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Saturday, May 30, 2015

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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.

‘Jaws’ coming to big screen for 40th anniversary

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If you thought “Jaws” was scary enough while catching it one of its marathon appearances on TNT or TCM, just imagine how tense you’ll feel if you’re able to catch it on the big screen. Uncensored.

Next month, you’ll have that opportunity.

Many of us were too young to see the classic thriller in theaters when it was released in 1975, but Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are re-releasing it to celebrate the film’s 40-year anniversary.

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Best Bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend?

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Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including Florida Georgia Line at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amhitheatre and the Florida Orchestra’s season finale at the Mahaffey and Straz. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.

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5 minutes with RSBP President Brooke Palmer Kuhl

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By Olivia Stacey

Brooke Palmer Kuhl can be described as a creative mastermind.

She is the woman behind all events for Bern’s Steak House properties and owner of RSBP Events+PR.

From one glance at her Instagram, you can tell she adds thoughtful style to each event. Whether Palmer Kuhl is planning an intimate dinner or a large-scale celebration such as Bern’s Winefest, she says attention to detail is key.

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Hulk Hogan says he might play villain in ‘Expendables 4’

Published:   |   Updated: May 27, 2015 at 12:31 AM
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Is Hulk Hogan going to turn heel?

The former wrestler and famous Tampa Bay area resident was at something called the Body Pro Expo in England recently and said during a Q&A that he’s in the running for a bad guy part in “The Expendables 4.”

“I just finished (a movie) with David Hasselhoff called “Celebrity Death Pool,” and I ... was talking on the phone with Sly [Stallone] about doing ‘The Expendables 4.’ We’re trying to figure out a way to maybe turn me into the most evil man in the world. Y’know, Stallone gave me my first break and he’s been a great friend. We had a great conversation, talking about the possibilities. Can I still run, can I still jump? Well, not as fast or not as high, but I think Hollywood could find a good stunt man to help me out.”

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We asked the Ball Park hot dog hotline the tough questions about hot dogs

Published:   |   Updated: May 26, 2015 at 04:21 PM
By CHRISTOPHER SPATA TBO.com staff

When we heard there was a real-life hot dog hotline out there to answer hot dog questions we immediately got to work compiling a list of the most pressing hot dog issues of today.

Oh, and by the way, a hot dog hotline is a thing that exists. 

Ball Park recently announced via press release that its Finest Franks Hotline offering "frank advice" in hot dog matters was opening for hot dog season. We truly live in a wonderful world. 

So yes, right now (as long as it's Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., or 2 and 5 p.m. on weekends) you can call 1-844-4FRANKS and speak to an expert in all things hot dog. 

Or you can text them at 57872, which is what we did. 

What did we get when we asked every hot dog question we could think of? A few good answers, a few non-answers, at least one non sequitur, several counter questions that were all some form of "Have you tried our hot dogs?" and one definitive answer to an issue of much Internet debate

Here's how our conversation went. 

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Best Bets podcast: What’s happening this weekend?

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Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including Darius Rucker at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amhitheatre and the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium. For more things to do, check out this weekend’s best bets on TBO.com.

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‘Uptown Puck’ remixes ‘Uptown Funk’ into Lightning playoff anthem

Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2015 at 01:58 PM
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“This here for that ice cold, that be the thunder, that Lightning bolt. This here for those thunder sticks, them Lightning fans at Amalie. Stylin’, wildin’, bringing the cup to this city,” sings Wild 94.1 host Orlando Davis on “Uptown Puck,” the Lightning-themed “Uptown Funk” remix he debuted on his morning show.

Davis says he was so inspired when the Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals that he started writing with the Bruno Mars track in mind and was recording the song 10 minutes later.

Davis’ Lightning fandom might even surpass this octopus at the Florida Aquarium.

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Bill Murray pops out of a cake on Letterman, looks drunk on MSNBC

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With shades of the final scene from “Ghostbusters,” a cake (not Marshamallow Man)-smeared Bill Murray brought “Late Show” full circle for David Letterman’s penultimate episode.

Murray was the first guest when Letterman debuted on CBS in 1993 and has since appeared on the show dressed as Peter Pan, a football player, Liberace, a jockey and a sort of 19th century dandy, but his final appearance on Tuesday night (which included swigging vodka straight from the bottle) will likely go down as his most memorable.

Here’s the full video, including a cakey kiss for one lady in the audience.

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Jack’s back for Halloween Horror Nights

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Halloween is still more then five months away, but Universal Orlando has already revealed a major detail for Halloween Horror Nights 2015.

Jack, the murderous clown character who became the event’s most memorable icon when he appeared in 2000 with the theme “You Don’t Know Jack,” is returning for Halloween Horror Nights’ milestone 25th year.

Jack looks a little older, a little rougher, but just as terrifyingly insane as ever in the teaser (above) that the park posted today to reveal that “Jack’s back.”

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Many unlikely happy endings in ‘Mad Men’ series finale

Published:   |   Updated: May 18, 2015 at 07:42 PM
By Carl Lisciandrello

What exactly is a happy ending, anyway?

Is it the one which we can grasp in our own limited scope? The one which we can relate to, with the confidence and assurance that it is the preferred outcome for the characters with which we’ve given so much of our time and emotional being?

Is it OUR happy ending, the one WE want to see?

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