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October 5, 2010

Reeves’ Buffalo film tests well

NORTH TONAWANDA — Early indications are that the Keanu Reeves that filmed throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region late last fall will be worth watching.

“Henry’s Crime” debuted last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars Reeves as a Buffalo toll booth worker who is jailed for a bank robbery he didn’t commit. Upon his release, he decides to commit the crime for real, figuring that if he served the time, he might as well do the crime.

The Canadian Press called the film a “smart comedy with a touch of melancholy” that featured “great chemistry and banter” between Reeves and co-stars James Caan and Vera Farmiga. The settings, meanwhile, which included Buffalo, Kenmore and Niagara Falls, were spectacular and fitting.

“There was something about a place that had a storied past, that has had some hard knocks but has an indomitable spirit,” Reeves was quoted as saying by the press agency about Western New York. “When you go there, the people are great ... There’s a certain light there, the sky is kind of low. ... The look of the film was supposed to be this kind of in-between world that kind of warms up through the theater.”

The film is slated for release some time this year.

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Forbes recently released its list of the 400 richest people in the world, with Microsoft’s Bill Gates again leading the way (estimated worth of $54 billion). Among the members of the Forbes 400 with Western New York ties:

• Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns the Buffalo News, came in at No. 2 with an estimated worth of $45 billion.

• Jeremy Jacobs of East Aurora, who runs the Delaware North concession company and owns the Boston Bruins of the NHL, came in at No. 170 with an estimated worth of $2.1 billion.

• Robert Rich Jr., owner of Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo and owner of minor league baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, came in at No. 182 (estimated worth of $2 billion).

• Tom Golisano, owner of Rochester-based Paychex and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, came in at NO. 332 with an estimated worth of $1.2 billion.

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