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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

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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

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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

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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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Celebrate Robin Williams on TV this weekend

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By Kim MacCormack

Those wanting to celebrate the life and work of Robin Williams who died on Monday have an opportunity to do so today and through the weekend on TV.

Disney’s “Aladdin,” where Williams delights at fast-talking Genie, the wish giver who wants to be free, will be telecast at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday on The Disney Channel; at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Disney XD and 6 p.m. Sunday and 11 am. Monday on Disney Junior.

Tonight on HUB you can see the episode of “Happy Days” which brought Mork from Ork into our lives. It airs at 9 p.m.

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Slash playing private show in Tampa; composes track for Halloween Horror Nights

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TBO.com staff

In case you’re wondering what guitar god/top hat fashion icon Slash is up to these days, here are a couple things.

First, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist will be playing an invitation-only acoustic show at the Hard Rock Tampa casino on Aug. 27 with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy. You can’t buy a ticket, but you can win one from local radio station 98 Rock starting Monday, the casino says.

Second, and this one is the much weirder/awesomer bit of news, Slash has composed the first original score for a haunted house at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. The bummer is that song will be featured in a maze inside the “Sweet Licks Frozen Clown Pops Family Amusement Center,” which is only at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Calif., not its sister park in Orlando.

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What was Shaq wearing on his head at Busch Gardens?

Published:   |   Updated: August 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM
By Christopher Spata

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was at Busch Gardens today, hanging out in the gift shops, riding the Congo River Rapids, and inciting a mini Twitter riot with his mere presence.

Also, something strange seems to have attached itself to his head.

It appears to be some sort of plaid golf hat, with either a Tribble or a Hostess Sno Ball stuck to the top. Because, you know, a 7-foot-2 guy has to do something to call attention to himself.

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Jamie Foxx as Mike Tyson in new biopic?

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By Christopher Spata

It looks like Jamie Foxx is going to have to dust off his famed Mike Tyson impression , and then some.

The former boxer says Foxx is going to play him in an upcoming movie about his troubled life and wild rise to the top of the sports world.

Tyson told the Daily Mirror, “Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he’s going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie’s pretty much my age so he can’t portray me but they have this new system.”

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