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Sandra Bullock donates $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief

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Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"This is an incredible gift. We're so thankful. It's times like this when we do receive such an incredible amount of support. Especially during times of disaster, people see what's happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them," Elizabeth Penniman, Vice President of Communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, told People.

Bullock has a long history of generosity with the organization, donating $1 million after the 9/11 attack and another $1 million after Hurricane Katrina.

"I'm just grateful I can do it," Bullock said in a statement. "We have to take care of one another."

"There are no politics in eight feet of water," she said. "There are human beings in eight feet of water."

Several celebrities have given their support to the victims of the flooding, including Kim Kardashian and Houston native Beyonce.

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Report: O.J. Simpson could be moving to St. Petersburg

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson appears via video for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

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Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson appears via video for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

The New York Post's Page Six is citing an unnamed O.J. Simpson "insider" as saying that the former NFL star and convicted felon has plans to move to St. Petersburg upon his release from prison in Nevada.

Simpson has served nine years for armed robbery and was granted parole in July. He's eligible to be released from Lovelock Correctional Center as soon as October 1.

At his July hearing, Simpson told the parole board that he planned to return to Florida upon release, but didn't specify where in the state. Simpson lived in Miami at the time of his robbery conviction, but lost the house he owned there to foreclosure.

Simpson's grown children Justin Simpson and Sydney Simpson have since moved to St. Petersburg, which has bolstered speculation that he may be planning to move here.

RELATED: O.J. Simpson's children have put down roots in St. Petersburg

Simpson's friend Tom Scotto told the Naples Daily News in July that Simpson could move into his home in East Naples.

The Florida Department of Corrections told theTimes that it is aware that Simpson stated a plan to return to Florida, but said the agency has yet to receive any transfer request from Nevada's Division of Parole and Probation.

 

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First look: Disney unleashes Slinky Dog ride pictures

Disney released the first images of the coaster vehicles for the  Slinky Dog Dash coming to Hollywood Studios in summer 2018.

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Disney released the first images of the coaster vehicles for the Slinky Dog Dash coming to Hollywood Studios in summer 2018.

Golly bob-howdy! The attraction vehicle for the Slinky Dog Dash ride coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios was revealed on Wednesday, showing the playful daschund stretcing his coils on a coaster track.

Slinky Dog Dash is a family coaster that will debut as one of two new attractions when Toy Story Land opens in summer 2018 at Hollywood Studios.

In Toy Story Land, guests will feel they have been shrunk to the size of a toy and will explore the world of Andy’s backyard. Fitting with the theme, Slinky Dog Dash will appear to be a coaster track that Andy has built all over his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit,  as well as some of his other favorite toys.

Once completed, it will join the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster to become Hollywood Studios’ second roller coaster. The other new planned ride in Toy Story Land is the Alien Swirling Saucers. The three-eyed, green alien toys from the claw machine at Pizza Planet will be featured, and riders will spin around while avoiding the claw. …

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Coming to Hulu in September: 'The Neverending Story,' 'The Emperor's New Groove,' 'Silent Hill' and more

The 2000 Disney animated film, The Emperor's New Groove, comes to Hulu in September.

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The 2000 Disney animated film, The Emperor's New Groove, comes to Hulu in September.

This month, Hulu gets another solid lineup of new movies and TV shows, including quite a few horror flicks perfect for Halloween binging.

Make sure to add these new Hulu additions to your watch list in September.

Invasion of the Body Snatcher: The 1956 sci-fi classic is based on Jack Finney's 1954 novel about a small California town being invaded by alien plant pods that replicate emotionless humans as they sleep. The black and white flick was shot in less than three weeks. Sept. 1

The Neverending Story: Everyone who was a child in the 1980s fell in love with this fairytale, which featured a 10-year-old boy who reads a magical book about a young warrior fighting "The Nothing" from taking over the mystical world. Come for the epic fantasy tale, stay for the Morla the giant turtle and Falkor the luckdragon. Sept. 1

Silent Hill: Based on the wildly popular horror video game, Silent Hill follows a mother and her young daughter after a car accident lands them in a deadly supernatural town. There, the mother discovers a local cult and the disturbing connections her daughter has to the town. Sept. 1 …

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What to watch this week: Catch up on fall favorites before they return

Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp in Stranger Things 2.

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Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp in Stranger Things 2.

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of everything flavored like pumpkin spice despite Florida weather still being in the 90s. But next weekend also marks the start of the fall TV season, with more than 40 new shows coming to a small screen near you. But before you fill up your watch list with more cop dramas and superhero shows, catch up on these series first. Some are returning in the next few months.

Riverdale: The pulpy series is inspired by the classic characters from the Archie comics, including Archie Andrews, Bette Cooper, Veronica Lodge and Jughead Jones. But on the CW, Archie and the gang are swirled into a small-town murder mystery that turns it into a gothic soap opera. Riverdale returns Oct. 11. Watch the first season on Netflix and cwtv.com.

Review: Riverdale ditches wholesomeness for a pulpy twist on Archie comics characters …

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In Case You Missed It: Kevin Hart challenges celebs to donate for Harvey; Pink gives inspiring speech about her daughter at VMAs

Pink accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV VMAs on Sunday.

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Pink accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV VMAs on Sunday.

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.

Kevin Hart pledges to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief, challenges Beyonce, other celebrities to do the same

The funny man made a serious plea on his Instagram Sunday evening. 

In a video posted on his account, Hart said he was emotionally moved to donate after learning about the ongoing devastation Hurricane Harvey has brought to Houston. But besides pledging to make a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross for the victims, he took it a step further.  

Like, the #IceBucketChallenge, Hart is challenging others to do something about the disaster - particularly his celebrity friends to match his donation. 

I'm calling this the Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge....Lets go @therock @beyonce @chrisrock Jay Z Dave Chappelle @jerryseinfeild @iamsteveharveytv @justintimberlake #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge #prayforhouston .....I am getting a link together now people. Help me help Houston....

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MTV VMAs: 8 highs and lows, from Katy Perry to Lorde to Pink

Kendrick Lamar at the VMAs

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Kendrick Lamar at the VMAs

Say what you want about the sparkly celebrity spectacle that is the MTV Video Music Awards, which aired Sunday night live from Los Angeles. They always offer a few moments worth breaking down the morning after.

Here are eight thoughts after watching this year's VMAs:

1. Tampa music fans are a lucky bunch. The VMAs kicked off with the two biggest stars of the night … and BOTH are coming to Tampa THIS WEEK. Ed Sheeran performed Shape Of You and won Artist of the Year; he plays Amalie Arena on Tuesday. And the most-nominated artist, Kendrick Lamar, won Video of the Year for HUMBLE.; he plays Amalie on Friday. Presenter Tiffany Haddish will be at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre on Friday. Throw in Bleachers and Cardi B, who will be here in September; and future Tampa players Katy Perry and Lorde, and this year’s VMAs might as well have been a future Tampa concert preview.

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Game of Thrones finale: All the game-changing twists from 'The Dragon and the Wolf'

Lena Headey (Cersei) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) in Game of Thrones Season 7.

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Lena Headey (Cersei) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) in Game of Thrones Season 7.

This season ended with a bang, in more ways than one.

Sunday night's Game of Thrones season 7 finale was the longest episode yet, and it was jam packed with political and sexual tension. Oh, and there was also a blue fire-breathing zombie dragon at the end.

Fans won't get another taste of Game of Thrones until late 2018 or even early 2019 when the final season debuts. That's plenty of time for the rumor mill to churn out a few dozen somewhat believable fan theories to keep us satiated.

LAST WEEK: Beyond the Wall was dark and full of terrors

But before going into withdrawal, let's dissect the game-changing, cliffhanger-filled "The Dragon and the Wolf."

Buckle up, kids.

After seven seasons of Petyr Baelish scheming his way through Westeros and tearing apart the highest families, "Littlefinger" finally got his comeuppance.

One of this season's central plots has been showing the growing rift between Sansa and younger sister Arya. They've been separated for years, and both have done deplorable things to survive and had equally horrible things to them.

And a lot of their misfortune was by Littlefinger's hand. …

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R.L. Stine, 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Transparent' stars to give free lectures at USF

Jackie Cruz from 'Orange is the New Black' is among the speakers coming to USF this fall.

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Jackie Cruz from 'Orange is the New Black' is among the speakers coming to USF this fall.

The student-run University Lecture Series at the University of South Florida announced its upcoming slate of celebrity speakers coming to the Tampa campus this fall. 

They include actress Jackie Cruz, who stars as Flaca on Netflix's Orange is the New Black on Sept. 26, R.L. Stine, author of the beloved children's Goosebumps series on Oct. 25, and comedian Ian Harvie, best known for a role on Transparent and his stand-up that often finds humor in being a transgender man, on November 14.

University Lecture Series events are free and open to the public, though USF Tampa students get priority seating. Non-students can enter the ballroom 15 minutes before the lecture begins. The lectures all take place in the Marshall Student Center ballroom and begin at 8 p.m.

Cruz's lecture is titled “Cruzing Through Adversity,” in which she "offers lessons on resilience, determination and using life’s challenges as opportunities to change your perception of the world for the better," and explains the significance of her near-fatal car crash.

Stine, who currently writes for an adult audience with novels titled Superstitious, The Sitter and Eye Candy.  will talk about his career and the creative process. …

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What to watch this weekend: 'Death Note,' MTV VMAs, Catch up on fall TV returns

Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe in Netflix's Death Note.

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Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe in Netflix's Death Note.

Shall we begin? Death Note

The famous Japanese manga Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, tells the story of Light and his discovery of a Death Note, which gives him the power to kill others without ever touching them. The new live-action film of the same name on Netflix spins the original story into a westernized version. The bones of the story are still the same - Light (Nat Wolff) discovers the Death Note and is visited by the original owner, the death god Ryuk (Willem Dafoe). What happens next is Light discovering his power over life and death while the Ryuk watches fondly from the sidelines. The film has seen considerable backlash from original Death Note fans who accuse Netflix and producers of whitewashing the story that was told through Japanese manga before becoming a 37-episode anime. Some of the changes brought to the new film include an American setting and a blond, white teenager as the main character. Now streaming on Netflix.

If you don't like shows adapted to live action, you can catch the anime's 37 episodes on Hulu.

A royal night: Two more diana specials …

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Aaron Carter calls police to report harassment and burglary attempt at his St. Petersburg home

Aaron Carter has had a roller coaster of a month.

After a driving under the influence arrest in July, he's gone through a breakup, revealed he was bisexual, emotionally spoke about his health problems and performed new music.

And on Wednesday, Carter, 29, called the police to report harassment and an attempted break-in at his home in St. Petersburg.

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Carter's phone was reportedly being flooded with hateful texts. When police arrived, they also found signs of an attempted burglary, according to TMZ.

However, Carter remained in good spirits on Twitter, writing a series of tweets about being optimistic and still waiting for love, ending with "And yes I'm ok."

 

And yes I'm ok

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This week's celebrity engagements, arrests and baby news

Rose Byrne, left.

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Rose Byrne, left.

Baby news: Neighbors star Rose Byrne is expecting baby No. 2 with longtime boyfriend Bobby Cannavale. The two, who co-starred in Spy, Annie and Adult Beginners, have been dating since 2012. They had a son, Rocco, last year.

Baby news: Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon and her fiancé Ben Foster are now parents to a baby girl.

Baby news: Married at First Sight reality stars Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner welcomed a little bundle on Tuesday, a girl named Henley Grace. Otis and Hehner met literally seconds before getting hitched on Married at First Sight. Guess it worked out for them.

Baby news: Brian Austin Green and wife Megan Fox might have an extra mouth to feed. Green, 44, and Fox, 31, have three boys, but Green, who has another son from a previous relationship, has his fingers crossed for a little girl. "I want a girl," Green said. "I really want a girl."

Engaged: Whiplash star Mile Teller, 30, popped the question to model girlfriend Keleigh Sperry while on safari in South Africa. The two have been dating since 2013. …

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BeyHive alert: Beyonce is selling a 600-page book for a cool $299.99

Beyoncé's 600-page book focuses on the making of her smash 'Lemonade' album.

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Beyoncé's 600-page book focuses on the making of her smash 'Lemonade' album.

Is there a medium left for the Queen to conquer?

We mean Beyoncé, and the answer is yes: books.

Despite being busy with those babies, Bey has it covered. And don't think she's publishing some trifling everyday book, either. This one is 600-plus pages long.

Now available for pre-order (no delivery date yet) on her website is How to Make Lemonade, a limited edition box set that includes the numbered collector’s edition coffee table book, a double vinyl LP, and audio and visual album downloads.

Price tag: $299.99.

Vogue reports that the large-format book will include scads of photographs, outtakes and art related to the making of her hugely successful 2016 album, Lemonade, and its visual presentation in an HBO special and the Formation tour. In addition to the images, the book includes lyrics and other writing by Beyoncé and poetry by Warsan Shire, the British author whose work appeared on the Lemonade album.

Michael Eric Dyson, radio host and author (Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America) wrote the foreword for How to Make Lemonade.

The book, according to Beyoncé's website, "shows the inspiration and themes behind some of the film’s most provocative and cryptic moments."

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Coming to Netflix in September: Four Disney movies, 'Magic School Bus Rides Again' and more

A scene from 1995's Pocahontas, which comes to Netflix this month.

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A scene from 1995's Pocahontas, which comes to Netflix this month.

Don't wake me up when September ends, wake me up when it begins.

Netflix's new lineup for next month is one of the more impressive I've seen, with classic Disney movies, dozens of original programming and quite a few cult favorites.

Put your TV-watching pants on, you'll be spending most of September on the couch with this list.

Disney Disney Disney: The hunky Greek god (Hercules) arrives with the patriarchy-fighting Chinese soldier (Mulan) on Sept. 1. One Sept. 14, the colors of the wind find a home on Netflix with Pocahontas, and on Sept. 19 a tale as old as time's live-action remake (Beauty and the Beast) arrives on the streaming giant.

Newsies: The Broadway Musical: This one's also a Disney production. But instead of talking animals and saving loved ones, it's inspired by the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Sept. 5

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American Vandal satirically explores a case of high school vandalism. …

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Director Eli Roth teases Universal's Halloween Horror Nights houses in 'The Mourning After' commercial

Horror director Eli Roth behind-the-scenes of his commercial for this year's Halloween Horror Nights.

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Horror director Eli Roth behind-the-scenes of his commercial for this year's Halloween Horror Nights.

The proverb "all work and no play" doesn't seem to apply to acclaimed horror director Eli Roth.

His work is his play. And he brought both to this year's Halloween Horror Nights, making his commercial directorial debut with a special TV spot for this year's event.

Roth -- known for Cabin Fever, Hostel and 2013's The Green Inferno -- is also a huge fan of Halloween Horror Nights. He previously served as a creative consultant to help bring to life a Hostel maze at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2011.

"I first got involved with Halloween Horror Nights as a fan - I felt that I was in a horror movie and I didn't want it to end," Roth said in a release from Universal. "For this spot, I wanted to pay homage to these brilliant and scary films, and yet put my own spin on it."

Roth's commercial is set to air after Labor Day weekend and teases to some of the horrors guests will experience at this year's event in both Hollywood and Orlando.

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I know what you're thinking: It's just a commercial, what's the big deal? …

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