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What to watch this weekend: 'Gerald's Game,' 'The Magic School Bus Rides Again,' Marvel's 'Inhumans'

Serinda Swan, Iwan Rheon and Anson Mount in Inhumans.

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Serinda Swan, Iwan Rheon and Anson Mount in Inhumans.

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Inhumans

ABC set its hopes high with this small screen adaptation of the popular comics. Inhumans follows the royal Inhuman family ruling over the moon city of Attilan. Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Medusa (Serinda Swan) left, are a king and queen with superhuman powers. Black Bolt's voice can topple cities; Medusa's long red hair is like having extra strong hands. The internal strife between Black Bolt and his normal human brother Maximus (Iwan Rheon) leads to a military coup on Attilan and forces the royal family to flee to Hawaii . This adaptation was a bold move for ABC, but the first two episodes hold promise. And at least there's Lockjaw, the giant teleporting bulldog. 8 p.m. Friday, ABC.

The Gifted …

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Rays' Evan Longoria, original Hooters girl Lynne Austin and other Tampa Bay voices on Hugh Hefner's death

Evan Longoria and wife Jaimie Edmondson, a former Miss January.

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Evan Longoria and wife Jaimie Edmondson, a former Miss January.

From Rays reporter Marc Topkin: The passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner meant a little more to 3B Evan Longoria and his wife, Jaime Edmondson, a former model and Playmate who lived adjacent to the Playboy Mansion for several years. 

Longoria was impressed with the exotic animals and lavish grounds while attending a 2011 Halloween party at the mansion, though he didn't get to meet Hefner, who died Wednesday. "Jaime was sad, she was a little bit broken up over it (Wednesday)," he said.

"She spent two-three years living there; they had a house across the street called the Bunny House that he also owned. ... She was closer than most to him so she was upset. ... It was awesome to go there. I wish I could have spent a little more time there to see it. ... It's definitely the end of an era. "

 

Charlotte Jean Lambert, 33, Playboy's Miss October 2014 and a St. Petersburg resident, recalls her family being alright with her interest in Playboy even as a kid. …

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Author Lisa Unger gives mystery fans motive for helping hurricane victims

Donate to help hurricane victims and you might win signed copies of these 14 mystery bestsellers.

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Donate to help hurricane victims and you might win signed copies of these 14 mystery bestsellers.

Bestselling thriller author Lisa Unger lives in Pinellas County and shared the fears of Tampa Bay residents as Hurricane Irma threatened devastation.

"My family and I evacuated, we were without power for a few days, but otherwise very lucky," Unger writes in a news release. "Knowing that others were not so fortunate, I started thinking about what I might do to help."

Reaching out to fellow writers, she came up with something that will thrill mystery fans: a collection of 14 new, signed hardcover books by some of the top crime fiction writers in the world.

The books include Ace Atkins' The Fallen, Sara Blaedel's The Lost Woman, Alafair Burke's The Ex, Harlan Coben's Don't Let Go, Michael Connelly's The Late Show, Lisa Gardner's Right Behind You, Tess Gerritsen's I Know a Secret, Heather Gudenkauf's Not a Sound, Gregg Hurwitz's Nowhere Man, Mary Kubica's Every Last Lie, Lori Roy's Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Karin Slaughter's The Good Daughter, Unger's The Red Hunter and Kate White's Even If It Kills Her.

How to win that binge-worthy book package? Here are the directions from Unger's release:

1) Donate at least $10 to one of these organizations: …

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MegaCon Tampa Bay: Stan Lee, 'Stranger Things' stars, comic creators and more things you need to know

Marvel legend Stan Lee returns to Florida this weekend at MegaCon Tampa Bay. He'll be hosting an auction to raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief.

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Marvel legend Stan Lee returns to Florida this weekend at MegaCon Tampa Bay. He'll be hosting an auction to raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief.

Trekkies, Whovians, Slayers and True Believers in Tampa Bay, this is your weekend to celebrate in all your nerdy glory.

MegaCon Tampa Bay returns for a second year Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. The geek fest brings hundreds of pop culture retailers and crafters, artists, cosplayers, costume contests, game rooms, movie screenings and so much more it'll probably be impossible to see it all in three days.

The con also puts you in the same room with stars from Star Trek, Doctor Who, Arrow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Stranger Things. Oh, and Stan Lee. You know, that guy who helped create Spider-Man, Iron Man and so many more Marvel superheroes. He's going to be there, too.

Who's going to be there?

Though May's MegaCon in Orlando was supposed to be his last Florida appearance, Marvel legend Stan Lee, 94, made an exception after Hurricane Irma hit the state. Earlier this month, Lee announced he would be coming back to Tampa to help raise money for Hurricane Irma relief through a special auction at MegaCon Tampa Bay.

"I just want to say if there is anything I can do to help, that's the main thing; I want to be there," Lee, 94, said in an interview with the Times. …

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Review: Marvel adds two new mutant series with 'The Gifted' and 'Inhumans"

Emma Dumont as Polaris in Fox's The Gifted.

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Emma Dumont as Polaris in Fox's The Gifted.

It seems like the era of comic book-based TV shows has reached capacity.

A conservative estimate puts the number of shows based on comic books at 18. And those are just the ones that have aired in the past year.

Marvel has the lion's share of the small screen, and now adds four more series to its lineup starting with The Gifted on Fox and Inhumans on ABC.

Like its cousin, the critical darling Legion on FX, The Gifted also gives the spotlight to characters without household names.

Review: FX's Legion is a hypnotic journey into the mind of a lesser-known Marvel mutant

Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker anchor the charming Strucker family, whose two teenage children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) are eventually exposed for having mutant abilities.

At a school dance gone horribly wrong, Lauren is forced to use her force field ability to save her brother, who was being relentlessly bullied until his mutant power manifested itself. …

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Pitbull sends his plane to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to rescue cancer patients

Miami rapper Pitbull is sending his private plane to Puerto Rico to help bring cancer patients to the United States for chemo treatment.

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Miami rapper Pitbull is sending his private plane to Puerto Rico to help bring cancer patients to the United States for chemo treatment.

Miami rapper Pitbull is sending his private plane to Puerto Rico to help bring cancer patients to the United States for chemo treatment. Hurricane Maria devastated the island, left it in the dark, set off catastrophic flooding and destroyed homes.

The New York Daily News first reported the Pitbull story Tuesday.

The 36-year-old singer, whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez, said his effort to help Puerto Rican cancer patients was the least he could do.

“Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part,” he said in a statement to the Daily News.

Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer González thanked the singer for his good deed on Twitter Tuesday.

“Thank you @pitbull for lending your private plane to move cancer patients from PR to USA so that they can get chemo,” she said.

Pitbull, born to Cuban parents, has had hits with Give Me Everything, Don’t Stop the Party and I Know You Want Me and is a frequent touring mate with Enrique Iglesias.

Pitbull is also recognized for his education-related charity work. 

In 2013, he opened a public charter school in his hometown and plans to open another in Baltimore in 2018, the Daily News reported. …

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What to expect: Howl-O-Scream is crawling with monsters this year

The scare zones like this one, Wasteland, can look as scary and elaborate as the haunted houses at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens.

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The scare zones like this one, Wasteland, can look as scary and elaborate as the haunted houses at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens.

Those darn scare actors at Howl--O-Scream. They get me.

Every. Stinking. Time.

Busch Gardens has always made good use of the zombies and ghouls in its annual Halloween event. Without the deep pockets of Disney and the brand-name movie franchises of Universal, the Tampa theme park has had to make do with its own story lines and home-made scares.

This year’s Howl-O-Scream, the park’s 17th iteration of haunted houses and roaming hordes of spooks, has upped the ante on its scare zones and even adopted “Nowhere to Hide” as a motto.

The tone is set before you even walk through the turnstiles. The promenade at the park’s entrance, before you’ve even reached the ticket gate is chock full of creepy clowns and creepy zombies, a creepy nursemaid and a creepy woodsman with a gaping wound.

RELATED: Scare actors share their secrets

Random haunted people wander the park: a zombie in a top hat, a hunchback werewolf, a clown on stilts, a voo-doo priest pushing a body in a wheelchair. Zombies ride next to parkgoers on SheiKra and Cheetah Hunt and try to grab at other drivers on the bumper cars.
Nowhere to hide, indeed. …

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Christie Brinkley's daughter to star in SI Swimsuit issue with mom

Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook right, will appear in the the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Her mother, Christie Brinkley, has appeared in the magazine eight times.

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Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook right, will appear in the the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Her mother, Christie Brinkley, has appeared in the magazine eight times.

NEW YORK — The upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will feature a model named Brinkley — but it's not going to be Christie.

Sailor Brinkley Cook, the 19-year-old daughter of Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook, is joining the swimsuit 2018 rookie class, which already includes fellow models Chase Carter and Robin Holzken. 

Cook is the first daughter of a famous Sports Illustrated model mom to be selected as an official SI swimsuit model -- and her mom helped break the news.

 

It's an #SISwim FIRST! 👙 Watch @SeaBrinkley tell her daughter @SBrinkleyCook she's officially a Swimsuit model: https://t.co/D3UddrUUk0. pic.twitter.com/00Os2VTDtR

 

Her magazine photo shoot, slated for Aruba in October, will be livestreamed. The swimsuit edition comes out in February.

Her mother appeared in the magazine eight times between 1975-2004 and nabbed three consecutive covers from 1979-1981. This year, she was photographed with Sailor and her other daughter, Alexa Ray Joel.

 

In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, Christie Brinkley and her daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook arrive at the 2013 Style Awards in New York. [Ben Hider/Invision/AP]

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Don't worry, the real-life 'Li'l Sebastian' from 'Parks and Rec' is alive and well

Li'l Sebastian was played by Gideon on "Parks and Recreation."

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Li'l Sebastian was played by Gideon on "Parks and Recreation."

Actor Nick Offerman shared a post on Facebook yesterday that was getting a lot of attention: a funeral program for Li'l Sebastian, the miniature horse (not pony) of NBC Parks and Recreation fame.

The most famous resident of Pawnee, Indiana did tragically die in one of the best-remembered episodes of the sitcom, but why was Offerman sharing this now with the tags #NeverForget and #MagnificentLittleBastard? Did something happen to the real-life Sebastian?

No, Gideon, the miniature horse who played Li'l Sebastian is alive and well and living on a ranch in California, said a spokeswoman for A List Animals.

"That program is actually a prop that was made for the show," she said. "It turns up every so often, and we start getting calls, but he's fine."

Let's listen to "5,000 Candles In the Wind (Bye Bye Li'l Sebastian)" again anyway.

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What to watch this week: Fall TV kicks off with 'Will & Grace,' 'Young Sheldon,' return of 'This Is Us'

Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally in Will & Grace.

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Sean Hayes, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally in Will & Grace.

September temperatures are still creeping into the 90s, but fall officially started a few days ago. And with that designation comes the avalanche of new and returning TV shows. The Big Bang Theory fans get a double dose of Sheldon Cooper's nerdisms with the return of the titular series for an eleventh season and the premiere of spinoff series Young Sheldon. Both This Is Us on NBC and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox return this week for more tears and belly laughs. And yes, honey, Will & Grace returns 11 years later with just enough nostalgia and a dash of funny politics. I hope you're ready, bingers. This TV season isn't slowing down anytime soon.

Fall TV: Let us be your guides to the top 10 new shows and more

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SEASON PREMIERE: The Big Bang Theory, 8 p.m., CBS: The eleventh season begins with Amy giving Sheldon an answer to his marriage proposal.

SERIES PREMIERE: Young Sheldon, 8:30 p.m., CBS: The premiere of The Big Bang Theory spinoff that follows 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper as he grows up and attends high school in East Texas. Watch this for the cute boy genius jokes without the cheesy laugh track. …

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In Case You Missed It: Reactions to anthem protests include a kneeling 97-year-old WWII vet; NFL fans burning sports gear; NASCAR owners threatening to fire employees, and more

President Donald Trump during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., Sept. 22, 2017. Trump called for football fans to boycott NFL games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

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President Donald Trump during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., Sept. 22, 2017. Trump called for football fans to boycott NFL games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging from the world for a little while.

But this weekend, it would have been difficult to miss the dominating subject that took place on football fields and computer screens across the country: kneeling during the national anthem.

At an Alabama rally on Friday, President Donald Trump breathed new life into the controversial subject by suggesting NFL owners should consider firing players over taking a knee during the anthem. Since then, a firestorm of debate has been unleashed on both sides of the issue. Now, a #TakeAKnee hashtag is trending on Twitter.

On Sunday, at least 200 NFL players took a knee during the anthem in response to the president's remarks.

A lot of other stuff happened, too.

NASCAR owners threaten to fire anyone who protests during national anthem

NASCAR stood apart from other professional sports organizations on Sunday as it appeared no drivers, crew or any team members participated in a national antem protest to start the NASCAR Cup Series.

A handful of team owners and executives said anyone protesting during the anthem would be fired.  …

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Did you watch the second episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery'? Or just the first?

Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green play the captain and first officer of the Shenzhou.

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Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green play the captain and first officer of the Shenzhou.

CBS finally, finally, finally premiered its long-awaited new Star Trek series Discovery on Sunday night, albeit a bit delayed after 60 Minutes.

It also spent a whole lotta commercial time reminding you that the second episode is currently available on CBS All Access, the network's streaming service on which all future episodes will premiere in the United States (other countries get it on Netflix). The show also very blatantly ended on a tense moment in the hopes of sending fans online to resolve it.

But, did you watch it? Twitter and Facebook are full of comments of people saying they enjoyed the first episode but also of people saying they refuse to go to CBS All Access for more.

Full disclosure: I am in this latter camp. I will admit there was a lot of good in Sunday night's debut, which I honestly expected to be a Dumpster fire after so many delays and changes, but not enough to get me to pony up $6 per month with ads for one episode a week. …

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What to watch this weekend: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'DuckTales' returns

Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery on CBS.

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Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery on CBS.

Boldly go: Star Trek: Discovery

It's been more than 50 years since the original Star Trek premiered, but the new CBS series is set 10 years before Kirk and Spock. Star Trek: Discovery explores the war between the Federation and the Klingons while following the USS Discovery, an exploratory vessel. The protagonist is Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the first officer on the Discovery. Harry Potter's Jason Isaacs plays Capt. Lorca. The full trailer suggests the Federation-Klingon war will feature prominently in the new series, but there are also hints of something stranger happening . In a break from the norm, CBS didn't allow critics to view episodes or review the new series before its premiere. It could mean it's terrible or it could just mean CBS really wants to keep spoilers under wraps. Here's hoping Trekkies are pleased. Premieres 8:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS; remaining episodes premiering on CBS All Access streaming.

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Back to Duckberg: DuckTales …

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Hulk Hogan talks Tampa Bay, depression and politics on Fox News' 'Objectified'

Hulk Hogan shows Harvey Levin his wrestling boots on Fox News' "Objectified."

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Hulk Hogan shows Harvey Levin his wrestling boots on Fox News' "Objectified."

For better or worse, Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea is our guy.

He's Tampa Bay's biggest resident celebrity by far, and we are measuring that in fame, not just in bicep inches.

The Hulkster's longtime connection to Tampa and his current home city of Clearwater will be front-and-center when Hogan appears on Fox News' Objectified Sunday at 8 p.m., says host and TMZ founder Harvey Levin.

Levin's interview with Hogan takes place at his Clearwater home as well as Hogan's memorabilia store in Orlando. 

"He's deeply connected with Tampa. We talked a lot about it," Levin said by phone from Los Angeles. "I will say, he seems to have tentacles in two cities, Orlando and Tampa. Based on my conversation with him, I don't think it's out of the question that he'll run for mayor of one of those cities. We got into politics and I think he's intrigued."

Levin's interviews on Objectified are guided by the objects his celebrity subjects own. …

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This week's celeb baby news, arrests and breakups

Baby news: Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is going to be a dad. The actor, 38, and his wife Lauren Parsekian announced the news on Instagram, with Paul posting a photo of Parsekian holding her baby bump with the caption "Hey everyone. Look what I did." This will be the first child for the couple, who met at the Coachella Music Festival back in 2011.

Hey everyone. Look what I did. Words can't express how excited I am that this little one has entered our lives. Just thought it was time I would share this beautiful news with all of you.

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Baby news: The relationship between Rosie O'Donnell and her daughter, Chelsea, just got a whole lot more complicated. Chelsea, 20, announced that she is pregnant, and told the Daily Mail that her adoptive mother will not be a part of her child's life. "And no, I do not feel sad about that, to be honest," she said. O'Donnell, who lost her late ex-wife, Michelle Rounds, to an apparent suicide last week, tweeted out that Chelsea was trying to exploit Rounds' death with the timing of her baby announcement. "Michelle's death= money 4 Chelsea," O'Donnell tweeted. …

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