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Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

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A pop culture blog

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Capitol Theatre sets 1970s Summer Classic Movie Series lineup

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Fans of Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand — and even kung fu movies — may want to head to Clearwater for the next few Saturdays.

The 70’s Summer Classic Movie Series is returning to the Capitol Theatre starting Aug. 1 with a double feature of Woody Allen films “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan.”

All of the double features will begin at 7 p.m., and admission is $7.

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Sam Smith experiences a Florida sunburn before Tampa show

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TBO.com staff

Welcome to Florida, Sam Smith. You might want to put on some sunscreen while you’re here.

The English singer, who performs tonight at Amalie Arena in Tampa, posted a photo to Instagram on Monday showing off a bright red sunburn with the caption, “My sun burn is SO BAD ... Lobster viiiiiiiibes  Just had to make this top to give it some air hahhaaaaa Lord.”

Hours before the sunburn photo, Smith was sharing beach photos and professing his “utter and complete” love for Miami, where he performed on Monday night.

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Springsteen surprises Asbury Park bar with two-hour show

Published:   |   Updated: July 20, 2015 at 08:57 AM
TBO.com staff

“Thank you, Bruce!”

That may be a bit of an understatement from one of the lucky Asbury Park bar patrons who got to see an impromptu two-hour set from New Jersey’s favorite son on Saturday night.

Bruce Springsteen has been known to pop in and surprise bar patrons along the Jersey shore with surprise sets, and he did so again with a two-hour performance at the Wonder Bar, according to NJ.com.

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4K drone video of downtown Tampa is stunning

Published:   |   Updated: July 14, 2015 at 02:31 PM
TBO.com staff

Everything in downtown Tampa kind of looks brand new when you see it from a drone’s eye view.

It was about this time last year when we were first wowed by a Tampa drone video from a local videographer, but a new one that surfaced this week on YouTube has upped the intensity by being shot in 4K video (that’s four times higher definition than 1080p).

The drone offers aerial views around downtown Tampa including the University of Tampa, the “exploding chicken” sculpture and Florida Aquarium in the Channelside district, the Riverwalk, Tampa Bay History Center and Kylie Gardens.

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‘Suicide Squad’ official trailer has Batman, Will Smith and Jared Leto’s Joker

Published:   |   Updated: July 13, 2015 at 05:23 PM
TBO.com staff

Somehow, the most exciting DC trailer to come out of Comic Con over the weekend wasn’t “Batman v. Superman,” but a film based on another, lesser-known group of supervillains/superheroes (but also featuring Batman).

The “Suicide Squad” trailer leaked on Saturday night after someone recorded it on a cell phone and posted it online, but now you can now that Warner Bros. has posted an official version online you can see Jared Leto’s Joker, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in HD quality.

The David Ayer-directed film, based on the comic books about a team of bad guys released from prison to work doing black ops for the government, is set to come out in 2016.

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KFC figured out how to combine pizza and fried chicken

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TBO.com staff

If you’ve ever been eating a piece of fried chicken and thought “I wish this was kind of pizza, too,” KFC has just created an oddly specific item for you: Napoli Crispy Pizza Chicken.

According to Buzzfeed, the item is currently on sale at KFC stores in Hong Kong.

Here's a commercial for it: 

 
KFC 拿坡里Pizza脆雞

兩種口味一次過帶俾你!Pizza 同炸雞嘅口味就係KFC 全新拿坡里Pizza脆雞~咁易揀,仲洗咩煩呀!

Posted by KFC on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Website ranks Florida the worst in everything

Published:   |   Updated: June 30, 2015 at 02:09 PM
TBO.com staff

Florida — a.k.a. the rest of this country’s comedy punching bag — has been dissed again.

Thrillist, the same website that named South Tampa among the “sexiest neighborhoods in the U.S,” ranked SoHo among the “bro-iest,”and has applauded Tampa’s steakhouses, bars and strip clubs, now says Florida is the worst of all 50 states.

Not the worst in any particular category, just the actual worst.

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Watch Alex Trebek rap the ‘Fresh Prince’ theme on ‘Jeopardy’

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TBO.com staff

If there was ever a set of rap lyrics burned into the collective minds of anyone who lived through the ‘90s, it was the theme song to “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Alex Trebek proved his own familiarity with the song during a clue on last night’s “Jeopardy” that he seemed to really enjoy reading/rapping.

The music was added to the video later, but it syncs right up with Trebek’s flow.

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Best Bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend?

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TBO.com staff

Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including flamenco guitarists Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the Capitol Theatre and Motown Heat and the Sounds of Soul at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Donald Trump campaign logos are all about the hair

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TBO.com staff

Donald Trump is running for president, for real, and he needs a campaign logo.

Actually, he already has one, but the people at DesignCrowd, a site that connects freelance designers with clients, thought their users could do better, and we have to agree.

The site held a contest to create a logo for The Donald’s 2016 campaign, and you can see where their minds went in the photos above (hint: it’s all about that hair).

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