We almost got an Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe fight at Fantastic Fest

It would have been a battle for the ages.

Middle-earth vs. Hogwarts. Hobbit vs. wizard. Sword vs. wand. Frodo Baggins vs. Harry Potter.

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Austin’s own Elijah Wood almost entered into Fantastic Fest fisticuffs with Daniel Radcliffe at this year’s event, Wood said on his “Conan” appearance last Wednesday.

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It all started when Conan O’Brien brought up the Internet fascination with comparing Wood to Daniel Radcliffe.

He showed the above GIF, and Wood said he was surprised at the longevity of the joke, which stared when he was portraying Frodo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rigs” films at the same time as Radcliffe was playing Harry Potter, and the two would often get mistaken for one another.

“After a while, you think it hits the Internet and becomes a thing and people talk about it for a while, and you think, ‘OK, we get it,’ and the joke is over and it would die, but [the joke] has long legs…and it just keeps going,” he said.

Wood said the joke got so popular that it almost because the subject of a Fantastic Debate, where he and Radcliffe would have faced off in the boxing ring in full costume.

“For the longest time, they wanted to get him to do the fight, and it almost happened this year, but it got squashed at the last minute because I was like, ‘I don’t want to fight this guy,'” Wood explained. “I don’t want the culmination of the fact that we look alike to be us together in a boxing ring.”

O’Brien suggested that in the future, the two might duke it out through a Pay-Per-View match.

“People would go crazy!” O’Brien said.

Watch the full clip below, and keep your hopes up that “Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe” will be a thing at next year’s Fantastic Fest.

Watch: H-E-B releases 2016 commercials starring San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green star in a newly-released commercial for H-E-B. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green star in a newly-released commercial for H-E-B. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Name a more iconic duo than H-E-B and the San Antonio Spurs. I’ll wait.

The Texas grocery store chain rolled out its annual dose of commercials featuring players during the team’s game against the Sacramento Kings (which they won).

It’s pretty clear to see the common theme of the ads. With a depth chart of players from Argentina, Spain, France, Latvia and Australia, the Spurs brought their international appeal to the small screen.

In the “Farmers Market” spot, new guy on the team Pau Gasol hawks Taylor golden pears from Spain, while Kawhi Leonard explains what the California plumcot is. Point guard Tony Parker even speaks French while describing strawberry shortcake, a staple at the Poteet Strawberry Festival.

Aussie Patty Mills makes an appearance in the “Origami” clip, in which Parker walks in on the team surrounded by folded paper art. The ad promotes H-E-B’s line of stir-fry kits, but it’s Mills crocodile (not a alligator) that steals the show. Steve Irwin would be proud.

The title of the third ad, “Fluent” speaks for itself. Danny Green and Mills walk up to Manu Ginobili and Gasol grilling an obnoxious amount of meat. When asked what they’re cooking, the grillmasters respond in Spanish, explaining that they’ve got fajitas (among other things) and it’s all delicious. Mills reminds the pair that they don’t speak Spanish, but after he and Green try some fresh-off-the-grill meat, we get to hear what an Australian speaking Spanish sounds like. Green also does his best to describe the rich flavor of the meat in Spanish.

According to a Facebook comment by H-E-B on its official page, more commercials are dropping on Saturday, when the Spurs play their first home court regular season game of the NBA season. Until then, check out the teasers for the remaining commercials, including the highly-anticipated appearance of recently-retired Tim Duncan alongside other Spurs alumni.

Today is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, because why not

Today may be National Pumpkin Day, but for Texans, Oct. 26 is much more important.

According to Texas House Resolution 1419, as of 2011, Oct. 26 is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day.

Chicken-fried steak at Hoover's Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)
Chicken-fried steak at Hoover’s Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

That’s right. We made it a legislative matter. And, to borrow a bit from Aziz Ansari, that doesn’t mean we Texans think that low of our legislative process; that just means we think that highly of chicken fried steak.

Check out the language used in H.R. 1419 to describe this wonderful slice of culinary heaven:

“Whereas, Texans are renowned for their love of chicken fried steak, that exceptional dish that elevates the hearty flavor of beef to new heights by coating it in batter and breading and frying
it until the ingredients are melded in a blissful union…and Whereas, this signature dish occupies a special place in the culinary culture of the Lone Star State, and Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day provides a welcome opportunity to pay homage to that shared legacy; now, therefore, be it resolved, that the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby recognize October 26, 2011, as Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day.”

With that in mind, it is our right, nay, our duty, as patriotic Texans to hunt down the best Texas chicken fried steak we can find today, and feast.

To help you out, here’s a brief list of some good spots in Austin for chicken fried steak.

Threadgill’s

The bar area at the Threadgill's restaurant location on Riverside Drive in Austin. ( Dina Guidubaldi for the American-Statesman.)
The bar area at the Threadgill’s restaurant location on Riverside Drive in Austin. ( Dina Guidubaldi for the American-Statesman.)

Because it’s a tradition.

Hoover’s

Chicken-fried steak at Hoover's Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)
Chicken-fried steak at Hoover’s Cooking on Manor Road in Austin. With sides of candied yams and stewed okra and tomatoes. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

You get more if you order the Hoover Size.

Hill’s Cafe

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Hill’s Cafe on South Congress Avenue in Austin. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman.)

You can choose either yellow cheesy gravy or white gravy, and it’s considered some of the best chicken fried steak in town.

Luby’s

 Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN; Carol Johnston is the only child of Luby's co-founder Charles and Gertrude Johnston and recently made a trip to Austin to promote her new book on the history of the cafeteria. Johnston makes her dinner choices with co-author Carol Dawson right behind her at the Luby's on Steck Ave. recently before a book signing. (Crider story)
Carol Johnston, only child of Luby’s co-founder Charles and Gertrude Johnston, makes her dinner choices at the Luby’s on Steck Ave. (Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.)

Don’t laugh. You know you want to go back to those moments you had as a kid filling your cafeteria tray on Sunday post-church lunch stops with your parents.

Broken Spoke

The Broken Spoke on Wednesday October 22, 2014. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Broken Spoke on Wednesday October 22, 2014. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Chicken fried steak as famous as the music venue next to it.

Now, go forth and enjoy some chicken fried steak. Any questions?

 

Some Internet genius combined Childish Gambino and ‘Stranger Things’

Multi-hyphenate Donald Glover seems to be everywhere these days. The former stand-up comic, “30 Rock” scribe and “Community” actor is now on TV in his new FX show “Atlanta,” which he created, wrote, produces, directs and stars in. He was recently cast as a young Lando Calrissian in an upcoming standalone Han Solo “Star Wars” film. He’s also going to be in the new “Spider Man” movie.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Donald Glover attends the Variety Magazine and Women in Film 2016 Television Nominees Celebration in West Hollywood, Calif. Disney announced Friday, Oct. 21, that Glover will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” film. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, Donald Glover attends the Variety Magazine and Women in Film 2016 Television Nominees Celebration in West Hollywood, Calif. Disney announced Friday, Oct. 21, that Glover will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” film. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

But it’s his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, who’s getting some Halloween attention.

You may have heard of a little Netflix show called “Stranger Things.” You may have also heard the theme song for that show, which was composed by Austin’s own S U R V I V E and features a ton of throwback synthesizers and spooky sounds.

Read more: Netflix made Halloween-ready, ‘Stranger Things’-inspired recipe videos

But did you know that the theme song is also the perfect beat for a Childish Gambino tune?

One SoundCloud user thought that was a great combination, and decided to mash up Gambino’s “Bonfire” with the “Stranger things” theme song.

The result is “stranger bonfires.” The caustic punchlines landing over eerie synths might be too NSFW for the “Stranger Things” gang, but it will sound right at home on your Halloween playlist.

Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) listens to brother Jonathan's (Charlie Heaton) records. (Photo from Netflix.)
Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) listens to brother Jonathan’s (Charlie Heaton) records. (Photo from Netflix.)

This isn’t the first time someone has thought to combine the “Stranger Things” intro with other music. Last month alone, Wiz Khalifa recorded a rap over the track, and Seattle band Prom Queen wed the song with the “Twin Peaks” theme for all kinds of spooky synths.

And now that we’re on the subject of “Twin Peaks,” Glover has jokingly called “Atlanta” “‘Twin Peaks’ with rappers,” so maybe everything’s related in the Upside Down.

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Check out the song below (NSFW lyrics, obviously).

https://soundcloud.com/kmlkmljkl/stranger-bonfires

30 years ago today, a tiny Drake was born

Started from the bottom now you’re 30.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs on stage in Toronto, Canada. Drake is the leading nominee with 12 nominations at the Soul Train Awards. The show will air on BET and Centric on Nov. 27.(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, Drake performs on stage in Toronto, Canada. Drake is the leading nominee with 12 nominations at the Soul Train Awards. The show will air on BET and Centric on Nov. 27.(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

October’s very own and Canada’s sweetheart (sorry, Shania Twain) has a reason to pop a bottle of champagne today other than, you know, it’s a day of the week. Drake turns 30 today, but it seems the rapper started the celebration a little early Sunday night.

You can watch a room full of people, including Drake’s parents, sing happy birthday to him at last night’s party below:

According to Hot New Hip Hop, Drake kicked off the big 3-0 alongside fellow famous friends Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Jamie Foxx and French Montana.

Happy birthday, Drake. May 30 bring you all the heartbreak and any turtleneck you desire.

Read some of our best pieces out of the Drake beat below:

Drake is opening a ‘classy’ strip club in Texas

Drake films music video in Texas before kicking off tour in Austin

An in-depth, emotional (imaginary) interview with Drake

The Roots got some Austin barbecue from a familiar face at F1 in Austin

Update your “celebrities and the food they get while in Austin” file. You’ll have to sort past Secretary of State John Kerry’s chow-down at Iron Works BBQ, as well as President Barack Obama’s trips to Torchy’s Tacos and Franklin Barbecue. Stop before you get to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s own Austin taco run and record The Roots’ pre-Formula One concert dinner.

The Roots perform during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Erika Rich for American-Statesman
The Roots perform during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

MORE PHOTOS: USHER AND THE ROOTS ON THE SUPER STAGE

Roots drummer and Prince roller-skating pal Questlove post a photo of a special delivery to Instagram on Sunday. Whereas you and I usually wait in line for Austin’s most delicious brisket, the “Tonight Show” beat-maker has friends in high places with the hook-up. Namely, Austin’s C.K. Chin, owner of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow.

 

Questlove’s caption reads, “My man (#CKChin@seekaychin did it to us this time—got us @stilesswitchbbq AND @franklinbbq (no line suckas!) I do NOT recommend eating 30 mins before going…..on….staaage w/….ushe—-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.” Stiles Switch BBQ’s official account returned the love in the comments, as did the joint’s pit master.

F1 ON SATURDAY: ‘SPARKS FLY’ AT TAYLOR SWIFT’S ONLY 2016 CONCERT

Questlove had plenty of nice things to say about Chin on the F1 stage, too, according to Chin’s Twitter.

So we know that The Roots were well-fed Sunday, but how was their post-race show with Usher? According to our review, it was guaranteed to make you say “Yeah!”

Netflix made Halloween-ready, ‘Stranger Things’-inspired recipe videos

Au jus-tice for Barb? Delicious, devilish dishes inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” are only a press-play away.

(Photo via Netflix)
(Photo via Netflix)

The streaming entertainment service has uploaded two videos in a series dubbed “Netflix Kitchen” to YouTube. That sounds charming. Can you find recipes for Orange Is the New Blackberry Pie? Daredeviled Eggs, maybe made with Luke Cage-free eggs? No, the dishes served up so far are equally clever but hideously darker. Kinda like “Stranger Things,” come to think of it.

RELATED: A ‘Stranger Things’ title generator is finally here

Receiving the lion’s share of the online chatter: “French Onion Barb,” a soup inspired by and fashioned in the post-mortem likeness of the horror show’s fan-favorite ancillary character, the bespectacled Barb Holland. A savory, cheesy delight that resembles the corpse of a dead teenager slain by an extra-dimensional demogorgon, the recipe calls back to the scene where telekinetic sweetheart Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) psychically discovers the goo-covered, slug-infested remains of the show’s resident wet blanket (played by Shannon Purser) in the dark Upside-Down realm.

So, just to be clear, this is French onion soup with a pizza dough version of Barb’s head floating at the top of the bowl. Also, covered in lightly toasted Swiss cheese. Also, you’re supposed to make a little bread replica of Barb trying to escape her death at the bottom of an empty, netherworld swiming pool and affix it to the side of the bowl. Yum!

READ: Members of Survive are doing more than ‘Stranger Things’

Significantly less evocative of cannibalism and flesh decay but equally suitable for your Halloween weekend party: the “Demogorgon Pie,” an ornate pastry inspired by the aforementioned monster terrorizing the world of “Stranger Things.” A flaky fall treat, that pumpkin-cherry-blackberry pie is flanked on all sides by almond-encrusted crust flaps, meant to mimic the demogorgon’s gaping, “Little Shop of Horrors”-esque maw.

The recipes are both on Netflix’s YouTube channel, and I’m eagerly awaiting potential future installments. Can anyone say “Winona Ryder’s A-Z Christmas Cookies”? Seems like a good use of gumdrops.

Check out these Halloween events in Austin this month

Cabin in the Woods at French Legation

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and French Legation are proud to present you with outdoor movies on the beautiful French Legation lawn. Bring your fold out chairs, blankets, and beverage of choice for a night of entertainment.

When: Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where: French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street
Buy tickets here.

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is a fun-filled evening for ghosts and goblins of any age. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (no adult masks, please) and enjoy the Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, our nocturnal animals, unlimited trips through the Haunted Mansion and an eerie train ride.

Where: Austin Zoo
When: Oct. 21-22, 28-19

Backyard Story Night: Hocus Pocus 

The regular story night is back this month with a spooooooky theme. Bring a blanket, a chair, a snack, a friend or just yourself and settle in for some scary stories. If you’d like to tell a story, you can fill out this form.

When: Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Where: The Historic Scoot Inn. 1308 E 4th St.
Free entry

Juliette Nixon, 2, carries the perfect pumpkin to her mother Linsey as they make it a tradition for their young family. The Tarrytown United Methodist Church hosts their annual Pumpkin Patch benefiting their Youth Ministry on the front lawn through October 31 or until the large round and smooth squashes are all gone. Large crowds gathered after church services to find that special one Sunday afternoon October 5, 2014. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman)

Patio pumpkin carving at your favorite bar

Both Black Sheep Lodge and Haymaker are hosting pumpkin carving on their patios this month. You can bring your own pumpkin or buy one for $5. The bars will provide the pumpkin carving tools, have Halloween candy and do a contest for the best carved pumpkin. The winners of the carving contests will get passes to the upcoming Sound on Sound Fest.

When: Oct. 25, 7 p.m., 2108 S Lamar Blvd.
Where: Black Sheep Lodge

When: Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Haymaker, 2310 Manor Rd.

Free entry

Something Wicked: Tales of Horror Told by Local Authors

Hear Austin writers read their spine-tingling short stories. Featuring work by Owen Egerton, Felix Morgan and AJ Reyes. Content is for mature audiences, this event is recomended for ages 17 and up. Costumes are encouraged and light refreshments will be served.

When: Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Old Quarry Branch Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.

Alamo Drafthouse Presents Halloween Spelltacular

Alamo Drafthouse and Austin Parks Foundation invite the community to celebrate Austin’s parks and the season of witches with a special fundraiser event benefitting Austin Parks Foundation! Much more than the typical Movies in the Park, this event is a true Halloween Spelltacular featuring Westen Borghesi as DJ Skellyton hosting a Halloween dance party at Palm Park filled with a variety of activities, including broom races, photo booths, a candy corn wading pool and food trucks. The whole party is BYOB, so guests may bring anything in their cauldron that they’d like to enjoy. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest with special prizes for top adult and child costumes. To cap off the evening, guests are invited to sit back and enjoy Hocus Pocus on Rolling Roadshow’s giant outdoor screen. Tickets for admission are $20 for adults, $5 for children 4-17 and free for children 3 and under.

When: Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Palm Park
Buy tickets here

Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon) in Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Disney Digital 3-D (Credit: Walt Disney Pictures) 1001scaryshows
Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon) in Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Disney Digital 3-D (Credit: Walt Disney Pictures) 1001scaryshows

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

The Austin Symphony Butler Pops series kicks-off with one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The film will be projected on the big screen with dialog and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s enigmatic score played live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

When: Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Where: The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
Buy tickets here

Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure 10th Annual Walking Tour at Oakwood Cemetery

The free tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of 13 “residents” of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. The 45 minute tours highlight historical – not scary – events from 1842 through 1918 and showcase a wealth of information from the Austin History Center and local Austin sites. Tours start every 15-20 minutes between 10 am-3:15pm at the blue tents erected for the tour. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes.

When: Oct. 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota St.
Free entry

PBS Kids at the Alamo: Halloween Special

Nothing says ‘Halloween’ like costumes, pumpkins and spooky stories – and this October, PBS KIDS is celebrating Halloween with friends from some of our favorite series including Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Peg + Cat and Wild Kratts. Families are invited to come in costume. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with all the treats and none of the scary tricks. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1 to 3, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at KLRU.

When: Oct. 29-30
Where: Alamo Drafthouse locations
Buy tickets here

See a full list of Halloween-related events in Austin hereCreate your own event to add to the Austin360 “Things to Do” calendar here.

‘Make America Great Again’? To these Canadians, America is already great

This election cycle is a trying time for many Americans. Caught between “Make America Great Again” and “I’m With Her,” some of us just don’t know where to turn.

Many Americans have pledged to flee to the Great White North if their unfavorable presidential candidate wins, a sentiment heard almost every four years.

But let’s not kid ourselves, Canada’s pretty cool. We’ve got that country to thank for Drake, ice hockey, instant replay, the athletic cup, basketball (James Naismith was Canadian-American) and the paint roller, among other things.

Wikimedia Commons.
Wikimedia Commons.

Our polite Canadian friends like us, too. In fact, they think America’s pretty great already.

Living up to their “nice to a fault” stereotype, a group of Canadians has started a social media campaign to encourage Americans this election season.

In a video titled “Tell America It’s Great,” Toronto-based creative agency The Garden Collective rounds up a bunch of Canadians, who earnestly and unironically tell Americans what they love about the U.S.A.

“Hey, guys! We’re just up here in Canada talking about how great you guys are down there, and we thought we’d just send you a little bit of a love note,” one man in the video says to start things off.

Among the things these particular Canadians like about us, according to the video:

  • We invented the Internet
  • We’re “going to get humanity to Mars”
  • When things are tough, we “fight to make them better”
  • Our musical gifts to the world, like jazz music, bluegrass, R&B and hip-hop
  • Our diversity

The video was posted to the “Tell America It’s Great” website on Oct. 13. The hashtag #TellAmericaThatItsGreat was started as a twist on Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” The Garden Collective founder Shari Walczak told the “New York Times” Monday. “We look at [the election] through a Canadian lens, but all of us have friends, family and colleagues who live in America. We realized they’re immersed in it day-in and day-out and how awful that must feel.”

After the campaign took off on Twitter, other Canadians chimed in with a few of their favorite American things.

And Americans returned the sentiments right back.

https://twitter.com/BlueHenMel/status/788180981845024768

Take a  look at the full video below, and maybe tell your Canadian friends that you appreciate ’em, eh?

 

UGK and OutKast’s ‘Int’l Players Anthem’ will be reissued on a Texas-shaped vinyl

So maybe this is the first year you have a reason to line up outside a store come Black Friday.

ORG XMIT: RSB109 UGK at SXSW 2007...Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
UGK at SXSW 2007…Ricardo B. Brazziell/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Stop rapping along to UGK and OutKast’s legendary, Grammy Award-nominated collaboration “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” on a regular, round record, because, as Pitchfork reports, Get On Down will reissue the single on a special-edition, Texas-shaped vinyl the day after Thanksgiving.

Rap duo UGK was formed in Port Arthur in 1987 and is composed of rappers Bun B and Pimp C, who both hail from the Gulf city.

The vinyl, which includes both the original version of the song and an instrumental, will only be available only in participating stores, including these 10 located in Austin. If you’re a fan, play your part. Play your part. And get in line.

No word yet on how much the vinyl will cost you, but we’d pay three stacks.

READ: New York Times asks why Texans are so obsessed with the shape of the state