Brosnan has been filming a series for AMC in Central Texas this month. “The Son” is a “multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family,” according to Deadline. The series is based on local author Philipp Meyer’s 2013 novel of the same name and will air in 2017.
The day is young…maybe we’ll spot some more famous folks as the weekend goes on.
On this week’s episode of the singing competition, Elia Esparza from El Paso stood on the nationally-watched stage and belted out Selena’s “Como La Flor” for judges Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine.
The judges’ curiosities peaked the moment those opening notes that are all too familiar to those of us from Texas began. She gave an impressive performance that would probably would have made Selena proud and by the end, Esparza had convinced Levine, Cyrus and Shelton to turn their chairs.
The singer was in her hometown to perform for her Formation tour on Thursday when she and her mother, Tina Knowles, decided to go to their old favorite shop Solid Gold Beauty Supply. Apparently, Tina needed some satin bonnets.
One Texan has answered the prayers of wine lovers everywhere: A solution to the particular horribleness of wine hangovers. It’s a little different from your solution, because it doesn’t involve staying in bed for a day with stained lips.
“The Wand” claims to improve the entire wine-drinking experience, but especially in so that it prevents the “flushing, nasal congestion, headaches, and hangovers that 75 percent of drinkers experience,” Culture Map reports. The Wand is made up of a short silver stick with a small sack of beads at the end that works by filtering out the sulfites and histamines responsible for wine-drinkers’ uncomfortable side effects.
Because the Wand preserves the tannins present in wine, the taste is reportedly unaltered. That’s some wine science. The device claims to work well in white, red and sparkling wine, although in the case of the latter it also unfortunately filters out all the fun bubbles.
The rapper recently released his latest song, titled “Stranger Things,” in which he samples the theme song heard round the world. Khalifa takes bits of the eerie synth-driven, ’80s-inspired track created by Austin band Survive and turns it into a hip-hop beat featuring rapper J.R. Donato.
Throughout the track, Khalifa makes use of song’s namesake and repeatedly uses the word “stranger” — like a lot. “It’s like I’m talking to a stranger/ Now everybody getting stranger,” Khalifa sings. “They’re stranger/ I think I’m in danger, gotta wake my game up/ Gotta stay the same, watching everybody change/ Ah now they’re getting stranger.” How inspired.
During Kanye West’s performance at the Frank Erwin Center, you can expect a mixture of old faves and new hits, his hovering over the audience on a floating stage platform and all in all, a great performance. In light of his concert, let’s take the opportunity to catch up on what West’s been up to recently.
In latest news, West finally joined Instagram. His username is kanywest and so far, there’s only one photo that shows a scene from 1990’s “Total Recall,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, there was no caption and we may never know why he chose this image. Stay mysterious, Ye.
Last week, West made headlines for what looked to be the start of a feud between himself and former protege Kid Cudi. Kid Cudi had tweeted out a series of posts criticizing the “fake ones” and calling out West and Drake. West then ranted against him during a show in Tampa, Fla. But during his show in Houston, People reports that West ended the feud with an on-stage message for Kid Cudi saying “I just wanted to take time out to say Kid Cudi is my brother,” he said, calling him “the most influential artist of the past 10 years, and I hope he’s doing well.”
“Project Runway” star Tim Gunn also had something to say about West this month. He said the only thing dumber than West’s fashion line is whoever’s buying it. “I’m totally perplexed about why the fashion industry has not looked at these, frankly, dumb basic clothes and cried hoax. Hoax,” Gunn said during an interview with Access Hollywood.
Let’s not forget about how MTV gave West four minutes to say whatever he wanted at the VMA’s in August. He talked about Taylor Swift, Beyonce, people being shot in Chicago and his “Famous” video during his allotted time. Read the whole transcript here.
It was also announced in August that Ye now has more Top 40 songs than Michael Jackson who had 39 — now that’s an accomplishment. West is currently 10th for most top 40 hits by a male artist all-time, losing to the likes of Elvis Presley.
Whether or not you’re going to his concert in Austin, it’s always entertaining to know what West is up to. But seriously, we’re all secretly hoping he visits a local taco joint and posts about it on Twitter tonight.
The picture, which was tweeted out by Nelson’s wife Annie, shows the country music legend and McAuliffe sitting at a table with a can of Nelson’s own Willie’s Reserve between them. Annie captioned the picture “Uh-oh trouble!”
After 8News reached out to McAuliffe’s office for comment, as KXAN reports, the governor’s spokesperson Brian Coy explained:
“He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand. He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”
Coy also mentioned that McAuliffe is open to legalizing medical, but not recreational, marijuana use in Virginia. Not that he would recognize either if it was sitting on a table in front of him.
The sight of Whataburger’s “Flying W” logo has been known to lasso in a lot of late-night fast food patrons, but the Texas burger chain is now wondering if their logo might be in danger.
The San Antonio Express-News confirmed Friday that the wonderful burger chain has met with DC Comics and is currently engaged in a “friendly trademark discussion” about Wonder Woman’s new logo, which bears a bit of a resemblance to the orange “Flying W.”
“Contrary to some suggestions, Whataburger is not at war with Wonder Woman over her newly redesigned logo. In fact, Whataburger supports superheroes like Wonder Woman and her friends in the Justice League,” a Whataburger company spokesperson wrote in a statement to Chron.com. “Truth be told, Whataburger’s own superhero – Whataguy – would love to team up with Wonder Woman and her friends sometime to battle evil together.”
But which logo came first? Whataburger’s current logo was trademarked in 1972, while Wonder Woman’s stacked W logo was trademarked in 1985. The character of Wonder Woman has been around since her first appearance in Dec. 1941.
At first, the Amazon Warrior’s trademark bore some resemblance to Whataburger’s logo, but if there ever was any creative dispute, Whataburger had little reason to worry. Wonder Woman’s logo was registered for the comic book industry, and not for the beverage or restaurant service industries.
However, with April’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” films, where Gal Gadot plays the superhero with the lasso of truth, the Wonder Woman logo will become much more visible.
“Wonder Woman’s stacked W logo has both made it appear more similar to Whataburger’s long-standing Flying W trademark and has been accompanied by nine new trademark applications, covering a much more substantial list of goods and services than just comic books, including a variety of food and beverage products,” the spokesperson wrote to the San Antonio Express-News.
Legal action hasn’t been taken by either party yet, and the proceedings seem fairly amicable. But does this mean that we might see Whataburger/Wonder Woman tie-ins in the future? Will a scene of the “Wonder Woman” film take place at a Whataburger? Will the Justice League regroup and plan their next move over Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits? We can only hope.
Say it loud and say it proud: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
If that mantra doesn’t immediately make you nostalgic for those days Explosions in the Sky’s “Your Hand in Mine” came on the screen and “Friday Night Lights” began, then you need head straight for Netflix and do some serious binge-watching.
It’s been 10 years since the premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” which was filmed right here in Austin. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the cast reunited at Del Valle high school during the ATX Festival in June.
Entertainment Weekly released footage this week from the cast’s reunion on the field in which they theorize on where they think their characters are today. Tyra Collette is likely back in Dillon, married to Tim Riggins. Jason Street built himself a great life and Luke is probably still pining for Becky. Watch below:
Tonight’s the night. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his “Dancing With the Stars” debut Monday at 7 p.m. on ABC. Join American-Statesman features editor Sharon Chapman and social media editor Eric Webb as they live-tweet Perry’s quest for the mirror ball trophy.