The Over-Stuffed End-of-Summer Film Podcast with Guardians, Lucy, and Get on Up

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Universal Pictures
Chadwick Boseman works up a sweat as James Brown.

On this week's film podcast, Stephanie defends her Guardians of the Galaxy review against Internet trolls who tell her to go suck eggs, and we touch on Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and the excellent James Brown biopic Get on Up. There's a lot to be had in this one. Enjoy.

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5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix This August

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Troublemaker Studios
Have you been waiting for this sequel as impatiently as we have?
Some of your favorite comic and cartoon characters might be coming to life this month on the silver screen. Or maybe you're excited to catch a biographical peek into the world of a prolific fashion designer or genre-bending indie band. In any case, there's plenty of good stuff to see in theaters this August, and we have five suggestions for your viewing pleasure.


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Filmmaker Joe Biel Wants to Share Portland's Cycling Success With Phoenix

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Image courtesy of Joe Biel
Aftermass screens this Tuesday at FilmBar

Over the past 18-plus years, Joe Biel has become a DIY archetype. Through hundreds of books and zines with his Microcosm Publishing house, dozens of self-made films, and international "Dinner and Bikes" tours, Biel has invested his entire life in the promotion of underground and alternative culture.

For his latest project, screening at FilmBar in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, July 29, Biel has created Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland. The feature-length documentary aims to capture the cycling-activist zeitgeist by turning the lens onto the most bicycle-friendly city in the United States, showing how residents worked on the ground through events and actions such as the now-international monthly Critical Mass ride to produce the pedaling mecca Portland is known as today.


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Karina Longworth on Old Hollywood: Voice Film Club Podcast

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Courtesy of Karina Longworth
Longworth is this week's special guest.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This.

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Bill Thompson of Wallace and Ladmo Has Died

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Bill Thompson (left) is pictured with Pat McMahon and Ladimir Kwiatkowski.

Here is a true story about Bill Thompson, known for decades from Seligman to Scottsdale as Wallace of The Wallace and Ladmo Show: I ran into him in the lobby of the Herberger Theater Center about 10 years ago, and before I had a chance to introduce myself as someone who had interviewed him for my newspaper column several years before, he patted me on the back, shook my hand, and said, "Hey, I thought you said you were going to come over to the house to look at my soldiers!"

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Amy Nicholson on the Mystifying World of Planes

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Pixar, Disney
Amy Nicholson talks Planes on this week's podcast.

On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we hear from L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, who's intrigued by the bizarre universe of Pixar's Planes movies. We also hear about the film critic's background and how she became interested in the movies by way of subliminal advertising and photography.

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Kieran Thompson on Broken Leg, Kickstarter, and Screening at Phoenix Film Festival

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Kym Ventola
Broken Leg director Kieran Thompson talks making movies for around $20,000.
Don't let crowd-funding leave a sour taste in your mouth.

Despite recent news that one man's quest to make potato salad raised over $40,000, one film out of Phoenix called Broken Leg might just change your mind about the whole issue. Director Kieran Thompson talked with Jackalope Ranch about Kickstarter, keeping interested, and the arts of improv and collaboration in his new film.


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10 Celebrities Who Should Co-Host The View

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This lineup? It didn't exactly pan out.
It seems that right now all eyes are on The View.

Well, more eyes than normal. That's because with Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd having recently left their spots at the table, the only remaining host from last season is Whoopi Goldberg.

And while on Thursday, June 10, it was announced Rosie O'Donnell would be returning to the show (fingers crossed for drama), that still leaves at least three seats open for what is normally a five co-host show. So what remaining media personalities should make a full-time appearance on the next season of The View this fall? We have some ideas.


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Why You Should See Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood

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20th Century Fox
Need an excuse to head to the theater? Here are two.

On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek recommend seeing Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12:00) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (20:00), a movie filmed over 12 years with the same cast.


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Why Do Women Heroes Have to Be Extra Super?

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Courtesy of Marvel Studios.
See Gamora over there tucked back in the corner? Well, she's killer.
It seems like the onslaught of summer blockbuster super hero flicks always brings a new female hero into the spotlight. This summer's likely will be Zoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, who plays opposite Chris Pratt's Peter Quill. If you've seen the trailers, you'll see an ass-kicking green alien pinning bad guys in thigh holds and an everyman turned hero dude cracking jokes. Is anyone surprised by that setup?


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