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NEW YORK — Six years ago, Matthew McConaughey was starring in a movie called "Surfer, Dude," a film about as good as its title implies. He played a shirtless surfer plunged into an existential crises when his good luck with waves runs out.
NEW YORK — This year's Academy Awards nominees reflect a Hollywood truism: The margin between the dust bin and the Oscar red carpet is often razor thin.
This film image released by Independent Pictures shows Matthew McConaughey in a scene from "Killer Joe." A few years ago, Matthew McConaughey's career had bottomed out in rom-com mediocrity. He resolved to alter his path, and the rebirth that followed _ the so-called McConaissance _ reaches an apogee with his Oscar nomination for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." (AP Photo/Independent Pictures)
The City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS will host “Community Cinema,” a series of documentaries on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
There’s a reason Congress’s approval rating is below 10 percent and the President’s is plummeting. It’s not because they can’t work together, as some may think, it’s because the American people don’t trust either party anymore.
Development is under way on a new 14-screen megaplex cinema at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
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.
Like many of its ilk, the purpose of the Filmstock Film Festival is to showcase the talents of independent artists to a broader audience. What makes Filmstock different, however, is that all the films shown during the three-day event are shorts produced in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico or Utah — the Four Corners states.
Instead of the bygone damsels in distress — yes we're talking about you Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty — the female royals of "Frozen," Disney's latest animated wonder, are feisty, forward and independent.
Fifteen years ago, Donna and Roy Tuttle of Gilbert lived through one of those “parents’ worst nightmare” experiences. Their son, Travis, a graduate of Gilbert High School, was 20 and serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia when they got word that he and his companion, Andrew Propst, also 20, of Lebanon, Ore., had been kidnapped and were being held for ransom.
It's not unusual for your average 77-year-old man to lose some hearing in one ear.
A simple story told with economy, "Wadjda" is a notable example of old-school, humanistic filmmaking. It's also genuinely groundbreaking: the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film directed by a Saudi woman.
In this Aug 19, 2013, photo provided by Air Hollywood, Megan Blake, Air Hollywood K9 Flight School Program Director, sitting left, front row, with dog Super Smiley, far right, and other puppies from the Canine Companions for Independence pose for a photo during a K9 flight simulation at the America's Family Pet Expo, at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa, Calif. The idea was the brainchild of Talaat Captan, president and CEO of Air Hollywood, the world's largest aviation-themed film studio, who noticed a dog owner having a rough go getting a dog through airport security. (AP Photo/Air Hollywood, Sandra Lollino)
Rebecca Hall is confidently stepping toward center stage.
"Despicable Me 2" is trampling the Johnny Depp Western at the holiday box office, according to studio estimates released Friday. The animated Universal sequel has collected three times more than the Disney cowboy caper since both films debuted Wednesday (plus limited Tuesday-night showings).
Golden tickets hidden in chocolate bars caused a buzz in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Golden coupons good for 20 percent off at 305 local businesses are much easier to come by.
Staggeringly implausible, cartoonishly comical, Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" is refreshingly dumb.
This May 29, 2013, photo shows writer-director Joss Whedon in New York. Whedon's latest film is an independent adaptation of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.”
There’s one question that “Independence Day,” “2012,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Cloverfield,” “The Core,” “War of the Worlds,” and other disaster movies never acknowledge: Where are the celebrities during all this mayhem? Aside from Bill Murray’s hilarious cameo in “Zombieland,” we never get to see what the rich and fabulous are up to during the apocalypse.
ORLANDO, Fla. — If there's ever been a summer to visit a theme park — or two, or three — this is it.
This undated publicity photo released by the Independent Film Channel shows Greta Gerwig, right, as Frances, with Adam Driver as Lev having dinner in a scene from the film, "Frances Ha." (AP Photo/IFC)
This undated publicity photo released by the Independent Film Channel shows Greta Gerwig, left, as Frances dancing in front of fountain in a scene from the film, "Frances Ha." (AP Photo/IFC)
With a reputation for being innovative and versatile, Dante Ariola made a name for himself directing commercials for the likes of Coca Cola, Nike and Lexus. What began as a substantial career in graphic design morphed into a myriad of film work, including music videos for bands like Cake and Cypress Hill, and a documentary short about wildlife conservationist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, entitled “Man & Beast.”
The Cannes Film Festival in France will be getting a taste of the Valley next month.
What do you get when you cross a networking opportunity with some of the most prominent businessmen, officials and celebrities in the country with a quest to crack open cases of missing children? What if you put it all into a life-size board game that includes some of the finer qualities of Trivial Pursuit, the legendary “Cannonball Run” rally, and movies of the same name?