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    As Moviegoers Cool on 3-D, Next Breakout Could Be Tron: Legacy

    It's amazing how far the 3-D clock has turned in a short time. In classic Hollywood fashion, the industry seems to have cooked its own 3-D goose in just a few years. After talking theater owners across America into building some 5000 digital cinemas equipped with 3-D projectors, the studios have jumped eagerly onto the 3-D bandwagon, throwing one movie after the other into shoddy quickie retrofit post-production. While high-quality early efforts such as Avatar ($3 billion worldwide) and Alice in Wonderland ($116 million opening weekend) pulled in huge percentages of 3-D patrons, audiences swiftly got pickier about what they were going to pay ...

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    King, Schlessel, Berney Talk FilmDistrict, Plan to Release Depp's Rum Diary, London Boulevard

    When a market contracts, it offers opportunities to fill the void. As expected, having imported Sony heavyweight Peter Schlessel as president, producer Graham King of GK Films, backed by his financing partner Tim Headington, is pushing forward to fill the current distribution gap with FilmDistrict.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    GK Films Branches Out with Bob Berney to Form FilmDistrict

    Oscar-winning producer Graham King ("The Departed") and Tim Headington of GK Films, have partnered together with Peter Schlessel, President of GK Films, to launch FilmDistrict, an acquisition, distribution, production and financing company. Marketing and distribution titan Bob Berney is on board wit...

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    Trailer Watch: Coens Western True Grit Stars Bridges, Brolin, Damon

    True Grit is the 2010 movie I cannot wait to see--and the big unknown for Oscar watchers. We'll all have to wait until Joel and Ethan Coen finish the movie in time for a December 25 release. But the trailer hit today (below).

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    "The Social Network" Rant

    I feel like at this point I've talked "The Social Network" to death over a weekend of New York Film Festival-related social events. I saw it early Friday morning, and have ever since been in a remarkable minority in feeling slightly underwhelmed by it. It would be way easier to just love it as much as most folks do and coast through conversation with genuine agreement. But that hasn't been the case, and it's been awkward. For one, it's not like I didn't like the film. It's very well-made and offers a variety of worthy elements I'll detail in a bit. But because I wasn't hailing it as the second coming of "Citizen Kane" or convinced it in a...

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    Michelle Rodriguez v. Tim League.

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