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Aspiring to New ‘Heights’: Emotional, upbeat film recalls old Hollywood

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | June 5, 2021 “In the Heights” stars Olga Merediz and Jimmy Smits say their musical masterpiece is the perfect antidote to a rough 18 months. “It’s balanced with emotional and deep moments,...

‘All We Have’: Independent Tucson film hits local Harkins

By Annika Tomlin | April 15, 2021 When director Edgar Ybarra shot the independent production “All We Have” in Tucson, the cast and crew didn’t expect it to make it to the big screen. But starting...

On Fire: Dobson Dorian Bustamante graduate brings ‘Raya’ to life

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | March 4, 2021 Dobson High School graduate Dorian Bustamante has a resume that speaks volumes. Joining Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2019, Bustamante is embedded in the legendary family, having worked on...

‘We Can Be Heroes’: Director Robert Rodriguez hopes to inspire next generation

By Connor Dziawura A hot topic in the movie industry in recent years has been the growing shift from traditional theatrical releases to at-home distribution via internet streaming services—especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Living His ‘Dream’: Mesa’s Michael Saquella diverts from his usual gangster role

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Mesa multihyphenate entertainer Michael Saquella is thrilled about small things as well as easy laughs. “I’m excited that I got out of bed this morning,” Saquella says deadpan. High on his priority list, though,...

The Impossible is Possible: Glen Keane says ‘Over the Moon’ was a gift from...

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Disney animation legend Glen Keane was looking for something more, even throughout his tenure with the juggernaut. He wasn’t quite sure what it was, even when he was animating characters like Ariel...

‘Secret Society’: Jovial Faly Rakotohavana turns meek for new role

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Faly Rakotohavana was a child in Ahwatukee, he had a serious stutter—so much so, it nearly derailed his dream of entertaining. “I always had a lot on my mind, so much I...

Love Letter to Arizona: ‘Teenage Badass’ star Evan Ultra talks first feature role

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The film “Teenage Badass” has a bit of an autobiographical feel to its star, musician Evan Ultra. He met director and co-producer Grant McCord when he tried to recruit him to play drums...

‘Extremely Ambitious’: Haley Lu Richardson took a chance with her new film ‘Unpregnant’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Phoenix native Haley Lu Richardson is known for taking chances with her films. The actress starred in the coming-of-age film “The Edge of Seventeen” and quickly followed that with M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split.”...

‘Dare to Dream’: Jerry O’Connell visualized a ‘Secret’ role, and landed it

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Actor Jerry O’Connell was on a set of a TV show and frequently complaining about his life, when a coworker gave him a copy of the book “The Secret.” “I said, ‘Oh brother....

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