Aubrey Plaza to Play Grumpy Cat in Lifetime Movie

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NBC
Let's be honest, Grumpy Cat is basically April Ludgate's spirit animal.
Grumpy Cat has finally found her voice.

Well, technically Hollywood has found it for her. The online feline sensation from Phoenix, known as Tardar Sauce by her owner and Grumpy Cat to virtually anyone with a computer, is set to star in her own Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, this holiday season.

And with word of her theatrical debut having been out since June, Grumpy Cat fans have had months to wonder: Who should speak on this scowling kitty's behalf?


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Mystery Box Short Film Challenge to Test Local Filmmakers and Storytellers

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Team Grace North Back Row
One team films during the last Mystery Box Challenge.
Filmmakers: If you're looking to compete in a film challenge but you don't want to be limited to just 48 hours, IFP/Phoenix has just the event for you. See, unlike many local film challenges that force teams to entirely conceptualize, film, and edit pieces in two days, the Mystery Box Short Film Challenge gives teams a full three weeks to craft a five-minute short film. Pretty luxurious, right?


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FilmBar and Arizona Opera Team Up to Screen Live Opera

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Fidelio Artist via Flickr
High class meets high convenience as two of our favorite spots for arts and culture in downtown Phoenix join forces. This fall, FilmBar and Arizona Opera are teaming up to bring movie-goers and opera-lovers a cinematic series that really hits the high notes, by screening live recordings of some of the most notable works in opera.


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Michael Richards and Pam Grier Join Cast of Durant's Never Closes

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Wikipedia.
Michael Richards and Pam Grier will join the cast of this Phoenix-based drama.
Sure, you've probably had your fair share of dirty gin martinis while slumped over the Durant's bar, but do you know the man behind the restaurant? Well, a new film from director Travis Mills will focus on just that. While the local tie of Durant's Never Closes is a draw, seeing Michael Richards and Pam Grier in one movie is pretty enticing, too.


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Manhattan Short Film Festival Selections to Screen at Phoenix Art Museum

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Sam Chou
Watch Crime and ten other short films showing at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Be a part of the world's first global film festival when the Manhattan Short Film Festival screens its 10 finalists at the Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesday, October 1. With screenings taking place in 47 countries over the span of 10 days, the MSFF is massive. However, the real reason you should go is because the festival is also known for getting the best of the best short films from around the world and you get to help decide who's the winner.


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The Longest Week Feels Too Familiar Without Being Relatable At All

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Eammon Films
Get ready for one long week of cliches and borrowed motifs.
There's nothing wrong with going to the movies just to be swept up in a story, even when the story is fairly unrealistic. If that's your aim, The Longest Week might be a good way for you to spend about an hour and a half this weekend. The film, starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, and Billy Crudup, is an easy watch -- beautiful aesthetically and with enough borrowed themes and motifs to feel familiar. However, that familiarity also makes this movie, which is focused on romanticism but not romantic in the way you might expect, one of the least challenging movies to watch ever.

You hear that, 27 Dresses? Your spot's being blown up.


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10 Network Shows That Might Not Suck This Fall

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Warner Brothers
Let's face it. The fall TV season, especially for network television, has lost a lot of its luster over the last decade. With all of the other options for awesome things to watch on cable channels, Netflix, Hulu, and every other Tom, Dick, and Harry Internet site getting ready to offer, at very least, the option to see humans and cartoons swear and get naked on your screen, why get excited over what the "regular" networks have to offer?

Why indeed.

Last year, for example, we can think of two new shows we watched without being bored, disgusted, or driven to playing Internet mahjongg while watching, and they were Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Goldbergs. We'd love to think the networks have it in them to produce equally funny shows this year, but the chances are slim. Sure, there were a few other shows that were fun to watch a high percentage of the time. The Blacklist was fun thanks to the inimitable James Spader, and Marvel's Agents of Shield had its moments thanks to Clark Gregg's steady delivery of the goods as Agent Coulson, but most of the shows that debuted in the fall of 2013 fell flat more often than not.


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5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix in September

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Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
The cast alone should sell you on seeing this movie in September.
Whether you're looking to escape through some movie magic or learn something new about your favorite band or actor, there are plenty of films coming out this month that fit the bill. Cult favorite directors like David Lynch and Terry Gilliam will surely present something that will keep you guessing, dissecting, and discussing for days. Walk the line between fictional tales that seem real and true stories that are stranger than fiction with five of our suggestions for movies to see.


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Podcast: Why Did So Few People See Sin City 2?

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Miramax
Very few people saw this movie.

Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly via the magic of the Internet.


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Scottsdale International Film Festival 2014: Opening and Closing Movies Announced

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Fox Searchlight
Catch Reese Witherspoon in this closing night drama at the SIFF.
Film buffs, clear your schedules. The 14th annual Scottsdale International Film Festival is set for Thursday, October 9, through Monday, October 13, and the festival's organizers just announced which films will open and close the five-day film event. If you're a fan of Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, William H. Macy, or Reese Witherspoon, you'll definitely want to check out what the 2014 fest has in store.


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