”

Graham is an interactive and rather grotesque-looking figure (Twitter had some amusing things to say about him) designed to show what we might have looked like had we evolved to withstand a car crash.

“People can survive running at full pace into a wall but when you’re talking about collisions involving vehicles, the speeds are faster, the forces are greater and the chances of survival are much slimmer,” TAC chief executive officer Joe Calafiore said in a news release.

To learn why Graham looks the way he does, click on this 360 degree interactive website to see him in all his glory. 

Meet the Texas man who has been to more than 700 Whataburgers

Photo courtesy of Whataburger.
Photo courtesy of Whataburger.

Many Texans might try and argue they’re Whataburger’s biggest fan — but have they been to 757 different Whataburger locations?  Rockport’s 79-year-old Karl Hoepfner has.

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According to The McAllen Monitor, Hoepfner visited a Brownsville Whataburger this week in an effort to continue a mission he and his late wife started in 2012: to visit every Whataburger in existence.

And they did. As of 2013, the couple had visited all 730 restaurants in 10 states. The chain even declared them its biggest fans. In a Texas Monthly article in 2013, the couple said they had started their quest while Carol Hoepfner was undergoing radiation treatment for a rare form of eye cancer.

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Their affinity with Whataburger dates back to 1963, according to an article in Food Republic. Karl said he and Carol were stationed in San Angelo as part of the Air Force and were looking for a good meal for a great price. “We found both in Whataburger, so we stuck with it,” he said.

But earlier this year, after 59 years of marriage, Carol died.

“My wife had eye cancer, and she just passed in February,” Karl told The Monitor. “We had visited all the stores through 2013. She got so bad that she couldn’t go with me anymore. After she passed, I’ve been kind of lonesome and I don’t have much to do, so I decided I’d go out and visit some more stores.”

Karl, who has developed a relationship with Whataburger over the past few years, received a list from the chain with every restaurant that had been built since 2013. His stop in Brownsville marked No. 24 and he still has about 50 left to go.

To read more about this truly Texas love story, click here.