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‘Outlander' season 2, episode 4: Good people doing bad things

Claire's face is all of us at a dinner party.

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Claire's face is all of us at a dinner party.

What begins with yet another game of chess ends in a violent dinner party. This episode of Outlander titled "Le Dame Blanche" shows strains in the Fraser marriage come to a head, as other characters get hurt in the couple's devious plots.

Jamie is still cosying up to France money man, Mr. Duverney. While Jamie and Claire talk baby names (please not Delouise), Comte St. Germain moseys over, looking like a villain straight out of a Disney movie. He delivers some nasty lines like "Neener neener, I know who's going to win, you guys are idiots." It seems he's talking not just about this game of chess, I suspect.

Jamie runs over to Claire, whose wine was poisoned with bitter cascara (a really nasty laxative). They suspect it's Comte St. Germain's doing, but they agree it's probably best not to kill him without proof. Instead, they plan to host a dinner party for the Duke of Sandringham and Prince Charles Stuart, setting up the perfect stage to cause a stir in the Jacobite rebellion plans. I've seen enough episodes of television that dinner parties are always filled with thrilling drama. …

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Local author Lori Roy makes history at the Edgar Awards

Lori Roy is the only woman to have won Edgar Awards for both best first novel and best novel.

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Lori Roy is the only woman to have won Edgar Awards for both best first novel and best novel.

The Edgar Awards love Lori Roy.

"It was a very fun night," Roy said, with considerable understatement, of the Mystery Writers of America gala on Thursday night in New York City, where she won the best novel Edgar for her third book, Let Me Die in His Footsteps. Roy, who lives in Tierra Verde with her family, was speaking by phone just after her plane landed in Tampa on Friday.

This wasn't the first Edgar banquet for Roy, 50. Bent Road, her first book, won the 2012 best first novel Edgar. Her second, Until She Comes Home, was a best novel nominee in 2014.

Her win this year makes Roy the only woman to have won both best first novel and best novel Edgars, and only the third person ever to have done so. (The others are Ross Thomas and Steve Hamilton.) The Edgar Awards, named for Edgar Allan Poe, have been given annually by the MWA since 1946.

Roy said she was "very surprised" by her win for Let Me Die, a wonderfully dark Southern gothic mystery. (Click here for my review.) "I try to write the book I want to read," she said. "I try to bring a voice to the book, and to create a plot that actually propels the action." …

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Winner and loser of the week in pop culture starring Beyonce and Will Ferrell

Queen.

Queen.

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Beyonce. Obviously. First, she bestowed upon us Lemonade, a beautifully heartbreaking 12-track visual art piece that first aired on HBO and has forever changed the way we quite literally see music. According to Sony, Yonce’s sixth album, which was first streamed on husband Jay Z’s Tidal, sold 200,000 copies in its first day of availability. Plus, Queen Bey stopped by Tampa to say hey and perform what could be her seminal work live during the second stop of her Formation World Tour. This was Beyonce’s week, and we have no doubt it will be Beyonce’s year, too. …

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'Orphan Black' Season 4, Episode 3: Gross occurrences

Ari Millen and Tatiana Maslany share the screen again in the new episode of "Orphan Black" titled "The Stigmata of Process."

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Ari Millen and Tatiana Maslany share the screen again in the new episode of "Orphan Black" titled "The Stigmata of Process."

Guys, Orphan Black is getting super gross. We've had eye trauma, mouth robot maggots and now decomposing bodies with sound effects. And I love every minute of it.

We begin with Rachel, being as Rachel as ever. As she's getting her new robot eye checked out, she manages to squeeze out insults left and right, even to her little Leda sister clone, Charlotte. Rachel is being held captive by her not-quite-dead mother, Susan Duncan. She didn't die in that fire after all, and intended that Dr. Leekie and Topside to raise her.

This is also where we meet a new Castor clone. After last season's Castor clone debacle, it's great to see Ari Millen back playing one the brothers. This science-y one claims to be a little different than the others, because he wasn't raised military with the others. …

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'Game of Thrones,' Season 6 premiere: Hell hath no fury

Jaime Lannister tries to comfort his sister and lover, Cersei, after the lost of their daughter, Myrcella.

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Jaime Lannister tries to comfort his sister and lover, Cersei, after the lost of their daughter, Myrcella.

When are the men of Westeros going to learn not to mess with the ladies?

You scorn them and they may take days, months or years to seek their vengeance. But they will have it one way or another.

Game of Thrones' season premiere, ‘The Red Woman,' dove right into where we left off — Jon Snow lying in a pool of his own blood in the snow.

His murder left Castle Black divided. Half the men supported his murder, some were just swayed to support Alliser Thorne as the new commander and just a few were started to make plans for revenge.

Possibly the only two remaining from the short reign of Stannis Baratheon, Ser Davos and Lady Melisandre were left to mourn both their king and their Lord Commander.

Davos tries to make plans to take back the castle from Thorne, Thorne promises him amnesty if he puts down his arms and we get to see Melisandre's true form.

The episode ends with the Red Woman in her room, studying her pained face in a grimy mirror. She removes her clothing and then her necklace, which is holding a fiery stone that flames out when she removes it. Seconds later, we see the reflection of an old, decrepit woman staring back. …

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'Fear the Walking Dead,' season 2 episode 3: This is the worst it'll ever be

Chris and Alicia found death and destruction on an island littered with suitcases and wreckage from a plane crash.

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Chris and Alicia found death and destruction on an island littered with suitcases and wreckage from a plane crash.

Ouroboros: noun; a circular symbol of a snake or dragon devouring its tail, standing for infinity or wholeness.

The circle of life. A never-ending cycle. Biting off your own tail.

All meanings for the ouroboros symbol, and all relevant to Sunday's episode of Fear the Walking Dead.

Strand saves Nick. Nick saves Strand. Strand saves Nick and his family.

Travis saves the Salazars. The Salazars save Travis and his family.

Strand gives his crew no reason to trust him, so they defy him every chance they get.

Everything is starting to come full circle for the crew of the Abigail.

Case in point: where the Abigail is actually headed. If you remember from last week, Daniel found a hidden compartment full of maps with notes attached. The maps were of Mexico and Baja California.

Probably to finally get Madison off his case, Strand reveals they are headed to Mexico now. He just happens to know of a safe, fortified house full of supplies and food to "wait things out." Like that'll happen.

‘Ouroboros' was an hour of fight-for-you-life, what-the-heck-are-we-going-to-do-now tension with a grim reveal of what happened to Flight 462, the miniseries aired during this last season of The Walking Dead. …

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‘Outlander’ season 2, episode 3: Marital support

Claire and Mother Hildegard are the real winners this episode.

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Claire and Mother Hildegard are the real winners this episode.

Jamie is France's most popular guy, apparently. And why wouldn't he be? I'm swooning to the sound of him speaking French in his Scottish accent.

The reason our Outlander duo is in France, remember, is they're trying to stop Prince Charles' Jacobite rebellion by playing a few games of deceit and manipulation. But on paper, that sounds like a boring show to watch. Where's the murder? Ugh, it's like watching a chess game. And we even saw Jamie playing chess with France's minister of finance, Mr. Duverney. So thankfully, Jamie and Claire found other things to do in this episode aptly titled "Useful Occupations and Deceptions." …

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HBO, Cinemax offer free preview weekend just in time for 'Game of Thrones,' Beyonce's 'Lemonade'

Alert the BeyHive: Beyonce's 'Lemonade' premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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Alert the BeyHive: Beyonce's 'Lemonade' premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Have you been dying to dive into the epic fantasy Game of Thrones? Has everyone at the office been harassing you to watch Veep and Silicon Valley, dropping one-liners from Selina Meyer and gossiping about the future of Pied Piper?

Well you're in luck TV noobs, HBO and Cinemax are offering free previews of exclusive content this weekend starting Friday through Sunday night.

The networks' offer couldn't come at a better time.

Along with three season premieres on Sunday (Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley) there's also a new episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, World Championship Boxing, Jurassic World and the world premiere of BEYONCE'S LEMONADE MUSIC VIDEO.

Could Lemonade's one-hour time slot also mean the premiere of Queen Bey's latest album? Fingers crossed, BeyHive.

Viewers can also catch a replay of HBO's Confirmation starring Kerry Washington and access Cinemax movies and programs like Banshee.

To check availability, contact your cable service provider.

Saturday, April 23

6:55 p.m.: Jurassic World
9 p.m.: World Premiere of Beyonce's HBO event Lemonade
10 p.m.: World Championship Boxing: Golovkin vs. Wade/Gonzalez vs. Arroyo

Sunday, April 24 …

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Winner and loser of the week in pop culture starring Kelly Ripa and Chris Brown

Frienemies.

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Frienemies.

Winner
Kelly Ripa. The co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael has officially achieved full-on diva status, stirring up drama that may just make us tune in for the first time since the Regis Philbin era.

Following the surprise announcement that Michael Strahan will be leaving the show to join the struggling Good Morning America, Ripa reportedly “went crazy,” refusing to return to the studio.

“She was livid,” a source told E! News of her reaction to the blindside. “It wasn’t pretty.”

Her issue: that she learned of the change at the same time as the rest of the world, around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, just after shooting wrapped. Ripa and longtime executive producer Michael Gelman were stunned that the news had been kept under wraps, a decision made by Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was wary of a leak.

Ripa was a no-show at work on Wednesday and Thursday, the two days that preceded her long-planned 20th anniversary vacation with husband Mark Consuelos. Sources have told multiple news outlets that she may not return until Stahan leaves in September. The two haven’t spoken since the news broke. …

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'Orphan Black' season 4, episode 2: Welcome to the rabbit hole

I'm showing you this picture of MK and Beth because showing you that mouth maggot is something I just won't do.

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I'm showing you this picture of MK and Beth because showing you that mouth maggot is something I just won't do.

Last week's Orphan Black premiere was a tough act to follow after sending us back in time to Beth Childs' last moments. This episode we checked in with our other bad Bs and caught them up to speed. Plus, mouth maggots. Yep.

So who else stopped breathing during that opener? Like that little girl in Poltergeist, Kira warns Sarah and her grandmothers that "they're coming." And as lights appeared in the snowy distance, we all screamed "RUN!" Siobhan torches the place as they get away, even leaving behind Monkey's sock monkey. Oh boy. Is this some sort of foreshadowing? Please, no.

Thankfully, Sarah, Kira, Mrs. S and Kendall safely make their way back to Toronto. And Kira's pissed that Sarah is leaving, yet again, as she should be. They were one happy family in the frozen tundra. Now it's back to #CloneClub for mommy.

Sarah and Mrs. S meet a somewhat healthy Cosima and Scott in the basement of a comic shop where they're are holed up. Funded by Alison and her husband, the two are able to "isolate the synthetic sequences" aka do science stuff in their new DYAD-like lab. Sarah clues them into MK.

And this is where the catch-up begins, so let's just check in with each seestra separately. …

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St. Petersburg spontaneous combustion mystery to be featured on Travel Channel

Firemen shoveled rubble at spot where disintegrated body of Mrs. Mary Reeser, 67, was found in her St. Petersburg apartment July 2 1951. Fragments of the corpse and pieces of an easy chair were in this corner of the apartment shown.

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Firemen shoveled rubble at spot where disintegrated body of Mrs. Mary Reeser, 67, was found in her St. Petersburg apartment July 2 1951. Fragments of the corpse and pieces of an easy chair were in this corner of the apartment shown.

On a hot St. Petersburg night in 1951, Mary Hardy Reeser was consumed by a mysterious blaze. Little was left of her body. Her chair was destroyed, except for its springs. Her room suffered only smoke damage.

Firefighters thought Reeser was struck by lightning, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ruled Reeser's death accidental. But others believed that Mary Reeser died from spontaneous combustion, that a chemical reaction caused her body to ignite.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Woman's fiery death remains worldwide enigma 51 years later

That's the mysterious theory that keeps folks coming back to the case, which will be featured at 11 p.m. Thursday on the Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum. The museum in question is the St. Petersburg Museum of History, which holds the entire police file for the case.

If you miss the show but want to brush up on the case yourself, the historical museum is on the approach to the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg, 335 Second Ave NE. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

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'Game of Thrones' Season 6 preview: Catch up on season five, the real rulers of Westeros and Jon Snow's fate

This next season of 'Game of Throne' will show Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) learning to become a faceless assassin without her sight.

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This next season of 'Game of Throne' will show Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) learning to become a faceless assassin without her sight.

Who run Westeros? Girls.

Though HBO decided not to give out screeners to press for review this year, teases and trailers showed this next season of Game of Thrones will be an intense battle for lands and thrones with key players being the women of Westeros. Oh, and that one guy's death.

At least, the most important and interesting storylines have to do with the Ladies who are fighting criminal charges, recovering a destroyed reputation, learning to see without sight, reclaiming a rightful place as heir and cementing a place in line for the Iron Throne. …

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First trailer drops for Bryan Cranston's The Infiltrator, filmed around Tampa Bay

Actors Said Taghmaoui and Bryan Cranston discuss a scene while filming The Infiltrator at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in 2015.

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Actors Said Taghmaoui and Bryan Cranston discuss a scene while filming The Infiltrator at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in 2015.

Moviegoers are getting a peek at Tampa Bay's latest foray into big-time filmmaking.

The first trailer dropped Tuesday for The Infiltrator, a true crime thriller starring Bryan Cranston, principally filmed around the area in 2015. Cranston plays undercover U.S. customs agent Robert Mazur, a Tampa resident whose memoirs are adapted for director Brad Furman's film.

The two-minute preview begins with Cranston as Mazur, arriving home to his wife (Amy Ryan) after an undercover mission, burning his fake IDs in a barbecue grill. Later, she'll urge him to make the next dangerous assignment his last.

That mission - "the biggest bust in U.S. history" - gets spelled out in a brisk montage: Track down the money laundering racketeer (Benjamin Bratt) enabling drug kingpin Pablo Escobar to flood the U.S. with cocaine. Mazur is paired with a partner named Abreu (John Leguizamo) too reckless for his taste, and soon with an attractive rookie agent (Diane Kruger) posing as his fiancee. …

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'Fear the Walking Dead,' season 2 episode 2: A pocketful of posies

When Madison, Travis and their family anchor on an island for a night, they soon find out there really is no such thing as a safe place anymore.

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When Madison, Travis and their family anchor on an island for a night, they soon find out there really is no such thing as a safe place anymore.

Ashes, ashes.

We all fall down.

Merely adding the late 1800s playground song ups the tension and creepiness of any TV show or movie.

Thinking about the song's relevance to a modern day apocalypse caused by a virus is terrifyingly ironic.

"What are posies?" Little Willa asks Alicia, who's slugging wine like it's the end of the world.

Giving her a censored history lesson, Alicia tells Willa posies are flowers people in Europe used to put in their pockets during a time when everyone was sick.

The posies, Alicia explains, were used to help the sick get better.

Willa asks if the flowers worked. No, Alicia says, frowning.

Modern interpretations of the folk rhyme say the posies were carried around to ward off sickness and the inevitable smell of the dead during the Black Plague.

But sure, let's keep telling the kids it's a song about flowers and dancing.

In the premiere, the crew of the Abigail  led by the mysterious, not-sure-if-he-can-be-trusted Strand  happened upon a purposely sunk boat miles off the California coast. …

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'Outlander' season 2, episode 2: One cunning couple

They should have just played a French version of Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me" when she walked down the stairs.

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They should have just played a French version of Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me" when she walked down the stairs.

France is looking good on our Frasers. And I'm not just talking about that red dress. Our power couple has everyone in France drooling over them, and unknowingly helping them in their cause to change history.

Last season, Claire was very reactionary to her surroundings. But after she chose not to go back through the stones to Frank in the 20th century, our heroine has her control back. And she's making that known. Alongside her husband Jamie, she is on a mission to change history. But each tale of time travel carries its own rules about how to rewrite the past. How much control do they really have? It seems this season of Outlander will explore that idea.

It was a bold move in the beginning of this season to essentially tell us that their plan doesn't work. The Battle of Culloden ends with the same result, and Claire leaves Jamie to go back to the 20th century. So even though we know a result, let's have some fun watching their cunning schemes in 18th century France, starting with this second episode, titled "Not in Scotland Anymore." …

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