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St. John Bosco Catholic School (SJBCS) and the Parish of St. Benedict in Ahwatukee are hosting their Fall Frenzy event this weekend to bring the school and parish’s community together.
Students from St. John Bosco Catholic School enjoy the school's Fall Frenzy event.
Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through “generals.”
Candidates for governor and their allies have so far spent close to $16 million in the race to come out on top this coming Tuesday in the Republican primary. And that's what we know about.
Students at Horizon Community Learning Center in Ahwatukee rushed toward the school’s field as they celebrated annual Water Day Tuesday during their physical education classes.
A strange sense of doom hangs over the rebooted Muppets, and it's not from the Swedish Chef's cooking.
"The Muppets" (2011) may have been an earnest and largely successful relaunch for Jim Henson's troupe, but it also had a hangdog melancholy, fretting about the obsolescence of Kermit and the gang. Pop-culture insecurity looms in "Muppets Most Wanted," too, which begins with the same self-conscious tone as the last film in the musical number "We're Doing a Sequel."
Though Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (still the greatest name in show biz, sorry Sidney Poitier) notes this is technically the Muppets' seventh sequel, they nevertheless sing: "And everyone knows the sequel's not quite as good."
The Muppets don't need a sequel. They need a shrink. It seems they've swapped "the most inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational" show for an ongoing pity party. Where is the confident intrepidness that made Gonzo disdainful of breaking through "the easy way" (Hollywood) when you could go through Bollywood instead?
"Muppets Most Wanted," thankfully, soon enough dispatches the previous film's mopey nostalgia and sets things on a more madcap course: a European caper, not unlike 1981's (alas superior) "The Great Muppet Caper." The ingredients are here: Tina Fey as a Broadway-loving Gulag guard in Soviet chic; Ty Burrell in Inspector Clouseau mode; Ricky Gervais as the comically obvious bad guy (name: Dominic Badguy). But "Muppets Most Wanted" fails to whip up the kind of furry frenzy that makes the Muppets special.
What's missing? Many would say Jason Segel, the star and co-writer of "The Muppets." He's the holdout of largely the same, solid creative team: director James Bobin, co-writer Nicholas Stoller and music supervisor Bret McKenzie.
But the bigger problem with "Muppets Most Wanted" is a failure to find the right human-to-Muppet ratio and a screwball feel for how the species interact. Most successful are Fey (who emerges as an unlikely rival to Miss Piggy for Kermit's heart) and Burrell (an Interpol policeman paired with the CIA's Sam the Eagle).
The Muppets instead feel upstaged by the parade of celebrity cameos (they range from Lady Gaga to Christoph Waltz), as if the movie is one big selfie for stars to be seen alongside theirMuppet heroes. The plot, too, doesn't yield much time to favorites like the lovingly harebrained Gonzo the Great, the endlessly chipper Fozzie the Bear or the mellow, melodic Rowlf the Dog.
The film picks up literally where "The Muppets" left off, as they disassemble the movie set. Unsure of their next step, the Muppets are persuaded by a slick British agent (Gervais) to embark on a theater tour in Europe. Only Kermit is suspicious, but he's soon kidnapped by an escaped Russian criminal mastermind, Constantine.
Constantine (voiced with a playful Russian accent by Matt Vogel) happens to look precisely like Kermit (again voiced by Steve Whitmire), only with a mole on his cheek and a slightly more pinched nose. While Kermit is mistakenly sent to the Gulag in Siberia (fellow inmates are played by Ray Liotta and Danny Trejo, as himself), his evil doppelganger replaces the Muppetleader on tour. He and Badguy use the performances as a distraction for robbing banks.
Much of the humor stems from the Muppets' failure to recognize the clearly different version of their long-legged impresario. The usually fastidious frog, with Constantine running things, doesn't mind giving Animal an endless drum solo and absent-mindedly calls Gonzo "Zongo."
Judging the Muppets against their own high standards is perhaps unfair, particularly when we've been absent of Henson's genius for nearly 25 years. "Muppets Most Wanted" may not rise to the irreverent slapstick the gang once did, but it is still, after all, the Muppets.
Yet instead of trying to be like other globe-trotting, star-studded sequels, the Muppets ought to be happy with simply being themselves. How does the song go? Keep believing.
"Muppets Most Wanted," a Walt Disney Studios release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for "some mild action." Running time: 106 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.
MPAA rating definition for PG: Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Three out of four Arizonans support the right of gays to at least form civil unions, if not to wed outright.
As February Frenzy fades away — given all the drama, controversy and action we’ve seen it’ll take awhile — and March moves in, the spring sports have begun.
Dear Gilbert School Board Members,
Ready for the February frenzy? Grab a camera and post your best boys and girls basketball state tournament photos to our Facebook page at Facebook.com/EVTvarsityxtra. Or send your photos to us on Twitter to @varsityxtra. We’ll pick our favorite and one winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.
Super Bowl media day can be a frenzy.
So here we are, December, again. As I get older it certainly seems to get here faster every year. I feel like I was just chatting with folks about what may happen in real estate in 2013. It turned out we had some interesting things happen here in our market. The year started off strong with lots of appreciation and a great demand from buyers. The buying frenzy continued through June until it sort of fell off a cliff in the summer. When we usually see the October pick up, the government shut down for three weeks and that changed the typical cycle for that time of year. We had a nice increase in buyer interest towards the end of the year and from what we can see now the spring season will be typical for our area.
In his Nov. 6 AFN guest commentary, “Culture is not a costume,” Dr. Neal Lester addresses the “controversy” of the refusal of the Washington Redskins owner to change the team name to something less “offensive.”
Black Friday used to be the one day where you could find bargain-basement deals on computers, TVs, game consoles, home goods, clothes, toys, and the list goes on.
You don’t need to be buttoned-up to be the boss.
Tom Hanks didn’t know where the cameras were.
Tom Hanks didn’t know where the cameras were.
LAS VEGAS - Tony Sanchez can try all he wants, but it is going to be hard to live up to his words.
'Lovelace' a smart look at first porn star
Every year in early July, thousands of people “run with the bulls” in Pamplona, Spain. While the event is exciting, it is also hazardous, and many runners have gotten badly injured over the years. As an investor, you may find that running with the herd is dangerous to you, too — because if you’re constantly following what everyone else is doing, your own financial goals could end up getting “trampled.”
As some of you may know I have been covering the Jodi Arias murder trial as a legal expert for FOX 10 and other national TV stations. I’ve probably done over 65 TV appearances as a legal expert on the case. This case has turned out to be the biggest case of 2013 and maybe as big as the O.J. Simpson case.
There's a siege mentality about Michael Bay's movies, as though viewers are the enemy holed up in a bunker and he's the guy ordering heavy-metal music around-the-clock to wear down our morale and force us to surrender.
‘Twas not the winter of everyone’s discontent. At least not for all the basketball players, soccer studs and wrestlers who took their shots, saves and takedowns for glory’s sake and found some.
What does “military style” mean? The specific make and model of firearm used by the military? Or the types of actions used in military firearms? Or the gun’s rate of fire? Are we going to define “military style” narrowly or broadly?
The proving ground is over.