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Cult fave John Waters made good on his promise "to try to put the "X" back into Xmas" Friday, delivering a raunchy show to an amused and often guffawing audience Friday at Babeville's Asbury Hall. Waters entered to a hero's applause from the near-capacity audience. He offered a fast-paced, 70-minute stand-up routine, and then answered questions for a half-hour on a stag…

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John Waters, the 72-year-old maker of campy films with a long-established cult following, will be sporting his familiar pencil-thin mustache on Dec. 7 at Babeville's Asbury Hall while on a 17-city tour for "A John Waters Christmas." Waters' most well-known, low-budget films were made in Baltimore in the late-1960s and '70s. He used local actors, including Harris Millste…

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New Jersey native Jay Mewes was a roofer who was helping his friend Kevin Smith film a small, extremely low budget movie 25 years ago. Little did Mewes know that it was a life-changing decision for him, a career-defining moment in 1994’s “Clerks” that led him to his current role as a beloved pop culture personality. “It’s been pretty surreal,” said Mewes, who returns to…

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Fasten your seat belts, as a famous actress once put it. This ride could get a little bumpy. I've always been a bit of a dissenter on the subject of Bernardo Bertolucci, who died of cancer at the age of 77 this morning. One of the great living filmmakers? Sure, sure, sure. No argument. But also, in my opinion, one of the most greatly overrated ones, too. In fact, …

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Here are highlights of holiday viewing and movie premieres this weekend (a bit beyond). At local theaters “Elf,” 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at Aurora Theatre, East Aurora. Will Ferrell plays the childlike Buddy the Elf who leaves the North Pole in search of his father. “Miracle on 34th Street,” 11 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Aurora Theatre, East Aurora. Santa goes on trial in this 1947 …

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Do you tune in Halloween weekend to watch Hallmark’s Christmas movies? Do you gather ‘round the TV to watch holiday specials with Charlie Brown, the Grinch and Frosty, even though you own them all? Do you get sniffly when George Bailey finds Zuzu’s petals in “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Then this is your most wonderful time of the year, so sit back and watch old friends and…

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In the new Netflix series "The Kominsky Method," Michael Douglas plays an aging Hollywood acting coach whose acting career had a brief flareup and then left him a revered professional pedagogue. He's having prostate problems and his urologist is played by Douglas' old roommate in their young and wild years, Danny DeVito. You can bet your lunch money that's a very rich priv…

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The free “Hollywood Holidays” family film series is returning to the Aurora Theatre (673 Main St., East Aurora) with an expanded lineup of movies. The series opens Nov. 23 with "A Prince for Christmas," the made-for-TV Christmas romance filmed in East Aurora by director Fred Olen Ray. The film stars Kirk Barker as a prince fleeing an arranged marriage who might just fin…

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Welcome home, everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving week. We’ve missed seeing you around, but we hope you’ve been well wherever you’re living these days. Now that you’re back, we’re sure you have plans. Black Friday shopping, a Tom & Jerry or three at The Place, and you probably want to tour some of the places you’ve been reading about since the last time you were home. …

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“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime,” Lifetime’s annual gift of holiday programming, returns with 23 movies - 14 new originals and nine “acquired” movies starting Nov. 21. New films will be shown every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lifetime also has a treat for "One Tree Hill" fans with the new movie "The Christmas Contract" and special “ ‘Tis the Season: A 'One Tree Hill' Cast R…

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Six new original movies and at least 25 returning favorites – including two films made in the Buffalo area – are part of ION Television’s 10th holiday movie season. The holiday programming starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 25 with a full day of movies culminating at 9 p.m. with the first new movie, “A Christmas Mystery.” Additional full days of holiday programming are each Saturday…

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It was inevitable that the enormously successful “Harry Potter” film series would continue even after Harry, Ron and Hermoine moved on from Hogwarts, and so it did with 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” This prequel, set decades before the events of the first “Potter” entry, was a flawed but intriguing creation scripted by J. K. Rowling. For all its joys…

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If you are a movie-mad muggle, there’s a good chance you’ve seen every entry in the lengthy “Harry Potter” series. However, with eight big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s literary blockbusters about a young wizard, as well as two prequels, it’s easy to get confused. With “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ” - a sequel to 2016’s financially successful if u…