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  1. Tim Burton films 'Peregrine' scenes in Tampa Bay neighborhood


    BELLEAIR BLUFFS — On an ordinary cul-de-sac Friday in Harbor Bluffs, director Tim Burton was doing the extraordinary.

    Director Tim Burton is filming 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children in Harbor Bluffs, near Belleair Beach [

Steve Persall | Times]
  2. Orlando, Universal theme park have significant roles in 'Sharknado 3'


    ORLANDO — The people making Sharknado 3 have come to celebrate Universal Orlando and to bury it.

    ActorTara Reid, center, poses for a photo with John, left, and Edward Grimes, better known as Jedward during a break in filming "Sharknado 3" at Universal Orlando. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel)
  3. Review: Will Smith brings the charisma back into 'Focus'


    For Will Smith, there is life after After Earth, his most embarrassing failure in an otherwise charmed career.

    Will Smith and Margot Robbie bring the heat in Focus, playing con artists who become lovers.
  4. 'Six Dance Lessons' has St. Pete Beach setting — sort of


    Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks spent six days filming locally in 2013, mostly exterior shots to disguise the fact that the "St. Pete Beach" where it's set is really Budapest, Hungary, where principal filming occurred.

    Gena Rowlands stars as Lily, a widow, and Cheyenne Jackson plays her instructor.
  5. Oscars most passion-filled, politically charged show since 9/11


    One of these Oscars, someone will arrive on the red carpet in a gown to top them all.

    Actor Patricia Arquette demanded equal women’s rights and pay during her acceptance speech for best supporting actress for Boyhood at the 87th annual Academy Awards.
  6. Steve Persall's Oscars predictions include 'Birdman,' Redmayne, Moore (w/video)


    Anyone feeling giddy after last year's Academy Awards predictions should take a sobering look at this year's choices.

    Michael Keaton stars in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu.
  7. Tim Burton movie unites Tampa Bay's film commissions


    Filming begins Saturday around Tampa Bay on director Tim Burton's next feat of movie magic, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

    An image used for the cover of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," a 2011 novel for young adults published by Quirk Books.
  8. Oscars history full of one-hit wonders (w/video)


    Meryl Streep makes it seem so easy.

    Win an Academy Award for acting and immediately you're expected to do it again, or at least be in the discussion from time to time. Streep has three statuettes on her shelf, and a record 19 nominations overall.

    STEVE MADDEN | Times
  9. Brace for a snark attack: 'Sharknado 3' is filming in Orlando this week


    The makers of Sharknado 3 and swarms of B-list celebrities are in the Sunshine State this week because apparently we can't get enough of these logic-defying disaster movies about a swirling cloud of killer sharks that are so bad they're gold.

    The makers of Sharknado 3 and swarms of B-list celebrities are in the Sunshine State this week because apparently we can't get enough of these logic-defying disaster movies about a swirling cloud of killer sharks that are so bad they're gold. [The Asylum]
  10. The Oscars: trivia, tidbits and the TV schedule


     This year's acting nominations set one record and extended another. Robert Duvall (The Judge) passed Hal Holbrook to become the oldest nominee ever at age 84, and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) earned her 19th nomination.

  11. Movies opening Feb. 20


    Give John Cusack credit for putting his art before money and skipping Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (R). Of course, if Cusack was that concerned about his art he wouldn't have starred in the first one.

    Hot Tub Time Machine 2: Craig Robinson, from left, is Nick, Clark Duke is Jacob, Rob Corddry is Lou, and Adam Scott is Adam Jr. 
  12. Tim Burton's 'Miss Peregrine' begins filming in Tampa Bay next week


    Be on the lookout for a Gothic-looking auteur toting a camera around Tampa Bay.

    Director Tim Burton arrives at the premiere of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in Los Angeles in 2007.  (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
  13. Bollywood opening: 'Badlapur'


    Happy endings are a staple in Bollywood, but unhappy beginnings foretell another staple: the revenge tale.

    Varun Dhawan stars in Badlapur.
  14. Review: Cotillard deserves Oscar nod for 'Two Days, One Night'


    Before Sunday's Academy Awards, take time to see Marion Cotillard's worthily nominated performance in Two Days, One Night, a sliver of working class life from the Dardenne brothers, Belgium's gift to filmmaking.

    Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, a depressed factory worker, and Fabrizio Rongione is her husband, Manu, in Two Days, One Night.
  15. Colin Firth's 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' is a spy flick for the next generation


    Watching Kingsman: The Secret Service made me think of Casino Royale. Both of them. The silly first one with David Niven playing 007, and Daniel Craig's rebooted, bare-knuckle Bond. One spy romp nothing like the other, nor a particularly good match.

    Taron Egerton, left, and Colin Firth, star in ''Kingsman: The Secret Service.'' [Getty Images]