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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Does Marvel Studios have movies mapped out through 2028?

Yup, pretty much everyone is going to die in line waiting to see whatever the next one is.

Posted by on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

These two. Yeah. - MARVEL STUDIOS
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  • These two. Yeah.

If you'd rather not read the long Bloomberg Businessweek piece about Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, The AV Club has helpfully extracted the most important/intriguing/fanboy-relevant informational tidbit the profile his to offer: 

Marvel's got plans. Big plans. Like, they have a roadmap of film properties that stretches nearly to 2030.

Seriously? At the rate the company churns out blockbusters, that means eventually even [INSERT OBSCURE MARVEL CHARACTER] will finally [INSERT SAID CHARACTER'S NEMESIS/WHITE WHALE] on the big screen.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 Academy Awards: CL team's Oscar picks

See who we're rooting for and if your picks match up — if you care.

Posted by on Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

YOUR HOST: Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 86th Annual Academy Awards. - ABC
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  • YOUR HOST: Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Say what you want about the Oscars, but many of us have a good time rooting for our favorite films and stars to win. 

Below you'll find forecasts, personal picks and random opinions around tonight's 86th annual Academy Awards.

Live coverage begins at 7p.m. on ABC. Ellen DeGeneres hosts. Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford greet the stars on “Oscars Red Carpet Live!” and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Locally you watch at lavish parties with red carpet, cocktails and nosh at the Bilmar Resort and Tampa Theatre.

For a full list of nominations, visit

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Florida Orchestra celebrates 100 years of the Tramp

The musicians provide accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush tonight.

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Charlie Chaplin wasn’t just a pioneer of silent films. He used film to tell stories with humanity, to lampoon society’s inequities and celebrate the underdog. The actor and filmmaker was also a musician and composer, so he knew how to convey emotion through his scores. The Florida Orchestra is taking Chaplin’s lead this weekend, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his hobo leading man by performing a live accompaniment of his film The Gold Rush with screenings taking place at Tampa Theatre tonight, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m., and tomorrow., March 1, at the Palladium Theatre.

According to the Florida Orchestra spokesperson Henry Adams, the Orchestra has a unique set of challenges for the Chaplin film.

With the guidance of Ernest Richardson, guest conductor, the musicians have to closely follow the storyline and pranks and pratfalls, etc., synchronizing percussion sounds — “not so free as interpreting an orchestral work at a normal concert,” he added.

Other than the usual winds and strings, the orchestra will incorporate sleigh bells, temple blocks, wooden spoons, a glockenspiel and a Lion’s Roar — a drum head with a cord pulled through it to give a Lion-like roar.


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Comedy fans mourn the loss of Harold Ramis

The actor, writer, director and Second City vet was 69.

Posted by on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Harold Ramis, one of Hollywood's most successful comic filmmakers from the late 1970s through the late '90s, died early Monday morning after a long bout with a rare autoimmune disorder, according to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis. He was 69.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tampa Theatre launches revamped website

Posted by on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: A screen shot of Tampa Theatre's homepage this week.
  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS: A screen shot of Tampa Theatre's homepage this week.
One of the nation’s most beautiful and best preserved movie theaters, 89-year-old Tampa Theatre is keeping up with the 21st century, launching what's ostensibly a new and improved website this week. 

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman: An uncomfortable soul

The actor excelled at playing deeply troubled characters.

Posted by on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman was a gifted character actor who managed to straddle the big-budget realm of blockbusters like Mission: Impossible III, easy-going comedies like Almost Famous and The Big Lebowski, and challenging  art-house flicks like Magnolia. He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for 2005’s Capote.

Recent reports indicated that Hoffman had been struggling with longstanding substance abuse problems, which could come as a surprise to those who only knew him in passing. We expect our drug overdose victims to be beautiful, gangly boys like Heath Ledger or Kurt Cobain, and for them to wear on their sleeve a sneering, heartbroken cynicism that they can only escape through a romance with the needle or the bottle.

Hoffman wasn’t one of those, physically or in his public profile. He was quick to smile, and his soft edges could make him easily mistakable for one of the amiable big men who lend easy contrast to the work of more serious, usually skinnier actors. But anyone paying attention knew that his soul was sharp and uncomfortable.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Lebowski Fest dudes it up tonight and tomorrow

Big Lebowski fans with bowling, costumes and live rock 'n' roll this weekend.

Posted by on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Tampa got its first party in honor of the Coen Brothers’ cinematic cult classic The Big Lebowski nearly three years ago— so well received, the presenters are back ... with no celebrity guest headliner but plenty going on nonetheless. Celebrate “His Dudeness,” “Duder” or “El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing” when Lebowski Fest 2014 blazes up tonight at the Orpheum. 

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Project: Shattered Silence documentary debuts

Posted by on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM


Project: Shattered Silence, an annual youth theater program at Ruth Eckerd Hall, provides a voice to local teenagers, who share their moving and emotional journeys towards adulthood with an audience.

The project is much more than a typical high school production. The students, who come from throughout the Tampa Bay area to participate in REH’s Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, tell their personal stories, which range from lighthearted and humorous anecdotes to serious topics such as suicide, eating disorders, cutting and LGBT themes.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Best of the Day: TIGLFF 25th anniversary screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

STAR-CROSSED: John Cameron Mitchell and Michael Pitt in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. - NEW LINE CINEMA
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  • STAR-CROSSED: John Cameron Mitchell and Michael Pitt in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

One  of the  most memorable films of last decade, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the best rock opera/musical made into a motion picture since The Who rocked Tommy and Frankenfurter sashayed in Rocky Horror Picture Show. It combines a snazzy garage rock/pop score, sassy comedy, a heartfelt coming of age story, lovesick melodrama, cool animation and a fascinating transsexual heroine. 

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Do This: Bad News Bears , National Popcorn Day at Tampa Theatre

Posted by on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

  • DARING DELINQUENTS: The Bad News Bears.
If you grew up in the 1970s or have a fondness for films made it during that time, you no doubt reserve a special affection for coming of age films that celebrate the underdog — movies like Breaking Away and My Bodyguard. A classic from that rough-and-tumble hall of fame, The Bad News Bears, can be seen today at 3 p.m. at our area's beloved, historical movie palace, Tampa Theatre. It's part of the film's Spring Training Classic Series celebrating baseball films.

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