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It takes a lot for a film based on a video game to impress a crowd these days, given the dazzling advancements in gaming technology. But "Need for Speed," based on the hit EA Entertainment racing game that's sold 150 million units, could now drive some of that success toward the box office.
When Aaron Paul received the script for "Need for Speed," he had very little interest in even reading the story, let alone taking a starring a role in the movie.
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Do you consider yourself a food and wine connoisseur? Perhaps you’re seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce stress. Or, maybe you’re a thrill seeker, pursuing your latest adventure. During vacations, you’ve probably squeezed in a good meal, a hike, or maybe a massage. But what if these interests were the focus of your next vacation?
You don’t have to read the credits or see the previews to recognize “The Grand Budapest Hotel” as a Wes Anderson picture. Anyone familiar with Anderson’s work can immediately spot his whimsical filmmaking style and sense of humor that’s completely bizarre, yet also deadpan. While Anderson has fallen into a comfortable, if not slightly predictable, groove, he still remains one of the most distinctive voices and visionaries of the past two decades. With his previous film, “Moonrise Kingdom,” Anderson perfected his craft as a writer and director. Although “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a step down from that near perfect film, it’s still another quirky, charming entertainment with that special Wes Anderson touch.
Two filmmakers who directed and produced a 2013 documentary about Muhammad Ali will speak during a free screening of their film on March 20 in Mesa.
More than 100 third- and fourth-grade students from Kyrene de los Lagos participated in an educational event as part of the 2014 Arizona Weights and Measures Week.
When I was studying to be a rabbi, I spent several years doing volunteer service work in India, Thailand, El Salvador, Ghana, and many other countries. During that time, I heard many wrenching stories from women who had been the victims of violence. They told me they felt powerless, vulnerable, and scared. I pledged on each encounter that I would commit my life to giving voice to their cries. I prayed for an end to this epidemic and sought ways to take action to fulfill the Biblical mandate to pursue justice. Today, each and every one of us has an opportunity to do something tangible to help, and I urge you to join me.
Over the week, members at Mountain Park Senior Living celebrated resident Faye Bali’s 100th birthday.
Editor’s note: This is the final in a two-part series on the history of Mountain Park Ranch.
Family of Christ Learning Center in Ahwatukee has been teaming up with New Song Center for Grieving Children in efforts to assist students through the grieving process of a family member dying.
One opened for Ann-Margret; others delighted audiences on cruise ships. Still others simply enjoy performing.
Family of Christ Learning Center has been part of the Ahwatukee community for more than 20 years, keeping students its focal point.
People in the Phoenix area have an opportunity this spring to weigh in on a timely and important topic: health care.
A few weeks ago we got “The LEGO Movie,” an animated feature that looked like a disaster waiting to happen. Since its release, however, the film has become a box office hit and received praise from virtually every human being on the planet, myself included. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is another family movie that seemed destined to flop at first glance. A modern day 3-D extravaganza based on a 1960s cartoon that was never even so great to begin with? I smell another “Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.”
When “300” came out almost seven years ago, you probably either thought it was the coolest movie of all time or the lamest movie of all time. While it was dumb and silly, the film’s glorified violence, striking look, and classic one-liners did admittedly have an effect on the macho dinosaur in me. The sad truth is that the style over substance appeal of “300” is only good for one movie. The first time you see such eye candy popping out at the screen, it’s friggin’ awesome. The second time around, it’s about as repetitive as watching Optimus Prime transform over and over again. That’s just one of the reasons why “300: Rise of the Empire” is dead on arrival.
Shannon Keller, managing director of The Artigue Agency, has been voted to a three-year term on the Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) Board of Directors.
Chandler’s Communications and Public Affairs Director Nachie Marquez was selected as the city’s new assistant city manager.
LOS ANGELES — Many neighborhood feuds in the U.S. are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored, scared or anxious, so they shouldn't be blamed for fights that involve their masters.
Highland High School orchestra director Bill Bitter.
The next Goofy, Belle or Cinderella could live in Ahwatukee.
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.
The Parish of St. Benedict is inviting the Ahwatukee community to its third annual rummage sale.
A few weeks ago we got “The Lego Movie,” an animated feature that looked like a disaster waiting to happen. Since its release, however, the film has become a box office hit and received praise from virtually every human being on the planet, myself included. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is another family movie that seemed destined to flop at first glance. A modern day 3D extravaganza based on a 1960’s cartoon that was never even so great to begin with? I smell another “Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.”
Former House Speaker Joe Lane, whose political career was cut short in the wake of the impeachment of Gov. Evan Mecham, died Thursday in Tucson.