Kristofferson in 'Dolphin Tale'
Dolphin Tale, the feature film currently filming in Clearwater, now has two leading men capable of serenading its aquatic star Winter. Songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson has joined the cast, playing the father of Harry Connick Jr.'s character, the director of Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter resides.
Kristofferson composed such hits as Me and Bobby McGee and Sunday Morning Coming Down before turning to acting in the 1970s with Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and A Star is Born. His recent film credits include He's Just Not That Into You and Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.
Kristofferson joins Connick, Ashley Judd and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman in Dolphin Tale, a 3-D feature inspired by Winter's rescue and rehabilitation at the aquarium.
The film directed by Charles Martin Smith is filming locally through mid December, with plans for a 2011 release.
— Steve Persall, Times film critic
George Michael out of jail
George Michael has been released from jail after serving about half his eight-week sentence. The '80s popster and former Wham! frontman was jailed Sept. 14 for driving under the influence of drugs. Michael was released Monday from Highpoint prison in Suffolk, England, reports BBC News. He had previously released a statement saying he was treated well in jail. "Please believe me when I tell you that in the last 3 weeks, there have been no tears, no anxiety, no bullying — in fact, not so much as a sleepless night for me," his statement to the BBC read. "On the contrary, I've been treated with kindness by fellow inmates and prison staff alike and, as far as I can tell, have received no special treatment of any kind whatsoever, unless, of course, some of the guys here are letting me win at the pool table." Michael said he spent most days "reading thousands of letters and postcards of incredible support …"