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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.

Jon Stewart trashes Florida in 'Daily Show' segment to welcome Rubio

Published:   |   Updated: January 14, 2015 at 11:56 AM
By Christopher Spata

“The Daily Show” loves a good Florida joke, that much was clear when correspondent Jason Jones reported “live” from a Tampa strip club and a hilariously humidity-averse John Oliver called our city “the land that time forgot” during the show's taping here during the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Jon Stewart saw another opportunity Tuesday night when his guest was Senator Marco Rubio, who inspired an entire opening segment dedicated to the biggest and weirdest news from Rubio's home state including cockroach eating, lizard beating and the “perversion” that is “two rats living together in sin” (Mickey and Minnie Mouse).


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Naked woman jumps on band member at Tampa concert

Published:   |   Updated: January 12, 2015 at 06:47 PM
By Christopher Spata

A sold-out concert by electronic music outfit Keys N Krates at District 3 in Tampa barely missed a beat Saturday night when a stark naked woman jumped on stage, evaded the band's tour manager by slipping under a DJ table and jumped on a band member's back before being carried away.

The whole thing was caught on a NSFW video posted over at Gawker and the band posted another photo of the naked lady mid-piggyback-ride on its Facebook page.

According to the band's Instagram page, they also made a pit stop at Taco Bus before the show, but we know what they'll probably remember about Tampa.

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Patrick Wilson to star with Ted Danson, Nick Offerman in ‘Fargo’ Season 2

Published:   |   Updated: January 8, 2015 at 04:53 PM
TBO.com staff

St. Petersburg native Patrick Wilson has joined the cast of the FX television series “Fargo,” according to a report in Variety.

Also joining the critically-acclaimed series for its second season: Ted Danson, Nick Offerman and Jean Smart.

Season 2 will be set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota.

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Pop Rocks: ‘American Horror Story’ disses Tampa, but loves St. Pete’s snacks

Published:   |   Updated: December 16, 2014 at 02:48 PM
By Christopher Spata

We knew there would be plenty of Florida references with FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” being set in Jupiter, but we didn’t know Tampa would get dissed so hard by one of the series’ main characters.

As you can see in the video above, shady freak show proprietor Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) revealed she’d rather die than visit our city in the episode “Blood Bath” after saying she’d considered sending the conjoined twins played by Sarah Paulson to Tampa (and yes, we know this episode aired Dec. 3, but some of us have some DVRing to catch up on, OK).

The show’s characters don’t totally slam the Tampa Bay area, though. While throwing an adult fit in front of his mother in Episode 2, murderous rich-boy “Dandy” threatens to run off to “St. Petersburg, where they have real caramel corn, not that cardboard they sell at the freak show.”

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Pop Rocks: Is CMT’s ‘Party Down South’ partying in Tampa?

Published:   |   Updated: December 16, 2014 at 01:09 PM
By Christopher Spata

If you haven’t seen the CMT reality series “Party Down South,” the quickest way to sum it up is “Jersey Shore” with sweet tea.

Created by the same producers that taught us what a Snooki was, eight adults are thrown together with beer-funneling, love triangle-ing, day drinking, shirtless outside-the-bar drama, male tramp-stamp tattoos, catfish kissing, a guy named “Daddy” and lots of general sloppiness. But it’s the “South,” so the “Jersey Shore”’s neon tank tops are traded in for camouflage, and there are ATVs, boats and mud.

It’s a tried and true formula that has scored CMT its biggest hit series ever, and it looks like Season 3, premiering in February, might be set in the Tampa area. It’s worth mentioning that Pensacola sent the show packing for Athens, Ga. after a community outcry over the show being set there.

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Most popular baby names of 2014 familiar to Netflix, ‘Frozen’ fans

Published:   |   Updated: December 2, 2014 at 04:15 PM
By Christopher Spata

Babycenter.com released its annual top baby names of the year list this week, and it looks like many of 2014’s new parents are fans of Netflix, baseball and the Disney blockbuster “Frozen.”

Piper, the name of the main character on Netflix’s women’s prison dramedy “Orange Is The New Black” broke into the list of top 100 girls names at No. 68, up 28 percent from last year, while Alex, the name of Piper’s best frenemy on the series, landed at No. 72, a 16 percent jump.

“Frozen”’s reach extended to girls and boys, with Elsa jumping 29 percent, while Hans, the name of the film’s villain, jumped 19 percent in boy names.

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MTV reality show 'Growing Up Greek' filmed in Tarpon Springs

Published:   |   Updated: December 2, 2014 at 10:13 AM
By Christopher Spata

Is this the Gulf Coast or the Jersey Shore?

You could be forgiven for confusing the two after watching the trailer for “Growing Up Greek,” a 30-minute MTV reality special that was produced in Tarpon Springs.

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No tickets needed to see One Direction in Orlando

By Christopher Spata

If you couldn’t score those pricey tickets to see One Direction in Tampa last month, it may be worth taking a drive down Interstate 4 on Monday (just follow the screams, if you’re not sure how to get there).

The boy band is scheduled to perform at Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk as promotion for its new album, “Four,” the Orlando Sentinel reported. The group will perform as part of a dual, live broadcast on NBC’s “Today” show and Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia.”

But here’s the best part: admission to CityWalk is free.

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Thousands of free video games now playable on the Internet Archive

Published:   |   Updated: November 4, 2014 at 02:49 PM
By Christopher Spata

Imagine it’s some date between 1978 and 1998, you know, back when video arcades were a thing that existed.

Now imagine you’re in one of those imaginary arcades and you’ve got quarters. All the quarters. You’ve got all the quarters in the world. Or tokens. Whatever you like, quarters or tokens. It’s your fantasy.

Thanks to a giant, new addition to the non-profit digital preservation library the Internet Archive, you can now sort of live out that fantasy if you’re the type inclined to such geeky fantasies.

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