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Val Kilmer coming to Tampa for 'Citizen Twain' screening, Tampa Bay Comic Con

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Tampa's about to get all the Iceman it can handle.

Actor Val Kilmer is coming to Tampa not once but twice in July -- first for a film screening and Q&A, then at Tampa Bay Comic Con two weeks later.

The screening, on July 11 at the Improv in Ybor City, is for the film version of Kilmer's one-man show Citizen Twain, in which the onetime Batman plays another American hero, Mark Twain. He'll introduce the screening, then hang around afterward to answer questions and meet a few fans. (Given Jim Morrison's connections to the Tampa Bay area, maybe a retrospective on The Doors would be more appropriate, but this works too.)

Tickets to the Improv event start at $30, or $70 for a VIP that includes a meet-and-greet. Click here for details.

If you miss Kilmer at the Improv, he'll be back here July 29-30 for Tampa Bay Comic Con, appearing alongside Kate Beckinsale, Nichelle Nichols and others. Autographs and photo ops are $80, and that's on top of Comic Con tickets, which start at $30-$40 per day or $60 for the weekend. Click here for details.

If Kilmer decides he likes July in Tampa, who knows, maybe he'll buy a place here and settle down. We'll be his wingmen anytime.

-- Jay Cridlin

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What to watch this week: 'The Handmaid's Tale' on Hulu, 'Great News' on NBC

Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin star in NBC's Great News.

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Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin star in NBC's Great News.

MONDAY

Gotham, 8 p.m., Fox: Ed Nygma convinces himself that he doesn't need Penguin to succeed and starts to present himself as the Riddler to Gotham.

SEASON FINALE: APB, 9 p.m., Fox: In the first season finale, Gideon is blamed for recent terrorist attacks, so he and Conrad have to work quickly to uncover the real culprit.

TUESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Great News, 9 p.m., NBC: In the pilot episode, cable news producer Katie (Briga Heelan) is horrified when her mother gets an internship at her news show in this zany workplace comedy. Tina Fey is an executive producer.

WEDNESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: The Handmaid's Tale, midnight, Hulu: Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction novel is poignantly adapted into a jarring series on Hulu. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) plays Offred, a designated handmaid in the Republic of Gilead whose sole purpose is help repopulate the planet. In Gilead, women are stripped of all rights and only serve as handmaids, housekeepers, wives and teachers.

REVIEW: The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu is a poignant adaptation of Margaret Atwood's story …

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Why these 4 celebrities made news in their trips to Tampa Bay this week

Kenny G gave an impromptu performance on his flight from Tampa to Los Angeles.

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Kenny G gave an impromptu performance on his flight from Tampa to Los Angeles.

It's been a busy week of celebrity sightings in Tampa Bay.

And many have ended in a not-so-expected way: confusing Cuban sandwich tastings, a photographer getting punched and a saxophone concert in the sky.

First up is Chris Brown, who performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 16. His performance, though, isn't how he topped off his trip to the Bay area ... that came later.

After the show, Brown reportedly punched a photographer at a club early Monday morning.

Next we have Slater, er, I mean Mario Lopez in town. The Saved by the Bell star was spotted at Wesley Chapel Nissan Saturday afternoon for an event at the dealership. He signed autographs, shook hands and smiled (adorably). 

Then, Alton Brown showed up. The Food Network star was in town for his live show at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. But, again, it wasn't the show that made this trip particularly notable. Brown decided to embark on a tasting of the region's famous Cuban sandwiches. But in a video of the four-sandwich taste test, Brown was a little surprised with what he got.  …

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Review: 'Great News' a zany comedy about working with your mom

John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie in NBC's Great News.

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John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie in NBC's Great News.

NBC's newest comedy gives the spotlight to a 60-something Chicos-loving helicopter mom.

And it's funny. Very funny. 

Great News, boasting Tina Fey as an executive producer, follows Katie (Briga Heelan), an ambitious young news producer for The Breakdown, a cable news show out of New Jersey.

Now 30, Katie is feeling stuck in her career and life, but remains incredibly close to her mom Carol (Andrea Martin), who's also looking for a change in her retirement years.

The series quickly spirals into a permanent "bring your mom to work day" segment when Carol gets an internship at her daughter's news show.

Katie's worst nightmare comes true when Carol  a 30-year mother and housewife  becomes the ultimate mom-tern by sharing embarrassing stories and interfering with Katie's opportunities to produce lead segments.

The series has some of the same fast-paced wit and workplace humor as Fey's other projects (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), yet is inspired by the mother-daughter relationship between creator Tracey Wigfield and her mom. Wigfield even put herself in the show as a creepy meteorologist, Beth, who is convinced of impending worldwide doom. …

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In Case You Missed It: Amber Heard confirms romance with billionaire Elon Musk; The French choose La Pen, Macron for presidential showdown; Peggy Whitson sets record for longest time in space by a U.S. astronaut

As of 1:27 a.m. Monday, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record of most cumulative days in space at 535.

[AP Photo / Dmitri Lovetsky]

As of 1:27 a.m. Monday, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record of most cumulative days in space at 535.

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

Amber Heard romance with billionaire Elon Musk is 'social media official'

Actress Amber Heard, 35, confirmed the widespread speculation of a romance with 45-year-old billionaire Elon Musk after posting a picture that showed the two at dinner in Australia.

The Tesla CEO is seen with a lipstick mark on his cheek as Heard sits next to him with her arm draped over his shoulder sporting a pair of darkly-painted lips.

 

The actress was first seen with Musk last summer in London. 

The romance comes on the heels of Heard's high-profile divorce from Johnny Depp, which was finalized in January. 

French voters choose Macron, Le Pen for presidential showdown

French voters came out in droves to voice their selections in the first round of the nation's presidential election and chose two political outsiders (and polar opposite candidates) to go head-to-head: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.

The two will face off in the runoff vote on May 7.  …

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What to watch this weekend: 'Bill Nye Saves the World,' 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

Rose Byrne and Oprah Winfrey star in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Rose Byrne and Oprah Winfrey star in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

BILL BILL BILL BILL: Bill Nye Saves the World

If anyone is going to save our troubled world, it's going to be Bill Nye. The Emmy-nominated host, educator and engineer of Science Guy fame returns with Bill Nye Saves the World, tackling science fact and fiction. Each half-hour episode dives into a timely topic with Nye laying down the scientific facts through panel discussions, quirky lab experiments and special correspondents. In two episodes, Nye deftly takes on the controversies over vaccines and climate change, breaking down the truth for a studio audience to prove, "It's not magic - it's science!" Everyone's favorite science guy is back with his beloved bow ties now streaming on Netflix.

Recognition at last: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks …

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Petition launched to stop Bill O'Reilly's appearance at Tampa's Amalie Arena

Bill O'Reilly may be off the air at Fox News. But his show in Tampa is still on.

A petition has been launched calling Amalie Arena and other venues around the country to cancel a series of tour stops featuring O'Reilly, comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News personality Jesse Watters. So far, the petition, launched by the social advocacy group Care2, has attained more than 22,000 supporters.

"Five venues in five cities have agreed to host Bill O'Reilly on his 'The Spin Stops Here' tour," the petition states. "But Bill O'Reilly is a misogynistic man who has been sexually harassing women for years."

O'Reilly's ouster from Fox News this week came on the heels of a New York Times report that five women were paid $13 million to hush sexual harassment allegations against the top-rated host. That prompted a mass advertiser walkout and ultimately cost O'Reilly his job. In a statement, O'Reilly called the claims "completely unfounded."

EARLIER: Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News in wake of harassment allegations  …

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Winner and loser of the week: Harry Styles defends his girl fans; Chris Brown accused of punching Tampa photographer

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Winner: Harry Styles. The former boyband heartthrob is heading in a new direction, and his solo endeavour is better than anyone could have hoped.

While his former One D bandmates launched their own solo careers over the past year, fans wildly speculated when the fan favorite member would make his own music. And what that music would even sound like. Zayn went the breathy, sexy pop route. Adorable Niall Horan went the opposite direction with his acoustic ballad This Town.

Styles' dark and personal Sign of the Times, an indie rock/classic rock ballad, was an instant hit, earning the No. 1 slot on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks. But nothing secures a budding solo career quite like an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

The singer was quick to jump into sketches (a lot of musical guests don't), and took on two characters between his set.

Styles fully committed to his impression of Mick Jagger on a Celebrity Family Feud sketch with a time travelling twist.

Styles as the '70s version of Jagger poked fun at himself, joking, "Solo? Why would anyone in a successful band go solo? That's insane."

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Survivor recap: Brad Culpepper's amazing technicolor dream shorts

Ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper, right, in the amazing striped shorts, is winning the charm war on Survivor.

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Ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper, right, in the amazing striped shorts, is winning the charm war on Survivor.

Well that didn’t take long. A newsworthy episode last week had even non-Survivor fans tuning in to see Jeff Varner as he cruelly outed Zeke Smith as transgender — like it was some kind of evidence he’s sneaky. In a touching show of decency and solidarity Zeke’s tribemates offered him comfort and support … and then almost ousted him this week because he’s sneaky.

This week we also saw the continuing redemption of Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper and his amazing technicolor dream shorts. The ex-Buccaneer star was ousted early when he last played this game (but not before one fellow player famously shouted, "Eff you, Brad Culpepper”). He learned his lesson and has been turning on the charm, winning over two of his female tribemates last week with a tearful confession that he didn’t give his wife, Monica, enough credit for sticking out the starvation and head games for 39 days in the Blood vs Water season she almost won. …

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Miami street renamed Moonlight Way after Oscar-winning film

Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in "Moonlight."

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Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in "Moonlight."

A surprise Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has culminated in a street in Miami's Liberty City being renamed Moonlight Way after the Miami-set film Moonlight, the Miami Herald reports.

The film's creators Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up in the Liberty City neighborhood. 

Miami-Dade commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who also grew up in the area, told the Herald, "What this movie really did is depict how people grow up here in the inner city."

The resolution officially renamed six blocks of Northwest 22nd Avenue.

 

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'Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!': Adidas slammed for insensitive email

Runners head to the finish line on Monday in the 121st Boston Marathon. Adidas has apologized for sending out an email using an unfortunate choice of words to praise customers who completed the race. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola,)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola,)

Runners head to the finish line on Monday in the 121st Boston Marathon. Adidas has apologized for sending out an email using an unfortunate choice of words to praise customers who completed the race. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola,)

Move over United Airlines, Adidas wants a shot at the crown...the PR nightmare crown, that is. 

One day after Monday's 121st running of the Boston Marathon, the sportswear giant sent out an email with the subject line "Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!"

Facepalm.

The poor choice of words made its way around the Internet and customers were quick to remind the company about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and injured more than 200 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. 

Adidas, the official sponsor of the race, quickly apologized, admitting the word choice was "insensitive" and said it was "incredibly sorry."

At least two survivors of the 2013 bombing participated in this year's race, according to the Associated Press.

In the statement, Adidas said the annual marathon "is one of the most inspirational sporting events in the world," and that "every year we're reminded of the hope and resiliency of the running community."

While it is likely an unfortunate mistake, the Internet is not letting up on the sports apparel company.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Simmons hospitalized, but recovering, report says

Richard Simmons in New York in 2013.

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Richard Simmons in New York in 2013.

If you've heard the viral podcast Missing Richard Simmonsyou know it's a rare occasion that anyone knows where reclusive fitness icon Richard Simmons is these days, but on Monday he was in the hospital, according to a report.

Simmons' rep told ABC News that Simmons was taken to an unspecified California hospital after "battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating." The rep added, "He's already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery."

The eccentric, 68-year-old star who presided over a fitness video empire for decades has been the subject of much speculation recently, especially after the podcast about his sudden withdrawal from public life topped the charts last month.

Simmons hasn't made a public appearance for several years, but did address people's concerns about him in a Today show phone interview in 2016, saying people shouldn't worry about him.

"I just sort of wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a little while,'' Simmons told Savannah Guthrie. "... you know right now I just want to sort of take care of me."

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New 'Shopkins Live!' show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Shopkins Live!

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Shopkins Live!

Parents, start socking away some extra cash. Shopkins are invading your town.

The phenomenally popular line of tiny, anthropomorphic, highly collectible foodstuffs 'n' sundries is launching its first-ever live stage show, and it's coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 13. Tickets to the 4 p.m. show start at $33.25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 28. Click here for details.

Contrary to what you might think based on the toy line's YouTube popularity, Shopkins Live! won't merely be a 90-minute series of live unboxings. Instead, it's a musical built around Shopkins' human(ish) characters like Jessicake, Bubbleisha and Peppa-Mint, with plenty of the teeny Shopkins themselves (Kooky Cookie! Apple Blossom! Lippy Lips!) making an appearance.

Shopkins Live! is produced by Koba Entertainment, producer of such kid-friendly stage events as Dora the Explorer Live and the Backyardigans, in conjunction with Moose Toys, the Australian company responsible for your child's Shopkins addiction. In 2015, Shopkins were the most popular toy line in America, propelling Moose Toys owner Manny Stul onto Forbes' billionaires list in 2016. …

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Fargo' Season 3, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival League Podcast

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Carrie Coon star in the third season of Fargo on FX.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Carrie Coon star in the third season of Fargo on FX.

MONDAY

Bates Motel, 10 p.m., A&E: Norman's legal problems get worse as Emma tends to family business and Romero starts his plan for revenge.

Better Call Saul, 10 p.m., AMC: Jimmy and Kim hire an assistant while Mike seeks out a mysterious acquaintance.

TUESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Pretty Little Liars, 9 p.m., Freeform: In the season premiere of the final season, Spencer learns more about her connection to Mary Drake, and Aria and Ezra consider their future with Nicole back in the picture.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Fargo, 10 p.m., FX: A petty rivalry between the "parking lot king" of Minnesota and his less successful brother escalates and brings chaos to a small town. 

REVIEW: 'Fargo' is back with less splash, more nuance and tension

THURSDAY

H1Z1: Fight for the Crown, 9 p.m., CW: Coverage of a tournament for the multiplayer shooting video game H1Z1: King of the Kill. Seventy-five players are divided into 15 teams hoping to win $300,000.

MasterChef Junior, 8 p.m., Fox: In the season's first mystery box challenge, Edward Lee is the guest judge as the cooks create dishes inspired by their families. …

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In Case You Missed It: April the Giraffe finally has her baby; 'Survivor' outer Jeff Varner fired from real estate job after backlash

April stands with her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience of more than a million viewers. (Animal Adventure Park via AP)

(Animal Adventure Park via AP)

April stands with her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience of more than a million viewers. (Animal Adventure Park via AP)

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

April the Giraffe finally gives birth to baby boy

April - arguably now the most famous giraffe in the world - finally gave birth on Saturday after millions waited on edge for months to watch the birth live.

The broadcast has been live since February when April's caretakers at Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., thought she was close to going into labor. Well, if you think "close" is over two months later, then sure. 

Hundreds of thousands of people have popped in and out of the 24-hour livestream during that time, just waiting ... and waiting and waiting.

And when her calf was finally born over the weekend, more than a million viewers were tuned in to watch.

Now, people are paying $1 to cast a vote to help name the calf.

 

"Survivor" outer Jeff Varner gets fired from real estate job after backlash

Jeff Varner, the "Survivor" contestant who got voted off the show after outing fellow competitor Zeke Smith as transgender got booted again - this time from his job. …

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