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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

E-mail: lharvey@tampabay.com

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  1. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Beyonce and Kurt Russell of all people

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    Winner
    Beyonce. Was there any doubt? Beyonce was Super Bowl 50. Just Beyonce. During halftime , everything in existence melted away and all that was left on that glorious Sunday was Mrs. Carter — her pipes, her moves, her flawlessness. Less than 24 hours before her performance, Queen Bey released a new single, Formation. You may have heard of it. Red Lobster sure has. Then she gave the planet a taste of the live version before announcing her Formation world tour (second stop: Raymond James Stadium). The song itself is chock-full of self-empowerment and stellar catchphrases — “I twirl on them haters.” “I got hot sauce in my bag.” “Slay.” — and the video for the track is a prideful, liberating upper, exactly what Yonce’s Bey Hive expect from their beloved. Naturally, the presale for the tour transformed sensible individuals into rabid ticket hunters doing everything in their power not to hit refresh. This was Beyonce’s week. Here’s wishing it didn’t have to end....

  2. Lamar Odom to appear at Kanye West's live-streamed New York Fashion Week show today

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    Lamar Odom has made seemingly miraculous strides since he suffered 12 strokes as a result of a suspected overdose at a Nevada brothel in October. He's walking, talking and living in a private residence.

    Today, the former NBA player will take one more giant step: Odom, 36, has plans to make his first public appearance since the incident at Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show at Madison Square Garden this afternoon....

    No quit in this guy.
  3. Wedding Week Shopping Planner: Perusing is for lovers

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    Are you somebody's better half? If so, this week's edition of Shopping Planner is for you. Perhaps you've noticed that it's Wedding Week here at Deal Divas HQ, but prepare to have your minds blown because it is also Valentine's Day Week. Here are some darling love-centric events coming up this weekend and beyond:

    BRIDAL BONANZA: EXPOS AND SHOWS
    Feb 10-14: Bridal accessory sale at Anglo Couture. 689 Central Ave., Suite 101, St. Petersburg. Begins at 9 a.m.
    Feb. 13: Stella York trunk show at Something Blue Bridal Boutique. 3621 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Feb. 13-15: Nicole Spose trunk show at The Dressing Room. 2433 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
    Feb. 14: Tampa Bay Bridal Show at the Coliseum. 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. Noon-4 p.m.
    Feb. 18: Tampa Bay Wedding Week Registration Destination, hosted by Southern Elegance Events. 1602 Snow Ave., Tampa. $10. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Feb. 21: Brides for the Arts Wedding Expo, at-the-door admission donations fo directly to Largo Cultural Center theater camp scholarships. Free with online preregistration. Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Noon-3 p.m.
    Feb. 21: Bridal show at Woodlawn Event Hall, 11225 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. 1-4 p.m.
    Feb. 26-27: Sophia Tolli trunk show at Athena's Bridal Boutique. 2083 Drew St., Clearwater. Begins at 10 a.m.
    Feb. 28: Spring Hill, Florida Bridal Show hosted by DJ Marty the One Man Party at Palace Grand. 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. $10. Noon-3 p.m.
    March 6: Blowout sample sale at Athena's Bridal Boutique. 2083 Drew St., Clearwater. 1-4 p.m.
    March 6: The Elegant Wedding Showcase at Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Early Bird VIP (online registrations) is free. Late online registration is $5. Walk-up admission is $10. Noon-3:30 p.m....

    Designer Yuki Osada will sell her line of handmade, screenprinted paper goods and home goods at the St. Pete Indie Market on the rooftop of Station House St. Pete this weekend.
  4. Ciara suing Future for $15 million in defamation case

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    Ciara has filed a $15 million lawsuit against Future, the father of her child.

    Ciara is suing for slander and libel, citing comments Future made during a radio interview after a now-infamous photo surfaced showing NFL quarterback Russell Wilson pushing baby Future around in a stroller.

    “She probably set [Wilson] up.” Future said at the time. “You letting them catch that photo. Leave my son out of all the publicity stunts.”...

  5. Gwyneth Paltrow breaks down as she testifies against stalker

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    Gwyneth Paltrow broke down into tears Monday as she testified against Dante Soiu, a stalker who 17 years ago began sending the actress letters and packages containing everything from pornography and sex toys to religious books, earrings and second-hand clothes.

    One letter referred to Paltrow “bowing to death.” Another read, “I have a goal: to marry Gwyneth Paltrow and take care of her.”...

  6. Hugh Jackman battling skin cancer for the fourth time

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    Wear your sunscreen, kids. That’s the message Hugh Jackman keeps trying to send every time he posts a selfie documenting his ongoing battle with skin cancer.

    The 47-year-old actor revealed his fourth bout with the illness in a Facebook post on Monday that showed a bandage over his nose....

  7. Cops bring DMX back to life after rapper collapses without pulse

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    It’s unclear what caused DMX to collapse in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers, N.Y., on Monday.

    What we do know: The Party Up rapper owes his life to police, who performed CPR on his lifeless body, bringing back his pulse within a minute of arriving on scene.

    “This was an excellent job by the officers and they definitely saved the life,” Lt. Patrick McCormack told the New York Daily News, though authorities would not identify the rapper. “They found him in a lifeless condition with no breathing. They were able to bring back some breathing.”...

  8. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. 'Grease: Live' and O.J. Simpson

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    Grease: Live: The Fox musical was a smashing success, generating rave reviews and drawing 12 million-plus viewers, handily topping NBC’s The Wiz and its mess of a flop, Peter Pan. The joyful celebration of youth and music was dedicated to the late father of Vanessa Hudgens, who gutted through the role of Rizzo just one day after her dad died of cancer — and nailed it, by the way. Grease: Live suspended, if just for one night, the tradition of hate-Tweeting live musicals, instead impressing studio and TV audiences with its masterful use of elaborate sets, even pulling off the final carnival scene outdoors. The network’s next effort, Rocky Horror Picture Show, has a lot to live up to....

    Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens killed it.
  9. Shopping Planner: It's a St. Pete-apalooza all the livelong weekend

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    LOCAL LOVE: GARGANTUAN GUIDE
    Attention, St. Pete shoppers: The city will be your oyster this weekend as Localtopia, Crafty Fest, Saturday Morning Market, St. Pete Indie Market and Brocante Market collide. On Saturday, prepare yourselves for screams of “Just take my money!” during what we are billing as the Big Bang of local business....

  10. Paparazzi spot O.J. Simpson's daughter Sydney living in St. Pete

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    O.J. Simpson's daughter had been living a quiet life in St. Petersburg, blending in with neighbors and going about her business like any normal, private individual might. That is until TMZ caught up with her, and now she's being photographed by strangers, which we're sure is a true pleasure.

    And by "true pleasure" we mean we're sure it brings back haunting memories of the paps following Sydney around after her mother was nearly decapitated more than two decades ago. See the photo below, in which Gloria Allred ushers her out of the Beauty and the Beast musical at New York's Shubert Theatre on Take Our Daughters to Work Day in 1995....

    O.J. Simpson with daughter Sydney in 1997.
  11. Kate Winslet admits Jack and Rose could have fit on that floating 'Titanic' door and lived happily ever after

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    It has been confirmed: Rose let Jack freeze to death at the end of Titanic because she was selfish and terrible.

    “I think he could have actually fitted on that bit of door," Kate Winslet said on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday.

    Whether Leonardo DiCaprio’s character could have floated alongside Winslet’s has been a topic of debate since the 1997 tear-jerker hit theaters....

  12. Lady Gaga to pay tribute to David Bowie during Grammy Awards

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    Remember that time Lady Gaga belted out a Sound of Music tribute medley at the Oscars and it was basically the greatest thing that ever happened?

    Well, prepare yourselves, fans of music, art and fashion, because Mother Monster is set to honor the late, great David Bowie during the Grammy Awards later this month....

  13. O.J. P.O.'d at FX

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    Let’s all take a moment to cry a river for O.J. Simpson, whose lawyer says he is none too pleased with the ads and interviews promoting the 10-part series The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

    To clarify, the former football star isn’t upset about how he’s being depicted. He’s aggro about the supposed unfair portrayal of his former defense lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, whom attorney Malcolm LaVergne told the Associated Press Simpson greatly admired....

  14. James Corden to host the Tony Awards

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    Suddenly we feel the urge to sing because we just found out that talk show host James Corden (a.k.a. the baker in Into the Woods) was just announced as the host of this year’s Tony Awards.

    Fun fact: The Late Late Show host — who is having an incredible year, by the way — won a Tony in 2012 for best leading actor in a play for One Man, Two Guvnors, so go him....

  15. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson and B.o.B.

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson. The Harvard-educated astrophysicist, cosmologist and multi-multi-multi-hyphenate shut down B.o.B. in a social-turned-mass-media feud that began when the rapper ranted to his 2 million Twitter followers that Earth is flat and anyone who disagrees is a blind sheep who’s been fooled by what is clearly a NASA conspiracy. DeGrasse Tyson responded to the rapper’s diatribe with scientific proof and just for kicks added this gem: “Duude — to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.” Zing! B.o.B. answered by releasing a diss track called Flatline, presumably to keep the free-publicity train in motion, and deGrasse Tyson’s nephew replied with his own diss track called Flat to Fact, which includes loads of scientific fact and doubles as a remix of Drake’s diss of Meek Mill. DeGrasse Tyson then appeared on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore to end things with an exclamation point, quoting Isaac Newton, laying down expletives — “The world isn't f---ing flat!” — and pointing out that spreading false information from such a giant platform is reckless. The geek god’s closer: “By the way, this is gravity,” before throwing down the greatest mic drop we've ever seen. ...

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is bae.