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  1. Tips for navigating the madness at Tampa Bay Comic Con

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    Tampa Bay Comic Con drew some 44,000 fans in superhero regalia in 2014, shattering attendance records at the Tampa Convention Center. This year could be poised to topple last year's record, with Saturday alone expected to draw close to 30,000 people. � Here are some tips to help you navigate the scores of …

    Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the 2013 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center.
  2. Review: New Griswolds 'Vacation' bawdier and less likable

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    Comedy today works in cruder fashion than the '80s, so why should it be expected to Vacation any differently?

    Christina Applegate, left, Ed Helms, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins in Vacation. (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
  3. Plan your weekend July 24-26

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    Plan your weekend

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    Fanboy Expo To the comic con, Robin! The Fanboy Expo at Tampa's Grand Hyatt this weekend will reunite TV's Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward, the caped crusader and boy wonder of the campy '60s superhero series. The comic con also …

    Adam West, left, and Burt Ward at the filming of Return To The Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. TV’s Batman and Robin will be at the Fanboy Expo at Tampa’s Grand Hyatt this weekend.
  4. Movie Planner: Hollywood's best physical transformations like 'Southpaw'

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    Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in Southpaw.
  5. Comic writes a 'Dear Tampa' letter of apology in postponing Improv show

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    A last-minute cancelation means that comic Iliza Shlesinger won't be performing at the Tampa Improv this weekend, as reported in Thursday's Weekend section, which is printed in advance.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04:  Comeidan  Iliza Shlesinger performs at KROQ Presents Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness at The Shrine Auditorium on April 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  6. Indie review: Mark Ruffalo charms in 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' about bipolar disorder

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    Infinitely Polar Bear (R) stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a Boston husband and father struggling to reconnect with his family. The title is his youngest daughter's mispronunciation of Cameron's bipolar disorder, leaving him unemployed and living in a halfway house after a nervous breakdown. His wife, Maggie …

    Mark Ruffalo as Cam Stuart, Imogene Wolodarsky as Amelia Stuart and Ashley Aufderheide as Faith Stuart in "Infinitely Polar Bear."
  7. Review: 'Pixels' is a video game movie undeserving of your quarters

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    Pixels is either a kiddie flick for children born 40 years too late, or a '80s nostalgia-com for infantile Gen Xers. Either way, it's a fitfully amusing mess.

    Michelle Monaghan as Violet, Adam Sandler as Brenner, Josh Gad as Ludlow and Peter Dinklage as Eddie take on space invader video games in Pixels. Dinklage is the only reliable source of laughter in an otherwise dull film.
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  8. Review: 'The American Spirit' at Tampa Museum of Art tells its story through art

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    “The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture From the Santa Barbara Museum of Art" would be a good standalone exhibition but, lucky visitors, it's but one of two very fine ones now at the Tampa Museum of Art.

    John George Brown, Pull for the Shore, no date, oil on canvas.
  9. Stage Planner: Local comics test their chops, playwrights write short

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    COMEDY time: show your stuff

    Call it summer and winter madness. The second Tampa Bay Comedy Tournament at Side Splitters Comedy Club is well under way and likely won't conclude until January or February. The 64-comic format is modeled after the NCAA basketball tournament and pits local performers …

    Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa.
  10. Things to Do Planner: Fanboy Expo, sing-along 'Sound of Music,' Bricks of Ybor block party

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    Holy autograph hound, Batman! The Fanboy Expo at Tampa's Grand Hyatt this weekend will reunite TV's Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward, the caped crusader and boy wonder of the campy '60s superhero series. The comic con also will bring actor Barry Bostwick, who starred as …

    Adam West, right, and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin in 1976.