7 Coolest Designs from Jodorowsky's Dune

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This is the start of one very weird list.
We're about halfway through the two-week run of Jodorowsky's Dune at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale, so time is running out for you to go check out the funny, thought-provoking, and painfully frustrating documentary about experimental filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's ill-fated attempt to make the book Dune into a movie. Obviously, this movie has something for sci-fi geeks and art house film nerds, but the story is interesting and peppered with appearances by Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger.

One of the best parts of the film is being immersed in the completely hashed-out art and design elements of Jodorowsky's planned film, and we have seven examples that you just have to see.

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Italian Film Festival USA Coming to Tempe April 26

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Sarah Felberbaum on the set of Andrea Molaioli's Il Gioiellino.

Time to brush up on your italiano.

The Italian Film Festival USA recently added Tempe, Arizona, to its 11-stop schedule. This year marks the 10th edition of the fest, which brings contemporary Italian films stateside to cities including Boulder, Colorado, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Don't worry; there will be subtitles.

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child

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Jenny Slate stars in Obvious Child.

Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child isn't your typical romantic comedy.

Jenny Slate stars as Donna Stern, a charmingly foul-mouthed Williamsburg stand-up, whose cheating boyfriend (Paul Briganti) dumps her for another woman.

She goes through the typical stages of relationship loss. She gets drunk, leaves him many inebriated messages, finds comfort in her roommate Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann), and does some light stalking of her ex and his new girlfriend, who had been a close friend of Donna's. Adding insult to injury, she also loses her job at an independent bookstore.

But then, something great happens.

She stops chasing him.

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Stephen Colbert's 10 Best Moments -- So Far

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All eyes were on the Late Show this past week after host David Letterman announced on Thursday, April 3, that he would retire from the late night talk show in 2015. Immediately, the Internet was abuzz with rumors of who would fill the shoes of Letterman, who's hosted the Late Show since its première in 1993.

While plenty of celebrities, from Chelsea Handler to Chris Rock, were named as contenders for the talk show title, CBS announced on Thursday, April 10, that Stephen Colbert will be the next host of the Late Show, signing a five-year contract with CBS.

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Randy Murray's The Joe Show

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Joe puts on a show.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio can't carry a tune.

Yet America's toughest sheriff sings both the intro and outro to Randy Murray's documentary The Joe Show. Bordering on funny and sickening, he starts the show with a poor take on "My Way," made famous by Frank Sinatra. For the finale, Joe takes a stab at "Fame," the title song from the 1980 musical.

"I'm gonna live forever" has never sounded like such a threat.

These tone-deaf gimmicks illustrate the gist of what's in between: that Arpaio's zest for attention trumps all else.

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Charlie Paul's For No Good Reason

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Johnny Depp explores Ralph Steadman's world in For No Good Reason.
It's no surprise that indie documentary For No Good Reason drew a large audience at the Phoenix Film Festival. The star power of Johnny Depp and Ralph Steadman, along with real footage of Hunter S. Thompson and William S. Burroughs, was definitely a contributing factor. Since attendees didn't get the same filmmaker-audience interaction as other movies because there was no Q&A and the film wasn't in competition, For No Good Reason was entertainment for entertainment's sake. But it achieved more than that.

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Clark Gregg's Trust Me

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Trust Me is an indie dark comedy written and directed by Clark Gregg that tells the tale of a Los Angeles underdog and features such well-known actors as Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Molly Shannon, and even a brief appearance by William H. Macy. Unfortunately for us, the movie screened just once during the Phoenix Film Festival.

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Thomas Beatty's Teddy Bears

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Teddy Bears is a story about an indecent proposal.
If you're going to make a film based on a zany idea, say, a man who wants to have an orgy with his friends' girlfriends in order to heal from his mother's recent passing, you're going to take a lot of care to not make it a gimmick. You're going to have to make your characters believable and their emotions realistic. You're definitely going to have to make more to the story than just a sad man who wants to have sex with three women, but Teddy Bears, which made its Phoenix Film Festival première on Sunday, April 6, just didn't do any of that.

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Louise Archambault's Gabrielle

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If you read the synopsis of Louise Archambault's 2013 French-Canadian drama Gabrielle, then you walk into the movie knowing the experience isn't going to be easy. The title character, played by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, is a 22-year-old woman living with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by delayed neurological development, cardiovascular disease, and abundant cheerfulness.

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Phoenix Film Festival Review: Eddie Jemison's King of Herrings

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King of Herrings takes place in a gritty, almost surreal, New Orleans.
When we read up on King of Herrings while deciding which films to go see at this year's Phoenix Film Festival, the peg of a "Tom Waits tips-his-hat-to Woody Allen world" pretty much promised an entertaining, artsy ride into grittiness. However, limiting what King of Herrings does to just those two elements would betray what writer, director, and lead actor Eddie Jemison accomplished in his first feature. From Shakespearean dialogue and themes to a cinematography style that many are comparing to that of John Cassavetes, this indie flick is rich with dramatic and comedic elements.

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