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The sweltering summer sun is fully in-effect, and even native Tucsonans are starting to feel the heat. When finding fun and adventure during the midday blaze becomes a no-go, a little creativity is needed to keep the calendar exciting. Look no further than these five options across the Tucso…

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Having celebrated its landmark 30th event in Chandler, Ariz. less than a month ago, one of Arizona’s premier mixed martial arts promotions, the World Fighting Federation, is returning to Tucson for another night of thrilling amateur and professional fights within WFF cage. On Oct. 1 Casino D…

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The idea of LeBron James starring in a sequel to the 1996 live-action/animated children’s classic “Space Jam” has floated around the internet and among gossip circles for some years now. Though often considered a joke, it looks as though the Cleveland Cavaliers baller may actually be taking …

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It seems as though mixed martial artist and Ultimate Championship former light heavyweight champ Jon “Bones” Jones just can’t keep himself out of trouble with the law. He is currently in custody without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center since being taken into custody yesterday mornin…

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Based on the classic collection of stories by British novelist and literary mastermind Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau will be retelling the story of “The Jungle Book” in a film set to release on April 15.

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Get your hat and whip ready; Disney recently announced that everyone’s favorite archaeologist - Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones – will be returning to the big screen in a fifth installment of the beloved franchise. Not only will the good doctor once again take to the deserts and jungles of the wor…

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It has been less than six months since the second season of “Rick and Morty” ended, and fans of the hit Adult Swim animated sci-fi show have been scrounging for every scrap of information, image, video or leak regarding the future of the beloved show.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first event in England in almost two years over the weekend when UFC Fight Night rocked the O2 Arena in London. In the main event of the night, two mixed martial arts veterans, England’s own Michael “The Count” Bisping (28-7) and Brazilian former c…

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Ten years ago, the world was shown just how beautiful the planet it in breathtaking HD video when the BBC released the ground-breaking documentary series, “Planet Earth.” A decade later, and the news of a sequel has arrived. The new series will feature six, one-hour episodes set to be releas…

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“Youth” is best seen with a foot firmly planted in the past. That foot, whether steeped in the careers of performers like Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, or in the gluttonous cinema of directors like Federico Fellini, proves crucial in the understanding of Paolo Sorrentino’s latest existent…

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Only four years after showing off his ever-growing, impressive lyrical prowess and dominance over the underground hip-hop industry, independent rap veteran Aesop Rock (real name Ian Matthias Bavitz) just announced the upcoming release of his newest studio album, “The Impossible Kid,” due to …

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Last week, former body builder, film star and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told fans that he was still interested in turning the “Conan the Barbarian” films into a trilogy. He shared his intentions on the project while speaking at the “Experience with Arnold Schwarzenegger” even…

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“Mojave” is the embodiment of a mixed bag. It’s a film that, under the tedious eye of writer/director William Monahan, attempts to integrate chest-thumping machismo with existential rants — equal parts arthouse and action thriller. Plenty of big concepts to intrigue the average moviegoer, an…

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Though many may scoff at the idea of playing video games at a professional level, video game athletes are a real thing. While they are by no means athletes in the traditional sense, pro gamers have been bringing in big bucks in the past few years, along with hundreds of millions of viewers a…

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It is difficult to put into words the impact that The Wu-Tang Clan has had on the hip-hop world. The Staten Island collective has been responsible for launching the careers of some of the most well known names in the rap game. From Method Man, to Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon and beyond, Wu-Tan…

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Hollywood doesn’t make movies like “Crimson Peak” anymore. Pitched by director Guillermo del Toro as “a love story with ghosts,” it swaps out cheap scares for languishing horror — fear instead of gore. The story, about a young woman (Mia Wasikowska) trapped in the mansion of her newlywed mys…

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The iconic gold bikini worn by Carrie Fisher while playing Princess Leia Organa in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” has a new, private owner after an online auction last week.  The costume was just part of a larger group of Hollywood memorabilia sold through Profiles In History, …

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The “Fast and Furious” family will be going on at least three more rides together, according to actor, producer and co-creator, Vin Diesel. Diesel posted a statement on his Facebook to combat recent rumors concerning the future of the storied franchise. In his post, Diesel confirmed Universa…

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Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) and his family have big shoes to fill on their trip to Wally World. Sure, it’s been 32 years since his dad Clark (Chevy Chase) dragged everyone to hell and back in the original “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” but there’s no time stamp on comedy classics. 

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Netflix released the third season of the hit prison drama, “Orange is the New Black” last Thursday, a day before the scheduled release on Friday, June 12. The first six episodes were released during the first ever fan convention for the show that included writers, producers and cast members …

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As the world slowly approaches Dec. 25 with anticipations high and toy lightsabers ready in hand, a new teaser trailer has arrived for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” And it looks awesome. 

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Christmas day is upon us, and with it, a goodie bag full of memorable holiday traditions. It is a time of love, family, gifts, and popcorn? That’s right. Many of us movie fans find the holiday as the perfect time to cozy up in a theater full of our fellow men and women, and digest our Christ…

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While The Loft Cinema has been embracing the Holiday spirit with their recent Sing-A-Long Spectacular and correlating Ugly Sweater contest, this coming Saturday (Dec. 20th) continues in the grand Loft tradition with a midnight showing of the 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”…

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Last month, during Blizzard Entertainment’s annual BlizzCon convention, Blizzard president and co-founder, Mike Morhaime, announced that a purchasable in-game pet for World of Warcraft will be introduced in December, with all of the proceeds to benefit the Red Cross for Ebola relief efforts. 

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Burt Reynolds, the man with the famous mustache, is selling hundreds of personal items from his illustrious Hollywood career to try and save himself from overwhelming financial ruin. The man made famous by countless movies like “Deliverence”, the “Longest Yard”, and “Smokey and the Bandit” w…

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Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within…

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By now the latest golden sci-fi nugget “Interstellar” has drawn mass attention as this generation’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The film is leaving moviegoers in awe as one of the most aggressively visual space epochs to date, and critics have dubbed the film an instant center-piece to a genre …

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While the kids happily stroll the neighborhood dressed as Iron Man and Frozen characters this Halloween night, tired adults may just be looking for a chance to breathe. Sure, the downtown bars are likely holding drink specials and costume contests, and that work buddy across the street proba…

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With all of the news, rumors, and spoilers surrounding the imminent release of Star Wars: Episode VII, it seems as though little else would hold importance in the Star Wars universe and its nearly unrivaled fandom. It has been quite the opposite, however, as the internet has been parsing ove…

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Halloween may not be held in as high esteem as holidays with more tradition (and presents), but Tucson knows how to celebrate the spooky season nonetheless. The city is full of activities for kids and adults alike, providing keen opportunity to put on a light sweater and enjoy a scare-filled…

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After some time in production, the newest spin-off of the “NCIS” TV franchise is making its way to your television sets. NCIS: New Orleans started on Sept. 23, right after that night’s episode of the original “NCIS”.

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With movie theaters being overrun by a plethora of science fiction and fantasy movies, it may be difficult to find something to take young kids to. Between the cursing, violence and bloodshed, some movies just don’t make the cut as child-appropriate. Luckily, there are two separate rendition…

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The cinematic climate is changing in countless ways, but one in particular is affecting the world on a much broader scale. Viral marketing and distribution through avenues such as Netflix has fused with a public hunger for knowledge that is satiated through a surge in documentary filmmaking.…

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Actor Will Arnett has recently confirmed that he and the rest of the cast of Arrested Development are all on board to shoot a fifth season of the popular show. The show will be returning for its fifth season and will be shown exclusively on Netflix.  Arnett was in the middle of an interview …

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When child actress Jenny Lewis first appeared on television in the mid 1980s, she seemed to have a knack for the entertainment business. The youngster would go on to appear in fan favorite television shows such as “The Golden Girls”, “Growing Pains”, and “Roseanne”, but in the end it was the…

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The summer has fully engulfed our city, bringing with it sweltering heat and burning winds. As the days get hotter and hotter, many are looking for a way to have fun without melting outdoors.  Whether it is going to a movie at the theatre, a local trampoline—world, or finding some nighttime …