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Five cast members from the holiday favorite “A Christmas Story” will be in North Tonawanda on Saturday for a 30th anniversary screening of the film. Here’s how you may remember them and what they look like today.Ian PetrellaYou know him as Ralphie’s little brother, Randy Parker. He hates meatloaf but chows it down when Ma Parker asks him to show her “how the pigg…

Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s kid brother Randy in the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” has answered the same questions hundreds of times.No, he doesn’t really hate meatloaf. Yes, he owns a leg lamp. No, he doesn’t watch the movie that made him famous. And yes, he can put his arms down.But after all these years, the film’s obsessive fans cannot ge…

When a man loves a city, he’s got to make a movie about it. At least that’s the case for Michael Bolton, whose latest passion project is a documentary about Detroit and its potential for resurgence.The Grammy-winning singer has been spreading an excess of good cheer in his hip new holiday commercials for Honda. But that’s nothing compared to his feelings for the Moto…

I used to think there was no contest, that Martin Luther King was the greatest history-making figure of my lifetime.But, as the life and recent death of Nelson Mandela have shown me, that may be as much American chauvinism as anything else – the unavoidable reality of the ’50s and ’60s civil rights struggle in America coinciding with my childhood and adolescence. The…

LOS ANGELES – A medical journal that recently concluded that violence in movies rated PG-13 is skyrocketing has a new report showing that almost 90 percent of the highest-grossing recent movies have violent characters, more than three-quarters of which also engage in drinking, smoking or sex.The study in Pediatrics, the monthly publication of the American Academy of Pedi…

The year is 1992. Nelson Mandela, two years beyond his release from 27 years of political imprisonment and two years before he will be elected president of South Africa, stands before a classroom of Soweto children.A rare moment is being captured by camera and crew: Mandela as actor, rather than activist. Cast in the role of teacher, handed words to speak that are not his …

I haven’t gone to the Market Arcade Theater in years. I can’t seem to find a reason to.We used to go to morning critics’ screenings there frequently. I even knew where the secret truck delivery button was at the back entrance to tell the employees inside that someone needed to be let in. Because of its downtown proximity to The News, it was an enormously convenient p…

ORLANDO, Fla. – A movie inspired veteran director Jenni Gold to seek a life in Hollywood behind the camera.“Tom McBride played a guy, confined to a wheelchair, in ‘Friday the 13th Part 2,’ ” Gold said. “As a kid, what stood out to me was he was just like me, in a wheelchair. A guy who liked to hang out with his friends. I thought, ‘That’s AWESOME.’ He was…

CULVER CITY, Calif. – Actor Emile Hirsch has never been a quitter. He’s been acting since he was 8 years old and it never occurred to him to do anything else. In fact, he never did.The star of projects like “Into the Wild,” “Lone Survivor” and “Killer Joe” says many of his roles have taught him something about himself.That includes his latest as the notorio…

By Rene Rodriguez / Miami Herald

Wed, Dec 4, 2013

MIAMI – Halfway through “Out of the Furnace” comes a scene in which Rodney (Casey Affleck) goes to visit his older brother Russell (Christian Bale), who is serving a prison sentence for vehicular manslaughter. Rodney has just returned from his fourth tour of duty in Iraq; the two men haven’t seen each other in years. When Russell asks him how things went overseas, …

LOS ANGELES – The death of actor Paul Walker in an automobile accident Saturday has left fans and the film community reeling – and Hollywood facing a series of tricky business decisions.As filmmakers and fellow performers remembered him as a deeply likable everyman with a taste for adventure, principals on the late actor’s signature “Fast & Furious” franchise wer…

Ron Burgundy, his salon-quality hair gleaming on a drizzly late November evening, alighted from the stretch limousine in front of the Barnes & Noble in a shopping mall.Dapper in a glen plaid polyester suit, brown ribbed turtleneck and dark-green leather jacket, Burgundy strode into the store, stopping to hold aloft some merchandise. “Free Legos for everyone!” he cried …

The final credits could soon be rolling on downtown Buffalo’s only movie theater.Movie studios are about to begin providing digital downloads only to theaters – instead of film in metal canisters.To continue in business, the publicly run Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, which already struggles financially, would have to upgrade its digital projectors – an estimated …

In “The Book Thief,” opening Wednesday, it’s 1938 and the wrong time to be young in Germany. A little girl is adopted into a poor family, and the movie traces her trials and adjustments, balancing a personal story with the world going on outside. The resulting film has some wrong notes and touches of preciousness, but mostly it’s a moving and effective presentation…

The problem with princesses, you see, is that they don’t exist. Not anymore.Not even in the land or world, or eventual universe – though even that sounds small – of Disney, where the mold for a perfectly practical, practically perfect princess was cast. Hans Christian Andersen contributed many of those prototypes, including the heroine sisters in “Frozen,” Disney…