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  1. Justin Bieber getting a roast

    Celebrities

    Jeffrey Ross, America is pinning everything we've got on you. Comedy Central has announced plans for an offiical roast of pop's Public Enemy No. 1, Justin Bieber, meaning the Roastmaster General will get the chance to do what every red-blooded American has wanted to do for years: Tell Justin Bieber he sucks, in …

    Hey, we roast him weekly.
  2. Sony's PlayStation Vue adds to spate of cable-free TV options

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    It looks like all you would-be cord-cutters will have a new TV option very soon.

    PlayStation Vue, which will be offered on a month-to-month basis, offers live TV as well as access to a catalog of programming.
  3. Clint Eastwood and 'American Sniper': a Q&A

    Pop Culture

    Clint Eastwood has occupied a corner bungalow on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles for 40 years, long enough to have directed 28 movies for the studio and know to keep a bag of peanuts handy for the squirrels who like to venture inside his office door.

  4. Bono: 'It is not clear that I will ever play guitar again' after cycling crash

    Celebrities

    In November, rock singer Bono took a bad tumble while riding his bike in Central Park. As he tells it, he blanked out. "I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go."

    In a rambling post called "Little Book of a Big Year: Bono's A to Z of 2014" (which he attributed jokingly to being delirious from pain killers, he wrote that "it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. ... Recovery has been more difficult than I thought." [Associated Press (2011)]
  5. Best video game trends of 2014 focus on freedom

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    It's the time of year when we all are supposed to reflect upon the bountiful year with a fond eye, then rank arbitrary totals of things in hasty lists slapped together in time for us to enjoy the holidays and read without thinking too much.

    Getting rid of that Kinect and giving us games for a third off? What a steal!
  6. From Miley Cyrus to Dick Vitale, here are Tampa Bay's best celebrity Instagrams of 2014

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    Aziz Ansari

    Before his much-anticipated March 16 shows at the Mahaffey Theater, comic Aziz Ansari checked out Bananas Music, the world's largest vinyl retailer. Bananas Vinyl Warehouse in Florida. Amazing spot, wrote @azizansari. He later tweeted a pic of his vinyl haul, which included some surprisingly …

    St. Petersburg singer-songwriter Mark Etherington, a.k.a. Mountain Holler, volunteered to work this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, and was spraying down a potentially overheaded crowd for Canadian electronic act A Tribe Called Red when Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne dropped by to help out. "So, this happened yesterday at A Tribe Called Red," wrote @mountainholler. "Wayne Coyne came and hungout and helped me and @roke3028 spray the kids with water. Take care of each other!!" Coyne (@waynecoyne5) is an active and controversial Instagram user himself, and he regrammed Etherington’s Bonnaroo selfie with the caption: "Me having to fight off a drugged crazed hippie !!!! F---!! Ha ha juz kiddin thanks @mountainholler for the cool pic!!!"


tbt*s gallery of some of the top celebrity instagrams from Tampa Bay in 2014.
  7. Black Captain America leads comic books into diversity

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    WASHINGTON — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.

  8. 'Borderlands Online' continues export trend to China gamers

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    China's video game console ban may be over, but publishers are lining up to offer more and more Western wares via PC and mobile devices.

    Prepare to see Claptrap in a whole new light — if you’re playing from mainland China.
  9. Give me a (movie) break

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    Right around the third act of the 170-minute Interstellar, just when Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) appeared to be on the verge of a climactic epiphany, I found myself struggling to pay attention. It's not that the movie was bad. But after 2½ hours sitting still in one seat, I couldn't bring myself to ponder …

  10. TV sex gets hotter (and smarter)

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    When the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy kicked off the Nov. 11 episode with a montage of sex scenes involving its main characters, Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, was less than amused. "In order to watch cable news, ESPN, Disney or the History Channel, every family in America must now …

    On Looking, sex conversations are frank — but not necessarily honest.