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Lydia Harvey, tbt* Entertainment Editor

Lydia Harvey is the entertainment editor for tbt*. She's a bargain-hunting Deal Diva who also writes The Juice*, the Tampa Bay Times' snarky take on all things Hollywood. Her work has also appeared in the Times' Perspective section as well as Bay magazine. Lydia joined Times Publishing in 2011. She lives in Tarpon Springs with her rambunctious mini-hers and their maniacal Irish terrier, Teddy.

Phone: (727) 892-2939


  1. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture, ft. Queen Adele and a perplexing baby name trend



    Adele. Her latest album, 25 — which might as well be titled Play This On Repeat For the Rest of Your Life — dethroned *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached as the fastest-selling album of all time. In just over three days, Adele’s latest effort surpassed the previous mark of 2.4 million albums sold in a single week, and it crossed the 3 million mark with more than a day still to go. Also, it’s pretty magical that Adele has the young and the old swooning over her pipes. And P.S. She was spotted hanging out with Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence this week, so that wins too.


    Adele's the greatest. (The numbers say so.)
  2. Shopping Planner: And so ho ho it begins


    So many shopping events, so little time — amirite, weekend warriors? Here's a peek at some of what's going on in the bay area this weekend:

    Symphony in Lights: Stop by the Shops at Wiregrass on Friday to check out the mall’s new holiday lights show with more than 250,000 LEDs choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra and holiday favorites chosen by mall guests. This year it even snows! (Who needs Very Merry Mickey?) Shows go on at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Ice skating is available through Jan. 3. Admission is free, though crossing gifts off your list is not. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242.

    Carson Williams and John Carter designed the 2008 Symphony In Lights display at the Shops at Wiregrass.
  3. Pop culture winner and loser of the week, starring Charlie Sheen and earth’s favorite emoji



    Forget about The Artist Formerly Known As The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. There’s a new non-word in town. For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is an emoji, though we are sorry to report that it is not the brand new taco. Instead, the picture that has officially been dubbed the "Face With Tears of Joy" was selected as the “word that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”  It was a good run, “vape,” but it’s time to hand over the crown....

  4. Shopping Planner: Tinsel town, shoe show, shuffle while you shop



    Sip ’N Shop and Holiday Concert: Gather your friends and swing over to St. Pete’s 600 block for a casual evening of shopping — plus drinking wine and coffee and stuffing your face with desserts all while humming along to holiday music by Ananda. Participating shops include St. Pete ArtWorks, the Crislip Arcade, Cozette’s, Copali Imports, D-Gallerie, Bijioux, Stash, the Local Coop, the Swag, and White Pine Studio. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 710-7716.

  5. Michelle Branch gets custody of her own music in divorce


    It’s Goodbye to You at last. Michelle Branch and ex-husband Teddy Landau have finalized their divorce — nine months after filing.

    TMZ obtained the divorce documents because of course they did, and it looks like Branch will get to keep all of her musical compositions, demos, master recordings and royalties, as it would seem it should be. Landau will get custody of a Ford Mustang and 2015 GMC truck as well as some property....

  6. Ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels suing Nicki Minaj


    Now we know who was Right By [Her] Side when Nicki Minaj was recording three of her successful albums.

    According to TMZ, ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels is lawyering up to seek a cut from the Pink Print, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. He also wants some of the rights to Only featuring Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne, Flawless (Remix) with Beyonce and Feeling Myself with Beyonce....

  7. Blake Shelton rescues four men from Oklahoma mud hole


    Blake Shelton is making headlines for something other than dating Gwen Stefani.

    The Hillbilly Bone singer and noted wife-leaver found a bunch of fellow country boys stuck in a mud hole near the Washita River in Ardmore, Okla., on Friday.

    “Me and my buddies were checking out the river, when some of my buddies [accidentally] slid into a big mud hole and got stuck for about two hours,” Bryar Blanton told Entertainment Tonight. “Me and [my friend] Adrian started walking down the road [looking for help] and Blake and his dog, Betty, stopped and picked us up in his truck.”...

  8. Charlie Sheen to make ‘revealing personal announcement’ as HIV rumors swirl


    The rumor began on the Internet last month. On Monday, just as a National Enquirer report claimed that Charlie Sheen is HIV positive, NBC released a statement saying the 50-year-old actor is set to make a “revealing personal announcement” in a sit-down with Matt Lauer.

    Could it be that Sheen’s admitted drug use and penchant for prostitutes and porn stars have brought him to peak cautionary-tale status?...

  9. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture: We'll never 'like' Twitter hearts — plus Serena, Blake and Gwen


    Winner of the week

    Serena Williams: Okay, yes, she’s INCREDIBLY into herself after chasing down a thief who tried to steal her phone, to the tune of hurdling chairs at a Chinese restaurant and likening herself to a superhero. Was her over-the-top Facebook post one of the most annoying things we’ve ever read? Yes. Does she still win the week for owning that dude? 100 percent....

  10. It’s a girl for Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale


    I thought it was super sweet when Vin Diesel named his daughter after Paul Walker my middle name, but now Mike Myers is jumping on board, too. Thanks, guys!

    Myers and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, welcomed baby girl Paulina Kathleen in New York City on Monday, the Associated Press reports. The couple are “elated” to announce Paulina’s arrival, Myers’ rep said....

    The proud parents.
  11. It was over almost before it started: The Unofficial Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid Story


    This year’s theme: All the celebrities are breaking up, even barely couple of five months, Joe Jonas and Gigi Hadid.

    Insiders say the pair’s schedules were putting too much strain on their budding romance.

    “Joe and Gigi’s relationship recently ended,” a source told People magazine. “Nothing serious happened … It wasn’t a dramatic break up. It was just hard to make it work with their schedules. They will definitely remain friends.”...

    But they looked so happy together.
  12. Serena Williams chases down thief, toots her own horn


    Serena Williams won Facebook on Wednesday, tooting her own horn with a post that detailed a dramatic scene involving the tennis star, a Chinese restaurant and a phone thief.

    “Soooooo yesterday at dinner the CRAZIEST THING happened to me,” the post began.

    Williams was dining with a friend when she noticed a man who was acting suspicious....

  13. Prepare yourselves for a rerun: Trevor Noah has emergency appendectomy


    Emergency surgery is all the rage. First my dog; now Trevor Noah.

    The Daily Show host is playing hooky today as he recovers from an appendectomy, Comedy Central said in a statement.

    “Trevor Noah underwent an emergency appendectomy early this morning. We’re happy to report the procedure went well and he is currently recuperating from the surgery,” the statement read. “As a result, the Daily Show will air an encore tonight. We expect he and the show will be back with an original episode tomorrow.”...

  14. Shopping Planner: Handbag bingo, holiday markets, save the skirts


    Are you, like us, abnormally eager to deck your halls with boughs of holly? Julie’s Cottage at Provence has our backs, hosting its 15th annual Christmas Open House and Holiday Marketplace. Stop by this weekend to find a wonderland of fall designs and Christmas decor. From wreaths and floral arrangements to ornaments and trees, Julie’s Cottage caters to every celebratory style: rustic, refined, traditional and trendy. The event will also feature more than 30 local vendors and artists. Hunt through handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, hand-poured soap and more to spot that perfectly unique gift you never knew your loved one always needed. Food and drinks will be available, and parking is across the street at Anona Methodist Church. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 13128 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. (727) 517-8102....

  15. Justin Bieber: 'I'm never going to stop loving' Selena Gomez


    “I’m never going to stop loving her. I’m never going to stop checking in on her.”

    That's what Justin Bieber said when he opened up about ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, who he basically just doomed to never have a healthy relationship because she has a creeper for life.

    When asked how much of his new album, Purpose, was inspired by his former flame, the 21-year-old told Access Hollywood, “A lot of it, dude. A lot of it.”...