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In Case You Missed It: Reactions to anthem protests include a kneeling 97-year-old WWII vet; NFL fans burning sports gear; NASCAR owners threatening to fire employees, and more

President Donald Trump during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., Sept. 22, 2017. Trump called for football fans to boycott NFL games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

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President Donald Trump during a rally in Huntsville, Ala., Sept. 22, 2017. Trump called for football fans to boycott NFL games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Weekends are great for unwinding, and maybe even unplugging from the world for a little while.

But this weekend, it would have been difficult to miss the dominating subject that took place on football fields and computer screens across the country: kneeling during the national anthem.

At an Alabama rally on Friday, President Donald Trump breathed new life into the controversial subject by suggesting NFL owners should consider firing players over taking a knee during the anthem. Since then, a firestorm of debate has been unleashed on both sides of the issue. Now, a #TakeAKnee hashtag is trending on Twitter.

On Sunday, at least 200 NFL players took a knee during the anthem in response to the president's remarks.

A lot of other stuff happened, too.

NASCAR owners threaten to fire anyone who protests during national anthem

NASCAR stood apart from other professional sports organizations on Sunday as it appeared no drivers, crew or any team members participated in a national antem protest to start the NASCAR Cup Series.

A handful of team owners and executives said anyone protesting during the anthem would be fired.  …

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Did you watch the second episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery'? Or just the first?

Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green play the captain and first officer of the Shenzhou.

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Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green play the captain and first officer of the Shenzhou.

CBS finally, finally, finally premiered its long-awaited new Star Trek series Discovery on Sunday night, albeit a bit delayed after 60 Minutes.

It also spent a whole lotta commercial time reminding you that the second episode is currently available on CBS All Access, the network's streaming service on which all future episodes will premiere in the United States (other countries get it on Netflix). The show also very blatantly ended on a tense moment in the hopes of sending fans online to resolve it.

But, did you watch it? Twitter and Facebook are full of comments of people saying they enjoyed the first episode but also of people saying they refuse to go to CBS All Access for more.

Full disclosure: I am in this latter camp. I will admit there was a lot of good in Sunday night's debut, which I honestly expected to be a Dumpster fire after so many delays and changes, but not enough to get me to pony up $6 per month with ads for one episode a week. …

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What to watch this weekend: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'DuckTales' returns

Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery on CBS.

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Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery on CBS.

Boldly go: Star Trek: Discovery

It's been more than 50 years since the original Star Trek premiered, but the new CBS series is set 10 years before Kirk and Spock. Star Trek: Discovery explores the war between the Federation and the Klingons while following the USS Discovery, an exploratory vessel. The protagonist is Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the first officer on the Discovery. Harry Potter's Jason Isaacs plays Capt. Lorca. The full trailer suggests the Federation-Klingon war will feature prominently in the new series, but there are also hints of something stranger happening . In a break from the norm, CBS didn't allow critics to view episodes or review the new series before its premiere. It could mean it's terrible or it could just mean CBS really wants to keep spoilers under wraps. Here's hoping Trekkies are pleased. Premieres 8:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS; remaining episodes premiering on CBS All Access streaming.

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Back to Duckberg: DuckTales …

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Hulk Hogan talks Tampa Bay, depression and politics on Fox News' 'Objectified'

Hulk Hogan shows Harvey Levin his wrestling boots on Fox News' "Objectified."

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Hulk Hogan shows Harvey Levin his wrestling boots on Fox News' "Objectified."

For better or worse, Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea is our guy.

He's Tampa Bay's biggest resident celebrity by far, and we are measuring that in fame, not just in bicep inches.

The Hulkster's longtime connection to Tampa and his current home city of Clearwater will be front-and-center when Hogan appears on Fox News' Objectified Sunday at 8 p.m., says host and TMZ founder Harvey Levin.

Levin's interview with Hogan takes place at his Clearwater home as well as Hogan's memorabilia store in Orlando. 

"He's deeply connected with Tampa. We talked a lot about it," Levin said by phone from Los Angeles. "I will say, he seems to have tentacles in two cities, Orlando and Tampa. Based on my conversation with him, I don't think it's out of the question that he'll run for mayor of one of those cities. We got into politics and I think he's intrigued."

Levin's interviews on Objectified are guided by the objects his celebrity subjects own. …

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This week's celeb baby news, arrests and breakups

Baby news: Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is going to be a dad. The actor, 38, and his wife Lauren Parsekian announced the news on Instagram, with Paul posting a photo of Parsekian holding her baby bump with the caption "Hey everyone. Look what I did." This will be the first child for the couple, who met at the Coachella Music Festival back in 2011.

Hey everyone. Look what I did. Words can't express how excited I am that this little one has entered our lives. Just thought it was time I would share this beautiful news with all of you.

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Baby news: The relationship between Rosie O'Donnell and her daughter, Chelsea, just got a whole lot more complicated. Chelsea, 20, announced that she is pregnant, and told the Daily Mail that her adoptive mother will not be a part of her child's life. "And no, I do not feel sad about that, to be honest," she said. O'Donnell, who lost her late ex-wife, Michelle Rounds, to an apparent suicide last week, tweeted out that Chelsea was trying to exploit Rounds' death with the timing of her baby announcement. "Michelle's death= money 4 Chelsea," O'Donnell tweeted. …

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'What Happened'? Clinton memoir sold 300,000 copies in first week

The new memoir by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sold 300,000 copies in its first week.

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The new memoir by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sold 300,000 copies in its first week.

Despite being met with decidedly mixed reviews, What Happened, Hillary Clinton's new memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign, sold a whopping 300,000 copies in its first week.

According to publisher Simon & Schuster, the former presidential candidate's book sold 167,000 hardback copies, with the remaining 133,000 copies divided between audiobooks and e-books.The book, released Sept. 12, is currently the No. 1 seller on Amazon.com.

The first-week sales number for What Happened is the highest for a nonfiction book since former Navy SEAL Mark Owen's No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden sold 250,000 copies in its first week in 2012.

Simon & Schuster also published President Donald Trump's most recent book, Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again. It was released in November 2015 and sold about 200,000 copies in its first four months.

On Monday, Clinton kicked off a book tour for What Happened and her new children's version of her 1996 book, It Takes a Village. The tour will run through mid-December, with stops across the United States.

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Halloween Horror Nights: 'The Shining,' 'Saw' and more things to give you nightmares at Universal Orlando

The scare zone inspired by horror flick Trick r' Treat is one of the most beautiful at this year's Halloween Horror Nights 27.

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The scare zone inspired by horror flick Trick r' Treat is one of the most beautiful at this year's Halloween Horror Nights 27.

The 27th year of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights will scare the pants off you -- in the best possible way.

This year's fright fest is pivotal. It brings Stanley Kubrick's psychological horror classic The Shining to life, and it says farewell to a 26-year staple: Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure.

The event also kicked off at a time when many just needed a good scream. Hurricane Irma had barreled through Florida just days earlier, leaving millions without power and still reeling from the weeklong anxiety of waiting for the storm.

Luckily, the park came out of the storm unscathed and debuted nine haunted houses and five scare zones to the tune of thousands of guests eager to scream their stress away.

The Times was there for opening night last weekend and got to experience all the spooks and screaming feet that come with walking around a theme park for six hours.

Here are just some of the nightmares you're in for at Halloween Horror Nights 27. …

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Video: Thirsty deer thrilled to finally get fresh water after Hurricane Irma

A firefighter discovered this deer in a badly damaged structure in the Florida Keys.

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A firefighter discovered this deer in a badly damaged structure in the Florida Keys.

A firefighter with Broward County Fire Rescue was helping with cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irma when he came across a distressed deer that apparently just needed a fresh drink of water.

In the video posted to Digg, Lieutenant Nicholas Johnson says he was walking through an "incredibly damaged structure" in the Florida Keys when a buck appeared. 

"I don't know who was more scared, myself of the deer," he says in the video.

The deer ended up drinking four bottles of water. Why so thirsty? Apparently the storm surge from Irma had contaminated much of the deer's local water supply with salt water.

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Tampa ranks behind Miami and Orlando in Most Fun Cities in America list

Tampa's large number of festivals was among the factors that earned it a high ranking.

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Tampa's large number of festivals was among the factors that earned it a high ranking.

Is Tampa really among the "most fun cities in America?"

That depends on how much stock you put into WalletHub, the personal finance website that's become best known for ranking American cities in all sorts of fun categories. According to them, Tampa and St. Petersburg have charted among the best places for foodies, the best baseball cities, the sweatiest cities and the most sinful cities in America.

Their new list, the Most Fun Cities in America, ranks Tampa No. 15, making it the third Florida city in the Top 20, behind strong showings from Orlando (No. 2), and Miami (No. 4). St. Petersburg ranked No. 48.

From Wallethub: 

"WalletHub's data crunchers compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics. They range from fitness centers per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries.

"In order to determine the most fun cities in the U.S., WalletHub's analysts compared the 150 most populated cities across three key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Recreation, 2) Nightlife & Parties and 3) Costs." …

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Directors of Haunted Mansion doc talk bringing piece of Disney history to Orlando

Publicity still from the Foolish Mortals documentary.

Courtesy of Ryan Grulich and James H. Carter II.

Publicity still from the Foolish Mortals documentary.

Filmmakers Ryan Grulich and James H. Carter II aren't just casual fans of The Haunted Mansion ride. They're obsessed.

The two are so into the not-so-scary ride at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, they teamed up to create a documentary showcasing The Haunted Mansion's fan culture. And they're bringing Foolish Mortals to Spooky Day in the Parks in Orlando this weekend.

Dark Disney: Spooky Empire brings Spooky Day in the Parks to Orlando

"We are the audience for our film," Carter II, 40, said during a recent phone interview. "We are not outsiders to this topic; we live this."

Both have more than 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, including film production, video editing and managing live events.

Carter II also hosts Creepy Kingdom, a podcast that explores the more villainous side of Disney and the theme parks.

"There are much worse things to be addicted to," Grulich, 34, said. "It's all about that Disney magic and how it affects people."

Courtesy of Ryan Grulich and John H. Carter II

James H. Carter II and Ryan Grulich with a photo of Walt Disney. …

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Review: 'Channel Zero: No-End House' pumps up the prestige horror

Amy Forsyth in Channel Zero: No-End House.

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Amy Forsyth in Channel Zero: No-End House.

In its second season, Channel Zero cements itself as one of the scariest shows on television.

The Syfy anthology series from creator Nick Antosca brings to life Creepypastas, internet horror stories that read as creepy urban legends. The first season - Candle Cove - delved into mysterious disappearances and gruesome murders connected to a disturbing children's show from the 1980s.

The second - No-End House - puts a fresh, deeply surreal twist on the haunted house trope.

This season dives head first into grief and existential trauma with Margot (Amy Forsyth) a college-aged woman who's still mourning the death of her father (John Carroll Lynch) under unsettling circumstances. Margot's best friend Jules (Aisha Dee) returns home for the summer and reunites with Margot before a mood-changing night out on the town.

Unfortunately, the two - and about a dozen others - are lead to the No-End House, an urban legend haunt whose notoriety makes it a perfect dare for the early-20s crowd. Once inside, visitors are directed through mysterious rooms - each more disturbingly personal than the last. …

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Words With Friends now allows 'bae,' 'yas,' 'hangry' and 50,000 other new words

Words With Friends is adding 50,000 new playable words today.

Words With Friends

Words With Friends is adding 50,000 new playable words today.

It's hard to believe that the Scrabble-esque, mobile, multi-player game phenomenon known as Words With Friends has been around since 2009, but even more surprising might be the volume of new words (or something like words) that have entered the lexicon in that time.

The last eight years of social media, texting and pop culture have brought us acronyms like "FOMO" and "TFW," along with "bae," "hangry," "kween," "werk" "fitspo," "smize" and "turnt." "Bestie" and "BFF" have certainly been around longer, but failed to garner enough respect to be playable in Words With Friends — until now.

Starting today, all of the aforementioned words will be allowed, along with 50,000 other new ones being added to the game's new Social Dictionary. No longer will "yas" trigger an error message. 

Is this move inspired by a Jimmy Fallon effect? The Tonight Show host recently used social media to lobby the game's makers to include "Ew," a nod to the catchphrase from his popular sketch, and that worked.  …

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What to watch this week: Fall TV premieres galore with 'Channel Zero,' 'Gotham,' 'The Little Couple' in St. Petersburg

Amy Forsyth in Channel Zero - No-End House.

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Amy Forsyth in Channel Zero - No-End House.

Now that the Emmy Awards are over, the fall TV season can kick it into high gear. There are premieres every day this week, including returning seasons of The Little Couple, Dancing with the Stars, Gotham and The Good Place. 

It's time to load up your watchlists, TV nerds.

FALL TV PREVIEW: Let us be your guides to all the new shows

Monday

SEASON PREMIERE: Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC: The 25th season begins with 13 celebrity contestants, including Drew Scott, Terrell Owens, Debbie Gibson, Barbara Cororan, Derek Fisher and Nick and Vanessa Lachey.

SEASON PREMIERE: Behind Closed Doors: The American Family, 11 p.m., TLC: The new series follows the daily lives of three families: Tam catches Paul texting an ex and Deena realizes Andy's affair has put a strain on her relationship with her daughters.

Tuesday

SEASON FINALE: America's Got Talent, 8 p.m., NBC: The top 10 acts compete one last night for a chance to win one million dollars.

SEASON PREMIERE: The Little Couple, 8 p.m., TLC: The new season sees Dr. Jen Arnold and her family make the big move to Florida so Jen can work at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. …

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In Case You Missed It: Sean Spicer at the Emmys; WWE Hall of Famer dies; Kevin Hart apologizes

Sean Spicer made a cameo at the Emmy Awards on Sunday.

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Sean Spicer made a cameo at the Emmy Awards 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.

WWE Hall of Famer Bobby Heenan passes away at 73.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, regarded by many as one of the greatest managers and commentators in professional wrestling, died on Sunday, the WWE released in a statement. He was 73. 

While the cause of death hasn't been confirmed, the WWE Hall of Famer had been battling throat cancer since the early 2000s. With a career spanning more then four decades, Heenan formed what would become known as the Heenan Family, made up of the group of stars he managed. Among them were Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Paul Orndorff, Arn Anderson and Ric Flair, all in the WWE Hall of Fame.

His announcing career was as successful as his managing career with constant verbal jousts alongside fellow WWE Hall of Famers Gorilla Monsoon and "Mean" Gene Okerlund. "The Bobby Heenan Show" had a brief run on USA Network as well. The wrestling community flooded Twitter Sunday night to pay tribute to Heenan.

 

 

 

 

Sean Spicer made a surprise cameo at the Emmy Awards.

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What to watch this weekend: 'American Vandal' on Netflix, 69th Emmy Awards

Stephen Colbert hosts the 69th Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Stephen Colbert hosts the 69th Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Who drew them? American Vandal

Netflix's true crime lineup gets a healthy dose of satire with American Vandal. The parody series from co-creators Tony Yacenda (Pillow Talking) and Dan Perrault (Honest Trailers) explores the aftermath of a high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. The eight-episode season is hilariously recorded by a sophomore documentarian as they investigate who exactly drew cartoonish wieners on the cars. The investigated zones in on a known-vandal senior, played by Jimmy Tatro, but soon finds holes in his and others' stories. True-crime junkies and those who hate the genre will find hilarity in this new series. Now streaming on Netflix.

Awarding TV's best: 69th Emmy Awards …

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