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I don’t care much for what is called "reality TV." Like the propaganda Michael Moore disguises as documentaries, reality shows are selective in their reality, and in being so, manipulate their viewers. Of course, many viewers are clearly aware of this, but still watch avidly, either to laugh at or laugh with the characters.
The first-place winner of NBC’s “The Voice” performs “An Oh So Acoustic Christmas” with Michael Grimm (America’s Got Talent) and Committed (The Sing-Off).
“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a new kind of project for the Coen brothers to take on. To an extent, the film is a musical of sorts along the lines of “Once.” In addition to being a love letter to old folk songs, it’s also one of the most brutally honest, if not disheartening, movies about the cruel nature of show business. While different territory for the masterful directing duo, “Inside Llewyn Davis” still has the Coen’s distinctive signature all over it. As with many of their films, they find the comedy in bleakness and the bleakness in comedy, resulting in a narrative that’s either saying a lot or saying nothing at all. However you view it, boy is it fascinating to watch.
More than 50 local artists, musicians and entertainers light up downtown Chandler during this monthly event, which also provides a reason for downtown shops to stay open late.
Saxaphonist and Grammy nominee Dave Koz jams out with Keiko Matsui, Oleta Adams and Jonathan Butler in this swinging Christmas production, now in its 16th year.
For most scribes who have toiled in the movie industry, portraying Hollywood as a healing paradise is roughly equivalent to regaling a lobster of the soothing properties of a boiling pot of water.
Can there be too much of a good thing? Where did that expression come from, anyway? If it's good, isn't more always better?
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The folk music icon know for songs like “Crazy,” “Stardust,” “On the Road Again” and “Good Hearted Woman” performs.
Perhaps no vocal group in America – other than the Beach Boys – have been as celebrated as The Manhattan Transfer. Over the last four decades, the quartet has racked up a dozen Grammy Awards, sold millions of albums and made Grammy Award history in 1981 when they became the first group in both pop and jazz categories in the same year.
Local classical crossover trio Simply Three hosts a free concert in support of their first holiday album, performing Christmas favorites including including “Jingle Bells,” “The Christmas Song,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Greensleeves.”
Everyone had reservations when it was announced Peter Jackson would be splitting up “The Hobbit” into a trilogy. Do we really need three separate movies? Can’t this 300-page book be done in one movie? Isn’t this just a ploy to milk a franchise and make an extra couple billion dollars? When “An Unexpected Journey” finally came out last December, we all found that these initial concerns were pretty much spot-on.
As the year draws to a close, new awards and Top 10 lists are springing up right and left, many of them singing the praises of the technically brilliant but emotionally flat “Gravity.” While it’s no doubt a must-see experience for any cinephile, the same could be said of an equally immersive but far richer film, “The Great Beauty.” For nearly two and a half hours, this Fellini-esque epic transports us right to the heart of Rome’s vibrant nightlife and high society as we follow an aging journalist who begins to see the world around him from a new perspective.
Not your grandpa’s a cappella singers, this Grammy award-winning group melds perfect harmony with funky rhythms in a unique blend of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop as they perform music from their Christmas album along with original selections.
A cinematic sparring match unlike any other in recent memory, “Some Velvet Morning” offers an unflinching glimpse into the lives of an alluring prostitute, Velvet (Alice Eve), and her domineering lover, Fred (Stanley Tucci). Over the course of 83 minutes, we eavesdrop on this toxic pair as they engage in an impassioned war of words – chatting, groping, yelling and sobbing, all within the confines of her upscale townhouse. Written and directed by Tony-nominated playwright Neil LaBute, this low-budget chamber piece has been flying under the radar since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, but will surely blindside audiences this winter with nuanced performances and a certain shocking plot twist. Ahead of its Valley release at Harkins Shea 14 in Scottsdale this weekend, GetOut spoke with LaBute about the film, his French influences, and experience collaborating with Tucci and Eve.
Ring in the season with Christmas songs “just like ABBA would have recorded them.” Dinner service beings at 6 p.m.
The quest for the perfect stocking stuffer ends now — if you’ve got a movie lover on your list.
Local celeb chef Stephanie Petersen (Chef Tess) signs her new cookbook “The Meals in a Jar Handbook” and hosts a one-hour class on how to build the meals she writes about.
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra once again will ring in the holiday season with a series of performances, starting today.
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts has a slate of holiday performances set up for December, highlighted by a show this Friday by a Grammy-award winning group.
A Belgian drama with bluegrass music may seem like an unlikely combo, but director Felix van Groeningen pulls it off spectacularly in his heart-wrenching new film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which is already garnering whispers of Academy Award recognition. While other foreign-language Oscar hopefuls such as “Wadjda” and “The Hunt” have come and gone from theaters (with others such as “Gloria” and “The Past” not making their way to Phoenix until early 2014), “Broken Circle” is arriving this month, opening at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale this Friday, Dec. 6.
The Grammy Award winner and daughter of the late Nat King Cole performs selections from the American Songbook. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
The popular rock band known for hits “What About Now,” “Home” and “Waiting for Superman” perform in Chandler. Jared and the Mill open the concert.
LOS ANGELES — In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.
Tickets for Mesa’s 14th Annual Historic Home Tour will go on sale beginning Black Friday.