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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.

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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‘Dolphin Tale 2’ poster revealed

Published:   |   Updated: May 30, 2014 at 03:48 PM
By Kim MacCormack

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is celebrating the reveal of the poster for “Dolphin Tale 2,” scheduled to open in theaters on Sept. 19.

In the sequel Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail loses her poolmate, and the team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital must scramble to find her a new companion before she is moved to a new aquarium.

The poster shows Winter rubbing snouts with another dolphin, presumably named Hope, according to the advertising copy.

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Steve Perry surprises concertgoers with performance

Published:   |   Updated: May 27, 2014 at 04:20 PM
By Clarisa Gerlach

With so many Journey songs recently making a huge comeback on “Glee,” I’ve frequently Googled “what happened to Steve Perry.”

Perry hasn’t performed with Journey since 1991, even though Journey is still touring with new lead singer Arnel Pineda (who sounds A LOT like Perry, but let’s face it, is not THE Steve Perry.)

Well, here he is. Looks like these concertgoers got a huge surprise when he appeared Sunday night during an Eels concert in St. Paul, Minn.

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