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18 items from 2011


Soul Surfer Interview With Bethany Hamilton!

24 September 2011 12:45 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With the release of the bio-pic ‘Soul Surfer’ (my review Here) about Bethany Hamilton, the inspiring pro surfer who at the age of thirteen suffered an horrific attack by a tiger shark in 2003 which took her left arm, I met with now 21 year old Bethany at London’s Soho Hotel for a chat about the movie and her extraordinary life. Curled up on a hotel room couch she was patently tired after a day’s worth of press, but the Hawaiian native’s relaxed, sun-kissed demeanour was chatty, interested, and interesting.

Q: So let’s jump right in, how did the movie actually come about?

Bh: Well, originally we wrote the book, and then we made the documentary ‘Heart of a Soul Surfer’, and then the idea of a feature film… my manager at the time kept throwing it out there, and I was like ‘ok, yeah sure’ but didn »

- Mark Clark

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Soul Surfer Review – Mesmerically Shot, Inspiring True Story

23 September 2011 6:47 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

On October 31st 2003, rising teen surf star Bethany Hamilton was out on the water with her close friend Alana Blanchard when their Hawaiian idyll, and her life, were shattered by a sudden attack from a tiger shark which saw her left arm severed at the shoulder. The subsequent rehabilitation of both her body and mind, and her determination to get back to her competitive surfing ways really is the stuff of movies, a tailor-made story that wraps up triumph over adversity, questions of personal faith, and a battle against a nemesis, all in a gutsy thirteen year old.

Her story is told in Soul Surfer, released in the UK today. The trouble with such an obvious cinematic exercise though is it’s easy to fall into the trap of cliché and sentimentality, which I realise is a harsh accusation to aim at a such an uplifting true story, »

- Mark Clark

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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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Soul Surfer - Blu-ray Review

8 August 2011 7:26 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Bethany Hamilton was a healthy young girl in love with surfing. A surprise shark attack puts her plans asunder as she is now missing her arm. It will take all her faith to see how this tragedy is part of God.s plan and take all her courage to get back on her surfboard again. Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) and her best friend Alana Blanchard (Lorraine Nicholson) have been raised in the Hawaiian waters and both have a passion for surfing. The two have just qualified for a big surfing contest, beating out their rival Malina Burch (Sonya Balmores) and picking up a sponsor. All is seemingly well with the world until Bethany, Alana, and her father (Kevin Sorbo) »

- Jeff Swindoll

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Contest: Win Soul Surfer DVD!

1 August 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Directed by Sean McNamara, Soul Surfer tells the inspirational real-life story of professional 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. Soul Surfer comes to Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, August 2nd. To celebrate this release, we are giving away the Soul Surfer DVD, as well as the inspirational book upon which the film is based, an official T-shirt, a backpack, a baseball cap, and a postcard. See below for Details on how to enter.

Winner Receives:

(One) Copy of Soul Surfer on DVD

(One) Copy of the Soul Surfer Book by Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer Official T-Shirt

Soul Surfer Nylon Backpack

Soul Surfer Baseball Cap

Soul Surfer Postcard

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! »

- MovieWeb

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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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The Descendants movie poster starring George Clooney

23 May 2011 9:21 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See a new poster from The Descendants directed by Alexander Payne. The drama Stars George Clooney, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Beau Bridges, and is adapted from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings by Payne alongside Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Clooney stars as a land baron who, after the death of his wife in a boating accident, tries to re-connect with his two daughters. The Descendants was shot in Hawaii and opens December 16th via Fox Searchlight Pictures. Also in the casdt are Robert Forster, Rob Heubel, Mary Birdsong, Sonya Balmores, Nick Krause and Matt Corboy. »

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The Descendants movie poster starring George Clooney

23 May 2011 9:21 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See a new poster from The Descendants directed by Alexander Payne. The drama Stars George Clooney, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Beau Bridges, and is adapted from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings by Payne alongside Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Clooney stars as a land baron who, after the death of his wife in a boating accident, tries to re-connect with his two daughters. The Descendants was shot in Hawaii and opens December 16th via Fox Searchlight Pictures. Also in the casdt are Robert Forster, Rob Heubel, Mary Birdsong, Sonya Balmores, Nick Krause and Matt Corboy. »

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The Descendants movie poster starring George Clooney

23 May 2011 9:21 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See a new poster from The Descendants directed by Alexander Payne. The drama Stars George Clooney, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Beau Bridges, and is adapted from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings by Payne alongside Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Clooney stars as a land baron who, after the death of his wife in a boating accident, tries to re-connect with his two daughters. The Descendants was shot in Hawaii and opens December 16th via Fox Searchlight Pictures. Also in the casdt are Robert Forster, Rob Heubel, Mary Birdsong, Sonya Balmores, Nick Krause and Matt Corboy. »

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Box Office Beatdown: Rio Bests Scream 4 with $40 Million

17 April 2011 11:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

Rio $40 millionScream 4 $19.3 millionHop $11.2 millionSoul Surfer $7.4 millionHanna $7.3 millionArthur $6.9 millionInsidious $6.9 millionSource Code $5.5 millionThe Conspirator 3.9 millionYour Highness $3.9 million

The headline news for box office watchers this weekend is that it's the first to end the slump. Ticket totals had been averaging below the previous year's take most every weekend this year so far. The estimated $139 million haul is well above the same weekend last year which topped out at $119 million.

Rio was the unsurprising big winner at the Us box office this weekend with a $40 million take, right on track with the estimates going into Friday. The tropical bird film earned another $53 million overseas. Add that to its initial $80 million already earned (it had been released in some international markets prior to its Us debut) and the birds have managed to rack up an impressive $168 million so far. Not bad!

Meanwhile, Scream 4 was projected to do around $27 million but »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive: Soul Surfer Cast Interview Featurette

8 April 2011 11:09 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Soul Surfer recounts the real-life tale of champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who went onto win 1st place in the Nssa National Championships after a shark attack took her left arm. Director Sean McNamara brings this inspirational story to the screen with stars Dennis Quaid and AnnaSophia Robb, both of which recently met up with Ryan J. Downey to discuss the movie. Bethany Hamilton was also on hand to recount her experiences in bringing her life to the big screen. Click on the clip below to check out our exclusive interviews.

Click to watch Exclusive: Cast Interview Featurette!

Soul Surfer was released April 8th, 2011 and stars AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Craig T. Nelson, Sonya Balmores, David Chokachi, Chris Brochu. The film is directed by Sean McNamara. »

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Contest: Win Soul Surfer Prizes

5 April 2011 1:05 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Soul Surfer, which tells the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton who survived a shark attack, will arrive in theaters nationwide on April 8, and you know we have to celebrate this inspiring new drama. We're giving away backpacks, sports bottles, lip balm, sunscreen, digi-clean wipes and the Soul Surfer book written by Bethany Hamilton. These prizes will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Soul Surfer Backpacks (one in blue and one in purple)Soul Surfer Sports Bottles (one with built in straw and one without)Copy of Soul Surfer The Book by Bethany HamiltonSoul Surfer Lip Balm and SunscreenSoul Surfer Digi-Clean wipe

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! »

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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

Here is the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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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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Dallas Iff Announces Honoree, Centerpieces, Target Competition Line Up

8 March 2011 8:36 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac Announces Ann-Margret to receive the Dallas Star Award  

Beautiful Boy, Ok Buckaroos and Soul Surfer named as the Centerpiece screeningsAll Selections in the Target Documentary and Narrative CompetitionsThe Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac announced today that award-winning actress Ann-Margret will be honored with the Dallas Star Award at the upcoming festival (March 31 . April 10, 2011). This marks the first announcement of the prestigious Dallas Star Award Honorees.

Poignant dramas Beautiful Boy and Soul Surfer and the world premiere of Ok Buckaroos will be featured in the coveted Centerpiece screening slots. Fourteen films will vie for the unrestricted $25,000 Target cash prize in both the Target Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature Competitions.

The selection of Ann-Margret as a recipient of the Dallas Star Award follows a Dallas Iff Honoree Hall of Fame that features esteemed greats such as Sydney Pollack, Lauren Bacall, Adrien Brody, »

- Melissa Howland

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Movie Poster for Soul Surfer

11 February 2011 9:53 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

FilmDistrict has released a new poster for their upcoming film Soul Surfer, which tell the true story of Bethany Hamilton, the 13-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack. There's a trailer that's been released for the film, if you haven't seen it yet check it out here. The movie is being directed by Sean McNamara and stars Anna Sophia Robb as Bethany, Dennis QuaidHelen Hunt, and Carrie Underwood.

Official Plot Synopsis:

Oul 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, »

- Venkman

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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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Full Trailer for Soul Surfer

28 January 2011 10:53 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here's a new full trailer for the film Soul Surfer, which is based on the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, the 13-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack. After the incident, she continued to surf, and eventually competed and won several professional championships.

The movie is being directed by Sean McNamara and stars Anna Sophia Robb as Bethany, Dennis QuaidHelen Hunt, and Carrie Underwood.

Check out the full trailer for the movie below and let us know what you think!

Official Plot Synopsis:

Oul 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 »

- Venkman

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