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Oscar-nominated films' unusual roots
Oscar-nominated films' unusual roots

There are many reasons investors enter the movie business. "Enticed by Charlie Sheen" isn't usually one of them. On a vacation to Los Angeles a few years ago, Joe Newcomb, a Texas entrepreneur who has made millions in the fertilizer business, accepted an invitation from a mutual friend for lunch at Sheen's home. The two got to talking, and the actor said he was looking for a backer on an idea he had for a new "Major League" movie. Though the project didn't come off, the conversations put Newcomb in touch with several people in the movie industry. So when the financially troubled AIDS drama "Dallas Buyers Club" was looking for funding just...