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300: Rise of an Empire is both a prequel and a sequel to the 2007 film, 300, one of the most stylized action films ever made. The new movie has the same gritty and dark HD tonal quality of the first movie, as well as the sporadic ultra-slow-motion effects that capture the exaggerated battles and blood-spilling in extreme detail; but it’s missing some of the heart from often copied original.
One of the many surprises in Wes Anderson's rich, layered and quirkily entertaining new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is the emergence of a new comic actor, one with impeccable timing and just the right mix of gravitas and utter zaniness.
Phoenix last week approved creating a technology summit bringing in leaders from the national and international field to participate. This will be a joint effort by the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and the state of Arizona governments. A bi-partisan group spoke in favor of the summit.
African American male rappers have long endorsed products in commercials. Google “A Brief History of Rappers in Soda Commercials” and “20 Best Rap Commercials of All Time.” There’s nothing inherently problematic aesthetically, creatively, or politically about non-black rapping. I am curious about the television ads and viral YouTube videos that use hip-hop solely to entertain primarily through a comedic end. Such creations beg critical exploration.
How does an ordinary guy who drives a cab in London end up with an extraordinary life — two wives, two flats and two teenage children who know nothing about each other? How does he keep his stories straight and manage his time? And what does he do when his son and daughter get acquainted in an online chat room and decide to meet?
Well it’s January, which means two things. First, we’re going to get another found footage movie about demonic possession, i.e. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.” Second, we’re going to get another mediocre movie starring Ice Cube. Just like “Next Friday,” “Torque,” “Are We There Yet?” and “First Sunday,” “Ride Along” is a film you’ll completely forget about after one viewing. It’s a shame Ice Cube keeps getting saddled with these thankless roles, as he can be an appealing screen presence. Hopefully he’ll be put to better use when “22 Jump Street” comes out.
Katlyn Youngblood has been named to Bob Jones University’s fall 2013 dean’s list. The Ahwatukee resident is a junior early childhood education major. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.0 GPAe.
New York • Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014.
Director David O. Russell has a knack for bringing out the very best in his actors, whether it’s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo in “The Fighter,” or Jennifer Lawrence in last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook” – all of whom won Academy Awards for their performances. With his latest, “American Hustle,” Russell assembles a cast of veterans (Bale, Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper) and newcomers (Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K.) to his work, who may not achieve similar Oscar glory come February, but are clearly having a ball sinking their teeth into a smorgasbord of outrageous characters.
FILE - This file film image released by CBS FIlms shows, from left, Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver in a scene from "Inside Llewyn Davis." In the Coen brothers film, Timberlake plays a supporting role as a cheery, sweater-wearing 1960s folk musician. But he also collaborated with producer T Bone Burnett on the movie’s memorable period songs and helped shape the film’s most unforgettable and comic tune, “Please Mr. Kennedy.” (AP Photo/CBS FIlms, Alison Rosa, File)
Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell's sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, "Flirting with Disaster," to last year's acclaimed "Silver Linings Playbook," he effectively unravels the disarray.
Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn’t get old.
The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle threw a huge bash to celebrate the first anniversary of the entertainment mecca on Nov. 16. The public was invited to enjoy specials throughout the day, free entertainment including live bands, kids’ activities, and special guest appearances by Arizona Rattlers players, Sidewinder Dancers, Booboo Stewart of X-Men Days of Future Past, Jon Proudstar, creator of Tribal Force Comic, the Yellowhouse Dancers, and more. Guests also had the opportunity to enter for a chance to win free movie tickets for a year. Miss Indian Arizona, Alyssa Garcia, was there to greet attendees of the anniversary event.
Advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (English translation: amnesty) like to point out that immigrants in the past have flocked to America and made important contributions to our nation. That’s true, but the America of 1913 was different from 2013 in ways that greatly affect the probability that immigrants will become contributing citizens.
Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle threw a huge bash to celebrate the first anniversary of the entertainment mecca. On Nov. 16, the public was invited to enjoy $1 specials throughout the day, free entertainment including live bands, kids’ activities, and special guest appearances by Arizona Rattlers players, Sidewinder Dancers, Booboo Stewart of X-Men Days of Future Past, Jon Proudstar, creator of Tribal Force Comic, the Yellowhouse Dancers and more. Guests also had the opportunity to enter for a chance to win free movie tickets for an entire year. Miss Indian Arizona, Alyssa Garcia, was on-hand to greet attendees of the anniversary event.
Students at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School will showcase “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” showing the average day in the life of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.
HERE: Ahwatukee Recreation Center show Nov. 16
Rarely has a story about an angelic schoolgirl been narrated by Death. But such is the case in the dark, yet wondrous Nazi Germany-set "The Book Thief." ''Here's a small fact: You are going to die," we're told via voiceover by the Grim Reaper as we meet our young heroine, Liesel Meminger, played exquisitely by 13-year-old French-Canadian newcomer Sophie Nelisse.
Few entertainers have had a career like Joan Rivers. She’s filled in for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” hosted her own talk show, “The Late Show with Joan Rivers” and won a Daytime Emmy in 1990 for her work on “The Joan Rivers Show.”
Comic book movies are increasingly, like Sandra Bullock in "Gravity," lost in space.
TroonFIT, Whirlwind Golf Club and StartLine Racing will raise money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital by hosting a 5K run/walk and a 1 mile Kid’s Dash on Nov. 16 at Whirlwind Golf Club, 5692 W. North Loop Road, in Chandler.
HERE: Ahwatukee Community Garden Project meeting Nov. 7
By the time you’re reading this, our little friends in Congress will have either settled their political hash and come up with a budget and gotten the government back to work or we’ll all be huddled around a trash can fire in a desolated parking lot, fighting for road kill in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian society.
As creaky as an arthritic hip, "Last Vegas" does for four leading stars of the '70s and '80s what movies like "Tough Guys" and "Grumpy Old Men" did for survivors of Hollywood's storied Golden Age: It lets them show they can still throw a punch, bust a move, and get it on, and that they're not quite ready for the Motion Picture Home just yet. Beyond that, this genteel "Hangover" for the AARP crowd has little to recommend it, though a smattering of funny gags and the nostalgia value of the cast keeps the whole thing more watchable than it has any right to be.
There was a time when Aaron Frana and Zac Griffin worked long hours in close quarters and ate cold pizza while pouring over game film.