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It cost $40 million. In 1963, no less. Jerry Lewis never disputed that. He never disputed that it was a mega-budget catastrophe either. I would, all these years later. "The Jerry Lewis Show" was based on the undeniable fact that whenever Lewis took over as guest host of the "Tonight Show," he was hilarious and even sometimes brilliant. So ABC figured, why not give hi…

The newest feature film to be made in Buffalo needs you. "The True Adventures of Wolfboy" is seeking hundreds of extras for "Carnival Day," a scene from the unusual and spirited coming-of-age story which will be filmed locally in September. A bonus: participation couldn't be easier. Just grab your kids, friends and neighbors and head to a large open casting call to b…

When he was a teenager in Western New York, Brian Gatewood racked up late fees at video stores because he couldn't part with the films and TV shows on time. His love of films and TV has paid off with a writing career in Hollywood that has led to two television series being on the air simultaneously starting Sunday night. The 1996 Nichols School graduate is co-creator…

I was 12 the first time I saw "Gone With the Wind." I despised it then and I still do. My biggest problem with it, even as a pre-teen, was its contemptible and utterly nauseating portrayal of black people, particularly black womanhood. In the mid-'50s, when I saw it, I didn't care how many Oscars they gave Hattie McDaniel. (She accepted her award in what was otherwise a…

If J.K.Rowling and the “Harry Potter” books made it cool to read, Amanda Lipitz’s first film may make going to see documentaries fashionable. “Step,” is the rousing feel-good story of a high school girls’ step team, who use percussive stomping movements and sharp hand movements to express themselves.  (As team co-founder Blessin Giraldo puts it: “We make …

"Wind River" is the name of a snow-covered Native American reservation in the mountains of Wyoming. It is, to put it mildly, an inhospitable place to live in the winter. Even in the summer, snow caps its highest mountain. If you run outside in the snow for too long a distance during the winter, the gulped air freezes your lungs and, in minutes, you drown in your own blood …

Stephen Soderbergh is America's most amazing filmmaker. I'm amazed and dazzled by every choice he makes. He has, in that regard, far surpassed Martin Scorsese in versatility and unpredictability. "Logan Lucky" is Soderbergh's good-hearted, blue-collar version of the kind of comedy caper movie that Frank Sinatra and his tuxedoed rat pack invented with the original "Ocean…

So here’s the premise: An adult male — seemingly in his late twenties — watches VHS tapes of one show, and one show only. It is called “Brigsby Bear,” and it features a large costumed character that embarks on strange adventures involving his nemesis, the Sun Snatcher. The adult male is named James, and as we soon discover, he has spent his entire life in an u…

The first time Burt Lancaster appeared on film his face was obscured beneath deep shadows and his body was so still, he could have been playing a corpse. Yet that "faceless" scene from "The Killers" remains an iconic one for Lancaster more than 70 years later to the point it is a requisite part of film noir books and studies. The 1946 classic from director Robert Siodma…

Extras and stand-ins are needed for the next film to be shot in Buffalo. "The True Adventures of Wolfboy" will be shot in the area in September. It is directed by Martin Krejci. Here's the rundown: Extras: Background extras of all ages are needed, both union and non-union talent. Stand-ins: Three stands-ins of at least 18 years of age and of very specific sizes…

The name of the film is "Logan Lucky." I don't know that a funny and hugely entertaining film could be more inappropriately named. Stephen Soderbergh's delightful new film opens in area theaters Thursday. (See the review in Thursday's Gusto.) It has been quite aptly described as a kind of redneck version of something in Soderbergh's "Oceans 11" franchise. In other words, i…

"An Inconvenient Truth," the 2006 film formed around Al Gore's powerful, science-based slideshow on global climate change, won an Oscar for best documentary. It also helped propel Gore to a Nobel Peace Prize the following year. Now, comes the release of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power." Is a follow-up really warranted? Oh yeah. Gore's continued efforts ar…

Dolls can be terrifying. Linked with childhood, when we were more willing to see life in inanimate things, malevolent dolls make us fear that evil can lurk anywhere. Demons are also terrifying—for they are malicious, powerful monsters. “Annabelle: Creation” uses both dolls and demons to frighten us. With impressive sets, capable directing and some strong performan…

Whatever you do, don't be in a hurry to hightail it out of the theater after seeing Destin Daniel Cretton's film of Jeanette Walls' huge bestselling memoir "The Glass Castle." You might well be because the movie is, at times, very difficult to watch--such is the pain and audience discomfort at this tale of acute parental dysfunction and the unavoidable abuse suffered by th…

"An Inconvenient Truth," about former Vice President Al Gore's science-heavy slide show on global warming, was one of the most successful documentaries in box-office history when it came out in 2006. The film raised awareness of the global threat and is the 11th top-grossing documentary to date. The film, directed by Davis Guggenheim, won an Oscar for Best Documentary i…