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What to watch this weekend: 'American Gods' on Starz, L.A. Riots documentary on ABC

Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle star in American Gods on Starz.

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Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle star in American Gods on Starz.

What hath God wrought? American Gods

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods traces the brewing battle between the gods of the past and the new gods of technology and progress. Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con released early from prison to bury his dead wife (Emily Browning). Along his journey home he meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a modernized form of the Norse god Odin who's recruiting old gods for the coming battle. Shadow quickly becomes the innocent bystander in the clash between holy beings and struggles to even comprehend what's happening around him. American Gods is a trippy dreamscape from the creators of Hannibal and Logan, and explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz.

REVIEW: Divine, bloody American Gods has us ready to worship this series

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Winner and loser of the week: John Legend makes Time magazine's most influential list; Scott Baio won't apologize for Erin Moran comments

John Legend is 100/100

John Legend is 100/100

Winner: John Legend.

TIME magazine released this year's list of the Top 100 Most Influential People, and Legend not only made the cut, he landed the cover. Legend's bio for the coveted list was written by none other than singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.

"John uses his platform to push for meaningful social change, and the depth of his commitment is to be admired," Belafonte wrote.

Thank you, @TIME. Thank you, @harrybelafonte https://t.co/QCTBbBy4ZW

With a voice contractually bound to every wedding playlist, see below, the 38-year-old All of Me crooner is pretty much an expert on love, and this week he answered fan questions in an interview with Buzzfeed about relationships and his life with his wife, model Chrissy Teigen.

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Get ready to swoon.

When he was asked about how the couple balance their professional lives, Legend said he is happiest when Teigen is successful.

"Gender roles are changing and evolving and I don't think we need to be bound by old-school chivalry," he said.

But wait, there's more.

Legend added, "You need to go on dates, you need to do things that make you remember why you fell in love with each other in the first place." …

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Johnny Depp goes undercover to surprise fans at Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride (w/video)

Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in May.

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Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in May.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself. 

Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday. Videos taken by park goers and shared on social media show Depp chatting with fans as they passed by on the ride's boats. He also spoke to a crowd outside. 

Just saw Johnny Depp @Disneyland on Pirates of the Caribbean dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow!!! #DeadMenTellNoTales pic.twitter.com/5VW8SpGAIg

Depp returns to the big screen as Sparrow next month in the fifth film based on the ride. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens May 26, after premiering at Shanghai Disneyland on May 11.

 

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St. Petersburg Movies in the Park begins tonight; here's the full schedule including 'Top Gun' and 'Princess Bride'

"Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise is among the movies coming to St. Petersburg's Movies in the Park series for 2017.

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"Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise is among the movies coming to St. Petersburg's Movies in the Park series for 2017.

St. Petersburg Preservation's annual Movies in the Park begins its 2017 season of free movies tonight with the 2012 feature about World War II's Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard.

Red Tails will be screened at a special, new location for the Movies in the Park, the garden at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S at 7 p.m. Alcohol and animals will not be allowed.

Below is the full schedule for the rest of the spring movies. All begin at 7 p.m. in North Straub Park and feature vendors selling food and drinks, including beer and wine, plus live music before the movie. 

Pets are permitted. People are encouraged to bring a blanket or a low seat, but a very limited number of folding chairs will be available.

Charade, May 4: A night on the waterfront with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant starring in a 1963 classic filled with suspense and romance.

Princess Bride, May 11: The favorite for all ages with a magical mix of romance, fantasy, action and comedy, recently turned 30. Cary Elwes stars as the Dread Pirate Roberts. …

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Survivor recap: An inconceivable series of unfortunate events

Brad Culpepper, Sierra Dawn-Thomas, Aubry Bracco, Andrea Boehlke and Debbie Wanner feast after winning the Reward Challenge on the tenth episode of Survivor: Game Changers.

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Brad Culpepper, Sierra Dawn-Thomas, Aubry Bracco, Andrea Boehlke and Debbie Wanner feast after winning the Reward Challenge on the tenth episode of Survivor: Game Changers.

Didn't you just know this was coming? The title of this episode, A Line Drawn in Concrete, comes from Debbie’s boast, “We have complete control of this game… There isn’t a line drawn in the sand. There is a line drawn in concrete.”

As sure as the Titanic, boastful brags of having the game in hand are a sure way to come tumbling down on Survivor. Debbie's cockiness appears to have been her undoing. But she wasn't the only one who was paid a visit by karma. Michaela's temper undid what could have been a sweet reward, and Sarah's kindness handed her powerful game move.

So how did we get here?

Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper and Sierra are by all accounts the leaders of an Alliance of Six, which is all you need to pick off the other five helpless tribemates. So that's what gave Debbie so much confidence. But there's a fine line between confidence and being an insufferable windbag, and Debbie cleared that line with room to spare.

First up Wednesday night was a Reward Challenge in which teams had to get through a water obstacle course and finish a giant floating ring toss game. And the reward was sweet. A plane ride to a beautiful Fiji island where a feast awaited. …

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Grim take: 'The Simpsons' goes full snark for Trump's first 100 days

"The Simpsons" posted a video to its Twitter account on Wednesday previewing this Sunday's episode.

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"The Simpsons" posted a video to its Twitter account on Wednesday previewing this Sunday's episode.

In the next episode of The Simpsons, an ominous thunderstorm is brewing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Inside the White House, the situation is even more turbulent.

"A hundred days in office, so many accomplishments," President Donald Trump says while looking at his cellphone in bed, a book written by Bill O'Reilly beside him. Among these accomplishments, Trump declares, are lowering his golf handicap and increasing his Twitter following by 700.

"And finally we can shoot hibernating bears. My boys will love that," the Trump character says. His wig reveals itself to be a small dog.

Donald Trump reviews his first 100 days in office. Watch an all-new episode of #TheSimpsons this Sunday at 8/7c on FOX. pic.twitter.com/rDtvNgusFs

With a sign pinned to his chest stating, "I quit," the character for press secretary Sean Spicer is seen hanging himself from a noose in the press briefing room, a bit of a dark image, even for a cartoon known for its biting satire.

Kellyanne Conway walks in and declares, "I am not replacing him." …

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HSN's Mindy Grossman to be president, CEO of Weight Watchers

Mindy Grossman has been CEO of HSN Inc. since 2006.

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Mindy Grossman has been CEO of HSN Inc. since 2006.

HSN chief executive officer Mindy Grossman, one of the revered names in the retail shopping industry, is leaving the St. Petersburg TV/digital shopping company after 11 years to assume a “leadership position with another public company,” the company said.

In a separate release, Weight Watchers International Inc said Grossman will join as the diet company’s CEO in July.

Grossman’s resignation from HSN will be effective on May 24. She will not stand for election to the board of directors.

Until then, HSN said Grossman will work with senior management and the board to ensure a smooth transition. HSN has retained a national search firm to assist with the search for a successor that will include both internal and external candidates.
The company declined to elaborate on its press release.

Grossman is known as a creative and aggressive retail leader, trying new ways, products, pitches and technologies to attract shoppers. However, HSN’s financial performance has suffered in recent years. …

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Who tows a boat like this? Someone in Pasco County apparently (w/video)

A still from the video captured by Kenneth Keegan.

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A still from the video captured by Kenneth Keegan.

A video of a highly unorthodox, and probably dangerous method of towing a boat has gone viral from Pasco County.

Kenneth Keegan spotted the boat and posted this video to his Facebook page. In it you can hear him asking "What the hell?" and joking, "When you have to go fishing in Hudson, and you don't have a trailer."

It had been viewed more than 180,000 times by Wednesday afternoon. 

When the video started getting a huge amount of attention, Keegan edited the post to turn it into a fundraiser for a friend who who needs a heart transplant. 

"When fishing is LIFE! And your friend needs a new Heart!!," the post now reads.

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Cast of 'American Gods' talks who has the upper hand in holy war between old gods and new

Yetide Badaki plays a goddess of love, Bilquis, in American Gods. Her character has what will be one of the most talked about opening scenes on TV this year.

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Yetide Badaki plays a goddess of love, Bilquis, in American Gods. Her character has what will be one of the most talked about opening scenes on TV this year.

A goddess of love, a god of technology, an ethereal zombie and a mysterious worldly deity each picked a side in the coming war portrayed in Starz' American Gods.

But it's anyone's guess as to who wins the battle between the old gods and the new.

The adaptation of Neil Gaiman's famous novel premieres Sunday on Starz, pitting ancient iterations of gods like Odin, Queen of Sheba and even a Leprechaun against gods of media and social progress. The series follows Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as they traverse the country gathering old gods for their side.

Review: Divine, bloody American Gods has us ready to worship this series

Four stars of the new series took time out of their press tour to chat with us about their characters and who they think is going to win this holy war.

Bruce Langley (Technical Boy) plays one of the youngest gods. He's a vaping, punkish young man with cronies that strongly resemble the droogs from A Clockwork Orange.

What does Technical Boy  the god of technology  represent to you? …

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Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dies at age 73

Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 2006.  Demme died, Wednesday from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73.

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Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 2006. Demme died, Wednesday from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73.

NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and whose Talking Heads documentary “Stop Making Sense” is considered one of the greatest concert films ever, has died. He was 73.

Demme’s publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she said.

Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s. His eclectic, prodigious body of films included 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the best director Oscar. Other credits include “Something Wild,” '’Rachel Getting Married” and the Spalding Grey documentary “Swimming to Cambodia.”

He last year released his latest concert film, “Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids.”

Click here to read the complete obituary.

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'Heat' and 'Westworld' among rare screenings at Tampa Theatre

"Westworld," the movie that inspired the HBO series, is coming to Tampa Theatre.

Tampa Theatre

"Westworld," the movie that inspired the HBO series, is coming to Tampa Theatre.

Tampa Theatre's offbeat Rewind film series has '90s action, '70s sci fi and an Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy on the slate for the next couple months.

On May 2, director Michael Mann's two-hour and 50-minute crime masterpiece Heat, starring Al Pacino, Robert Deniro and Val Kilmer, will screen at 8:30 p.m. 

The screening is part of promotions for the May 9 release of a Heat "Directors Definitive Edition" on Blu-ray and DVD, and will include a live-streamed question and answer session with Mann himself before the show.

Tampa Theatre is one of only 20 theaters across the U.S. taking part.

All of the other Rewind screenings are on Fridays at 10:30 p.m.

On May 5, fans of the acclaimed HBO series Westworld will get a rare opportunity to check out the 1973 film of the same name that inspired it. Written and directed by Michael Crichton, it stars Yul Brenner as a robotic gunslinger at an ultra-realistic theme park.

On May 19, viewers can laugh at the extremely dated references to the Internet in Hackers, the self-serious 1995 cyber thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Matthew Lillard. …

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Val Kilmer coming to Tampa for 'Citizen Twain' screening, Tampa Bay Comic Con

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Tampa's about to get all the Iceman it can handle.

Actor Val Kilmer is coming to Tampa not once but twice in July -- first for a film screening and Q&A, then at Tampa Bay Comic Con two weeks later.

The screening, on July 11 at the Improv in Ybor City, is for the film version of Kilmer's one-man show Citizen Twain, in which the onetime Batman plays another American hero, Mark Twain. He'll introduce the screening, then hang around afterward to answer questions and meet a few fans. (Given Jim Morrison's connections to the Tampa Bay area, maybe a retrospective on The Doors would be more appropriate, but this works too.)

Tickets to the Improv event start at $30, or $70 for a VIP that includes a meet-and-greet. Click here for details.

If you miss Kilmer at the Improv, he'll be back here July 29-30 for Tampa Bay Comic Con, appearing alongside Kate Beckinsale, Nichelle Nichols and others. Autographs and photo ops are $80, and that's on top of Comic Con tickets, which start at $30-$40 per day or $60 for the weekend. Click here for details.

If Kilmer decides he likes July in Tampa, who knows, maybe he'll buy a place here and settle down. We'll be his wingmen anytime.

-- Jay Cridlin

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What to watch this week: 'The Handmaid's Tale' on Hulu, 'Great News' on NBC

Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin star in NBC's Great News.

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Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin star in NBC's Great News.

MONDAY

Gotham, 8 p.m., Fox: Ed Nygma convinces himself that he doesn't need Penguin to succeed and starts to present himself as the Riddler to Gotham.

SEASON FINALE: APB, 9 p.m., Fox: In the first season finale, Gideon is blamed for recent terrorist attacks, so he and Conrad have to work quickly to uncover the real culprit.

TUESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Great News, 9 p.m., NBC: In the pilot episode, cable news producer Katie (Briga Heelan) is horrified when her mother gets an internship at her news show in this zany workplace comedy. Tina Fey is an executive producer.

WEDNESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: The Handmaid's Tale, midnight, Hulu: Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction novel is poignantly adapted into a jarring series on Hulu. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) plays Offred, a designated handmaid in the Republic of Gilead whose sole purpose is help repopulate the planet. In Gilead, women are stripped of all rights and only serve as handmaids, housekeepers, wives and teachers.

REVIEW: The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu is a poignant adaptation of Margaret Atwood's story …

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Why these 4 celebrities made news in their trips to Tampa Bay this week

Kenny G gave an impromptu performance on his flight from Tampa to Los Angeles.

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Kenny G gave an impromptu performance on his flight from Tampa to Los Angeles.

It's been a busy week of celebrity sightings in Tampa Bay.

And many have ended in a not-so-expected way: confusing Cuban sandwich tastings, a photographer getting punched and a saxophone concert in the sky.

First up is Chris Brown, who performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 16. His performance, though, isn't how he topped off his trip to the Bay area ... that came later.

After the show, Brown reportedly punched a photographer at a club early Monday morning.

Next we have Slater, er, I mean Mario Lopez in town. The Saved by the Bell star was spotted at Wesley Chapel Nissan Saturday afternoon for an event at the dealership. He signed autographs, shook hands and smiled (adorably). 

Then, Alton Brown showed up. The Food Network star was in town for his live show at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. But, again, it wasn't the show that made this trip particularly notable. Brown decided to embark on a tasting of the region's famous Cuban sandwiches. But in a video of the four-sandwich taste test, Brown was a little surprised with what he got.  …

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Review: 'Great News' a zany comedy about working with your mom

John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie in NBC's Great News.

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John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie in NBC's Great News.

NBC's newest comedy gives the spotlight to a 60-something Chicos-loving helicopter mom.

And it's funny. Very funny. 

Great News, boasting Tina Fey as an executive producer, follows Katie (Briga Heelan), an ambitious young news producer for The Breakdown, a cable news show out of New Jersey.

Now 30, Katie is feeling stuck in her career and life, but remains incredibly close to her mom Carol (Andrea Martin), who's also looking for a change in her retirement years.

The series quickly spirals into a permanent "bring your mom to work day" segment when Carol gets an internship at her daughter's news show.

Katie's worst nightmare comes true when Carol  a 30-year mother and housewife  becomes the ultimate mom-tern by sharing embarrassing stories and interfering with Katie's opportunities to produce lead segments.

The series has some of the same fast-paced wit and workplace humor as Fey's other projects (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), yet is inspired by the mother-daughter relationship between creator Tracey Wigfield and her mom. Wigfield even put herself in the show as a creepy meteorologist, Beth, who is convinced of impending worldwide doom. …

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