| Nov 20, 2014
| 6:51 AM
Fox finally set the season premiere for a new season of “American Idol” this week, but even better news for its fans is that Harry Connick Jr., one of the more cerebral and pleasant hosts in the show’s history, will perform two South...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 4:35 AM
"Dolphin Tale 2" may focus on telegenic dolphins and handsome star Harry Connick Jr. But there's a subplot for local moviegoers: The made-in-Florida sequel put many Orlando actors to work.
That development is "really, really, really unusual in this day,...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Randall Wallace didn't expect a rock-star reception when he went on the road to promote his faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" ahead of its Easter-weekend release.
Yet at the First Assembly of God Church in Phoenix, 9,000 congregants greeted the...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 4:14 PM
During production of "Dolphin Tale 2" at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, the nonprofit facility operated 24/7 to rescue, rehab and release injured sea creatures, including dolphins and turtles.
The center was open to the public only on weekends,...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Charles Martin Smith would have walked over hot coals for George Lucas during the filming of the seminal 1973 hit "American Graffiti," in which he was sweetly endearing as the nerdy Terry "the Toad" Fields.
And even 41 years later, the actor-director...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The main cast as well as the mammalian star of the 2011 hit family film "Dolphin Tale" return in "Dolphin Tale 2," a pleasant if bland and nonessential sequel.
Like the original movie, the follow-up is based on true events that occurred at the...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:58 PM
The Governor returned to "The Walking Dead" last week, but he didn't really return until this Sunday night's episode, "Dead Weight."
What I mean by that is that the Governor we saw last week was a shell of himself, shuffling around with his big hair and...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 2:08 PM
Florida's beaches are playgrounds for tourists and residents alike, with each stretch of sand offering a unique character. It all depends on what you're looking for: peace, a party? There is a different case to be made for most of the state's natural...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 8:38 PM
More than three decades before opening night of the 13th annual Newport Beach Film Festival at Edwards Big Newport, festival co-founder Todd Quartararo sat in the same packed theater, watching "Star Wars."
"It was incredible — here is a film that...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 11:36 AM
While "The Artist" is expected to do well at the Feb. 26 Oscars, the film has some new hardware for the mantle courtesy of its four-legged cast member. Uggie won a Pawscar.
The Jack Russell terrier took home the prize on Thursday (Feb. 9) for "Best Scene...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
Shy 11-year-old Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) comes out of his shell when working with Winter, an injured dolphin who has her tail amputated. So it’s pretty shocking when Winter eats Sawyer in one bite.