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What could be better than a roller coaster ride down the Grand Canyon?
Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, "to spring up." But however it is spelled, it makes me happy.
Learning didn’t always come easy for 23-year-old Scottsdale native Daniel Mazzon, as teachers said his ability to listen and comprehend the material was below average. But instead of going through the motions, Mazzon opted to venture on his own and apply the skills he had to a different project.
Seven-year-old Andrew Burkhart can now run like other kids his age, due to stem cell treatments and donations from strangers.
Gov. Jan Brewer inked her approval to a new $9.2 billion spending plan Friday – but not before using her constitutional power to excise some items she does not like.
SRP’s Powering Our Future workshops have been powering the future of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Arizona schools for about a decade, reaching an estimated 15,000 students annually.
A group of STEM students at Paragon Science Academy in Chandler are raising funds to attend a national competition at the University of Central Florida in May.
Mitzi Montoya is the keynote speaker for the Sí Se Puede Foundation’s 14th Annual Educators Awards Recognition Dinner.
Though carrots often make it into the Easter feast lineup, I've never understood why. Maybe it's a nod to the Easter bunny.
The biggest problem with growing orchid cacti is figuring out just what they are.
Johnson Larsen Family Dentistry in Gilbert will host a 5K and Fun Run to benefit Travis Williams and his family as he recovers from brain surgery and battles cancer.
A proposed project in Gilbert would both expand the operation of the national BMX organization and provide expanded recreational service to residents with minimal expense to the town.
On the U.S. Army’s website are pages devoted to outlining the acts of heroism and courage committed by generations of soldiers. Staff Sgt. Manuel Mendoza’s listing concludes with an intimidating list of accolades accumulated during World War II and the Korean War, among them a Purple Heart and Italian Cross for Merit of War Unit Citation.
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.
An attorney for the state is asking a judge to rebuff a bid by abortion providers to prevent a new restriction on the procedure from taking effect as scheduled less than two weeks from now.
Veteran bulb growers have learned to put patience ahead of pruning in helping their perennials bloom season after season. They're in no rush to remove the unsightly leaves and stems of these botanical storehouses, which need time after flowering to renew their growth cycle.
It all started at my friend Anthony's house not long ago during the beginning the so-called polar vortex. He is a gifted home cook and a food television producer, so he knows his way around a pot. He also is from Texas and we share a love of tequila, barbecue and anything Tex-Mex!
The Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert has scheduled a preview of its multi-million-dollar expansion to occur a little more than a week before the facility opens for business.
This March 8, 2013 photo shows miniature daffodils in a pet cemetery that will need time to recharge for the next growing cycle near Langley, Wash. Small bulbs can make a big impact but they need six to eight weeks before pruning to rebuild their energy for the next flowering season. Don’t remove the unsightly leaves and stems too soon if you’re looking for a similar burst of color next season. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
Former NFL star Darren Sharper was indicted by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office on multiple counts of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs.
Bright Beginnings Charter School Offers Accelerated Curriculum for Student Success
CLEAResult expects to employ 200 people within 18 months
After years of simple solids and geometric prints, the lowly flower is making a comeback in decor. Floral patterns have been blooming all over fashion runways in recent months, and they are slowly finding their way back into the world of home decorating, too.
PARIS — Food nourishes the tiny Rue du Nil from the dim light of morning — when the first deliveries start going out to Paris' most sought-after restaurants — until well after midnight, when the young chef who transformed an unchic side street into a culinary destination finally closes up.