If you're ready to go, check out our guide on how to navigate Tampa Bay Comic Con 2015.
You can also see who the headliners are for the weekend-long event.
What's better than one queen? Tampa Bay Comic Con is hedging bets on three.
Organizers got lucky this year by landing Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars), Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines in Back to the Future) and Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor in The Terminator) as the top-billed celebrity guests for the three-day convention celebrating comics and all things geeky that kicks off Friday....
Lea Thompson thinks her 54 years of life have earned her the right to be frank. The actor has starred in so many classic films (Red Dawn, All the Right Moves, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck, The Little Rascals) that even the unpopular ones are a part of pop-culture history. � But Comic Con fans will surely remember her most iconic role, Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future franchise. Her appearance Saturday at the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con will be her first visit to Tampa — even though she had family members who worked for the Tampa Ballet. � "I just never got down there when they were there," she said. � When she's not de-skunking her dog and reminiscing about that time she almost got the part of Shelby in Steel Magnolias, she's starring in ABC Family's Switched at Birth. � She'll be sharing her story at a TBCC panel at 4 p.m. Saturday. Thompson called to talk about her storied career, her feelings on "nerd chic" and the real injustice of the Oscars....
In the end, it all came down to pictures.
Nick went small. He bought a silver frame, you know, the kind that holds two pictures facing one another. On the left, he put a production photo of his first one-on-one date with Kaitlyn and on the right he wrote a poem like the kind you get in a high school prom invitation.
Shawn B. gave Kaitlyn a jar full of selfies they’d taken at every stage in their ridiculous journey, each one a bit crinkled from being pushed down through the circular opening of their “memory jar.”...
And now for the good news. We’re two weeks out from Bachelor in Paradise’s second season premiere!
During the borefest Men Tell All episode of The Bachelorette Monday night, Chris Harrison revealed the full season two trailer and some of the cast.
We’d all known for weeks that #TeamBritt captain, Jonathan, had been cast in the most watchable incarnation of The Bachelor franchise since Bachelor Pad. Now, we’ve got an idea of who else will be hooking up with the castoffs this season. ...
Wendy Williams made people laugh Saturday night at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater. She told outrageous stories about her adventures in oral gratification, her great-grandmother dying on the “commode” and seeing a man-made vagina up close. They were riotous. And far too long. Like 40 minutes too long.
Williams was adamant about not using writers for her talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, or her “Sit Down Comedy Tour”, which will visit 11 more cities this summer.
“They’re expensive,” she told the near sellout crowd. “One joke is like $1,500.” But can you really put a price on your fans enjoyment?...
07/18/15 Life Times
The boat rocked a bit but the spotter helped Joe Incorvia stay level until he reached his seat. It was the first time he'd ever been in a shell. His great-granddaughter was the competitive rower in the family, not him.
Incorvia, 94, of Safety Harbor, wanted to try it at least once after hearing from his son how fun learning had been.
"It has been a great experience for me," Incorvia said. ...
The funniest people on TV rely on rooms full of writers to workshop jokes until they come up with enough gold to fuel memes for days.
Talk show host Wendy Williams relies on Wendy Williams.
"I don't do knock-knock jokes. I also don't have joke writers. When people watch my show, what they see is my authenticity," Williams explained in a phone interview with the Times.
She'll bring that off the cuff humor to St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater Saturday night in the first stop of her 12-city "sit down" comedy tour....
07/16/15 The Feed
Meeting someone in Tampa was hard for Kerri Cipriani. She'd tried the bar scene, online dating and meeting friends of friends.
On a whim, the 25-year-old nursing recruiter auditioned for a dating TV show. She didn't get cast on that show, but the producers of another project called her back.
It was called Dating Naked, a show with a premise just like it sounds.
"They asked me to come in for more auditions," she said....
Baseball fans and breast cancer survivors may shout Hip Hop Hooray at the 10th annual Pitch for Pink event Friday night at Clearwater's Bright House Field.
After the Clearwater Threshers game, Treach and DJ Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature will headline a rap concert to benefit breast health programs at the Morton Plant Mease hospitals. Local emcee Infinite Skillz will also perform.
The nights festivities will kick off with a breast cancer survivors walk around the bases at 6 p.m. As the Threshers will take on the Palm Beach Cardinals, attendees can bid on auction items including autographed pink jerseys and bats, gift certificates and spa packages. The first 1,000 women in the ballpark, 601 N Old Coachman Road, will come away with free Pitch for Pink purses provided by Banquet Masters....
Downtown St. Petersburg will be awash in grumpy people in pajamas following a trail of yellow flags and balloons to savings Thursday morning.
Set your alarm because the 42nd annual Sunrise Sale returns to St. Petersburg at 6:43 a.m. to serve up free cake and deals to the brave souls willing to get up early to walk away with some real value.
More than 50 retailers from bakeries to furniture stores will be offering markdowns of up to 80 percent on in stock items. Walkers can start at Beach Drive and Second Avenue N and are encouraged to wear their pajamas for extra discounts. The Museum of Fine Arts will have vendors set up on its lawn and will also be opening the museum store to hand out free mimosas and offer up to 75 percent on certain items....
And so it has come to pass that Kaitlyn has eliminated the only viable option remaining, and lo from this choice she shall reap great unhappiness.
This is awesome.
Letting go of Ben H. was obviously producer-mandated, but still so satisfying for America. She was attracted to him in the way that we all were because he was walking, talking perfection. How often do you meet a tall, handsome, considerate guy who is willing to try new things for you and also pretend like you're not dating 24 other people every time you get together?...
Tampa Bay Comic Con's top line of celebrity guests got a boost this week from a franchise that is still packing theaters.
Linda Hamilton, the original Sarah Connor from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, will appear at the last day of the convention on Sunday, Aug. 2.
Hamilton joins a lady star studded line up including Star Wars' Carrie Fisher and Back to the Future's Lea Thompson. The event from July 31 to Aug. 2 is expected to pack the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. in Tampa, with geeks from all fandoms for the last big convention of the summer. ...
Stop the presses.
The Bachelorette's Ben H. has read my recap. My life is complete. I can die now. Call the coroner. It's over.
The business analyst and Indiana University grad declared his love for Monday's opus via email to his classmate and my co-worker, Caitlin Johnston. (Shout out to the Times' Hillsborough County staff! T-Town Represent!)...
Shark Week isn't something you watch in Tampa Bay. It's something you do.
Marine research facilities and shark enthusiasts on Florida's gulf coast use the Discovery Channel's annual binge of programming about the big fish to get people out of their homes and educated about the real lives of sharks.
"We embrace Shark Week for what it is. It is shark first," said Chris Fischer, founder of OCEARCH and former host of ESPN's Offshore Adventures. "There's always room for improvement, sure, but it's a great venue to talk about sharks."...