The Aviato SUV from HBO's "Silicon Valley" is now available to rent in real life.
If you've ever had dreams of rolling through town like Silicon Valley's entrepreneur extraordinaireand hair icon Erlich Bachman, here's your chance to make them a reality.
Real-life Silicon Valley startup Turo is offering a chance to rent the SUV driven by T.J. Miller's character on the HBO series. The 2006 Ford Escape runs $46 a day, features leather seats that will "cradle your buttocks like the firm grasp of a loving mother" and, of course, comes wrapped in the branding of Aviato, the startup that nodoby really seems to understand, but that Bachman sold on the series to fund his incubator.
If you need a refresher, you might remember this exchange between Bachman and newly appointed Pied Piper CEO Jack Barker.
Turo says that the Aviato SUV is only available for rent right now in San Francisco, but that the vehicle will be touring the U.S. over the next year giving people in other regions a chance to roll like a guy who knows HTML (how to meet ladies).
Even if you're not interested in a rental, the listing for Bachman's car is worth checking out—it was written by writers from the actual series. Here's a taste:
Stranger Things follows mysterious events surrounding the disappearance of Will Byers. Byers' best friends, along with strange little girl Eleven, are determined to find him.
The confirmation avid fans have been waiting for has arrived. Netflix officially greenlit a second season of its summer smash hit, Stranger Things, set to premiere sometime next year.
The streaming service revealed the second season will be longer than the first with nine episodes: Mad Max, The Boy Who Came Back to Life, The Pumpkin Patch, The Palace, The Storm, The Pollywog, The Secret Cabin, The Brain and The Lost Brother.
Stranger Things follows inexplicable events in the town of Hawkins, Ind. surrounding the disappearance of Will Byers.
The show is the epitome of ‘80s nostalgia, with hat tips to Stephen King, The Goonies, Stand By Me and E.T.
Stranger Things became the show that no one anticipated would take off as fast as it did. Before its episodes arrived on Netflix July 15, teasers and trailers were few and far between.
Almost two months later, you can't scroll Facebook or Twitter without seeing references to Eleven, The Upside Down and adorable Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo).
Chris Brown performs at the 2015 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Los Angeles police say they've arrested singer Chris Brown on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Police Lt. Chris Ramirez says Brown was arrested Tuesday and was being taken to downtown Los Angeles for booking.
The arrest came after a lengthy search of Brown's home.
Brown says in video posts on Instagram that he's innocent and rebutted reports that he had barricaded himself in his home.
Baylee Curran told the Los Angeles Times that Brown pointed a gun at her face in his home early Tuesday. She says another man at his home and Brown became angry with her when she admired the man's diamond necklace.
Curran hasn't responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press.
The viral commercial for Kenzo World perfume was directed by Spike Jonze.
When's the last time people got this excited over a commercial that wasn't aired during the Super Bowl? The crazy, new advertisement for high-end fashion house Kenzo's latest perfume, Kenzo World, features a woman perhaps so enraptured by the scent that she just has to dance ... and also destroy a luxury hotel lobby ... with lazer beams that shoot out of her fingers. It's called My Mutant Brain. Just watch the video.
Now you probably have questions, so here are some answers.
Who is that woman in the Kenzo World commercial?
That's Margaret Qualley, she's on HBO's The Leftovers and was also in The Nice Guys. Next year she'll star in Death Note, the highly-anticipated live-action film based on the manga and anime series of the same name. Fun fact: her mom is actress Andie MacDowell.
Who made this crazy commercial?
Spike Jonze, the guy who directed Her (among many other acclaimed films) and won an Oscar for writing the original screenplay for that film, directed the commercial. Ryan Heffington, who choreographed Sia's Chandelier video, choreographed Qualley's moves in the commercial.
What is the name of that song?
That is Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums feat. Assassin on the track Mutant Brain.
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is trading the pool for the dance floor.
We all knew Dancing With the Stars would likely get an Olympian into the mix for its upcoming season, but the reality competition series has snagged the most controversial figure of the entire 2016 games with Ryan Lochte, the Olympic swimmer who's still facing charges of filing a false police report over a vandalized restroom in Rio.
Lochte leads an impressively weird cast of stars announced by ABC this morning. Here's the full list with their pro dancer partners.
Amber Rose - The former exotic dancer and Kanye West muse turned feminist advocate and talk show host. Paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Rick Perry - The former Republican governor of Texas and presidential candidate. Paired with Emma Slater
Vanilla Ice - Rapper, reality TV veteran and perennial punchline. Paired with Witney Carson.
Between Britney and Rihanna and Nicki and Ariana and Halsey and Mary J. and Serena and Simone, Sunday’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards felt like an unending progression of “SLAY, KWEEN!” moments.
But as always, there was one kween to rule them all. And her name was Beyonce Knowles Carter.
As was the case during the 2014 VMAs, Beyonce was simply playing a different sport than every other competitor Sunday night, winning Video of the Year for Formation and dominating the telecast with a wildly ambitious suite from her April opus Lemonade.
In her first televised performance since stealing the Super Bowl, she played a 15-plus-minute medley of Pray You Catch Me, Hold Up, Sorry, Don’t Hurt Yourself and Formation in a performance so ambitiously stylized, everything else at this by-the-books VMAs felt like window dressing.
No one in the arena could handle it. No one watching at home could handle it. And apparently no one who votes on the VMAs could handle it either, as Hold Up also won Best Female Video. …
The first season of Marvel's Luke Cage comes to Netflix in September.
September sees a slew of new television seasons coming to Netflix this month, including the highly anticipated new Marvel series Luke Cage. There's also the addition of Jaws and its sequels, as well as Zootopia and The Finest Hours as Disney's deal with the streaming service starts this month. But as Netflix giveth, it taketh away, and so shows like Alias and Fringe, the Jurassic Park series and Disney animated films The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch leave. For a full list, read below: …
Today, Internet, I just had to share with you this mind-bending celebrity fact I discovered last week: Macaulay Culkin and Chris Pine both turn 36 today.
YES, THEY WERE BORN THE EXACT SAME DAY.
Happy 36th to both famous fellows born on Aug. 26, 1980.
Yes, it's hard to believe the Home Alone kid of yesteryear and the hunky new Capt. James T. Kirk are the same age, but there you have it. Culkin was born in Manhattan while Pine was born across the country in L.A. Who knew.
It just goes to show how relative time can feel. Culkin acted in his first move in 1988 at the age of 8, rose to prominence in 1990's Home Alone at the age of 10 and kind of fell off the map after 1994's Richie Rich. He popped up again with drug troubles 10 years later in 2004, which just so happens to be the same year as Pine's first movie, The Princess Diaries 2 (bet you had forgotten all about that!). Both turned 24 that year.
Just imagine if the roles were reversed and kid Chris Pine outfoxed burglars while 30-year-old Macaulay Culkin flew around the galaxy battling aliens and getting all the girls.
People are turning the storm named Gaston into a Twitter meme.
I have an unfounded theory that whoever's in charge of picking storm names before hurricane season starts is a Twitter user who knew this would be their one chance at meme glory.
Few of us know any actual people named Gaston, but many will recall the character from Disney's animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. Gaston, if you can't quite remember your childhood, is Belle's suitor with a chest full of hair, "biceps to spare" and a talent for spitting, according to his signature song.
When Tropical Storm Gaston formed in the Atlantic this week, then became a hurricane, it was no surprise people's minds went there.
Look at how ridiculously cute this spotted hyena cub is. He's like a puppy, except possibly better in every way.
His name is Mandazi, a nod to his sweet personality, and a pastry traditionally eaten on the Swahili coast, Busch Gardens said via news release. He was born at the Tampa theme park on April 3 to Taziki, an 8-year-old female. The father is 16-year-old Makali. Visitors to the park can now see Mandazi in the Edge of Africa area of the park, Busch Gardens said.
He is very cute, but depending on how recently you've seen The Lion King, you might feel differently when he grows up to weigh up to 165 pounds and he's capable of digesting bones, horns and even teeth. But right now, again, he's very cute (see below).
"Typically more successful at hunting than other African predators, hyenas often have their prey items stolen by lions, rather than the other way around," the park said.
The third season of Transparent comes to Amazon Prime in September.
September is a busy month for Amazon's original television shows, including the third season of the critically acclaimed Transparent and new series by director Woody Allen and comedian Tig Notaro. Yet there's also plenty of new movies being added, including classics by Michael Cimino and Stanley Kubrick and great new ones including The Witch and Sicario. For a full list, read below: …
Amy Schumer is set to perform in Tampa in October, but she had some unkind words for the city in her new book.
Amy Schumer has some harsh words for Tampa in her new book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.
Only six pages into the memoir, the comedian, TV and movie star describes being on tour, "traveling between two horrendous cities: Fayetteville, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida."
It gets worse.
"I'm not scared about writing that, because I know for a fact that no one who lives there has ever read a book. JKJKJKJK, but kind of not K," Schumer writes, before going on to describe the flight to Tampa as "the tiniest short bus in the sky."
Stefani Beddingfield cracked open a copy of Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo on Friday while she was closing up at Inkwood Books, the store she owns in South Tampa.
"It was so weird and so ironic, because I read that part about how nobody in Tampa reads, and I was sitting here reading this book in Tampa," Beddingfield said when reached by phone at the store. "Her book is really good and really funny, by the way. She actually comes across as very nice." …
Leslie Jones started a Twitter campaign in support of Gabby Douglas.
Leslie Jones. The Saturday Night Live star is no stranger to online hate. Last month, she publicly shared a number of racist, sexist and even violent comments hurled at her by Twitter trolls, and received an outpouring of love and support. This week, Jones paid it forward by rallying support around Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, who reportedly was spotted crying after an interview that touched on controversies over why she hadn't held her hand over her heart during the national anthem and other stuff that had nothing to do with her athletic performance. Jones sent out this tweet.
The response was huge, with thousands of people sharing the #LOVE4GABBYUSA tag, including stars like Shonda Rimes, Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington. Also, if you're asking me, Jones was the best part of that ho-hum Ghostbusters reboot.
The Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, featuring Aerosmith, has been operating at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando since 1999.
Has Steven Tyler been making the obscene hand gesture known as "the shocker" in front of countless Orlando tourists and families for the past 17 years?
That's what Behind the Thrills, a popular blog dedicated to Disney theme park news is saying, and they've posted video evidence to back it up.
The Rock 'n' Rollercoaster indoor rollercoaster features the music of Aerosmith as well as Tyler and the rest of the band in a video intro. The ride opened in 1999, and for years that video apparently featured Tyler doing this with his hand...
We can't know for sure if Tyler meant the gesture as an obscene one, but the fact that Disney decided to go through the trouble of removing it begs the question, why now? Were there complaints? Did they only just now finally notice? …
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