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Is there such a thing as too much “Star Wars”? The answer for nearly every kid in America is a resounding “no,” and that’s good news for the folks at Lucasfilm. Even so, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” represents something a bit risky. It is an origin story unconnected to the Skywalker clan and minus the high-stakes of "Rogue One," centered around a character (Han Solo) who …

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"Solo," the new "Star Wars" movie, is bound to be brimming with special effects. But at Dipson Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster, when the movie opens May 25, the biggest visual miracle won't be on the movie screen. That miracle will be in the crowd. Ronan Christian, 12, will be watching the movie with his parents and 17-year-old brother, Aidan. Until just weeks ago, Rona…

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While millions of Marvel fans left “Avengers: Infinity War” in a state of shock, the good news is that the summer season has only begun for fans of superheroes and comics. Here’s a look at what’s on our geek radar for summer 2018: At the movies “Deadpool 2” – The sequel to the surprise 2016 superhero comedy hit arrives in theaters May 18. Ryan Reynolds returns as the …

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Flying Bison brews with Spot Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.) will celebrate the Kentucky Derby with the release of whiskey barrel-aged Spot Coffee Stout in bottles on May 5. The beer will be released to the sounds of live bluegrass music at both Flying Bison’s taproom and in Buffalo Distilling Company (860 Seneca St.), with breaks for Derby viewing as well…

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“The force is not a superpower,” writer-director Rian Johnson says during the bonus features of the new home video release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” That’s it. Boom. That’s the straightforward philosophy that guided Johnson as he reset the eighth film in the “Star Wars” series (10th if you count the two standalone movies). He references that general philosophy thro…

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The best known bounty hunter in the galaxy is coming to Buffalo. Actor Jeremy Bulloch, who plays the popular bad guy Boba Fett in multiple "Star Wars" movies, is the newest addition to Nickel City Con, being held May 18 to 20 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Bulloch will be on hand all three days to meet fans, sign autographs and have photos taken. He is joi…

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Few people could have predicted how massive the “Star Wars” phenomenon would become when it was released 40 years ago. It certainly boosted the profile of Peter Mayhew, the 7’3” English actor who played the iconic Chewbacca in the space adventure series. Mayhew will be one of the featured guests at Niagara Falls Comic Con June 2-4. During a recent phone interview, Mayhe…

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I remember hearing about "Star Wars" Night at Coca-Cola Field last year. Seemed cool, but I never got around to getting tickets. My 5-year-old is a huge fan, so I remember wanting to get tickets, but, as things often do, it slipped my mind. Then, I remember being super mad when I saw all of the pictures on Facebook. It seemed like every one of my friends had gone. And h…

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It wasn’t too long ago that "Star Trek" fans were mocked, "Star Wars" was irrelevant, and comic book readers had to hide their hobby past the age of 12. A lot has changed over the past 15 years. Geek culture is now popular culture. There are at least five major fan conventions in the area through September with notable celebrities. Among the highlights: William Shatn…

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In the doughnut business, the weeks after Easter are like the eye of the hurricane, or should we say the hole in the doughnut. There is a lull. "Everyone still has their Easter candy," explained Christy Worthington of Paula's Donuts. But this is the year the doughnut empire strikes back with a trio of special "Star Wars"-inspired doughnuts pegged to May 4, known to f…

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Millions of "Star Wars" fans now know what a great disturbance in the Force feels like: Carrie Fisher, the actress behind the iconic Princess Leia role, died Tuesday at the age of 60. While the idea of a “strong female character” is a necessity in any big blockbuster film these days, Fisher’s Leia was a unique hero when the original “Star Wars” space adventure film debu…

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1) Thawfest, 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $39, while VIPs pay $59. Commentary: Mother Nature is cruel sometimes. For example, an anticipated event like Thawfest is greeted with snow, wind and temperatures in the 20s. [See photos from the Madd Tiki Winter Luau, a recent spring-themed event in RiverWorks] Don't fret! The…

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1) Thawfest, 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $39, while VIPs pay $59. Commentary: Mother Nature is cruel sometimes. For example, an anticipated event like Thawfest is greeted with snow, wind and temperatures in the 20s. [See photos from the Madd Tiki Winter Luau, a recent spring-themed event in RiverWorks] Don't fret! The…

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A trailer for the first standalone "Star Wars" film debuted today and it offers glimpses into a very familiar universe - albeit with new characters. In the preview for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," being released in theaters on Dec. 16, you'll see the Death Star, AT-AT walkers, the Star Destroyer, stormtroopers and rebel fighters along with a host of new characters play…

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A trailer for the first standalone "Star Wars" film debuted today and it offers glimpses into a very familiar universe - albeit with new characters. In the preview for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," being released in theaters on Dec. 16, you'll see the Death Star, AT-AT walkers, the Star Destroyer, stormtroopers and rebel fighters along with a host of new characters play…