Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead.
100 episodes of walkers: The Walking Dead
Can you believe how far Rick Grimes has come? Seven years ago on Halloween, AMC debuted The Walking Dead based on a comic book about the world after a zombie apocalypse . The first few episodes were terrifying for Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who had just woken from a coma to find an empty hospital, except for chained cafeteria doors marked "Don't Open Dead Inside." Now the horror series hits 100 episodes with the premiere of its eighth season, and it's moved from undead scares to focusing on the fight for survival in a new world without established government or civilized law. The premiere of Season 8 sees Rick and the people of the Hilltop, Alexandria and the Kingdom formulating and executing a plan to overthrow Negan and the Saviors. Fans who wavered during last season's clunky storylines will be soothed by the new season going back to what made The Walking Dead so popular in the first place. Season 8 begins at 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC.
If all goes well, filmmakers from St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs could see their Tampa Bay-set films get a funding and production boost from the Duplass Brothers.
St. Petersburg's Vitale Bros., best known for their local mural art, and Tarpon Springs sisters Koula Sossiadis Kazista and Katina Sossiadis are among the finalists in the Hometown Heroes Rally contest, drawing the most "followers" and funding for their projects on the Seed&Spark crowdfunding site.
Both filmmaking teams will now have an opportunity to pitch their respective film projects to the Duplass Brothers production team, the indie-darling production company headed by Mark and Jay Duplass, aka the people behind the films Puffy Chair, Jeff Who Lives at Home and The Skeleton Twins as well as the HBO series Togetherness and Animals.
The pitches will be reviewed this month and, if selected, the Duplass Brothers will serve as executive producers on the films and provide as much as $25,000 in interest free loans for production. …
Television network AMC recently debuted an immersive new podcast, Deadly Manners.
Halloween is all about scary stories. The holiday itself is based on a compilation of creepy tales from history going back thousands of years.
And there's nothing quite as chilling as popping in a pair of headphones and listening to a velvety voice recount grisly tales. Or if true crime is your beat, a cold, calculated host describing dastardly deeds.
Podcasts can also provide a way to get that nostalgic feel of swapping ghost stories and be chilled by the words and noises going through our ears.
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead Season 8.
The hit zombie series has come a long way since Rick Grimes woke up from a coma and entered a post-apocalyptic world overrun with the undead.
AMC's undead darling hits 100 episodes with the premiere of its eighth season on Sunday. And longtime fans will take comfort to know that The Walking Dead is taking its characters and storylines back to what made the show so popular in the first place.
The Season 8 premiere is really a tribute to fans, especially those who've followed along since the series' Halloween premiere in 2010. Just about every character still alive makes an appearance, and there are plenty of series Easter eggs sprinkled throughout.
There's even a nice throwback to the iconic Season 1 scene where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) encounters his first walker.
But it'll take more than just fun Easter eggs and character inclusion for some fans to give The Walking Dead another chance.
It's an unimaginative title I imagine even everyone's favorite half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder himself would balk at. And the A Star Wars Story tagline seems destined to be added to all titles outside of the Skywalker saga episodes, following after last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The movie, first announced way back in 2015, stars Alden Ehrenreich as the titular character, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and also Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newtown. It follows a younger version of the smuggler, before the events of A New Hope. …
Oh, the poor triangle. It's the orchestra equivalent of a rock band's tamborine, and such easy fodder for jokes.
But the triangle can rock, apparently, as a member of the Florida Orchestra demonstrated in a recent Coffee Concert performance at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
The guy getting down on the triangle, lead percussionist John Shaw, was inspired by a Geico commercial featuring a similar triangle solo. His wife actually told him "Don't do that onstage" when they first saw it on TV, according to the Florida Orchestra's blog.
Along with conductor Stuart Malina, he plotted the triangle solo in secret, but quietly tipped off someone on the orchestra's marketing team to make sure they were shooting video. By this afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 100,000 times.
A bull was on the loose in Brooklyn for a little while on Tuesday afternoon.
In the long tradition of social media delighting in news reports of a non-native animal running loose in an urban setting, Twitter, for a few blissful hours this afternoon, turned its collective attention to #BrooklynCow, a bull that escaped a slaughterhouse and began roaming free near New York's Prospect Park.
Local news stations sent up their helicopters to track the movements of said cow, which was eventually captured after being corralled inside a soccer field in the Brooklyn park. Gothamist reports the NYPD plans to transport the gentle beast to Animal Care and Control and may eventually bring it to an animal sanctuary.
Before it was all over there were thousands of tweets and and the cow himself had his own account.
Rich Fields will be heard on Q105 from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays.
There's a new afternoon drive host on classic hits radio station WRBQ-FM, better known as "Q105."
Rich Fields, who once served as the announcer for daytime game show The Price Is Right alongside Bob Barker and Drew Carey, is the new personality weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on the station.
Dave "Flash" Morgan, who previously had the 3 to 7 p.m. time slot will move to nights.
Since leaving the Price Is Right, Fields has been the staf meteorologist at KCBS / KCAL-TV and an on-air personality on K-Earth 101 in Los Angeles.
“I grew up listening to Q105. It’s the radio station that inspired me to get into broadcasting in the first place," Fields said in a statement. "To be able to return home to where it all started for me is a blessing."
According to Q105, Fields holds the record for being the announcer on the most game shows in a single season, seven, which once included Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Press Your Luck and Let's Make a Deal.
Dirty John is a project and podcast from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery that follows one woman's uncovering of the startling lengths her husband went to cover up his past and true self.
Amidst the onslaught of chilling true-crime podcasts popping up every month, occasionally there's one so startling that it draws you away from the rest of the mayhem and murder.
Dirty John from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery will make you think twice about ignoring someone's red flags.
Reporter Christopher Goffard delves into the extensive deceit brought about by John Meehan (spoiler: he's Dirty John) after he married interior designer Deborah Newell. Newell thought she met the man of her dreams with John, but her fairy tale quickly unraveled into chaos and danger for her and her family.
Through six episodes and accompanying stories published online, Goffard, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter, pieces together interviews with Newell and her family and even some of Meehan's family to explore the extensive lies and deplorable history of a man who claimed to be a "freelance anaesthesiologist." …
PBS series "Doc Martin" is among the programming being added by WEDU.
WUSF TV went off the air Sunday after more than 50 years, a victim of the University of South Florida selling off its broadcast license to the Federal Communications Commission so they could auction off those valuable airwaves to commercial wireless service providers.
While content that was produced by USF's WUSF stations is gone, many of the PBS shows that appeared on WUSF are moving over to Tampa Bay's other PBS member station, WEDU.
If you're looking for Doc Martin, Father Brown, Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, Midsomer Murders, The Coroner, A Place to Call Home and some others, they can be be found on WEDU's channels starting today.
WEDU also begins broadcasting on two new channels in the Tampa Bay area today: PBS Kids, which features 24-hours-a-day educational programming such as Sesame Street and Arthur, and Create TV, which airs do-it-yourself shows like This Old House and Cook's Country. WEDU says it's also working to add more programs lost in the WUSF closing. …
You can now own an original work by Jeremy Trevino, whose comical pen and ink drawings often feature feet being used as hands, which means that butts often end up being heads. Hard to picture? You'll just have to see it.
St. Petersburg bar the Bends has been hosting an exhibition of Trevino's work since last weekend. The original drawings are for sale, and Trevino is also selling a limited number of prints of each one for $40 each.
Here's how the event listing described it: "Both the drawings and the bar are 21+. You might accidentally relate to 1 or more of these new pictures. The brightest dim wit on paper, these scenes of feet, dogs and asses will find a way to stimulate your brain's reward system. Sorry & see you here."
This new Amazon series couldn't have a better release date: Friday the 13th. Lore brings to life Aaron Mahnke's smash-hit podcast of the same name in a six-episode anthology series. For the uninitiated, Lore the podcast chronicles strange phenomena, folklore and urban legends through Mahnke's painstaking research of the darker sides of history. The series aims to bring these same stories to life on the small screen. The episodes combine documentary elements with a bit of dramatization with actors like Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore and Campbell Scott. Viewers are in for a dose of macabre history when Lore delves into the origins behind monsters like vampires and werewolves and myths like the belief in changelings. The new series also boasts executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Now available on Amazon Prime.
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