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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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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Xavier Beauvois

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Xavier Beauvois

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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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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Cristi Puiu

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Cristi Puiu

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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | THE SOCIAL NETWORK

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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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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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES

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    Michelle Rodriguez v. Tim League.

    Michelle Rodriguez v. Tim League.

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    Feuds and Film: Midway Through Fantastic Fest, the Punches Fly

    The 2010 edition of Fantastic Fest has no greater defining image than that of festival founder and Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League, decked out in a pink mohawk, dodging punches from a sprightly Michelle Rodriguez. The farcical duel marked the climax of "The Fantastic Debates," an annual tradition ...

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