Q: I’ve seen a few previews for a new movie starring Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in shark attack a few years back. What can you tell me about the movie? — Deanna F., Daytona Beach, Fla.
A: I can tell you that you’d better bring some tissues to the theater with you when the movie, which is called “Soul Surfer,” opens nationwide on April 8. AnnaSophia Robb stars as the young Bethany Hamilton, who overcomes tragedy to achieve her dreams of becoming a champion surfer.
Ross Thomas (pictured with Dennis Quaid), who plays Bethany’s brother Noah in the film, told me: “There is a beautiful theme of hope and faith in the film. The Hamilton family is such a strong unit. They really all work as one; they have a deep set of family values. They are a Christian family who has a really deep faith that they rely heavily upon. They all exude a really high level of love and life. It’s truly inspiring.”
Q: I have been watching “Smallville” since it premiered back in 2001, so I am pretty bummed that the series will soon come to an end. Can you tell me anything about the show’s finale? — Jerry T., Madison, Wis.
A: Well, I can tell you that some bad guys from Clark’s past will return (as a few already have). And yes, that includes Lex Luthor: Michael Rosenbaum will be back for the series finale on May 13. You also will enjoy where the relationship of Lois and Clark goes, and producer Kelly Souders assures fans that “there is a very hopeful ending” to the series itself.
Q: I love ABC’s “No Ordinary Family.” Will it be back for a second season? — Trudy T., via e-mail
A: Things are not looking good for the freshman drama to make it to its sophomore year. Series star Michael Chiklis has signed on to star in Conan O’Brien’s pilot for CBS called “Vince Uncensored,” which focuses on a man (Michael) who decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family after a life-changing experience.
Q: Please tell me there will be a third season of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down.” I need more Kenny Powers! — Samuel D., via e-mail
A: You will get your wish, if only for one more season. Series star Danny McBride, who is also one of the show’s writers and executive producers, and writer, director and executive producer Jody Hill are said to be helming the third and final season in the Kenny Powers saga. Production on “Eastbound and Down” season three is tentatively scheduled for the end of this year for a 2012 premiere. I’ll be sure to let you know of any further developments, as I can’t wait to see how this hilarious and boundary-stomping series ends myself!