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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Courtesy of ABC, The View
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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Tom Sizemore Cast in Running Wild Films' Durant's Never Closes

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Durant's Never Closes, Running Wild Films and 5J Media
Lights. Camera. Arizona.

Phoenix-based production company Running Wild Films is currently in the casting process for its sixth feature film, Durant's Never Closes. And while Running Wild founders Gus Edwards and Travis Mills have already cast Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Natural Born Killers) for the lead role of Jack Durant, they're on the lookout for aspiring locals to fill the set.

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A Hard Day's Night Gets a Beautiful Re-Release on Its 50th Anniversary

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Janus Films
Not sure if you've heard of them, but The Beatles are kind of a big deal.
On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek race through the latest (and the most terrible) Transformers movie (2:01), Earth to Echo (13:14), and Tammy (16:30).


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10 Movies to Watch This Summer Featuring SNL Cast Members

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Lionsgate/Paramount Pictures
Wait, you haven't seen Meatballs?
Right about now is a great time to saddle up the couch, turn the fan on, and watch some movies. As comedy fans, we remember often being sad about summer because, at one point, Saturday Night Live was actually funny on a consistent basis. When SNL would stop airing new shows and go on hiatus, most of the funniest folks from the show would be off making movies during the summer. So here at Jackalope Ranch, we thought it would be fun to look at some of the more interesting movies that SNL alums have made over the years.

Please note that we said "interesting" and not "best." The "best" ones are another list altogether. These are some of the odd, quirky, and just plain silly movies that might help you get through the dog days.


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5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix in July

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This upcoming release explores adolescence like never before.
It's time for things to get a little trippy this summer in the movie theatre. From monkeys taking over the earth to a new joint by cult favorite Alejandro Jodorowsky, there's a lot of weird stuff to see this month at movie houses all over the Valley that will, like, totally blow your mind, man.


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