Ben Stiller Is Making a TV Show About Hollywood, Florida

South Florida's Hollywood generally isn't the place stars come to when they're looking to make it big. A new Comedy Central show may start changing people's minds on that -- or at least get them laughing at the idea.

The first season of Big Time in Hollywood, FL, a series about two brothers trying to do just that -- make it big in the 954 -- will air this March courtesy of Ben Stiller's production company, Red Hour, and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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"Women of Vision" Exhibits Work by Female National Geographic Photojournalists

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Maggie Steber
True beauty.

National Geographic photojournalist Maggie Steber remembers one of the first times she was confronted with the real possibility of danger on the job.

"Once in Haiti in a church that had been attacked by a gang with machetes and machine guns, and it was the church of Father Aristide, who later became president, and many people were killed, and there was only one way out, and I realized I had to get out, and I panicked," Steber recounts from her Miami home. "I ran down the middle aisle of the church and right into the arms of a man with a machete, and he raised the machete." An old, worn trapping of femininity ended up saving her life.


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Mai-Kai Dance Party Was More Fun Than Your Saturday Night

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Ian Witlen
The birthday boy was hungry.

For the past few years, off and on, a group of DJs has taken over the Mai-Kai bar to spin the most danceable songs off their favorite records. The last one in August was a real doozy that packed the house. This past Saturday night, they delivered again with a "rum-soaked" bash.

This January's party was a celebration of life, specifically the life of Nick Dewey, AKA James Brown's Sweat. His friends and fellow wax hoarders, DJ Sensitive Side, Mikey "Killer" Ramirez, and Action Pat, joined him at the turntables for this very special birthday event, goading a roomful of folks in flower prints and pompadours to boogie like it was 1965.

See also: Full Slideshow from James Brown's Sweat Birthday Bash at Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale

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The Band in Heaven Releases New Video for "The Boys of Summer of Sam"

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West Palm Beach pedal-heavy fuzz-rockers the Band in Heaven is back at it again. The group released a new 7" last Tuesday on Chicago imprint HoZac Records. It expands on the four-piece's psychedelic, black-leather swagger.

This nifty two-song release is also seeing the light of day via cassette tape on local label Decades Records this week.

The A-side "The Boys of Summer of Sam," boasts the kind of menacing scuzzed-out riffage that would make Black Rebel Mototcycle Club jealous. The video for the song, which addresses a serious subject, premiered yesterday on Noisey.

See also: Ten Best New Year's Eve Parties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Flo Rida Named Grand Marshal for Winterfest Boat Parade

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George Martinez

Flo Rida once boasted "Club Can't Handle It," but the Winterfest Boat Parade certainly can.

This Friday at 6 p.m., the Hard Rock Casino will host an invite-only ceremony in which Flo Rida will be named grand marshal of the boat parade while also being given a key to the city by the Fort Lauderdale mayor, Jack Seiler.

See also: Flo Rida & MusclePharm Celebrate Corporate Love Match at His Flo Fit Gym in Pembroke Pines


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Le Baron Pop-Up at the Delano's FDR Lounge Was the Dance Party of Art Basel 2014

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Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

Last Wednesday night, we trotted down the Miami Beach Boardwalk past Miley Cyrus wailing away with Wayne Coyne for a small crowd of the most aggressive adults ever to elbow their way past doormen and cops. We weren't interested in actually getting trampled to see Hannah Montana cover the Beatles -- as camp as that sounds. We were heading over to the Delano to the most desirable dance party that coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach, Le Baron.

This year, the roaming and alt-exclusive party was housed underground in the Florida Room now known as FDR Lounge at the Delano. The line was still short since doors didn't officially open until midnight, but that didn't keep a "Real" Housewife from scoffing at us at the door thinking we wanted to go to some magazine party by the pool.

No thanks, lady, not interested in your "chic" shindig. We wanted to dance and laugh and make new friends with smiles on their faces, not sneers.

See also: 116 Photos at Le Baron Art Basel Pop-Up at FDR Lounge


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Tate's Comics Launches Ugly Sweater Sunday

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Photo by TheUglySweaterShop.com via Flickr cc

"This has nothing to do with Bill Cosby," insists Anthony Ruiz, front desk clerk at Tate's Comics about the store celebrating its first ever Ugly Sweater Sunday.

"The idea for it came up like all our special events do, at a powwow between all the store's employees."

Although an Ugly Sweater Sunday might seem to have the makings of anti-Bill Cosby social commentary by mocking Dr. Huxtable's favorite item of clothing, the festivities at the all-things comic book related store will be much more innocent.

Anyone wearing an ugly sweater will get an automatic ten percent discount off all their purchases. But to qualify Ruiz emphasizes, "The sweater has to really be horrific to count."


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Ariana Grande Is Adorable in This Elementary School Yearbook Photo

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Photo by Sayre Berman

As we watch Ariana Grande -- the miniature lady with the highest ponytail in pop since Madonna's Blond Ambition tour -- bellow into the mic on national television, like daily, we often wonder, "Did the bite-sized Boca babe actually swallow Mariah Carey?" It would explain why the American public is so hypnotized by her great big wails and also why her muffled lyrics are basically impossible to decipher.

Ariana's here to stay. And the real proof of that is, she got a real diss from The Divine Miss M when Bette Midler herself told the Telegraph she was "ridiculous" and has a "silly high voice."

They've already made up on Twitter. That is stardom at its most millennial.

Anyway. Now that you know who we're talking about, and you're up to speed on her latest drama. Please take a peek at Ariana Grande's 5th grade elementary school photo we scored from a former classmate from North Broward Preparatory School.

See also: Y100 Jingle Ball 2013 at BB&T Center (Photos)


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Creed Singer Scott Stapp's Wife Tried to Forcibly Place Him in Rehab (Update)

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Monica McGivern

There is a certain type of celebrity the world wants, yearns for, even.

It's the type of person who does everything wrong.

This person starts fights with other celebrities, burns bridges, uses copious levels of narcotic drugs, possesses a laughable sort of vanity, and lives a public life filled with contradiction. Some make their madness into a successful business -- like Charlie Sheen or any number of European royals throughout history. For others, such nonsense repeatedly results in all-out cries of oh-how-the-mighty-have-fallen: Scott Stapp, the Creed (or sometimes ex-Creed) baritone turned solo artist is just such a man.

In the past decade or so, the now-Boca-based singer has gone from working on an RIAA diamond-certified album to allegedly heading a crystal-meth-fueled conspiracy theory rager across America.

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The Exiles Brought Rockabilly and a Lost Feature on Native Culture to Fort Lauderdale

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Ollie Wareham
(Left to Right) Spencer who starred in The Legacy of Exiled Ndnz, Pamela Peters, and Everett Osceola

Friday night, the Stranahan House Museum was transformed into a 1950s dance fest. At 6 p.m., Rockabilly band Slip and the Spinouts were playing music made for greasers and pre-auxiliary cord cars were displayed out front in all their shiny glory.

The reason for these festivities was not an interactive screening of Grease but rather of the lost movie The Exiles. Created in the late '50s by director Kent MacKenzie, it tells the story of three Native Americans who moved from their reservation to Los Angeles. The movie was created around the time of the Indian Relocation Act, a United States law created to encourage indigenous people to leave their reservations and move to certain cities in the U.S. where they were promised a solid job and good life.

See also: A Gay -- or "Two-Spirit" -- Miccosukee Man Fights for the Everglades

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