5 Lunchtime Links: Channing Tatum’s ‘Frozen’ performance

Channing Tatum arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at the Cinerama Dome on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Channing Tatum arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Hateful Eight” at the Cinerama Dome on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

1. Channing Tatum sings as Elsa in “Lip Synch Battle.”

We always knew Channing Tatum could dance — but can he lip synch? A teaser recently released of the actor’s upcoming “Lip Synch Battle” appearance, in which he will face off against his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum, has us leaning toward yes. In the promo Tatum is shown belting out “Frozen’s” “Let It Go” dressed in full Elsa garb (blonde wig included). The highly anticipated performance will air on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. “I just really hope my marriage isn’t over after tonight,” Tatum joked.

2. Nicki Minaj performs controversial concert in Angola.

Despite numerous protests before her scheduled concert in Angola, Nicki Minaj went through with the performance for which she earned a reported $2 million. The country is currently under the controversial rule of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has served the role since 1979.

3. Where to eat on New Year’s Eve.

What better way to start off a new year than with a delicious meal? If you’re looking ahead (or just past Christmas) and planning your New Year’s Eve festivities, consider eating dinner at one of these top-notch Austin restaurants. Meals run anywhere from $50 to $150 and often include beverage pairings.

4. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sets North American record.

In what was expected news, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the biggest North American movie release of all time this weekend when it raked in $238 million. Previous record holder “Jurassic World” only drew $208.8 million when it debuted this summer. However, “Star Wars” still fell second to “Jurassic World” when it came to global earnings: $517 million vs. $525 million. Males composed nearly 60 percent of the viewers the film attracted, while 70 percent of viewers were adults. Hope this doesn’t spoil anything for you…

5. Memorial service to be held for Austin singer David Rodriguez.

On Jan. 1 fans of singer David Rodriguez, who gained popularity in Austin in the 1980s-1990s, will gather to honor the late songwriter at the Sahara Lounge in East Austin. Rodriguez died at 63 years old in the Netherlands where he had lived for more than 20 years. Read his full obituary in English here and in Spanish here. For more information on the memorial service, email davidsmemorial63@gmail.com.

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