Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Features and More

James Franco event canceled amid sexual misconduct allegations

NEW YORK ó The New York Times has canceled a public event with James Franco days after the Golden Globe winner was accused of sexual misconduct.

The TimesTalk event scheduled for Wednesday was intended to feature "The Disaster Artist" director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the film with a Times reporter.

The Times said in a statement that "given the controversy surrounding recent allegations" it was canceling the event.

Actress Violet Paley and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan have recently accused Franco on Twitter of earlier instances of sexual misconduct.

Franco was in attendance at Tuesdayís National Board of Review Awards gala in New York City to present his filmís adapted screenplay award. He did not comment on the allegations. An email seeking comment from his publicist was not immediately returned.

Later during an appearance on CBSí "The Late Show," host Stephen Colbert questioned Franco about the allegations. Franco said that the things heís heard about on Twitter are not accurate but he supports people coming out and having a voice.

When asked by Colbert about how to come to some sense of the truth so that there can be a possible reconciliation between the people who have different views, Franco said that if heís done something wrong he will fix it. "Iím here to listen and learn and change my perspective where itís off, and Iím completely willing and want to," he said.

Comments
Got an Instant Pot? Hereís a beginnerís guide to pressure cooking, and our favorite starter recipes

Got an Instant Pot? Hereís a beginnerís guide to pressure cooking, and our favorite starter recipes

Itís becoming a regular routine for me after Amazon Prime Day ó another batch of my friends snag a deal on the Instant Pot pressure cooker, so I send out another batch of my favorite recipes.Welcome to the cult, folks. I never meant to join the more ...
Published: 08/21/18
Fall food, wine and beer festivals at Florida theme parks expect to fill bellies, profits

Fall food, wine and beer festivals at Florida theme parks expect to fill bellies, profits

Back in 1995 when Epcot launched its International Food and Wine Festival, the idea was to generate attendance during the slow period in the fall. It worked. After two decades, the festival is mobbed on the weekends and has grown to one of Walt Disne...
Published: 08/21/18
What to expect at Epcotís International Food and Wine Festival this year

What to expect at Epcotís International Food and Wine Festival this year

How soon until Epcot is just one big food festival? Weíre getting close. Once just a month long, the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is up to 75 days in its 23rd year, beginning Aug. 30 and running through the middle of November. Th...
Published: 08/21/18
SeaWorld to put more than 100 beers on tap in new Craft Beer Festival

SeaWorld to put more than 100 beers on tap in new Craft Beer Festival

SeaWorld has started using food as bait to save the troubled company from floundering attendance, and this fall it will put some craft beer on the hook. Its nearby Aquatica water park is also adding Latin flavors to the mix in September. The park ha...
Published: 08/21/18
What to expect at brand new Busch Gardens Bier Fest

What to expect at brand new Busch Gardens Bier Fest

This summer Busch Gardens Tampa Bay brought back their free beer. Maybe it got them thinking, or maybe itís just because theme parks all over the lands are tacking on extra food, beer and wine festivals. From Saturday to Sept. 16, raise your glass to...
Published: 08/21/18
These restaurants are slated for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf

These restaurants are slated for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf

TAMPA -- The lineup is set for the outdoor dining space at Sparkman Wharf, where developers have assembled a Who’s Who of inventive Tampa chefs for what will be an open-air food hall on the waterfront. The last to be announced is the chef who ...
Published: 08/21/18
Curry is a quick way to get something flavorful on the table for dinner

Curry is a quick way to get something flavorful on the table for dinner

Curry dishes are one of my favorite go-tos for a quick and flavorful home-cooked meal. The spice combinations lend a depth thatís hard to come by in a 20-minute dinner, and the sauciness ties a dish of whatever-is-left-in-the-fridge components togeth...
Published: 08/21/18
Benefits of taking an art class go well beyond pretty pictures

Benefits of taking an art class go well beyond pretty pictures

It doesnít matter how old you are.It doesnít matter if you have talent.It doesnít even matter if you have to hold your shaky painting hand steady with your other hand.As long as you donít drink the cup of water that is to be used to clean your brushe...
Published: 08/21/18
Bar review: A trip to Saigon Blonde in St. Petersburg is an immersive experience

Bar review: A trip to Saigon Blonde in St. Petersburg is an immersive experience

The space at 265 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg has always seemed out of place. Surrounded by a cigar lounge, restaurants and cocktail bars, its most recent dance-club incarnations never quite meshed with the blockís entertainment scene. So ...
Published: 08/20/18
Restaurant review: Haveli Indian Kitchen brings a solid, well-priced Indian buffet to Carrollwood

Restaurant review: Haveli Indian Kitchen brings a solid, well-priced Indian buffet to Carrollwood

CARROLLWOODI was curious. I looked up "haveli." Itís an Indian word that means mansion, usually one with historical and architectural significance. Huh. That doesnít exactly describe the building in a shopping center off Dale Mabry Highway in which H...
Published: 08/20/18