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At 69, Diane Keaton Still Wants It All -- Including Marrying Morgan Freeman
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Diane Keaton thinks her new film is delightfully ironic. Richard Loncraine's 5 Flights Up is the latest in that burgeoning genre, Retiree Real Estate Romantic Comedy, where cool, gray-haired New Yorkers realize they can barely afford to live in the city...
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Witherspoon and Vergara Lift Hot Pursuit Into Hilarity
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Sofía Vergara is built like an amphora, a living testament to the form ceramicists throughout the centuries have adored. In the fleet and gloriously ridiculous comedy Hot Pursuit, Vergara plays Daniella Riva, a mobster's wife who needs to be escorted...
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
For the first time in a couple of years, the future actually looks bright for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have a clear rebuilding plan and some solid young players. In spite of their promising future, the team is still a starting pitcher or two away...
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Thunder From Down Under
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Ladies and gentleman (or should we say Shielas and Bruces?), if you’ve been feeling like your life is missing a group of shiny, shirtless men with accents dancing around a stage, we have great news. Scottsdale is about to get a whole lot steamier...
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Ask a Mexican on Appropriate Comebacks
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
I work with mostly young, progressive, educated white folks at an institution of higher education in Southern California. The other day, I mentioned buying a shirt that reads "Illegal immigration started in 1492." We had a good laugh and my co-worker,...
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Why Avengers: Age of Ultron Fills This Buffy Fan With Despair
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Depending on whom you talk to, we live in an era of conformity or one of anything-goes individuality; in a golden age of television or the brightest of movie galaxies. But just about everyone will agree that we’re ruled by screens of all sizes,...
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SpellBound!
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
You have your familiar Shakespeare titles, like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, and then you have the dozen or so that you shouldn’t be ashamed not to have heard of. One of the latter is Cymbeline, a rip-snorting tale of jealousy, lies, true...
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Jack Black Plays Too Nice -- but Offers One Great Surprise -- in The D Train
Thu, 07 May 2015 09:00:00 +0200
One of the most inspired ideas in late-middle Woody Allen pictures comes in Deconstructing Harry, a movie about how Allen loves Bergman, hates Philip Roth, and isn't quite clear on what “deconstruction” means. Allen stages passages from fiction...
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Throwback Thursdays
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Marketing gurus have long been hip to the power of alliteration, particularly when tied to a weekday. Heck, what would America be without Taco Tuesdays? Well, the folks at Phoenix’s Bar Smith, 130 East Washington Street, also like alliteration a...
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Kristen Wiig Is a Crackpot Oprah in Welcome to Me
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
One of Kristen Wiig's finest moments as a movie star is a throwaway bit of shamed silent morning-after comedy: Her Bridesmaids character is skulking out of the home of a cad played by Jon Hamm. She's playing it cool, swallowing back the humiliation of...
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The Soul Justice Project
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Just like your mother always told you, there are two sides to every story. And The Soul Justice Project is will tell each of them. By combining theatre with dance, spoken word, music, and mixed media, The Soul Justice Project plans to explore the politics...
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Far From the Madding Crowd Means Well but Sells Its Heroine Short
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Though it's hard to believe in 2015, there was a time when fictional heroines didn't have to be role models, when a character's backbone could be more than just a row of vertebrae lined up into teachable moments. It's wonderful that modern readers love...
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J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy Makes a Successful Leap to the Small Screen
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Author J.K. Rowling's rags-to-riches biography is arguably better known than her most famous creation, Harry Potter. As the oft-repeated origin story goes, Rowling was a single mother making ends meet, aided by government assistance while she was scribbling...
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Pinhead Number One
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Cher. Beyonce. Drake. There’s a new mononymic superstar that you should get to know: Pina. The writer and performer takes her long brewing personal stories and, with the direction of playwright, solo performer, and New Times Big Brain award-winner,...
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Handmade Snail Mail Workshop
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
In the digital age, it might be hard to remember that the Postal Service is more than a hip band from the early oughts. Luckily, Frances, 10 West Camelback Road, is offering a little refresher on mail correspondence IRL on Thursday with a Handmade Snail...
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Jonathan Franzen's Call for Love: 'You Need to Take Care of Birds Now'
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
“I hope they’re not scared off and think it’s like The Cove,” Jonathan Franzen said on Monday evening. He was referring to potential audiences for Emptying the Skies, Roger a...
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Ask a Mexican on Thick Mexican Hair
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Why do Mexican men have thicker hair than Caucasian men? Because I've seen more Mexican men with thicker hair and a lot more of it than Caucasian men. Why? Is it because it runs in the genes? (I am only asking about hair on the head, not body hair.) Frankie It's...
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Velo Artifex
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
When it comes to downtown Phoenix, bicycles and art kind of go hand in hand. Artistically made bike racks? Bike tours to notable landmarks? They can’t keep their metaphorical hands off each other. KAYRAE Art is bringing this pair together in a new...
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Joss Whedon Fights to Keep His Avengers Human
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a complicated, ticking machine — a cuckoo clock under attack. Returning helmer Joss Whedon is earnestly trying to make a movie out of a bag of bolts: six stars, nine cameos, three enemies, and at least 10 films to go before...
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Cinco de Mayo Guide 2015
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
There is no shortage of places around the Valley to party at on Cinco de Mayo, to say the least. Ditto for all the events that will transpire during the days and nights leading up to the big drinking holiday. For proof, look no further than our annual...
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Kurt Cobain is Honored in the Stunning Montage of Heck
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
A post-Wikipedia biographical documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck finds Brett Morgen constructing a feature-length collage of notebook entries, demo tapes, rehearsal footage, home movies, archival photos, and drawings and artwork by the late Nirvana...
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Summer of 69: No Apostrophe
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
. Thu., April 23, 8 p.m., 2015...
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Adult Beginners Crams Kroll Into a Played-Out Arc
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
I  dread explaining man-child dramedies to the ghosts of the dead. "You see, Grandpa, after your time, a generation paralyzed by the economy and indecision stopped growing up — and started churning out indie movies justifying why not." In the...
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Online Thriller Unfriended Is the Rare Good Film About the Internet
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
The trolling is coming from inside the house! Mere emojis can't capture the plugged-in joys of the first hour or so of haunted-Internet teen flick Unfriended, which knives with dexterous wit The Way We Live Now. Here's a clutch of horny high school dopes...
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Ask a Mexican on Spanish Refugees
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Do Mexicans know that if just one of their grandparents was born in Spain, they could emigrate immediately not just to Spain, but also any other country in the European Union? I know this is not an option for a lot of Mexicans, but it certainly seems...
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