Friday, December 15, 2017
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'Dolphin Tale 2' adds inspiring surfer Bethany Hamilton to cast

Winter the tailless bottlenose has a new co-star for Dolphin Tale 2, currently filming in Clearwater. The production announced Monday that professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a 2003 shark attack, is filming scenes for the sequel at Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter resides. Hamilton's recovery and return to competition inspired the 2011 movie Soul Surfer starring AnnaSophia Robb, a series of eight inspirational books and a faith-based documentary. Her story nicely synchs with Winter's appeal for physically challenged aquarium visitors, who consider the dolphin with her prosthetic tail a role model for overcoming the odds. Hamilton, 23, plays herself in Dolphin Tale 2, apparently sharing screen time with Winter and child stars Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff, since headliners Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd aren't scheduled to arrive on the set for several weeks. Filming continues in Pinellas County through January, with breaks for the holidays. Dolphin Tale 2, written and directed by Charles Martin Smith, is slated for release by Warner Bros. on Sept. 19, 2014. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

Salma HayekSalma Hayek has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein, calling the producer a "monster" who threatened her career and her life after she reportedly denied his sexual advances. Hayek said working with Weinstein on the film Frida was like "goi...
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What to watch this weekend: ‘A Christmas Story Live,’ Star Wars movie marathon, Hollywood Christmas Parade

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Festivus 2017: Submit your grievances and complaints here

Festivus 2017: Submit your grievances and complaints here

Here's your chance. Tell us what annoyed you in 2017, and we'll share it with our readers.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry May 19

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Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

Inside Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s first Christmas without leader Paul O’Neill

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‘The Dark Crystal’ returning to theaters in February 2018

‘The Dark Crystal’ returning to theaters in February 2018

Jim Henson fans are going to love this: His masterpiece The Dark Crystal has been restored to 4k glory and will be re-released to theaters in February 2018, according to Movieweb.com.The 1982 fantasy-adventure flick was directed by Hen...
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Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingSuper lightweights: Vargas vs. Herrera10 p.m.FS1College basketballWomen: Southern at USF7 p.m.1040-AMMaryland-Eastern Shore at Creighton8 p.m.FS1College footballDivision III, final: Mount Union (Ohio) vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)7 p.m.ES...
Published: 12/14/17
Here’s hoping the fire’s not still burning for the Heart sisters

Here’s hoping the fire’s not still burning for the Heart sisters

'Tis the season for another '80s music lesson from Kevin Wuench: With the holidays approaching, it's a tense time for families that don't always get along. Unfortunately one family that isn't quite getting along these days is the Wilson sisters ...
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Straz Center reviewing Tavis Smiley theatrical tour in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Straz Center reviewing Tavis Smiley theatrical tour in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The theatrical tour about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. that broadcaster Tavis Smiley is slated to bring to Tampa in March is still on schedule, according to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, though it is under review.PBS s...
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Harry Potter’s Nymphadora Tonks, Natalia Tena, joins A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Harry Potter’s Nymphadora Tonks, Natalia Tena, joins A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The bubble gum pink-haired, shape-shifting witch Nymphadora Tonks from the last four Harry Potter films is headed to A Celebration of Harry Potter next month.Natalia Tena marks her first appearance at the annual wizarding world celebration Jan. 26-28...
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