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Guzzo, Paul

Tribune Staff

India native wove threads of India, Tampa


Vijayadhwaja Rao didn’t write any of the checks that helped lure the Bollywood Oscars to Tampa. He didn’t travel to India or Macau to make the local pitch.

Counties on the hook for film incentives


— If Hillsborough County is going to reap the benefits of new state tax incentives for the film and television industry, it could come at a cost — as much as $800,000 in ...

Bollywood like ‘the Oscars on Steroids’

- The glamor of Hollywood and the exotic charm of India converge next week when the Bollywood Oscars come to Tampa, with events culminating at the awards show at Raymond James Stadium.

Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side

- A book, written by Meyer Lansky’s daughter, is a tell-all when it comes to her own experiences. She will be in Tampa for a book signing on Friday.

USF panel, audience spar over Venezuela


TAMPA — An academic panel discussion Tuesday brought home the deadly divisions in Venezuela as three University of South Florida faculty members traded heated arguments with people in the audience, including one w...

Chamberlain grad plays big role in Bollywood celebration


TAMPA — Ravi Jakhotia still remembers his first standing ovation.

Bollywood security won’t be as tight as RNC

- The Bollywood Oscars later this month are drawing comparisons with the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Tampa investors long to reconnect with Cuba


TAMPA — Few lost more than the Lykes family of Tampa when Fidel Castro came to power in 1958 and nationalized Cuba’s private property.

Commercials are next big picture in Hillsborough, film agency says


TAMPA — They may not be as sexy as Bollywood or Hollywood movies being filmed in the area, but commercials may do more to boost Hillsborough County’s economy.

Firm sues over cancellation of Bollywood ‘buzz events’


TAMPA — A company that claims it was supposed to help set the stage for the Bollywood Oscars in Tampa later this month is seeking $7 million in a lawsuit filed against some of the event’s local organizers.<...

‘Big E’ ready for wrestling’s main event


TAMPA — Ettore Ewen was barely 1 year old when Hulk Hogan scooped the massive Andre The Giant off his feet and body-slammed him to the mat.

WWE Hall of Fame again spurns Macho Man


Randy Savage had a long-running rift with the WWE, but now the wrestler’s brother says inducting Macho Man into its Hall of Fame would be a nice action for fans.

Travel restrictions may hamper Tampa’s air service to Cuba


TAMPA — For U.S. tourists, there are three Cubas.

Special Olympics champ is The Rock’s hero


At 51, Milton Rosen’s speech is limited by Down syndrome, but ask him about his famous childhood friend and “brother,” Dwayne Johnson, and he’ll smile.

Bollywood fever? Maybe not yet, but there’s hope

- Tampa groups and individuals work to spread the word that the International Indian Film Academy’s “Bollywood Oscars” are not too far off.

Inspired by Ybor uncle, actor calls for protest in Cuba


TAMPA — A former anti-Castro militant turned Hollywood actor with family ties to Ybor City has launched a social media campaign that’s drawing international attention with its call for a moment of civil dis...

Tampa visitors find complacency amid protests in Venezuela


Tribune staff

Drummer Lala, Ybor rock legend, dead at 66

- Joe Lala, regarded as one of greatest musicians to come out of Tampa for his drum work a generation of rock’s top performers, died at a hospital Tuesday morning at 66 of complications from lung cancer.

U.S., Cuba join Caribbean nations in oil cleanup pact


TAMPA — An international agreement has been approved that makes it easier for Cuban military boats and aircraft to enter United States territory.

Bollywood a 'full circle' moment for local journalist

- Nitish Rele, founder and publisher of Khaas Baat — a Tampa-based statewide monthly Indian newspaper — credits Bollywood for launching his career.

One of Bollywood's top stars stops in Tampa

- Indian film star Vidya Balan made an appearance at a downtown event leading up to next month's awards show.

Lights, camera, Florida film jobs

- When production crews started work on “A Dolphin Tale” in Clearwater, Maria Alejandra Ortiz didn’t have much to show them.

U.S. advised to let Brazil push for peace in Venezuela


TAMPA — From Tampa to the Senate floor in Washington, and throughout the United States, Cuban Americans who defend continued isolation of the Communist island nation are throwing their support behind Venezuelan Am...

Kevin Spacey headed to Bollywood awards in Tampa

- Some of Bollywood’s biggest stars announced early they would play integral roles in the 15th International Indian Film Academy Weekend and Awards to be held in Tampa April 23-26.

New Hindu temple to rise in Tampa


A 10,000-square-foot Hindu temple, with six-story high towers, is under construction on Palm Avenue in Tampa and is a sign of how far the group has come since the first immigrants arrived in 1970s.

Venezuela-Cuba alliance’s shaky future fuels debate


TAMPA — Both sides of the Cuba debate are citing the latest crisis in South America to make their case, saying the uprising in Venezuela provides clear evidence that the U.S. should alternately continue or halt it...

Tampa would see quick results if state OKs film incentives


TAMPA — Florida’s film and television industry has been lobbying for the state Legislature to allocate $200 million in tax incentives a year through 2020 — a total of $1 billion — to help lure...

Banking bill could thwart Cuba travel


TAMPA — Those in favor of normalized relations with Cuba have held out hope that a bank in Florida — the state with the largest Cuban-American population in the U.S. — would agree to service the isla...

Wounded warriors take on child porn

- A new program provides training to wounded or injured special operations forces members to help federal agents investigating child sexual exploitation.