Jimmy Fallon brings his Tonight Show to Universal Orlando April 3-6, celebrating the opening of Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Next week Universal Orlando hosts one of the kings of late night TV, and he's bringing a slew of stars with him.
Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show entourage descend on the theme park for a four-day-long celebration of his new ride, Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon's guests for the taping of the NBC show include Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo.
Diesel, Eastwood and Johnson all star in The Fate of the Furious, the eight installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Maybe they'll spill some secrets from the set.
The ride is a 3D attraction giving guests the ultimate Tonight Show experience with show segments like Hashtag the Panda, and then races them through iconic New York City sites like the Statue of Liberty.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens April 6. Visit universalorlando.com for more information.
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American Playboy chronicles the life of Hugh Hefner and the iconic Playboy brand he created.
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story: It seems like everyone is getting a biopic lately. The 13-episode Amazon Original series is inspired by more than 17,000 hours of footage and more than 2,000 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal collection. The series chronicles Hefner's life and his iconic Playboy brand, from postwar America, the launch of Playboy magazine and the over six decades of his career. The series stars Matt Whelan as the bunny-creator himself. April 7
The Handmaiden: The lauded original movie is adapted from the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters and stars Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri. The film centers around a scrappy female pickpocket and a charming con man. The thief worms her way into the home of a Japanese heiress as a servant, but her intentions are much more sinister. April 13
Titus Welliver is Detective Harry Bosch.
Bosch Season 3: The Emmy-nominated series based on Michael Connelly's novels is back for a third season with Detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) a suspect in a murder. April 21 …
This championship belt will be awarded at the El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship.
If you're interested in claiming the Tampa Bay area's first championship belt in burrito eating -- yes, it's an actual, physical, WWE-style championship belt -- you've got until Friday to qualify.
The El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship will be held April 6 in observance of National Burrito Day, local Mexican chain restaurant Taco Bus announced.
The eating competition happens at 6 p.m. at the original Taco Bus location at 913 Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa. The fastest competitor to take down an entire, 2.5-pound "El Jefe" burrito (a beast so massive it features two tortillas), will be rewarded with the grand prize, $250 and the championship belt. There are also cash prizes for second through fourth place.
Those who want to compete must qualify before the end of the day Friday by finishing an El Jefe in under 15 minutes at any Taco Bus location, and submitting a qualifier form at the restaurant. Ten qualifiers with the fastest times will be invited to compete on April 6.
You'll have to pay a hefty $12.99 for that hefty El Jefe burrito in order to qualify, though Taco Bus said it will donate a portion of the money raised by the contest to local first responders charities.
The most amusing thing about Kang and Cho might be that they've never been to Tampa or even tasted a Tampa Cuban. That will all change this weekend when they compete in the Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City.
You can get all the details on the Cuban Sandwich Festival here.
Elisabeth Moss stars in Hulu's newest original series, The Handmaid's Tale.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Giving students tips on skipping school since 1986. April 1
Saturday Night Fever: Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, Saturday Night Fever still has you stayin' alive. April 1
Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer in Preacher.
Preacher Season 1: I stand by my review of the sepia-toned Southern thriller from when it premiered last year: It's crude, offensive, graphic and violent. Yet it's one of the best television adaptations of literature I've seen in years. April 5
Johnny Tsunami: Almost 20 years ago (*spits out drink*) Johnny Tsunami graced the airwaves, giving us ‘90s kids another Disney Channel Original Movie instant classic.Go big or go home! April 19
Wayward Pines Season 2: Two season later, we still aren't quite sure what Wayward Pines is all about. It is an M. Night Shyamalan adaptation, after all. But we definitely love its creepy vibes. April 25 …
Wow, who knew booking a hugely acclaimed and admired Oscar winner would prove to be so popular?
Do to "extremely popular demand," the University of South Florida is moving its April 4 lecture with actress Viola Davis (Fences, The Help, How to Get Away With Murder) from the Marshall Student Center to the USF Sun Dome. Students who have already secured a ticket are confirmed for a seat at the new venue. All remaining student tickets will be released at 3 p.m. today via this link.
The lectures are free and open to the public, with priority given to students. Considering all the student tickets got snapped up almost immediately, this should allow a few more people from outside the university inside to hear Davis speak.
Erica Tremblay as Bunny, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Jenna Elfman as Alice and Nicholas Coombe as Andy in Imaginary Mary.
Cake Wars, 8 p.m., Food Network: Cake artists battle for the change to have their creations as the centerpiece of a party celebrating the new movie Smurfs: The Lost Village. Warning: Lots of blue icing ahead.
Breaking Bad marathon, starts at 9 a.m., AMC: To celebrate the return of Better Call Saul's third season April 10, AMC airs "Best of Saul Goodman" and "Best of Gus Fring" during two Breaking Bad marathon Mondays. The shuffle of episodes featuring the best of Saul (Bob Odenkirk) starts today, and the best of Gus marathon airs April 3.
Dead Reckoning: War & Justice, 8 p.m., PBS: A three-part examination of the prosecution of war crimes, including genocide and ethnic cleansing, since the end of World War II.
Samantha Morton stars in Harlots on Hulu.
SERIES PREMIERE: Harlots, midnight, Hulu: Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) struggles with being a mother to two daughters and a brothel owner in 18th century London. In 1763, London is a city built on flesh, where one in five women sells sex for money. It's a battle of the brothels in Hulu's newest original series.
Maestro Anton Coppola received a standing ovation Saturday during an Opera Tampa gala celebrating his 100th birthday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
Maestro Anton Coppola received a standing ovation Saturday during an Opera Tampa gala celebrating his 100th birthday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Coppola conducted the world premiere of his revised duet and finale of Puccini's opera Turandot and also selections from Copola's opera Sacco and Sacco and Vanzetti.
The gala was attended by several of Anton Coppola's family members, including the maestro's nephew, director Francis Ford Coppola, great-niece Sofia Coppola and his great-nephew Nicolas Cage.
Melissa Leo stars at Madalyn Murray O'Hair in The Most Hated Woman in America.
New kingdom, new hair: Tangled: The Series
There's a tangle of Tangled spinoffs out there, so let us help straighten them out. The golden-haired Rapunzel made her animated debut in 2010 in Disney's Tangled, starring the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Two years later, the short film Tangled Ever After showed a snippet of chaos that happened right before Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding. And two weeks ago, Disney Channel premiered Tangled: Before Ever After, an original movie that saw her initial return to the kingdom of Corona and her long, magical hair growing back. And now, as if that wasn't enough Rapunzel, Tangled: The Series premieres as a sort of sequel to the original with Moore and Levi reprising their roles. The series follows Rapunzel's adventures as she acquaints herself with her kingdom, her parents and her new princess duties. Don't worry, trusty chameleon Pascal and white horse Maximus are along for the ride, too. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Disney Channel
Shocking and true: The Most Hated Woman in America …
Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns with an all new cast and an all new vault of terrible movies to riff on.
Another month, another dump truck full of movies, TV shows and new originals coming to Netflix that'll make us want to avoid the outside world.
A Nightmare on Elm Street: The horror classic that still makes watchers never want to sleep again. One, two, Freddy's coming for you... April 1
Gremlins: If you don't think Gizmo is the cutest, furry alien thing you've ever seen, you're wrong. April 1
Louis C.K.: 2017: First Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle specials, and now one for legend Louis C.K. Netflix still reigns when it comes to quality comedy specials. April 4
Kubo and the Two Strings: The style is almost Pixar-meets-anime, and the story is a dark but thrilling adventure of a lucky young misfit. April 8
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Of all the reboots, returns and spinoffs coming this year, this one is what we are most looking forward to. The return of the quirky show that riffs on terrible B-movies is back starring Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn. April 14
The University of South Florida is getting an A-list visitor.
Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Viola Davis will speak at the school's Tampa campus on April 4, part of the school's University Lecture Series and a centerpiece of its annual USF Week. The event is free and open to the public, though as with most USF lectures, seating is limited with preference given to USF students.
And you can expect this one to be packed. The star of The Help, Doubt and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder just won her first Academy Award for her role in the screen adaptation of August Wilson's play Fences, and is considered one of the great actors of her time.
University spokeswoman Renee Hunt said Davis will be speaking about her personal and professional life, overcoming childhood poverty, working through industry biases and creating opportunities for women and minorities in Hollywood. She might meet with students on site, but otherwise is not scheduled to sit in on any classes.
The lecture takes place at 7:45 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center's 1,000-capacity ballroom, with a live stream and overflow seating in the nearby Oval Theater. …
Kandi and Tiny.KandiBurruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle must be loving the shape of Sheeran these days.
The two formerXscape members are getting some much-deserved credit for influencingEdSheeran’s hit Shape of You, and it’s in part thanks to the Internet. For weeks, Twitter users have pointed out the similarities between Sheeran’s No. 1 song to TLC’sNo Scrubs, co-written by Burruss and Cottle. No Diggity! How’s that for some ‘90s trivia.
The line “Boy, let’s not talk too much/ Grab on my waist and put that body on me” syncs up pretty perfectly with TLC’s “No, Idon’t want no Scrubs/ A scrub isa guy that can’t get no love from me.”
And Sheeran’s being no “buster” about it.
Burruss and Cottle, plus producerKevinBriggs, all now have songwriting credits on Shape of You.
What’s this mean in terms of the shape of dollar signs? According to theAtlanta Journal Constitution, they will get paid for Shape of You radio play, public performances and a cut of the downloads. …
We see where Rex Culpepper got his quarterback skills when his father Brad crushes the sandbag tossing challenge on Survivor.
“If you pull out an idol I will soil myself,” said Jeff Varner before the vote on last night's Survivor Game Changers, in which Tampa's own Brad Culpepper was again both a target and a team leader.
Someone call maintenance. We need a cleanup on Aisle 8.
Hard to believe that after 34 seasons they can still do it, but Wednesday night brought one of the twistiest loop-de-loops of an episode in Survivor's history. The game-changer from the producers -- a surprise combined Tribal Council featuring both losing tribes -- created more drama than the producers could ever have dreamed of.
But first let's check in on Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper, an ex-Buccaneer player who went home early when he played in the Blood vs. Water season. He settles in nicely as the strongest member of his tribe after last week's twist where the tribes were split into three factions, Culpepper now needs Hali so he urges "blue eyes" to stick with the group. And he counsels Tai not to feel bad about turning on his friend Caleb last week (at Culpepper's urging). …
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