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While it would take a special kind of bravery (and madness) to attempt a film adaptation of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, its “world of possibilities” message is one that can find a cozy home in most any story about growing up. Cozy is just the word to describe Dolphin Tale 2 and its endeavor to carry forth the spirit of Dr. Seuss' final book.
The clean-as-a-whistle family film uses its effectively flawless hero, the high school-aged Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), to celebrate the bounties of stepping out of your comfort zone and into the world. Throughout the film, Sawyer wrestles with a tough decision: does he accept a fantastic opportunity to spend a semester studying marine biology at sea through Boston University, or does he keep anchored to his work at the Clearwater Marine Hospital for fear of leaving his friends — both human and dolphin — behind when he fears they might need him the most?
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Sawyer’s conflict carries forth as he and his colleagues (Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Harry Connick Jr.) search for a new cohabitant for amputee dolphin Winter, whose aged pool-mate Panama passes on in the beginning of the movie. The time spent with the animals is the movie’s greatest asset: Tensions hike whenever the team apprehends an ailing dolphin — one bears visible skin injuries, one is undersized and initially contentious with Winter — and the well-being of each rescued creature makes for consistent, palpable drama. Much lighter but perhaps doubly as charming fare surrounds a wounded sea turtle that Hazel (Zuehlsdorff) takes special attention to… and with whom Clearwater’s unofficial mascot Rufus the pelican falls ostensibly in love. Near lethal levels of cuteness ensue.
While the wildlife material thrives on this kind of potent wholesomeness, the human stories suffer just a bit from a complete lack of teeth, incurring boredom on two or three occasions. Nevertheless, Dolphin Tale 2’s heart is admirable and more often than not affective. Saywer and Hazel collect life lessons courtesy of their family, colleagues, aquatic friends, and an occasional Morgan Freeman speech (he’s got a doozy involving a pocket watch metaphor), all to the thematic end of growing up. Founding itself on the values of seizing responsibility and setting sail out into the world, the saccharine, sleepy sequel could actually be a pretty valuable experience for young viewers.
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Sir Cliff Richard has thanked his fans for their support and vowed to clear his name as police continue to investigate a sex abuse allegation against the star. The Living Doll hitmaker was thrust into the spotlight last month (Aug14) when cops swooped on his home in Berkshire, England for a search as part of a probe into an allegation that a boy under the age of 16 was assaulted in 1985.
Richard, who vehemently denies the claim, subsequently jetted back to the U.K. from a vacation in Portugal to be quizzed by police officers, and now he has released a statement thanking his fans for standing by him during such a difficult time.
In a note posted on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "Hi everyone, this is just a brief message to thank all of you who have shown support, including those in the press. I wanted to let you know that I'm doing ok and it goes without saying that I fully intend to clear my name. Just to be absolutely clear, the allegation is completely false and I will continue to cooperate with the police should they wish to speak to me again. Once again... many thanks!"
Veteran Survivor rocker Jimi Jamison has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 63. The singer passed away on Sunday night (31Aug14), his booking manager, Sally Irwin, confirms to TMZ.com.
His bandmates also shared the sad news with a statement on their Facebook.com page, which reads: "Survivor is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his friends and family."
Born Jimmy Wayne Jamison, the musician began his professional career in the late 1970s, when he played in a local band from Memphis, Tennessee, called Target.
He later fronted heavy metal group Cobra, which he performed with until its demise in 1983, and used his spare time to provide backing vocals for artists such as ZZ Top and Joe Walsh in the early 1980s.
However, it wasn't until 1984 that Jamison's career really took off, after he was invited to join the line up for Survivor.
They recorded the theme song for The Karate Kid film in 1984, titled The Moment of Truth, and Jamison's addition helped to give the Eye of the Tiger hitmakers a much-needed career boost with the success of albums Vital Signs and When Seconds Count, which included hits likes High on You, The Search Is Over, Is This Love and Burning Heart from the Rocky IV movie soundtrack.
Survivor went on an indefinite hiatus in 1989, prompting Jamison to pursue a solo career, touring under the name Jimi Jamison's Survivor - a move which sparked a trademark battle with founding member Frankie Sullivan.
The rocker, who was also famed as the co-writer and singer of Baywatch theme tune I'm Always Here, would go on to reunite with the veteran group in 2000, before walking away again in 2006, and rejoining once more in 2011.
They continued to tour up until the eve of Jamison's death, performing in Reno, Nevada on Friday (29Aug14) and Morgan Hill, California on Saturday (30Aug14).
Survivor were due to continue their trek in Colorado on 12 September (14), before heading to Europe for shows in Holland, Germany, Sweden and England. The status of those shows was unknown as WENN went to press.
Rapper Nas is venturing into a new business deal by investing in a ticket search engine company. The One Mic hitmaker is using his money to back SeatGeek.com, joining professional athletes including Carmelo Anthony and Peyton and Eli Manning in contributing a combined $35 million (£20.6 million) to the firm, which helps fans find the best deals available for tickets to live shows, games and other events.
Nas says, "I'm excited to be on board with the SeatGeek team.
"As our world gets more complicated, tools that give consumers simple solutions to make big purchases are going to win in the market, and we believe SeatGeek is that solution for live event ticketing."
Forgotten singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez's career resurgence continues with an album chart onslaught in Australia. Three of his albums have entered Australia's Top 30 ahead of his first tour Down Under since the release of Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which chronicled late filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul's search for the cult 1960s/1970s act, who many fans feared had died.
Rodriguez's debut album Cold Fact is currently at number 11 in Australia, while the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is at number 22 and his Coming From Reality album is at 25.
Rodriguez's Australian tour begins in Brisbane on 19 October (14).
Ariana Grande leads the Australian album chart with My Everything, while Taylor Swift's Shake It Off debuts at number one on the country's singles chart.
Actress Katie Holmes is breathing a sigh of relief after her daughter Suri Cruise's lost dog was found alive and well.
Chihuahua Honey went missing during a visit to a friend's house in Benedict Canyon, near Beverly Hills, California last weekend (23-24Aug14), just weeks after Holmes adopted her.
The worried Batman Begins star plastered posters around the neighbourhood alerting locals to the dog's disappearance and even offered up a $1,000 (£588) reward for the pet's safe return, but the search was called off on Wednesday (27Aug14) after officials at the Lucky Puppy Rescue organization located the pooch not far from where she disappeared.
Suri's furry friend was subsequently checked out by a vet and given the all-clear to return home, reports TMZ.com. Suri, eight, is Holmes' daughter from her marriage to Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise.
Taiwanese actor Kai Ko broke down in tears on Friday (29Aug14) as he apologised to fans following his recent arrest on drug charges alongside Jackie Chan's son. Kai and Jaycee Chan were taken into custody by police in Beijing, China on 14 August (14) as part of a nationwide crackdown on illegal drug use. They both tested positive for marijuana and subsequently confessed to smoking pot.
Kai, 23, was sentenced to 14 days in a detention centre for the charge and he walked free from the Beijing facility early on Friday.
The You Are the Apple of My Eye star, also known as Ko Chen-tung, took part in a press conference with his parents and talent agent that afternoon and issued an emotional apology to everyone he had let down.
Vowing never to use drugs again, a teary Kai said, "I was wrong on this issue. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for it. I was wrong.
"I never realised that Kai Ko is more than just a name for myself. It also means a lot to those who support and love me. It was out of my expectations that anything concerning 'Kai Ko' could have such a big impact on others."
Jaycee Chan, who remains in police custody, has yet to be sentenced. He faces up to three years behind bars after cops also found 100 grams of marijuana during a search of his home and slapped with him a count of "providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs".
Chan's famous father, martial arts film star Jackie Chan, recently addressed his son's drug arrest, admitting he was "ashamed" by the incident.
The Rush Hour star, who was appointed an anti-drug ambassador by China's National Narcotics Control Commission in 2009, also apologised for Jaycee's actions, stating, "I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society."
Rapper Young Jeezy has been charged with illegally possessing an assault rifle. The weapon was discovered on the 36-year-old star's tour bus on Sunday (24Aug14) during a raid by police officers investigating a fatal shooting backstage at the rapper's concert with Wiz Khalifa on Friday (22Aug14).
Police suspect the rifle was used in the incident and Jeezy, real name Jay Jenkins, and was arrested along with five members of his entourage for possessing the weapon.
All six, who were on the bus during the search, were charged because nobody came forward to claim ownership, according to TMZ.com.
On Monday (25Aug14), the hip-hop star's bail was set at $1 million (£588,235).
Entertainment promoter Eric Johnson, 38, died on Saturday (23Aug14) following the concert shooting in Mountain View, California on Friday night (22Aug14).
British pop star Cheryl Cole was axed from The X Factor USA after a bust-up with boss Simon Cowell about a bizarre outfit she wore for her debut. The music mogul took his pal Cole with him when he launched his hit talent search in the States in 2011 and hoped she could repeat her U.K. role as a popular mentor and judge.
However, within three weeks, Cole's American dream had crumbled and she left the show amid fears she would not connect with U.S. viewers.
Now Cowell has admitted her departure was sparked by an argument over a weird purple and orange outfit the pop star wore for her U.S. X Factor debut.
In an interview with Radio Times, he says, "There was so much expectation on the show in America, and I definitely wasn't myself. I was uptight. When I saw her I didn't recognise her. Literally. The hair and outfit were crazy, just totally crazy.
"I asked her manager, 'What's she wearing, what's happened to her hair?' He was defensive about it. I haven't a clue why she turned up like that.
"We then did the first day of auditions, and she was nervous, shy, not in her comfort zone. She'd put on a bit of weight, but not loads. That wasn't the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn't Cheryl sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence...
"(Later) I called her and said, 'Look, it's not going great, to be honest,' then I mentioned what she wore and she turned on me. If I could go back in time I would have kept her on the show. It was stupid doing what I did. I didn't sack her personally. That was the second biggest mistake I made."
Cowell and Cole have since made up and put the incident behind them, and the former Girls Aloud singer is even trying to convince him to marry Lauren Silverman, the mother of his son Eric.
Cole tells the publication, "I'm going to have a word with him about getting married. He jokes about being too tight (miserly) to get married but I don't think he is. He's very generous."
In 2012, Cole sued producers of The X Factor USA for $2.3 million (£1.3 million) over her sacking and received undisclosed damages as a settlement. She has since rejoined the U.K. version of the programme.
Rapper Young Jeezy is in police custody after a gun thought to have been used in a fatal shooting on Friday (22Aug14) was found on his tour bus. Eric Johnson was shot five times backstage in Mountain View, California last week during a stop on Wiz Khalifa's multi-artist Under the Influence of Music Tour, which features Jeezy alongside the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan and DJ Drama.
The 38-year-old victim died in a local hospital on Saturday morning (23Aug14).
Cops investigating the incident raided Jeezy's vehicle on Sunday (24Aug14), when an assault rifle believed to belong to the Put On hitmaker was uncovered, according to TMZ.com.
Authorities suspect the weapon was used to gun down the victim.
Jeezy, real name Jay Jenkins, and a number of his entourage members were arrested on gun possession charges following the bus search.
The hip-hop star, who was forced to miss his set at Sunday night's show in Irvine, California as a result of the legal drama, is currently being held on $1 million (£588,235) bail.