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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. 'Grease: Live' and O.J. Simpson

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    Winner
    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.
  2. 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....

  3. 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.
  4. 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....

  5. 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....

  6. 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....

  7. 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....

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

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    WINNER

    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. ...

    B.o.B. is not bae.
  9. The future is now: Design a Zac Posen dress using code (It's easy!)

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    Confession: I am insanely jealous of my better half who took time out of his life to study web development and is much better off because of it.

    Confession: His foreign work talk now bores me into a trance.

    Solution: Made With Code, which aims to inspire girls (and in my case 31-year-old women) to make tech happen.

    Here are some stats from the site created by the genius minds at Google (shoutout to my brother):...

  10. B.o.B. claims Earth is flat; Neil deGrasse Tyson responds with hilarity

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    If you follow B.o.B. on Twitter, we’re sorry. Also, you were one of the lucky ones to have been treated Monday to a slew of nonsensical tweets backing up the rapper’s claim that our planet is flat.

    Yes, flat Earth truthers: They’re out there.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke for the rest of us when he shut down B.o.B. with actual scientific data, but we’ll get to that later....

  11. VIDEO: See Mariah Carey's 35-carat engagement ring from billionaire James Packer

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    Take notes, men with bazillions of dollars to throw away.

    35 carats. That's how much diamond is currently weighing down Mariah Carey’s left ring finger. To put things in perspective, that’s larger than Beyonce and Kim Kardashian’s engagement rings combined.

    Now back to Carey. The still-married diva of legend got engaged Thursday night to the fourth-richest man in Australia, TMZ reports. Carey’s billionaire beau, 48-year-old James Packer, is still married, too, but that didn’t stop him from gathering the 45-year-old Honey singer’s nearest and dearest for a private dinner at Eleven Madison Park in New York City where he got down on one knee and popped the question....

    We're so in love, you guys.
  12. Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Jamie Foxx and Amy Schumer

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    Winner

    Jamie Foxx. No stuntman needed, thank you very much. Foxx jumped into action on Monday when a Toyota Tacoma skidded, hit a ditch and flipped upside-down outside the Django Unchained star's Hidden Valley home just north of Los Angeles. Foxx called 911, then ran out to cut free the driver who was buckled in the burning vehicle. Foxx, fearing the truck would explode, just like in the movies, dragged the man 30 feet to safety. The driver was taken to the hospital and treated for serious injuries, including burns. He also was charged with DUI....

    HERO.
  13. Shopping Planner: Bash in the 'Burg, toy town, plus coins and collectibles

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    PREMIERE PARTY: SMITTEN WITH THE CITY
    Fashion and music and art, oh my! What more could you ask for in a local-centric event? ARTpool Gallery unfailingly has it all. Saturday, the boutique, event space and cafe combo is celebrating 10 years of celebrating its city, and you’re invited to the I Love St. Pete Art/Music/Fashion Show, the gallery’s premiere event of 2016. This all-ages bash will kick off a year of fun with a runway show featuring clothing from bay area boutiques and design houses. Channel your inner Anna Wintour as you rub elbows with St. Pete’s hippest designers, models, artists and musicians while soaking up a video art show by David Meek, perusing the fine art gallery and rocking out to music by the Vultures in ARTpool’s 10,000-square-foot space. Expect vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options at the ARTpool cafe, not to mention 30 craft beers, wine, mimosas, sangria and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the runway show is set to go on at 10 p.m. General admission, standing-room-only tickets are $10, and VIP are $15. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com.

    SHOW ME THE MONEY: COINS AND COLLECTIBLES
    Cha-ching! That’s the sound you’re likely to hear at the West Hernando Coin Club’s Coin and Currency Show this weekend. More than 25 dealers with more than 40 tables will sell, purchase and appraise fancy coins, including gold, silver, U.S. and foreign coins. Stamps and collectibles are an added bonus at this event that offers free appraisals by ICG. If that’s not enough, stop in for the hourly door prizes, food and drinks. Free starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 584-3163.

    TOY TOWN: FAMILY FUN

    Last year’s inaugural Tampa Bay Toy Expo was a smashing success — so much so that the family friendly event has moved to a larger space for its second annual affair. Expect artists, vendors, video games, vintage toys, comic books, action figures and pop culture galore. We’re talking classics like Marvel, D.C. Comics, Transformers, Lego, Doctor Who, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and My Little Pony (we’re looking at you, Bronies). Several unique items will find new homes through a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Local comic artists will be there, too, as well as Star Wars costuming groups and local Internet personality Sexy Mario. You read that right. Sexy Mario, you guys. P.S. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet Star Wars characters and therefore have no excuse not to go to this. Tickets are $5, but an extra $10 will get you in an hour early. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 30. Hilton Garden Inn North, 13305 Tampa Oaks Blvd., Tampa. tampabaytoyexpo.com....

    Marina Williams, ARTpool owner extraordinaire, at last year's I Love St. Pete event.
  14. Bette Midler to star in 'Hello, Dolly!' on Broadway, making all our dreams come true

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    Oh, don’t mind me. I was just booking my April 2017 flight to NYC because Bette Midler, goddess among talentless mortals, announced that she’s going to star as Dolly Gallagher Levi in a revival of the 1964 musical sensation Hello, Dolly!, and now I have the vapors.

    Midler — whom I was fortunate enough to see live at Amalie Arena last year on one of the greatest nights of my life — issued this statement:...

    Love of my life.
  15. Linda Perry: Lady Gaga doesn’t deserve Oscar nomination

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    There’s a new Oscars controversy that isn’t getting much attention.

    Turns out Lady Gaga maybe shouldn’t have been nominated for her song Til It Happens to You, from the college campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground.

    The 4 Non Blondes singer tweeted on Monday that Gaga didn’t pen the tune and only performed the song credited to Diane Warren and Mother Monster. Perry said she has the demo by Warren and that only one line had changed....