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India International Film Festival Tampa confirms August dates

Attendees at the 2011 film festival watch dancers who entertained outside the festival, which was then held at Channelside.

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Attendees at the 2011 film festival watch dancers who entertained outside the festival, which was then held at Channelside.

Last year's International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) festivities in Tampa Bay hasn't left the lasting impression on the area that was promised.

But perhaps one cultural event that was here first can ride IIFA's ripples to more success.

The India International Film Festival (IIFF) recently announced its fifth edition will be held Aug. 28-30 at Carmike Cinemas Centro Ybor (formerly Muvico Centro Ybor) in Tampa.The festival's website cited "several theater cancellations and other logistical obstacles" as reasons for the delay in scheduling.

Requests for comment from festival organizers have so far gone unanswered.

The website claims the festival will include films dealing with the Indian diaspora worldwide, culled from more than 130 entries. A request is also made for volunteers "with an appreciation for independent films and the Indian culture to join the team and help with planning the event."

Information is available at http://iifftampa.com/

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Jon Stewart will laugh his way off the air next week with Amy Schumer, Louis C.K.

Jon Stewart;s final show is Thursday, Aug. 6.

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Jon Stewart;s final show is Thursday, Aug. 6.

After all the hoopla about David Letterman, Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert leaving their late-night roosts, Jon Stewart is taking his final bows in comparatively low-key fashion. But we now know he's going out laughing.

Stewart's stint hosting The Daily Show ends Thursday, Aug. 6.

Comedy Central just announced Stewart's guests for Monday through Wednesday's shows, and its all comedians: Amy Schumer, Louis C.K. and Denis Leary. No word yet on the order but I'd do it reverse, saving the best - that's you, Amy - for last. Plans for Thursday's finale are hush-hush but there's speculation that Colbert will stop by. Plus, there's that rumor that anyone Stewart has skewered over the years will be part of a video eff-off to the host.

The final show will be lengthened to 50 minutes to accomodate all the tributes and maybe some tears. Comedy Central will run a best-of marathon all day Thursday, leading up to the finale.

Which gets us thinking: What are your favorite Jon Stewart moments on The Daily Show? They can be funny or sad, trenchant or silly but let us know in the comment section below. This week we'll compile some of his best.

Before Stewart's final moment of Zen.

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Back away from 'Little Women' and nobody gets hurt

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The 1933 film based on "Little Women" starred Katharine Hepburn, left, as Jo March.

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Oh, shoot me now.

That was my first response to this story from Deadline.com:

"EXCLUSIVE: The CW is taking on a literary classic in one of its first script buys of the 2015-16 development season. The network has put in development Little Women, a drama from rising writer Alexis Jolly, NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly and CBS TV Studios.

"Written by Jolly, Little Women is described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined – all while trying not to kill each other in the process." (Read the rest HERE.)

Yes, because what we really need is another hyperstylized dystopian shoot-'em-up.You just never see those these days.

If the people involved in this want to make the zillionth iteration of that tired story, fine. But why, oh why, would they appropriate the title and character names of the most beloved book of my childhood, and a lot of other people's, for a TV series that has not the remotest resemblance to Alcott's classic? …

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'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' goes online Friday ... or maybe tonight

Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper reprise their roles as Susie and Ben, the crazy theatre-kid camp counselors.

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Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper reprise their roles as Susie and Ben, the crazy theatre-kid camp counselors.

In one of the final scenes from Wet Hot American Summer, the gang of too-old teenagers sit outside a cabin and agree to return to camp 10 years later at 9:30 a.m. to see where everyone ends up in life.

"Good, because I have something at 11," McKinley says (and I die laughing every time).

Sounds like a perfect set up for a sequel, right?

Which makes perfect sense why the hilarious cult classic would decide to make a Netflix original series set even earlier than that iconic summer. That's right, it's been 14 years since the original, and the entire cast is coming back hotter and "younger."

The eight-episode series is a prequel to the original, taking place on the First Day of Camp, instead of the 2001 film's last. All of the episodes are going online July 31 (tonight at midnight if you're a super fan). However, the show could go up before midnight. Orange is the New Black, for example, was released almost six hours earlier than people were anticipating. …

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Not dead yet: 'Walking Dead' will return to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead' will be brought to life in this year’s maze at Universal Orlandoo, “even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.”

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Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead' will be brought to life in this year’s maze at Universal Orlandoo, “even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.”

The undead are rising again at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Universal for the fourth year in a row will have a zombie maze in its hugely popular scare-fest based on AMC's Walking Dead.  You can read about that news here and find out out how much change you'll need to fork over for tickets and express line passes (Brace yourself, it's a lot)

I went to HHN last year (here's my review) and I will say the Walking Dead maze was deservedly one of the most praised. Universal usually likes to make the mazes new each year, but not so with The Walking Dead. But the reason the fans don't tire of it is they keep upping the ante. 

In 2014 it was the biggest haunted house Universal had ever built, with more actors, a massive set, and it even took us outside where we had to walk a long path in a dark forest with  brief lightning flashes that revealed a horde of walkers approaching on BOTH sides. It was incredibly unnerving in the best way. …

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Ringling makes honor roll of U.S. film schools

Elijah Wood teaches a master class at Ringling College of Art and Design

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Elijah Wood teaches a master class at Ringling College of Art and Design

Hollywood Reporter released its annual ranking of the top 25 American film schools Thursday,with two Florida institutions making the list.

Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota was ranked No. 17 overall, making the list for the fourth time in the past five years. Florida State University was ranked No. 22.

The legendary University of Southern California film school that graduated George Lucas, Judd Apatow, Jason Reitman (and turned down Steven Spielberg) was No. 1, as usual.

Hollywood Reporter described Ringling's program thusly: …

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Rocky movie high, Colorado

Telluride Film Festival poster art by Laurent Durieux

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival poster art by Laurent Durieux

I'm just about one month away from departing for heaven. More accurately, as close as I wish to get to the pearly gates for a while.

The Telluride Film Festival, high in the San Juan mountain range of southwest Colorado, is where I love going for summer vacation, currently nine of the past 10 years. If it sounds crazy that an overworked movie critic would choose to spend down time at a film festival, it's nice to meet you.

Telluride gives me an early glimpse at, or at least get the buzz about, many of the movies that will be awards season players next spring. Movies that premiered at Telluride in recent years include the best picture Academy Award winners Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Artist, The King's Speech and Slumdog Millionaire -- six of the past seven Oscar champs. Not to mention major award players like Gravity and The Imitation Game. …

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'Full House' fans: You need to be following the cast on Instagram

There are too many people in this promo photo of "Full House." And most of them are back for Netflix's "Fuller House." Thank god.

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There are too many people in this promo photo of "Full House." And most of them are back for Netflix's "Fuller House." Thank god.

Have mercy! The cast of our favorite childhood show is back together again shooting Fuller House for Netflix. This time around, DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) is a widow with two children, and a third on the way. And because we're out of original ideas, she just can't handle it on her own so she enlists her best friend Kimmy Gibler (Andrea Barber) and sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) to help. The show will air sometime in 2016 and we're counting down the days until we can watch the 13-episode season in one sitting (with all the appropriate snacks, obvs).

The best news of all is that most of the original cast is back. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have yet to commit, but we hope this is just a marketing ploy to keep us interested. I mean, they have the best lines of the show (look above). All three guys are back: Danny (Bob Saget), Joey (Dave Coulier) and Uncle Jesse (John Stamos). Uncle Jesse's wife, Becky (Lori Loughlin), and kids, Nicky and Alex (Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit) will also be making appearances. I'm most excited to see Scott Weinger, DJ's first love, Steve, back on TV. (He's the voice of Aladdin, and many many other animated characters.)

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'The Wiz' eases on down that bumpy road

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige join 'The Wiz Live!'

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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige join 'The Wiz Live!'

NBC has a novel idea for its third live musical broadcast, after the previous one fell flat as a Pan-cake: Hire people who can actually sing, in a musical containing more than one song the audience knows.

Oscar nominated everywoman Oueen Latifah and R&B diva Mary J. Blige are joining the cast of The Wiz Live!, premiering Dec. 3 on the peacock network, who apparently doesn't think we'll know it's happening LIVE by then, and believes exclamation points are good marketing tools.

The announcement follows earlier news confirming Stephanie Mills - the original Dorothy Gale in the Broadway hit - has aged into and will portray Auntie Em. No word yet on who's playing Dorothy in NBC's version but since Diana Ross did the movie at age 33, let's start a rumor that it's the same-aged Beyonce.

Queen is signed to play the titular Wiz, the mysterious woman behing the curtain who will be tough to not pay attention to. MJB is set to play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West and leader of the baddest flying monkeys ever. …

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Shows you should be watching: 'Mr. Robot' on the USA Network

Rami Malek plays Elliot Anderson, an awkward vigilante hacker who captures our hearts, on the USA Network's "Mr. Robot."

USA Network

Rami Malek plays Elliot Anderson, an awkward vigilante hacker who captures our hearts, on the USA Network's "Mr. Robot."

Hey, have you heard about this? There are shows on TV now that you watch one episode at a time — once a week, specifically — and you watch the whole season over a few months, instead of, oh say, a weekend. Yes, you don't have binge-watch a television series. You can savor each moment and take the time to discuss the episodes with other viewers.

Right now, I'm engrossed in an original show on the USA Network, Mr. Robot. USA has had a string of hit summer shows, such as Burn Notice (2007-2013), White Collar (2009-2014) and Psych (2006-2014) and current shows Suits and Royal Pains. But this Mr. Robot is no basic cable summer series.

Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek as morphine-addicted cyber vigilante Elliot Anderson. He's got a social anxiety disorder, so his way of connecting to people is to hack into their tech lives. But he's not Facebook stalking his ex. In the opening scene of the series, Elliot uses his incredible computer hacking skills to bust a coffee-shop child pornography ring. After he confronts the bad guy, he walks out of the coffee shop and throws on his hood with so much swagger I was like:

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Lots 'o smiles at Big Stone Gap

First poster art of Big Stong Gap, due Oct. 9

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First poster art of Big Stong Gap, due Oct. 9

First poster art released today for Big Stone Gap, based on Adriana Trigiani's novel of Appalachian eccentrics, starring St. Petersburg's own Patrick Wilson and other Wilson family members including his father, legendary WTVT Ch. 13 news anchor John Wilson, and brothers Paul Wilson and current WTVT anchorman Mark Wilson.

For good measure, Big Stone Gap co-stars Patrick Wilson's wife Dagmara Dominczyk as Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, who drops the town by for a visit.

The Wilson family's interest in Big Stone Gap stems from the fact that the elder Wilson began his broadcasting career there, at a tiny AM radio station. You can read all about in Times pop culture critic Jay Cridlin's 2014 profile here.

One thing we notice about the poster is that almost everyone seems so happy. Patrick Wilson is grinning at Ashley Judd, who smiling coy next to Jenna Elfman, who looks really pleased to be working in movies again. In the upper left corner John Benjamin Hickey has that just-heard-a-good-joke expression while next to him Whoopi Goldberg has the Cheshire thing going on. …

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The Bachelorette, Season 11, Episode 12: Oops, I Did It Again

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth celebrate their engagement by tap dancing on Nick's heart.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth celebrate their engagement by tap dancing on Nick's heart.

In the end, it all came down to pictures. 

Nick went small. He bought a silver frame, you know, the kind that holds two pictures facing one another. On the left, he put a production photo of his first one-on-one date with Kaitlyn and on the right he wrote a poem like the kind you get in a high school prom invitation. 

Shawn B. gave Kaitlyn a jar full of selfies they’d taken at every stage in their ridiculous journey, each one a bit crinkled from being pushed down through the circular opening of their “memory jar.”

Forgive the far too generous analogy, but it was the difference between landing Justin Timberlake and settling with Kevin Federline. JT was smooth and said and did all the things you liked but you were never quite sure if it was you he was in love with because fame and success are also real motivators in his life. On the other hand, K-Fed seemed to be all about you because without you no one cared about him, so he tried hard even if it came off much more awkward.

When it was time to give out the final rose Monday night, it was Shawn B. who got to propose to our Bachelorette -- just like she had alluded to in that mistaken Snapchat she sent of them in bed a few weeks back. …

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Important: How to make your own reality TV fantasy league

Big Brother ducks, trophies for a fantasy league well-played.

Big Brother ducks, trophies for a fantasy league well-played.

In these days of high-quality drama available to every television viewer, those of us truly sick people who still watch reality TV need to stick together - especially those who watch that genre's lowest common denominator, Big Brother.

Four years ago, envious of everyone else's fantasy football and baseball leagues, four friends decided to start a Big Brother Fantasy League.

Joining me and my husband, Scott, in this crazy endeavor were Amy, one of Scott's college friends who manages an astrology website for moms in Nyack, New York, and one of my long-time friends, Jeffrey, a marketing manager in Atlanta. Making it even more fun was the fact that Amy and Jeffrey had never met.

Scott, being in some 19 fantasy football and baseball leagues, schooled us in fantasy rules. We learned about "reverse snake" drafts. We debated rules and points. We decided every player would put in $25; winner takes all. And in true Dr. Will fashion, you are free to spend your winnings on Jet Skis and plastic surgery - whatever you please. It's Big Brother, after all. …

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Lisbeth Salander returns in a new book, like it or not

Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

We're still catching our breath after Go Set a Watchman, but coming right up is another book whose publication is bound to cause controversy -- and sell a lot of copies.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz will be published in the United States by Random House on Sept. 1, and although it's been as closely guarded as Watchman, a few details about its plot have now been revealed by its British publisher, McLehose Press.

According to Publishers Weekly, in Spider's Web punk hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist have fallen out of touch until Blomkvist is contacted by a scientist whose work in artifical intelligence has put his life in danger. The scientist has been working with Salander, who is trying to hack the U.S. National Security Agency, and who is also being pursued by “ruthless cyber gangsters who call themselves the Spiders.”

Spider's Web will be the fourth book in the Millennium series created by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, who wrote The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest before dying in 2004 at age 50. …

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Lone Gunmen are in 'X-Files' revival because apparently nobody ever dies

Would you believe the only archive photo we could find of the Gunmen was of them saving a fainting Scully?

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Would you believe the only archive photo we could find of the Gunmen was of them saving a fainting Scully?

Forget everything you thought you knew happened in The X-Files because none of it matters anymore.

Depsite big, ugly Season 9 deaths and a sappy funeral at Arlington, the Lone Gunmen are apparently alive again for the six-episode revival in January. Of course this follows news that villain the Cigarette Smoking Man is also returning, despite being blown up in the series finale (after having cancer and also being thrown down a flight of stairs, so, you know, he probably has nine lives).

How many more dead characters can the show cram into six episodes? Alex Krycek? Deep Throat? Albert Hosteen?

Thirteen years after the show went off the air, the sky's probably the limit, especially as The X-Files was never really a show for continuity to begin with. Fresh off a binge watch of all nine seasons, I'm pretty sure even Chris Carter can't keep up with all of the show's mythology. The revival is probably going to have to play fast and loose anyway, given that the IMPENDING ALIEN COLONIZATION was supposed to have taken place in 2012. …

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