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Womb -- Film Review
Bit of a stretch for Oedipus Rex in a wishy-washy tale about human cloning.

The Fantastic Water Babes -- Film Review
A frivolous but endearing romantic fantasy.

The Human Resources Manager -- Film Review
Fine mix of comedy and drama as a personnel officer is charged with seeing that an employee's body makes it to her far off home.

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Channel Five has eye on 'Big Brother'
LONDON -- It would be a marriage made in television heaven. But before Richard Desmond's Channel Five and Endemol's "Big Brother" can announce their happy nuptials, there is the small matter of a high-stakes negotiation to play out between two of the U.K.'s toughest media power brokers.

CBS, Ten go to 11 in Australia
SYDNEY -- Network Ten will launch its third digital terrestrial channel next year, with the schedule skewed to U.S. content to be supplied through a joint venture with CBS Studios International, the partners said Thursday.

Summer's box office champ: Paramount
We have a winner: With two weekends to go in the boxoffice season, Paramount enjoys a prohibitive lead in the summer market share derby.

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'Dundee' star barred from leaving Australia
Actor Paul Hogan, best known for playing an outback hunter in the "Crocodile Dundee" movies, has been stopped from leaving Australia until he pays a multi-million dollar tax bill, according to his lawyer.

Toronto chooses nine Australia, NZ films
SYDNEY -- Toronto International Film Festival programmers have taken a shine to this year's Antipodean films, announcing a total of nine films from Australia and New Zealand to screen at this year's festival.

Chan returns to direct 'Wu Xia'
HONG KONG – Peter Chan Ho-sun will return to directing with “Wu Xia," a $20 million martial arts epic that reunites him with the star of his previous directing effort, 2007 “The Warlords” star Takeshi Kaneshiro, and sees reigning action king Donnie Yen (“Ip Man”) as both lead and action choreographer.

Chang named to HKIFFS board
HONG KONG – Hong Kong International Film Festival Society named award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Chang as vice chairperson on its board of directors, HKIFFS announced on Wednesday.

Toronto artist sues Ivan Reitman's condo developer
TORONTO -- Hollywood producer Ivan Reitman's condo development adjoining the Toronto International Film Festival's new headquarters faces a lawsuit from a local artist whose work is to adorn the entrance way.

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Sports Network gets new president
TORONTO -- The top job at the Sports Network, the apparent path to the summit in Canadian TV, has been filled by Stewart Johnston.

CHCH announces fall schedule
TORONTO -- Canadian superstation CHCH is back in the U.S. primetime series business.

AFL to kick off China broadcasts
SYDNEY -- The Australian Football League will broadcast one game per week into China after a deal was struck with the Shanghai Media Group, the AFL said Wednesday.

BBC sells online content to China's Sohu
BEIJING -- BBC Worldwide has launched a two-year, non-exclusive content licensing deal in China with the online video channel of Sohu, one of the nation’s largest web portals, to feature British dramas and factual programming such as “Tale of Two Cities” and “Planet Earth.”

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Sean Penn.

PENN URGES JEAN TO EXIT RACE: Sean Penn stepped up his attack on Wyclef Jean's bid for the Haitian presidency in a Huffington Post column published Wednesday in which he called on Jean to withdraw his candidacy. (Getty)

Aamir Khan

Q&A: Aamir Khan
The Bollywood actor-producer on branching out, resisting Hollywood and how U.S. studios can succeed in India.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps Hollywood's economic woes no match for nation's
COMMENTARY: Watching the market take another dive and Washington politicos confess that things were bleaker than they thought is a scary omen.

Will rookies dominate the Emmys?
AWARDS WATCH: Momentum building for TV's fresh faces.


Pinewood Shepperton posts slump
LONDON -- Studio facilities group Pinewood Shepperton posted a slump in both pretax profits and revenues for the first half of 2010, with production companies delaying shoots cited as a root cause.

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