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Bono visits with former President George W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush and Bono.


Former President George W. Bush and Bono.

A surprising photo showed up Friday on former President George W. Bush's Instagram feed. Apparently Bono made a visit to the ranch.

"Bono is the real deal," Bush captioned his Instagram photo. (Yes, he has an Instagram account.) "He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice. @laurawbush and I are grateful he came to the ranch to talk about the work of @thebushcenter, @onecampaign, @PEPFAR, and our shared commitment to saving lives in Africa."

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What to watch this weekend: 'House of Cards' returns Tuesday, 'Still Star Crossed'

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in Season 5 of House of Cards on Netflix.


Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in Season 5 of House of Cards on Netflix.

They all fall down: House of Cards

The fifth season of the Emmy-nominated drama House of Cards premieres Tuesday, just in time for us to escape to another surreal political reality. Follow the explosive and gruesome fourth season finale, First Lady Claire (Robin Wright) and President Frank (Kevin Spacey) Underwood are gearing up for the 2016 election to keep their place in the White House. Not only are the Underwoods seeking re-election, they're declaring a war on terror (namely the fictional Islamic Caliphate Organization) and fending off pesky rumors about their past. Except, as House of Cards fans already know, they aren't rumors. Frank Underwood really did kill a congressman and a prying journalist. For those wondering whether this season can even compare to the shenanigans in our own White House, fear not. Like Frank said at the end of Season 4, they make the terror. 3 a.m. Tuesday, Netflix.

After Romeo and Juliet: Still Star-Crossed …

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Look at these shoulders, people.


Look at these shoulders, people.

Back in 2014, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o sat next to each other at Miu Miu fashion show. A photo of the two stars looking extra fabulous became an instant meme on Tumblr, with one user saying, "They look like they're in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker."

Two years later, that buddy film concept made its way to Twitter.

Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans

This caught the attention of Nyong'o, who said she was down for the idea if Rihanna was game (she was.)

I'm down if you are @rihanna

I'm in Pit'z

And through viral determination, Twitter users built their own movie and put together a dream team of black women. All of us thank you.
"After a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation," Entertainment Weekly reported.  "Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct, and Issa Rae (Insecure) is writing the screenplay." …

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It's not safe to be Seal on Shark Week

A Discovery promotion for Shark Week showed a computer animated version of Seal being eaten by a shark.


A Discovery promotion for Shark Week showed a computer animated version of Seal being eaten by a shark.

No seals can escape the jaws of a great white during Shark Week — not even Seal.

The annual shark-themed binge watch is premiering July 23 this year, and to promote the program, Discovery released this ad featuring everyone's favorite oceanic-mammal-themed pop artist: Seal.

Don't worry, Seal was not harmed in the making of this video (as far as we know). Nor was Snuffy, the first seal to meet his "fate" during Shark Week in 2013.

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'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland denies anorexia accusation

Sarah Hyland attends the 2nd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center in Los Angeles in October. Hyland posted on social media May 24, 2017, that her skinny appearance lately is due to a medical condition.

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Sarah Hyland attends the 2nd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center in Los Angeles in October. Hyland posted on social media May 24, 2017, that her skinny appearance lately is due to a medical condition.

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland says her skinny appearance lately is due to a medical condition.

The 26-year-old says in a social media post that critics have accused her of promoting anorexia in pictures she's posted. Without being specific, Hyland says she has "basically been on bed rest for the past few months" and has lost muscle mass. She says her face is swollen from medication that is saving her life.

She adds that she strives "to be as healthy as possible" but hasn't "had the greatest year."

Hyland stars as Lisa Houseman in ABC's TV movie remake of Dirty Dancing.

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Video: 'Hamilton' cast sings 'Happy Birthday' to celebrate 'Stars Wars' 40th Anniversary

The cast of Hamilton sang a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Star Wars' 40th Anniversary.

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The cast of Hamilton sang a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Star Wars' 40th Anniversary.

What better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original release of Stars Wars than with the cast of Hamilton singing "Happy Birthday?"

Right, there is none. 

The anniversary dates to the May 25, 1977 release of the first film of the series. The movie was followed by two sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back," released on May 21, 1980 and "Return of the Jedi," released on May 25, 1983. 

In the latest episode of Lucasfilm's web series, "The Star Wars Show" a number of birthday wishes flood in for the franchise, including ones from comedian Paul Scheer and another from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld.

But it's the cast of Hamilton that opens up the episode with their singing rendition. 

Check out the video below: 

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The winner of 'Survivor: Game Changers?' It has to be Jeff Probst


The winner of Survivor: Game Changers is ... Jeff Probst. Because after 34 seasons, this show is still great and creates great arguments. And good ole cool as a cucumber Jungle Jeff steers it all masterfully.

But Tampa Bay fans are more interested in whether local lawyer and ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper came out on top. After winning five  count 'em five  challenges, Culpepper made probably the most serious error in taking Sarah Lacina, the 33-year-old police officer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the finals with him.

Sarah dominated the season strategically and was rewarded for it by a jury that saw Brad's social game fall apart and Troy "Troyzan" Robertson as a non-entitiy in the finals to take home the million dollar prize.

It may have created peace at home since both Brad and Monica Culpepper have the same track record on Survivor of making it to the end and losing in the final vote. It can't help that he said "I don't need the money," before the vote. I suspect that could have hurt Monica's final vote as well. …

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'Top Gun' sequel? Tom Cruise says it starts filming soon

Tom Cruise starred in "Top Gun" in 1986, and said he'll begin work on a sequel within the next year.


Tom Cruise starred in "Top Gun" in 1986, and said he'll begin work on a sequel within the next year.

Tom Cruise is once again feeling the need for speed.

According to his interview on Australian television, a sequel to his 1986 blockbuster Top Gun will begin filming within the next year.

"It's true," Cruise told the hosts of Sunrise, who asked about the rumored sequel, and seemed shocked when the star provided such a direct answer.

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: @TomCruise just confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening! "I’m gonna start filming it probably in the next year". #sun7

Top Gun, which starred Cruise as a Navy fighter pilot alongside Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer, helped propel him to international mega-stardom. 

If you want to see the original Top Gun, it's playing Thursday at St. Petersburg's Movies In The Park.


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Watch: Just a whole lot of Roger Moore being an extremely cool James Bond

Roger Moore filming on location in England in 1972.

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Roger Moore filming on location in England in 1972.

Debates over who played James Bond the best will go on for at least as long as the Bond franchise itself — and there's no sign of that coming to an end any time soon.

There is, of course, an argument to be made for Roger Moore, and people are making it all over the Internet this morning in the wake of Moore's death at 89.

I'm going to stay out of the fray on that one, and simply admire this video of Moore in action as 007, a role he played in seven films over 12 years with more fun and humor than any other Bond, while managing to keep the suave turned up to 11.

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Interview: Felicia Day talks internet geekdom, her path to 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' before Megacon Orlando

Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.


Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.

Felicia Day said her entire career path was influenced by the pre-internet role-playing game series Ultima.

"When I was a kid I was homeschooled, so not a lot of friends in real life, but a lot of computers around the house," she said. "We played Ultima, where you created an avatar of yourself and explored fantasy worlds."

The game, first released in 1981, is an open-world series with an almost limitless amount of quests. For Day, 37, it was her first foray into a fandom.

This pre-social media fantasy game sparked Day's interest in being a part of the community  and eventual internet community — of gamer geeks.

"My brother and I were really addicted to it," Day said. "I loved the game so much I wanted to share it with other people."

Day is now considered a pioneer of the online geek community. She's best known as the writer, star and producer of her hugely popular web series, The Guild, which is loosely based off her life as a gamer. She also had roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural and on the web musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. And she's back in the spotlight as Kinga Forrester on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival on Netflix. …

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Dirty Dancing' remake on ABC, Every Little Thing podcast

Every Little Thing podcast

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Every Little Thing podcast


SEASON PREMIERE: The Bachelorette, 9 p.m., ABC: The thirteenth season begins with Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay getting advice from friends who appeared with her on last season of The Bachelor before meeting 31 suitors.

SEASON FINALE: Jane the Virgin, 9 p.m., CW: Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news. Later, Jane learns about a mysterious letter MIchael wrote.

Princess Diana: Her Life - Her Death - Her Truth, 8 p.m., ABC: A journey through the night that Princess Diana died and the four independent investigations that followed.


SEASON PREMIERE: Casual, midnight, Hulu: The third season picks up right after the events of the second and sees the trio deal with the aftermath of Charles' death, as well as Valerie's choice to move her and Laura out of Alex's house.

Downward Dog, 8 p.m., ABC: After a special premiere last week, Downward Dog now airs in its regular timeslot. The series is based on a web series and follows the daily life of Nan (Allison Tolman), as narrated by her increasingly lonely and philosophical dog, Martin.

SEASON FINALE: Dancing with the Stars, 8:30 p.m., ABC: The winner is announced in the 24th season finale. …

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Review: ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' remake should be left in a corner

Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes perform the iconic lift in the Dirty Dancing remake on ABC.


Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes perform the iconic lift in the Dirty Dancing remake on ABC.

It seems as if nothing is sacred anymore.

ABC's remake of the 1987 romantic drama Dirty Dancing is, well...not good. If it were a Taco Bell sauce packet or a chicken wing flavor, it would be mild.

Nobody wants to watch a movie called Mild Dancing.

Full disclosure: I'm biased toward the original starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. I was not yet born when it premiered (sorry, everyone) but it's one of my mother's favorite movies. She has superb taste in both movies and music.

So when I heard ABC was premiering a Dirty Dancing remake as a TV movie, I physically cringed. Was anyone asking for this?

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Like the original, the remake revolves around Frances "Baby" Houseman (Scream Queen's Abigail Breslin), an 18-year-old woman who spends the summer of 1963 at an upscale resort with her family. She's the younger of two daughters with a doctor for a dad (Bruce Greenwood), a mom (Debra Messing) wanting more from her husband and a sister (Sarah Hyland) more interested in makeup and marriage than a career. …

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Universal Studios theme park is taking people inside 'The Shining' (w/video)

A scene from the film version of "The Shining."

Warner Bros.

A scene from the film version of "The Shining."

It's only May, but Universal Studios is already teasing a big reveal for this year's Halloween Horror Nights: a haunted attraction based on Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining.

Universal's theme parks in California and Orlando plan to channel the "unspeakable terror" of the 1980 film based on Stephen King's novel with "terrifying new mazes" that will "bring every gruesome moment and paranormal haunting that fans have seen in the film to life," a news release said.

The attraction will bring guests through the Overlook Hotel and have them trying to "escape the wrath of Jack Torrance as he violently succumbs to the hotel's paranormal forces."

Here's the teaser video released with the announcement:

This will be the 27th year of Halloween Horror Nights, the annual after-hours event featuring a variety of haunted houses and "scare zones" throughout the park. Universal is also bringing back a haunted attraction based on the FX series American Horror Story for a second year.

Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando will run Sept. 15  through Nov. 4.


Travel: A real-life trip through the hotel that inspired 'The Shining' …

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In Case You Missed It: Elephant hunter crushed by elephant; Tom Hanks and The Rock's huge announcement; watch Cher turn back time at Billboard awards

Tom Hanks and Dwayne Johnson on "Saturday Night Live."


Tom Hanks and Dwayne Johnson on "Saturday Night Live."

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.


A big game hunter in South Africa died Friday after an elephant fell on him, according to the Telegraph:

"Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunt with clients when the group accidentally walked into the middle of a breeding herd of elephants at the Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park late on Friday afternoon, Zimparks spokesman Mr Simukai Nyasha said."


Botha fired at the animals, but was caught by surprise by a female elephant that stormed at him from the side and lifted him with its trunk. Another hunter fired a fatal shot at that elephant, which collapsed on top of Botha, killing him. 

According to the report, Botha was "a highly regarded houndsman who led leopard and lion hunting safaris with his pack of dogs."



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On SNL, The Rock and Tom Hanks joked about a 2020 White House bid. Some want to believe (w/video)

ctor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live."


ctor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live."

In the cold open for the season finale of Saturday Night Live, the "Trump administration" bid farewell, as Alec Baldwin and other cast members sang a mournful "Hallelujah" around the piano.

After that, another duo stepped in to fill the political void. Sort of.

Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who was hosting the show for a fifth time, made a dramatic announcement in his opening monologue: He was putting the persistent rumors - some fueled by his own statements - to rest "once and for all."

"Starting tonight, I am running for the president of the United States!" Johnson thundered, to applause.

He had even chosen a running mate, he joked.

Tom Hanks stepped onto the stage and feigned embarrassment as the audience cheered his surprise appearance.

"Dwayne, Dwayne, Dwayne, I could not possibly . . . turn this down!" Hanks said. "I'll do it!"

With subtle digs at Trump, the two discussed why they would be "unstoppable" candidates. Johnson mused that he would have never considered running for president in the past because he didn't think he was qualified.

"But now I'm actually worried that I'm too qualified," he said. …

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