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Pop Rocks

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.

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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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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