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  1. Review: 'Pan' another pointless branch of the Neverland family

    Happy thoughts are hard to conjure while watching Pan, a needless prequel to J.M. Barrie's fantasy about an ever-youthful boy who could fly.

    (L-r) LEVI MILLER as Peter and HUGH JACKMAN as Blackbeard in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “PAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
  2. Oktoberfest season hits Tampa Bay with lots of ways to get your oompah on


    Thousands of people are expected to hoist large steins of beer at Tampa's Oktoberfest in Curtis Hixon Park this weekend. There are now nonstop Lufthansa flights between Frankfurt and Tampa. And people are beating down the doors to get into the new Hofbrauhaus in St. Petersburg.

    L-R: Jonathon Alderman, 34, of Lakeland, winces as he sets a new record for the stein hoist at the Oktoberfest Tampa event on October 13, 2013 at the Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Alderman held the filled liter glass of beer for 25:05, beating his old record by two minutes. Alderman has won this event at Oktoberfest Tampa for the last two years. The waterfront park was transformed into a giant beer garden with live music, German food, and activities for kids and adults.
  3. Review: 'Big Stone Gap' corny, but a passion project for Patrick Wilson


    Big Stone Gap (PG) isn't everyone's cup of sweet tea. It's a homespun tale populated by broadly drawn characters and solid actors — Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia — sounding like they gulped hush puppy batter.

    Ashley Judd and St. Petersburg’s Patrick Wilson co-star in Big Stone Gap, based on the novel by Adriana Trigiani.
  4. Review: 'He Named Me Malala' shows humanity behind the icon


    Like her revolutionary namesake, women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai refuses to be silenced by oppression, or even a Taliban assassination attempt. The teenage Nobel laureate is reverently profiled in He Named Me Malala (PG-13), directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth).

    Malala Yousafzai at the Kisaruni Girls School on May 26, 2014 in Massai Mara, Kenya.
  5. Tampa's Jingle Ball lineup: 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, more

    Music & Concerts

    There's no Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars or Pharrell Williams atop the lineup for this year's 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball. No one jaw-dropping star with enough cross-generational appeal to help make it the top pop show of the winter.

    Demi Lovato performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2014 at Amalie Arena on December 22, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. She will join the lineup again for the show in 2015. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  6. Review: 'Zombie' invasion at Freefall delightful in places, also mixed bag


    ST. PETERSBURG — Take a seat at Freefall Theatre's season opener, and the set looks much like you would expect for The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon Moncrieff's tidy flat.

    You know differently, of course.

    Kelly Pekar plays a zombie-fighting Gweldolen Fairfax in Freefall Theatre's The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies.
  7. Florida Orchestra season opens with Rachmaninoff in triumphant fashion

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Before the first note sounded for the first concert of the season, the Florida Orchestra faced a daunting challenge.

    Michael Francis, Florida Orchestra Music Director, poses in the Mahaffey Theater in mid-September. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  8. Zipline to be set up in downtown Tampa for one day only


    TAMPA — You don't have to be as dauntless as Tris Prior in Divergent to zipline over the city streets this fall — hundreds of people will get the chance to zip overhead in downtown Tampa for a day.

    Weather permitting, there will be 1,000 chances to zip down through the heart of downtown Tampa for fun or to participate in various challenges
  9. Yo ho! Disney reopens Pirates of the Caribbean ride


    Yo ho, yo ho, the pirates are back at the Magic Kingdom, and you might notice some new smells.

    Captain Jack Sparrow on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
  10. Plan your weekend Oct. 2-4


    Plan your weekend


    Oddball Comedy Festival: More than 20 comedians will be at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Tampa Saturday. Presented by Funny or Die, the festival brings Aziz Ansari of NBC's Parks and Recreation as well as Amy Schumer, who has a fresh Emmy for …

    Amy Schumer is one of the headliners of the Oddball Comedy Festival.