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SEXY, AND WE KNEW IT

Obviously not everything sexy about Tampa Bay is bad news. Former resident Channing Tatum was named Wednesday as People magazine's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive. The choice won't be argued by anyone who saw Magic Mike, inspired by Tatum's stint as a male stripper in Tampa after graduating from Tampa Catholic High School in 1998. Proving he's more than a hot body, Tatum, 32, also starred in the comedy 21 Jump Street and the romantic drama The Vow. Tatum spoke with the Tampa Bay Times in June, and his chances of being named Sexiest Man Alive came up. "Man, that thing... Look it's an honor if it happens but for me it's a bit arbitrary," Tatum said, laughing off the notion. "If you have a movie coming out people like you. If you have a bad movie come out people don't like you so much. That thing is more about who's having a moment, who's having that time in their career that's really good. It's usually the Georges and the Brads, people like that." And now the Channings, it would appear. - Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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Darth Vader not dead yet

It was only a matter of time, but we've finally heard our first rumor about Star Wars: Episode VII that ruins all hope for a reinvigorated franchise: The U.K.'s Daily Express newspaper swears they've heard that Darth Vader will return. Just leave him out, then add him digitally in the special edition, okay? "He's an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible," an unnamed source tells the paper, saying that just because he died in Return of the Jedi doesn't mean he can't reappear. "The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films. This is science fiction remember. Darth Vader will rise from the ashes." But with news like that, will the fanboys reappear from the smoking ruin that is the prequels? Well, yeah, they will. That's why they're called fanboys. We'd say this couldn't possibly be true, but after Jar Jar Binks, who knows?

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Bon Jovi's daugher facing drug charges

Stephanie Bongiovi, the 19-year-old daughter of New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi, was arrested early Wednesday in upstate New York after allegedly overdosing on heroin, the L.A. Times reports. She was found unresponsive in her dorm room at Hamilton College in Clinton. Police were called just before 2 a.m. after the apparent overdose, with cops finding a small amount of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bon Jovi's eldest child of four and only daughter was arrested and released, with instructions to return to court at a later date. She then spent her time recuperating at a hospital nearby. She and another student, 21-year-old Ian Grant, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, while Stephanie was also hit with weed possession and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, which are also misdemeanors.

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