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Tuesday, Mar 03, 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.

Did SNL’s ISIS skit cross line of poor taste?

TBO.com staff

Most skits on “Saturday Night Live” make us laugh, but one this past weekend made some cringe and wondering if the NBC show may have gone a little too far.

The skit, featuring cast regular Taran Killam and guest host Dakota Johnson of “50 Shades of Grey” fame, is a takeoff on a Toyota commercial, in which a tearful father bids his daughter farewell as she leaves to serve in the armed forces.

Killam and Johnson mirrored that commercial, but with the controversial twist — rather than joining the military, Johnson was leaving to join ISIS.

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How many ‘stars’ from the new ‘Dancing With the Stars’ have you heard of?

TBO.com staff

“Dancing With the Stars” has revealed the stars for its upcoming 20th season, and, no offense, but the list left most of us around here asking “who?”

Obviously it’s a challenge to find a dozen celebrities in that sweet spot of being famous, but not too famous to be on “Dancing With the Stars,” year after year, and maybe the challenge is starting to show.

Or maybe we’re out of touch with the “stars” of today? We won’t rule that out.

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Norm Macdonald: Eddie Murphy turned down Bill Cosby on 'SNL 40'

Published:   |   Updated: February 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM
By Christopher Spata

For the most part, the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special was a smash success.

It was watched by an estimated 23.1 million viewers — NBC's best ratings for a prime-time special since 2004 — and critics mostly agreed that it was a funny, fitting tribute to the show's long legacy, with one glaring exception: Eddie Murphy.

Murphy, hailed as the savior of SNL during a troubled '80s era when producer Lorne Michaels had left the show, did little more in his return to the SNL stage than say thanks and take a bow, leaving fans going “that was it?!”

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Jimmy Fallon recreates Bayside High for ‘Saved By The Bell’ reunion

Published:   |   Updated: February 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM
By Christopher Spata

If you were wondering if Mario Lopez survived a wild weekend in Tampa during the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, you got your answer on the “Tonight Show” Wednesday.

Jimmy Fallon dropped a giant nostalgia bomb on TV, the Internet, and anyone who was in front of the set on Saturday mornings between 1989 and 1993 by bringing together the cast of “Saved By The Bell” for a reunion on an exact replica of the Bayside High School set.

Bayside, by the way, might exist in some sort of time warp outside the laws of time and physics, because all it took was a cell phone as big as a brick, a frizzy wig and some black tights to bring Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley back to their ‘93 selves (if you squint hard enough).

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‘Hodor’ coming to Tampa to DJ Rave of Thrones party

Published:   |   Updated: February 4, 2015 at 05:39 PM
By Christopher Spata

Start sewing your khaleesi costumes now because Rave of Thrones, a “Game of Thrones”-themed dance party tour, is coming to Tampa.

Or as the character portrayed on HBO by the party’s headlining DJ would say, “Hodor.”


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Station’s new format: WBRN-98.7 FM is all about Bubba

Published:   |   Updated: February 2, 2015 at 05:12 PM
By Carl Lisciandrello

Many in “Bubba’s Army” were thrilled to hear that Bubba the Love Sponge Clem would be returning to Tampa’s airwaves with his own show after he was dropped by WHPT (102.5-FM “The Bone”) in August.

So imagine their reaction on Monday when, a month after he debuted on rival WHFS, 98.7 FM, the station finally unveiled its new format after 30 days of “all Bubba, all the time” in the interim.

Bubba doesn’t just have his own show, but apparently he has an entire station.

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New ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ book coming soon, so where’s the movie?

TBO.com staff

Fans of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”) will be happy to know that a fourth novel featuring hacker genius Lisbeth Salander will hit bookstore shelves this summer.

The Guardian reports that “That Which Does Not Kill,” an original novel by David Lagercrantz, is completed and will be released in August. Lagercrantz is taking over for Larsson, who died before “Dragon Tattoo” was released in 2005.

They’re expecting the book, which is being released in 35 countries, to make a global splash on par with Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” in 2003. The original trilogy has already sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

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Jeff Bridges wants to help you sleep during the Super Bowl

Published:   |   Updated: January 29, 2015 at 04:16 PM
By Christopher Spata

Ever wanted to lay in bed while The Dude peacefully lulls you to dreamland.

You can do it tonight (or whenever you weirdos sleep) with Jeff Bridges' new album “Sleeping Tapes.”

That's right, the Hollywood star recorded an entire album of weird, dreamy lullabies and “intriguing sounds,” from Bridges chatting with people about humming to plastic bags hanging from windblown trees. The album is part of a Super Bowl ad campaign by Squarespace that will air during the game. It features Bridges wandering through the woods with a microphone on a heroic journey to help you sleep better (and nearly pooping his pants when he's spooked by an animal). Watch below: 

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South Tampa named one of 10 ‘sexiest’ neighborhoods in U.S.

Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2015 at 04:50 PM
By Christopher Spata

The dude-focused food, drinking and city guide website Thrillist is telling the rest of the world what locals will probably say they already knew: South Tampa is sexy.

The site, known for pumping out lists to the tune of “What Every U.S. State is Worst At”, “America’s Most Hipster Cities,” and “10 Bourbons You Can Afford to Drink. Every. Single. Day.” (yikes) puts the area south of Kennedy Boulevard at No. 6 on its list of “The 10 Sexiest Neighborhoods in America.”

Here’s part of their description of South Tampa:

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Super Bowl ads: Kardashian makes fun of herself, Couric confused by the Internet

Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2015 at 01:25 PM
By Christopher Spata

Even if you're not a fan of Kim Kardashian, famous person, you have to kind of respect her new Super Bowl commercial for T-Mobile.

Kardashian obviously knows people say she's famous for nothing, but she's willing to make fun of herself in the sarcastic ad that centers on her self-important selfie habit.

At least she's self aware enough to know that getting more then 700,000 people to “like” a photo of you eating soup is pretty ridiculous (or at least this commercial makes it seem like she knows).

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