Mr. Peabody & Sherman comes to the big screen; Murro directs 300: Rise of an Empire. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Genre: Adventure, animation and comedy Cast: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison and Dennis Haysbert Director: Rob Minkoff Rated: PG
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - The Wabac - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog.
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.
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.
Since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” hit the big screen in the summer of 2011, bringing an end to the franchise about the Boy Who Lived, Hollywood has been searching for a suitable cinematic vehicle to attract all those eager viewers.
Most recently, this search led to the young adult series by author G.P. Taylor centering on Mariah Mundi. The first film in a planned series is “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box,” opening in limited release Jan. 10. Locally, the film will be playing at AMC Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.
Even as the curtain falls, Hollywood has already begun hyping its 2014 lineup with teasers, trailers and strategically placed viral marketing campaigns.
As usual, moviegoers are eager to get a glimpse at the forthcoming cavalcade of films. The buzz surrounding some anticipated blockbusters is growing louder by the minute as cinema aficionados begin blogging predictions about which big screen selections will succeed and which faulty flicks will flop.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” certainly satisfies as the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s three-film adaptation of “The Hobbit,” though the director’s deviations from J.R.R. Tolkien’s work is beginning to minimize some of the author’s themes.
The trials and tribulations of young love are difficult enough to deal with in ordinary settings. “How I Live Now” takes a tale of teenage romance and plants in the middle of World War III.
“How I Live Now” blends themes of love, loss and familial accountability with a bleak dystopian near-future scenario.
Daisy, a neurotic American teenager, is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside by a father who doesn’t seem to want to deal with her. She is initially portrayed as highly unlikable: She is bratty, self-obsessed and impolite. Her attitude toward her cousins - Piper, Isaac and Eddie - ranges from indifferent to belligerent.
1964 … The Tribute
“1964 … The Tribute,” Friday, March 7, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $37.50. Call 893-7832 or visit www.themahaffey.com.
In 1964, the world witnessed an unforgettable moment in music history as Ed Sullivan brought The Beatles to his “Really Big Shew” in New York City and to the Napoleon Ballroom of the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. It was the U.S. debut of the The Beatles, introduced as “Great Britain’s cultural gift to America,“ who went on to become one of the biggest and most influential music groups in history.
“1964 … The Tribute” is a celebration of sorts of the 50th anniversary of that moment. Described as “the Best Beatles Tribute on Earth” by Rolling Stone, the show seeks to mesmerize a whole new generation of fans while staying true to the memories many have held dear for more than 40 years. For more than 29 years, the group has successfully re-created the concert experience of The Beatles from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era – from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents, singing nuances and vintage instruments.
Artists are Mark Benson as John Lennon, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr. The song list might include those on the original live show, such as “She Loves You,” “This Boy,” “All My Loving,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “From Me To You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Critics and fans internationally have hailed “1964 … The Tribute” as the most authentic Beatles tribute in the world. The band has toured around the world at major concert venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Shea Stadium, The Philharmonic in Liverpool. Notably, “1964” has performed a dozen times at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
“Boeing, Boeing,” a comedy by Marc Camoletti, presented by West Coast Players, March 7-23, 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.
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, this 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent "layovers." He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time.
Don Mclean, Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Don McLean is one of America's most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night).” Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Mclean has amassed more than 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna's No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael's version of “The Grave” in 2003.
Free West Coast Swing dance lessons
SEMINOLE – Free West Coast Swing dance lessons are offered on Fridays, 6 p.m., at Crystal Blue Ballroom, 10527 Park Blvd. N.
Lessons are free for anyone under the age of 30.
Call Renee at 698-0171 for more information.
Lend Me a Tenor “Lend Me a Tenor,” by Ken Ludwig, through March 9, 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.
Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Merelli, "Il Stupendo," the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead.
In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. This Early Bird Dinner Theatre production is directed by Toby Manion.
"Mame,” with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; Feb. 27 through March 16, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
Winner of three Tony Awards for Actress, Featured Actress and Featured Actor and two Outer Critics Circle Awards for Performances. “Mame” is a happy happening. She is well-to-do, lives in New York at the peak of the 1920s, and is surprised by a "wonderful present" – an orphan nephew named Patrick. Together they cope with the Depression in a series of adventures.
Pow Wow Festival and Parade Pow Wow Festival and Parade, Friday through Sunday, March 7-9, at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., Seminole.
The Pow Wow Festival and Parade is Seminole's oldest and largest event celebrating the Seminole residents and visitors. From the carnival and parade to the community events, there is fun to be had for all ages.
The parade will be presented Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m., and will travel one mile from Seminole Mall to the recreation center.
Carnival hours will be Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The carnival will feature more than 20 rides, including rides designed for toddlers and preschool age children.
This year’s entertainment, presented on the 2014 Beef‘O’Brady’s of Seminole Stage, will include performances by Rebekah Reid, Troy Duncan Band, Frank Cannon, Sean Michael Trio, Arthur Z Band and Sounds of Soul.
Safety Harbor Seafood Festival
The Safety Harbor Seafood Festival returns to the Safety Harbor Marina on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the Safety Harbor Marina on Bayshore Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor.
Hours for Friday are 5 to 10 p.m. and hours for Saturday are noon to 10 p.m. The free, two-day event will feature continuous live entertainment.
The Odd Couple “The Odd Couple,” by Neil Simon, presented by Gypsy Stage Repertory, Friday, March 7, at the Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday for the buffet. Call 771-6000.
This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. If the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born.
Neil Simon's witty dialogue, vibrant characters, timely themes and hilarious one-liners have made him a true legend of American stage comedy. “The Odd Couple” is one of his funniest and most popular plays. The iconic characters of Oscar and Felix have become mainstays of popular culture; more surprisingly, it’s touching insights about friendship remain equally moving, nearly 50 years after its Broadway debut. For information, call 813-922-8778 or visit www.gypsystage.com.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” with book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan; presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, Feb. 28 through March 16, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 19 and younger with identification. A city of Largo handling charge of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a fast-paced, energetic musical comedy set in the roaring ’20s. Taking place in New York City in 1922, Millie Dillmount has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz – a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. The production will feature Linda Weir as director and Amy Phillips as choreographer.