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Bears is newest true-life adventure from Disneynature; Depp stars in Transcendence. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Bears
Genre: True life adventure
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey and Adam Chapman
Rated: G

"Bears" captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses - Alaska.
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Judging by the box office numbers being generated by "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," it almost seems like the summer movie season is already underway.

Of course, it isn't - and, according to the Gregorian calendar, the first day of summer falls on June 21. But Hollywood doesn't pay much attention to such pesky details. As far as the film studios are concerned, the drive to fill theaters by hyping an endless parade of potential blockbusters marks the start of summer. That procession generally commences in early May ... although it seems to be arriving earlier and earlier each year.
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PALM HARBOR - Filmmaker Lucas Omar felt like he had seen it all before. Romantic comedies are a dime a dozen, and the plots don’t change much from one film to the next, he said. Either one guy is torn between two women or a girl is forced to choose between two men.
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Action-packed Captain America: The Winter Soldier integrates timely political issues. Superhero cinema continues to evolve as creative filmmakers search for innovative ways to make the transition from comic book to big screen appealing and engaging.

The latest installment from the Marvel Studios bullpen - now quite comfortable beneath the Walt Disney Pictures umbrella - is no exception. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is yet another solid chapter in the sprawling Marvel Universe, bursting at the seams with deftly orchestrated action sequences, high-tech gear, noisy explosions and bone-crunching brawls. What sets it apart, however, is its clever criticism of the contemporary military-industrial complex and, in particular, government-sanctioned surveillance of its own citizens.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Professional and amateur filmmakers are encouraged to submit entries for this year's Blue Ocean Film Festival, set for Nov. 3-9, 2014, headquartered at Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

Entries will be accepted through April 28. For information, including the official rules, visit www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org.

Films may be entered in 22 categories, such as animation, conservation innovation, foreign language, marine sciences and the Tampa Bay K-12 category, which showcases films created by Tampa Bay area school students. Blue Ocean organizers anticipate receiving up to 400 entries.
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Welcome to the town of Pico Mundo, home of short-order cook Odd Thomas who boasts a dysfunctional family history, a devoted, affectionate girlfriend and an uncanny ability to see dead people.

RLJ/Image Entertainment will be releasing "Odd Thomas" in theaters on Feb. 28. Locally, the film will play AMC Woodland Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.

The paranormal thriller "Odd Thomas," starring Anton Yelchin in the titular role, is based on the 2003 Dean Koontz novel of the same name. American filmmaker Stephen Sommers - responsible for films such as "The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" - embraced the challenge of bringing the story to the big screen. The result is a splendidly entertaining and entrancing endeavor that blends horror, romance, action and humor. Sommers' adaptation of the material is quirky, stylish and audacious.
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SEMINOLE - After retiring from his job as an undercover narcotics detective for the Sheriff’s Office three years ago, Randall Speakman was uncertain what his next step would be.

Then, his mother succumbed to cancer. Not long after that, his brother died from a heart attack.

“I would wake up and feel like I had no purpose,” Speakman said.

But things slowly got better. He bought the London Bus Pub with his friend and business partner, Brad Doran. He also began making horror movies, including last summer’s “House Guest,” with a pair of local filmmaker brothers, Brian and Jake Jalbert, and found he had a knack for playing the bad guy.
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Line dancing classes
PINELLAS PARK – Pinellas Park Elk’s Lodge 2217, 7550 40th St. N., offers a weekly line dancing class every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 561-7683 for more information.
One Night of Queen
One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $37.50. Call 893-7832 or visit TheMahaffey.com.

The performance is a spectacular live concert that recreates the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Gary Mullen and the Works pay tribute to rock legends, Queen, and have been rockin’ sold-out houses since May 2002 in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand.
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• Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps
Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps, Thursday, April 17, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. This memorial concert is sponsored by the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society. There is no admission fee but donations are requested. For information, call 522-6877.
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• Friday, April 18, 2014
A Bad Year for Tomatoes
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes,” by John Patrick, March 13 through May 4, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Evening performances are presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 which includes dinner and show.

This hilarious comedy deals with the very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town. Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marloe leases a house in New England to write her autobiography. Dealing with her nosy omnipresent neighbors turns out to be more difficult than she imagined so she invents a mad homicidal sister who is kept locked in an upstairs room. The ruse works well at first until the local handyman develops an affection for “Sister Sadie” and complications ensue.
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Talking With
“Talking With,” by Jane Martin, April 18 through May 4, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.

“Talkin With” was the 1992 winner of the Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Regional Play. It is a collection of extraordinary monologues written by the "mysteriously pseudonymous" Jane Martin.

These 11 monologues make up an "evening of idiosyncratic characters who amuse, move, and frighten, always speaking from their souls," and range from a "baton twirler who has found God through twirling, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex-rodeo rider crowded out of the life she has cherished by a man in three-piece suits who wants her to dress up ‘like Mini Damn Mouse in a tutu,’ an actress willing to go to any length to get a job, to an old woman whose dream is to live in McDonald's.”
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Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge, Friday, April 18, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24. Call 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com.

Beginning in 1967, the psychedelic-rock super group rocked the world with a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians and creating a legion of loyal fans. Currently, Vanilla Fudge features three of four original members, including Mart Stein, Vince Martell and Carmine Appice. Pete Bremy joins the band on bass. Vanilla Fudge will be playing their biggest hits such as “You Keep Me Hangin' On,” “Take Me for a While” and “Season of the Witch.”
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• Saturday, April 19, 2014
A Bad Year for Tomatoes
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes,” by John Patrick, March 13 through May 4, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Evening performances are presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 which includes dinner and show.

This hilarious comedy deals with the very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town. Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marloe leases a house in New England to write her autobiography. Dealing with her nosy omnipresent neighbors turns out to be more difficult than she imagined so she invents a mad homicidal sister who is kept locked in an upstairs room. The ruse works well at first until the local handyman develops an affection for “Sister Sadie” and complications ensue.
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Air Supply
Air Supply, Saturday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $59. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.

Multi-platinum recording artist Air Supply will perform in concert in the intimate Capitol Theatre. Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, where they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles, and of course, singing. They would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and nightclubs with just one guitar and two voices.

They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for the original songs that Graham constantly wrote. They made a demo of two songs, “Love and Other Bruises” and “If You Knew Me” and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one, CBS Records, who admired their unique style. Their first single shot to No. 1 on the national charts and that same year they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the United States and Canada.

Returning home, they made an album, “Life Support,” which included “Lost in Love,” that went to the Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York. Davis immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts.

Their second single, “All Out of Love,” went to the top of the charts even quicker. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Now & Forever” and “The Greatest Hits” sold in excess of 20 million copies. “Lost in Love” was named Song of the Year in 1980 and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

The duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the United States and beyond.
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Classic car show
TIERRA VERDE – More than 100 cars will be on display Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the Tierra Verde Business Partnership plans its third annual Classic Car Show and Taste of Tierra Verde in the Tierra Verde business district at 1101 Pinellas Bayway S.  

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team. The TVBP is made up of 75 local businesses and community groups. Its mission is to support and promote existing and new businesses on Tierra Verde.  

Entry fee for the car show is $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. Cars for sale are $10 day of the show and vendor space is $25.  

For more information on the car show, call 547-8082.
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Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park, Saturday, April 19, dusk, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Hosted by the Pinellas Park Firefighters, this monthly, family-friendly event helps raise funds for the Benevolent Fund by selling hot dogs and hamburgers. Candy, popcorn, nachos and drinks also are available for purchase. The Benevolent Fund is used to help victims and families in the community. For information, call 687-4494.
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