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Bobby Riggs never had a chance. And that's what made the spectacle so delicious. Everyone with a smattering of knowledge about tennis knew that Riggs -- a 55-year-old country club tennis hustler and avowed "sexist" clown -- had no business being on the same tennis court with a supremely gifted female athlete and champion at the peak of physical condition. Billie Jean…

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If you were thinking of dressing up in your favorite mask from "The Purge" and heading out to a city park at midnight Saturday for what you think is a real casting call – stay home. A satirical City of Buffalo Facebook page posted a fake casting call citing a need for 300 to 400 extras for "Purge: The Island," which started filming in Buffalo on Monday. The post encou…

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Get ready, "Purge" fans – another film is on the way, and it's filming in Buffalo. The fourth film in the horror franchise began filming in Buffalo on Monday and will shoot entirely in the area, spending more than $20 million and adding 1,000 jobs. James DeMonaco, the creator of the "Purge" franchise and director of the original, again wrote the script, as he did f…

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"Marshall," the Buffalo-made Hollywood biopic about the early career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, will have its Buffalo premiere at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the North Park Theatre. The film stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role as the nation's first black Supreme Court Justice. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, "Marshall" also stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Steve…

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Al Sapienza, who starred in "The Sopranos," will make an appearance at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. The actor, whose lengthy resume also includes "House of Cards," "XXX: Return of Xander Cage" and the TV shows "Suits" and "Ascension," will be on hand for the premiere of his film "Gutshot" at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Four Seasons Cinema in Niagara Falls. In the ac…

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I set a personal record watching "Rebel in the Rye." I have never before hated a film this quickly and thoroughly. It took me about 2 minutes to despise the film and my feelings never really changed despite the fact that there are truly fine actors in it and even a couple of things in it which aren't disgraceful. What I hated right away was writer/director Danny Strong …

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My favorite joke among the many, in-your-face retro gags in "Kingsman: Golden Circle" is the part played by Chilean born actor Pedro Pascal. He's a character named Whiskey in the film, an American secret agent in an American spy outfit that doubles as a Kentucky bourbon distillery the same way "Kingsman" in London is a secret agent cadre doubling as an exclusive Savile Row…

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“The Lego Ninjago Movie” is the riskiest Lego-inspired feature yet. It lacks the years of anticipation that greeted 2014’s “Lego Movie” and this year’s “Lego Batman Movie”; “Ninjago,” a collection of ninja-based toy sets and a TV series, dates to just 2011. Its fan base is young, and for them, “The Lego Ninjago Movie” is ridiculously entertaining. …

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Jeff Bauman was a 27-year-old chicken fryer at Costco, a man who hadn’t yet grown up, who lived at home with his mother and who lost his girlfriend because he was never there when she needed him. Bauman had as much to do with the grand old traditions of the Boston Marathon as the Tsarnaev Brothers, whose pressure cooker bombs blew up the 2013 marathon finish line, kil…

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When Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. 15, the response was shock. Perhaps that’s surprising — the “Paris, Texas” and “Repo Man” star was, after all, 91 years old. However, Stanton seemed like an actor who would never disappear from our screens. What will linger, of course, are the movies. One of Stanton’s final films, “Lucky,” screens at 11:30 a.m. and…

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The Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 20 at the Four Seasons Cinema in Niagara Falls with a red carpet event at 5 p.m. No less than a scheduled helicopter arrival of frequent Hollywood tough guy Robert Davi (“Goonies,” “Die Hard,” “License to Kill”) sets the tone for this year’s week-long festival. Davi will host a screening of hi…

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Lydia Fiore’s laugh is from the heart, very Buffalo-meets-Manhattan, just like her quick wit. The Lackawanna native always wanted to be an actress, but her day-job success delayed her dream for a few decades. After rising to a senior vice president position at a women’s fashion company in New York and acting only on the weekends, she left corporate life behind two y…

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You'll be getting in on the ground floor of something if you see "American Assassin." Whether it turns into a skyscraper or remains a one-floor warehouse at your friendly neighborhood megaplex will depend on how many other people go to see it this weekend. My vote is for at least one more in this series, simply because despite all deficiencies, it holds the promise of a…

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Lord Mountbatten has arrived in Colonial India in 1947 to oversee an orderly transfer of power after three centuries of British rule. If only, he soon learns, it was that simple. "Viceroy's House" is really two stories wrapped in one. The one that is better presented tells the story of Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey's" Earl of Grantham), who ultimately …