|Twinkies Make Early Comeback at Wal-Mart|
You don't have to wait until Monday to start enjoying Twinkies. Wal-Mart announced Friday that the spongy cakes would be available for purchase at about 3,000 of its stories by Sunday, The Associated Press reported.
Hostess, which went bankrupt in 2012 and is under new management, originally touted the twinkie's return on July 15 as "the sweetest comeback in the history of ever."
Hostess is now owned by the private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co.
"America wanted Hostess back -- they wanted the original. Very soon consumers will once again be able to enjoy Twinkies, CupCakes and other great Hostess snack cakes. A comeback by any other name could never be as sweet," Daren Metropoulos, principal of Metropoulos & Co., said in a statement to ABC News.
|'Pacific Rim' Channels Sci-Fi Classics|
Guillermo del Toro co-writing and directing a movie about alien monsters from the sea versus giant robots? Are you kidding? Sounds like a can't-lose concept.
If you were once a 12-year-old boy, "Pacific Rim" is a movie you want to see. As an adult, what you might not want to see is a movie that seems as if it were written by an overzealous, brainy 12-year-old boy. And that's exactly what "Pacific Rim" feels like.
In the not-so-distant future, humanity is attacked by Godzilla-like aliens from another dimension who invade us through a portal beneath the ocean. The monsters even have a Japanese name: kaiju. The giant monsters wreak havoc on our coastal cities, but fear not, the world bands together to develop a weapon to fight these aliens -- giant robots!
"Pacific Rim" has a powerful and entertaining aesthetic that even the most superficial fan of 1960s Japanese monster films will appreciate, but it's not a great movie. Still, 12-year-old boys and girls who love the genre, and adults in touch with their inner 12-year-old, will undoubtedly enjoy and embrace the spectacle.
|Lady Gaga's New Album 'ARTPOP' Coming November|
Lady Gaga will release her new album "ARTPOP" on Nov. 11, according a post on her official Facebook page.
The post, which is accompanied by a pic of the "Born This Way" singer, 27, sporting an arm tattoo of "ARTPOP," went live in the middle of the night and calls the release date a "BIG BANG."
The album will come out alongside an app, that will combine music, art, fashion and technology, and help the user "share in the 'adrenaline of fame' as they build and share their own projects," the statement said.
|Prince William, Along With the World Await Birth of Royal Baby|
Any day now, England's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is expected to give birth to her child with Prince William.
This is no ordinary delivery.There are a set of protocols that they will be following, a set of orders and announcements.
The first announcement will be when the duchess has been admitted to the hospital, the second announcement will be the formal birth announcement and the third announcement will be when the duchess and the baby leave the hospital the in days following the delivery.
In the meantime, Britain is preparing for the royal baby's arrival.
The Asda grocery store in Llangefni, near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's home in Anglesey, Wales, has reserved a special parking space for the royal mom-and-dad-to-be. The parking spot, which is designated for customers with children, was given a royal makeover and painted with an icon of a couple in crowns holding onto a little one's hand and "HRH RESERVED."
"The Duchess of Cambridge has graced the store with her regal presence several times before and we hope that the addition of her own parking space will entice her and her little Prince or Princess of Cambridge back to Asda," store manager Peter Ellis said in a statement on the company's website.
|Texas Abortion Law Passes|
Texas just passed one of the strictest abortion laws in the country.
The state's Senate adopted a bill close to midnight Friday that bans abortions after 20 weeks and will force the closure of all but a handful of the clinics that perform them.
The law's 20-week ban is based on the idea that a fetus feels pain after that time. That not only flies in the face of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which says abortions are permissible until a fetus is viable outside the womb, typically around 24 weeks, but it is disputed by many doctors.
Sen. Wendy Davis and a bevy of protesters successfully filibustered the bill last month, but Republican Gov. Rick Perry called another special session so Republican lawmakers could vote on the bill again.