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Five steps to loving Stars Hollow: The Musical from 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'

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We have had a week to sit with the Gilmore Girls revival. And while I'm never going to excuse certain things — Lorelai would NOT be okay with Rory's questionable life choices; Paris and Doyle would definitely get back together because they are perfect for each other — I don't think I was ever going to be capable of hating whatever Amy Sherman Palladino and her husband Daniel produced.

Even Stars Hollow: The Musical.

Especially Stars Hollow: The Musical.

 

There have been a lot of flaming hot takes on the musical-within-the-show, which we see about 10 uninterrupted minutes of in the Summer episode. Takes like this:

that whole stars hollow musical, the most pointless 15 minutes of my life i nearly fell asleep what reason that was so long idk can we not

And this:

This stupid Stars Hollow Musical taking away valuable time with characters and plot lines ��#GilmoreGirlsRevival

And don't forget this one:

No matter what you thought of the revival, good or bad review, we can collectively bond in our hatred of Stars Hollow: The Musical.

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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Westworld' finale, Reveal podcast

Westworld airs its first season finale Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO. After a wild ride of multiple timelines and malfunctioning hosts, who knows what the end of the season will bring.

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Westworld airs its first season finale Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO. After a wild ride of multiple timelines and malfunctioning hosts, who knows what the end of the season will bring.

Happy first weekend of December! If you're looking to enjoy the warm Florida winter, check out places to see "snow" and twinkly lights around Tampa Bay. If you're just relaxing at home wrapping presents and decorating, the small screen has almost too many options for holiday television. 

FRIDAY

Jack Frost, 11 a.m., Freeform: The spirit of winter falls in love with a young woman and begs to be turned into a human in this classic musical.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, 3:35 p.m., Freeform: Is it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? It's both!

Disney's A Christmas Carol, 5:10 p.m., Freeform: Jim Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge as he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.

The Polar Express, 9:20 p.m., Freeform: A doubting young boy is transported to the North Pole aboard a magical train for a meeting with Santa.

SATURDAY

Arthur Christmas, 6:45 p.m., Freeform: Follows Santa's mischievous son Arthur as he scrambles to make sure the world receives presents by Christmas morning.

Elf, 8:50 p.m., Freeform: A human raised by elves leaves the North Pole to search for his birth father in New York City. …

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Winner and loser of the week: Bella Hadid struts past ex the Weeknd on runway; Lil Twist gets jail time

Walking past your ex looking this good isn't real life...unless you're Bella Hadid.

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Walking past your ex looking this good isn't real life...unless you're Bella Hadid.

Winner:

Bella Hadid. There is something oh so satisfying about running into an ex when you're at the top of your game.  First-time Victoria's Secret model Hadid, 20, experienced that times 100 when she strutted past her former beau, the Weeknd, on the glitter runway while he performed. Hadid looked fierce in a sheer grey corset (I mean, she is a model) and you have to imagine the Starboy singer was kicking himself backstage after the encounter. For obvious reasons, the brief interaction between the former couple became the most talked about moment of the fashion show, with both men and women praising Hadid for the iconic meme-worthy moment. Fire emojis were in full force. Although running into an ex while modeling lingerie in Paris is pretty unrealistic, we commend, no, we bow down to Hadid for livin' the dream. As one twitter user wrote, "Tonight Bella Hadid fulfilled every girl's fantasy of running into their ex boyfriend looking as hot as humanly possible you go girl."

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Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro are finally reunited over tots (w/ video)

Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez in a new ad for Burger King.

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Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez in a new ad for Burger King.

The film Napoleon Dynamite is a timeless comedy classic, but time has marched on for the actors who played Napoleon (Jon Heder) and Pedro (Efren Ramirez). 

Now, 12 years after its initial release, Burger King has tried to recapture a tiny bit of the movie's magic by reuniting Heder and Ramirez to announce the release of the fast food restaurant's new menu item, cheesy tots.

Gotta admit, there is still something funny about a grown man aggressively grabbing an overflowing handful of tots, but its not as funny as a high schooler shoving them into his zippered cargo pocket. 

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'The Man in the High Castle' season two, 'Cafe Society' and more coming to Amazon Prime in December

The Man in the High Castle shows the world as if the Axis powers had won World War II.

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The Man in the High Castle shows the world as if the Axis powers had won World War II.

Whereas Netflix dumps a boatload of new movies and series into its streaming library each month, Amazon seems a bit more selective.

Both are great places to find indie and foreign films, but Amazon seems to always get the newer, limited release films before any other service.

This month, Amazon also brings back two of its popular original series: Mozart in the Jungle for season three, and The Man in the High Castle for season two.

Here are our top picks to stream on Amazon Prime this month:

Blood Diamond, Dec. 1: Two men from drastically different backgrounds are forced together on a quest to find a rare pink diamond, set during the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s.

Caddyshack, Dec. 1: This is one of those nostalgic movies my dad insists on watching every. single. time it's on television. It could be a good pick-me-up after viewing the brutal Blood Diamond.

The Lobster, Dec. 2: An indie sci-fi drama starring Colin Farrell where people must find a mate within 45 dates or transform into an animal of their choice. TBH I'd totally choose to become a cat. …

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This hipster Nativity scene is $130 and selling fast

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Joseph is sporting a man-bun and taking a selfie. A latte-swilling Mary is making a duck face with Jesus in the manger. The Three Wise Men are arriving on Segways with Amazon gift boxes under their arms. And the barn animals are eating gluten-free feed.

In short, it's the coolest Nativity set of the year. It costs $129.99 at Modern Nativity and it's selling so fast they have a limit of three.

I have already fallen hard for the Lego Star Wars advent calendars. This is my third year buying one. Because I am weak. 


But, sorry to say, if you didn't queue up to buy one before Halloween they are already sold out. So only those of us who set up calendar alerts (yep, that's me) have a snow Wookie to guide our sleigh tonight. Pay double on eBay, suckers. It's the reason for the season.

If you don't want to be a tool for Yule there are some less-expensive decorations.
Amazon actually sells beard ornaments. And this hipster holiday gift guide has a Polaroid toilet paper dispenser sure to make gift giving easier.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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Here's a new Wes Anderson film to get you in the holiday mood in under four minutes (w/ video)

Wes Anderson directed "Come Together" for the retailer H&M.

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Wes Anderson directed "Come Together" for the retailer H&M.

Technically, it's a commercial for H&M, but when the fashion retailer has commissioned filmmaker Wes Anderson to write and direct, it's worth paying attention. The short film titled Come Together stars Oscar-winner Adrien Brody as a train conductor aboard the H&M Line Winter Express where he has to deliver some bad news to his passengers, but finds a creative way to cheer them up.

The film clocks in at just under four minutes, and is immediately recognizable as Anderson's signature style of design and directing. It's also the only, new live-action Anderson film we're likely to get for some time. The director is currently working on a still-untitled, stop-motion animated film about dogs that will reportedly get voice work from Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray and Edward Norton. That movie isn't expected to release until 2018.

 

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'Barry,' 'For the Love of Spock' and more coming to Netflix in December

Devvon Terrell plays Barack Obama during Obama's  junior year at Columbia University in 1981.

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Devvon Terrell plays Barack Obama during Obama's junior year at Columbia University in 1981.

Happy holidays to us all. There are some delightful additions to the Netflix lineup coming this month, from early ‘90s kid favorites to Netflix original movies and exclusives.

Here are our top picks:

For the Love of Spock, Dec. 1: Star Trek actors William Shatner, George Takei, Simon Pegg and others discuss the legacy of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Mr. Spock. Will make Trekkies ugly cry.

The Crucible, Dec. 1: Taking it way back to junior year literature class with this classic.

National Lampoon's Animal House, Dec. 1: Toga! Toga! Toga!

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Dec. 1: One of the movies that made me instantly fall in love with dinosaurs and New York City.

White Girl, Dec. 1: A much-talked about and controversial indie about a young college freshman who attempts to get a drug dealer out of jail.

Colony, season 1, Dec. 13: Los Angeles has been invaded by outside forces (aliens?), causing a huge rift between residents and the government. Not full blown sci-fi or dystopian drama. Just right. Stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). …

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda on Drunk History, Up and Vanished Podcast

Aubrey Plaza plays Aaron Burr and Alia Shawkat plays Alexander Hamilton in Tuesday's episode of Drunk History on Comedy Central.

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Aubrey Plaza plays Aaron Burr and Alia Shawkat plays Alexander Hamilton in Tuesday's episode of Drunk History on Comedy Central.

It's officially the holiday season, and networks have filled their schedules to the brim with festive specials and Christmas classics. Hallmark has been airing Christmas movies since early November, and Freeform starts its 25 Days of Christmas on Dec. 1.

Want to know when to catch the Frozen special, Mickey's Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story? Check out our lengthy lineup of holiday specials and classic movies coming to the small screen.

MONDAY

CMA Country Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC: The 2016 concert special hosted by Jennifer Nettles features performances by Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Amy Grant, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Kelly Clarkson, Sarah McLachlan, Joey Alexander and more.

Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party, 10 p.m., VH1: Robin Thicke, Keke Palmer and DJ Khaled join the dynamic duo for breakfast for dinner.

TUESDAY

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS: The classic story about everyone's favorite reindeer, narrated by Burl Ives with musical numbers Holly Jolly Christmas and We're a Couple of Misfits. …

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What to watch this weekend: New 'Gilmore Girls,' Christmas TV specials

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas debuted in 1966.

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas debuted in 1966.

The turkey has been stuffed and picked to pieces, the kitchen counter is sticky from spilled cranberry sauce and there's enough pumpkin pie leftover for a decadent Black Friday brunch. What better way to spend a long, indulgent weekend than with movies, Christmas specials and new episodes of Gilmore Girls?

Available to stream this weekend: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix.

Fans have waited almost 10 years for fresh content on the Gilmore girls Lorelai and Rory. On Friday, Netflix released four 90-minute installments titled "Winter," "Spring," "Summer" and "Fall."

For many fans, like resident Gilmore expert Michelle Stark, returning to Stars Hollow means comfort amongst adored characters.

Check out Michelle's ultimate guide to Gilmore before bingeing the new episodes.

There's also a slew of movies to see in theaters this weekend. It's a busy time for the big screen. Many people have extra time off for the holidays and need something to do that's fun for both visiting grandparents and the kids.

Check out what's new and new-ish in theaters this weekend.

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Winner and loser of the week: Ellen DeGeneres awarded Medal of Freedom; Justin Bieber in trouble again

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Winner:

Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres had the internet in tears when she accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, this week. DeGeneres looked stunned with tears in here eyes as a White House aide commented on her career and efforts made for LGBTQ rights. "In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor and television star," the aide said. "At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of million of Americans, accelerating our nations constant drive towards equality and acceptance for all." President Barack Obama bestowed the award and talked about the "incredible burden" and the career risks she made coming out. "Ellen counters what too often divides us, with the countless things that bind us together, inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time," he said. And just to reiterate how awesome DeGeneres is, she even got the White House to partake in a #MannequinChallenge.

 

I'm in. pic.twitter.com/oU344pnYsH

Loser: …

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What to expect: Christmas at Disney World has drones, lasers and ice castles

Drones dazzle the night sky twice a night in Disney Springs, the shopping and entertainment district formerly known as Downtown Disney. The 300 drones in formation make up the first and largest show-drone performance in the U.S.

Drones dazzle the night sky twice a night in Disney Springs, the shopping and entertainment district formerly known as Downtown Disney. The 300 drones in formation make up the first and largest show-drone performance in the U.S.

Christmas at Disney World is amped up this year thanks to technology, adding a whole new gee-wiz layer of drones and lasers and ice castles to the world’s biggest tourist attraction.

It’s not just the four theme parks. This year Disney Springs, the newly revamped shopping and entertainment district formerly known as Downtown Disney, has a twice-nightly show of 300 drones, live performers and a Christmas Tree trail of 15 themed trees that you don't need a theme park ticket to see,

In the parks, the Magic Kingdom gets the greatest attention to detail from Disney’s “Imagineers” with clever parade floats and light shows. Epcot knows the way to the heart is through the stomach or a big chorus. And Hollywood Studios puts on a blockbuster of a laser-fireworks-video show that makes it hard to know where to look.

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Disney’s most popular theme park is dressed up for the holidays, but there’s also a separate ticket party called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. …

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Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger to speak at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

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Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

Coming in for a landing in St. Petersburg in 2017: Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

The retired pilot who engineered the famed "Miracle on the Hudson" landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 -- and who this year was the subject of Sully, a biopic starring Tom Hanks -- will speak at the Mahaffey Theater on Jan. 15, the venue announced Wednesday.

Sullenberger will deliver a presentation that includes a Q&A session, so if you've ever wanted to know anything about aviation, overnight fame or what Tom Hanks is really like, here's your chance.

This isn't Sullenberger's first trip to Tampa Bay. In addition to however many airplanes he's landed in this area, he and the crew from Flight 1549 were honored on the field at Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium, just three weeks after their landing on the Hudson river.

Tickets to see him at the Mahaffey Theater start at $67.50. Pair a couple with a Sully DVD, which comes out on Dec. 20, and your dad's Christmas present is set. Click here for more.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Your guide to 'Gilmore': What to know before the debut of Thursday's new Netflix episodes

Lauren Graham (left) and Alexis Bledel are reunited in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.'

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Lauren Graham (left) and Alexis Bledel are reunited in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.'

For this Gilmore Girls superfan, the release on Thursday of four new mini-movies called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is surreal. I watched the show when it originally aired from 2000-20007, but have spent the past decade rewatching and rewatching. I had the DVDs before the old episodes came to Netflix in 2014, when it seemed like the rest of the world outside of Gilmore's strong but small cult fanbase started paying attention to the savvy family dramedy.

For me, a storyteller who adores pop culture, the show means comfort. I have it on in the background when I'm cleaning, or cooking. It's what I watch when I don't feel like watching anything, but need a life distraction. I can't tell you many times I have tried and failed to start watching Mr. Robot because all I really wanted to do was watch the Gilmore episode where Rory goes to college.

I'm watching the revival at midnight Thursday with my brother, who got me the DVDs and who may be the only man who supports my position firmly on Team Jess. To prepare, I'm rewatching my favorite season, 3, this week. If you're bingeing A Year in the Life this Thanksgiving weekend, consider the following your Guide to Gilmore, a comprehensive primer of best episodes, top quotes and tips for how to watch amid the frenzy of turkey and family. …

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Moonlight, American Honey lead Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations

Alex Hibbert in a scene from Moonlight, a Spirit Awards leader with six nominations including best feature film.

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Alex Hibbert in a scene from Moonlight, a Spirit Awards leader with six nominations including best feature film.

Barry Jenkins' coming-of-self drama Moonlight and the millennial road trip American Honey earned six nominations to lead all contenders for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The Spirit awards are presented annually to the finest independently produced films budgeted under $20 million. The ceremony is traditionally held a day before the Academy Awards, in an irreverent event under an industrial tent on Santa Monica Beach.

In addition to being the coolest award show around, the Spirits have also become a steady predictor of Oscars success. Over the past three years, the Spirits winners for best feature film - 12 Years a Slave, Birdman and Spotlight - also claimed the best picture Oscar.

Moonlight and American Honey were joined as best feature film finalists by Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea starring Casey Affleck, Jackie starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy, and Chronic, with Tim Roth portraying an in-home nurse treating terminally ill patients.

Manchester by the Sea is schedule to open in Tampa Bay theaters on Dec. 9. Jacie is due on Dec. 21. No local release date has been set for Chronic. …

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