Talor Swift invited Vogue into her house to answer 73 questions, a lot of which were about cats, ahead of her May cover debut. Perhaps the most important question the interview answered was, “Does Taylor Swift live inside of a Pottery Barn?” Yes. No word, however, on why she didn’t make it out to Austin after visiting San Antonio this weekend.
Many online tributes surfaced after Malik Izaak “Phife Dawg” Taylor of A Tribe Called Quest died last month, but as Austin360’s Joe Gross found, the most entertaining one features the Muppets and this perfect “Scenario” lip sync.
Swag. Presidential-hopeful Hillary Clinton recently said during an interview on a hip-hop radio show that she, just like Beyoncé, carries hot sauce in her bag. Today Clinton revealed her favorite brand is Ninja Squirrel Sriracha from Whole Foods and that she does so in part for health reasons.
If you’re into Coachella, but not enough to have actually attended, take a look at Pitchfork’s “Winners and Losers,” including the surprise appearances made by both Bernie Sanders and Rihanna, and the less surprising ones made by hundreds of flower crowns.
If you thought Hillary Clinton’s claim that she too has hot sauce in her bag (swag) was a thinly veiled attempt to gain relevancy with the young, minority demographic she most struggles with, you could be right — but, according to Mic, the facts check out. The Democratic presidential-hopeful mentioned her crucial carry-on during an interview on a hip-hop radio talk show today, adding her love of hot sauce to the list of things she shares with Beyoncé, which now includes knowing how to pronounce the singer’s name.
Gwen Stefani will part with her stint on “The Voice” and new love Blake Shelton long enough to embark on her “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour, which will include a August 16 performance at the Austin360 Amphitheater, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Tickets are set to go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
The very famous, now very blonde, Taylor Swift made a quick surprise appearance in San Antonio Saturday when she attended the wedding of one of her back-up singers, Austin360’s Eric Webb reports. This was all before swinging back to California to watch boyfriend Calvin Harris’ closing appearance at the Coachella music festival, during which Rihanna made a surprise appearance.
Chances are when you were watching, say, reruns of a show you definitely didn’t need to see again, you might have missed out on a few of the major films of the past 100 years. Luckily, the AV Club has alerted us to 6-minute video that’ll fill in all the gaps. The video features 100 iconic shots from movies made in the past 100 years.
Now Netflix won’t be your only monthly streaming service option with which to binge-watch and binge-re-watch all your shows. Amazon launched a new monthly version of its video streaming service for $8.99 a month ahead of when Netflix is set to raise its monthly price to $9.99.
The funny woman behind Emmy Award-nominated “Veep” and that other show about nothing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will return to the stage where her career got started to host “Saturday Night Live” April 16. The actress also recently told The New York Times she looks back on the years starring on the show in the 1980s “fondish-ly” as it was a “very sexist” environment.
Was it all that patron feedback, or was it the press release straight from Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League that swayed AMC Theaters to rescind their proposal of allowing texting in movie theaters after saying asking guests to refrain is like asking them to “please cut off your left arm above the elbow”? The company released a statement Friday saying, “You spoke. We listened,” and promising to keep the movies phone free.
Today’s the day strong females and all other “Kimmy Schmidt” fans unite in binge-watching the Netflix series’ second season, which was released today. If you worked hard you could watch the first season again this weekend in preparation, or you can just read the best lines here.
How many years would it take you to give up hope for finding your stolen car? Well keep your head up and add 27. The owner of a cherry red, 1981 Ferrari that had been stolen for 28 years will be happy to hear that the recently recovered stolen vehicle only has 45,000 miles and is now worth $50,000, WDBO Orlando reported.
After taking a quick peep into the dressing room of Chris Hemsworth, “Broad City” stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to discuss hard-hitting issues like how they convinced Whole Foods to allow the pair to shoot an episode in store and drug use (their own).
President Barack Obama will become the only person to be offered a advanced copies of the new episodes of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” after requesting to see the show’s return a little ahead of everyone else, Time reports. “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?” said the show’s David Benioff. HBO refused to provide previews to journalists or others inside the industry in order to keep the series on ultimate lock down.
Although he’s now an Academy Award-nominated director, local Richard Linklater didn’t see much of a career in filmmaking during a 1991 interview. As part of public access documentary “Film Pulse” the Linklater of 25 years ago answered a few questions about his creative process. Linklator is adamant in asserting that, for him, filmmaking is more about the stories than it is about work, and, he adds with a shrug, “For the first time it looks like I should be making money out of it, but, you know, we’ll see.” 1991 was around the same time Linklater’s delightfully plotless cult film “Slacker” came out.
Are you ready to laugh? If you’re looking forward to this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest but aren’t quite sure what shows to catch when, turn to our helpful festival guide. The festival, to be held, April 20-23, will feature performances by more than 90 comics at 10 venues around the city. This will be the festival’s fifth year.
“Miss Independent” Kelly Clarkson added a newly dependent member to her family Thursday when she gave birth to her second child, son Remington, the Associated Press reports. The first “American Idol” winner tweeted out news of the baby’s birth.
Our little baby boy has arrived!! Remington Alexander Blackstock was born 4/12/16 & he is healthy & we couldn't be happier or more in love!
Those who are still mourning the loss of sushi trailer Kyōten will be pleased to hear chef Otto Phan’s brick-and-mortar Kyōten Sushiko will most likely open in May, the American Statesman’s Matthew Odam reports. Others who are looking for another Italian option around Austin, can look forward to the similarly likely May opening of L’Oca D’Oro. Chef Fiore Tedesco has previously worked with establishments like Franklin Barbecue and Bufalina.
We don’t doubt that even at 100 years old author Beverly Cleary could accurately encapsulate the struggles and joys of being about 90 years younger. The author of children’s classics like “Henry Huggins,” “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” and “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” turns 100 today and encouraged the Washington Post to “Go ahead and fuss. Everyone else is.” Cleary published more than 30 books which sold more than 85 million copies. Cleary said she first began writing for children because the books of her own childhood annoyed her in that “children always learned to be better children, and in my experience, they didn’t.”
What does Beach House’s lead singer Victoria Legrand love most about Texas? “The (expletive) skies,” she told the ACL Live at Moody Theater crowd Monday night, Austin360’s Eric Webb reports. For the performance Legrand donned the “most sorcerous NFL jersey of all time,” and swayed in front of an awe-inspiring “starry night backdrop.” The theme of the entire show proved to be “Shimmer, danger and wonder” complete with accompaniment by band mate Alex Scally’s guitar which served as “either a night terror or the flash of lightning that wakes you up.”
Queen of Tejano Selena will join Caitlyn Jenner, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj when MAC releases a makeup collection inspired by the singer in October, the American-Statesman’s Maribel Molina reports. MAC recently released a preview of one of the products — a berry-colored lipstick fashioned after Selena’s signature pout. MAC worked with Selena’s sister Suzette in designing the lipstick, called “Como La Flor,” and entire collection. The line became reality after nearly 40,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding MAC design products inspired by the Texas singer.
Today is a day fully devoted to celebrating grilled cheese sandwiches! A cause we can all get behind (apologies, lactose intolerants). You have your excuse — now go make a grilled cheese. May we suggest taking some crazy cheese risks and buttering both sides of the bread. Enjoy yourself, but don’t get too crazy.
What about Austin cemented the counterculture of the 1970s? Theories include the city’s youth during the decade — Austin’s identity was not yet fully formed at the time — and a burgeoning economy that drew young people seeking job opportunities. You can read all about how the Austin we now know today was sculpted nearly 50 years ago here.
Kanye West is back with just a little more to say about Taylor Swift. This time the rapper commented on the main controversy between the two musicians, saying he just said “what everybody else was thinking” when he first interrupted Swift’s award acceptance speech. The rapper also said “So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what’s being said the rest of the time?” and said he acted as a true artist by “not being controlled by my finances, not being controlled by perceptions.” West made the comments during his first concert since the release of his newest album “The Life of Pablo.”
A viral video showing a snowboarder making her way down a slope with no apparent clue that a bear is chasing after her may or may not prove real, but it definitely evokes the same terror either way. The video shows Kelly Murphy as she tapes herself snowboarding down a hill in Japan without realizing that there is a bear running after her, WDBO Orlando reports. The bear eventually gives up, and Murphy reaches the bottom of the hill unharmed. Murphy claims to have not heard the bear because she was wearing headphones and to have only realized what happened when watching the video later. Many have speculated on social media whether or not the video is authentic.
Found footage from 1984 shows a side of Sixth Street you’re probably already pretty familiar with. The video posted on the YouTube account of an upcoming documentary that aims to explore “how public access TV helped shape the culture of Austin, one of America’s weirdest cities” shows flashes of all the typical Sixth Street sights: friends laughing, sparkly dresses and strange street vendors. The documentary, “When We Were Live,” earned $17,000 from 209 backers on Kickstarter.
Harry Potter fans still mourning the last movie release, rejoice. The second trailer for the newest movie to depict the wizarding world, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” debuted during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, and it promises to put a whole new spin on the classic seven-part series, Forbes reports. The movie is set to premiere in November, is set in the early 1900s and features a host of new characters and, of course, beasts.
Whether its a cockatoo that’s won your heart or man’s best friend, today is a good day to celebrate the little non-human you love! Today, National Pet Day, is the perfect time to visit one of Austin’s many pet-friendly spots and spend time with the animal in your life.
Harry Potter didn’t even sit in this chair, guys. And yet, the wood-backed, spindly and worn chair did once belong to J.K. Rowling, and that was enough to earn it nearly $400,000 at a recent auction, the Associated Press reports. The chair was one of four given to the writer for her flat in Edinburgh, Scotland. She sat on it while writing both “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” It was previously auctioned for $21,000 and $29,000. The owner said he would donate 10 percent of the funds to Rowling’s charity. The chair has “I wrote/Harry Potter/while sitting/on this chair” scribbled on the seat.
Willie Nelson’s comments following the news that his good friend and fellow country singer Merle Haggard had died at age 79, were simple and heartfelt. Nelson made a statement by way of his publicist in which he simply said, “He was my brother. My friend. I will miss him.” The two recently released a collaborative album in 2015 that topped the country charts, and both were booked for shows at at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels before Haggard was forced to cancel due to ill health.
The American-Statesman’s movie critic Joe Gross said he was put in a better mood this morning by the new trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Among the things that sold him? The title which he says leaves the story open. “This isn’t THE Star Wars story, it is A Star Wars story, the kind that millions of kids made up with their action figures.” Other things that won Gross over were the two female leads: “In a sharp reminder that this is a movie from the 21st century, the main character, Jyn Erso, is a woman. Her boss is a woman,” and the “more direct and cannier” “nostalgia-mining.”
No longer will Redditors have to struggle through the pain of scrolling through their favorite subreddits in a browser on a cellphone. The online community has debuted its first official app compatible with both iOS and Android, 512 Tech’s Jackie Wang reports. Alien Blue, an app compatible with only iOS, has been removed from the app store by Reddit to make room for the new app. Many users used either this or other third party apps. The top comment on the announcement thread on Reddit asked a very long series of questions, all of which were addressed or answered by vice president of consumer products Alex Le.
Amy Schumer makes a joke out of most things, but when Glamour included her in its recent plus-size feature the comedian did not take the labeling lightly, Time reports. Schumer took to Instagram to address the feature saying, “Plus size is considered a size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8.” She also asked Instagram users if “Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size?” Schumer also took issue with the magazine’s failure to ask for her approval before labeling her and including her in the issue.
Country legend Merle Haggard has died at 79-years-old on his birthday. The singer, and good friend to Willie Nelson, had recently been ill and forced to cancel tour dates due to his health. His death was first announced by T.G. Sheppard via Twitter and later confirmed by the Bakersfield Californian.
My dear friend and one of country music's treasures @merlehaggard has just passed away. My deepest sympathy to his family.
East Austin’s new Fleet Coffee features a menu called “Coffee And…” which aims to “showcase the uniqueness of coffee as an ingredient,” and includes unique beverages like the E.T. which mixes espresso with lime syrup and tonic water. Not to say Fleet doesn’t offer all of your run-of-the-mill espresso, latte, iced coffee options, the American-Statesman’s Arianna Auber assures us. The shops owners are hoping to offer a subscription coffee service to customers within the coming months.
TxDot is celebrating 30 years reminding you which state you definitely should not mess with. The “Don’t Mess With Texas” anti-litter campaign first started employing ads starring Texas celebrities like Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey in 1986, and recently underwent a revamp to help target the state’s worst litterers: young adults. Sure those red, blue and white painted trashcans cost Texas quite a bit of money, but anti-littering programs reportedly save the state around $4.7 million each year. All of this serves to remind you, your trash goes in the trash.
Today’s your day, F1 and Taylor Swift fans alike! Tickets for this year’s Formula One Grand Prix go on sale at 10 a.m., the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. Tickets for all three days and the concert are $150. Single-day tickets start at $175. The race’s organizers have also instated a new rain policy following last year’s weather, which guarantees 105% refund given it rains over two inches in the 24-hour period before the 2 p.m. start of the F1 USGP on Sunday.
Caitlyn Jenner will guest star on Amazon’s acclaimed show “Transparent” about a transgender woman who comes out to her friends and family, the Associated Press reports. It was reportedly pretty easy to get the star of “I am Cait” to agree to appear on the show. “We are all part of the same community. A lot of the transwomen who work on our show are also in her show, ‘I am Cait,'” producer Jill Soloway said. “Lots of crossover. Lots of friends.” Soloway has yet to reveal any details about Jenner’s character on the show.
Austin360’s main food man Matthew Odam has embarked on a meat tour of Texas. Odam will spend six days traveling through Texas to see just what the state has to offer barbecue-wise outside of Austin. You can check out a map of his journey here, and tweet at him @odam to offer suggestions and even maybe schedule a meet up. Odam will stop at three spots a day and hopefully make it out with only a minor case of the meat sweats. Check out his reviews of Austin’s best barbecue and have yourself a mini-tour (a meal) in his honor.
“Her grandpa was a preacher, my father was a preacher, we both grew up singing and playing guitar in church, and we’re both known for some of the…biggest…songs in our fields,” Katy Perry told the crowd at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday. Referring to none other than Dolly Parton herself, Perry introduced country’s queen before the two shared the stage to sing a medley of several of Parton’s biggest hits. Parton received the Tex Ritter Award during the ceremony for the movie about her life, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”
On August 21 Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa will play the Austin360 Amphitheater along with acts Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama, the American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports. The Dogg-Father and Wiz are expected to give a great performance that’s sure to feature “Young and Wild And Free,” what “might as well be our city’s anthem,” Stith says. Tickets for the show will go on sale April 8.
If your plans during the next two weeks included eating at Tamale House East, now’s the time to change them. The restaurant announced on Twitter over the weekend plans to close until April 18, the American Statesman’s Matthew Odam reports. The reason for the close is cited in the tweet as “exciting things are coming.” Try one of these alternative until it reopens.
Youtube released a video today launching a service it said people having been asking for “since the site’s launch”: being able to watch every video with Snoop Dogg. Finally, users will be able to watch all their favorite videos with “a pioneer in West Coast G-Funk Hip-Hop.” Who does the site have to credit for the new feature? Snoop himself. “I coded the hell out of this software to get me up in there,” Snoop Dogg says during the video. The technology promises to be so immersive that sometimes, according to Snoop, you’ll forget if “you’re in a video or real life.” Or sitting next to Snoop Dogg.
So Jordan Shipley didn’t actually elk-milking after quitting the NFL. We can still hope. As the American-Statesman’s Gabrielle Muñoz reports, the former Longhorn teamed up with Yeti in delivering one of the funnier pranks of the day, when he discussed his new endeavors in selling elk milk (or melk). The video features a cameo from former teammate and roommate Colt McCoy, as one of the many people supporting Shipley who just can’t get behind the taste of melk. Watch the full video here.
Shipley: “A lot of people have actually started calling me the melkman.”
You’re still going to have to actually visit a McDonald’s if you want a Bic Mac and fries. Despite a Facebook post promoting a monthly subscription service that helps “pair your favorite menu items to your lifestyle,” the burger chain will not mail out your favorite sandwich (you’re provided a choice between a McRib and a chicken sandwich) along with a few “lifestyle” items. A scarf and a mustache comb come alongside a McRib, but if that’s too much for you you could always opt for “The Minimalist” which provides you with a single fry. In other fast-food April Fools’ news, Burger King’s “Chicken Fries Shake” is still just the stuff dreams are made of.
If you scroll through either Deadspin or Jezebel today you might notice the two sites aren’t reading quite the same as they usually do. That’s because writers from the two sites have switched. Where you once found your humorous sports and news commentary you’ll now find “celebrity, sex and fashion for women.” So what does the crossover between the two sites look like? A lot like this tweet: