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Everyone had reservations when it was announced Peter Jackson would be splitting up “The Hobbit” into a trilogy. Do we really need three separate movies? Can’t this 300-page book be done in one movie? Isn’t this just a ploy to milk a franchise and make an extra couple billion dollars? When “An Unexpected Journey” finally came out last December, we all found that these initial concerns were pretty much spot-on.
As the year draws to a close, new awards and Top 10 lists are springing up right and left, many of them singing the praises of the technically brilliant but emotionally flat “Gravity.” While it’s no doubt a must-see experience for any cinephile, the same could be said of an equally immersive but far richer film, “The Great Beauty.” For nearly two and a half hours, this Fellini-esque epic transports us right to the heart of Rome’s vibrant nightlife and high society as we follow an aging journalist who begins to see the world around him from a new perspective.
Not your grandpa’s a cappella singers, this Grammy award-winning group melds perfect harmony with funky rhythms in a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop as they perform music from their Christmas album along with original selections.
A cinematic sparring match unlike any other in recent memory, “Some Velvet Morning” offers an unflinching glimpse into the lives of an alluring prostitute, Velvet (Alice Eve), and her domineering lover, Fred (Stanley Tucci). Over the course of 83 minutes, we eavesdrop on this toxic pair as they engage in an impassioned war of words – chatting, groping, yelling and sobbing, all within the confines of her upscale townhouse. Written and directed by Tony-nominated playwright Neil LaBute, this low-budget chamber piece has been flying under the radar since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, but will surely blindside audiences this winter with nuanced performances and a certain shocking plot twist. Ahead of its Valley release at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale this weekend, GetOut spoke with LaBute about the film, his French influences, and experience collaborating with Tucci and Eve.
Ring in the season with Christmas songs “just like ABBA would have recorded them.” Dinner service beings at 6 p.m.
The quest for the perfect stocking stuffer ends now — if you’ve got a movie lover on your list.
NEW THIS WEEK
Local celeb chef Stephanie Petersen (Chef Tess) signs her new cookbook “The Meals in a Jar Handbook” and hosts a one-hour class on how to build the meals she writes about.
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra once again will ring in the holiday season with a series of performances, starting today.
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts has a slate of holiday performances set up for December, highlighted by a show this Friday by a Grammy-award winning group.
A Belgian drama with bluegrass music may seem like an unlikely combo, but director Felix van Groeningen pulls it off spectacularly in his heart-wrenching new film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which is already garnering whispers of Academy Award recognition. While other foreign-language Oscar hopefuls such as “Wadjda” and “The Hunt” have come and gone from theaters (with others such as “Gloria” and “The Past” not making their way to Phoenix until early 2014), “Broken Circle” is arriving this month, opening at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale this Friday, Dec. 6.
The Grammy Award winner and daughter of the late Nat King Cole performs selections from the American Songbook. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
The popular rock band known for hits “What About Now,” “Home” and “Waiting for Superman” perform in Chandler. Jared and the Mill open the concert.
LOS ANGELES — In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.
Tickets for Mesa’s 14th Annual Historic Home Tour will go on sale beginning Black Friday.
NEW YORK — The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They're easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You've done your job with your pricey treat.
Gilbert event to mark silver anniversary of Mesa organization’s efforts
Students in Mesa are rallying community members to commit to safe driving.
As thousands of German Jews sought refuge both before and during World War II, many ended up in Japanese-controlled Shanghai. The story of these roughly 23,000 refugees is chronicled in the 2002 documentary “Shanghai Ghetto.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Looking for the next big hit to come out of Nashville? You might want to watch the city's bustling food scene.
Creation of internal training videos filled much of Mike Holland’s time at Chandler Education TV. But the station’s first foray into documentary filmmaking could result in the ultimate prize.
Childsplay in Tempe is coordinating with the Rising Youth Theatre in Phoenix to participate in a national playwright contest focusing on topics related to bullying.
Five years ago, the Mesa High School Marching Band started band camp with just 35 students. Multiple superior ratings, two state championship nods and a 50 student increase later, the band will embark on its first out-of-state trip to perform at the Holiday Bowl in December.
Music can be a way for someone to express him or her self or perhaps a stress reliever; for Tempe’s Connolly Middle School, music is the program that sets the Tempe school’s students apart.
Andrew Rascon of Chandler’s Fulton Elementary Kids Express and the ICAN program in Chandler are finalists for Arizona Center for After-school Excellence awards.