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‘Infiltrator’ begins hiring cast for Tampa filming

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BY PAUL GUZZOTribune staff

TAMPA — Think you oughta be in pictures?

The casting call has officially begun for “The Infiltrator,” starring Emmy Award-winner Bryan Cranston Of “Breaking Bad” fame and filming in Tampa as soon as late April.

Marinella Hume Casting is looking for people of all sexes, ages, body types and ethnicities to fill as many as 600 positions, including extras, stand-ins and photo doubles for the stars.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: American Red Cross luncheon

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American Red Cross luncheon

TAMPA BAY — Guests of the American Red Cross Tampa Bay were treated to a special luncheon aboard Holland America Cruise Line’s MS Ryndam on Jan. 25.

About 100 supporters, volunteers and guests boarded the ship, which remained in port. They visited with friends and learned about the American Red Cross from Luke Greeves, executive director of international management and planning.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Gasparilla Community Fund Charity Dinner

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Gasparilla Community Fund Charity Dinner

TAMPA — Guests got into the Gasparilla spirit early at the Jan. 22 Gasparilla Community Fund Charity Dinner at Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The event raised funds for the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Community Fund, which is used to help the community in times of need.

About 100 guests enjoyed a four-course dinner featuring rustic terrine of lobster tapenade boursin, pasta carbonara, pastrami spiced prime rib and dark chocolate crunch bar garnished with mocha meringue and cherry compote.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Fashion show closes festival

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Fashion show closes festival

TAMPA — Guests dressed in style for PreVue, the lively fashion show that closed the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival & Music Fest on Jan. 25 at the Holiday Inn Westshore.

“It was another way for the festival to showcase how African-Americans contribute to the Tampa Bay community and society in the world of arts and culture,’’ said Ruby Jackson, who served as cochair of the 10-day festival along with William Sanders. The cochairs thanked the many community supporters and volunteers who kept the dream alive.

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Why South Tampa was named one of the nation’s 10 ‘sexiest’ neighborhoods

Published:   |   Updated: January 28, 2015 at 11:09 AM
By CHRISTOPHER SPATATBO.com staff

The dude-focused food, drinking and city guide website Thrillist is telling the rest of the world what locals will probably say they already knew: South Tampa is sexy.

The site — known for pumping out lists to the tune of “What Every U.S. State is Worst At,” “America’s Most Hipster Cities,” and “10 Bourbons You Can Afford to Drink. Every. Single. Day.” (yikes) — puts the area south of Kennedy Boulevard at No. 6 on its list of “The 10 Sexiest Neighborhoods in America.

Here’s part of their description of South Tampa:

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How you can help shape the Channel District with Tampa Waterfront 20/20

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

A pedestrian street bordered by shops. A retro nightclub. An outdoor Christmas market. Even an IHOP.

These are just some of the ideas that are being submitted for Tampa’s downtown through Tampa Waterfront 20/20, a website that is asking the public for suggestions on what to build in the Channel District.

Billed as “America’s first crowdsourced neighborhood,” the roughly 30 acres of mostly vacant waterfront property is owned by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. He’s planning a $1 billion redevelopment to transform the area into an entertainment and commerce district with a medical school, hotel, office buildings, apartments, restaurants and parks. Ground is expected to be broken in the summer.

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TLC funds final album with Kickstarter

Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2015 at 11:43 AM
Amanee K. CabbagestalkSpecial to TBO Seen

Girl group TLC has reunited for their fifth and final album, and they’re asking fans to help out.

The group tweeted Jan. 19 that they’re financing the album through crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

Although they reached their $150,000 goal in four days — becoming Kickstarter’s fastest funded pop project — the campaign will accept backers until Feb. 19.

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Which name did voters choose for baby gorilla at Busch Gardens?

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The votes are in, and the baby gorilla at Busch Gardens has been named.

Enzi, meaning “power” in Swahili, was chosen by majority vote, according to Busch Gardens. Nearly 2,000 votes were submitted in a Facebook poll.

The other two names voters could choose from were Birungi, meaning “bringer of good things,” and Bem, meaning “peace.”

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Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

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Associated Press

MIAMI — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday’s pageant in Miami.

Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said she would wear the crown with “pride and excitement” as she heard the news that fans in Colombia had taken to the streets to celebrate.

Although she was far from home, Vega said she still felt the support from local Latinos.

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Could a ‘Scandal’ spinoff be in the works?

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Amanee K. CabbagestalkSpecial to TBO Seen

Shonda Rhimes, the woman who has solely taken over ABC’s Thursday night primetime television, told The Hollywood Reporter that she has yet another show evolving.

The show-runner previously stated that “Scandal” would not have the long lifespan as “Grey’s Anatomy,” which is in its 11th season. Rhimes established that “Scandal” is just not that type of story because it has an end that’s important to get to.

But, fear not Gladiators! When Olivia Pope has finished fixing scandals in our nation’s capital, Rhimes has another agenda for B613.

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