For seven seasons, drag queen/household name RuPaul has asked a different crew of female impersonators to lipsync for their lives on Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Soon, Austin will finally have its own fierce queen to root for.
Cynthia Lee Fontaine, a regular performer at Austin bar Oilcan Harry’s, has been cast as one of twelve queens competing for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” in the show’s eighth season. The cast was revealed Monday after a weeklong social media scavenger hunt.
Fontaine’s Facebook profile says the performer has been doing drag since 2007. Also, the drag queen’s Instagram profile contains several Austin-related gems, like a picture at the Texas Capitol:
Love is a many-splendored thing, full of Bentleys and Instagram posts and airport arrests. That’s the lesson from this weekend, anyway, as TMZ.com reported that Rob Kardashian came to Blac Chyna’s aid following her arrest in Austin.
According to the gossip site, Kardashian drove from Los Angeles to the Live Music Capital to pick up Chyna after her release from Travis County Jail on Saturday, citing unnamed “Kardashian sources.” He made the 1,377-mile journey in 26 hours, the sources said, also pointing to a post-release Snapchat post from Chyna featuring Kardashian’s Bentley. For her part, Chyna seemed to be happy to head home on the highway.
Kardashian, the brother of the other ones, and Chyna, a model also embroiled in the reality TV family’s drama by way of BFF and former Kanye West flame Amber Rose, have been romantically linked after some recent (and cryptic) social media missives. A photo of a tattooed arm on Chyna’s feed (belonging to Kardashian, if the Internet’s team of Nancy Drews is to be trusted) kicked the hubbub off. His Instagram, meanwhile, has been rife with pictures of Chyna, including one shot that definitely seems like a jab at his famous family:
Of course, it’s not too big of a deal for a boyfriend to drive long distances to pick up his girlfriend after a stint in jail. Why the Internet has sunk its teeth into this story like a breakfast taco is the backstory, steeped in years of celebrity scandal that has recently come to a head again with West, Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa’s Twitter war. Add Kardashian’s rock relationship with his sisters to the mix, and you’ve got a tabloid epic for the ages.
While it may not be entirely fair to typecast actor Elijah Wood like that, the fact remains that the “Lord of the Rings” star and Austin homeowner turns 35 on Thursday. We know, we couldn’t believe it’s been that long, either. We remember seeing trailers for “North.”
In celebration of the erstwhile “Happy Feet” penguin, we dug through our archives for a little Elijah love on this most auspicious of days.
• He’s been spotted around town at local hotspots, including South Congress, Whole Foods and Sixth Street’s Easy Tiger bakery and beer garden. According to a 2013 story, he also has worked regularly with Rooster Teeth.
• Before he called it home, Wood came to Austin to work on “The Faculty,” a 1998 movie from hometown hero Robert Rodriguez about a group of students who suspect that their schoolteachers are actually aliens. At the time, American-Statesman film critic Chris Garcia only mentioned Wood in his review of the film by way of a comparison to “The Breakfast Club”: “We’re witness to the parade of pubescent archetypes — gloomy outcast, jock, rebel studmuffin, new girl and hopeless nerd — recast as air-brushed, Fox-ready cuties,” Garcia wrote. “Elijah Wood takes the Anthony Michael Hall role, Clea DuVall is Ally Sheedy, Josh Hartnett becomes Judd Nelson, and so on. The nubile cast is surprisingly strong.”
“I started coming back to Austin, initially because of South by Southwest, and my brother lived there for five years,” Wood said. “It always felt like home. … And I felt for a long time that I should live there, so I just decided to buy a home.”
Happy birthday, Elijah. We thought you were great in “Sin City.”