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A Night at IMAX with Wildlife Conservationist Jeff Corwin May 20th
The Galapagos Islands top many nature-loversa bucket lists. Straddling the Equator in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, this volcanic island chain is a paradise unlike any other a home to some 9,000 species.
On Tuesday, May 20th, Chattanoogans will be able to witness the splendor of this remote and rugged destination with an experienced guide. Wildlife conservationist and Emmy Award-winning TV host Jeff Corwin will host a premiere screening of Galapagos 3D: Natureas Wonderland at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.
"I was thrilled to provide the narration for this amazing project," said Corwin. "It literally took my breath away. Despite traveling the world for 20 years hosting and creating documentaries, I was thoroughly impressed with this incredible film."
Scientists flock to this biodiversity hotspot to study how curious plants and animals have adapted to thrive over millions of years in relative isolation. Filmmakers used cutting-edge cameras to fill the six-story screen with a bevy of fascinating creatures. Viewers will see massive half-ton tortoises that lumber among flocks of dancing blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. Penguins, living thousands of miles from their natural habitats, share the seas with unique marine iguanas that spit sea-salt.
"There are not too many places more powerful than the Galapagos Islands when it comes to understanding our planet," said Corwin. "Galapagos 3D: Natureas Wonderland perfectly captures what makes the creatures living there such unique characters."
Throughout his career, Corwin has been a leading voice for conservation. His informative and entertaining television programs have reached millions of people with vital messages about the challenges facing our planet. In this case, how the natural treasures of the Galapagos need to be seen and understood.
"We think of the Galapagos as a resilient community because it has withstood the test of time for millions of years," said Corwin. "But it is still a delicate environment and, in the 21st century, it faces many significant pressures from the effects of a changing climate, habitat loss, pollution and the unsustainable harvesting of natural resources."
Corwin's appearance in Chattanooga will help support the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Instituteas (TNACI) freshwater conservation initiatives. Similar to the Galapagos Islands, the Southeast's geography, climate and abundant natural resources set the stage over time for an amazing array of animals and plants to thrive.
"We live in the middle of an underwater rainforest," said Dr. Anna George, TNACI director. "More than half of the freshwater fish species found in the United States live in the Southeast. Our rivers and streams also contain 90 percent of all freshwater mussels, 70 percent of all turtle species and 60 percent of all salamanders found in the United States. Like the Galapagos Islands, we live in one of the worldas great biodiversity hotspots and we are working to build a more resilient ecosystem to protect the freshwater species living in our backyard."
Corwin will introduce Galapagos 3D: Natureas Wonderland at 6pm on Tuesday, May 20th. After the premiere screening, he will entertain questions about his experiences in the Galapagos and his efforts to study and protect wildlife around the world. aI hope that this film will inspire a new generation to become good stewards of this delicate planet.a
Tickets to this special evening at IMAX with Jeff Corwin are $15 for Aquarium members and $20 for non-members. To purchase tickets online go here.
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TRACY MORGAN-WAL-MART RESPONSE
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Wal-Mart says Tracy Morgan is partially to blame for the injuries he suffered when his limousine bus was slammed into from behind by one of the retailer's tractor-trailers back in June. Wal-Mart says the injuries to those in Morgan's vehicle were caused by the passengers' "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device." The company calls that "unreasonable conduct." The Wal-Mart statements are in documents in response to a lawsuit filed by Morgan in July. An attorney representing Morgan and the other plaintiffs hasn't responded to the Wal-Mart filing. Authorities have said that the Georgia truck driver hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident along the New Jersey Turnpike.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Wal-Mart claims Tracy Morgan bears some of the blame for his injuries.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- She says she has retired from acting. But apparently Amanda Bynes hasn't quit her continuing role as a troubled former child star. Bynes has added another to her string of arrests. Authorities in Los Angeles arrested her early Sunday morning on a DUI rap. After finding her car in the middle of an intersection, they took her in -- and found she was under the influence of some kind of drug. She's been released after posting $15,000 bail. Bynes has had a series of arrests while behind the wheel. And back in June, a judge tossed a criminal case after she was accused of tossing a bong out of her 36th-floor apartment in New York City. Bynes' last film credit was in 2010.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports this isn't the first time Amanda Bynes' name has shown up on a police blotter.
BEN AFFLECK AFFECTED BY TIME IN DETROIT
DETROIT (AP) -- Ben Affleck said the time he spent in the Motor City has revved his engine for Detroit's efforts at a comeback. The actor says he has been "moved by how American industry is actually employing American workers" in Michigan. In a piece that ran in the Detroit Free Press, Affleck says he got to tour factories where cars are being built -- and was so impressed, he traded in his Japanese cars to show his support for American workers. Affleck was in Detroit filming the next Batman movie.
BEN AFFLECK-GONE GIRL
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ben Affleck says he was so impressed by the novel "Gone Girl," he doubted there'd ever be a movie based on it. He says when he heard about the book, there were whispers it was Hollywood bound. But Affleck says after reading the novel, he didn't think it could be converted into a movie. He says that changed when director David Fincher took on the project. Affleck stars alongside Rosamund Pike in the film, which opens nationwide Friday.
Ben Affleck says he had doubts whether the novel "Gone Girl" could make the transition to Hollywood. ((refers to director David Fincher))
"DANCING WITH THE STARS"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was perfection times two on "Dancing With the Stars" last night. Janel Parrish got the first round of perfect 10s of the season with her jazz routine. A few minutes later Bethany Mota got another round of perfect scores. So, both are tied at the top of the judges' leaderboard. D-W-T-S is now back to its once a week schedule. That means the performances and the elimination are on the same night. Professional fighter Randy Couture was the star to get the bad news last night. But he says he's glad to have done something challenging and had a good time doing it.
Julianne Hough says Janel Parrish's jazz routine was perfect. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Announcer and judges
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Host Tom Bergeron announces this week's results. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Randy Couture, contestant voted off
Randy Couture says he's not upset by the results. COURTESY: BBC Worldwide Limited and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ((mandatory on-air credit))
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's something we often hear on reality shows. Wanna-be contestants are told to keep at it and come back again. Well, it happened on "The Voice" last night. Anita Antoinette didn't get a single chair to turn during the blind auditions of Season 3. But last night, she had all four coaches wanting her. She decided to go with Team Gwen. Tonight, the blind auditions continue.
All the coaches want Anita. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Anita Antoinette
The coaches recognize Anita from Season 3. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- It's usually the kind of secret families keep until the grave -- and even beyond. But Jane Fonda says she is telling something of her personal life in an effort to help others. She says her mother had been sexually abused as a child -- and eventually committed suicide at age 42. Speaking to a fundraiser for the Rape Foundation this past Sunday, Fonda said once she realized what happened to her mom, she could understand more about the way she lived and died. Fonda says sexual violence against women is "epidemic" -- and says she will always support places like the Rape Treatment Center.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Patrick Dempsey's latest effort to fight cancer has paid off -- in the form of more than $1.1 million for care and support for those who have the disease. Nearly 3,900 people took part in the 6th Annual Dempsey Challenge, organized in honor of the actor's mother, who died in March. Dempsey was one of about 1,000 who took part in cycling events Sunday in Maine. Other participants raised money by walking or running.
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