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Monday, March 13, 2017

GoT Stark Mavens and the Double Ds

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Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams "moderate" a discussion with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, at SXSW, on March 12. The first time moderators entertain hundreds at the festival with their effortless charm. - DANYELLE KHMARA
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  • Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams "moderate" a discussion with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, at SXSW, on March 12. The first time moderators entertain hundreds at the festival with their effortless charm.

Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams showed off their matching tattoos at South by Southwest. 07.08.09—the date they were cast in Game of Thrones.

Moderating a discussion with David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the show’s creators, the two women (yes, they’re all grown up!) were candid and charmingly awkward. Reading from cue cards, the GoT stars fumbled the wording of questions, talked in funny voices to emphasize their authority as moderators, swore and generally won the hearts of hundreds at SXSW who waited in line to see the Stark badasses.

“Which house would you identify with the most?” said Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the show. Both women exaggerated lounging in their chairs and batting their eyelashes while they waited for the “right” response.

“The Lannister’s,” Weiss said—because you’ve got to “choose the winning team.”

Williams gasped. "That would suck," Turner said.

With two more seasons left to air until one of the most popular shows of all time (which Benioff calls a 73-hour movie) comes to an end, the world is wondering who will be the victor of the game of thrones.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Here’s Your Chance to Win Thousands of Dollars

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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Over a million fans have attended the Wheelmobile events. Here's what it looks like, can't miss it. - PRESS RELEASE FROM WHEEL OF FORTUNE MEDIA
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Have you got game show ambitions? If you think you've got what it takes to be on Wheel of Fortune. Well, this is your chance because the Wheelmobile is rolling into Tucson and looking for contestants on their next show.

The Wheelmobile is the show’s promotional bus that travels from city to city in search of the most, high energy, fun and spunky contestants in America.

The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater. Gates to AVA will open at 10 a.m.

“We usually have about 1,000 to 3,000 people a day. All attendees are welcome to fill out an application which are then chosen at random from a raffle drum,” said Rachel Hartz of Wheel of Fortune media.

Once people are selected, they will come up on stage and do a speed round of the game. Hartz said it is not possible for everyone to be selected on stage but everyone who fills out an application can still become a contestant and can be contacted at a later date for an audition.

The majority of contestants who appear on the Wheel of fortune are chosen from these events in their hometowns. Since this began in 1999, the Wheelmobile have driven over 350,000 miles which has visited more than 300 cities.

If you or a family member is chosen and want to get the DVR ready, Wheel of Fortune airs weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on KGUN 9.

So don’t miss your opportunity to potentially wins thousands of dollars by visiting the Casino del Sol this weekend.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Super-Guy: Tucson Comic-Con's Mike Olivares Fights For Truth, Justice and Old Pueblo Nerds

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Tucson Comic Con's Mike Olivares works with Alan Tudyk promoting 'Con Man.' - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Tucson Comic Con's Mike Olivares works with Alan Tudyk promoting 'Con Man.'

There has never been a better time to be into nerd culture. Superheroes dominate the movie theaters and TV lineups. Sci-fi novels are being mined for Netflix and Amazon streaming services. And Comic Cons are drawing huge crowds in cities around the world.

Here in Tucson, Mike Olivares is prepping for the ninth annual Tucson Comic-Con this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-6.

The founder and director of the con, Olivares was born in Tucson and grew up in the southwest side. The youngest of three, he didn’t find it that easy to find comic books when he was growing up.

His first introduction to fantasy culture was the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

“My cousins would come down from California every summer and we would play Dungeons & Dragons,” Olivares said. "Maybe that left a little spark in me when it came to things like fantasy.”

But in middle school, he discovered comic books.

“I was really into art when I started going to Mansfeld,” he said. “Then I started getting into comic book art.”

His first comic book was given to him by his older brother.

“It was an Amazing Spider-Man,” he remembers. “I wanna say it’s either (issue) 38 or 48. I can’t remember the dang number.”

He was hooked. He started collecting comics and, eventually, decided to launch a Tucson Comic-Con.

"My whole thing was, why don't we have one?” he said. “Maybe I'll start one."

At the time, regional conventions got much less attention than the big cons, such as the ones in San Diego and New York. In 2007, the first Tucson Comic-Con was held for one day at a Four Point Sheraton.

"It was in this small meeting room in the back, maybe about 500 people showed up to the first one," he remembered.

That year they had a couple of guest artists and writers, but Olivares was always focused on Tucson.

“Besides Image and Marvel, you don’t think that there’s people creating comics books on an indie platform,” he said. “I was just as excited to know that we had indie companies here in Tucson.”

This year, the Tucson Comic-Con is a weekend-long affair at the Tucson Convention Center with various celebrities and artist and an expected 10,000 attendees.

Olivares describes the con being a yearlong job now, without pay: “A labor of love for sure.”

He has taken on Francesca and Brian Pulido as partners and directors of the Con. The Pulidos have been working in the comic book industry for the last 25 years, with their own property Lady Death, which was relaunched on Coffin Comics also owned and operated by the Pulidos.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Get In The Mood For Pride With Your New Favorite Coming Out Song

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 2:45 PM


Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day, everybody! Are you celebrating? Gettin' bi alright?

As we detailed in this week's cover storyTucson Pride is happening next week and you should be there. Spotify has a few pretty spectacular playlists to help you get in a Pride state of mind, but I personally believe you need to start with the video above: "Gettin' Bi" from Crazy Ex Girlfriend.  

The rest of your "Getting Ready For Pride" to do list: Buy a ticket, apply to be a vendor/parade and, of course, read up on the changes from last year. 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Simpsons Weigh in on the 2016 Election

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM


What's the future of the 3 a.m. phone call? The Simpsons wagers we're choosing between Bill and Hillary Clinton fighting over calls to the Situation Room or Donald Trump struggling to mold a dog into a toupee before it's "too late."

The choice is yours! Don't forget to register to vote before Oct. 10. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Take 10 Minutes to Enjoy Jon Stewart's Visit to the Late Show

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Nation, it's our first presidential election in a while without constant commentary from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Maybe you're satisfied by the plethora of politically savvy late night television hosts on the air, maybe you're happy to take on this election without watching any of this kind of nonsense. But I'm not.

Luckily we got a taste of classic Colbert earlier this week with The Word making it's debut on the late show—it was truthiness v. Trumpiness and it was beautiful. 

Then, last night, Stewart took over Colbert's desk for a full 10 minutes. Watch here for a dose of old school Comedy Central:


He even got an Arby's jab in there. We miss you, Jon. See ya election night? 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Study Points Out Just How Poorly Pop Culture Portrays Characters With Disabilities

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 2:44 PM

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Remember last year when Emma Stone was cast as a Hawaiian character and movie lovers everywhere had to come to terms with Hollywood's history of whitewashing?

Well, get ready for round two because the Ruderman Family Foundation just released a study, The Ruderman White Paper: Employment of Actors with Disabilities in Television, about the poor representation people with disabilities receive in American media.  

Despite the fact that nearly 20 percent of Americans live with disabilities, characters with disabilities are rarely included in popular television—and when they are included in the scripts, they're nearly always portrayed by actors without disabilities.

According to their data (which looked at the top 10 TV shows at the end of the 2015-2016 season and the top 21 shows that are original content on streaming platforms) currently only 5 percent of characters with disabilities are portrayed by actors with disabilities.  

While the study itself says it's unrealistic to expect every character to be portrayed by an actor that share their background, we can do better than we're doing right now:
We believe that it is absolutely unacceptable to have 95% of characters with disabilities played by actors without disabilities. It is a matter of social justice to have a large segment of our population authentically represented in the mass entertainment that is television and scripted, dramatized stories. It is necessary to create an environment where actors with disabilities have access to play characters with disabilities. It is also necessary to reduce stigma surrounding “invisible” disabilities such as addiction and mental illness. Only by having actors who are open about those disabilities will we slowly create a society that doesn’t shun or shame a vast segment of its population. We have to tell stories about people with a variety of disabilities and we have to be fair in representing them accurately. Only then will we have more realistic stories that reflect our society.

We will not choose a number and say that this is how many characters with disabilities need to be played by actors with disabilities. But we are saying that it’s about time we start ensuring that it’s more than 5%.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Netflix Releases 'Binge Scale,' Basically Plans This Weekend For You

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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I know I have wondered, as I remove my glasses and slowly stumble into bed, if perhaps I've been over zealous on my Netflix binging. Well, if I am, it turns out I'm not alone.

Today Netflix released a "binge scale," offering a little insight into the streaming habits of the Netflix community at large.

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