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Oxford Exchange to screen documentary ‘A Film About Coffee’

Published:   |   Updated: October 13, 2014 at 01:27 PM
By Christopher Spata

It will soon be possible to drink a very good cup of specialty coffee while watching a new documentary that’s all about specialty coffee.

“A Film About Coffee” will get a special screening at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa on Oct. 29 — a fitting setting considering the craft and care that goes into making coffee at the Tampa coffee bar, restaurant and retail store.

The feature-length documentary, according to the filmmaker’s official description, “is a love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee,” that takes audiences “on a trip around the world, from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York.”

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Trailer released for ‘Sex Ed,’ R-rated comedy filmed at Catholic school in Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: October 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM
By Christopher Spata

The raunchy sex comedy that was quietly filmed at an empty Catholic school in Tampa, later drawing an apology from the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, finally has a trailer.

“Sex Ed,” starring former “Sixth Sense” child star Haley Joel Osment in his first feature since 2003, is about an adult virgin who becomes an unlikely sex education teacher to a group of inner-city kids.

The movie was shot last summer at Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic school closed in 2012 after 81 years in operation.

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‘Horror Story’ features another three-breasted woman from the Tampa area

By Christopher Spata

Just when we thought Jasmine Tridevil had the market cornered on (fictional) three-breasted women from the Tampa Bay area, “American Horror Story” hits us with this.

The show’s fourth season, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” features St. Petersburg native and Boca Ciega High School grad Angela Bassett as the bizarrely busted Desiree Dupree, a freak show performer and wife to strongman Del Toledo (Michael Chiklis).

So at least one three-breasted local woman will definitely be on TV. Is there room for another?

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Ribeiro breaks out ‘The Carlton’ for a perfect score on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Published:   |   Updated: October 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM
By Kim MacCormack

It was flashback Monday on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” with the celebs choosing their favorite year — and thank heaven, Alfonso Ribeiro chose 1990.

Most dances were poignant with Lea Thompson (with partner Artem Chigvintsev) honoring her father, who died of cancer, performing to Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father.” Cue the hankies. Score: 39

Another tearjerker was performed by YouTube blogger Bethany Mota who pulled at heartstrings with her standing up to bullies that called her ugly, fat and stupid. Judge Julianne Hough (sister of Mota’s partner Derek Hough) was sobbing and praised her strength in the face of mean people. Julianne however did have tough words for her brother, who she criticized for not having enough rumba in the dance. Score: 33

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‘SNL’s’ Hammond and Trebek’s moustache are back!

Published:   |   Updated: September 18, 2014 at 09:41 AM
By Kim MacCormack

Two pieces of breaking fluff. OK, maybe one is not so breaking:

♦  Lorne Michaels has chosen former “SNL” cast member Darrell Hammond to replace the late, great Don Pardo as the announcer for the longtime late night sketch comedy show.

It won’t be THE voice but it will be a familiar voice. I like the choice. Do you?

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Trans Siberian Orchestra, Phillip Phillips among flood of Tampa area concert announcements

By KIM MCCORMACKTribune staff

I was going to attempt to leisurely clean out the email queue, but it seems for every email I delete, two concert announcements come in.

So far today I’ve gotten releases regarding the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Phillip Phillips, Roberta Flack, the Golden Boys of Franklie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day and The Australian Bee Gees.

TSO is playing the Amalie Arena (formerly the Forum) for two shows on Dec. 13. Tickets, $32.75 to $71.75 go on sale Friday at www.livenation.com

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D’oh! Homer Simpson takes the ice bucket challenge

TBO.com staff

Mmmm, ALS ice bucket challenge.

Homer Simpson is the latest celebrity to take the plunge to raise funds for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and son Bart helped him take it to the next level.

The producers of the Fox animated series “The Simpsons” released the video today, which also happens to be the seventh day of a record-setting every Simpsons episode ever marathon on FXX.

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The good, the bad, the Emmys

By Kim MacCormack

Some observations from Monday night’s Emmy Awards:

1. It finished on time. I cannot stress how important and great this is. Bravo to host Seth Meyers who kept it moving and to (most) winners who didn’t thank every agent, teacher or pet they ever had. They could have gained time if they left Weird Al out. Just sayin’.

2. It wasn’t the Netflix rout people predicted. It was nice to see networks sort of hold their own against the cable/streaming behemoths who can go naked, swear and lop off a lot of heads. Seems like the one person from “Orange is the New Black” who won was the one who should.

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‘The Simpsons’ marathon: 10 must-watch episodes

Published:   |   Updated: August 21, 2014 at 07:25 AM
By Christopher Spata

Hopefully, you’ve already let your boss know you’ll be on vacation until Sept. 1, and if not, just go ahead and quit right now, because FXX’s “The Simpsons” marathon has arrived.

That’s right. Starting at 10 a.m. today, the cable network will begin setting its record for the longest marathon in TV history by airing all 552 episodes consecutively. That amounts to about 12 days of three-eyed fish, blue hair, bumblebee men, chalkboard gags, doing The Bartman, crank calls to Moe’s, donuts, monorails, nuclear rods, Kwik-E-Marts, Sideshow Bobs, saxophones and treehouses of horror.

To make it easier to catch your favorite episodes, Uproxx.com blog Warming Glow (a title that references a Homer Simpson quote, by the way) has carefully compiled a complete schedule of what time every “Simpsons” episode will air over the 200-hour marathon.

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‘Breaking Bad’ stars reunite for ‘Barely Legal Pawn’

Published:   |   Updated: August 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM
By Christopher Spata

Depending on who you ask, “Breaking Bad” stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have either taken a step up or a step down from their meth manufacturing characters to become slimy pawnbrokers in a new Emmy promo titled “Barely Legal Pawn.”

A year after the series finale of “Breaking Bad,” the duo is back together as “Buzz” and “Randy Jackson” to spoof a certain genre of cable reality series with some help from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Louis-Dreyfus pops in to their pawn shop to try to unload her “Seinfeld” Emmy to buy an island (something to do with Celine Dion and too much rose wine), and the payoff at the end even finds a way to work in Jesse Pinkman’s one-word catchphrase in a most unexpected way.

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