5 Lunchtime Links: Justin Timberlake to release new single

16 MAR 2013   Justin Timberlake performs at the MySpace Secret Showcase presented by Chevrolet during the South by Southwest Music Festival  in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 16, 2013.   (Austin American-Statesman / Rodolfo Gonzalez)
16 MAR 2013 Justin Timberlake performs at the MySpace Secret Showcase presented by Chevrolet during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (Austin American-Statesman / Rodolfo Gonzalez)

1. Justin Timberlake to release new single.

It’s what J.T. fans have been waiting for since 2013. New Beyonce, Radiohead and Drake aren’t enough. It’s Justin’s favorite month and he’s celebrating by releasing a new single “Can’t Stop the Feeling” Friday night, Pitchfork reports.

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2. Is Britney going to be freed soon?

Those who have kept up with Britney Spears might be familiar with her current situation: The now 34-year-old pop princess has been living under a legal conservatorship for the past eight years, which means the majority of her decisions, including financial, are made for her by her father and lawyer. The New York Times did an investigative piece on Spears’ setup, asking how much of that protection is really necessary.

3. What artists will ACL bring?

Ahead of ticket sales opening this morning, the Austin City Limits announced its official lineup for its 15th annual festival. Headliners Radiohead and Mumford & Sons will play to Zilker’s crowds alongside acts like Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem. Check out the full lineup here.

4. “Power Rangers” get a new look.

Goodbye spandex. Lionsgate has released a peek at what the new “Power Rangers” suits will look like ahead of the film reboot. The film is expected to premiere in 2017, Design & Trend reports.

5. Today you’ll learn…

The “Today I Learned” Reddit thread has a few interesting and bizarre facts about Austin that you may or may not be better off knowing. Flip through the gallery here. You just might learn something.

5 Lunchtime Links: Hulu steps up in live streaming game

FILE - This Saturday, June 27, 2015, file photo, shows the Hulu logo on a window at the Milk Studios space in New York. Hulu will offer a live-streaming service in 2017 that will offer a mix of cable and broadcast programming as well as news, sports and events. That pits the streaming service against similar offerings from Sling TV and PlayStation Vue as more and more Americans shift to watching TV online. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File)
This Saturday, June 27, 2015, file photo, shows the Hulu logo on a window at the Milk Studios space in New York. Hulu will offer a live-streaming service in 2017 that will offer a mix of cable and broadcast programming as well as news, sports and events. That pits the streaming service against similar offerings from Sling TV and PlayStation Vue as more and more Americans shift to watching TV online. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File)

1. Hulu announces plans for live streaming package similar to cable.

Hulu might not be just a site on which to watch old episodes of shows you missed. The company has announced plans to offer live programming package options, similar to cable, in 2017, Verge reports. Fox, ABC, ESPN, FX, and the Disney Channel have all been named as networks involved in the plan.

2. Taylor Kitsch hails ride “to Dillon” in Lyft’s Prop 1 ad.

When it comes to the Prop 1 debate, “Friday Night Lights” Taylor Kitsch is playing for team Lyft. “You see ride-sharing is a lot like me. It’s beautiful,” Kitsch says in his spot asking fans to join him in voting in support of Prop 1. He then hops in a Lyft ride and directs the driver “To Dillon.”

3. “Frozen” fans want a gay Elsa.

“Frozen” fans have banded together under the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend in demanding Disney reveal the character as the first LGBT princess, A.V. Club reports. The theory that Elsa is gay is fueled by the fact that she’s the first Disney princess without a love interest.

4. That’s a lot of condoms.

New York City has gifted Puerto Rico a million free condoms to help twart the spread of the Zika virus, New York Magazine reports. Currently the island has 700 confirmed cases of the virus, a number that is expected to continue to rise.

5. May the fourth be with you.

Celebrate the non-official “Star Wars” day by watching this video of Austin Police Department Chief Art “Darth”Acevedo talk about the lightsaber he keeps in his office. “Is this awesome or what?”

5 Lunchtime Links: Who wore the Met Gala best?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Zoe Saldana attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Zoe Saldana attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

1. Who wore the Met Gala best?

The 2016 Met Gala was awash of silver, mesh and latex — and that was just Lady Gaga’s getup. Guests stepped up the theme-plate and brought their best “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which mostly translated to some strange rings. Flip through all the fashions here.

2. Why LeBron James will make a better “Space Jam” character than Michael Jordan.

With Monday’s confirmation of a “Space Jam” sequel and the news that Lebron James is set to star in it, came the inevitable question: Is he better suited to the “Looney Tunes” world than Michael Jordan? Sporting News has five reasons, including “James knows how to play with teammates who are not good basketball players,” that prove he is. But what about Shaq?

3. My Burrito Finder app knows no limits.

What were we doing before? Just walking around not knowing where the closest burrito was located? Well, yeah. But, as A.V. Club reports, thanks to the new My Burrito Finder app we all have one less thing to worry about. If only it had a taco setting.

4. Launderette: still No. 1 in our hearts following James Beard Awards.

Looks like the James Beard Awards got it wrong. East Austin’s up-and-coming Launderette from chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki was one of the six finalists in the running for the prestigious best new restaurant in America award, but didn’t come out on top. The honor instead went to Israeli restaurant Shaya in New Orleans, the American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam reports.

5. Do you still miss Liberty Lunch?

June 18 Austin is going to be looking a little more like it did in the 1990s. The “I Still Miss Liberty Lunch” benefit show will celebrate the music venue demolished in 1999 at ABGB, Austin360’s Peter Blackstock reports.

5 Lunchtime Links: What you can and can’t expect from Drake’s ‘Views’

Drake performs at Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Saturday, October 10, 2015. (Erika Rich / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Drake performs at Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Saturday, October 10, 2015. (Erika Rich / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

1. “Views” might not be a masterpiece, but provides plenty of signature Drake-ness.

According to Slate’s review Drake’s weekend release “Views” is “pretty conspicuously unwoke” and makes “Hotline Bling” sound like “a sad comeuppance to most of what’s come before.” However, as this list by Billboard shows, “Views” contains just as many of those one-liners every Drake fan loves.

2. Stephen Colbert to release some “The Late Show” duties 8 months in.

Eight months into his hosting gig on “The Late Show” and comedian Stephen Colbert seems ready to release, at least a few, of the production responsibilities he initially insisted on handling himself, A.V. Club reports. Newly hired Chris Licht will now shoulder some of the show’s weight giving Colbert more time to “focus on being funny.”

3. Levitation Fest confirms cancellation was necessary with pictures of damage.

To the disappoint of Levitation festers, the Carson Creek Ranch event was cancelled last Thursday due to impending severe weather. Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports the threat was all too real — owners released pictures of the damage caused by the weather Monday.

4. Justin Bieber goes to a really weird party.

Want to see pictures of Justin Bieber having a great time? Then do not look at any of the ones taken of him at his father’s engagement party this weekend. A real Bengal tiger, the Batmobile and two different Wonder Women were not enough to get the Biebs to crack even a grin, People photos show.

5. Assigned “Lemonade” reading.

A week after Beyoncé released album “Lemonade” it seems for those whose response wasn’t to dance, it was to write. A lot of think pieces, commentaries, critiques and op-eds followed the release of the hourlong visual album and deciding which ones to read can be overwhelming. The Atlantic has stepped in with handy Beyoncé CliffNotes.

5 Lunchtime Links: ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ gets second Netflix reboot

Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in the Netflix original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp”. Photo by: SAEED ADYANI / NETFLIX
Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in the Netflix original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp”. Photo by: SAEED ADYANI / NETFLIX

1. “Wet Hot American Summer” to get second Netflix reboot.

Looks like prequel “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” wasn’t enough to satisfy fans of cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer.” Netflix has announced plans to produce another reboot set 10 years in the future — or 1991. The reboot “Ten Years Later” is set for release in 2017.

2. El Arroyo helps Jay Z recount his problems.

Remember the days when it was just 99, Jay Z? Austin’s El Arroyo sign, which never misses an opportunity to offer a relevant quip, weighed in on the Jay Z controversy surrounding Beyoncé’s recent “Lemonade” release and helped the “99 Problems” rapper recount his problems.

3. Get elevated at Levitation.

Nine years strong Levitation, previously called Austin Psych Fest, will welcome a whole host of uplifting acts this weekend when performers like Animal Collective and Brian Wilson make their way out to Carson Creek Ranch, Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Check out our festival guide here.

4. Richard Sherman has a new gig.

Looks like even Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t above making a little extra cash on the side by driving for Lyft. In the video, it’s clear fans who got picked up by the football star weren’t expecting much more than a free water bottle. According to the Bleacher Report Sherman is one of many professional athletes to team up with the ride-hailing program in offering surprise rides.

5. Baby’s first surrealist novel.

Maybe you read it when you were a kid, maybe you’ve never heard of it — either way the 1978 surrealist children’s novel “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” is a joyful, silly book for young and old readers alike. The Atlantic’s Adrienne LaFrance tells of how the book shaped her to be a brave, exploratory reader.

5 Lunchtime Links: Why adult coloring could be less innocent than it seems

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Christine Walczyk, left, Leah Urtado and Angela Mantia color at Gourdough’s. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman

1. Is adult coloring a cry for help?

Put the crayon down. Back away from the coloring book. Not everyone is so sure the whole adult coloring craze is as innocent as it seems. A piece by Quartz argues that the popularity of the mindless activity could point to unhealthy stress levels in those who pursue it as a calming pastime.

2. Paul Simon to tape “Austin City Limits” May 12.

The legendary Paul Simon, a crucial half of also legendary Simon & Garfunkel, will record an “Austin City Limits” episode May 12 at ACL Live, the American-Statesman’s Peter Blackstock reports. As with all live tapings the tickets for the show are distributed through a lottery that opens up about a week before the performance.

3. Breaking it down: Beyoncé, “Lemonade,” Jay Z, Rachel Roy, Rachael Ray.

Do you find the rumors surrounding Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” release about as confusing as the Prop. 1 ballot language? Get your Rachels straight, your “Becky with the good hair” rumors right and scroll through the nearly 15-year saga that is Beyoncé and Jay Z’s crazy-in-love love in this Jezebel piece.

4. Joss Whedon stops by “I love you so much” mural.

Screenwriter Joss Whedon’s friendship with folksinger Shawnee Kilgore brought him to Austin for a traditional “I love you so much” mural pic and a few other stops around the city, including the one below at Radio Coffee & Beer. Whedon, who wrote and created shows like “Buff the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” met Kilgore when he backed her Kickstarter campaign for her debut album.

5. Who will claim what Prince left behind?

Prince’s sister confirmed Tuesday that the singer didn’t have a will prepared ahead of his death last week, the Associated Press reports. She also said she is currently working to appoint a special administrator who will divide the star’s estate.

5 Lunchtime Links: Why even ‘Lemonade’ can’t fix Tidal

FILE -- Beyonce and her husband Jay Z at a launch event for the music subscription service Tidal, which Jay Z bought in 2015 and reintroduced as an artist-friendly alternative to Spotify, in New York, March 30, 2015. When Beyonce?s album ?Lemonade? was released it was available only on Tidal, but now it appears that exclusivity will only last 24 hours before it can also be downloaded from iTunes. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z at a launch event for the music subscription service Tidal, which Jay Z bought in 2015 and reintroduced as an artist-friendly alternative to Spotify, in New York, March 30, 2015. When Beyonce?s album ?Lemonade? was released it was available only on Tidal, but now it appears that exclusivity will only last 24 hours before it can also be downloaded from iTunes. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

1. Despite “Lemonade,” “The Life of Pablo” Tidal still has major shortcomings for listeners.

There’s little Beyoncé can’t do, but right the Tidal model might be on the short list. In commentary for Wired, K.M. McFarland parses out the main hardships the streaming service is now facing, including a class-action lawsuit concerning Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” release and not enough of the exclusive offerings that would entice buyers into, you know, buying.

2. Rachael not Rachel.

Jay-Z wasn’t the only one caught in the crossfire resulting from the highly-anticipated Saturday release of Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.” As the American-Statesman’s Jackie Wang reports, TV chef Rachael Ray was on the receiving end of what was probably, at first, some very confusing hate, after Queen Bey’s army confused her with designer Rachel Roy, with whom Jay-Z is rumored to have had an affair with.

3. Austin to be first stop on Drake’s summer tour.

This boy’s up to something. Drake will again gift Austin with his presence when he kicks off his “Summer Sixteen” tour at our very own Frank Erwin Center July 20, Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Tickets for the show are set to go on sale Friday.

4. Which car really inspired Prince’s “Little Red Corvette”?

Although you might have thought the lyrics descriptive enough, there is some controversy surrounding just which car inspired Prince’s hit “Little Red Corvette.” Luckily Jalopnik wrote a story about it, and then another after the woman who owned the very vehicle called to make a correction, and — plot twist — it isn’t even a Corvette.9gvpHRVmN3u4ldCPLa2xRtqddaaTXDxGn2BapORvWkE (1)

5. Woman paints through all 403 episodes of Bob Ross’ “Joy of Painting.”

How relaxing do you find an episode of Bob Ross’ paint-along PBS show “Joy of Painting”? As Mashable reports, one woman finds the show enjoyable enough to have tasked herself with painting through all 403 episodes of the series and however thousands of many friendly trees. This lady is clearly working toward those good times. You can follow her progress here.

 

5 Lunchtime Links: What we’ve accomplished since the first Earth Day

The city s Jason Alfaro centers the tree in the hole. Daisy Troop 1438 planted a fig tree at the Bastrop Community Garden on Main Street with the help of representatives of the city of Bastrop, YMCA and Texas Sage Master Gardeners. They were able to buy the tree and supplies by using their Girl Scout cookie sales money. Photo by Fran Hunter.
The city s Jason Alfaro centers the tree in the hole. Daisy Troop 1438 planted a fig tree at the Bastrop Community Garden on Main Street with the help of representatives of the city of Bastrop, YMCA and Texas Sage Master Gardeners. They were able to buy the tree and supplies by using their Girl Scout cookie sales money. Photo by Fran Hunter.

1. What we’ve accomplished since the first Earth Day.

While Earth Day serves to remind each of us of our responsibilities in protecting our blue marble, it can also be a day to look back and remember our accomplishments in environmental protection. National Geographic has a list of the major victories since the first Earth Day over 40 years ago.

2. Austin radio station goes “All Prince, all day.”

One radio station knew exactly how Austin’s Prince fans would want to mourn his death Thursday, the American-Statesman’s Gary Dinges reports. 96.3 RnB set their dials to “all Prince, all day” shortly after noon yesterday, playing favorites like “The Beautiful Ones,” “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.” Watch the cast of “Hamilton” honor the pop superstar in their own way, below:

3. No female directors scheduled in coming years for Fox, Paramount.

If you’re looking to see a 20th Century Fox or Paramount film directed by a woman in the next couple of years, we have bad news. TheWrap reports that both of the major film studios will release more than 20 consecutive male-directed movies before 2018.

4. “Game of Thrones” sends viewers into new season blindly.

With the show’s decision not to provide screeners to media ahead of Sunday’s premiere and the fact that the creators have nearly used all of George R. R. Martin’s original material, even the biggest “Game of Thrones” fans will head into the show’s sixth season without the slightest clue what might take place. The Atlantic repeats the questions every fan is asking ahead of Sunday.

5. Why have so many celebrities died this year?

According to BBC you weren’t just imagining it; statistics show a clear upward trend in celebrity deaths in 2016. It could be caused by something as simple as there are more famous people now than there used to be, and many of those who have passed this year were member of the baby boom generation.

5 Lunchtime Links: How does a queen celebrate her 90th birthday?

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Queen Elizabeth II meets the public on her 90th Birthday Walkabout on April 21, 2016 in Windsor, England. Today is Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be carrying out engagements in Windsor.  (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Queen Elizabeth II meets the public on her 90th Birthday Walkabout on April 21, 2016 in Windsor, England. Today is Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be carrying out engagements in Windsor. (Photo by John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

1. How does a queen celebrate her birthday?

Although she may have answered the question differently in her 64 years as the reigning monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday with her dogs (two Corgis and two Dorgis) and a walk through Windsor to greet the thousands of people who gathered with flowers, gifts and balloons, The Telegraph reports.

2. R.I.P. Prince.

Is this what it sounds like when doves die? TMZ is reporting that pop icon Prince has died at 57 years old, following a hospitalization last week after “fighting the flu for several weeks.” Police were called to the musician’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota Thursday. Check back at Austin360 for details as they develop.

3. Today in numbers.

In the quantitative sense, today you might be curious to learn just how many days of Disney Channel Original Movies a marathon makes, how much money a South Korean fried chicken restaurant now owes Louis Vuitton and how many complaint calls New York received in the past five years concerning people smoking weed in parks. FiveThirtyEight counts it out for you.

4. Take a taco tour of Austin.

See Austin the way it was meant to be seen — through tacos. If we could wrap you in a warm tortilla and roll you through the city we would, but instead take a look at some of the spots guaranteed to get your cravings going by scrolling through our interactive taco tour.

5. Oprah adds Harriet Tubman $20 to “Favorite Things” list.

Maybe not actually, but Oprah’s excitement over the announcement that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 and become the first woman to grace a piece of U.S. paper currency echoed the feelings of many Americans.

5 Lunchtime Links: Tina Fey talks ‘Mean Girls’ musical

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Tina Fey attends Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Tina Fey With Damian Holbrook at BMCC John Zuccotti Theater on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Tina Fey attends Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Tina Fey With Damian Holbrook at BMCC John Zuccotti Theater on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

1. Tina Fey talks “Mean Girls” musical at Tribeca Film Festival.

In talking about the upcoming “Mean Girls” musical at the Tribeca Film Festival, writer Tina Fey expressed doubt that all the film’s original references would hold up in the 12 years since the very quotable film was released and how the musical would work in social media. “Like three-way calling is not a thing,” Fey said.

2. Your ACL lineup is almost here.

Those speculating whether or not Radiohead’s recent Lollapalooza billing and a possible Austin visit in June might speak to the band’s ACL-headline potential, won’t have to wonder much longer. The festival, scheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, will release its 2016 lineup the morning of May 5, Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Tickets are set to go on sale the same day.

3. This is the best Owen Wilson impression, which is saying something.

Wow. If this isn’t actually Owen Wilson impersonating someone else, who is impersonating himself, then this impression by popular Vine user Peter Gilroy is truly impressive. Part of the reason may be that Gilroy is in fact a Texas actor, who has starred in movies like “Zombeavers.” Watch the full video below.

4. Austin ranked among top 10 coffee cities.

According to a new list compiled by personal finance company SmartAsset, Austin is the No. 7 top city for coffee fiends. The list took into account factors like availability, price and the number of high-end coffee shops and roasters in deciding which cities are perfect for getting that caffeine fix.

5. Tupac joined anti-Trump campaign in 1992.

Tupac spoke out against GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump long before stars like Adele and Keith Richards did, NME reports. An interview from 1992 shows the rapper commenting on Trump and greed in America summing up the business mogul’s ideals as, “Gimme, gimme, gimme. Push, push, push, push. Step, step, step. Crush, crush, crush. That’s how it all is, it’s like nobody ever stops.”