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Jackson makes final foray into Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Genre: Action, adventure and fantasy
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner
Director: Peter Jackson
Rated: PG-13

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
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Hollywood has its own style of gift giving during the holiday season, offering up teasers and trailers for the coming year. It's almost like being visited by the Ghost of Cinema Yet to Come - minus the dusky shroud and spectral, outstretched hand.

The eager audiences, keen to get a glimpse at the forthcoming cavalcade of films, digest the previews jubilantly, hoping the promos don't reveal all the best bits of next year's potential blockbusters. All that excess Hollywood hype intensifies into a blaring buzz this time of year, compelling movie reviewers and entertainment bloggers to encapsulate the hysteria into bulleted lists for assimilation.
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CLEARWATER - Project: Shattered Silence has won the Award of Excellence: Documentary Feature at the Indie Film Fest Awards.

The Indie Fest Film Awards is a worldwide competition that showcases and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media. The awards strive to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators’ positive exposure.

Project: Shattered Silence is a documentary that follows artistic director/creator Jared O’Roark and 46 teenagers from the Tampa Bay area as they develop an original theater experience. Through the sharing of personal stories, these teens show that the outside of a person doesn’t tell you their whole truth.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, and Cobb Theatres recently announced the construction of the Cobb Luxury 10 Theatre at Tyrone Square.

This state-of-the-art complex will include the following amenities:

- 10 Stadium auditoria with 1,200 seats

- 100 percent digital projection and 11.1 sound
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CLEARWATER - The Capitol Theatre announces the Holiday Classic Movie Series begins with a double feature of Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Friday, Dec. 12 and continues with Miracle on 34th Street on Sunday, Dec. 14.

On Saturday, Dec. 20, come see the Christmas classics The Santa Claus and Scrooged, followed by It’s a Wonderful Life on Sunday, Dec. 21. The Holiday Classic Movie Series will wrap up on Saturday, Dec. 27 with When Harry Met Sally and Love Actually.

All double features begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $7. Sunday movies begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Tickets for all movies are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727-791-7400. Patrons may also purchase tickets at the Capitol Theatre box office, which will open an hour prior to the film screening.
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Big Hero 6 delivers family-friendly superhero action with huggable robot hero. The enchanting, lovable robot in Disney's "Big Hero 6" may be the visual centerpiece for this beguiling superhero origin film, but it's the story's focus on ingenuity, friendship and coping with grief that makes it so appealing.

Disney delivers yet another gem in what is billed as the company's 54th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. It also happens to be the third superhero film from the Disney-Marvel partnership this year, with the other two being produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Motion Pictures. It is likely to join "Captain America: Winter Soldier" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" in plenty of Best of 2014 lists. Make no mistake, though: This animated superhero extravaganza is different from the Marvel Studios productions. "Big Hero 6" targets a younger demographic with its PG rating, its huggable robotic hero and its family-friendly approach to setting up the classic oddball good guys vs. scary super villain scenario.
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CLEARWATER - In its premiere at film festivals across the country in November, Project: Shattered Silence has received many accolades including being named Best Feature Documentary Award at the sixth annual Louisville International Festival of Film as well as receiving the Dr. Phillips Focus on Art award at the Orlando Film Festival and Honorable Mentions from the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and from the Santa Monica Film Festival.

In addition, Project: Shattered Silence has been nominated for a Suncoast Emmy in the Documentary Category as well as a nomination in the Editing Category for Mark Harris. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Suncoast Emmy Awards are just one of a dozen Emmy Award presentations around the nation.

The Suncoast Chapters covers from Louisiana to Puerto Rico.

Project: Shattered Silence is a documentary that follows artistic director/creator Jared O’Roark and 46 teenagers from the Tampa Bay area as they develop an original theater experience. Through the sharing of personal stories, these teens show that the outside of a person doesn’t tell you their whole truth.
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Simply put, "The Book of Life" is probably not what audiences expect. It's better than that.

It's not a cookie-cutter kids' film, with a predictable plot and stock characters. Its animation is not Disneyesque or Pixar-like - in fact, it's something quite unique and unexpected, strikingly innovative and visually stunning. It mercifully exchanges endless one-liners and pop culture references for colorful atypical characters and a compelling narrative woven from threads of Mexican myth, folklore and culture.
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“Running with Demons,” an award-winning documentary by Tampa Bay area filmmakers Tony Armer and J. Declan Flynn, was released on Netflix on Oct. 14.

The release of this documentary is the culmination of five years of hard work and perseverance, according to a press release from Indican Pictures, a boutique distribution company based in Hollywood, California, specializing in feature films.

“Running with Demons” is the story of Todd Crandell, a man who battled through severe alcohol and drug addictions following his mother's suicide. Destitute and homeless, Todd found a way to cope with his demons and began a new journey that took him across the globe competing in the most extreme of all endurance races: the Ironman.
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• Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2014
93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2014, Monday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. For ticket information, visit www.933flz.com.
A Christmas Carol
“A Christmas Carol,” Monday, Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $38. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

A cherished tradition, this is the longest-running production of “A Christmas Carol” in the United States. In this beloved Dickens classic, ghosts of Christmases past, present and future guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love.

 
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• Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
Holiday Classics Double Feature
Holiday Classics Double Feature, Friday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $7. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. The featured films will be “When Harry Met Sally” and “Love Actually.”
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• Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec. 28, noon, 4 and 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $32. Call 893-7832 or 800-874-9020, or visit www.themahaffey.com.
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• Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Salute to Vienna
Salute to Vienna, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Audiences will party like it’s 1899 in Vienna, the city of dreams. Celebrate the start of the New Year with an all-star cast of European singers, dancers and full orchestra. Returning to Clearwater for an18th season, this magnificent concert features uplifting melodies from famous operettas including Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow, as well as polkas and Strauss waltzes, and the Blue Danube waltz.
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• Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
The State Ballet: Swan Lake
The State Ballet: Swan Lake; Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $27.50. Call 893-7832 or 800-874-9020, or visit www.themahaffey.com.
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• Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Guys and Dolls
“Guys and Dolls,” Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy – considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy – soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.
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• Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams, Monday, Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $68.75. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
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