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I studied Taylor Swift lyrics for three years. Then she invited me to meet her.

I studied Taylor Swift lyrics for three years. Then she invited me to meet her.

TAMPA — The Florida sun burned through my black pleather top as I hurried around Raymond James Stadium. I tried to grip a set of metal plates used at the Tampa Bay Times printing press, but my hands kept slipping. The sweat had little to do with the ...
Published: 08/17/18
How ‘Disenchantment’ is completely different from what Matt Groening has done before

How ‘Disenchantment’ is completely different from what Matt Groening has done before

First he came for the family sitcom. Then he came for the science-fiction adventure. Now he’s back for the medieval fantasy, and he’s grabbing the Disney princess movie while he’s at it.Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, has brought...
Published: 08/17/18
Why did it take so long to see a cast like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’?

Why did it take so long to see a cast like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’?

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. In January 2017, the director Jon M. Chu announced an open casting call for Asian and Asian-American actors for his movie adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians. Recorded in the kitchen of his West Hollywood home (you can see his frid...
Published: 08/17/18
In ‘Mile 22,’ Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg go hog-wild without a real-life basis to hold onto

In ‘Mile 22,’ Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg go hog-wild without a real-life basis to hold onto

How was your latest drive to the airport? Hopefully a lot less complicated and violent than the one Mark Wahlberg undertakes in his latest outing with frequent collaborator Peter Berg in Mile 22. Working from a wordy, wham-bam script by debut screenw...
Published: 08/17/18
Cridlin: Aretha Franklin, world’s greatest singer, transcended cultural barriers

Cridlin: Aretha Franklin, world’s greatest singer, transcended cultural barriers

Aretha Franklin wore her crowns like no other.At the Grammy Awards in 1972, where she won the fifth of her 18 trophies: A regal scarlet shawl embroidered with gold, swirled around her sturdy Afro. At the first Divas Live concert in 1998: A golden wra...
Published: 08/16/18
Review: James Swain’s ‘The King Tides’ a swift Florida mystery

Review: James Swain’s ‘The King Tides’ a swift Florida mystery

Most parents of pretty teenage daughters are prepared to see boys mooning over their girls.But the parents of Nicki Pearl are not prepared for the growing number of adult men — all of them strangers — who seem to be stalking their daughter in the thr...
Published: 08/16/18
5 films to consider for the popular Oscar, from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Paddington 2’

5 films to consider for the popular Oscar, from ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Paddington 2’

All hell broke loose when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new category last week to honor "outstanding achievement in popular film."The highly criticized move raised far more questions than it answered. When will the categ...
Published: 08/16/18
What’s happening in sports this week: Camp Gladiator, Bucs, Lighting, minor leagues

What’s happening in sports this week: Camp Gladiator, Bucs, Lighting, minor leagues

CAMP GLADIATOR: STADIUM TAKEOVERTo celebrate 10 years of holding outdoor group fitness programs, Camp Gladiator is hosting free stadium dashes across the nation, and this Saturday arrives at Raymond James Stadium. All ages and fitness levels are welc...
Published: 08/15/18
What’s in theaters this week: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Mile 22,’ ‘Alpha’

What’s in theaters this week: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Mile 22,’ ‘Alpha’

NOW PLAYING: CRAZY RICH ASIANSAn Asian-American New Yorker (Constance Wu) on her first trip to Asia finds out her longtime boyfriend (Henry Golding) is one of Singapore’s most desirable bachelors in Crazy Rich Asians. His judgy mother (Michelle Yeoh)...
Published: 08/15/18
Top things to do this weekend: Rock memorabilia, Halloween at Disney, TICA Cat Show

Top things to do this weekend: Rock memorabilia, Halloween at Disney, TICA Cat Show

MUSEUM: Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll RevolutionAn unusual exhibit coming to the Florida Holocaust Museum, Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution is a display of the life of the flamboyant concert promoter synonymous with classic rock. Grah...
Published: 08/15/18

Soundcheck

Review: Journey, Def Leppard defy Father Time, thrill 17,500 fans at Amalie Arena in Tampa

The inevitable question a double bill like Def Leppard and Journey begs is this: Which of the two classic rock hit machines, both well into their 50s and...

SoundBytes: Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie, Young Nudy and more
Travis Scott coming to Tampa
Review: Taylor Swift lights up Tampa with majestic, open-hearted concert at Raymond James Stadium
SoundBytes: Hoobastank, PrettyMuch, Kevin Gates, Every Time I Die and more
Highly Suspect postpone concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg