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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. An ode to my short-lived journalism career, as told in Mary Tyler Moore GIFs

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    You guys, today is my last day with the Tampa Bay Times. I know. I didn't even tell you to sit down or anything before I unloaded that harsh reality, and for that I am truly sorry.

    On Monday, I will begin a new career in marketing at a Fortune 500 company that has promised to make it do something between drizzle and rain. I am excited. And I am sad.

    So in honor of my departure and on the heels of my farewell-cake sugar high, let's journey back, shall we, and chronicle my divalicious time here via photos and gifs of the woman who inspired me at age 4 to become a journalist: Mary Richards....

  2. Juice* writer boycotts Justin Bieber’s Instagram

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    Justin Bieber. Over the past few years, he’s provided me with great irony and outrage and eye-rolling and expletives — mainly via his Instagram account.

    There have been naked buttocks, wanna-be mustaches, and in-flight tattoos. There was that time he egged his neighbors’ mansion and that time he got me sued.

    We’ve enjoyed quite the journey, The Maple One and I, delving into celebrity culture, contemplating who cares about what and why — and most importantly, how to make fans click....

  3. Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher expecting baby No. 2

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    Sometimes the world needs happy celebrity news, so without further ado: Former That ’70s Show co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are getting ready to welcome their second child.

    A rep for the Bad Moms star confirmed the news to People.

    The couple, who wed last summer, are already parents to 20-month-old Wyatt Isabelle.

    “Ashton genuinely lights up when talking about Wyatt and the little one on the way,” said a source close to Kutcher, 38. “Everything about being a father is natural to him.”...

  4. Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston seen making out on beach

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    MASS SOCIAL MEDIA DRAMA ALERT: Calvin Harris has unfollowed Taylor Swift, plus her friends and fans, on all forms of social media after photos surfaced showing his ex making out with presumed future James Bond Tom Hiddleston, who is so dreamy, and we hope they live happily ever after.

    Look, guy, if you have zero plans to even inch toward making an honest woman of the most beautiful, talented, kind-hearted lady in all the land and that’s what she wants you’re all like, “No,” you can be gone and have no say. #mytwocents...

  5. Can everyone stop calling Jennifer Aniston pregnant already?

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    So Jennifer Aniston recently went to the Bahamas with her husband, Justin Theroux, and photographic evidence shows that they appeared to be having a lovely, fit-bodied time.

    But then InTouch noted that the 47-year-old actress’s stomach was not 100 percent vertical and concluded yet again that she must be pregnant....

    OMG, look! She has internal organs!
  6. Shopping Planner: The hue for you, flip flops that rock and an Etsy Craft Party (!)

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    Jill Kirsh: The Guru of Hue
    Feeling a little bit blah today? Maybe it’s the color you’re wearing. Looking your best often helps you feel your best, and that’s where Jill Kirsh comes in. According to Hollywood’s Guru of Hue, no matter how striking a shade you’re wearing, if it’s wrong for your hair color — not your skin tone; take note — your features will simply get lost....

  7. Lil Wayne hospitalized after mile-high seizures

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    Lil Wayne’s private jet was forced to make two emergency landings at an Omaha, Neb., airport on Monday afternoon after the artist suffered multiple seizures on board.

    The rapper first fell unconscious during a cross-country flight from Milwaukee to California but refused treatment from paramedics and returned to his jet. Minutes after the plane departed, Lil Wayne had a second seizure, was treated on board the plane and transported to the hospital via ambulance following a second emergency landing....

    Weezy on Monday night.
  8. For Father's Day, pamper pops at the spa, with brunch and more

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    Impossibility: tallying up the number of times I've scurried through Target at the last minute and gifted my dad a box of Titleist golf balls and whatever generally useless but mildly intriguing sports gadget happened to be sitting on a shelf nearby. I'm equally as guilty of showing up on Father's Day with a 12-pack of beer and some sort of grilling tool, and I should be ashamed of myself.

    Knowing I'm not alone, I declare 2016 the year that we ditch the gender normative cliches and have some fun with it, too. What if we reimagined all the predictable gifts we force upon our mothers and instead apply them to our dads? Don't let him fool you; dad could use some pampering, too....

    The Columbia restaurant is a great spot for brunch or to make a night of with the famed flamenco dance show..
  9. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Fat Axl and the girl who threw up on Paula Abdul

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    Winner
    Tahani Anderson. You may not know Tahani Anderson now, but if you’re a fan of So You Think You Can Dance, you’ll see her ability on the reality competition's Next Generation edition in the near future. But it’s not only Anderson's moves that are making her famous. It’s also her vomit. A promo for the series about children with mad dance skillz shows Anderson finishing her routine and falling to the floor when the judges told her she would move on to the next round. And then it happened: “I am so proud of you,” Paula Abdul said as the two hugged. Suddenly, Anderson’s cheeks puffed out like Dizzy Gillespie’s and as the Straight Up legend asked if she was okay, the tiny dancer blew chunks all over the floor and the judge’s likely expensive jacket. The audience couldn’t get enough of the mishap, and their delighted reactions were rather priceless. “I’m so sorry,” Anderson whispered, but Abdul assured her is was no biggie. “I’ve never had anyone just vomit on me like that before,” Abdul said, proving that she is nothing like the rest of us. Anderson then demonstrated that she possesses more poise than all scholarship pageant contestants combined. During a post-barf debriefing, she said in the most precious manner imaginable, “I hugged Paula and she just squeezed me too tight, and all the happiness came out on her jacket.” Never before has vomit been so charming.

    Loser
    Fat Axl. Axl Rose is pulling a Beyonce, demanding that an “unflattering” image that’s launched a thousand Fat Axl memes be removed from the Internet. The photo was taken by a Winnipeg Free Press photographer who was covering a Guns N’ Roses concert in 2010. Rose claims that every photog had to sign a release saying all the images they made would belong to the band. The photographer said he doesn’t remember what he signed, if anything, before shooting the show. But now the photo’s out there - just Google “Fat Axl” - and the damage has been done. But to be frank, we hadn’t seen a single Fat Axl meme until we read a Washington Post story about all the poorly worded copyright notices his camp sent to Google. According to the Post, “The Internet has a term for this sort of thing: the Streisand Effect, named for an incident in 2003 in which Barbara Streisand tried — and disastrously failed — to erase an aerial picture of her mansion from an online database used by researchers who study coastal erosion. Her efforts became a news story, giving the photo a lot more attention than it would have received on its own.” Fail....

    This is not the Fat Axl photo, as we do not wish to be sued.
  10. Shopping Planner: Art sales, wedding warriors, makeup workshops and more

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    GET ARTSY: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
    Huzzah! Saturday offers an array of local art sales, and you won’t want to miss your chance to find  a one-of-a-kind piece during these events.

    Tampa ceramics artist Kimberli Cummings is hosting a trunk show at Florida CraftArt. Her latest work includes signature sangria pitchers and serving trays perfect for summer gatherings. 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org....

  11. Everyone's BFF, Taylor Swift, astonishes fan with surprise wedding performance

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    Sometimes when you’re feeling down, the best thing you can do to feel better is to help somebody else. Cue the kindness of the ever-thoughtful Taylor Swift, who last week broke up with producer Calvin Harris after 15 months of dating.

    According to People, T-Swizzle showed up at a longtime fan’s wedding over the weekend and even performed a stripped-down version of Blank Space during the reception. Swift coordinated the surprise over the last few months with Ali Singer, the sister of groom Max Singer....

    Besties Taylor, Kenya and Max.
  12. Richard Simmons hospitalized over 'bizarre’ behavior

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    The extremely strange Richard Simmons saga continues.

    Just three months after it was widely noted that the fitness guru has been out of the spotlight for three years, Simmons was taken to a Los Angeles hospital late Friday night after acting in a bizarre manner, TMZ reports....

  13. Amber Heard sues comedian Doug Stanhope for defamation

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    Amber Heard’s legal team sure is keeping busy.

    The actress and model is going on the offensive against Doug Stanhope, a close friend of Johnny Depp’s, after the comedian wrote a scathing column for TheWrap in which he accused Heard of blackmailing her estranged husband and lying about the actor’s alleged domestic abuse....

    Stanhope, girlfriend Bingo, Depp and Heard.
  14. Report: Nick Cannon won’t divorce Mariah Carey

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    So Mariah Carey is engaged and planning a super-fancy wedding with billionaire fiance James Packer. There’s just one small (read: big) problem: She’s still married to Nick Cannon, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way for a minute....

  15. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. animal rights and prom dreams come true

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    Winner
    Gina Rodriguez. A New York teen just had a serious red-carpet moment, all thanks to the Jane the Virgin star, who let Buffalo high school student Jessica Casanova wear her strapless Badgley Mischka gown to prom. Rodriguez donned the dress when she accepted her award for best comedic actress in a TV series at the 2015 Golden Globes. “Gina’s dress made me feel like a princess and it gave me chills knowing that it was something that came from her heart and I cherish that very much,” Casanova told E! News. “I wish I could give her a big hug and tell her how much I love her. She will always have a special place in my heart.” In January, Casanova tweeted the 31-year-old actress to ask if she could wear the Zac Posen gown Rodriguez strutted in this year. Rodriguez, a Chicago native, said she didn’t own that dress but did own her 2015 gown and “maybe we can make this happen.” So, which do you think Casanova will remember more: her date or her dress?...

    Prom dreams really do come true.