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Gretchen Wilson and Bill Engvall heading to SeaWorld

February 6th, 2014 3:10am EST
Gretchen Wilson
Country singer Gretchen Wilson and comedian Bill Engvall are the latest celebrities to step in as last-minute replacements to headline shows at SeaWorld in the aftermath of documentary Blackfish.

Wilson and Engvall will take the stage in Orlando, Florida for the second week of SeaWorld's 2014 Bands, Brews and BBQ concert series, starting next Saturday (08Feb14).

Bosses at SeaWorld were forced to scramble to fill in spots left by nine artists, including Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick and Heart, who all cancelled their gigs at the embattled theme park after watching Blackfish, a film which expo...

Heart sisters explain decision to axe SeaWorld gig

January 22nd, 2014 8:40pm EST
Heart stars Ann and Nancy Wilson have opened up about their decision to scrap an upcoming SeaWorld concert in the wake of the controversial Blackfish documentary.

The rockers joined the likes of Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and Martina McBride by pulling the plug on a scheduled gig at the Orlando, Florida themepark after watching the CNN movie, which exposed the bleak conditions for the captured killer whales housed at SeaWorld.

Ann Wilson admits she and her sister were horrified by what they saw in the documentary, telling, "It (Blackfish) really broke my h...

Heart Axe SeaWorld Concert Amid 'Blackfish' Controversy

December 9th, 2013 2:51pm EST
Heart have become the latest musical act to pull out of a show at SeaWorld in Florida following pressure from animal rights campaigners.

Country music legend Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies recently cancelled 2014 shows at Orlando's attraction after new documentary Blackfish, which focuses on the struggle of captive killer whales, sparked a furor over alleged animal cruelty issues.

A number of petitions were set up urging artists to scrap planned shows at SeaWorld, and rock group Heart has now left the line-up.

Guitarist Nancy Wilson confirmed the news in a series of posts on her Twit...

Willie Nelson Axes SeaWorld Concert Over 'Scheduling Conflicts'

December 6th, 2013 1:35pm EST
Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson has cancelled an upcoming performance at Florida's SeaWorld attraction following criticism from animal rights activists.

The country music legend was due to perform at the Orlando sea park next year as part of the venue's Bands, Brew & BBQ events, but organizers have now confirmed he has pulled out.

Nelson's cancellation has been blamed on "scheduling conflicts", according to SeaWorld bosses.

The news comes after animal rights crusaders launched a campaign to persuade Nelson to cancel the show, citing alleged animal cruelty issues which were brought to the surface in new...

Blu-ray Review: 'Blackfish'

November 15th, 2013 10:10am EST
Killer whales treated like circus talent – there’s news!  But the extent to which it goes will be revealed as we check out the new to Blu-ray doc "Blackfish" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment.  The facts will get reviewed below!



   Title: "Blackfish"

   Grade: 4

   Cast: John Hargrove, John Jett, Carol Ray

   Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

   Rating: PG-13

   Running Time: 83 Minutes

   Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment



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Max George moved to act by Blackfish documentary

September 3rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Max George
The Wanted star Max George has vowed never to attend an orca show again after tuning in to watch "heartbreaking" killer whale documentary Blackfish.

The Glad You Came hitmaker was horrified by the harrowing documentary, which chronicles the plight of a whale which made international headlines in 2010 when he killed his female trainer during a live show at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.

The project focuses on the dangers of keeping orcas in captivity, and George was so moved by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's film, he immediately took to his blog on Tuesday (03Sep13) to share ...

Review: Documentary 'Blackfish' Required Viewing For Anyone With A Soul

July 18th, 2013 11:15am EDT
An extreme examination always makes an impression, especially when talking about documentaries.  The Academy Award winning film "The Cove" knew this all to well and got average folks to invest in the plight of shameful dolphin slaughter by engaging them with something to both hear (stories of woe) AND see (covert mission to show what goes on inside is deliciously defiant) – powerful tools indeed.  The new doc on both the emotionally wounded killer whales held in captivity and the aquatic parks that house them called "Blackfish" doesn’t quite have the "Mission Impossible" gusto of "The Cove,...

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