Now you can achieve ‘Mad Men’ cool, own Don Draper’s red convertible

This image released by AMC shows, from left, John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris and Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough, in a scene from the final season of "Mad Men." The series finale airs on Sunday. (Justina Mintz/AMC via AP)
From left, John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris and Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough, in  the final season of “Mad Men.” (Justina Mintz/AMC via AP)

Don Draper definitely wasn’t the most honorable character to ever exist but he had some serious style. And now, you too can be just as dapper as the boys of “Mad Men.”

Nearly 1,500 items from the seven-season show will be available for auction starting June 1. In honor of the one-year anniversary of the show’s finale, items up for sale include Roger Sterling’s Ray Ban sunglasses, Peggy Olson’s typewriter, and of course, Draper’s 1964 Chrysler Imperial.

Dallas Zoo welcomes baby African elephant, first born in U.S. in two years

The Dallas Zoo welcomes the birth of a baby African elephant. Photo via Dallas Zoo/Facebook.
The Dallas Zoo welcomes the birth of a baby African elephant. Photo via Dallas Zoo/Facebook.

It’s been nearly two years since the United States saw the birth of an African elephant, but on May 14, the Dallas Zoo welcomed its own baby calf.

The zoo announced today on its Facebook page that Mlilo, one of the five elephants rescued from drought-stricken Swaziland in March, gave birth to a 175-pound male who has yet to be named.

“This birth validates the critical importance of our rescue efforts and why we worked so hard to get these animals to safety as quickly as possible,” said Dallas Zoo president and CEO Gregg Hudson in an interview.

Mlilo and the baby are currently receiving round-the-clock care and thought the calf was born a bit underweight, he is active nursing. The zoo expects it will be another few months before guests are able to see the calf in the park.

For now, the public can celebrate the new baby by watching this video after his birth.

 

Keith Urban sings “FML” posts with Jimmy Fallon

Keith Urban was in town a little over a week ago for the iHeartCountry Fest, but his latest stop on the promotional tour for his new album landed him on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week.

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Keith Urban performs onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival held at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Urban joined Fallon to debut their “new country duo”— Fallon put on a black cowboy hat and affected a country accent, while Urban did his best to play along with Fallon’s jokes. True to country music form, they sang sad songs, but that’s because all the source material came from fmylife.com. For those unfamiliar with the phrase”F My Life”…just Google it.

The two sang “FML” posts like “Today, I noticed that my cat was making a loud wheezing noise so I rushed him to the vet. After $300 worth of tests, he’s fine. Just really fat. FML.” And yes, Fallon broke at least once. And no, he did not get to mention his famed almost-date with Nicole Kidman, Urban’s wife.

Urban’s new album “Ripcord” is on sale now.

Check out the “FML” video below.

 

Sharon Stone is soon to be part of Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sharon Stone, a cast member in "Mothers and Daughters," poses at the premiere of the film at the London West Hollywood Hotel Screening Room on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Sharon Stone poses at the premiere of the film at the London West Hollywood Hotel Screening Room on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Actress Sharon Stone said on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” that she was going to have a “wee” part in an upcoming Marvel movie, though she’s being cryptic about the specifics.

“I can’t tell because you know, you have to sign confidentiality agreements,” she said.

Some websites have already started speculating what her role could potentially be. Cinemablend suggested she may be Janet Van Dyne (the original Wasp) from “Ant-Man.”

Axl Rose and AC/DC kick off “Rock or Bust” tour in Lisbon

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose, left, watches AC/DC lead guitar player Angus Young perform during the concert of Australian rock band AC/DC in Lisbon Saturday night, May 7, 2016. On Saturday, AC/DC kicked off the 12-concert European leg of their "Rock or Bust" world tour with American rock band Guns N' Roses singer Rose replacing the band's legendary vocalist Brian Johnson who had to quit the tour due to health issues. Rose sang seated on a chair due to a broken foot. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, left, watches AC/DC lead guitar player Angus Young perform during the concert of Australian rock band AC/DC in Lisbon Saturday night, May 7, 2016.  (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose made his debut as the frontman for AC/DC this weekend in Lisbon. Rose became the lead singer for the “Rock or Bust” tour after the band announced Brian Johnson’s departure in April.

Though there are mixed reactions (most of the YouTube comments are unkind), Rolling Stone said Rose was a “pleasant presence” and The Guardian said he “delivered a masterly first appearance.”

But you should make your own judgement. Watch their performance of “Shoot to Thrill” below.

Man builds miniature ‘Jurassic Park’ park for pet tortoise

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Photographer Oliver Turpin creates a miniature version of them park from “Jurassic Park” for his pet tortoise. Photo via Turpin’s Youtube channel.

 

God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates a miniature version of the theme park from “Jurassic Park” for his pet turtle.

On May 2, U.K. photographer Oliver Turpin uploaded a video to his Youtube channel, showing off the gift he made for his Leopard Tortoise, Louie. In a truly cinematic fashion, he used his iPhone to film Louie hanging out in his new home, which is complete with grazing areas, a pool and visitors center.

Apparently, “Jurassic Park” is Louie’s favorite film. fav film

And what is the iconic theme park without the poor goat?

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Anyway, this Youtube user’s reaction pretty much sums it all up.

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The Lonely Island guys ‘never stopped never stopping’ around Austin Friday

From left, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island visited Austin Friday, April 29. Photo via The Lonely Island official website.
From left, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island visited Austin Friday, April 29. Photo via The Lonely Island official website.

The guys of comedy trio The Lonely Island made their way to Austin on Friday to promote “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” spending the day with radio station KLBJ, the guys over at Rooster Teeth and some lucky UT students.

“Popstar,” which will be released June 3, is a comedy written, produced by and starring Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg. It follows the story of Connor, a rapper whose album bombs and is forced to re-form his old boy band. Tonight, the film will be screened at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to UT students only.

The group started off the day at radio station 93.7 KLBJ where they talked about the numerous cameos in “Popstar” and Samberg’s haters.

“We’re producers so we’d sit in the theater and people don’t know we’re in there,” he said. “And there’s always one dude that says ‘I’ve got to say, I just don’t like Andy Samberg.”

Then, they made their way over to production company Rooster Teeth, whose Twitter account posted a few photos from their session together. Apparently, they broke a table together.

The trio’s last stop before their screening is Good JuJu Cafe in West Campus, where Universal Pictures UT Austin organized a meet and greet for the first 100 students to line-up outside by 11 a.m.

So far, there haven’t been too many posts online about how the meet and greet went. We’ve heard Good JuJu Cafe was playing “Dick in a Box,” though.

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Remember, everyone: Never stop never stopping.

Powerpuff yourself in time for ‘Powerpuff Girls’ revival

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Photo via powerpuffyourself.com.

Using their ultra superpowers Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have dedicated their lives to fighting crime and the forces of evil.

And now you can join them.

Long gone are the days of fighting over who gets to be which character. To promote its reboot of the turn-of-the-century show, Cartoon Network has launched a website called PowerpuffYourself where users can create Powerpuff Girls versions of themselves by hitting a button that says “power me up.” They can specify which skin and eye color, expression, mouth, glasses, hairstyle, facial hair, outfit and accessories best represent them. With so many options any user will find something that resembles them.

People all over Facebook and Twitter have been posting their creations using the downloadable avatars, wallpapers and animated gifs.

The revival comes a little more than 10 years after the original show ended in 2005. During South By Southwest Cartoon Network premiered the first episode of the series, which still aims to appeal to children but seems full of inside jokes for parents and its original fans, who are now in their 20’s.

The series premieres Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m. on Cartoon Network. So you better make sure and have your Powerpuff-self ready just in time for the debut.

Burt Reynolds debuts modern version of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Trans Am

Trans Am Depot and Burt Reynolds debut new Bandit Trans Am. Photo courtesy of Trans Am Depot.
Trans Am Depot and Burt Reynolds debut new Bandit Trans Am. Photo courtesy of Trans Am Depot.

The year is 1977. Pontiac is preparing to release its latest model of the Firebird Trans Am and Burt Reynolds is about to make history on screen as Bo Darville in “Smokey and the Bandit.”  It’s the year that shot Reynolds and the car into outlaw, cool-guy stardom.

Now, 77 is the number of available Trans Am SE Bandit Edition cars, a recently released new line of vehicles inspired by its forefather. Each car is individually signed by the Bandit himself, who announced their release a few days ago along with Trans Am Depot, an automotive conversion company that redesigns and creates retro-styled muscle cars.

“It was hot,” Reynolds said in the Trans Am Depot’s video. “It was hot in every way. It’s a love story and most guys had a love story with their car.”

In the same fashion as the Bandit’s car, the upgraded model comes equipped with the Shaker hood, T-tops, white-letter tires and snowflake wheels. And of course, there’s the iconic firebird that stretches across the front of the car.

“If you only saw that bird you would say that’s the Trans Am,” said Tod Warmack, co-founder of the Trans Am Depot.

But unlike the original, the Bandit Edition’s seats are modeled after the ’78 Trans Am, has an 840 horsepower to the crank compared to the original’s 185, and a specially crafted Bandit logo that marks the inside.

“This is a class act here,” Reynolds said.

The special editions come in light of Reynold’s new documentary “The Bandit,” which takes a look at the cultural import of the ’77 action comedy. It premiered at this year’s South By Southwest at the Long Center where Reynolds and director Jesse Moss made an appearance. The film, which received a standing ovation, will air on CMT in August.

 

How to make the Facebook Messenger basketball game less frustrating to play

Photo via Facebook
Photo via Facebook

Okay, this is more of “how to cheat at the Facebook Messenger basketball game.”

Facebook added their hidden basketball game (called “Messenger Madness,” an appropriate nod to March) to the Messenger app one week ago, and has already logged 300 million plays. To be totally fair, though, the game is not easy to do well in right away, and gets harder every 10 points you score.

Because doing well on this game is essential to life, there already are many videos and tutorials on how to “hack” the game:

 

Photo via Metro.co.uk
Photo via Metro.co.uk
Photo via Digital Spy
Photo via Digital Spy

(Side note: how old is the kid talking in that last video? Is he allowed to be on Youtube?)

The overlying theme of the game “cheats” seems to be the presence of a straight edge guiding the way you “throw” the ball. While the tutorials call for rulers and thicker items, a piece of paper works almost just as well.

To start a game, just send a basketball emoji to your friend over Messenger, then tap the ball. You can play the way Facebook intended—index finger and eyes alone—or pick up some hints from the Internet. Either way, get ready to spend way too much time trying to raise your score.