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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.

Watch: New ‘Star Wars’ trailer features Han Solo and Chewbacca

Published:   |   Updated: April 16, 2015 at 02:51 PM
TBO.com staff

For the first time in more than 30 years, Harrison Ford is back on screen as Han Solo, and the roguish Millennium Falcon pilot is apparently still hanging with Chewbacca.

The new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuted at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California today before hitting the Internet a few minutes later.

It includes the first footage of characters from the original Star Wars trilogy (R2-D2, Han Solo and Chewie) as well as a voiceover by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

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'Ant-Man,' 'Terminator Genisys' trailers arrive on same day

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By Christopher Spata

Trailers for two of this summer’s most anticipated, big-budget, big-boom, popcorn flicks hit the Internet today.

The first full trailer for Marvel’s “Ant-Man” (above), starring Paul Rudd, served as a quick intro to the comic book character’s origin story, as well as a big relief: the film starring one of the funniest guys in Hollywood will be (at least a little bit) funny.

Then there was the second full trailer for “Terminator: Genisys” (below) to prove that the writers of the fifth film in the franchise were not shy about recycling famous lines from the earlier films, but also providing a gigantic plot reveal: John Connor (Jason Clarke) is not totally human. We also get a little bit of “personality” from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800.

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Jon Stewart skewers Gov. Scott and Florida over climate change controversy

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TBO.com staff

Jon Stewart has an option for Floridians who don’t want to use the allegedly verboten words “climate change” as he explained during a “Daily Show” segment earlier this week.

People can just stick their fingers in their ears and “lalalalala” the words away.


 

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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 John Mellencamp’s second night at Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City. For more things to do, check out this week’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Pop Rocks: Rolling Stones coming to Tampa or Orlando?

Published:   |   Updated: March 17, 2015 at 05:35 PM
By Christopher Spata

People are literally seeing the signs of the Rolling Stones announcing a concert in Florida, but will it be Orlando or Tampa?

Mysterious billboards are being spotted across the U.S. this week featuring the iconic Rolling Stones lips logo and referencing Thursday in what’s widely believed to be the day of a big U.S. tour announcement.

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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 shows by Dokken, Elvis Costello and Rick Springfield. For more things to do, check out this week’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Gogol Bordello storms Gasparilla stage

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By GEOFF FOXTribune staff

Eugene Hutz was covered in sweat, and claret from bottles of burgundy.

A founding member of gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, which headlined the Gasparilla Music Festival’s Sunday lineup, the hyper-kinetic Hutz appeared unwilling to leave the stage — even after the band’s manic three-song encore capped a torrid 90-minute set.

Dressed in black boxing trunks with red trim, his build reminiscent of both Gollum and Iggy Pop, Hutz played a slicing, percussive acoustic guitar throughout. He was expertly backed by bass, drums and other percussion, as well as an electrified accordion, electric violin and electric guitar.

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Best bets: Fun things to do this weekend

Published:   |   Updated: March 6, 2015 at 12:09 PM
TBO.com staff

Tribune entertainment editor Kim MacCormack talks weekend events with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb on 970-WFLA AM, including two shows by guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. For more things to do, check out this week’s best bets on TBO.com.

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Adam Levine took the perfect photo with a very nervous fan, via the 'Kane Show'

Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2015 at 10:47 AM
TBO.com staff

A 10-year-old boy was a little nervous when he came face-to-face with his idol Adam Levine on Monday, but the Maroon 5 singer handled the encounter beautifully.

Christopher Warner, who has down syndrome, got to meet Levine backstage in Washington, D.C. after his teacher created a now-viral video of Christopher singing, talking about and showing his overall daily obsession with Levine and the band. That teacher sent the video to the hosts of 93.3 WFLZ’s “Kane Show” morning show who were able to set up the meeting.

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TBS releases video of Conan O’Brien in Cuba

Published:   |   Updated: March 4, 2015 at 03:34 PM
TBO.com staff

Late night host Conan O’Brien’s historic trip to Cuba last month will air at 11 tonight on TBS and the cable network has released a preview.

O’Brien recorded the episode — the first American talk show to shoot there since 1959 — over Presidents Day weekend.

The video from TBS shows O’Brien dancing with a local, singing karaoke, shopping and generally going unrecognized by people on the street. Even when he tries to explain that he has a TV show in the U.S., people don’t believe him.

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