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Monday, September 24, 2018

Maroon 5 to Perform at the 2019 Super Bowl

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 11:32 AM

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Maroon 5 will be performing at the 2019 Super Bowl LIII Pepsi halftime show on Feb. 3 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Guest appearances for the performance have not been chosen, but there are speculations of potential artists.

Maroon 5’s recent single “Girls Like You” features Cardi B and is currently No. 2 on The Hot 100 list on Billboard, leaving us to wonder if the Bodak Yellow superstar and new mom will be at the Super Bowl.

The NFL faced a challenge this year in choosing a performer due to the controversy involving Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose decision to take a knee during the National Anthem for protest caused controversy and outrage throughout the United States, recently highlighted by the Nike campaign.

Last year, there were reports that Jay-Z turned down an offer to perform at the Super Bowl to show support for Kaepernick. So this year, the Super Bowl had speculations for who the halftime performer should be.

One of the toughest challenges for choosing a halftime performer isn’t just the appeal to the audience, but finding an artist who hasn’t already performed. Maroon 5 is more similar to recent performers like Justin Timberlake than to the more polarizing choices such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, we love you Left Shark.

Halftime Show Performers at the Super Bowl since 2008:

2008: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2010: The Who
2011: The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
2012: Madonna, LMFAO, Cirque de Soleil, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, Andy Lewis
2013: Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2015: Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
2016: Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Gustavo Dudamel
2017: Lady Gaga
2018: Justin Timberlake

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Friday, September 14, 2018

American Horror Story Apocalypse

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 4:06 PM

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FX's hit series American Horror Story has had fans on the edges of their seats for seven seasons, and a highly anticipated eighth season was just released: American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

The first episode, which aired on Wednesday, is ironically called "The End." There have been extremely mixed feelings about the new season amongst fans, critics and press.

Collider, an internet news source for new movies and television shows, wrote an article that refers to the new season as a "mixed bag of meh."

The idea behind the season is that a nuclear apocalypse desolates the planet. Two young adults are preselected to be saved and are subsequently taken to an underground safe place called "Outpost" that seems more like a prison, at least from this first episode.

Along with the two youngsters in the safety lair are a select few of the world's most wealthy people. Some are brats and some are down-to-Earth, but now they're in the same boat — the world has been destroyed and they're forbidden to leave this strange place. At one point, they're fed the human meat of one man who had been there but tried to run away and, due to the nuclear apocalypse, was radioactively contaminated.

This new series is off to a strange start and, as perviously mentioned, American Horror Story fans are having mixed reactions to the first episode.

It is doubtful, though, that those feelings stop them from watching the second episode, which airs next Wednesday, Sept. 19th.  

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Laughing Stock: Return of the Two Amigos

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 4:17 PM

Steve Martin (L) and Martin Short perform Aug. 26 at the Tucson Convention Center. - NETFLIX
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  • Steve Martin (L) and Martin Short perform Aug. 26 at the Tucson Convention Center.

I jump at opportunities to say I discovered Martin Short, at least in my office. On Johnny Carson, he was the funniest person ever, so the next day I asked the break room comedy fans, “Have you ever seen Martin Short?” It turned out to be a mic drop moment.

Short appears with Steve Martin at the Tucson Convention Center Arena on Sunday, August 26, in “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your LIfe.” One hopes that’s a joke given the ticket prices: $55 to $175 via tucsonarena.com.

Short is a smart and physical comic, generating laughs with the merest gesture of any visible body part. A veteran of Second City and SCTV, he is the person Robin Williams first reminded me of, and, to me, he is the star of The Three Amigos.

You know that 1986 movie was made at Old Tucson, right? Steve Martin co-wrote it with Lorne Michaels. Martin, Short and Chevy Chase starred. You should own it.

Titan-of-comedy Martin has been brilliantly picking banjo since he started in show business. He has said he started telling jokes in his juggling and banjo act. Comedy’s won him two Grammys, but songwriting and banjo have won him three, including a Best Country Instrumental.

The show represents a throwback to an era of duo comedy that virtually ended with the Smothers Brothers (Google Laugh In, kids.) and the gamut of TV variety shows once hosted by popular comedians. It includes, in addition to amusing back and forth banter, side-splitting bits from Short’s one-man show, a ventriloquist segment featuring Short as the dummy, a slide show of baby pictures, Martin’s playing solo and with The Steep Canyon Rangers, and a story swap of encounters with Elvis and Frank Sinatra, complete with imitations.

There will be no politics, though. Short told the Los Angeles Times, “We're not social satirists. We're more clowns.”

For the budget conscious, Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget is available on Netflix. It’s been nominated for four Grammy awards, but obviously won’t include inevitably entertaining live adlibs.

Note: The Hope After Dope show scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25 at House of Neighborly Services is being rescheduled. We'll have updates as they are available.

 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Sahuarita Dance Team on America’s Got Talent Tomorrow!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 at 2:28 PM

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After passing through every round of preliminaries, Walden Grove High School’s PAC Dance Team will appear on the live broadcast of America’s Got Talent. The episode will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, on NBC.

On their Facebook page, PAC Dance Team posted:
THIS TUESDAY NIGHT IS OUR LIVE SHOW EPISODE!!! 🎉🎉 Tune in to #AGT this Tuesday night to watch us dance on the BIGGEST STAGE OF OUR LIVES! And VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!!!! 

There will be three weeks of quarterfinals every Tuesday and Wednesday from August 14 to 29. During every week, 12 acts will perform, ultimately resulting in seven making it through to the semi-finals.

If they receive enough votes from viewers, PAC Dance Team will move on to the semi-finals, which will air live from Sept. 4 to 12. And beyond that, possibly to the final rounds. Only five acts make it to the finals, which will air live Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.

The Sahuarita dance team made it to onto America’s Got Talent after performing a hip-hop dance version of the Wizard Of Oz. The dance routine first gained attention last October when a video of the performance at a homecoming assembly was posted to YouTube and received nearly 3 million views.

For more information, and to cast votes, click here. 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A&E’s “Nightwatch Nation” Comes to Tucson

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 3:25 PM

As an expansion to the nonfiction medical show “Nightwatch,” A&E is creating “Nightwatch Nation” which took the original show’s premise but filmed in many more U.S. cities, including Tucson.

Similar to Cops, the show follows the night shifts of emergency responders as they deal with car crashes, drug overdoses, and other medical emergencies.

“By capturing the heroic work of EMTs in cities like Austin, Yonkers, Baton Rouge and Tucson, viewers get a glimpse into the extent of what they do for their communities.” Says Producer Rasha Drachkovitch.

The first season has 10 episodes, all of which feature Tucson. Filming was done with local EMTs in multiple locations and situations across Tucson, including when “paramedics face an Internal Defibrillator that unexpectedly malfunctions”. Other filming locations include Yonkers, Austin, and Baton Rouge.

“Nightwatch Nation” premieres Thursday, August 16 at 10pm ET/PT.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hold on to Your Diapers, Babies! Rugrats Return

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 4:38 PM

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures announced on Monday that Rugrats will soon return to both the big and small screen.

The adored animated characters will make their comeback with 26 new episodes of Rugrats and a live-action film that will feature CGI versions of the classic characters such as Chuckie Finster, Tommy and Angelica Pickles, and Lillian DeVille.

Nickelodeon has yet to announce the official airdate for the 26 episodes of the Emmy award-winning show but says that the movie will debut sometime in November of 2020.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Check out Lindy's new sign and one of their huge burgers. - GABRIELLA VUKELIC
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  • Check out Lindy's new sign and one of their huge burgers.

Things are looking a little different on Fourth Avenue these days: Lindy’s Diner on 4th, a business of 13 years, moved to a bigger location—and they don't even have to change their name.

Lindy’s is now where Bumsted's once lived (and Bumsted’s isn’t happy about it, but as Lindon Reilly, owner of Lindy's put it: “We are trying to be respectful about it but we are also really excited for the new space.”)

The restaurant's reconstruction and cleaning process started on March 1 and is officially open.

Lindy’s is, of course, know for their menu of juicy, decadent burgers. Regular customers crave their burgers because of the toppings that go on it such as mac and cheese, guacamole, sour cream, bacon, and raspberry preserves. Yum.

That’s not all the exciting news for Lindy’s because Josh Denny, the host of Food Network’s Ginormous Foods, came to Lindy's to tape his show and try one of their infamous burgers. And it really sounds like he stopped in the right plave: Denny says his favorite burger topping is more burgers.

Reilly said Denny tried a new version of their three-pound burger with extra ghost pepper sauce and green chile. Denny travels all over America to find dishes large enough to feed an army and he makes it his goal to eat every bite.

If you want a chance to see your hometown featured on television, the episode will air on June 9, but that is subject to change, so keep an eye on your television schedule.

Lindy's has a new location and this one is a lot bigger. - GABRIELLA VUKELIC
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  • Lindy's has a new location and this one is a lot bigger.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

GoT Stark Mavens and the Double Ds

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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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