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The release of Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited gangster drama "The Irishman" is atypical — to put it mildly. Then again, "The Irishman" is no ordinary film. An epic, decades-spanning drama starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, the film tells the story of the brutal and ultimately deadly collision between Jimmy Hoffa and the Mafia. It is somber, contemplative, lo…

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We can imagine the eyerolls from the other side of the border. St. Catharines, Ont., is prominently featured in the new film "Harriet," which depicts the life of Harriet Tubman and is gaining lots of Oscar buzz. When Tubman flees to St. Catharines after the Fugitive Slave Act is passed in 1850, an intertitle appears in the film that reads: "St. Catherines." Whoops…

Buffalo

Actor Kim Coates doesn't live in Buffalo, but he loves it here. Oh, he really does – and he let it be known on Monday during a film convention announcement at the North Park Theatre. "I want to start by apologizing for wearing a cap to this incredible day, but it won't leave my head," Coates said, referring to his Bills cap. "I go to bed at night and it's on the side ta…

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A new feature film being shot in the Buffalo area is looking for a large number of background extras. "Prick'd" will be shot in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y., from Nov. 19 to Dec. 11. Men and women of all ethnicities are wanted as background extras playing club goers, a wedding party, wedding attendees and pedestrians. While the filmmakers are seeking extras ages 1…

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Since the beginning of summer, there hasn't been a more diverse weekend of attractive events. Chances are high that any or all of the words "Fichtner," "dinosaurs," "bikes" or "beer" will pique your attention. William Fichtner, the famous actor who grew up in Cheektowaga, will be in town Saturday and Sunday as "Cold Brook," a movie filmed partly in Western New York two …

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No apologies. No regrets. There's no need for them anymore. I've lived long enough to see Edmund Goulding's 1947 "Nightmare Alley" take its unquestioned place as a classic American movie. That's where I've been since I first saw the film in the early 1960s but that, to put it mildly, was a minority opinion at the time. Not anymore. So admired is the film now that a p…

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There's always one. Thank God there is. Lockstep unanimity ought to make us all nervous. There is exactly one critic of note – that's it, just one – at the moment who isn't happy to tell the world Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite" is one of the great films of 2019. That's the indefatigably contrarian Armond White in the National Review who – as is usually true – is more instruc…

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William Fichtner is finally in a place where he can relax about this. At least it seems so. The Hollywood actor, who grew up in Cheektowaga, has about a half hour here at Spot Coffee downtown, where he’s pouring two packets of raw sugar into his nonfat latte and reflecting on his movie, “Cold Brook.” It’s finally done — and a few days from now, audiences can actually…

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At the Dunkirk Lighthouse, a crew was shooting a scene upstairs for the feature film "Widow's Point." Hope Muehlbauer was in a small room at the bottom of the stairs, where it was her job to make sure it was quiet downstairs. She didn't think anything of it when someone came up behind her, even though they were so close she could hear their breathing. As long as they we…

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Mayor Byron Brown tweeted out a picture today with Academy Award winner  Guillermo del Toro that all but confirmed the director will be filming some scenes of his next movie in Western New York. Tweeted Brown: “Hollywood comes to #Buffalo! I met director Guillermo del Toro at City Hall Monday, he is in town working on a new project. I’m looking forward to seeing what he…

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Still have an appetite for more Halloween after the weekend's robust parties at the Statler, Thin Man Chandler and in RiverWorks? Good, because the calendar doesn't slow down as we speed toward Thursday – Halloween itself. Many Halloween parties present the same entertainment – prizes for best costume, themed drinks and food, and dancing to spooky music – so the setting…

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Yes, it’s a concert film. Oh, but it’s so much more than that, too. “Western Stars,” the at turns ruminative, jubilant and transcendentally beautiful film Bruce Springsteen co-directed with Emmy winner Thom Zimny, is not so much a highway movie as it is a study of what happens when that highway runs out, and the hero is left with nowhere to turn but toward the mirror…

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You've got your pumpkins, picked your apples and made the traditional stops to the Great Pumpkin Farm, Pumpkinville or the MAiZE in Wheatfield. What else is there to do to get you in the Halloween spirit? Plenty. From ghost walks and tours, to a seance, horror movies and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on screen and stage, here is a sampling of other holiday happenings. …

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It is looking even more clear that the summer rumor that Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) is expected to shoot scenes in Buffalo with actor Bradley Cooper and other Hollywood stars for the film “Nightmare Alley” is shaping up to be true. According to sources, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark was in Mayor Byron Brown’s office Mo…

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More than 30 years ago, stand-up comedian Joel Hodgson created a unique comedy show for a St. Paul, Minn., television station. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” featured Hodgson and a pair of robots forced to watch old B-movies, with only their running commentary keeping them sane. MST3K became a cult TV show, moved to cable networks like Comedy Central and Syfy, and even pro…