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Almost Famous screening to celebrate Tucson’s Birthday

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The Loft Cinema celebrates Tucson’s birthday (August 20, 1775) with a special screening of Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning Almost Famous, starring Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup, shot right here in Tucson and Southern Arizona (among other locations)!
Warm up with a pre-show sing-a-long to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, and enjoy free Tucson Birthday Cake (while supplies last)! Enter our free raffle for a fantastic Tucson Gift Basket that includes blu rays of films made in Arizona, Tucson-centric books, gift certificates from local retailers and more! To quote Kate Hudson’s Penny Lane, “It’s all happening!”
Writer/director Cameron Crowe drew on his own experiences as a teenage writer for Rolling Stone to create this funny, poignant, highly-quotable coming-of-age rock ‘n roll fable, and earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. It’s 1973. Fifteen-year-old music nerd and aspiring rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) manages to land a plum assignment from Rolling Stone magazine covering the up-and-coming rock band Stillwater, despite worries from his overprotective mother (Frances McDormand). As he heads out on tour with the band, he befriends luminous groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) and – against the advice of rock critic mentor Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) – Stillwater’s charismatic guitarist, Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup). Along the way, William learns some tough life lessons about love, friendship, loyalty, and of course, the magic of rock ‘n roll. Buoyed by incredible music (including tracks by Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, and Elton John, whose Tiny Dancer provides one of the film’s most memorable moments), stellar performances (both Hudson and McDormand snagged Oscar nominations) and a big heart, Almost Famous is a nostalgic love letter to growing up and rocking out. (Dir. by Cameron Crowe, 2000, USA, 122 mins., Rated R)

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