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'Dolphin Tale' will soon hit theaters

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 06:13 PM

With posters going up and a two-and-a-half minute long promotional trailer playing in theaters worldwide, interest is building for the Sept. 23 release of "Dolphin Tale" in theaters.

The 3-D movie about Winter, a Clearwater Marine Aquarium dolphin with a prosthetic tale, will have a special Hollywood premiere on Sept. 17 and Florida premiere on Sept. 22 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Filmed in Clearwater last year, "Dolphin Tale" stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson and Winter, playing herself. It also features numerous Florida-based actors.

The film is inspired by the true story of Winter, which was rescued off the Florida coast, lost its tale in a crab trap and was taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Young actor Nathan Gamble plays Sawyer, an 11-year-old boy who befriends Winter.

"Dolphin Tale" is being released by Warner Bros. The stars of the film will return to Clearwater Sept. 13-15 for a media junket at The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.

See a preview of the film at http://dolphintalemovie.warnerbros.com/index.html.

A WHOPPER: ABC Family had success with "Pretty Little Lairs," a drama about young women with dark secrets. So tonight at 9, the network adds another drama about gals and deception, "The Lying Game."

Teen actress Alexandra Chando (Maddie Coleman on "As the World Turns") has a dual role, playing twin sisters Sutton and Emma.

They were separated at birth and finally meet as teenagers. Sutton is a spoiled brat who was raised by a rich family. Emma is a sweetheart who struggled through foster care.

Sutton bulldozes Emma into taking her place for a couple of days while Sutton supposedly can run down a lead on their birth parents. But when Sutton disappears, Emma is stuck.

Adults might find this a bit contrived, but it should appeal to the female teen audience for which it is intended.

VIDBITS: One of those clever cable TV dramas, "In Plain Sight," will end after only eight more episodes to run next year on USA Network. Producers will have time to craft a series finale for the ill-tempered Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack), a U.S. marshal working for the witness protection program. Cost must be a factor because the show gets about 5 million viewers, which is good by cable standards.

Tune in Tonight

"The Closer," 9 p.m., TNT

A body is found at a home construction site, but that's just the crime of the week. The real issue is what is going to happen to Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) who is the target of an internal affairs investigation.

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