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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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Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Last year’s St. Pete Pride went smoothly, despite some behind-the-scenes drama involving the decision to relocate the parade to the downtown waterfront, rather than the Grand Central District, where it had traditionally been held. After all, the Gran...
Published: 06/21/18
Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Piña Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Piña Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

"Hooray, it’s summer!" exclaimed no Floridians. But if it’s summer proper and not just the usual year-round weather, you might as well embrace the heat and humidity with a trip to the beach, accompanied by some suitably refreshing beers. While you’r...
Published: 06/21/18
Wine dinners, beer projects and more will wet your whistle this summer

Wine dinners, beer projects and more will wet your whistle this summer

FILIPINO FOOD: WELCOME CHISMISHave you been to the Heights Public Market at the 73,000-square-foot Armature Works yet? It’s the buzzy food market in Tampa Heights with more than a dozen vendors offering up everything from rolled ice cream to Cuban sa...
Published: 06/20/18
On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

On stage this week: Freefall Theatre’s ‘The Musical of Musicals,’ Jay Pharoah

SENDUP: MUSICAL OF MUSICALSFive composers, a talented cast, choreography by Cheryl Lee and music directed by Michael Raabe — that’s Freefall Theatre’s recipe for a laugh-filled, season-ending summer musical, appropriately titled The Musical of Musica...
Published: 06/20/18
Artists’ talks and Sharon Norwood’s definition of beauty

Artists’ talks and Sharon Norwood’s definition of beauty

MARK MAKING: DEFINING BEAUTYBlack, squiggly lines are at the center of multidisciplinary artist Sharon Norwood’s works, an exhibition of which titled "Defining Beauty" opens at Tempus Projects on Saturday. Norwood’s use of the line in a variety of me...
Published: 06/20/18
Here’s the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

Here’s the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

It started with jugs of olive oil and cans of tuna, lots of it, which my husband hauled in one day and plunked on the counter. "That’s my lunch!"That was about three months ago, and every day since there has been a new entity in our house to consider...
Published: 06/20/18
Five ideas for rainbow-themed foods to serve at your Pride party

Five ideas for rainbow-themed foods to serve at your Pride party

More than 50,000 people are estimated to attend Pride weekend in St. Petersburg, which runs Friday to Sunday. (June is LGBTQ Pride Month.) Whether you plan to march in the parade or host your own smaller gathering, we’ve selected five rainbow-themed ...
Published: 06/20/18
My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

My husband has been on the ketogenic diet for three months. Here’s how he does it.

This week I wrote about something with which I have become very familiar: the ketogenic diet. If you’re like, "Huh?" you are where I was three months ago, before my husband, Phil, embarked on the weight-loss regimen. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-...
Published: 06/19/18
Updated: 06/20/18
Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

Jobsite’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ should be more gripping than it is

TAMPA — The virtues of Dancing at Lughnasa, with which Jobsite Theater closes its season, are many. This drama by the celebrated Brian Friel opened in 1990 to much acclaim. It captures a family’s joys and sadnesses, and the quickness with which one s...
Published: 06/19/18
A perfect pick for dessert

A perfect pick for dessert

America’s Test KitchenIt might seem impossible to improve on a perfect peach, but we decided to try. We wanted a simple, warm dessert that amplified the peaches’ flavor. To achieve tender, flavorful peaches with a lightly sweet glaze, we began by tos...
Published: 06/19/18