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Apocalypse Later, interview now: October’s ‘Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival’ with showrunner Hal Astell

A new horror and sci-fi film festival hits the Valley of the Sun this October, created and facilitated by one of Phoenix’s most beloved and knowledgeable cinephiles, Hal C F Astell, author, critic and curator of the popular cult film commentary website, Apocalypse Later. The debut of the Apocalypse Later International Fantastic Film Festival (ALIFFF) […]

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Dr. Diabolic debuts his ‘Fun-Time Variety Show’ on First Friday

It was announced last month that the former owners of The Royale Cinema, Andrea Beesley (the Midnite Movie Mamacita) and Jeremiah Wilkerson, were continuing their involvement in the local cult movie scene by creating a new “Horror Host” cult-cinema showcase in the tradition of the Elvira and Svengoolie shows. Their new production makes its debut […]

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Phoenix Comicon: Thursday – Opening night overview

The 2012 Phoenix Comicon kicked-off Thursday evening with amazing artists, creative costumes, a plethora of pop culture commodities, pleasurable panels and zombie zaniness. Many con vendors felt that the Thursday attendance was much larger than expected; and that could be a harbinger of humongous crowds over the upcoming holiday weekend. Many attendees were busy buying […]

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Beast meets Fest: Interspecies film fun at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival

The Valley’s 8th annual International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival will be running from March 29 – April 5, 2012 at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theaters and the show is shaping up to be one of their best events yet, mixing genre flicks focused on hardcore horror & science fiction with geek-gratifiers like With Great […]

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Royale, FilmBar join forces to promote Valley’s indie film scene

Downtown Mesa’s new retro grindhouse theater, The Royale, and downtown Phoenix’s indie movie house and lounge, FilmBar, are teaming up to promote and support each other. “This will be fantastic for both our downtown communities and the entire Valley Metro area as a whole,” said “Midnite Movie Mamacita” and Royale owner Andrea Beesley-Brown in a […]

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Royale’s opening lineup: Vampires, ninjas, trolls and Coco

After a soft-opening last weekend with Hobo With a Shotgun and The Room, downtown Mesa’s new cinema The Royale officially gets rolling July 15 with vampires, ninjas, trolls and Conan O’Brien. Here’s the full run-down courtesy impresaria extraordinaire Andrea Beesley-Brown: Stake Land (2010) | Friday July 15 – Thursday 21 In a fierce, alternative vision […]

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