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A pop culture blog

Get a daily dose of crackling commentary from the minds at TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune on the things that seem to matter most to somebody or they wouldn’t be so darn popular.

‘Happy’ video shows off USF campus, students’ dance moves

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By Christopher Spata

A communications and marketing major at the University of South Florida, has put together a video that shows off the USF Tampa and St. Pete campuses, the diversity of the student body and a lot of dance moves that range from amazing to, hey, good try.

Scott Wu spent three months working on the project titled “‘Happy’ by Pharrell: USF Version!,” set to Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated hit “Happy.”

The video has students breaking in the breezeways, dancing near the dorms and even flaunting it in the bull fountain near the Marshall Student Center.

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Nicolas Cage as Superman in new ‘What Happened?’ trailer

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 01:02 PM
By CHRISTOPHER SPATA TBO.com staff

In case you’ve forgotten, Nicolas Cage was almost Superman.

The 1998 film almost got made. Tim Burton was committed to direct. Kevin Smith wrote the script. And going by the concept art and screen tests that surfaced, “Superman Lives” would have been both insanely weird, and awesome.

It didn’t happen, of course, but the film that never got made has made it possible for another film to have a life. “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’; What Happened?” is a feature-length documentary about the film’s failure, and it’s currently in production.

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‘50 Shades of Grey’ trailer will excite fans, bore newcomers

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By Christopher Spata

I don’t know much about the book “50 Shades of Grey” other than it’s insanely, crazy, outrageously popular and it involves a rich guy getting freaky with a necktie.

I thought that maybe even though I’m not interested in the book, the movie might catch my interest. So after seeing the first trailer go by on Twitter about a billion times today I finally clicked on it, and—meh.

It doesn’t look like a train wreck or anything, but to quote the character Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johson) in the trailer as she boringly looks at Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan): “sounds boring”

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Marvel unveils black Captain America, female Thor

Published:   |   Updated: July 18, 2014 at 02:25 PM
TBO.com staff

It looks like Marvel picked this week to show the world that people other than white men can be star superheroes.

Two of the comic book maker’s flagship titles are getting a dose of diversity as Marvel announced the next Captain America will be a black man, while hammer-wielding Norse superhero Thor will be a woman.

Marvel chief Joe Quesada confirmed today that the character Sam “The Falcon” Wilson will be taking over for the aging Steve Rogers aka Captain America in an upcoming storyline. Steve Rogers will still appear in the comic book as a mentor and advisor.

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Weird Al Yankovic is making this a very good week

Published:   |   Updated: July 16, 2014 at 01:38 PM
By Christopher Spata

Weird Al Yankovic is blowing up the internet this week like a big, wacky atom bomb filled with frizzy hair and scraps of Hawaiian shirts.

The song-parody master (and really, his only competition these days is Cookie Monster) has returned after a three-year hiatus, and he’s releasing a new music video every. single. day. this. week.

Yes. Rejoice.

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Get excited for this ‘Ghostbusters’ 30th anniversary re-release trailer

Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM
By Christopher Spata

Remain calm, don’t cross the streams, and if anyone asks you if you’re a god, you SAY YES.

In preparation for the 30th anniversary re-release of “Ghostbusters” back into movie theaters, Sony has released a new trailer. The film will be back on big screens around the U.S. for one week only beginning Aug. 29 (Labor Day weekend).

The studio is embarking upon a widespread anniversary campaign, including the release of “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters 2” on Blu-Ray on Sept. 16.

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Seinfeld emoji are masters of their digital domain

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TBO.com staff

Here’s the spongeworthiest news of the week: someone has created Seinfeld emoji.

If you’ve been looking for the digital version of yada, yada, yada, they’re real, and they’re spectacular (if you’re not familiar with what emoji are, the Washington Post did a nice explainer on the texting icons here).

The guy behind the hilarious parody Twitter account @Seinfeld2000 (which is basically of a parody of the parody account @ModernSeinfeld) worked with a graphic artist to create an array of emoji based on the characters and items from the show about nothing — which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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Fallon heats up Orlando, touts Universal’s Diagon Alley

Published:   |   Updated: June 17, 2014 at 01:08 PM
By Kim MacCormack

Jimmy Fallon kicked off a week of “The Tonight Show” at Universal Resorts in Orlando Monday in Florida fashion — as Crockett (with sidekick Steve Higgins as Tubbs) from the NBC cop drama “Miami Vice.”

After a brief ABBA-inspired campfire sing with The Roots where their hit “Fernando” was now “Orlando,” Fallon and Higgins donned the ‘80s look, jumped in a slow-moving boat (so slow they used hair dryers to simulate their hair being blown back) as the “Miami Vice” theme song played.

After running through a receiving line of Universal characters from Shrek to Minions to Optimus Prime, Fallon hit the Orlando stage where he complained about what Florida humidity was doing to his hair and pointed out how inexpensive MIami Heat jerseys were in the gift shop, thanks to the team’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA finals.

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Confession: No crying during ‘Fault in Our Stars’

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By Clarisa Gerlach

I had to laugh reading PopWatch Confessional: I didn’t cry once during ‘Fault in Our Stars’ on Entertainment Weekly’s website.

Since EW writer Erin Strecker was brave enough to confess, I’ll go there too. I didn’t cry either.

Yes, I enjoyed the movie.

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Citrus County invites Jimmy Fallon to swim with manatees

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By Clarisa Gerlach

Citrus County tourism officials are wooing Jimmy Fallon after the late night host announced he was bringing the “Tonight Show” on a road trip to Orlando in June.

In a clever YouTube video, Citrus officials appeal to Fallon’s love of water and invite him to swim with the manatees and meet the “one and only Merman.”

The campaign also includes Twitter hashtag #swimwiththemanatees. So far, there have been no responses from Fallon via @jimmyfallon.

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