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Britney Spears scoffs at $10 million for 'X Factor'

Britney scoffs at $10 million for 'X Factor'

And you thought Paula Abdul was incoherent. Society must be scraping the bottom of the talent-evaluation barrel, as Rolling Stone reports that Simon Cowell has offered Britney Spears $10 million to become a judge on the second season of The X Factor. That would be more than Christina Aguilera gets for The Voice, but less than the $12 million Jennifer Lopez gets for American Idol — to say nothing of whatever Janet Jackson might also get for joining The X Factor, as has been rumored. "I'm fascinated by Britney," Cowell told the media during a recent conference call. "The fact that she's one of the most talked about — not just pop stars, but people — in the world today means that you've got this star power. She's still hot, she's still having hit records, and she's still controversial. There's a reason for that." Amazingly, Spears doesn't think a $10 million payday is worth getting out of bed for; she's holding out for $16 million, according to E! News.

'Home Alone' house sells for a bargain

Even the McAllisters can't catch a break in this real estate market. The Winnetka, Ill., house from the movie Home Alone has sold for $1.585 million — far below the owners' asking price of $2.4 million. Maybe all of Kevin's booby-trap mods put a dent in the home's market value. CBS 2 in Chicago reports that the buyers of the home, picked out by writer-producer John Hughes, were not identified.

Episode of 'Glee' will honor Whitney

The ultimate diva is getting the ultimate tribute: her own episode of Glee. Following last month's brief tribute — an Amber Riley performance of I Will Always Love You — E! News reports that Glee is currently shooting a Whitney Houston tribute episode that will include eight of her songs. "It's using Whitney's music as a way to say goodbye," a source told the site. Word is that the plot will revolve around McKinley High's graduating seniors, who have a hard time moving on.

'Disco Inferno' singer Jimmy Ellis dies

Jimmy Ellis, whose band The Trammps scored a Top 10 hit with Disco Inferno, died Thursday of complications from Alzheimer's disease, People reports. He was 74. The singer scored several hits throughout the '70s, but Disco Inferno was the Trammps' calling card.

Quaid's 3rd marriage heads for divorce

The third time wasn't a charm for Dennis Quaid. The actor's wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, has filed for divorce from the actor, according to TMZ. The divorce petition cites a "discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship," which is a five-dollar way of saying, "irreconcilable differences." The couple's 4-year-old twins — who, you might recall, nearly died in 2007 when they received an overdose of the drug Heparin at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — will remain in joint custody for now. This marks the end of Quaid's third marriage; he divorced Meg Ryan in 2001 and actress P.J. Soles in 1983.

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Orchestra explores spirit of Florida and the U.S. with ‘Triptych’ and ‘New World’ Symphony

Orchestra explores spirit of Florida and the U.S. with ‘Triptych’ and ‘New World’ Symphony

ST. PETERSBURG — One of the more important programs in the Florida Orchestra’s season combined Antonin Dvorak’s best known symphony with the debut of a major commission. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, better known as the "New World," reaches to the roots o...
Published: 02/24/18
Your 4-year-old daughter could land a role in ‘Waitress’ at the Straz

Your 4-year-old daughter could land a role in ‘Waitress’ at the Straz

TAMPA — Could your 4-year-old be the next Lulu? A touring Broadway show wants to find out. Waitress, which runs April 24-29 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, is looking for a local 4- to 5-year old to play a small but c...
Published: 02/23/18
Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

Blast Friday: The Romantics: The family-friendly food and craft vendor festival featuring a free live concert and a beer garden. 5:30 p.m., 400 Block of Cleveland Street, Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free. (727) 464-7200. Pasco C...
Published: 02/23/18
The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

ST. PETERSBURG — The composer sat in semi-darkness, his hand drifting like a slow pendulum at his side. On the Mahaffey Theater stage, the violins led a creaking and mysterious journey through a cypress swamp, the inspiration for the first movement.T...
Published: 02/23/18
A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018

A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018

What’s new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there’s lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle options, from dining to fitness. But there are also changes u...
Published: 02/23/18
New play focuses on the dangers of seniors falling

New play focuses on the dangers of seniors falling

CLEARWATER — The actor is playing out a common moment. She is an elderly woman, one who cherishes simple possessions — her cat, a favorite rug, her own home. She loses her balance while leaning over. She tumbles to the ground. The stage fades to blac...
Published: 02/22/18
Updated: 02/23/18
Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter started this month a new unit to target repeat offenders and nuisance properties.The Special Enforcement Unit consists of six police officers and a sergeant from within the department to focus on the small grou...
Published: 02/22/18
Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — Spring break kicked off this week with a program offering free rides on the Jolley Trolley between downtown and Clearwater Beach until April 29.The Park N Ride service will pick up riders at two lots downtown every 15 minutes and drop th...
Published: 02/22/18
Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall is requesting a $3 million grant from the city to help complete the $21 million renovation of its facility on McMullen Booth Road.The Expanding the Experience project began in 2015 with a renovation of the Murray Theatre...
Published: 02/22/18
This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FEST On Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point. Collards are the "central ingredient" at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival at St. Petersburg’...
Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18