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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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As superheroes and sci-fi heroes continue to dominate movie screens during the summer, many local fan events are filling up the calendar featuring celebrity guests, costumes and even baseball. “Flash Gordon,” 7 p.m. May 18 at the North Park Theatre. The 1980 sci-fi pulp film with the classic Queen soundtrack returns with a special screening at the North Park Theatre (14…

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Clad in his trademark blue and orange “Fatman” hockey sweater (jersey number 37), Kevin Smith answered fan questions with Hollywood aplomb Sunday night during the first of his four sold-out shows at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo. His remaining two sold-out shows are Monday night.Smith opened the show with a story about seeing “Mad Max: Fury Road” earlier in the day, when h…

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When Kevin Smith made his breakthrough with the 1994 indie movie “Clerks,” the writer-director immediately and firmly established his persona: the verbose slacker obsessed by niche pop culture. But when Dante and Randal started debating plot points in the “Star Wars” movies, it was hard to remember that the space opera franchise (and its merchandise) had essentially vanish…