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New split decision

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In a ruling that had both sides claiming victory, a U.S. appeals court Thursday overturned an order to split Microsoft in two but left intact a lower court finding that the software giant illegally maintained its monopoly in the Windows personal computer operating system.

Review: ‘Pootie Tang’

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“Pootie Tang” has the distinction of being one of the most amateurish features ever released by a major studio. Developed to barely feature length (running time of the “narrative” itself is 70 minutes) from a five-minute comic bit created for “The Chris Rock Show,” nonsensical conceit about a self-styled, gibberish-spouting superhero and crooner plays like a one-joke sketch extended way beyond its natural boundaries.

Review: ‘Blue’

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Nona Hendryx’s smooth R&B melodies, vocalized with suavity and style by Michael McElroy, provide some nice seasoning for “Blue,” a new production from the Roundabout Theater Co. at the Gramercy Theater. But the dish itself — a clumsy sitcom wedded to a clumsy drama of family dysfunction — is thoroughly stale.

Review: ‘Crazy/Beautiful’

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A wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance gathers some steam before fatally derailing in “Crazy/Beautiful.” This well-cast and acted romance between a royally screwed up Westside L.A. rich girl and a purposeful Mexican-American boy from the barrio scores some easy points for its clever opposition of social milieus and of the attitudes to be found therein. But the significant potential of its premise is squandered by an increasing reliance on teen movie cliches.

Sweden pubcaster taps CEO

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Christina Jutterstrom, one of Sweden’s top newspaper editors, was appointed CEO of Swedish pubcaster SVT on Wednesday, replacing Maria Curman, who was ousted May 21.

Oz studio site in dispute

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The Victorian state government has pledged A$40 million ($21 million) to build a studio in Melbourne and called for tenders to operate the site.

U.K. film minister’s a fan

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Kim Howells, Blighty’s new film minister, revealed himself to be a committed movie fan at his first public appearance in his new role — launching an $8.4 million Film Council initiative to promote creative activity and raise the profile of film across the English regions.

Spain boosts Euro pic prod’n

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The Spanish Parliament approved Wednesday an umbrella Film and Audiovisual Promotion Law that pulls together disparate previous rulings plus one key new regulation.

Vivendi U seeks StudioCanal buyout

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Vivendi Universal has offered to buy the 14% it doesn’t already own in StudioCanal. Vivendi U valued the outfit’s film production at 1.55 billion euros ($1.3 billion), and offered $12.30 for each share, 25% more than Thursday’s closing price.