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Chelsea Tatham, Times Staff Writer

Chelsea Tatham

Chelsea is the chief editorial assistant in the Tampa office and staff writer for the Tampa regional sections. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, she earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications and media studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She came to the Times in 2014 as an editorial assistant in St. Petersburg before moving to Tampa. She writes news, human interest stories and contributes the The Feed blog.

Phone: (813) 226-3303

Email: ctatham@tampabay.com

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  1. Coming to Netflix in July: 'Rogue One,' 'E.T.,' 'Castlevania' and more

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    Just when I think Netflix has outdone itself with new releases and originals, it surprises me with another month of superb offerings coming to the streaming site.

    It's officially summer, and Florida is hotter than Hades, so you best stay inside and watch these gems instead.

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: A few years after Sigourney Weaver battled homicidal Xenomorphs in Alien, Steven Spielberg released a much friendlier alien movie. No chest-bursting or face-huggers, but all the extra-terrestrial charm. July 1...

    Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. What to watch this week: Catch these titles before they leave Netflix in July

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    It's been less than a week since summer officially started, and I don't know about you, but I'm more than ready for cooler weather to get here. It's too hot outside to function (looking at you, 116 degree Arizona), but Netflix has us covered with a boatload of new TV shows and movies coming in July. Unfortunately, that means we have to say goodbye to quite a few titles this month. Make time for one last watch before these titles leave Netflix on Saturday....

    Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight in 1989's Batman.
  3. What to watch this weekend: 'GLOW,' second season of 'Preacher'

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    Ready to rumble: GLOW

    Four words: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Yes, the fluorescent, body-slamming soap opera GLOW starring a cast of exaggerated characters is back, this time as a fictionalized Netflix series. Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) stars as Ruth, a down-on-her-luck actor struggling to make it in Hollywood. She slowly but surely finds her calling with GLOW, a new TV show created by B-movie director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). Alongside the best friend she scorned (Betty Gilpin, Nurse Jackie) and a dozen other ragtag women, Ruth becomes a showstopping wrestling character. The quirky comedy comes from the creators of Orange Is the New Black and features plenty of big hair, blue eye shadow and neon leotards and is punctuated by '80s hits like Patty Smyth's The Warrior and Tears for Fears' Head Over Heels. Can we please get a soundtrack, Netflix? Now streaming on Netflix....

    Alison Brie, left, and Betty Gilpin in GLOW on Netflix.
  4. Women of 'GLOW' talk heart of cheesy '80s wrestling and their favorite moves

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    The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back this summer, this time as a fictionalized dramedy on Netflix.

    GLOW was originally a ladies wrestling show that gained popularity in the last 1980s. Netflix, riding on the fervor for nostalgia, brings back that campy ‘80s wrestling goodness on Friday with its own rendition of GLOW. The 10-episode series hails from Orange is the New Black's Jenji Kohan and Carly Mensch and Homeland's Lisa Flahive, and stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron....

    Alison Brie, left, and Britney Young in GLOW.
  5. Cast and creator of 'The Mist' talk their favorite Stephen King stories, symbolism of deadly fog

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    There's small-town drama underneath the hazy horror in The Mist, a new television adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

    The new series, premiering Thursday on Spike, follows the inhabitants of Bridgeville, Maine, after a mysterious mist descends on the community, causing widespread panic and cutting off the the city from the rest of the world. Then people start dying.

    REVIEW: Spike's The Mist is a promising take on a Stephen King horror classic...

    Alyssa Sutherland as Eve Copeland in The Mist on Spike
  6. Review: 'GLOW' showcases campy '80s ladies wrestling at its best

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    Like Tears for Fears croons in the 1985 classic, something happens in GLOW and then you're head over heels for this new Netflix series.

    Maybe it's the big hair and neon leotards. Maybe it's the exaggerated yet hilarious authenticity of these Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Maybe it's just about watching a bunch of talented women throw down in the wrestling ring.

    Anyway you swing this TV gem, GLOW is a stunning prestige-level dramedy that will please both diehard fans and those who don't know what a heel or diving crossbody is....

    Gayle Rankin, left, and Sydelle Noel are part of the ensemble cast. GLOW incorporates the backstories of many characters.
  7. Review: Spike's 'The Mist' is a promising take on a Stephen King classic

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    If apocalyptic stories have taught us anything, it's not necessarily the monsters we need to fear  it's human nature.

    The Mist  a TV adaptation of the Stephen King novella  takes this concept and runs with it in the new Spike series premiering Thursday....

    Morgan Spector in The Mist, premiering Thursday on Spike.
  8. What to watch and listen to this week: Spike's 'The Mist' remake, Nancy podcast

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    MONDAY

    The Bachelorette, 8 p.m., ABC: Rachel and the guys head to Hilton Head Island, S.C. Later, she and her date get a private concert from Russell Dickerson and the guys put on a spelling bee.

    Kids BBQ Championship, 8 p.m., Food Network: Four new kid grillers work up their best boardwalk bites to impress the hosts....

    The Nancy podcast promises frank, funny and intimate stories from the LGBTQ community.
  9. What to watch this weekend: 'Great British Baking Show,' 'Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling' documentary

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    It's biscuit week: The Great British Baking Show

    The Great British Baking Show is one of the best, most soothing shows on Netflix. Across the pond it's known as the Great British Bake Off, but in the States it airs on PBS and currently has three seasons of delightful baking on Netflix. The show returns for a fourth season Friday on PBS with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who create 30 challenges for 12 amateur bakers to test their skills and creativity on the journey to be crowned Britain's best. The simplicity of the show, the niceness of the judges and contestants and the decadent, top-tier creations make this series perfect for a rainy day or when you just need a break from all the seedy crime dramas and zombie killing. 9 p.m. Friday, PBS....

    The Great British Baking Show returns for a fourth season June 16 on PBS.
  10. Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes coming to MegaCon Tampa Bay

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    Now in its second year in Tampa Bay, MegaCon is taking the nostalgic route with its first celebrity guest announcement.

    Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, of Clerks fame, will bring their Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast to MegaCon Tampa Bay for a live recording.

    Smith and Mewes will also be available for photo ops and autographs at the convention running Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Tampa Convention Center....

    Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes bring Jay and Silent Bob to this year's MegaCon Tampa Bay.
  11. What to watch this week: Where to watch the Dark Universe's original monster movies

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    A guide to Universal's Dark Universe

    Lovers of monster movies rejoice! Universal Pictures is bringing iconic movie creatures back to the big screen and tying together their story lines for a connected Dark Universe. Universal announced the monster-verse earlier this month with plans to mine its vault for classic creatures to bring back to theaters, starting with The Mummy, which premiered Friday. Do we need another movie-verse? Probably not. But who could pass up the chance to bring another Bride of Frankenstein to the big screen? If you're looking to refresh your memory on the origins of these classic monsters, look no further than Amazon, Hulu and horror streaming service Shudder....

    Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.
  12. What to watch this weekend: 'Claws' on TNT, 'Orange is the New Black'

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    Polish and pill mills: Claws

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    Carrie Preston and Niecy Nash in Claws....

    Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black.
  13. Interview: ‘Claws’ creator Eliot Laurence talks love of weird Florida, going full female gangster in new series

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    Claws creator Eliot Laurence aims to go ‘full female Scarface' by the end of the Florida-set drama's first season.

    "The goal is to have Desna go full Versace, full female gangster," he said in a recent phone interview while wrapping up production. "All in this crazy, wonderful setting of Florida."

    The new series, premiering Sunday on TNT, stars Niecy Nash as Desna, the fierce, hardworking owner of Nail Artisan of Manatee County in Palmetto. She and her employees Jen (Jenny Lyon), Polly (Carrie Preston) and Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes) use the nail salon as a money laundering facility to the huge sums of cash coming out of a barely legal pain clinic next door. All Desna wants is to get her and her girls out of the strip mall and into a swankier location in Sarasota, but that takes quite a lot of cash....

    Jenn Lyon in TNT's Claws.
  14. Review: TNT's 'Claws' nails salon comedy in seedy Florida

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    There aren't any animals in Claws (well, maybe a gator or two), but that doesn't stop things from getting wild.

    TNT's Claws is an eye-catching new series set in South Florida, specifically Manatee county, that follows a group of women laundering money through a strip mall nail salon.

    But wait, it gets better. The dirty money coming into the salon comes from its pill mill neighbor, home to a twitchy, paranoid doctor and owned by a Dixie Mafia boss....

    Jenn Lyon as Jen in TNT's Claws.
  15. What to watch and listen to this week: New additions to streaming, Tanis podcast

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    Plug in

    Tanis

    Diving into the last great mystery of the information age can be both thrilling and terrifying. Pacific Northwest Stories takes on that mystery in its Tanis series. 

    But here's the thing: Pacific Northwest Stories never existed. It's the guise under which critically acclaimed podcast series Rabbits and The Black Tapes thrive. They and Tanis are some of the few podcasts that never admit their stories are fiction....

    The Tanis podcast, from the fictional Pacific Northwest Stories, chronicles a reporter's exploration into the last great mystery of the information age.