Stars Hollow meets Austin for ‘Gilmore Girls’ coffee shop takeover

It’s official: Austin loves ‘Gilmore Girls.’

Fans of the coffee-guzzling, fast-talking mother-daughter duo were out in full force on Wednesday morning for the Luke’s Diner takeover of three local coffee shops: Summermoon Coffee Bar, Vintage Heart Coffee and Caffe Medici. Diehards across the country were treated to a free cup of joe courtesy of Netflix, which is releasing its “Gilmore Girls” revival next month.

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There was flannel. There were backwards baseball caps. And oh, was there coffee.

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MORE: Can’t get enough GG? Check out photos from the ‘Gilmore Girls’ reunion red carpet at the ATX Television Fest.

Texas woman sings Selena’s ‘Como La Flor’ on ‘The Voice,’ wins spot

For the first time in “The Voice” history, someone finally sang the work of our “Queen of Tejano” Selena Quintanilla — and she happens to be from Texas too.

Selena Quintanilla Perez will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame this fall. **FILE**Selena Quintanilla Perez will be honored with Madame Tussauds wax figure this summer. In this 1994 photo, Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio. **FILE**Selena fans commemorated the 20th anniversary of her death this year. ** FILE ** Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:
Selena Quintanilla performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.

Read: Remembering Selena: Tejano music star’s legacy lives on 20 years after her death

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.

Related: Selena influenced style, beauty

Whose team did she pick? Watch the video to find out.

 

Hear Wiz Khalifa rap over Austin band Survive’s ‘Stranger Things’ theme

It’s common knowledge at this point that everybody is in love with Netflix’s “Stranger Things” — even Wiz Khalifa, apparently.

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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.

Read: In love with ‘Stranger Things’? The opening theme was scored by an Austin band

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.

Related: First round of SXSW 2017 artists includes Survive, Tameca Jones, San Fermin, Diet Cig

On top of this, the song’s cover art depicts Khalifa and Donato as the “Stranger Things” kids riding their bicycles in the woods. Check out the song below.

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Follow live: Rick Perry debuts on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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.

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Michael Phelps gave a gold medal-worthy performance of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is a man of many talents. On Sunday night, the 28-time Olympic medalist gave a gold medal-worthy performance of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” on Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle.”

Read: Michael Phelps shows Katie Ledecky best way to wear her Olympic medals

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Okay, so maybe he did miss a bunch of the lyrics and he looked a little uncomfortable on stage sometimes. But give the guy a break. He’s not used to being on land, he channeled his #Phelpsface and even gave an A+ mic drop at the end.

Related: Here’s how Michael Phelps enjoyed his first day of retirement

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‘Stars’ in his eyes: Rick Perry films in Texas, warms up on ‘Good Morning America’ ahead of dancing debut

Ahead of pulling center stage September 12, Rick Perry took to social media to share several pictures of himself and “Dancing with the Stars” partner Emma Slater as they made a stop to film in Texas and appeared, earlier today, on “Good Morning America.”

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016, after the state's top criminal court threw out the remaining charge against him. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Wednesday February 24, 2016, after the state’s top criminal court threw out the remaining charge against him. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here are the reasons why Rick Perry is going to win “Dancing with the Stars”

While Slater’s mission is to teach an old (and longest serving) Texas governor a new trick, Perry took the opportunity to teach her a few things about the Lone Star state. Including, cows:

How to dress like a Texan:

How to shoot a gun:

And what eventually happens to the cows:

Slater shared a picture of herself receiving an “adult beverage band” before heading into the Fayette County Fair, where Perry mentioned they spent the day filming (and where he hopefully picked up one of his favorite fair foods).

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The pair, Perry’s glasses and several of their fellow “Stars,” appeared this morning on “Good Morning America” for a little Season 23 pre-party. When asked if he was starting to have fun now Perry hesitated before saying, “That might be a little stretch.” He also launched into an interesting metaphor in which he described himself as a piece of coal being shined into a diamond by Slater.

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You can watch a segment of their appearance below:

Perry’s moves are only days away. Be sure you’re awake when the season premieres this coming Monday!

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This is what happened the last time a Texas politician joined ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Deep within the “Dancing With the Stars” archives is a tale involving injuries, hustling for swing votes, a controversial political figure and leopard print. Following the news that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will appear on this upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars,” the internet got all sorts of riled up. But he’s not the first in his field to compete for that coveted mirror ball trophy, nor even the first from the Lone Star State.

Read: 5 reasons former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will win ‘Dancing With the Stars’

No, siree, that distinction belongs to the former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader from Sugar Land: Tom DeLay. You may or may not remember his appearance on the ninth season of the televised dance competition, but what better time to recap DeLay’s bizarre moment of televised stardom?

 In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 photo, Former House Republican Whip Tom DeLay, 62, dances on the ABC Television's "Dancing with the Stars, " in Los Angeles. DeLay surprised the crowd. DeLay, performed a cha-cha to the 1960s hit "Wild Thing." (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)
In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 photo, Former House Republican Whip Tom DeLay, 62, dances on the ABC Television’s “Dancing with the Stars, ” in Los Angeles. DeLay surprised the crowd. DeLay, performed a cha-cha to the 1960s hit “Wild Thing.” (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)



Back in the day, DeLay was joined on the dance floor by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and throwback pop star Donny Osmond. In a 2009 American-Statesman article, DeLay’s spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty said the then-62-year-old former congressman was intrigued by the opportunity to dance on national TV because “he’s always looking for a new adventure.”

Read: Why is Rick Perry taking a turn on reality TV?

The American-Statesman’s John Kelso, in a column written when the news broke, poked fun at DeLay, who had been indicted on money-laundering charges and violation of state election laws just four years earlier. Here’s an excerpt of what Kelso had to say:

“Can you think of anyone more awkward for ‘Dancing With the Stars’? OK, so Hillary Clinton. Ain’t nobody gonna call her Diddy any time soon… This is not the first time ‘Dancing With the Stars’ looks like it should change its name to ‘Dancing Behind Bars.’ Rapper Lil’ Kim , who made it onto the show, did 10 months in prison.”

Though DeLay was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to three years in prison, the ruling was overturned in 2013 — meaning this scandal was looming over him throughout his entire appearance on “DWTS.”

Herman: Rick Perry Dances again 

But DeLay’s quest for the trophy was short-lived. The man who had come out with a bang for his debut on the show in a brown, sparkly, leopard-print lined vest and orthopedic shoes lasted but three weeks. Stress fractures on his feet forced him to quit before his chance at elimination. (Or victory.)

TomDelay and 'Dancing With the Stars' partnet Cheryl Burke. (ABC/HARPER SMITH)
TomDelay and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ partnet Cheryl Burke. (ABC/HARPER SMITH)

That’s not all. In 2006, DeLay had actually stumped for votes for “DWTS” contestant and country singer Sara Evans. According to an American-Statesman article, DeLay had been emailing his supporters, urging them to vote weekly for Evans. From DeLay’s email:

“One of her opponents on the show is ultra liberal talk show host Jerry Springer. We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans.”

What a wild ride. Anyway, now it’s time to see if Perry has more luck on the dance floor than this Texas contestant did.

5 reasons former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will win ‘Dancing With the Stars’

The news that Rick Perry will compete on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars” stirred up cha-cha-chatter when it was first reported Monday night, as the imaginations of politicos and average Joes alike lindy-hopped to various conclusions. Will the former Texas governor’s spin on the ABC show bring the mirror-ball trophy to the Lone Star State, or will he say adios quicker than you can say “Paso Doble”? Will Perry’s tango with the celebrity ballroom competition be a dance with disaster? Or can the most famous pair of glasses in Texas boot-scoot to victory? Will we still be able to come up with dance puns by the time the show airs?

Former Texas governor Rick Perry will pair with Emma Slater on "Dancing with the Stars, " which starts its new season on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (Craig Sjodin/ABC)
Former Texas governor Rick Perry will pair with Emma Slater on “Dancing with the Stars, ” which starts its new season on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (Craig Sjodin/ABC)

No matter your political persuasion or your thoughts on Carrie Ann Inaba’s judging abilities versus those of Bruno Tonioli, Perry’s participation is certainly a curiosity. But don’t write off the former presidential candidate’s chances just yet.

READ: Why is Rick Perry taking a turn on reality TV?

Here are five reasons Perry might beat expectations and join Bindi Irwin and Emmitt Smith in the “DWTS” hall of fame.

1. He’s been to more than a few balls: Let’s not pretend that the art of the dance is completely foreign to political life. As longtime governor of Texas (and lieutenant governor before that), Perry was no stranger to inaugural balls, even if he did try to loosen up the black ties with a Ted Nugent performance in 2007.

2. He knows how to take instructions: As Texas A&M University’s former head Aggie Yell Leader, Perry should be able to get in formation.

3. He’s got dancing shoes: Though “Dancing With the Stars” is a ballroom contest and not a televised honky-tonk, Perry’s cowboy boot collection shows he prefers his feet to be fancy. You don’t swagger around in “Come and take it” boots unless you want people looking at your footwork.

4. He’s got a sense of rhythm: As columnist Ken Herman points out, Perry is a musician, “including talent on the piano and drums.” He sang and drummed with ZZ Top in 2005, in fact.

5. He has a history of public dance performance: Need we remind you of Austin’s premiere menorah-lighting merry-maker?

On the other hand, Laurie Hernandez will definitely win.

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Here’s everything coming and going from Netflix in September

 

Say adios to summer and welcome a whole new batch of Netflix additions coming in September.

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Read: Netflix to bring back Steven Avery for ‘Making a Murderer’ Season 2

A few days ago. the streaming site announced everything that’s coming and going next month and it seems like a pretty good trade-off.

So what will you be able to watch from the comfort of your home in no time? First off, “Jaws.” And we’re talking all four of them. Other ’80s classics include “Footloose” and “Top Gun.”

More recent films include 2004’s “Crash,” “Saving Private Ryan,” Academy Award-winning “The Imitation Game” and the animated hit “Zootopia.” Those are just scratching the surface so you should check out Entertainment Weekly’s full list here.

Related: Netflix says ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack is coming to our ears soon

Everything comes at a price so of course we have to say goodbye to a few big films. Leaving Netflix will be “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Zoolander.” You can check out the rest of the list here. 

Read: ‘Anne of Green Gables’ reboot headed to Netflix

 

 

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ premieres this week, but don’t forget this Austin queen

On Thursday, some familiar gentlemen will start their engines, and the best (of the best) women will eventually win a coveted crown. The second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” premieres Thursday, featuring fan-favorite contestants from past seasons of the drag competition reality show.

One local face, unfortunately, not join beloved drag queens like Alaska, Katya and Alyssa Edwards: Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine.

RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 premiere featuring Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine, at Ironwood Hall on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)
RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 premiere featuring Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine, at Ironwood Hall on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)

A-List Photos: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 8 premiere party in Austin

Fontaine (born Carlos Hernadez) didn’t steal the crown at the end of season 8 of “Drag Race” — she sashayed away in the third episode — but she did manage to snatch the title of Miss Congeniality, a title often awarded to queens with a strong fan following.

Before the debut of season 8, the fixture of local gay bar Oilcan Harry’s said in an interview with Austin360 that competing as the show’s first contestant from Austin was a source of pride:

“It’s a wonderful experience to represent Austin, Texas, my Hispanic community, and my community here in Austin. We are equipped with great performers — female, male, androgynous, campy, trashy, whatever — and this city provides everything in between. So I’m just proud that I can represent a little piece of that and share it with the entire world.”

From the archives: 25 years of Pride

Though she won’t return to TV sets this week, Fontaine is scheduled to appear at the Austin Pride festival on Saturday.