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Review: ‘Our Song’

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“Babies Having Babies” would be the inevitable label stuck on “Our Song” if writer-helmer Jim McKay’s second dramatic feature were a trash-talk TV episode. Mercifully, it isn’t — though Jerry Springer’s audience might recognize its characters all too well. Another finely observed, modestly scaled look at the current realities of low-income female adolescence, pic is similar in nearly all aspects to McKay’s debut effort, “Girls Town.”

Review: ‘Love & Sex’

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Winning performances by Famke Janssen and Jon Favreau and loads of high-spirited sex talk sell “Love & Sex,” an ultra-mainstream indie that plays like a low-budget and somewhat dirty Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts movie. Pitched squarely at young femme audiences, this romantic comedy has a good shot at the date crowd.

TNT starts ‘Bull’ session

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In its first original series order, TNT has picked up 13 episodes of “Bull,” a one-hour drama series from Warner Bros. TV, the cabler announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. Tour.

CRTC primed to OK digital TV services

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After several delays, regulator Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is finally set to kick off the process to greenlight a slew of specialty TV services.

Battle waged over TM3

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War is waging over tiny German channel TM3, with the two shareholders, Rupert Murdoch and entrepreneur Herbert Kloiber, both angling to take full control.

Teutonic N-TV posts first profit

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German news channel N-TV can count itself among the growing number of profit-making Teutonic webs, with the station recording a gain for the first time in 1999.

Upside for ‘Down’

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Unlike its major studio rivals, Miramax doesn’t salivate every Memorial Day or ask Santa annually for boffo Christmas B.O. Instead, the minimajor picks its commercial spots, often succeeding at times when foes are in retrenchment. And it seems to gain momentum every awards season.

Streisand’s plans a matter of interest

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There was some question as to whether Barbra Streisand was coming back to the press area. First she was, then the word came she wasn’t, but then, arm-in-arm with Shirley MacLaine, she marched into the press room and thousands of flashes were fired.

MGM lands Lion Rock

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There’s a new lion roaring at MGM. Helmer John Woo and producing partner Terence Chang have ankled the Sony lot and signed their Lion Rock Prods. to a first-look film and television deal that will keep them there for the next three years.