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.

‘Game of Thrones’ creators apologize for Sunday’s episode (Spoilers)

 

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The character Hodor, played by Kristian Nairn, is a loyal servant in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Photo courtesy of HBO.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers. 

No one knows how to break a person’s heart better than the creators behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Don’t even try to act like you’re not still reeling from the death of Ned Stark in season one.

But on Sunday, “GoT” took the devastation to the next level with Hodor’s death and moving on seems impossible. So last night, “GoT’ producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to apologize for what happened on Sunday. Though, it’s not likely to make you feel better.

Weiss and Benioff showed no remorse for killing of the loveable character. Instead they apologized for the aftermath of the episode’s airing — the numerous bad jokes fans love to make. It’s important to note that fans also created Hodor door stoppers available for purchase. 

“We’re sorry for all the idiots who from now on will be shouting ‘Hodor’ every time you go through a door,” Benioff said.

A few of those jokes are listed below:

Marvel fans are campaigning to #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend

Steve Rodgers and Bucky Barnes in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.
Steve Rodgers and Bucky Barnes in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

First, it was #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, referring to the main character from Disney’s “Frozen.” Now, the Twitterverse has set its matchmaking sights on the ever-patriotic Captain America.

The hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend started trending yesterday and is still going strong on social media. Fans of Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, are calling for Marvel to give the character a boyfriend in the series’ next installment.

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In the past three “Captain America” films, Rogers has had two female romantic affiliations: Peggy Carter and later on, her niece Sharon Carter. But like with “Frozen,” many Marvel fans are using the hashtag to stand for more LGBT representation in blockbuster films.

“I think its great,” Idina Menzel, the actress who plays Elsa, told ET. “Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out.”

While many fans are in agreement with the campaign, there has yet to be a definitive consensus on who Roger’s lover should be.

Some say it should be Bucky Barnes.

And others think it should be Ironman a.k.a Tony Stark.

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And then, there’s this guy.

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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.

 

Rihanna reportedly partied on Dirty Sixth last weekend, which, yeah, OK

One time, I went to Sixth Street with a group after a wedding, and some of the party got into a physical fight with a group of women at a pizza window. Most nights, the entire street feels like the sinking portion of “Titanic,” but it lasts an entire evening. Since graduating from the University of Texas, I have physically recoiled every time someone has invited me out to Dirty for weekend revelry.

It’s a River Styx of vomit. But if I knew Rihanna might be there, I’d suck it up.

Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The pop star went to work at the Erwin Center in Austin on May 14, bouncing from sexy Top 40 to doo wop wails. But the night before the show, she apparently hit up Sixth Sixth, according to TMZ. The online gossip mill reported that the “We Found Love” singer showed up to The Lodge in the wee hours of the night, “sipping Jameson and Cokes while high-fiving fans.”

According to TMZ, Rih left a $200 tip. All she sees is dollar signs, if you’ll remember.

When not patronizing the fine drinking establishments of Austin, the singer has been touring in support of her latest album, “Anti.” On Sunday, Rihanna went all in at the Billboard Music Awards for a performance of “Love On the Brain.”

People viewed ‘Suicide Squad’ early and it looks like it’s a crowd-pleaser

"Suicide Squad" is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.
“Suicide Squad” is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

A few lucky people apparently got to see an early screening of Warner Bro’s third installment in the DC Extended Universe, “Suicide Squad” — and they liked it.

Though the film isn’t set to release in the U.S. until August, those who saw the screening in California on Friday posted their opinions of the movie on Twitter. To our relief, most of the posts said only positive remarks. Let’s just hope they’re true.

Here are a handful of the posts below:

Video of Texas woman in Chewbacca mask goes viral, breaks Facebook Live records

Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.
Candace Payne wears an electronic Chewbacca mask in video that went viral May 19. Photo via Candace Payne/Facebook.

The Force is strong with Grand Prairie’s Candace Payne, the woman now known for wearing a Chewbacca mask in a video that went viral this weekend.

After making some returns at Kohl’s on Thursday, Payne sat in the parking lot and live-streamed a video of herself on Facebook, gushing over her latest purchase — a “Star Wars” Chewbacca electronic mask. As of Monday, the infectious, record-breaking video has received more than 136 million views, garnering Payne attention from BBC, NPR and “Good Morning America.”

“This is for me,” she said in the video, making it known the mask was not for her two kids. “I mean I’ll let them play with it I’m not a bad mom, I’m not a jerk — but in all honesty at the end of the day it doesn’t go in their toy box. It goes in my room.”

In an interview with Forbes, a Kohl’s representative said the Hasbro toy was originally $44.99 but put on clearance thanks to the overwhelming interest sparked by Payne’s video. And by Friday afternoon, the masks were sold out.

This led other Kohl’s representatives to show up at Payne’s door that same day with numerous toys in hand. They also gave her and her kids $2,500 in store gift cards and 10,000 rewards points.

The video also inspired #HappyChewbacca on Twitter. But the best part might just be the shoutout from actor Peter Mayhew, who has played the part of Chewy.

Great Texas hair: Who wore it better?

By Dave Thomas

There is no limit to the pileous perfection a Texan can achieve if he just sets his jaw right and applies a little perseverance, poise and maybe a dab of Brylcreem.

Here’s a look at 4 categories of Texas excellence when it comes to crinigerous righteousness …

 

The pop culture beard

ZZ Top's Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons, left, and Chuck Norris.
ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons, left, and Chuck Norris.

The obvious choice: Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons’ beards might cascade like a fuzzy waterfall over their guitars or whatever else falls under their mighty shadow, but two-thirds of ZZ Top still ain’t got half the mojo of …

The pro choice: No matter how close-cropped Chuck Norris might keep his whiskers in his advancing years (would you believe he is 76 years old?), it doesn’t erase the fact that he once plucked a single hair from his beard and skewered three men through the heart with it. When he does trim it, he uses a belt sander. Tom Selleck’s moustache dreams about Chuck Norris’ beard. One time …

 

The Texas musician hair

Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett
Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett

The obvious choice: The Red Headed Stranger. The braids. “Pigtails and all.” Everyone knows Willie Nelson is a musical, metaphorical Samson. But after all these years, there’s little mystery left, least ways when compared to …

The pro choice: Lyle Lovett’s hair looks like something that might skitter across the trail at dusk in the Piney Woods, leaving you to ask yourself if you really saw it and if you really want to be where  you’re at. Not that we are hating, no sir. Only a man of magnificent Texas character could sport that hair anemone and still be as awesome as Mr. Lovett.

 

The rugged sports beard

James Harden and Ricky Williams
James Harden and Ricky Williams

The obvious choice: James Harden (Houston Rockets) indeed has a mighty thicket on his chin, glistening like it emerged from a primeval bayou and darker than desperation. But how can we be sure Tom Cruise isn’t going to pull that mask off at any moment? Harden’s beard is so perfect it doesn’t quite look real. It is hardly as organic as …

The pro choice: Ricky Williams’ onetime beard was magnificently wild, hairs pointing every which way and odd spots where it looks like he fended off someone with a pair of clippers a moment too late. In the middle of that bristly blowout, he’s smiling like he just discovered teeth.

 

The iconic Texas woman hair

Farrah Fawcett and Ann Richards
Farrah Fawcett and Ann Richards

The obvious choice: Everyone’s favorite aurocephalous Seventies beauty, Farrah Fawcett framed that smile in cascading golden locks. To gaze at those teased tresses is to send your eyeballs on a roller coaster of desire. But youth and beauty can’t match …

The pro choice: Ann Richards coiffure (and would any other word do it justice?) reaches the level of perfection only age can attain. Sometimes it was silver-tinged and jauntily reminiscent of a mystical elven helmet from a forgotten era. Other times it was as pure white and serene as a cloud in a Bob Ross painting.

See Jeff Daniels revive his ‘Newsroom’ alter ego to talk about Clinton and Trump

“The Newsroom” ended its three-season run in 2014, but the show’s opening monologue (warning: some graphic language) was one of its most enduring moments. In that scene, news anchor Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels) goes on a rant about “why America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore.”

So it makes sense that Daniels would reprise that moment to comment on this year’s presidential campaign. In a video released today by Bloomberg News, Daniels steps back in character as McAvoy to give some thoughts on Trump.

“Yeah, Donald Trump is a fact-bending loose cannon who alienates mainstream voters with everything he says, but he gets constant media attention for free. There won’t be a day from now until November that Trump isn’t on every TV channel,” McAvoy told Bloomberg’s Matt Negrin and Griffin Hammond.

Watch the full clip below. (Again, since the video is an homage to the original, the same graphic language warning applies.)

 

 

High school principal says ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ cause brain damage

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Sure, “Harry Potter” books were suspiciously bewitching but one British headmaster has gone so far as to say they cause brain damage.

And it’s not just “Harry Potter” that has Graeme Whiting concerned. He’s also thrown “Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games” under the bus. Whiting, who works at The Acorn School in the U.K., recently wrote a blog post about how he believes fantasy texts have negative effects on children. Here’s a short excerpt from the lengthy post that has gone viral:

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Terry Pratchett, to mention only a few of the modern world’s ‘must-haves’, contain deeply insensitive and addictive material which I am certain encourages difficult behaviour in children; yet they can be bought without a special licence, and can damage the sensitive subconscious brains of young children, many of whom may be added to the current statistics of mentally ill young children.

Fantasy writer Samantha Shannon even wrote an article for The Guardian arguing that Whiting is wrong.

“As an author of dystopian fiction, my senses tingle when anyone – educators and politicians most of all – launch into these sorts of attacks on popular books,” she wrote.

Whether you agree with Whiting, he has some parting words for all of us: “Beware the devil in the text! Choose beauty for your young children!”