Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2015 Brings Award-Winning Movies to Paradise Valley

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Greg Louganis will be available for a Q&A after the showing of Back on Board: Greg Louganis at Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2015.
Not to sound like Stefon from Saturday Night Live, but Desperado LGBT Film Festival 2015 has everything: comedies, dramas, documentaries, a horror film, cartoons, romance, short films, and a pink, fuzzy monster with dreams of becoming a cabaret singer.

Seriously, the sixth edition of the Valley's LGBT-themed film festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, January 23 through 25, at Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, has a little something for everyone, including Q&A sessions with directors and actors, live music, and an art gallery.


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Can You Identify the Traits of 'Oscar Bait?' (PODCAST)

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American Sniper
The bi-coastal film pod continues in 2015! In New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, along with Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, connect via the magic of the Internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, announced on January 15. The trio attempt to settle once and for all what sorts of movies make the Academy salivate, while other seemingly great films go stale.

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Spare Parts Retells the Story of Phoenix Robotics Team

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George Lopez stars in Spare Parts.

In 2004, a group of Phoenix high schoolers made a splash with a robot named "Stinky."

There's a good chance you've heard this one before. But just in case you need a refresher: Carl Hayden High's robotics team of four Latino boys participated in a NASA-sponsored competition and beat MIT. Their underdog story has been covered extensively by New Times, was made into Mary Mazzio's 2014 documentary Underwater Dreaming, and now it's the subject of Spare Parts, a feature film starring George Lopez out Friday, January 16.

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How to Get Tickets to Jimmy Fallon's Post-Super Bowl Tonight Show in Phoenix

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NBC Universal
Jimmy's coming to Phoenix for the 2015 Super Bowl.

Some will win. Some will lose. Some will completely forget and be so mad at themselves. Deep breaths, people. Tickets to Jimmy Fallon's post-Super Bowl XLIX Tonight Show taping at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix will be available Wednesday, January 14.

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Hard Goods' Brandon Gore to Star in Spike TV's Framework in January 2015

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Set your DVRs, Phoenix. Tempe-based designer Brandon Gore is about to make his national television debut.

The creative mind behind Hard Goods and Gore Design Co. is taking his knowledge of quality handmade furniture and applying it as a judge of Spike's newest reality series, Framework. Gore will host alongside Los Angeles-based industrial designer Nolen Niu and hip hop artist Common as 13 talented furniture builders go head to head for a chance to win $100,000 and sell their work on a national level.


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Art By Chance Comes to Metro Phoenix January 15, 2015

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This international film festival will bring super short films to unconventional spaces January 15-February15 2015

If you're out just about anywhere in metro Phoenix between January 15 and February 15 of 2015, pay attention to your surroundings. You just might find yourself unwittingly engaged with the Art By Chance Ultra Short Film Festival.


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The Hobbit Project Hits Its Spectacular End (PODCAST)

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Talk some sense into 'em, Bilbo.
Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson discuss the third-and-final Hobbit movie: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in this special bonus episode of the Voice Film Club podcast. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to filmpod@villagevoice.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub.

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The Interview Will Open at Harkins Valley Art in Tempe on Christmas Day

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Harkins Theatres announced on Tuesday, December 23, that it will show Seth Rogen's The Interview at Tempe's Valley Art starting on Christmas Day. That announcement follows Sony Pictures' December 23 statement that the film will be available as a limited release at theaters across the country.

The Interview has been at the center of controversy, after an anonymous group calling itself the Guardians of Peace promised to attack any theater showing the Sony Pictures comedy, which stars Rogen and James Franco as two fledgling journalists tapped by the CIA to assassinate North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. America's five largest theater chains, including AMC, dropped the film from their release schedules. Then Sony, which was hacked about a month ago, announced that it had "no further release plans for the film." President Obama weighed in after Sony pulled the film, saying that the studio had made a mistake. (For the complete story, see Amy Nicholson's long-form piece about The Interview.)

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Our Favorite Movies of 2014 (PODCAST)

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Only Lovers Left Alive starred Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton.

Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson run down their ten favorite/best/top/whatever movies of 2014, along with Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl.

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The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode

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Comedy Central
Colbert in the opening of the very first Colbert Report.

The funniest and most incisive show on television is ending this week -- so let's look back at how it began. On October 17, 2005, a power-suited Stephen Colbert furrowed his eyebrows and showed off highlights of his new set. Red letters above him shouted, "The Colbert Report." The title of his show was silhouetted in back of those letters, so it appeared twice. The host's last name was also proclaimed by a plasma-screen on the front of his desk, and it flashed four times on a ticker that ran below it, and was even spelled out on either side of that desk -- "which," he pointed out, "is itself shaped like a giant C." There were nine "Colbert"s in all, not counting the initial he sat in.


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