Dear White People, Go See Dear White People (PODCAST)

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Code Red Films
Tyler James Williams (center) stars in Justin Simien's Dear White People.

With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined as always by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then moves onto Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic Western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.

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The 20 Scariest Horror Films of All Time

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Here's Johnny! -- with 20 movies that'll scare the living daylights out of you.
'Tis the season to stay up late and be kept up even later by watching ultra-creepy horror flicks to prepare for Halloween. It's hard to pick just 20 favorite films out of an entire genre dedicated to suspense and spooks. From the 1930s all the way until the 2000s, scary movies have spanned the history of filmmaking for a reason: They're addicting to watch, even though you might have to look away from time to time. You might miss some of the gorier details, but as long as you don't miss these 20 movies, you'll be in good shape.


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Twin Peaks Returns, The Judge Disappoints, and Whiplash Drips with Jazz (PODCAST)

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Sony Pictures Classics
Miles Teller stars in Whiplash.

Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, open this week's podcast with a brief discussion of Twin Peaks, which comes back to TV via a series on Showtime in 2016, and move onto The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, and then to Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

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10 Must-See Movies at Scottsdale International Film Festival 2014

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this true story about a genius World War II code cracker.
Well, ladies and gentleman, the time has almost come for the 14th annual Scottsdale International Film Festival to begin screening extraordinary movies from across the globe. With 40 films in this year's lineup, it's no easy task to decide which films you'll see and which you'll have to skip between Thursday, October 9, and Monday, October 13. We've narrowed the list down to 10 of the top films screening at the event, just in case you're having some difficulty deciding. And, yes, you can catch Benedict Cumberbatch's new movie at the festival.


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Chuck Palahniuk Says James Franco Will Likely Star in Film Adaptation of Rant

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James Franco's likely to star in Rant.
Since news broke last month that James Franco had optioned author Chuck Palahniuk's novel Rant for the big screen, there has been a lot of speculation over whether Franco will act, direct, and/or produce the film.

It looks like fans finally have a (likely) answer.


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Gone Girl Explores Marriage, the Media, and Missouri (PODCAST)

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Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.

Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, talk about one of the big movies of the year, Gone Girl, which opens in about 3,000 U.S. theaters on Friday, but the trio also makes room for lesser-known films like The Blue Room, Men, Women & Children, The Skeleton Twins, and The Two Faces of January. It's all on this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast.

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5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix This October

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Fox Searchlight
Life after pretending to be a superhero examined in Birdman,
We certainly won't judge you if you opt to see Annabelle or any of the classic horror movies screening this October -- it is almost Halloween, after all. However, you should know that there are quite a few great movies coming out this month that don't involve ghoulish dolls or guts exploding out of people -- not that there's anything wrong with that. Music lovers, black comedy fans, and the social media obsessed will certainly have something to see this October, though you seriously can just go watch Halloween at FilmBar. It's not a big deal.


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Jimmy Fallon to Film Post-Super Bowl Tonight Show at Phoenix's Orpheum

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

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is coming to Phoenix.

NBC announced on Tuesday, September 30, that Fallon and company will tape a special episode of the late-night talk show at the Orpheum Theatre. The show will be telecast live on NBC after Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015, and after an episode of The Blacklist.

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The 10 Best Simpsons Episodes Ever

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Come October, this will basically be us.
UPDATE: Simpsons World launches on October 21 at www.simpsonsworld.com.

With FX's "Simpsons World" set to launch sometime in October 21, it's only a short matter of time before fans of The Simpsons find themselves glued to the couch, calling in sick to work, and binge-watching episodes until their eyes fall out, Itchy and Scratchy style. "Simpsons World" will offer every episode of the series for streaming via the FXNOW app. Though some fans might want to start from the beginning, it might be a bit less daunting to sample some of The Simpsons' greatest hits before committing to such a project.

While would could hardly say that there are only 10 great Simpsons episodes (that would be blasphemy), we do know the 10 we'll be watching as soon as the all-inclusive app rolls out.


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In The Equalizer, Denzel Kills, Summarizes Hemingway, Kills Again (PODCAST)

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Photo by Scott Garfield - © 2013 CTMG.
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer: "It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armor, except he lives in a world where knights don't exist anymore." He's talking about Don Quixote but he's really talking ABOUT HIMSELF.

As Bob McCall in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays a regular Joe who turns into an eye-gouging, brain-drilling nightmare for Boston's Russian mob. At first Washington "toodles about a Home Depot-like store, helping customers, decked out in New Balance shoes and jeans so last-century you'll be looking for pleats," writes the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl. That's before he turns DIY crime-fighter in Antoine Fuqua's latest crowd-pleaser.


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