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‘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....

All He Could Say: Shannon Hoon film outlines his life through his eyes

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Before Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon died, he traveled with a video camera. Everywhere he went, he documented his life, almost like a video diary. Director Danny Clinch was given the tapes...

Triple Threat: Kelvin Harrison Jr. is hitting the ‘high note’ of his career

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Kelvin Harrison Jr. was growing up in New Orleans, he dreamed of starring on a Disney TV show. That way, he could blend his talents of acting and singing. “I always thought...

‘Teenage Badass’: New film tells bands to ‘get it all in writing’

By Melissa Robbins The hazy, bright chaos of Phoenix music culture has crashed its way on screen. “Teenage Badass,” originally set to premier at South by Southwest, spins a warning fable of how blindingly enticing...

‘Fantasy Island’: Blumhouse reimagines TV series for a new generation

By Annika Tomlin Any fantasy could come true. But fantasies come with a price. Blumhouse Productions’ “Fantasy Island,” based on the 1970s and ’80s ABC television series of the same name, tackles four different fantasies by...

‘Murderous Trance:’ Josh Lucas explores hypnosis in new film

“Ford vs. Ferrari” actor Josh Lucas is used to playing sweet characters like Jake Perry in “Sweet Home Alabama.” In “Murderous Trance”—which opens Friday, December 6, at the Arrowhead 18 in Peoria, the Shea 14...

Cold as Ice: Disney animators rise to the challenge on ‘Frozen II’

By Connor Dziawura Looking back, Disney supervising animator Justin Sklar says his team would not have been able pull off its work on “Frozen II” when the first film was released six years ago. From improved...

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