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What to watch and listen to this week: Homegrown horror comedy series, Accused podcast

Accused is from the journalists at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati.com.

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Accused is from the journalists at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati.com.

Happy Halloween!
We know, it's Monday. The worst day for any holiday, really. Luckily, there are plenty of spooky movies and marathons that go perfectly with the sickly feeling in your stomach after one too many Reese's peanut butter cups and the realization there's only a week left until Election Day. Not to mention a juicy true crime podcast that you can easily devour this week and a locally-produced horror comedy series.

MONDAY

Homegrown horror: Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer, midnight, Amazon: Local filmmaker and Ringling College graduate Tony Ahedo created and produced a six-part limited comedy horror series in and around Tampa Bay. The titular character, Barry Baker, is a lonely office worker who takes a fortune cookie's advice to become a serial killer. And he's terrible at it. The pilot episode is available to stream Oct. 31 on Amazon.

Amazon show 'Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer' springs from Tampa Bay 

Halloween marathon, starts at 9 a.m., AMC: What's creepier than a sinister little boy murdering his teenage sister? That same boy growing up to be Michael Myers returning to his hometown in search of more victims. …

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Review: 'Good Girls Revolt' gives spotlight to 'nasty' newswomen of the '60s

Good Girls Revolt stars Anna Camp, Erin Darke and Genevieve Angelson as the ringleaders of a sexual discrimination lawsuit against their (fictitious) magazine News of the Week.

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Good Girls Revolt stars Anna Camp, Erin Darke and Genevieve Angelson as the ringleaders of a sexual discrimination lawsuit against their (fictitious) magazine News of the Week.

In 1970, more than 40 women sued the magazine Newsweek for gender discrimination. They were told "women don't write here."

These women had graduated with honors from prestigious colleges and were often more capable writers than their male colleagues.

But they were kept behind the front lines of reporting; running mail carts, clipping stories for archives, fact-checking and even doing interviews for "their reporters."

These women  researchers as they were called at the highest level they could achieve  had enough of doing the work only to have their male colleagues get all the credit.

Amazon's Good Girls Revolt dramatizes the landmark sexual discrimination case that happened during the major cultural revolutions of the 1970s. It's inspired by the book The Good Girls Revolt from Lynn Povich, who was one of the ringleaders of the original lawsuit against Newsweek.

The icing on this feminist cake is its trio of executive producers, all women: Dana Calvo, Darlene Hunt and Lynda Obst.

Each of the researchers who sue the fictitious News of the Week in Good Girls Revolt bring something different to the equality table. …

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What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Good Girls Revolt' on Amazon, The History Chicks podcast

The History Chicks explores a famous woman from history in each episode.

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The History Chicks explores a famous woman from history in each episode.

FRIDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Good Girls Revolt, midnight, Amazon: In 1970, more than 40 women sued Newsweek for gender discrimination. They were told "women don't write here." Good Girls Revolt dramatizes the landmark sexual discrimination case that happened during the major cultural revolutions of the 1970s. It's inspired by the book The Good Girls Revolt from Lynn Povich, who was one of the ringleaders of the original lawsuit against Newsweek. You'll sink your teeth into this show for the sounds of typewriters and news moving over the wires as well as the fashion and lovable characters established through group dynamics and individual focus.

REVIEW: 'Good Girls Revolt' gives spotlight to 'nasty' newswoman of the '60s

SPECIAL: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., ABC: Who wouldn't want to watch this Halloween/fall classic again? Featuring Charlie Brown at his first Halloween Party and Linus eagerly awaiting the Great Pumpkin. Also, stick around for the bonus cartoon, You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.

Movie: Stephen King's It, 8 p.m., Spike: Childhood friends are haunted even decades later by a demonic creature dressed as a clown. …

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Winner and loser of the week: Lady Gaga kills at Karaoke; Justin Bieber walks out on fans

We all need this hat.

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We all need this hat.

Winner:

Lady Gaga. The Bad Romance singer just released her fifth studio album, Joanne. She completely killed it on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke. Isolated vocals from her Saturday Night live performance were just released online, shutting down Gaga skeptics. She posed in wedding photos with a Japanese bride at John Lennon's Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park. Her pink cowboy hat has given us all hat goals.

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Tom Cruise makes a rare, public comment about Scientology

Tom Cruise has been reluctant to discuss Scientology in recent years.

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Tom Cruise has been reluctant to discuss Scientology in recent years.

Tom Cruise doesn't talk about his religion often, but the actor didn't shy away from the topic recently when Lucrezia Millarini of ITV News asked him about documentarian Louis Theroux's latest film, My Scientology Movie.

Cruise, who was on the red carpet at the London premiere of his own new movie, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, said, "It's something that has helped me incredibly in my life. I've been a Scientologist for over 30 years. It's something that is, you know ... without it, I wouldn't be where I am. So, it's a beautiful religion. I'm incredibly proud."

Cruise faced heavy public criticism in 2005 after a heated interview with Matt Lauer on the topic of Scientology, and has rarely talked about it in public since then. In 2012 he told Playboy that he wasn't going to discuss it when he was promoting a movie, saying, "I'm not going to get caught up in anything else, and that includes all my personal things."

Scientology's spiritual headquarters is located in Clearwater. Along with fellow Scientologists John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Cruise was in Clearwater for the 2013 dedication of the church's Flag Building.

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Beer drinkers threaten Yuengling boycott over Trump support

Yuengling beer is seen on the bottling line at the company's Tampa brewery.

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Yuengling beer is seen on the bottling line at the company's Tampa brewery.

Americans are passionate about politics, and they're passionate about beer. That perfect storm is adding up to America's oldest brewery getting some serious backlash for apparently wanting to "make America great again."

Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump, visited the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville, Penn. for a tour this week, where he tweeted out a photo standing with owner Richard "Dick" Yuengling Jr., the great-great grandson of the 187-year-old brewery's founder.

Thank you to Dick Yuengling for an amazing tour of the oldest brewery in the U.S! @Yuengling_Beer #PottsvillePA #MAGA pic.twitter.com/XrGVbbOiI3

According to a story in the Reading Eagle, Yuengling told Eric Trump, "Our guys are behind your father. We need him in there."

But some beer drinkers were not happy with what they perceived as the brewery's Trump endosement, as evidenced by the swift reaction on social media where a stream of Twitter users threatened to boycott the brand or never drink another drop of Yuengling again. The brewery hasn't officially endorsed any candidate, but the tweet, and Yuengling Jr.'s comments to the younger Trump were plenty enough to set people off.  …

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Graham McTavish talks 'Outlander,' 'The Hobbit' and being a secret writer before Megacon Tampa

Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie in Outlander.

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Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie in Outlander.

In the past four years, Graham McTavish has been a Dwarf, an 18th century Scottish Highlander and a gun-slinging murderous cowboy.

Though the characters he plays are oftentimes ferocious warriors, he and the people he portrays have hidden passions that propel them through their missions. For his characters, it may be taking back a kingdom stolen by a dragon, restoring the Bonnie Prince Charlie to the throne of England and seeking revenge from a preacher who wronged him.

For McTavish, 55, it's writing.

The familiar face behind Dwalin (The Hobbit), Dougal MacKenzie (Outlander) and the Saint of Killers (Preacher) pulled over to the side of the road in Los Angeles to chat with the Times before coming to Megacon Tampa Bay at the Tampa Convention Center this weekend.

You've had some very diverse characters in your career; was there a favorite one or type of character you like to play?

I've had more favorite roles than not good ones. 

Fortunately the Saint is not like me. I try not to slaughter an entire town whenever I can. …

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Playwright Aleshea Harris wins national prize for 'Is God Is'

Playwright, actor and spoken word poet Aleshea Harris.

Courtesy of Aleshea Harris.

Playwright, actor and spoken word poet Aleshea Harris.

A play by former St. Petersburg resident Aleshea Harris has won The Relentless Award, which honors Philip Seymour Hoffman.  


Is God Is, her full-length play, is billed as "a revenge tale of twin sisters that takes “a revenge tale of twin sisters that takes its cues from the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk." Plays must be previously unproduced and written by a U.S. citizen to be eligible. Winners receive $45,000 and a week-long residency at Ryder Farm, an artist residency program in Brewster, N.Y., as well as help developing the play through a series of staged readings at top theaters across the country, according to the American Playwriting Foundation, which established the award. 
More than 2,000 new plays were submitted for the 2016 contest, which began last year. Selection committee members included playwrights Eric Bogisian, David Bar Katz, Lynn Nottage, Thomas Bradshaw, John Ortiz, Lucy Thurber and Jonathan Marc Sherman.   …

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Cookies for breakfast? Girl Scouts cereal coming soon

General Mills says that Girl Scouts cereal is coming in January.

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General Mills says that Girl Scouts cereal is coming in January.

Sometimes, cookies get eaten for breakfast. It happens. Except maybe now you'll feel somewhat better about it.

That's because General Mills is teaming up with the Girl Scouts to make a limited-edition Girl Scout Cookie breakfast cereal that draws on inspiration from its iconic cookie varieties, Thin Mints and Samoas. 

The Instagram account @candyhunting was the first to break the news when it posted stock images of two boxes. When those images started trending online, General Mills confirmed the news on its own Twitter account.

Yes, it's true! Girl Scouts Cookie cereals will hit U.S. stores in January. We'll share more details soon! pic.twitter.com/sVHprf6bzc

It's not clear yet where you'll be able to get the cereal, or if it will be available in any other cookie varieties, but it's set to be released in January.

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Viral video of spider carrying a mouse is pure nightmare fuel (w/video)

This still from a video of a spider dragging a mouse was captured by a man in Australia.

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This still from a video of a spider dragging a mouse was captured by a man in Australia.

They're calling it Australia's version of Pizza Rat. 

A way, way worse Pizza Rat. 

A video showing a spider carrying a mouse over a refrigerator is the latest animal-carrying-a-thing video to go viral, with more than 10 million views since the original video was posted to Facebook by a man named Jason Womal from Queensland, Australia.

Mouse Spider, identified as a huntsman spider, is strong enough to drag the mouse up the side of a refrigerator, a feat that is impressive, but also the stuff that nightmares are made of.

Huntsman is the common name given to spiders in the Sparassidae family, a class of large, fast spiders that live in warm climates around the world. The huntsman is commonly found in Australia, but according to the University of Florida, was introduced to and lives in subtropical areas of the U.S., including Florida, where it is sometimes called a "banana spider."

The university says it's not a dangerous spider to humans, although that's apparently not true for rodents. …

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Why pineapples and watermelons make better jack-o-lanterns than pumpkins

The pineapple jack-o-lantern works nearly as well as a pumpkin, plus you get to eat the pineapple.

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The pineapple jack-o-lantern works nearly as well as a pumpkin, plus you get to eat the pineapple.

I do not pretend to know by what witchcraft the stringy, weird-smelling, seed-filled junk that is the inside of a pumpkin becomes a delicious pie. I assume it's not an easy process. 

With my limited kitchen skills, pumpkins might as well be filled with sawdust or packing peanuts, or even Circus Peanuts, and nobody wants to snack on any of those things. Yes, I know you can roast the pumpkin seeds in the oven, but that has always felt more like recycling than a treat.

Watermelons and pineapples, however, are filled with delicious watermelon and pineapple. That's why this Halloween season I said, "If I'm going to decorate with a thing that's going to rot into mush and attract ants to my porch, I'm going to get something I want out of it." Then I made jack-o-lanterns out of a watermelon and a pineapple.

Pineapple and watermelon jack-o-lanterns are not a new idea. A search shows that people have been posting photos of them online for at least a couple years, but for some reason, they're still not all that popular.  …

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'The Walking Dead,' season 7 premiere: RIP to all of us

Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) plays a game to pick who will be on the receiving end of his barbed wire-covered bat, Lucille.

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Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) plays a game to pick who will be on the receiving end of his barbed wire-covered bat, Lucille.

It's all going to be okay.

AMC promised a brutal and heartbreaking season premiere of The Walking Dead, and it delivered twofold.

The cliffhanger at the end of last season was torture. Not only did we see Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) beat someone to death with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat named Lucille, we were left hanging for almost 7 months as to who actually died.

But Sunday night's premiere was borderline sadism. I love horror movies and slasher shows, especially ones that feature zombies. It's different seeing something that's already dead get killed again.

But watching someone bash in the skulls of two other people is just sickening.

And Negan smiled and laughed while he did it, spewing vile words like "taking it like a champ" and "was the joke that bad?"

This guy makes Game of Thrones' Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton look like innocent babes.

Aside: Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a flawless Negan. Seriously, if you haven't read the comics yet, read them for his character. I promise you will love him. …

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What to watch and listen to this week: EW's Binge podcast, '90s Halloween favorites

The Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus.

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The Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus.

There's only one week left until Halloween, which means there are only 15 days until the presidential election and 62 days until Christmas! So, yeah, watch some spooky movies while you have the chance.

MONDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Man With a Plan, 8:30 p.m., CBS: We should be more excited for Matt LeBlanc's return to network TV, but he plays a contractor and dad who takes a bigger role with the kids when his wife returns to work. The whole Mr. Mom trope is regressive and isn't funny anymore.

Movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 4:30 p.m., TNT: It all started with a hobbit, a wizard and a group of dwarves seeking to reclaim a dragon's treasure.

Movie: Halloweentown, 7 p.m., Disney Channel: Before the Harry Potter movies there was Marnie Piper, a young girl who gleefully discovers she's a witch and must use her powers to help save the town where it's Halloween all the time.

Movie: Addams Family Values, 6:40 p.m., Freeform: In the spooky sequel, Gomez and Morticia welcome their new baby boy and Uncle Fester weds the evil Debbie.

Movie: Hocus Pocus, 8:50 p.m., Freeform: Three 17th century witches are resurrected and wreak havoc in modern-day Salem in the family-friendly Halloween classic. …

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The world laughs at Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton avoids email in 'SNL's' new debate sketch (w/video)

Tom Hanks made a guest appearance in Saturday Night Live's latest debate sketch.

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Tom Hanks made a guest appearance in Saturday Night Live's latest debate sketch.

A week after drawing an unhappy response from Donald Trump for its portrayal of him in its spoof of the second presidential debate, "Saturday Night Live" didn't back down on the third one.

Featuring the debate again in its cold open - this time with Tom Hanks playing moderator Chris Wallace - Alec Baldwin's Trump was as brutish and offensive as ever.

At one point, Trump forgets the name of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and calls him "Señor Guacamole," his wife "Taquito," and his kids "Chips" and "Salsa."

He offers the world's most meandering and nonsensical answer to a question about the Iraqi city of Mosul. There's even a subtle jab at Trump's strange comment that he would date daughter Ivanka if she weren't his daughter.

The sketch had some fun with the audience laughter that was clearly heard when Trump said that nobody respects women more than he does. It zooms out to outer space to show the whole planet laughing at the comment. …

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John Travolta and Kelly Preston seen ice skating at Westfield Countryside mall

John Travolta on the ice

Screenshot from Tampa Bay Skating Academy Facebook page

John Travolta on the ice

This week in celebrities doing normal people things, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston were seen ice skating at Westfield Countryside mall with (probably) their son, Ben.

Travolta and Preston own a ranch in Ocala. They have come to Clearwater quite a bit for functions at the Church of Scientology, where they are members.

TRAVOLTA: Happy with Scientology, won't see 'Going Clear'

We've all been racking our brains trying to figure out where we've seen Travolta on skates before, spending the greater part of the morning rewatching clips from Saturday Night Fever and googling every combination of " John Travolta skating" possible. But sadly, he wasn't on four wheels during the disco classic, despite the fact that dancing is always more impressive in a roller rink.

If you're thinking of the 1979 movie Roller Boogie, no, he wasn't in that either. Though IMDB Trivia says he was considered for the lead after the success of Grease.

The Tampa Bay Skating Academy posted on their Facebook photos showing Travolta and Preston skating hand and hand and taking selfies with fans.

 

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