ACL Fest 2016: Austin, we have our first fest celeb sighting

It’s less than five hours into this year’s Austin City Limits Festival, but we’ve already spotted our first international celebrity (besides the musicians themselves, of course).

A steady stream of attendees arrive at the Barton Springs entrance of the ACL Music Festival entrance as festgoers arrive on Friday, August 30, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman


Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan made a stop at the Samsung Stage to catch Eliot Sumner’s show Friday afternoon.

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The actor Pierce Brosnan watches Eliot Sumner perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Friday September 30, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

This isn’t the first time the former 007 agent has been spotted in Austin. As he takes breaks from filming his new show for AMC, he’ll periodically pop up at Guero’s or the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Brosnan has been filming a series for AMC in Central Texas this month. “The Son” is a “multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family,” according to Deadline. The series is based on local author Philipp Meyer’s 2013 novel of the same name and will air in 2017.

The day is young…maybe we’ll spot some more famous folks as the weekend goes on.

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.

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


Beyoncé posed with fans at a beauty supply store in Texas

A few Beyoncé fans totally lucked out this weekend when Queen B strolled into a Houston beauty supply store and took a photo with them.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT - Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Levi's Stadium on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)
 Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

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The singer was in her hometown to perform for her Formation tour on Thursday when she and her mother, Tina Knowles, decided to go to their old favorite shop Solid Gold Beauty Supply. Apparently, Tina needed some satin bonnets.

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While they were there, Beyoncé posed for a photo with a couple of fans who happened to be at the right place at the right time.

Here’s Tina talking about those bonnets.

And here’s Beyoncé posing in front of wall that she somehow makes look really cool.

Drink up: Texan invents device to ward off wine hangovers

One Texan has answered the prayers of wine lovers everywhere: A solution to the particular horribleness of wine hangovers. It’s a little different from your solution, because it doesn’t involve staying in bed for a day with stained lips.

Sulfites often get the blame for red wine headaches, but experts say tyramine and tannins are probably at fault. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)
Sulfites often get the blame for red wine headaches, but experts say tyramine and tannins are probably at fault. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)

“The Wand” claims to improve the entire wine-drinking experience, but especially in so that it prevents the “flushing, nasal congestion, headaches, and hangovers that 75 percent of drinkers experience,” Culture Map reports. The Wand is made up of a short silver stick with a small sack of beads at the end that works by filtering out the sulfites and histamines responsible for wine-drinkers’ uncomfortable side effects.

READ: Wineries in the Texas Hill Country only getting better with age

Because the Wand preserves the tannins present in wine, the taste is reportedly unaltered. That’s some wine science. The device claims to work well in white, red and sparkling wine, although in the case of the latter it also unfortunately filters out all the fun bubbles.

If it’s all it claims to be the Wand could make for the perfect partner on a Hill Country winery tour. Pour yourself a glass and check out the Wand’s website here.

READ: Planned Taco Bell in Austin will serve beer, wine, liquor

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.

Photo via Netflix

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.



Excited for Kanye in Austin? Here’s a recap of his last two months

Yeezy will grace Austin with his presence tonight for his latest stop in the “Saint Pablo” tour.

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. After six weeks of streaming exclusively on Tidal, the Jay-Z-backed music service, West’s latest album, “The Life of Pablo,” was finally released to other streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music and put up for sale on his website. West tweeted on Feb. 15, 2016, that the album “will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
File photo.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

During Kanye West’s performance at the Frank Erwin Center, you can expect a mixture of old faves and new hits, his hovering over the audience on a floating stage platform and all in all, a great performance. In light of his concert, let’s take the opportunity to catch up on what West’s been up to recently.

In latest news, West finally joined Instagram. His username is kanywest and so far, there’s only one photo that shows a scene from 1990’s “Total Recall,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, there was no caption and we may never know why he chose this image. Stay mysterious, Ye.

Last week, West made headlines for what looked to be the start of a feud between himself and former protege Kid Cudi. Kid Cudi had tweeted out a series of posts criticizing the “fake ones” and calling out West and Drake. West then ranted against him during a show in Tampa, Fla. But during his show in Houston, People reports that West ended the feud with an on-stage message for Kid Cudi saying “I just wanted to take time out to say Kid Cudi is my brother,” he said, calling him “the most influential artist of the past 10 years, and I hope he’s doing well.”

“Project Runway” star Tim Gunn also had something to say about West this month. He said the only thing dumber than West’s fashion line is whoever’s buying it. “I’m totally perplexed about why the fashion industry has not looked at these, frankly, dumb basic clothes and cried hoax. Hoax,” Gunn said during an interview with Access Hollywood.

Let’s not forget about how MTV gave West four minutes to say whatever he wanted at the VMA’s in August. He talked about Taylor Swift, Beyonce, people being shot in Chicago and his “Famous” video during his allotted time. Read the whole transcript here. 

It was also announced in August that Ye now has more Top 40 songs than Michael Jackson who had 39 — now that’s an accomplishment. West is currently 10th for most top 40 hits by a male artist all-time, losing to the likes of Elvis Presley.

Whether or not you’re going to his concert in Austin, it’s always entertaining to know what West is up to. But seriously, we’re all secretly hoping he visits a local taco joint and posts about it on Twitter tonight.

Oops: Virginia governor accidentally poses for picture with Willie Nelson’s marijuana

Virginia’s governor Terry McAuliffe recently posed for a photo with Willie Nelson at the Farm Aid concert. But that’s not all he posed with.

12-29-15 Willie Nelson performs during the Willie Nelson & Family New Year concert at ACL LIve at the Moody Theater. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
12-29-15 Willie Nelson performs during the Willie Nelson & Family New Year concert at ACL LIve at the Moody Theater. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

The picture, which was tweeted out by Nelson’s wife Annie, shows the country music legend and McAuliffe sitting at a table with a can of Nelson’s own Willie’s Reserve between them. Annie captioned the picture “Uh-oh trouble!”

READ: Wanna work for Willie’s weed biz? Now’s your chance

Willie’s reserve is, of course, the singer’s brand of marijuana — legally available for purchase in Washington and Colorado. Recreational marijuana use is illegal in Virginia.


After 8News reached out to McAuliffe’s office for comment, as KXAN reports, the governor’s spokesperson Brian Coy explained:

“He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand. He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”

Coy also mentioned that McAuliffe is open to legalizing medical, but not recreational, marijuana use in Virginia. Not that he would recognize either if it was sitting on a table in front of him.

Whataburger engaged in friendly beef with DC Comics over Wonder Woman logo

The sight of Whataburger’s “Flying W” logo has been known to lasso in a lot of late-night fast food patrons, but the Texas burger chain is now wondering if their logo might be in danger.

This Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo shows a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, taking a stand against a new law legalizing the practice. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
This Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo shows a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The San Antonio Express-News confirmed Friday that the wonderful burger chain has met with DC Comics and is currently engaged in a “friendly trademark discussion” about Wonder Woman’s new logo, which bears a bit of a resemblance to the orange “Flying W.”

Wonder Woman’s latest logo.

“Contrary to some suggestions, Whataburger is not at war with Wonder Woman over her newly redesigned logo. In fact, Whataburger supports superheroes like Wonder Woman and her friends in the Justice League,” a Whataburger company spokesperson wrote in a statement to “Truth be told, Whataburger’s own superhero – Whataguy – would love to team up with Wonder Woman and her friends sometime to battle evil together.”

More: Catch up on Whataburger news on Buzzworthy

But which logo came first? Whataburger’s current logo was trademarked in 1972, while Wonder Woman’s stacked W logo was trademarked in 1985. The character of Wonder Woman has been around since her first appearance in Dec. 1941.

At first, the Amazon Warrior’s trademark bore some resemblance to Whataburger’s logo, but if there ever was any creative dispute, Whataburger had little reason to worry. Wonder Woman’s logo was registered for the comic book industry, and not for the beverage or restaurant service industries.

Wonder Woman’s original logo from 1985.

However, with April’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” films, where Gal Gadot plays the superhero with the lasso of truth, the Wonder Woman logo will become much more visible.

“Wonder Woman’s stacked W logo has both made it appear more similar to Whataburger’s long-standing Flying W trademark and has been accompanied by nine new trademark applications, covering a much more substantial list of goods and services than just comic books, including a variety of food and beverage products,” the spokesperson wrote to the San Antonio Express-News.

Legal action hasn’t been taken by either party yet, and the proceedings seem fairly amicable. But does this mean that we might see Whataburger/Wonder Woman tie-ins in the future? Will a scene of the “Wonder Woman” film take place at a Whataburger? Will the Justice League regroup and plan their next move over Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits? We can only hope.

And as far as similar logos go, Weezer’s latest logo looks a lot like Wonder Woman’s, and Waylon Jennings’ logo in the ’70s favored a W with wings as well.


‘Friday Night Lights’ cast has ideas about where their characters are today

Say it loud and say it proud: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- Pictured: (l-r) Gaius Charles as Brian "Smash" Williams, Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Jesse Plemons as Landry Clarke, Adrianne Palicki as Tyra Collette, Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor, Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen, Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Scott Porter as Jason Street, Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins -- NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth ORG XMIT: Season:2 1002tvcolumn
NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth

If that mantra doesn’t immediately make you nostalgic for those days Explosions in the Sky’s “Your Hand in Mine” came on the screen and “Friday Night Lights” began, then you need head straight for Netflix and do some serious binge-watching.

Photos: ATX Television Festival ‘Friday Night Lights’ Reunion

It’s been 10 years since the premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” which was filmed right here in Austin. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the cast reunited at Del Valle high school during the ATX Festival in June.

Watch: Canada vs. Texas according to Taylor Kitsch

Entertainment Weekly released footage this week from the cast’s reunion on the field in which they theorize on where they think their characters are today. Tyra Collette is likely back in Dillon, married to Tim Riggins. Jason Street built himself a great life and Luke is probably still pining for Becky. Watch below:

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.

(Photo courtesy of ABC)
(Photo courtesy of ABC)

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