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His fans came for Lloyd Dobler but stayed to talk about Hoops McCann, Ivan Alexeev, Rob Gordon, Jake, Mike and even the animated Dimitri from “Anastasia.” Actor John Cusack spent nearly 90 minutes after a screening of "Say Anything" in conversation with fans who clearly wanted to talk about many of his memorable characters on Saturday night in the University at Buffalo …

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Buffalo has a habit of bestowing slightly dubious honors on bigwigs who drop in from out of town. Didn't we see you in a movie once? Please allow us to make you temporary president of our lives. This tendency was on full display back in 1982, when Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn came to town for a three-week stretch to film scenes from the movie "Best Friends." Not con…

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1) National Buffalo Wing Fest, noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 1, noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Admission is $5 at the gate, and food tickets run for $1 apiece. Commentary: For once in the world of wings, size doesn't matter. Every wing vendor participating in the National Buffalo Wing Festival Saturday and Sunday is supplied the same drumsticks a…

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At the end of month always, anyone who likes to stream movies or binge-watch TV shows has one question: what's leaving Netflix? Plenty. At least 22 films won't be available starting Sept. 1 with many more to leave during the month. (Fans of "Rules of Engagement" better start bingeing: all seven seasons are gone as of Sept. 11.) Here's the rundown. Leaving Sept. 1: “13 …

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Three screening rooms showing comedies, silent movies, pre-code films and animation, a celebration of the Golden Age of Radio and the popular feature “In the Zone with Rod Serling” are part of the returning Western New York Movie Expo, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 in the Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church St.). The third annual event opens at 9 a.m. daily with activities through midni…

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The time has come to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” From its riveting depiction of primitive humanity’s violent discovery of tools to its sublime vision of an advanced civilization’s mystical journey to Jupiter, “2001” holds viewers spellbound like no other film. Perhaps the clearest sign of the film’s br…

Comedy

As local students start or return to college and Buffalonians prepare for Labor Day Weekend, a smattering of events will take place Monday through Thursday. Whether it's the anniversary of a popular Allentown bar, the anticipated visit of a comedian or starts of new seasons for Polish Happy Hour and Thursday Night Terrors, learn a little about what's on Buffalo's agenda…

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As part of our "90 Minutes" series, I’ve been undertaking little reconnaissance missions in various local neighborhoods with enough time to park the car once, get the general gist of the neighborhood on foot. But I knew from the get-go that Hertel Avenue was going to require a different approach. There’s simply too much happening there. Old and new businesses are compet…

Art

Beyond Ghosts kicked off the spooky season with Day One of the annual ParaHorror, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Celebrity guests, vendors, a haunted house and much more were on the agenda at the creepy Central Terminal. The event runs through 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Cary Grant was 82 when he died after a stroke in Davenport, Iowa. It happened Nov. 29, 1986. What any movie fan might well ask is, "What the devil was Cary Grant doing in Davenport, Iowa?" In my opinion that question – and its answer – are among the most momentous questions and answers to be had about movies and America. It was Grant among American movie stars, wh…

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“I wanted to take some of the stuffiness out of film screenings,” Thursday Night Terrors host and organizer Peter Vullo told The Buffalo News in 2017. “I wanted it to be something people could have fun with and decompress and laugh, scream and clap.” Vullo’s series has become a huge success since debuting in August 2016, and kicks off its fifth season on Aug. 30 with th…

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The long-running Buffalo Film Seminars series, an open-to-the-public University at Buffalo class hosted by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, can always be counted on for a lineup of cinematic heavyweights. The fall 2018 season, kicking off on Aug. 28 with King Vidor’s “The Big Parade,” is no exception. The 1925 silent film, about an American soldier who falls in love d…

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The Chautauqua Institution Food & Film Festival is returning for the second year this Sunday. Continuing through Friday at Bestor Plaza, it will feature film screenings, food events and talks by documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, among others. It kicks off with a 1800s Bavarian garden theme, where guests can enjoy homemade pretzels, brats and a …

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Dan Wiedenhaupt has loved writing since he was a child growing up in East Aurora. As a kid, he would dictate his stories to his mother who would type them up and then give them to him to illustrate. It’s a sweet memory he had forgotten until his mother dug those stories out of the basement. He had just sold his first script and she wanted to remind him that he had been …