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Sunday, Nov 23, 2014

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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.

No tickets needed to see One Direction in Orlando

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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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Oxford Exchange to screen documentary ‘A Film About Coffee’

Published:   |   Updated: October 13, 2014 at 01:27 PM
By Christopher Spata

It will soon be possible to drink a very good cup of specialty coffee while watching a new documentary that’s all about specialty coffee.

“A Film About Coffee” will get a special screening at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa on Oct. 29 — a fitting setting considering the craft and care that goes into making coffee at the Tampa coffee bar, restaurant and retail store.

The feature-length documentary, according to the filmmaker’s official description, “is a love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee,” that takes audiences “on a trip around the world, from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York.”

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Trailer released for ‘Sex Ed,’ R-rated comedy filmed at Catholic school in Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: October 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM
By Christopher Spata

The raunchy sex comedy that was quietly filmed at an empty Catholic school in Tampa, later drawing an apology from the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, finally has a trailer.

“Sex Ed,” starring former “Sixth Sense” child star Haley Joel Osment in his first feature since 2003, is about an adult virgin who becomes an unlikely sex education teacher to a group of inner-city kids.

The movie was shot last summer at Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic school closed in 2012 after 81 years in operation.

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‘Horror Story’ features another three-breasted woman from the Tampa area

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By Christopher Spata

Just when we thought Jasmine Tridevil had the market cornered on (fictional) three-breasted women from the Tampa Bay area, “American Horror Story” hits us with this.

The show’s fourth season, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” features St. Petersburg native and Boca Ciega High School grad Angela Bassett as the bizarrely busted Desiree Dupree, a freak show performer and wife to strongman Del Toledo (Michael Chiklis).

So at least one three-breasted local woman will definitely be on TV. Is there room for another?

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Ribeiro breaks out ‘The Carlton’ for a perfect score on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Published:   |   Updated: October 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM
By Kim MacCormack

It was flashback Monday on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” with the celebs choosing their favorite year — and thank heaven, Alfonso Ribeiro chose 1990.

Most dances were poignant with Lea Thompson (with partner Artem Chigvintsev) honoring her father, who died of cancer, performing to Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father.” Cue the hankies. Score: 39

Another tearjerker was performed by YouTube blogger Bethany Mota who pulled at heartstrings with her standing up to bullies that called her ugly, fat and stupid. Judge Julianne Hough (sister of Mota’s partner Derek Hough) was sobbing and praised her strength in the face of mean people. Julianne however did have tough words for her brother, who she criticized for not having enough rumba in the dance. Score: 33

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‘SNL’s’ Hammond and Trebek’s moustache are back!

Published:   |   Updated: September 18, 2014 at 09:41 AM
By Kim MacCormack

Two pieces of breaking fluff. OK, maybe one is not so breaking:

♦  Lorne Michaels has chosen former “SNL” cast member Darrell Hammond to replace the late, great Don Pardo as the announcer for the longtime late night sketch comedy show.

It won’t be THE voice but it will be a familiar voice. I like the choice. Do you?

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Trans Siberian Orchestra, Phillip Phillips among flood of Tampa area concert announcements

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By KIM MCCORMACKTribune staff

I was going to attempt to leisurely clean out the email queue, but it seems for every email I delete, two concert announcements come in.

So far today I’ve gotten releases regarding the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Phillip Phillips, Roberta Flack, the Golden Boys of Franklie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day and The Australian Bee Gees.

TSO is playing the Amalie Arena (formerly the Forum) for two shows on Dec. 13. Tickets, $32.75 to $71.75 go on sale Friday at www.livenation.com

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D’oh! Homer Simpson takes the ice bucket challenge

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TBO.com staff

Mmmm, ALS ice bucket challenge.

Homer Simpson is the latest celebrity to take the plunge to raise funds for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and son Bart helped him take it to the next level.

The producers of the Fox animated series “The Simpsons” released the video today, which also happens to be the seventh day of a record-setting every Simpsons episode ever marathon on FXX.

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The good, the bad, the Emmys

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By Kim MacCormack

Some observations from Monday night’s Emmy Awards:

1. It finished on time. I cannot stress how important and great this is. Bravo to host Seth Meyers who kept it moving and to (most) winners who didn’t thank every agent, teacher or pet they ever had. They could have gained time if they left Weird Al out. Just sayin’.

2. It wasn’t the Netflix rout people predicted. It was nice to see networks sort of hold their own against the cable/streaming behemoths who can go naked, swear and lop off a lot of heads. Seems like the one person from “Orange is the New Black” who won was the one who should.

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