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Sports anchor Tom Korun leaving WFTS after decades in Tampa Bay TV

Tom Korun is retiring after 31 years on Tampa Bay television.

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Tom Korun is retiring after 31 years on Tampa Bay television.

WFTS ABC Action News sports anchor and director Tom Korun is retiring from broadcasting after more than 14 years at the station and 31 years on Tampa Bay TV screens.

Korun announced the news via Twitter, saying that he'll leave the job on Dec. 15. 

I have something I'd like to share with you. I will be retiring on Dec. 15 after 42 1/2 yrs. in TV. 31 & change in TB. Thank you all!

Korun started his broadcasting career in Des Moines, Iowa while still a student at Drake University, and later worked in Tampa Bay for WFLA and the Sunshine Network before joining WFTS.

"You have to be real with yourself, and say do you want to continue, or not, and I came to the conclusion that now is the time," Korun said.

Korun said he's looking forward to playing golf much more often, and helping out his wife with their dog training business.

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What to watch and listen to this week: 13 Nights of Halloween starts, Dirty John podcast

Dirty John is a project and podcast from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery that follows one woman's uncovering of the startling lengths her husband went to cover up his past and true self.

Wondery

Dirty John is a project and podcast from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery that follows one woman's uncovering of the startling lengths her husband went to cover up his past and true self.

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Dirty John

Amidst the onslaught of chilling true-crime podcasts popping up every month, occasionally there's one so startling that it draws you away from the rest of the mayhem and murder.

Dirty John from the Los Angeles Times and Wondery will make you think twice about ignoring someone's red flags.

Reporter Christopher Goffard delves into the extensive deceit brought about by John Meehan (spoiler: he's Dirty John) after he married interior designer Deborah Newell. Newell thought she met the man of her dreams with John, but her fairy tale quickly unraveled into chaos and danger for her and her family.

Through six episodes and accompanying stories published online, Goffard, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter, pieces together interviews with Newell and her family and even some of Meehan's family to explore the extensive lies and deplorable history of a man who claimed to be a "freelance anaesthesiologist." …

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WEDU now airing some PBS shows lost to the WUSF shutdown

PBS series "Doc Martin" is among the programming being added by WEDU.

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PBS series "Doc Martin" is among the programming being added by WEDU.

WUSF TV went off the air Sunday after more than 50 years, a victim of the University of South Florida selling off its broadcast license to the Federal Communications Commission so they could auction off those valuable airwaves to commercial wireless service providers.

While content that was produced by USF's WUSF stations is gone, many of the PBS shows that appeared on WUSF are moving over to Tampa Bay's other PBS member station, WEDU.

RELATED: Auction nets $18.8M, but spells death for WUSF

If you're looking for Doc Martin, Father Brown, Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, Midsomer Murders, The Coroner, A Place to Call Home and some others, they can be be found on WEDU's channels starting today.

WEDU also begins broadcasting on two new channels in the Tampa Bay area today: PBS Kids, which features 24-hours-a-day educational programming such as Sesame Street and Arthur, and Create TV, which airs do-it-yourself shows like This Old House and Cook's Country. WEDU says it's also working to add more programs lost in the WUSF closing. …

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In Case You Missed It: James Corden apologizes for Harvey Weinstein jokes; Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas get engaged; Kaepernick files grievance against NFL

Host James Corden speaks onstage during the amfAR Gala ON Oct. 13, 2017.

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Host James Corden speaks onstage during the amfAR Gala ON Oct. 13, 2017.

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

Here's what trended that you might have missed if you weren't on social media the last couple days.

James Corden apologizes for Harvey Weinstein jokes

British TV host James Corden apologized over the weekend after he received swift backlash for making Harvey Weinstein jokes at a fundraiser in California on Saturday night.

Corden says he was not trying to make light of the disgraced film mogul's behavior and issued an apology for "anyone offended" by his jokes. 

While hosting the annual AmfAR Gala, and HIV/AIDS fundraiser, Corden chose to comment on Weinstein's ongoing sexual harrassment scandal.

He said: "It's a beautiful night here in LA.

"So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage."

A storm of backlash came on social media immediately following the event, where his comments were met with laughs and groans from the audience.

Rose McGowan and Asia Argento were among Corden's critics. Both actresses say they were assaulted by Weinstein.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Late Late Show host apologized and said he wanted to "shame" Weinstein and not his alleged victims.  

 

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The artist who may or may not have created St. Petersburg's butt graffiti has a legit art show and a new mural

The flier for Jeremy Trevino's art exhibition at The Bends. The opening was last weekend, but the drawings will remain on display through October.

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The flier for Jeremy Trevino's art exhibition at The Bends. The opening was last weekend, but the drawings will remain on display through October.

Remember the local artist who would neither confirm nor deny creating the triple-cheek butt graffiti that was frequently spotted around downtown St. Petersburg a few months back?

You can now own an original work by Jeremy Trevino, whose comical pen and ink drawings often feature feet being used as hands, which means that butts often end up being heads. Hard to picture? You'll just have to see it.

St. Petersburg bar the Bends has been hosting an exhibition of Trevino's work since last weekend. The original drawings are for sale, and Trevino is also selling a limited number of prints of each one for $40 each.

Here's how the event listing described it: "Both the drawings and the bar are 21+. You might accidentally relate to 1 or more of these new pictures. The brightest dim wit on paper, these scenes of feet, dogs and asses will find a way to stimulate your brain's reward system. Sorry & see you here."

Related: Who's behind the mysterious butt graffiti in St. Pete?

The drawings will remain on display at the Bends through the month of October.

 

Trevino also recently completed this Florida banana mural in St. Petersburg.

 

 

 

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What to watch this weekend: 'Lore,' 'Queers,' 'Mindhunter'

Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter.

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Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter.

Spooky mythology: Lore

This new Amazon series couldn't have a better release date: Friday the 13th. Lore brings to life Aaron Mahnke's smash-hit podcast of the same name in a six-episode anthology series. For the uninitiated, Lore the podcast chronicles strange phenomena, folklore and urban legends through Mahnke's painstaking research of the darker sides of history. The series aims to bring these same stories to life on the small screen. The episodes combine documentary elements with a bit of dramatization with actors like Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore and Campbell Scott. Viewers are in for a dose of macabre history when Lore delves into the origins behind monsters like vampires and werewolves and myths like the belief in changelings. The new series also boasts executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Now available on Amazon Prime.

Review: Lore reels you in with terrifying true tales from history

How serial killers think: Mindhunter …

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Review: BBC's 'Queers' an intimate look at decades of gay British life

Alan Cumming in BBC's Queers.

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Alan Cumming in BBC's Queers.

The recent BBC series Queers is a deceivingly simple take on decades of gay life in Britain. One pub. One character. 20 minutes.

The eight episodes were produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalized sex between men. (That doesn't mean gay people weren't still criminalized, though.) …

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Plan a Halloween movie marathon with these spooky flicks on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch.

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Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch.

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Not just because I can be my true witchy self and eat Reese's cups until I hate myself. No, I just really love to be scared.

There are plenty of events locally where you can get the pants scared off of you. Just check out our Halloween guide.

But a cheaper alternative is a good old fashioned horror movie marathon. And luckily for us modern humans, there's a plethora of spooky flicks available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO. These are just some of my favorites.

Trick or treat, monster mashers.

Scary

Cult of Chucky: The seventh movie in this demented, killer doll franchise sees Chucky return to torment his human victim Nica, who's now locked in an asylum for the criminally insane. Chucky also has a few scores to settle with old enemies and enlists the help of his former wife.

The Craft: This 1996 teen drama is scary in the way that thinking about enduring high school again is scary. New girl Sarah (Robin Tunney) finds that her telekinetic abilities make her popular with a group of wannabe witches. But with great witchy power comes great responsibility to use it wisely. …

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Top Halloween costumes for 2017? Google says strong women

Wonder Woman is the top-searched costume this year.

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Wonder Woman is the top-searched costume this year.

If you're putting any real effort into your Halloween costume, you've probably already started working on it. Google has the proof: enough people have searched costumes this year, that Google Trends can say these are the top Halloween costumes of 2017 — and strong women are in style. 

This year's top 5 most-Googled costumes are:

1. WONDER WOMAN

 

2. HARLEY QUINN

 

3.CLOWN

 

4. MOANA

 

5. UNICORN

You can check out the other Google Trends for Halloween 2017, including the top couple's costumes (Forrest Gump and Jenny and Tarzan and Jane are big this year, for some reason), here.

 

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Vitale Bros. in running to pitch St. Pete 'Mini Lights' movie to Duplass Brothers

The Vitale Bros. painted this Mini Lights mural in Roser Park.

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The Vitale Bros. painted this Mini Lights mural in Roser Park.

As we've reported before, local artists the Vitale Brothers are working on a Mini Lights "skater horror film" based on the urban legend involving St. Petersburg's Booker Creek, a witch and little green creatures that come out after dark. 

They've been raising funds for that movie through a Seed&Spark campaign, and this week they're making a final push in the crowdfunding site's Hometown Heroes Rally contest aimed at helping developing filmmakers make a movie rooted in their local community. 

Dozens of filmmakers are competing, and the ten projects that reached their funding goals and have the most followers at the end of the day today will get a chance to pitch their movie to the Duplass Brothers, the indie-darling production team of Mark and Jay Duplass, aka the guys behind the films Puffy Chair, Jeff Who Lives at Home and The Skeleton Twins as well as the HBO series Togetherness and Animals.

The Duplass Brothers will executive produce their favorite project that is pitched to them, and the filmmakers will get $25,000 in funding. …

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The pop culture news you missed this week

Jennifer Aniston

The Friends actor donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross and another $500,000 to the Ricky Martin Foundation to aid victims of Hurricane Maria. "Jennifer Aniston U R amazing Thanx 4 donating $500k for our #PuertoRico relief fund We will never forget. U R saving lives Jenn #Allin4PR," tweeted Martin.

Katy Perry

The pop star helped two fans get engaged on stage during her Witness tour. A woman named Katie proposed to her girlfriend Becky on stage Wednesday, which also happened to be National Coming Out Day. "You said you had a wish. Well, this is a shooting star," the singer told the couple, asking them what they wished for. "Well, I don't know if all of y'all have seen Becky, but she's pretty even without any makeup on. And she's perfect every time I look at her," Katie told the crowd before popping the question.

Britney Spears

Spears returned to the stage for the first time since the recent shooting in Las Vegas."What's up, Vegas?" the singer said while wearing a #VegasStrong hat. "Before I start the show, I just want to say we're here for you, you're here for us and we're going to get through this together."

Harvey Weinstein …

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Review: 'Lore' reels you in with terrifying true tales from history

Lore also includes and episode about a young boy and his doll, which eventually became known as one of the most cursed dolls in the world.

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Lore also includes and episode about a young boy and his doll, which eventually became known as one of the most cursed dolls in the world.

Some of the most popular and terrifying legends have their gnarled roots in history. Amazon's Lore brings those tales to life.

The six-episode series is inspired by the wildly popular podcast of the same name, which boasts about 6 million listeners every month. Now up to 70 episodes, host Aaron Mahnke weaves tales of terror and urban legends with the true history that inspired them.

Ever wondered about the origins of werewolves, vampires, changelings, elves, demonic dolls, hauntings and the like? Mahnke's series delves into it all.

Previous Coverage: Lore is a beautifully thrilling way to explore the darker sides of history

Podcasts moving to the small screen isn't a new phenomenon (WTF with Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick's Nerdist, Comedy Bang! Bang!, to name a few) but it can be a risky venture.

By nature, podcasts thrive on quality audio storytelling. Hosts and voice actors must have strong, emotional range in order to deliver solid impact. A television show adds visual and more character elements that can either distract or enhance the story being told.

Lore makes this transition flawlessly. …

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Watch: Eminem drops new freestyle video blasting Trump

Eminem dropped a scathing freestyle video during Tuesday night's BET awards aimed at President Donald Trump.

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Eminem dropped a scathing freestyle video during Tuesday night's BET awards aimed at President Donald Trump.

Rapper Eminem dropped a bombshell video during Tuesday's BET Hip Hop Awards that addressed just one person: President Donald Trump. 

 

Eminem tore into the president in an a capella freestyle called "The Storm" that blasts Trump over the NFL, immigration, white supremacy, gun control and other recent controversies.

In one verse, Eminem raps, "Racism's the only thing he's fantastic for," referring to the Fantastic Four and comparing Trump to the comic's orange monster, Thing.

In another: "But we better give Obama props/ Cause what we've got in office now's/ A kamikaze that'll probably cause a nuclear holocaust."

He also took a moment to dismiss any of his fans who support Trump.

Warning: the following contains graphic language.

The 4 1/2 minute video was filmed inside a parking garage in downtown Detroit, the rapper's hometown.

Soon after it was released, the video took off on social media platforms across the internet. Within hours of airing on BET, the video racked up more than 1.5 million views on Youtube.

By Wednesday morning, it had well over 3 million.

 

 

 

Eminem's new album is set to come out sometime in November, though no official release date has been announced.

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What to watch this week: It's CW premieres galore with 'Riverdale,' 'Dynasty,' 'Valor'

Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, KJ Appa and Camila Mendes in Riverdale.

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Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, KJ Appa and Camila Mendes in Riverdale.

'Tis the season for superhero fans and Riverdale alums - CW premieres new seasons of all its hit shows this week. DC comic book fans get to see what Kara Danvers, Barry Allen, Oliver Queen and the Legends have been up to when their respective series return this week. The network also drops new dramas Dynasty and Valor. The former is a reboot of the scandalous '80s soap about an uber-rich family. The latter centers on a group of elite U.S. Army helicopter pilots after a return from a dangerous mission. But perhaps the most anticipated return is the second season of Riverdale, the pulpy, critical darling that stole hearts last fall with juicy teen drama and small town scandal.

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SEASON PREMIERE: Supergirl, 8 p.m., CW: Kara grapples with the loss of Mon-El by throwing all her energy into being Supergirl and battling a mysterious new threat against National City.

SERIES PREMIERE: Valor, 9 p.m., CW: An elite group of Army helicopter pilots deal with the aftermath of a top-secret mission in Somalia that went terribly awry.

Halloween Wars, 10 p.m., Food Network: Two teams compete in "Hayride of Horror" where they'll see what happens when the pumpkins they're carving come to life. …

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A Celebration of Harry Potter brings Weasley twins, Viktor Krum to Universal Orlando

James and Oliver Phelps, and Stanislav Yanevski are heading to A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in January.

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James and Oliver Phelps, and Stanislav Yanevski are heading to A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in January.

Witches and wizards will get to meet the famous Weasley twins and the Bulgarian quidditch team's seeker this year at A Celebration of Harry Potter.

The annual Harry Potter fest -- now in its fifth year at Universal Orlando -- announced James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum) as part of the first round of celebrity guests.

More guests will be announced at a later date.

Previous Coverage: Everything you need to know about A Celebration of Harry Potter

The Phelps twins were fan-favorites at previous Celebrations, but this year is Yanevski's first event at the Orlando theme park.

James and Oliver Phelps played the two mischievous twins in the large Weasley family. They were both brilliant pranksters and went on to co-found Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop. Yanevski played the gruff Bulgarian seeker who first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire during the Triwizard Tournament. He was the Durmstrang Institute's champion. …

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