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). …
Sebastian Coolidge's mural at 1027 Central Ave. as it looked in August of 2016.
If you've passed by the building at 1027 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg lately, you might have noticed something is missing.
The entire east facing wall was once a colorful mural of a guy riding a bike made of vines, pedaling toward the beer tangled in his beard. Now, there's part of a mural, with a 20-foot-tall blank square smack in the center of it.
A new Facebook post by artist Sebastian Coolidge explains the mystery. Apparently, that center part of the mural was painted on a canvas, in order to prevent Coolidge from painting over the windows.
Now Coolidge has that canvas, and he says that he'll sell it to the highest bidder on his Facebook page by 8 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, March 22), as a way to fund some new artistic endeavors.
"The new owners are revamping the building and were able to save a piece for me that was on a large canvas covering the windows," Coolidge wrote on Facebook. "I ... thought it would be fun to auction this piece off to help fund these projects."
A scene from "Stop the Presses," a new documentary about the Tampa Tribune.
At 121 years old, the Tampa Tribune was one of the few local institutions that pre-dated even the historic Tampa Theatre.
That makes the downtown movie house an interesting venue for the premiere of a new documentary titled Stop the Presses, which uses the now-closed Tribune as its subject. The 90-minute movie will screen there May 3 and feature a talk with the director and crew of the film following the 7:30 p.m. screening.
The documentary by local filmmaker Deborah Kerr began as a movie about a day in the life of a daily newspaper, a Tampa Theatre news release said, but the production took a turn when the Tribune was purchased and closed by its competitor the Tampa Bay Times last May.
The Times adopted the Tampa Tribune name for its local news sections covering Hillsborough County.
USF students and faculty wrote messages on their skin during the Dear World event at USF.
Hundreds of University of South Florida students wrote messages on their skin earlier this month as part of the Dear World event at the USF University Lecture Series.
Dear World, which is currently touring college campuses, started several years ago with residents of New Orleans writing "love letters" to the city on their bodies, but has since become an interactive storytelling project spanning 30 countries and meant to "unite people through pictures in their distinct message-on-skin style."
Dear World posted most of the USF photos to their Facebook page on Monday night. The words, written in marker, only tease at a larger story, but they're still kind of compelling in their mysteriousness. You can see the entire gallery here, or at the link below.
And if you recognize someone, maybe let them know, get them to tag themselves, and tell some more of the story.
John Reynolds, Alia Shawkat and John Early in Search Party.
Binge while you can: TBS's Search Party, one of the best new shows of 2016, is also one of the hardest to find and watch. It's not on Netflix or Hulu, but until Tuesday TBS.com has all episodes of its comedy-drama available for free. Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) stars in this almost satirical comedy about a group of friends-turned-sleuths who search for a classmate who's gone missing.
SEASON PREMIERE: Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC: Twelve celebrities dance their way to the top in the 24th season opener. This season's stars include Mr. T, Simone Biles, Nancy Kerrigan, Chris Kattan, Rashad Jennings, Heather Morris and David Ross.
Dave Chappelle stand-up specials, 3 a.m., Netflix: Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in his first stand-up special in 12 years. Two new comedy specials stream today on Netflix. The first is from Chappelle's personal vault —Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin— from 2016 and the second —Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas— from 2015. …
Mack Wilds as deputy Joshua Beck, Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino and Stephan James as Preston Terry in Shots Fired.
The series begins with a gunshot.
The story in Fox's Shots Fired could have been ripped from the headlines, but then reversed: A young black police officer shoots and kills an unarmed white college student during a traffic stop in a small town in North Carolina.
What happens next is a dismantling of a town and its secrets, from the political aspirations of the governor and possible corruption within the town's law enforcement to the unanswered questions about another young man's death and the hidden motives of a community church.
Everything that follows is contradictory and challenging, leading the investigation team (Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James), both African American, along unexpected and often dangerous paths to the truth.
Lathan (The Perfect Guy) is Ashe Akino, a seasoned investigator with a casual, but no-nonsense attitude toward questioning those involved in the case. She constantly juggles one of the most controversial cases of her career with the possibility that her ex-husband will gain full custody of their daughter. …
A still from 1962's "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"starring Joan Crawford, left, and Bette Davis.
If you've been savoring the delicious FX series Feud: Bette and Joan, by television camp master Ryan Murphy, this is your friendly reminder that this Wednesday, TCM will be showing the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
The legendary film reinvigorated the careers of Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon in the FX show) and Joan Crawford (played with eerie accuracy by Susan Sarandon). The filming of this classic was also ground zero for one of the greatest Hollywood feuds of all time.
As our reviewers here on the Feed noted, you can't help but take sides while watching these two iconic women manipulate each other. Having loved this series so far, it occurred to me that I can't recall watching this film from start to finish so I called up my beloved Tivo search and was delighted to discover TCM plans two showings of the film in the next few weeks: One is on Wednesday March 22 at 1:45 p.m. and also April 18 at 3:30 p.m.
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Alex Rodriguez is reportedly dating Jennifer Lopez, and brought her to Tampa over the weekend.
Jennifer Lopez was in Tampa on Saturday with the man she's reportedly dating, ex-Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod, who's serving as a special instructor for his former team during spring training, brought J-Lo along to an afternoon game between the Yankees and Orioles at Steinbrenner Field, the Associated Press reported.
According to Newsday, J-Rod (yes, that's happening) spent part of the game watching together from a suite, then left together around the sixth inning, making a quick stop to chat with some students from Jesuit High School.
Photos of Lopez from the game started showing up on social media on Saturday.
Meanwhile the New York Post obtained a photo of Lopez and Rodriguez together on a golf cart at the stadium.
The final character storyline before The Defenders can team up arrives Friday on Netflix. Danny Rand (Finn Jones, Game of Thrones) has been presumed dead for 15 years and returns to New York to reclaim his family's company. But regaining his identity proves to be a lot harder than he expected. His childhood friends now run his father's company, and they fight him at every turn to keep their corporate power. On top of that, something sinister is brewing in the city, forcing Danny to start using the martial arts skills he learned in the mythical city of K'un-L'un. To save the city, he'll have to summon the power of the Iron Fist. 3 a.m. Friday, Netflix.
Rachel Crow and Ashleigh Murray in Deidra and Laney Rob a Train.
BBC dad: Every now and then, a viral video comes along that is so unbelievably adorable you have to watch it on repeat in your cubicle until tears stream down your face.
Robert Kelly, the "BBC dad" and a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, gave us that video.
Kelly was set to give a live interview from his home on BBC to explain the ramifications of the impeachment of South Korea President Park Geun-hye, then his interview was hijacked by his family and made into a "very public blooper."
Mid-sentence, Kelly's 4-year-old daughter bursts into the room in a bright yellow sweater and a distinct, bouncy swagger. Then comes his 8-month-old son strolling in on a squeaky baby-walker. His wife, Kim Jung-A, frantically slides in on her socks and tries to wrangle the children without disrupting the interview, accidentally drawing as much attention to herself and the children as humanly possible.
Basically, it was a disaster. A hilarious, heart-warming disaster. …
Nicole Byer, center, in an episode of Loosely Exactly Nicole.
A comedian with a sizeable online following leveled a serious, and extremely bizarre, complaint at Delta Air Lines on Thursday via Twitter.
Nicole Byer, a stand-up comic, UCB improv performer and actress who starred in the MTV series Loosely Exactly Nicole, posted a photo of a blanket with something on it, from what appears to be her seat on a flight.
"Dear @Delta the grossest thing happened on my flight. I opened my blanket & there was a literal piece of s--t. How does that happen?," the tweet reads.
Right now you may be thinking, "Don't those airline blankets usually come individually wrapped in bags for sanitary reasons?" And why didn't she get a better photo than that? Byer got to that next.
"@Delta I would have taken a better picture of the crusty s---t. But it was crusty s--t and I didn't care to get close to it again," she wrote. "I mean what a gross customer to s---t in a blanket... but truly how did an employee just fold it up and put it in a bag."
She followed up with: ".@Delta I guess now I'll be cold on all my flights because I can never use my blanket again BC A LITERAL PIECE OF S---T WAS IN MY LAST BLANKET." …
Brad Culpepper came out OK after a tribe swaw on last night's survivor.
Tampa lawyer and former Buccaneers player Brad Culpepper is getting props from fans for his performance on the second episode of Survivor: Game Changers.
The latest episode saw one tribe pondering the ethics of eating a young goat they'd captured, along with its mother (Sandra, you are cold-blooded, girl), and also the player-dreaded/fan-favorite surprise tribe swap, where two tribes were suddenly split into three, throwing strategies into disarray.
Culpepper landed on Mana tribe, along with Caleb, Debbie, Hali, Sierra and Tai, and it worked out well for him as he went to work on swaying Tai, that good-natured gardener, who, we should say, seems pretty swayable.
The rest of the Mana tribe seemed set on voting out Hali, but Culpepper, apparently worried about Caleb voting him off eventually, appealed to Tai. Remember, Caleb was probably his old buddy Tai's strongest ally at this point, but Culpepper suggested Tai play for himself this time around, and even somehow convinced him that keeping Caleb around would hurt him down the road. Flawed logic, maybe, but it worked. …
Jessica Henwick, Finn Jones and Rosario Dawson in Marvel's Iron Fist.
It doesn't look like anyone is happy about Danny Rand's arrival in New York City.
Netflix's next foray into the Marvel universe is with Iron Fist, the last character they need to give to bingers before The Defenders can team up.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage all suffer from the same lull in the middle of their seasons, but as a whole their stories are compelling and exciting. The same can't be said for Iron Fist.
Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) stars as Danny Rand, a young heir who's been presumed dead for 15 years and returns to New York to reclaim his family's company.
His childhood friends Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey), have taken over as the heirs of company co-founder Harold Meachum. Stroup plays a sharp, but sympathetic Joy, who's torn between the nostalgia for her sibling-like relationship with Danny and her loyalty to the company and her brother.
Pelphrey's Ward is a cold, emotionless jerk who, for no particular reason, assumes an addiction to painkillers a few episodes in. He definitely has some skeletons in his closet, but I'm not sure anyone is interested in seeing them. …
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