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What to watch this weekend: 'Bill Nye Saves the World,' 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

Bill Nye, of Science Guy fame, stars in a new science talk show Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.

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Bill Nye, of Science Guy fame, stars in a new science talk show Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.

BILL BILL BILL BILL: Bill Nye Saves the World

If anyone is going to save our troubled world, it's going to be Bill Nye. The Emmy-nominated host, educator and engineer of Science Guy fame returns with Bill Nye Saves the World, tackling science fact and fiction. Each half-hour episode dives into a timely topic with Nye laying down the scientific facts through panel discussions, quirky lab experiments and special correspondents. In two episodes, Nye deftly takes on the controversies over vaccines and climate change, breaking down the truth for a studio audience to prove, "It's not magic - it's science!" Everyone's favorite science guy is back with his beloved bow ties now streaming on Netflix.

Recognition at last: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks …

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Petition launched to stop Bill O'Reilly's appearance at Tampa's Amalie Arena

Bill O'Reilly may be off the air at Fox News. But his show in Tampa is still on.

A petition has been launched calling Amalie Arena and other venues around the country to cancel a series of tour stops featuring O'Reilly, comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News personality Jesse Watters. So far, the petition, launched by the social advocacy group Care2, has attained more than 22,000 supporters.

"Five venues in five cities have agreed to host Bill O'Reilly on his 'The Spin Stops Here' tour," the petition states. "But Bill O'Reilly is a misogynistic man who has been sexually harassing women for years."

O'Reilly's ouster from Fox News this week came on the heels of a New York Times report that five women were paid $13 million to hush sexual harassment allegations against the top-rated host. That prompted a mass advertiser walkout and ultimately cost O'Reilly his job. In a statement, O'Reilly called the claims "completely unfounded."

EARLIER: Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News in wake of harassment allegations  …

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Winner and loser of the week: Harry Styles defends his girl fans; Chris Brown accused of punching Tampa photographer

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Winner: Harry Styles. The former boyband heartthrob is heading in a new direction, and his solo endeavour is better than anyone could have hoped.

While his former One D bandmates launched their own solo careers over the past year, fans wildly speculated when the fan favorite member would make his own music. And what that music would even sound like. Zayn went the breathy, sexy pop route. Adorable Niall Horan went the opposite direction with his acoustic ballad This Town.

Styles' dark and personal Sign of the Times, an indie rock/classic rock ballad, was an instant hit, earning the No. 1 slot on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks. But nothing secures a budding solo career quite like an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

The singer was quick to jump into sketches (a lot of musical guests don't), and took on two characters between his set.

Styles fully committed to his impression of Mick Jagger on a Celebrity Family Feud sketch with a time travelling twist.

Styles as the '70s version of Jagger poked fun at himself, joking, "Solo? Why would anyone in a successful band go solo? That's insane."

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Survivor recap: Brad Culpepper's amazing technicolor dream shorts

Ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper, right, in the amazing striped shorts, is winning the charm war on Survivor.

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Ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper, right, in the amazing striped shorts, is winning the charm war on Survivor.

Well that didn’t take long. A newsworthy episode last week had even non-Survivor fans tuning in to see Jeff Varner as he cruelly outed Zeke Smith as transgender — like it was some kind of evidence he’s sneaky. In a touching show of decency and solidarity Zeke’s tribemates offered him comfort and support … and then almost ousted him this week because he’s sneaky.

This week we also saw the continuing redemption of Tampa lawyer Brad Culpepper and his amazing technicolor dream shorts. The ex-Buccaneer star was ousted early when he last played this game (but not before one fellow player famously shouted, "Eff you, Brad Culpepper”). He learned his lesson and has been turning on the charm, winning over two of his female tribemates last week with a tearful confession that he didn’t give his wife, Monica, enough credit for sticking out the starvation and head games for 39 days in the Blood vs Water season she almost won. …

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Miami street renamed Moonlight Way after Oscar-winning film

Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in "Moonlight."

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Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in "Moonlight."

A surprise Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has culminated in a street in Miami's Liberty City being renamed Moonlight Way after the Miami-set film Moonlight, the Miami Herald reports.

The film's creators Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up in the Liberty City neighborhood. 

Miami-Dade commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who also grew up in the area, told the Herald, "What this movie really did is depict how people grow up here in the inner city."

The resolution officially renamed six blocks of Northwest 22nd Avenue.

 

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'Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!': Adidas slammed for insensitive email

Runners head to the finish line on Monday in the 121st Boston Marathon. Adidas has apologized for sending out an email using an unfortunate choice of words to praise customers who completed the race. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola,)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola,)

Runners head to the finish line on Monday in the 121st Boston Marathon. Adidas has apologized for sending out an email using an unfortunate choice of words to praise customers who completed the race. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola,)

Move over United Airlines, Adidas wants a shot at the crown...the PR nightmare crown, that is. 

One day after Monday's 121st running of the Boston Marathon, the sportswear giant sent out an email with the subject line "Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!"

Facepalm.

The poor choice of words made its way around the Internet and customers were quick to remind the company about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and injured more than 200 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. 

Adidas, the official sponsor of the race, quickly apologized, admitting the word choice was "insensitive" and said it was "incredibly sorry."

At least two survivors of the 2013 bombing participated in this year's race, according to the Associated Press.

In the statement, Adidas said the annual marathon "is one of the most inspirational sporting events in the world," and that "every year we're reminded of the hope and resiliency of the running community."

While it is likely an unfortunate mistake, the Internet is not letting up on the sports apparel company.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Simmons hospitalized, but recovering, report says

Richard Simmons in New York in 2013.

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Richard Simmons in New York in 2013.

If you've heard the viral podcast Missing Richard Simmonsyou know it's a rare occasion that anyone knows where reclusive fitness icon Richard Simmons is these days, but on Monday he was in the hospital, according to a report.

Simmons' rep told ABC News that Simmons was taken to an unspecified California hospital after "battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating." The rep added, "He's already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery."

The eccentric, 68-year-old star who presided over a fitness video empire for decades has been the subject of much speculation recently, especially after the podcast about his sudden withdrawal from public life topped the charts last month.

Simmons hasn't made a public appearance for several years, but did address people's concerns about him in a Today show phone interview in 2016, saying people shouldn't worry about him.

"I just sort of wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a little while,'' Simmons told Savannah Guthrie. "... you know right now I just want to sort of take care of me."

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New 'Shopkins Live!' show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Shopkins Live!

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Shopkins Live!

Parents, start socking away some extra cash. Shopkins are invading your town.

The phenomenally popular line of tiny, anthropomorphic, highly collectible foodstuffs 'n' sundries is launching its first-ever live stage show, and it's coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 13. Tickets to the 4 p.m. show start at $33.25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 28. Click here for details.

Contrary to what you might think based on the toy line's YouTube popularity, Shopkins Live! won't merely be a 90-minute series of live unboxings. Instead, it's a musical built around Shopkins' human(ish) characters like Jessicake, Bubbleisha and Peppa-Mint, with plenty of the teeny Shopkins themselves (Kooky Cookie! Apple Blossom! Lippy Lips!) making an appearance.

Shopkins Live! is produced by Koba Entertainment, producer of such kid-friendly stage events as Dora the Explorer Live and the Backyardigans, in conjunction with Moose Toys, the Australian company responsible for your child's Shopkins addiction. In 2015, Shopkins were the most popular toy line in America, propelling Moose Toys owner Manny Stul onto Forbes' billionaires list in 2016. …

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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Fargo' Season 3, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival League Podcast

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Carrie Coon star in the third season of Fargo on FX.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Carrie Coon star in the third season of Fargo on FX.

MONDAY

Bates Motel, 10 p.m., A&E: Norman's legal problems get worse as Emma tends to family business and Romero starts his plan for revenge.

Better Call Saul, 10 p.m., AMC: Jimmy and Kim hire an assistant while Mike seeks out a mysterious acquaintance.

TUESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Pretty Little Liars, 9 p.m., Freeform: In the season premiere of the final season, Spencer learns more about her connection to Mary Drake, and Aria and Ezra consider their future with Nicole back in the picture.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Fargo, 10 p.m., FX: A petty rivalry between the "parking lot king" of Minnesota and his less successful brother escalates and brings chaos to a small town. 

REVIEW: 'Fargo' is back with less splash, more nuance and tension

THURSDAY

H1Z1: Fight for the Crown, 9 p.m., CW: Coverage of a tournament for the multiplayer shooting video game H1Z1: King of the Kill. Seventy-five players are divided into 15 teams hoping to win $300,000.

MasterChef Junior, 8 p.m., Fox: In the season's first mystery box challenge, Edward Lee is the guest judge as the cooks create dishes inspired by their families. …

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In Case You Missed It: April the Giraffe finally has her baby; 'Survivor' outer Jeff Varner fired from real estate job after backlash

April stands with her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience of more than a million viewers. (Animal Adventure Park via AP)

(Animal Adventure Park via AP)

April stands with her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience of more than a million viewers. (Animal Adventure Park via AP)

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging for a little while. Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

April the Giraffe finally gives birth to baby boy

April - arguably now the most famous giraffe in the world - finally gave birth on Saturday after millions waited on edge for months to watch the birth live.

The broadcast has been live since February when April's caretakers at Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., thought she was close to going into labor. Well, if you think "close" is over two months later, then sure. 

Hundreds of thousands of people have popped in and out of the 24-hour livestream during that time, just waiting ... and waiting and waiting.

And when her calf was finally born over the weekend, more than a million viewers were tuned in to watch.

Now, people are paying $1 to cast a vote to help name the calf.

 

"Survivor" outer Jeff Varner gets fired from real estate job after backlash

Jeff Varner, the "Survivor" contestant who got voted off the show after outing fellow competitor Zeke Smith as transgender got booted again - this time from his job. …

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Star Wars Celebration 2017: 'The Last Jedi,' 'Rebels' Season 4 and other things you missed

Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy and Josh Gad at The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando on April 14, 2017.

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Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy and Josh Gad at The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando on April 14, 2017.

The Force was strong with Orlando this weekend, where Star Wars Celebration brought casts and crews from the films, authors and collectors from all around the galaxy far, far away.

Over the course of four days, the Orange County Convention Center was home to thousands of diehard Star Wars fans. The definitive Star Wars convention brought out all the stops in Orlando for the reveal of The Last Jedi teaser trailer, news on the next season of Star Wars Rebels and the reveal of the new Star Wars video game: Battlefront II.

Previous coverage: Everything you need to know about Star Wars Celebration

The Last Jedi teaser trailer

The official first trailer for Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiered during a special panel on Friday. The panel brought the third trilogy's stars  Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill  as well as director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and new cast member Kelly Marie Tran, who plays a maintenance worker for the Resistance who joins the fight.

There's a lot going on in this two-minute trailer. Rey seems to be training to become a Jedi with Luke, who says "breathe" and then "It's time for the Jedi...to end." Ominous, right? …

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What to watch this weekend: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000,' 'The White Princess,' 'The Leftovers'

Jodie Comer stars at Elizabeth of York in The White Princess.

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Jodie Comer stars at Elizabeth of York in The White Princess.

Robot roll call: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

It's been almost 20 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000  went off the air. But after a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $5 million, MST3K makes its triumphant return Friday with brand new episodes and even more B-movies to riff on. Since the show's premiere in 1988, the 10-season series has retained a cult following. The revival finds a home on Netflix, a solid choice in the era of binge-watching. Like the original, The Return centers around a man (Jonah Ray) and his three robots - Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn), Crow (Hampton Yount) and Gypsy (Rebecca Hanson) - who are trapped by two mad scientists (Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt) and forced to watch terrible movies. They stay sane by ad-libbing and spewing witty one-liners about the films they watch. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back this weekend, and it's campier than ever. Now available on Netflix.

Review: New Mystery Science Theater 3000 does right by original cult comedy

United by blood: The White Princess …

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Watch: First trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' features Luke Skywalker

The first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiered on Friday.

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The first trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premiered on Friday.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released today, in coordination with Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.

It's high speed, action packed, and yes, at the end, you're going to see Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. 

Check it out below.

MORE STAR WARS

Everything you need to know about this weekend's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando

Watch George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill reunite at Disney

Exhibit of Star Wars costumes and drawings coming to St. Petersburg

 

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'Broad City' really wants to shoot an episode at Publix

If "Broad City" is shooting an episode at Publix, it has to be Florida, right?

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If "Broad City" is shooting an episode at Publix, it has to be Florida, right?

Was it the subs? The fried chicken tenders? The fried chicken tender subs, perhaps?

Whatever it was, the Comedy Central series Broad City apparently loves our region's beloved grocery chain, Publix, and would like to shoot an episode in one of their stores (psst, there's a really fresh, new one in downtown St. Pete, guys). 

The verified Broad City account tweeted at Publix this week, calling the store "amazing," and racked up more than 2,500 likes in 24 hours, plus an avalanche of comments from excited fans that can mostly be paraphrased as some form of "Yas!" or perhaps "Yas, queen!!"

hi @Publix we love u please let us shoot in ur amazing grocery store PUHLEASE xo?! DM us ��

When the verified Publix account sent back a tweet asking them to go through corporate channels, Broad City's account replied with this: 

@Publix we tried �� can u help? the people need u!! pic.twitter.com/PqBXf4RY95

So many questions! Like how exactly is the most New York-ish show to ever New York going to end up sending Abby and Ilana to a Publix? Are they headed south next season? And if they are headed south, how could it not be to Florida? And if it's Florida, how could it not be the Tampa Bay area?? …

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Winner and loser of the week: Jude Law cast as young Dumbledore; United Airlines in PR nightmare

Jude Law will play young Dumbledore. Now picture a white beard and a pointed hat. Can you see it?

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Jude Law will play young Dumbledore. Now picture a white beard and a pointed hat. Can you see it?

Winner: Jude Law. When it came to the casting of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, some Harry Potter fans were less than pleased to learn that Johnny Depp would play Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard who played a large role in the backstory of the Potter series.

With the criticism of Depp, it’s no wonder the folks over at Warner Bros. considered every major British actor for the role of young Dumbledore. According to Variety, the studio had in mind everyone from Christian Bale to Benedict Cumberbatch for the role.

But we can all breathe a sigh of relief because Dumbledore is in Jude Law’s talented hands. The two-time Academy Award nominee will fill the role of young Dumbledore, set long before he became the Hogwarts headmaster. Law will star alongside Depp, and fans of the series are already questioning if the two characters will share an on-screen romance in Fantastic Beasts 2.

For those not familiar with the books, the two wizards had a close bond, and Rowling later revealed that Dumbledore was gay. …

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