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Kung Fu Panda 2, from Dreamworks, launches in China on Wednesday

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DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners announced plans today to co-produce the next Kung Fu Panda movie and develop an entertainment district in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood's fast-growing ties to China.

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Manchester United confirm interest in Brazil international Lucas Moura

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed his interest in Brazil international Lucas Moura.

Drogba with Shanghai owner Zhu Jun yesterday

Reports linking Didier Drogba with Barcelona switch 'complete nonsense'

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has dismissed media speculation linking Didier Drogba with a move to the Catalan giants.

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