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Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” began as a drawn-out joke last year on one of the filmmaker’s innumerable podcasts: The “Clerks” creator wondered, what if there was a horror movie about a guy who is kidnapped and transformed into a walrus? Smith spent his hourlong podcast concocting a stream-of-consciousness plot, and in the process of bringing this story to the screen, the idea has …

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Tests. Homework. Reading assignments. Morning classes. In the summer?To many students at any age, this sounds morally wrong, and maybe a little nightmarish. Summer is the one and only time to finally relax, to hit the beach with books you actually want to read, to put your mind to the things that really matter, like video games and music festivals. The rest of the year is …

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“The Way, Way Back,” opening Friday, covers all the right ground for a coming-of-age comedy, occasionally with more wisdom than it leads you to expect. It follows a familiar, feel-good formula so fluently that you’ll only realize in retrospect how smoothly it moves from predictable to perceptive territory. This marks the directorial debut for Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the Os…

She was jet-lagged from her press tour and going on only four hours of sleep. But in an eight-minute phone interview, Toni Collette still focused on one thing: challenges.“I look to be challenged,” she said, in the upbeat Australian accent that is rarely heard in her diverse performances. “I just don’t ever want to be bored or complacent.”It’s probably safe to say that bor…

LEWISTON – The Flaming Lips are among the few bands that can awe and confuse a crowd prior to playing. Before the Lips kicked off their Wednesday show at Artpark’s amphitheater, a few stagehands illuminated the stage with a row of silver orbs. A microphone stand was placed in the middle. Then, dozens of ropes were tethered from the orbs to the top of the stage, as if creat…

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Some neighbors come here to draw, paint or read. Others stop by to shoot pool, surf the Internet or take ESL classes. Poets appeared for open-mic nights, soccer players and urban gardeners convene here, and noise musicians play candlelit concerts at night.Everyone else comes to do laundry.That's how the tide turns at the WASH Project, a recent nonprofit initiative that tra…

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Thousands of pre-teen and teenage girls will descend upon First Niagara Center tonight for – you know who – Justin Bieber. They will stake out the area hours before his sold-out concert, assuming they didn’t start yesterday. They will sing every word to every song and squeak and squeal and scream well before he comes onstage and well after he leaves. Many will cry, some mi…

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Ah, variety.It’s something we don’t get enough at the Thursday concerts, which typically spotlight the kind of safe, anthemic rock that predictably pleases summer crowds. But starting with the last Canalside headliner, R&B star Teddy Riley, this summer’s series is shaping up as one of the most dynamic in recent memory, with upcoming acts ranging from bluegrass band Yonder …

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Local indie rockers Colors in the Air had no grand celebrations planned for their eighth anniversary in August. But tonight, they’ll get a pretty good early birthday present: two featured songs and an appearance on the USA Network’s hit comedy, “Royal Pains.”“It’s clearly a highlight in our career,” drummer Pat Williams said about the Lockport band’s national television de…

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DARIEN – Most people come to the Vans Warped Tour ready to mosh. But are they ready to dance?That was the question when Warped Tour returned to Darien Lake on Saturday for another overcrowded and overwhelming day. For the most part, it seemed like just another year for the most consistently popular rock festival in the country.I say “for the most part,” though, because on …

The weather was warm and the evening, thankfully, rain free. But Saturday night at Canalside is still best described as a quiet storm.That’s because the Detroit-based R&B singer Kem graced us with his presence for the first time since summer 2011. Not much has changed for Kem since then. He’s still riding the thunder of his 2010 album “Intimacy: Album III,” his most seamle…

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Buffalo is certainly a city for all seasons.Still, once our six or so months of cold and snow finally give way to sunshine and 70-degree days, it’s pretty clear that summer in Western New York is something special. Obvious as it sounds, then, it’s our duty to make the most of the summer while we have it.Surely, you already have your own itinerary of trips, cookouts, bonfir…

From now on, every glowing profile of Joss Whedon will comment on how he followed his blockbuster to end all blockbusters “The Avengers” with a black and white, low-budget adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing,” opening here Friday. It was filmed at his Santa Monica home in just 12 days during an “Avengers” post-production break. Surely, the cult filmmaker and TV creator …

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It was a day that was meant to unite virtual friends in the actual world. But in Buffalo, it could have used a few more upvotes.Saturday was the fourth annual Global reddit Meetup Day, an opportunity for users of reddit – the addictive social news website with thousands of “subreddit” forums for every imaginable topic – to step away from their computers and meet face-to-fa…

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Andrea Lynn was ready for a big break.The 20-year-old University at Buffalo senior has been dancing since she was 5. While attending Rush-Henrietta High School near Rochester, she visited Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for a concert tour, and she’s used to hustling across New York State year-round for shows and competitions. She’s mastered everything from tap to …