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The Extremely Hard Lessons That the Themed Entertainment Industry Learned From Hard Rock Park

Jim Hill | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you're going strictly by attendance levels as well as the amount of money this theme park pulled in during its brief life span, then Hard Rock Park clearly was a failure. If -- on the other hand -- you're going by what happened in themed entertainment circles after 2008... Well, that's where this story gets complicated.

Obama To Appear On The Ellen Show To Talk Obamacare, Maybe Dance

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama will appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday to promote Obamacare. Obama will encourage people without health insuranc...

Russia Today: A Short Interview With Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812's David Abeles

Danny Groner | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

It's hard to put into words what it's like to witness Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 in person. You're sort of crashing the party just by turning up on their set. Don't expect anything you've ever seen before.

"First Impressions" Action Short Brings Together YouTube and Superhero Appeal (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Shira Lazar

Director Leo Angelos brought his stars Chester See and Hailey Bright to the What's Trending studio for the live debut of their short action film, "F...

VH1's "Stevie TV" Launches Season 2 and Teaches Twerking (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 08.24.2013 | TV
Shira Lazar

Stevie Ryan stops by the What's Trending studio to chat with Shira Lazar and Ethan Newberry about her VH1 series, "Stevie TV," personal inspirations...

Why Pranks Rule YouTube (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Jesse Wellens, the male half of YouTube's hottest prank channel, PrankvsPrank, joined What's Trending live via Google plus to talk about maintaining how they were one of the first to build out a prank based channel on YouTube and how that's impacted their relationship as a real life couple.

The Musical Half of the Kardashian Family Release Debut Album (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Californian music duo Brandon & Leah treat the What's Trending studio to a live performance of their song, "Showstopper," widely known as the theme song from Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

Best YouTube Original Channels of The Week: Player vs. Pain to Draw My Life Jesus

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.02.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

In Channel Surfing #8, What's Trending presents the best of YouTube's original channels this week!

Director Jon Chu Talks G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 3D Conversion and Bruce Willis' Improv Skills (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu stops by to chat about converting the upcoming film to 3D, working with Channing Tatum and The Rock, and how this film will blow the first out of the water!

Public Enemy's Chuck D: Digital Distribution Is the Future

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.16.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Public Enemy hip hop sensation Chuck D stops by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at SXSW 2013 to talk about being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his Evil vs Heroes instrumental album, and the new digital label for independent artists, SpitDigital.

Dead Prez Return With New Album at SXSW

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shira Lazar

Even though it's been a while since the duo released a full album, M1 assures us that they've been hard at work, putting out mixtapes, working on their "Turn Off the Radio" series and Stic dropping his workout album.

Improv Everywhere the Documentary Premieres at SXSW 2013 (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.14.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Backed by Kickstarter, Adams originally planned to release the film online but as he started meeting more people from the group, he grasped what the movie would really be about, which was the evolution of the group and the creative transitions from text to photo to HD video.

Bill and Ted 3 Sneaks Its Way Into SXSW 2013 (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.13.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Alex Winter stops by the Samsung Blogger Lounge at SXSW 2013 to talk about the premiere of his Napster Documentary, Downloaded, an upcoming pilot for AMC, and the status of Bill and Ted 3.

John Cena Brings WrestleMania to SXSW 2013 (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Twelve-time WWE World Champion John Cena joined What's Trending at the SXSW Samsung Blogger Lounge to talk some smack about The Rock, tease WrestleMania 29 and share how he engages with fans on Twitter and YouTube.

Could Downtown Vegas Become the Next Hub for Startups? (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh stopped by the Samsung Blogger Lounge to discuss the revitalization project of Downtown Las Vegas, the new SXSW v2v program, and incredible predictions for the future of business and technology.

Skylar Grey Teases Her Upcoming Album with Eminem and Takes Reddit Caption Contest

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Pulling inspiration from Skylar Grey's Don't Look Down album cover caption contest, we challenged the singer/songwriter to our own version of the challenge, asking her to brainstorm the best captions for some of Reddit's most-shared images right now.

YouTube Stars Take To MTV To Premiere Music Videos (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.27.2013 | Media
Shira Lazar

As a bonafide YouTube star, DeStorm is still cranking out roughly nine videos a week, including his daily vlogs, video on his second channel, and a big music video on his main channel.

Romany Malco Recreates Oscar-Nominated Best Actor Performances (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.26.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

To round out our Academy Awards-themed week, actor Romany Malco ("Weeds", "40 Year-Old Virgin," "Think Like A Man") performs monologues from this ye...

Weeds Creator Developing New Series for Netflix (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.26.2013 | TV
Shira Lazar

Actor Romany Malco from Weeds, 40 Year-Old Virgin, and Think Like A Man talks black movies, making money on YouTube, Tijuana Jackson, and growing up in a bad part of town.

The Best Walking Dead Parodies on YouTube

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.17.2013 | TV
Shira Lazar

Now in its third season, the post-apocalyptic drama series has garnered dozens of hugely popular YouTube parodies and take-offs since its debut.

'My Drunk Kitchen' Star to Launch Global Tour Thanks to Over 175k in Fan Donations

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.03.2013 | Food
Shira Lazar

Hannah Hart is taking her wildly popular "My Drunk Kitchen" show on the road, and has already raised over $175,000 for her new travelogue show, "Hello Harto!" on Indiegogo.

Lost Star Dominic Monaghan Reacts to Driveshaft "You All Everybody" Covers

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.01.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Dominic Monaghan today stars on the BBC nature/travel show Wild Things, but he's perhaps best known to pop culture junkies as Charlie Pace on the TV adventure series Lost.

Jay Mewes Reveals Details on Jay and Silent Bob Animated Movie (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.26.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

In Noobz, Mewes plays the manager of a video game store who's training for a potentially life-changing Gears of War tournament with his fellow gamers.

Not by Bread Alone: Play Dough Craftsmanship

Danny Groner | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

Not by Bread Alone calls on its 11 deaf and blind actors to demonstrate what they can do in the kitchen, where they bake loaves of bread, on an open stage full of imagination and ambition, and beyond.

Comedian Heather McDonald Dishes About Her Very Kardashian Christmas Gone Wrong (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 02.19.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

At the first annual Tube-a-Tweet-a-Thon, presented by Virgin Mobile and What's Trending, author and comedian Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately) share...