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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 18

    The Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) American Movie Musicals Collection (Columbia/Tristar) Batman Begins (Warner Bros.) Bruce Lee: Ultimate Collection (Fox) The Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (Lions Gate) Th...

    on October 20, 2005
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    Private High - Toking up with Grandma

    There's a message folded into Armentine Duryea's The Sun City Cannabis Club, a self-published murder mystery suspense novel about a drunken granny who stumbles onto a medical marijuana ring in Wrinkle Town. That message, wedged craftily into scenes i...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 20, 2005
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    Austen Powers - The marriage of true minds

    It helps to love good acting and the writing of Jane Austen in order to really appreciate Arizona Theatre Company's lush, immaculate production of Pride and Prejudice. This practically flawless adaptation, crammed as it is with wonderful acting and g...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 20, 2005
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    Dianne J. Winslow, Dialect Coach - Accent? What accent?

    Actors far and wide owe some kind of debt to dialect coach Dianne J. Winslow, who teaches them how to say what they say when there's a an accent involved. Winslow's talents can be heard in Arizona Theatre Company's Pride and Prejudice at the Herberge...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 20, 2005
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    Trails to Terror - A terrifying bag o' fun

    You feel the chill in the air, that ooky tingle at the base of your spine, the growing sense of dread in the pit of your stomach. You know it's coming, and your ass had better be prepared. We're not talking about yet another numbskull Adam Sandle...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 20, 2005
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    Why We Need DVDs

    Arrested Development: Season Two (Fox Home Entertainment) The best show on TV -- which you'd know, if you actually watched the thing -- also serves as one of the best reasons for the existence of DVD: No show has ever rewarded multiple viewings th...

    on October 13, 2005
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    Prophecy Not Fulfilled - Creepy fun, but fails to live up to the hype

    Waking from a trance, you find yourself in the restroom of a diner. You just stabbed a complete stranger to death as he urinated. Blood is on everything -- including you. And to make matters worse, a police officer is sitting outside, drinking coffee...

    by Gary Hodges on October 13, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 11

    Alicia Keys: Unplugged (J) Audioslave: Live in Cuba (Sony Music) The Best of the Chris Rock Show: Volumes 1 and 2 (Warner Bros.) Bomb the System (UMVD) The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Warner Bros.) The Dresden Dolls: Paradise (Fontana) ...

    on October 13, 2005
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    All's Wyatt on the Western Front - Earp. Excuse me

    In the bad old days, Wyatt Earp was -- depending on whom you asked -- a famed lawman or a rascally bandit. Today he's a brand of coffee and a steak sauce and a slew of Web sites (most prominently wyattearp.biz) and, in most parts of the world on any ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 13, 2005
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    What's It All About, Alfie? - Boys gone Wilde

    There are so many reasons Desert Stages Theatre's production of A Man of No Importance shouldn't work: the cramped quarters of the company's Actor's Caf space, into which this odd musical has been squeezed; the mostly amateur cast; an unusual, time-...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 13, 2005
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    How to Be an Actor in Five Easy Steps - Or just look like one

    1. Start out as a more-than-slightly neurotic child, perhaps with a nervous tic or a speech impediment -- or at least as a kid whose parents are divorcing. Having an emotionally distant father and/or alcoholic mother is helpful, too. Homosexuality i...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 13, 2005
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    Called on the Red Carpet - Lisa Murray, Lotion Queen

    The road to stardom may be paved with some kind of intentions, but Lisa Murray's was slick with hand lotion. The Scottsdale publisher's assistant is now Hollywood-bound, thanks in good part to her recent win on Entertainment Tonight's "Caress Confida...

    by Robrt L. Pela on October 6, 2005
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    Out of the Box - On seeing and healing

    Sue Chenoweth, 52, starts at one small place, and ends up with painfully intricate paintings that chase through the psyche and surprise even her. The lifelong Phoenician paints in a big, bright studio at Metropolitan Arts Institute (a.k.a. Metro Arts...

    by Amy Silverman on October 6, 2005
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    Art Scene - Current exhibits, installations, and shows

    Michael Eastman's "America" at Bentley Projects: The ambient desolation of Michael Eastman's photographs of empty streetscapes and seedy interiors seems prophetic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's leveling of New Orleans. At least two of the pho...

    by Leanne Potts on October 6, 2005
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    Roll Play - We Love Katamari pretty much says it all

    Last year's Katamari Damacy was so quirky, it should have been subtitled "Marketed to Stoners." Its star, a little green prince, was forced to roll a giant gravity ball to atone for the sins of his father, the King of the Cosmos, who had gotten dr...

    by Chris Ward on October 6, 2005
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    Another Look at a Legend

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection(Universal Studios) Alfred Hitchcock may be the best pop filmmaker in our history, and this gorgeous 14-film set is certainly worthy of the master. Licensing issues kept it from being as "definitive" as th...

    on October 6, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of October 4

    The Amityville Horror: Special Edition (Columbia/Tristar) Beyond the Gates of Splendor (Fox) The Black Keys Live (Fat Possum) Christmas With SCTV (Sony Music) Count Duckula: The Complete First Season (Koch Vision) Cream: Royal Albert H...

    on October 6, 2005
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    New releases available this week

    Robots (Fox) The story of a small-town 'bot (voiced by Ewan McGregor) who bolts for the big city, Robots is the first non-Pixar film to compete with that studio's razzle and dazzle; the thing's stunning to look at. (And, frankly, it's better to st...

    on September 29, 2005
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    New Times' top DVD picks for the week of September 27

    Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (Universal) American Pie: 3 Movie Pie Pack (Universal) Beethoven: The Pooch Pack (Universal) Billy Jack: The Ultimate Collection (Ventura) Blind Melon: Live at the Metro (EMI) Bouncing Souls: Live at the Gl...

    on September 29, 2005
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    Dem Quixote - Jim Pederson wants comfy outdoor dining without misters -- something all voters can agree on

    Jim Pederson is a consummate politician: He's rich, well-connected, and not above pointing fingers at the opposition. He's also quite dull -- or, to be fair, at least unwilling to bite when he's baited with stupid questions from newspaper reporters. ...

    by Robrt L. Pela on September 29, 2005
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