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Coming to Amazon Prime in April: Hugh Hefner biopic, 'Bosch' Season 3

American Playboy chronicles the life of Hugh Hefner and the iconic Playboy brand he created.

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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

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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 …

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Days left to qualify for Tampa burrito eating championship

This championship belt will be awarded at the El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship.

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.

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Remember the 'Tampa Sandwich Bar' in Korea? They're coming to Tampa to make Cubans

Geunmin Kang, left, and Hyunmin Cho started the Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.

Tampa Sandwich Bar

Geunmin Kang, left, and Hyunmin Cho started the Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.

Last year, we told you about Geunmin Kang and Hyunmin Cho, the proprietors of Tampa Sandwich Shop, located in Seoul, South Korea. 

They've been serving up Tampa-style Cuban sandwiches since 2015, and they are pretty good, too, according to the reports we got back from our "foreign Cuban sandwich correspondents."

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.

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Coming to Hulu in April: 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Preacher,' 'Johnny Tsunami'

Elisabeth Moss stars in Hulu's newest original series, The Handmaid's Tale.

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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

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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

Review: Preacher is the supernatural Southern thriller we've been waiting for

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 …

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In West Philadelphia born and raised: 'Fresh Prince' cast shares a snapshot reunion

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air '90s sitcom starred Will Smith and aired for six seasons on NBC.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air '90s sitcom starred Will Smith and aired for six seasons on NBC.

Could it be? Is the Fresh Prince going back to Bel-Air?

The idea was provoked after Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the beloved '90s sitcom, posted a picture of the original cast reuniting on Instagram Monday.

Will Smith, smiling in the center of the photo, got together with his on-screen family in Nobu, Malibu.

The only one missing was the late James Avery, who had the role of Smith's Uncle Phil. Avery died from surgery complications in 2013.

Alfonso captioned the photo: "Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete."

While the internet went into a meltdown after the photo was shared with the idea of a reboot or spinoff series, fans may not want to get their hopes up.

When Smith was asked just last year about a Fresh-Prince revival, the actor said it would probably happen when "hell freezes over."  

Oh well. I guess we'll just have to live with our nostalgia.

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Viola Davis lecture in Tampa moved to USF Sun Dome

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.

Click here for all other details on Davis's lecture in Tampa.

-- Jay Cridlin

 

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Imaginary Mary,' 'Harlots,' S-Town podcast

Erica Tremblay as Bunny, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Jenna Elfman as Alice and Nicholas Coombe as Andy in Imaginary Mary.

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Erica Tremblay as Bunny, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Jenna Elfman as Alice and Nicholas Coombe as Andy in Imaginary Mary.

MONDAY

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.

TUESDAY

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.

Hulu

Samantha Morton stars in Harlots on Hulu.

WEDNESDAY

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.

Review: Hulu's Harlots explores 18th century prostitution through the 'whore's eye view' …

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In Case You Missed It: Ted Koppel tells Sean Hannity he is 'bad for America'; UNC headed to Final Four after last-second game-winning shot; United Airlines bars teenage girls from flight over leggings

North Carolina’s Luke Maye drained the game-winner with 0.3 seconds remaining.

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North Carolina’s Luke Maye drained the game-winner with 0.3 seconds remaining.

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.

 

Sean Hannity told he is "bad for America" in fiery interview with Ted Koppel

Veteran newsman Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is "bad for America" during a tense interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning" show.

According to the Associated Press, the segment examined the "fake news" phenomenon, polarization of the country and how conservative pundits like Hannity contribute to societal confusion.

The showdown quickly spread across social media.

Hannity fired back, saying his interview was shaved down from 45 minutes to 2 minutes and challenged CBS to air the full version.

 

 

UNC'S Luke Maye hits game-winner to defeat Kentucky

North Carolina is headed to the Final Four for the 20th time.

At the end of an intense game against Kentucky, sophomore Luke Maye hit a thrilling last-second shot to win the Tar Heels the game Sunday night.

Kentucky's Malik Monk hit a three to tie the game with only 7.7 seconds left - but that didn't stop Carolina.  …

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Photos, video: Maestro Anton Coppola celebrates 100th birthday with Opera Tampa and Coppola family

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.

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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.

MORE: Maestro Anton Coppola celebrates 100th birthday by conducting more original compositions

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What to watch this weekend: 'Tangled' series, 'The Most Hated Woman in America' on Netflix

Melissa Leo stars at Madalyn Murray O'Hair in The Most Hated Woman in America.

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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 …

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Coming to Netflix in April: Louis C.K. special, 'Kubo and the Two Strings,' return of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'

Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns with an all new cast and an all new vault of terrible movies to riff on.

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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

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Oscar winner Viola Davis to speak at University of South Florida in Tampa

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. …

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Winner and loser of the week: 'No Scrubs' writers get credit for Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You'; mother of 'cash me outside' girl sued

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Winner:

Kandi and Tiny. Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle must be loving the shape of Sheeran these days.

The two former Xscape members are getting some much-deserved credit for influencing Ed Sheeran’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’s No 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, I don’t want no Scrubs/ A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me.”

And Sheeran’s being no “buster” about it.

Burruss and Cottle, plus producer Kevin Briggs, all now have songwriting credits on Shape of You.

What’s this mean in terms of the shape of dollar signs? According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, they will get paid for Shape of You radio play, public performances and a cut of the downloads.  …

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Recap: Ex-Buc Brad Culpepper on last night's 'Survivor'

We see where Rex Culpepper got his quarterback skills when his father Brad crushes the sandbag tossing challenge on Survivor.

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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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Want to own one of St. Petersburg's urban murals? This artist says he's selling his

Sebastian Coolidge's mural at 1027 Central Ave. as it looked in August of 2016.

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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.

What happened?

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. 

VIDEO: 112 Tampa Bay murals in under three minutes

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."

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