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HSN's Mindy Grossman to be president, CEO of Weight Watchers

Mindy Grossman has been CEO of HSN Inc. since 2006.

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Mindy Grossman has been CEO of HSN Inc. since 2006.

HSN chief executive officer Mindy Grossman, one of the revered names in the retail shopping industry, is leaving the St. Petersburg TV/digital shopping company after 11 years to assume a “leadership position with another public company,” the company said.

In a separate release, Weight Watchers International Inc said Grossman will join as the diet company’s CEO in July.

Grossman’s resignation from HSN will be effective on May 24. She will not stand for election to the board of directors.

Until then, HSN said Grossman will work with senior management and the board to ensure a smooth transition. HSN has retained a national search firm to assist with the search for a successor that will include both internal and external candidates.
The company declined to elaborate on its press release.

Grossman is known as a creative and aggressive retail leader, trying new ways, products, pitches and technologies to attract shoppers. However, HSN’s financial performance has suffered in recent years. …

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Who tows a boat like this? Someone in Pasco County apparently (w/video)

A still from the video captured by Kenneth Keegan.


A still from the video captured by Kenneth Keegan.

A video of a highly unorthodox, and probably dangerous method of towing a boat has gone viral from Pasco County.

Kenneth Keegan spotted the boat and posted this video to his Facebook page. In it you can hear him asking "What the hell?" and joking, "When you have to go fishing in Hudson, and you don't have a trailer."

It had been viewed more than 180,000 times by Wednesday afternoon. 

When the video started getting a huge amount of attention, Keegan edited the post to turn it into a fundraiser for a friend who who needs a heart transplant. 

"When fishing is LIFE! And your friend needs a new Heart!!," the post now reads.

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Cast of 'American Gods' talks who has the upper hand in holy war between old gods and new

Crispin Glover plays Mr. World in the upcoming Starz series American Gods.


Crispin Glover plays Mr. World in the upcoming Starz series American Gods.

A goddess of love, a god of technology, an ethereal zombie and a mysterious worldly deity each picked a side in the coming war portrayed in Starz' American Gods.

But it's anyone's guess as to who wins the battle between the old gods and the new.

The adaptation of Neil Gaiman's famous novel premieres Sunday on Starz, pitting ancient iterations of gods like Odin, Queen of Sheba and even a Leprechaun against gods of media and social progress. The series follows Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as they traverse the country gathering old gods for their side.

Review: Divine, bloody American Gods has us ready to worship this series

Four stars of the new series took time out of their press tour to chat with us about their characters and who they think is going to win this holy war.

Bruce Langley (Technical Boy) plays one of the youngest gods. He's a vaping, punkish young man with cronies that strongly resemble the droogs from A Clockwork Orange.

What does Technical Boy  the god of technology  represent to you? …

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Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dies at age 73

Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 2006.  Demme died, Wednesday from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73.

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Jonathan Demme appears at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 24, 2006. Demme died, Wednesday from complications from esophageal cancer in New York. He was 73.

NEW YORK — Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and whose Talking Heads documentary “Stop Making Sense” is considered one of the greatest concert films ever, has died. He was 73.

Demme’s publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she said.

Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s. His eclectic, prodigious body of films included 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the best director Oscar. Other credits include “Something Wild,” '’Rachel Getting Married” and the Spalding Grey documentary “Swimming to Cambodia.”

He last year released his latest concert film, “Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids.”

Click here to read the complete obituary.

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'Heat' and 'Westworld' among rare screenings at Tampa Theatre

"Westworld," the movie that inspired the HBO series, is coming to Tampa Theatre.

Tampa Theatre

"Westworld," the movie that inspired the HBO series, is coming to Tampa Theatre.

Tampa Theatre's offbeat Rewind film series has '90s action, '70s sci fi and an Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy on the slate for the next couple months.

On May 2, director Michael Mann's two-hour and 50-minute crime masterpiece Heat, starring Al Pacino, Robert Deniro and Val Kilmer, will screen at 8:30 p.m. 

The screening is part of promotions for the May 9 release of a Heat "Directors Definitive Edition" on Blu-ray and DVD, and will include a live-streamed question and answer session with Mann himself before the show.

Tampa Theatre is one of only 20 theaters across the U.S. taking part.

All of the other Rewind screenings are on Fridays at 10:30 p.m.

On May 5, fans of the acclaimed HBO series Westworld will get a rare opportunity to check out the 1973 film of the same name that inspired it. Written and directed by Michael Crichton, it stars Yul Brenner as a robotic gunslinger at an ultra-realistic theme park.

On May 19, viewers can laugh at the extremely dated references to the Internet in Hackers, the self-serious 1995 cyber thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Matthew Lillard. …

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Val Kilmer coming to Tampa for 'Citizen Twain' screening, Tampa Bay Comic Con


Tampa's about to get all the Iceman it can handle.

Actor Val Kilmer is coming to Tampa not once but twice in July -- first for a film screening and Q&A, then at Tampa Bay Comic Con two weeks later.

The screening, on July 11 at the Improv in Ybor City, is for the film version of Kilmer's one-man show Citizen Twain, in which the onetime Batman plays another American hero, Mark Twain. He'll introduce the screening, then hang around afterward to answer questions and meet a few fans. (Given Jim Morrison's connections to the Tampa Bay area, maybe a retrospective on The Doors would be more appropriate, but this works too.)

Tickets to the Improv event start at $30, or $70 for a VIP that includes a meet-and-greet. Click here for details.

If you miss Kilmer at the Improv, he'll be back here July 29-30 for Tampa Bay Comic Con, appearing alongside Kate Beckinsale, Nichelle Nichols and others. Autographs and photo ops are $80, and that's on top of Comic Con tickets, which start at $30-$40 per day or $60 for the weekend. Click here for details.

If Kilmer decides he likes July in Tampa, who knows, maybe he'll buy a place here and settle down. We'll be his wingmen anytime.

-- Jay Cridlin

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What to watch this week: 'The Handmaid's Tale' on Hulu, 'Great News' on NBC

Elisabeth Moss plays Offred in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.


Elisabeth Moss plays Offred in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.


Gotham, 8 p.m., Fox: Ed Nygma convinces himself that he doesn't need Penguin to succeed and starts to present himself as the Riddler to Gotham.

SEASON FINALE: APB, 9 p.m., Fox: In the first season finale, Gideon is blamed for recent terrorist attacks, so he and Conrad have to work quickly to uncover the real culprit.


SERIES PREMIERE: Great News, 9 p.m., NBC: In the pilot episode, cable news producer Katie (Briga Heelan) is horrified when her mother gets an internship at her news show in this zany workplace comedy. Tina Fey is an executive producer.


SERIES PREMIERE: The Handmaid's Tale, midnight, Hulu: Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction novel is poignantly adapted into a jarring series on Hulu. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) plays Offred, a designated handmaid in the Republic of Gilead whose sole purpose is help repopulate the planet. In Gilead, women are stripped of all rights and only serve as handmaids, housekeepers, wives and teachers.

REVIEW: The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu is a poignant adaptation of Margaret Atwood's story …

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Why these 4 celebrities made news in their trips to Tampa Bay this week

Kenny G gave an impromptu performance on his flight from Tampa to Los Angeles.


Kenny G gave an impromptu performance on his flight from Tampa to Los Angeles.

It's been a busy week of celebrity sightings in Tampa Bay.

And many have ended in a not-so-expected way: confusing Cuban sandwich tastings, a photographer getting punched and a saxophone concert in the sky.

First up is Chris Brown, who performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 16. His performance, though, isn't how he topped off his trip to the Bay area ... that came later.

After the show, Brown reportedly punched a photographer at a club early Monday morning.

Next we have Slater, er, I mean Mario Lopez in town. The Saved by the Bell star was spotted at Wesley Chapel Nissan Saturday afternoon for an event at the dealership. He signed autographs, shook hands and smiled (adorably). 

Then, Alton Brown showed up. The Food Network star was in town for his live show at Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. But, again, it wasn't the show that made this trip particularly notable. Brown decided to embark on a tasting of the region's famous Cuban sandwiches. But in a video of the four-sandwich taste test, Brown was a little surprised with what he got.  …

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Review: 'Great News' a zany comedy about working with your mom

Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin star in NBC's Great News.


Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin star in NBC's Great News.

NBC's newest comedy gives the spotlight to a 60-something Chicos-loving helicopter mom.

And it's funny. Very funny. 

Great News, boasting Tina Fey as an executive producer, follows Katie (Briga Heelan), an ambitious young news producer for The Breakdown, a cable news show out of New Jersey.

Now 30, Katie is feeling stuck in her career and life, but remains incredibly close to her mom Carol (Andrea Martin), who's also looking for a change in her retirement years.

The series quickly spirals into a permanent "bring your mom to work day" segment when Carol gets an internship at her daughter's news show.

Katie's worst nightmare comes true when Carol  a 30-year mother and housewife  becomes the ultimate mom-tern by sharing embarrassing stories and interfering with Katie's opportunities to produce lead segments.

The series has some of the same fast-paced wit and workplace humor as Fey's other projects (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), yet is inspired by the mother-daughter relationship between creator Tracey Wigfield and her mom. Wigfield even put herself in the show as a creepy meteorologist, Beth, who is convinced of impending worldwide doom. …

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In Case You Missed It: Amber Heard confirms romance with billionaire Elon Musk; The French choose La Pen, Macron for presidential showdown; Peggy Whitson sets record for longest time in space by a U.S. astronaut

As of 1:27 a.m. Monday, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record of most cumulative days in space at 535.

[AP Photo / Dmitri Lovetsky]

As of 1:27 a.m. Monday, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record of most cumulative days in space at 535.

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.

Amber Heard romance with billionaire Elon Musk is 'social media official'

Actress Amber Heard, 35, confirmed the widespread speculation of a romance with 45-year-old billionaire Elon Musk after posting a picture that showed the two at dinner in Australia.

The Tesla CEO is seen with a lipstick mark on his cheek as Heard sits next to him with her arm draped over his shoulder sporting a pair of darkly-painted lips.


The actress was first seen with Musk last summer in London. 

The romance comes on the heels of Heard's high-profile divorce from Johnny Depp, which was finalized in January. 

French voters choose Macron, Le Pen for presidential showdown

French voters came out in droves to voice their selections in the first round of the nation's presidential election and chose two political outsiders (and polar opposite candidates) to go head-to-head: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.

The two will face off in the runoff vote on May 7.  …

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

Rose Byrne and Oprah Winfrey star in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.


Rose Byrne and Oprah Winfrey star in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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


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.


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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