If He Can Make It Here . . .

Will the film business be ruled only by foreign moguls and domestic megastudios? Not if Robert De Niro can help it. The reclusive, renegade actor is betting his money and his reputation that he can deliver a convincing performance as a real-life film producer. De Niro's previous experience as a boss has been confined to playing characters ranging from Don Corleone in The Godfather, Part II to a film mogul in The Last Tycoon. But this year the 46- year-old Manhattan native became president of his own movie company, New York City's TriBeCa Productions, which already has ten film projects in...

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