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John Leguizamo gives lots of Tampa love while filming 'The Infiltrator'

John Leguizamo, seen here in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, is kicking it in Tampa this week for The Infiltrator.

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John Leguizamo, seen here in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, is kicking it in Tampa this week for The Infiltrator.

One of the perks of Bryan Cranston filming his new movie The Infiltrator here is that one of his co-stars, actor and comic John Leguizamo, is using his time in town to work on his newest one-man show at the Improv in Centro Ybor. Maybe this should be added to the economic analysis of luring movie productions to the Tampa Bay area: It makes everything else cooler.

Bryan Cranston shows up at a Rays game. And Leguizamo, who has been lauded in roles ranging from Moulin Rouge to his series of one-man Broadway shows to Ice Age, will be at the Improv in Tampa this weekend performing Latin History for Dummies (A Work in Progress). Comics typically work out their material on the comedy club circuit, so Tampa is likely to get a sneak peek at the latest work of the creator of award-winning Broadway hits Freak and Ghetto Klown.

Leguizamo threw out some Tampa love RTing our entertainment news editor, Caitlin O'Conner, Thursday. And he posted a picture of Tampa, at its, er... finest? Well, it's a picture of a road.

In #813 yo! #Tampa pic.twitter.com/skaptpl4iQ

And he's really loving the weather.

Wow it is nice here! Holy Caracoles! pic.twitter.com/q3se36HVYv

UPDATE: …

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McSpoiler: Shocking departure on 'Grey's Anatomy'

We've seen many Grey's Anatomy characters leave (in fact, this pretty recent cast photo is not up to date), but that doesn't mean this loss doesn't hurt any less. ABC

We've seen many Grey's Anatomy characters leave (in fact, this pretty recent cast photo is not up to date), but that doesn't mean this loss doesn't hurt any less. ABC

Dr. Derek Shepherd, A McDreamy Life Lived

There just aren't enough words to describe all Derek Shepherd's charm, passion and faith. He charmed the pants off Meredith Grey after meeting her in a bar one drunken night. (Derek charmed all of us with his hair.) He was passionately in love with his job as one of the leading neurosurgeons in the country. (We remained passionately glued to our TVs as we said goodbye to our favorite characters season after season.) And throughout all of Meredith's ups and downs, he had faith they'd end up happy together. (We had faith the show would eventually get back to seasons 1 and 2 glory.)

We first met Derek in Meredith's house after a one night stand. But this is television, and we meet him again in the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital — where Meredith is interning. Theirs was a torrid affair: He was married, running away from a life he hated. She was dark and twisty with severe mother issues. But with a little romance — and lots of steamy elevator rides — they married by Post-It note. Two kids later, they lived in a beautiful CGI house in the wilderness. …

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'The Nightly Show' pokes fun at Tampa Police bike ticket policy

The host of "The Nightly Show,'' Larry Wilmore did a segment on the Tampa Police Department's ticketing of black bicycle riders.

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The host of "The Nightly Show,'' Larry Wilmore did a segment on the Tampa Police Department's ticketing of black bicycle riders.

The Tampa Bay area continues to provide fodder for the writers at Comedy Central. Tuesday, our gyrocopter mailman was featured on The Daily Show. On Wednesday, Larry Wilmore discussed the Tampa Bay Times investigation that revealed 8 out of 10 tickets written by Tampa police for bicycle infractions go to black people

Wilmore called the segment "Black People Can't Do Nothin'!''

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Wilmore said of the 8 out of 10 number: “That’s an amazing number. White people haven’t avoided getting tickets that much since 'Black Annie.' ” 

The show host also tweaked Chief Jane Castor's department by saying, "Well, Tampa Police i just want to congratulate you because you must have solved every other crime in the city.''

Wilmore wrapped up the segment by asking, "What’s next? We can’t Segway while black?'' After a pause, he added, "Actually, a brother should never get on a Segway."

 

 

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Robert Downey Jr. walks out on super awkward TV interview (w/video)

Robert Downey Jr. during Avengers: Age of Ultron promotions in London.

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Robert Downey Jr. during Avengers: Age of Ultron promotions in London.

Robert Downey Jr. walking out of an interview — on camera?

At first, we weren't sure we should believe it. The bubbly Iron Man hunk always seems to have a million witty things to say, so we couldn't imagine him abruptly refusing to talk.

But we've watched the interview with London's Channel 4, and yep, there it is — "What are we doing here?" and "Bye!" followed by a quick exit.

But if you watch the video, you'll probably understand why, too.

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Florida mailman's gyrocopter stunt makes 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart did a segment Tuesday night on Doug Hughes, the Florida mailman who landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

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Jon Stewart did a segment Tuesday night on Doug Hughes, the Florida mailman who landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Doug Hughes, the Ruskin postal worker who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on April 15, remains a topic of conversation — even if many folks have forgotten Hughes' reason for the stunt. (It was to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform, Hughes said.)

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On Tuesday night, Hughes, 61, and his flying machine were the subject of a segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The segment was titled "Wack Hawk Down.'' 

Stewart seemed stunned that this "Chitty Chitty Mailman,'' as he called Hughes, was able to evade high-tech security measures that guard the nation's capital. While showing a tourist's video of the gyrocopter coming in for a landing, Stewart said the craft was captured on "Hey-Dar'' — as in "Hey, look at that there.'' 

Hughes, who returned to his Florida home this past weekend, remains on house arrest a GPS ankle monitor until a hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 8. 

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Walter White? Is that you? Bryan Cranston spotted at Tampa Bay Rays game

Walter White in his Blues and Reds.

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Walter White in his Blues and Reds.

Lookie loo who showed up to the Tampa Bay Rays game Tuesday night. Times photog James Borchuck got the photo, and Times movie critic Steve Persall has the scoop. Be sure to follow Steve through the week at @StevePersall for coverage of the filming of The Infiltrator in Tampa Bay.

 

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National treasure John Stamos announces Netflix 'Full House' spin-off: 'Fuller House'

John Stamos is such a prize for America, because he's so secure in who he is. He is a raven-haired stud, a faithful Oikos representative, an honest tippler, someone with a terrifying belly button. And above all, he is and will always be Uncle Jesse Katsopolis.

(Spiritually uplifting photo from Times files) 

Embracing his one and only truth, and probably also counting his money, he dropped big news on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday, the news fans have been waiting for since Stephanie Tanner first did that Ace of Base cover with naughty cigarette smoker Gia. A 13-episode Full House spinoff called Fuller House is coming to Netflix in 2016. It's going to start with a one-hour special, then settle into what promises to be a thing of beauty and a joy forever starring, at the very least, DJ, Steph and Kimmy as grownups.

Watch Stamos deliver the news, confidently, charmingly. How else would he?

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'Mad Men' recap episode 3, 'The Forecast': The Lost Boy

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Sometimes the symbolism on Mad Men is subtle, sly, prime for heated watercooler debate. And then sometimes...Sterling Cooper lands the Peter Pan account as Don Draper's life stays sadly, depressingly the same as people grow up around him. He can fly, he can fly, he can fly? Yeah, hopefully not off that balcony. Herewith, Sean Daly and Michelle Stark bandy about Sunday's ep (only three more until the finale!), including Joan's rich-old-dude-in-an-ascot plus the return of Ultimate Creepy Kid Glen and his kitchen tete-a-tete with Tinkerbell Betty. …

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Orphan Black recap: Welcome back, #CloneClub!

Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and Rudy (Ari Millen) during a scene from Orphan Black.

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Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and Rudy (Ari Millen) during a scene from Orphan Black.

A baby shower from my nightmares ... that’s just how I thought Orphan Black would open its third season. Okay, not really. But it was funny to see Felix looking like he walked straight off the set of Mad Men. This episode kept the fast-paced story going with lots of sexy manipulation, wigs and a talking scorpion. Here’s a little recap and highlights:

Favorite line: “Oh yeah, I’m like, way better thanks to science,” says Cosima at Helena’s baby shower. Science: creating and saving lives.

Wait, what? Back to that talking scorpion. Was it just me, or did the voice sound like a creepier version of Jenny Slate’s Marcel the Shell With Shoes On? Helena’s spirit animal is, of course, a scorpion.

Ew! moment: It’s a toss up between Rachel’s surgery to get the pencil removed from her eye and Delphine applying pressure ... to that eye … to get answers from Rachel. …

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PREVIEW: Orphan Black returns Saturday

Amazon.com often recommends items to me that are creepily on point. While I was deep into a search of everything Adam Scott has ever been in (Parks and Recreation, Party Down, my dreams), Amazon produced a T-shirt that needed to be part of my nerd girl collection.

This shirt is adorable, and yes, I am part of the #CloneClub. For those of you who are not members, Orphan Black is a feminist sci-fi thriller that follows a set of female clones who recently found out that they are part of some shady science experiment.

The third season starts this weekend, and I’ll be here recapping each new episode, which will air Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America. The series showcases the brilliantly talented Tatiana Maslany, an acting tour de force who shows a range unlike any actor before (and after) her. But the show’s strength in Maslany’s diverse abilities can also be its biggest weakness. The second season saw some criticism as it expanded Black’s world. But it was a slow build to that breath-taking finale jaw-dropper: BOY CLONES. …

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'Mad Men' Recap: Sex, Lies & More Sex

Don Draper, in a rare non-boinking moment

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Don Draper, in a rare non-boinking moment

Everyone was getting screwed in one way or another on Sunday's Mad Men, a carnal carnival slampacked with boot-knockin', laughs, bitter French women...and, per usual,  an undercurrent of doom for our bed-hopping anti-hero Don Draper. There are only four eps left in the final season -- cue sobs and a shot of whiskey -- which means all hell should start breaking loose right..about...now. Herewith, beloved Mad Men-ers Sean Daly and Michelle Stark sort out the boinkage and whether this is the last time we'll ever see poor, sweet, and verrrry rich Megan. (You're a pig, Harry Crane. And your hair is stupid, too.)

MICHELLE: "New Business" is a strange, uneven episode of Mad Men, so much so that it feels intentional, like Matthew Weiner was trying to make us as uncomfortable Sunday night as Don must feel all the time in his skin. So many little things were off. We encounter Don's two ex-wives in the ep's first two minutes. (WHAT was with that longing look Don gave the Betty-Henry kitchen? Seriously?) SYLVIA ROSEN shows up in the elevator. Stan and Peggy receive sexual advances from the same woman. It's all a bit shudder-y. …

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'Better Call Saul' finale recap: Ode to a 'Chicago sunroof'

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So THAT'S what a Chicago sunroof is! "Now we know!" AMC hit Better Call Saul wrapped up Season One on Monday with some of the sublime spinoff's best moments … and, alas, most disappointing. Your beloved team of feverish Saulers — Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Chris Tisch — have mixed emotions about the finale, titled "Marco," which didn't exactly pay off with a heavy cliffhanger (or a return to Omaha and Cinnabon) (or a nice tasty Breaking Bad reference to make us all pant). Herewith, the crew …

CHRIS: Well, guys, I'm not sure what to make of that last episode. Kind of meh, frankly. After building a lot of momentum up to this point, I thought this last episide just kind of treaded water. Jimmy goes back to old times, lives his old life for a bit, loses his friend and returns even a little bit more motivated than before. … I think we get it. Where was the kicker, the holy cow moment? I just didn't see it. …

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'Mad Men' recap: Final season premiere 'Severance' pays off (w/video)

Don + Peggy FOREVER

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Don + Peggy FOREVER

And they're back! Not just Don Draper and the gang at whatever his advertising firm is called now, but Mad Men devotees Sean Daly and Michelle Stark, who bantered and ballyhooed their way through the first half of season 7 and have returned to see these final seven episodes of Matthew Weiner's opus through to the end.

Sean: Like any mesmerizing, fully realized anti-hero -- Walter White, Tony Soprano, Saul Goodman -- Don Draper is curiously likable, even lovable (can I get an amen, ladies?), but also simultaneously loathable. And yet, unlike those aforementioned troublemakers, his misdeeds are (mostly) not criminal; they're carnal, an endless futile attempt for connection that, in Sunday's debut ep of Mad Men's final stretch, have finally turned surrealistic and paisley to match the times and his screwed-up handsome head. (As for those times: April 1970, per Nixon on the television.) …

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'Shark Tank' star, 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Robert Herjavec coming to USF

Robert Herjavec is sharing his cyber security expertise at a lecture April 16 at the University of South Florida. But he promises to share some Shark Tank insight and we hope maybe he'll show off some of those Dancing With the Stars moves as well.

Click here for more details on the lecture, including how to register.

You can also click here for a Q&A Herjavec did with the Times in 2012 before racing in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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'Better Call Saul' Roundtable: Chimp With a Machine Gun

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"Slippin' Jimmy with a law degree is like a chimp with a machine gun." And there we go: When Space Blanket Chuck absolutely nuked his brother with that icy dismissal, it certainly seemed like the final soul-crushing shove for our favorite legal anti-hero, Jimmy McGill, to finally cross-over into shady Saul Goodman territory. Last night's ep of AMC obsession Better Call Saul -- titled "Pimento" -- was a doozy. And to think: There's one more hour left in the debut season. Holy moly. Herewith, our fervent Saulers Sean Daly and Chris Tisch get all heavy & stuff in dissecting the best show on television.

CHRIS: "Hail, Satan. I submit to the dark side." Oh, Jimmy. How prophetic that statement will come to be. But Jimmy's transition to the dark required a betrayal -- and with last night's episode, Sean, we got it in a big way. Chuck sold his brother out. And Vince Gilligan and crew uraveled that betrayal with heavy foreshadowing and a brooding eventuality. …

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