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Scottsdale Pop Culture

For an informative and entertaining look into Scottsdale’s history, pick up Joan Fudala’s "Scottsdale Images of America" book that gives an insightful look into the city’s start as a mercantile center. Scottsdale’s desert backdrop also has served as the filming scene for movies like "Back to the Future," "Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure," "Raising Arizona" and "Transamerica." Most recently, its Western-style haunts played host to scenes in "Queens of Country," a comedy starring Lizzy Caplan and Ron Livingston. And, while vampire heartthrob Robert Pattinson (unfortunately) has not shot a scene here, Scottsdale’s iconic Camelback Mountain made an appearance or two in the first movie installment of the "Twilight" series to illustrate Bella Swan’s hometown.