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12 items from 2011


Carrie Underwood makes film debut in Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb

6 September 2011 3:45 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Award-winning country singer Carrie Underwood, whose music career began when she won American Idol in 2005, makes the move to the big screen in upcoming drama Soul Surfer.

Based on a true story, the film stars AnnaSophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia, The Reaping, Race to Witch Mountain) as teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Also in the cast are Dennis Quaid as Bethany's dad Tom, Helen Hunt as mum Cheri and Lorraine Nicholason as best friend Alana Blanchard.

Underwood plays church youth ministry leader Sarah Hill (see picture right), whose missions trip to Thailand to help the victims of the 2004 tsunami proves a turning point in Bethany's life.

Directed by Sean McNamara, Soul Surfer is released in the UK by Buena Vista International on September 23. (Certificate PG, running time 106mins). A trailer and posters have been sent over, along with some stills from the movie and the full synopsis. »

- David Bentley

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The Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz dies aged 94

13 July 2011 4:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American TV producer had been working on a big-screen version of Gilligan's Island

Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of television shows The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, has died at the age of 94.

Sherwood, who was still producing television in his 90s, started out writing jokes for Bob Hope's radio show. Gilligan's Island was first broadcast by CBS in 1964, featuring seven travellers marooned on a deserted Pacific island.

Critics did not fall for its humour – but audiences loved its comedy. The show ran until 1967, and was later revived as a cartoon, several TV films and, in 2004, a reality series The Real Gilligan's Island, in which Schwartz was involved.

His nephew, Douglas Schwartz, said Schwartz had been working on a big-screen version of Gilligan's Island. "Sherwood is an American classic, creating Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, iconic shows that are still popular today," he said.

His uncle was a "second father, »

- Vicky Frost

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Creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch Dead at 94

12 July 2011 4:33 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," two of the most iconic television series, has died at the age of 94. He was being treated for an intestinal infection and underwent several surgeries. He died with his wife and children at his side. Schwartz was working on a big-screen version of "Gilligan's Island," said his nephew Douglas Schwartz, who created the hit series "Baywatch." Douglas called his uncle a longtime mentor and caring "second father" who helped guide him successfully through show business. Schwartz was born in 1916 in Passaic, NJ, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. His brother, already working for Bob Hope, got him a job when Sherwood was still in college. Schwartz gave up a career in medical science to write jokes for Hope's radio show. He went on to write for other radio and TV shows, including "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." "Bob liked my jokes, »

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'Brady Bunch,' 'Gilligan's Island' creator Sherwood Schwartz dead at 94

12 July 2011 11:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The man behind some of the most influential shows — and theme songs — of the ’60s and ’70s, Sherwood Schwartz, died this morning, his son Lloyd Schwartz and nephew Douglas Schwartz confirm to EW.

Schwartz, who created both The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, was 94 and died at 4 a.m. of natural causes surrounded by family and loved ones, his son and business partner since 1972, said. “I learned so much from him. I produced all around. I’ve worked as a network executive, and no one came close to being as good as he was in every single way. And »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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R.I.P. Sherwood Schwartz

12 July 2011 11:08 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sherwood Schwartz, who created and wrote the iconic 1960s and '70s TV series Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, died today. He was 94. Schwartz was working on a big-screen version of Gilligan's Island, he nephew told the Associated Press, before he was hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles about a week ago with an intestinal infection. Schwartz was born in 1916 in Passaic, N.J., and grew up in Brooklyn. He teamed as a writer with his brother Al, who worked for Bob Hope and got Sherwood a job writing jokes for Hope's radio show while still in college. They eventually wrote for other radio and TV series including The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. "They helped shape television in its early days," said Douglas Schwartz, Al's son and creator of Baywatch, who credits his uncle as a mentor. "Sherwood is an American classic, creating Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Soundtrack Review: "Burnt Offerings" - A Hell Of A Great Score

29 June 2011 3:46 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

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Dan CurtisBurnt Offerings (1976) was the first horror film/thriller that I saw. I was twelve years-old and its impact on me was indelible. The rapport between Karen Black, Oliver Reed, and Lee Harcourt Montgomery was plausible enough to make me extremely concerned when all hell broke loose on this “perfect” family, though some have argued that this family was frightening enough without the house!

Aside from the artful cinematic visual style and the film’s methodic and slow build-up, the performances by the three leads and supporting work from Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, Dub Taylor, Bette Davis, and the unforgettable Anthony James as the chauffer elevate the film higher than similar genre productions. What also helped make Burnt Offerings so memorable was Robert Cobert’s phenomenal score which fits the movie like a glove. For years I searched fruitlessly »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Soul Surfer Blu-ray and DVD Debuts August 2nd

7 June 2011 7:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Soul Surfer, based on the remarkable true story of pro surfer Bethany Hamilton's journey from tragedy to triumph, debuts on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 2nd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The inspiring story of a girl's comeback after a shark attack stars AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain), Academy Award winner Helen Hunt (Best Actress, As Good As It Gets, 1997), Dennis Quaid (The Rookie, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo (TV's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) and Lorraine Nicholson (Click). Bonus features include deleted scenes, the documentary "Heart of a Soul Surfer" and three behind-the-scenes featurettes, "The Making of Soul Surfer," which explores the making of the film from the filmmaker's perspective; "Becoming Bethany," which shows how AnnaSophia Robb brought her character to life with the help of Bethany Hamilton; and "Surfing for the Screen: Inside the Action." Soul Surfer »

- MovieWeb

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Bethany Hamilton Survives a Real Life Shark Attack in Sony's Upcoming Soul Surfer

7 June 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Sony Pictures will be releasing Soul Surfer on DVD and Blu-Ray August 2nd. This film stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. This story follows pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton through her real life achievements, her struggles and her moments after a vicious shark attack. With deterimation, she survives her ordeal; later, she goes on to return to surfing, in the finale of this upcoming thriller.

The trailer for Soul Surfer is below and the clip is for all audiences, with the film rated PG-13.

Tagline: "When You Come Back From a Loss, Beat the Odds, and Never Say Never, You Find a Champion."

The synopsis for Soul Surfer is here:

"Soul Surfer is the incredible true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. In the wake »

- Remove28DaysLaterAnalysisThis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 35 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Soul Surfer’ With Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt

31 March 2011 1:04 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest true-story edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 35 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “Soul Surfer” with AnnaSophia Robb, Carrie Underwood, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt!

Soul Surfer” also stars Sonya Balmores, Chris Brochu, Christie Brooke, David Chokachi, Kelly Crean, Yasmin Dar, Irie Driscoll, Faith Fay, John Mitchell Fultz, Cody Gomes, Kim Morgan Greene, Dutch Hofstetter and Tiffany Hofstetter from writer and director Sean McNamara.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Soul Surfer” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Soul Surfer” with Carrie Underwood, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt.

Image credit: FilmDistrict

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Win Movie Tickets to Soul Surfer starring AnnaSophia Robb!

30 March 2011 5:38 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Enter to win tickets to the screening of Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Lorraine Nicholson and Kevin Sorbo Directed by Sean McNamara, who wrote the screenplay alongside Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk, based on the book by Bethany Hamilton, Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh. Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. »

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Soul Surfer Opening April 8

15 March 2011 1:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb, Lorraine Nicholson (Jack.s daughter), Kevin Sorbo and in her film debut, Carrie Underwood.

Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.

The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid.

In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany.s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.

Bethany (Robb) was born to surf.  A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic, sun-drenched, surfer girl.s life on the Kauai Coast, »

- Melissa Howland

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‘Soul Surfer’ Trailer

28 January 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Earlier this month, a in-house promotional teaser trailer leaked [2] for Soul Surfer, a drama about young, teenage surfer girl (played by Bridge To Terabithia/Race To Witch Mountain's AnnaSophia Robb) who "summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack." When I posted the teaser, I was kind of weirded out that it contained no hint of a shark attack -- the teaser made it out like the film is just a happy-go-lucky story about a teenage girl surfer. The new full length trailer which has premiered on EW [3] (via FirstShowing [4]) gives audiences the full reveal of what this story is really about. That and a really cheesy speech from Carrie Underwood. Written and directed by Sean McNamara (Bring it On: Fight To The Finish, Into The Blue 2: The Reef, Bratz, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain), the film co-starring Dennis Quaid, »

- Peter Sciretta

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