If you were disappointed when William Shatner canceled his appearance at last year's inaugural MegaCon Tampa, cheer up: Star Trek's original captain is scheduled to appear at this year's MegaCon Tampa, running Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Tampa Convention Center, organizers announced this week.
Shatner is among a group of celebrity guests that now includes John Scott Barrowman (Arrow and Doctor Who), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), plus Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, who play Lucas and Dustin on Netflix's Stranger Things....
An aspiring Polk County singer is among half a dozen young women being kept, "brainwashed" and abused in a sort of "cult" maintained by music star R. Kelly, according to an investigation by Buzzfeed News that published today.
The accusations come from the women's parents, as well as former members of the 50-year-old R&B star's inner circle, who say that Kelly has the women living in six properties around Chicago and Atlanta, where a "den mother" (a best friend of the woman who appeared on the infamous sex tape Kelly went to trial over) instructs them on how to please Kelly. ...
Actress Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to play the iconic Doctor Who, the BBC announced Sunday.
Whittaker, probably best known for her role in the movie Attack the Block, was revealed as the 13th Doctor in a YouTube video posted to the show's official Twitter account.
Watch it below:
A group of animal activists went on a protest through Pinellas County this week, causing a scene inside a local Chick-fil-A and later hurling a fisherman's catch back into the water.
The incidents have sparked anger online from viewers who think the displays went too far. Activists from the group, Direct Action Everywhere, said members had been threatened. Addresses and personal information had been posted on Facebook and other public forums....
Host Peyton Manning drew big laughs at his own expense at Wednesday night's ESPY Awards.
The legendary former QB played up his retirement from the NFL in a retirement home sketch that pitted him against an elderly woman named Ruth, though it turned out he had reasons to dislike her that went beyond "taking all the good coupons."
Manning also had jokes at other athletes' expense, including one about Kevin Durant that the NBA star genuinely did not seem to appreciate....
07/12/17 BlogBern's Steak House in Tampa is home to one of the largest and most respected wine collections on earth, and now it's also home to one of the world's rarest wine accessories.
The restaurant announced today that it had "acquired" a Penfolds Aevum Imperial Service Ritual. Translation: a 3-foot-tall, 100-plus-pound, crystal decanter produced via a collaboration between famed French glassmaker Saint-Louis and the Australian wine producer Penfolds....
Chris Tucker has definitely slowed down the rate of his movie roles over the past few years, but he has a full slate of stand-up comedy performances coming up, including a big show in Tampa with comedian DL Hughley.
Tucker and Hughley will hit the stage at Amalie Arena on Sept. 8, the arena announced today. Tickets, priced at $41.75 and $61.75, go on sale July 14 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena's box office....
HSN is one of the Tampa Bay area's largest public companies, and it's dedicated to selling things.
Perhaps that's why it's easy to sometimes forget that it's also a TV network, and, as such, needs stars — the kind of big personalities who make you stop flipping channels.
Over the years the home shopping network has drawn all sorts of them here: actors, celebrity chefs, big-name designers and pop musicians from across genres....
You may have heard by now that QVC's parent company acquired the shopping network's main competitor, HSN, in a $2.1 billion deal today.
And if you were paying attention to the comments on this story as it pinged around the interwebs, you'd see that people found a lot of humor in it Here are some of the funniest QVC-HSN jokes we spotted on Reddit and Twitter....
Yes, that was actress Jane Seymour shopping on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
Florida CraftArt shared photos of Seymour visiting the gallery, where she browsed the artwork and purchased a reversible handmade fiber jacket by Robin Pelsynski.
"She's a member. It's not the first time she's been in, supporting local artists," gallery manager Liz Rogers said. "She's been working over at HSN, so she's been around."...
Details remain scarce about MTV's upcoming reality series filmed in Siesta Key, but the cable network this week announced that Siesta Key will premiere on Monday, July 31.
The verified Siesta Key Twitter account posted its first-ever tweet to share the premiere news, along with the short teaser trailer that was first seen during the MTV Movie and TV Awards. ...
Could this be the Tampa Bay Rays most coveted giveaway since the Zim Bear?
The DJ Kitty onesie, complete with a tail, a hood featuring a cat face and "DJ Kitty" written across the back, is coming to Tropicana Field on July 22. The first 15,000 ticketholders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game will receive the fashion statement/comfy pajamas of the season....
Guy Fieri in Tampa buying fireworks? Eating ramen in St. Pete? Food Network star spotted across Tampa Bay07/03/17 Blog
Perhaps you've heard that celebrity chef, Food Network host and hair icon Guy Fieri was all up in St. Petersburg last week.
He was filming Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but apparently his Tampa Bay encounters went beyond the one he had with a steaming bowl of Buya's ramen....
Welcome back to the mid-week Fourth of July holiday.
This year it's on a Tuesday, but settle in. Next up is a Wednesday and a Thursday. Independence day returns to a sweet, merciful Saturday in 2020.
Want a long weekend for Independence Day before then? For those who work Monday to Friday, it's going to require burning a coveted vacation day or two, or planning that full vacation on this most busy and expensive of summer travel weeks....
Perhaps you've heard of the "mini lights." The tales can vary a bit, but generally, they're said to be nasty little creatures controlled by a witch that once lived near Booker Creek. They come out after dark to "get you."
Plenty of locals have heard the creepy urban legend rooted in south St. Petersburg. Some even believe in it, as we explored in a 2016 story. And if local mural artist Johnny Vitale of the Vitale Brothers has his way, a lot more people will soon know about them too....