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Film projects tackling infertility

Hollywood may have moved into fertile territory in 2007, but lately bigscreen heroines are having trouble getting knocked up.

The film industry gave birth to a number of films about unplanned pregnancies last year, including “Juno,” “Knocked Up” and “Waitress.” Even reigning Cannes Palme d’Or winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” dealt with the thorny subject.

Now a slew of projects is tackling infertility — particularly for comedic purposes.

Universal is first out of the gate with “Baby Mama,” which bows April 25. Pic centers on a successful and single businesswoman (Tina Fey) who enlists a low-class working girl (Amy Poehler) to become her unlikely surrogate.

Columbia is developing “Baster,” which features a 40-year-old unmarried woman who decides to become pregnant by inseminating herself with a turkey baster using sperm from a married friend.

And CBS Films last week scooped up the spec “Plan B” by TV scribe Kate Angelo. It centers on a woman who aims to be artificially inseminated but falls in love.

It seems that in Hollywood at least, easy impregnation has given way to a more barren landscape.

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