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Has there ever been a more lovable film geek than Leonard Maltin? I don't think so. The once ubiquitous bearded movie fanatic is, to be honest, one of my favorite Americans. You have to remember that once upon a time there was no internet — no IMDB where you could look things up in a flash. There was no Turner Classic Movies to centralize old movie showings, show movies…

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Channel 2 weathercaster Kevin O'Connell's 25-year run at the NBC affiliate is over. WGRZ-TV General Manager Jim Toellner announced O'Connell's departure in an email to the staff in which he thanked O'Connell "for his many contributions to our station and city." His contract ends this week. Toellner added O'Connell "has been a big part of our long and consistent as…

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This is what I'm thinking about the Emmy Award nominations that were announced Thursday: Netflix Advantage: I told you to watch Netflix series. The streaming service ended HBO's 17-year streak as the top-honored channel for nominations. In other words, HBO's winning streak was as long as the Buffalo Bills playoff drought. Of course, there could be an asterisk to HBO's l…

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Name: Mary Pabst, 59. Who she is: Her field is fine art sales and custom picture frame design, a business she has been in since age 17. A resident of Clarence, she works at Vern Stein Art & Frame in Williamsville. She and her husband, Steve, have two grown children. Passions include interior design and gardening. The Pabsts' home was featured as a Home of the Week o…

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By Emily Yahr, Bethonie Butler and Travis M. Andrews On Thursday morning, the Television Academy revealed the nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards. You'll also see some notable names missing. Jeffrey Tambor of "Transparent," who has won best comedy actor twice, dropped out of the Emmy race for the Amazon show after allegations of sexual harassment resulted in his dep…

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Grab a bottled water and some walking shoes. Garden tour season has heated up. The following are scheduled for July 14 and/or July 15 (with one kicking off with an evening tour July 13). • The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14. A Friday Night Lights tour will take place from 9 to 11 p.m. July 13. Look for maps online and at city ha…

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Nobody asked me but: WIVB-TV has more important anchor shifts to fill than the weekend slot it just filled by hiring WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Erica Brecher. The station still hasn't filled the weekday anchor slots formerly held by Nalina Shapiro, who left more than four months ago. In the interim, Don Postles and Jacquie Walker have added extra shifts at 5:30 and…

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For our latest Reader Challenge, we asked for photos of fabulous outdoor pillows on porches, patios and other outside settings. We received some beauties but not as many submissions as in previous challenges. We can only imagine the excuses. “I was too full to do anything after the Taste of Buffalo.” “My iPhone told me its storage is full.” “The dog ate my throw pill…

YOUNG ADULT Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen; Candlewick Press, 337 pages ($18.99) Ages 16 and up. ... This beautifully written, fresh reimagining of "Beauty and the Beast" finds new depths in the familiar fairy tale, exploring the nature of ugliness, the lie of the handsome exterior, the hidden beauty of the Beast. (On the opening page is the Greta Ga…

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A porch doesn’t have to be a sprawling veranda to be a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a quiet evening. But a small porch that is a bit of an eyesore benefits greatly from a makeover. Such was the case at the Village of Williamsville home of Stephen M. and Rebecca Parisi, who have lived in the house since 2007. Gone is the rusted wrought-iron railing and old, green f…

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Every television critic gets the same question during the summer doldrums: What should I watch? Rather than give you only my opinion, the recent nominations of the more than 200 members (including myself) of the Television Critics Association should be a pretty good guide. The TCA nominations arrived about a month before the Emmy nominations, which arrive Thursday an…

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WIVB-TV has hired Erica Brecher, who has distinguished herself for the last four years as an aggressive and likable reporter at rival WGRZ-TV. Brecher is becoming the weekend nightside anchor, a position that Marissa Perlman primarily has been handling since Callan Gray left for a reporting job in Minneapolis. Brecher, who occasionally anchored at Channel 2, also will b…

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We recently experienced extremely hot and humid weather, and summer had only just begun. We can expect more days like that – often called “dog days” – so let’s get ready for them. The hottest weather is rough on people and dogs, but it also kills or damages plants. Our flower baskets, vegetable beds, or home landscapes are investments, and precious to us. And we can tak…

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Here are the top six things to note about Monday's episode of "The Bachelorette" that decided Buffalo's Jason Tartick is getting one of four hometown visits with Becca Kufrin. Quote of the Night: Amusingly, Jason's excitement after getting the fourth and final rose was given the crawl treatment so viewers would know exactly what he said to Becca: "I'm so happy I am here…