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Three Hong Kong action movie directors will team up on a "jigsaw" cop-thriller with each shooting a different section of the film, one of the trio said Wednesday.

The movie, believed to be the first of its type shot in Asia, is hoped to boost plunging domestic box-office receipts.

Johnnie To (杜琪峰), director of triad gangster flick Election, Tsui Hark (徐文光) of kung fu epic Seven Swords and Ringo Lam (林嶺東), whose 1987 City on Fire was an inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, will co-direct.

To said there would be no script and that each director would be responsible for a 30-minute segment of the US$2.6 million project.

"Tsui Hark will first start shooting the film, then Ringo will look at the development of it before shooting the second part, and then I'll complete it with the third part," he said.

The movie will be shot in Hong Kong, To said, and the directors will not discuss the plot beforehand.

"Ringo might decide everyone dies in his part and I will have to finish it off," he said.

To said the aim is to breathe new life into Hong Kong's ailing movie industry.

French film legend Brigitte Bardot made an emotional pitch to Canadians Wednesday to help her stop the country's controversial seal hunt while Inuit youth protested her visit to Ottawa.

"You must join me to ensure this hunt stops," she said, standing with some difficulty, crutches at her side, in front of a massive poster showing a seal in a bogus pose clubbing a human baby.

"How can we continue to kill seals in a rich country like Canada ... I am not crazy ... I am pleading with you," she said, holding back tears after watching with reporters gruesome video footage of the hunt.

"This will likely be my last visit to Canada before I die. I want to see this barbaric massacre stopped before then," she said.

They were the first white rappers to hit it big, and they blazed musical trails on the Internet and DVD. So leave it to the Beastie Boys to take the concert film in a radical direction by letting fans call the shots. For Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!, which previews for one night in the US on Thursday in digitally equipped theaters, the New York band gave 50 video cameras to fans at a 2004 Madison Square Garden concert who shot the show from their points of view.

It seemed like the perfect gimmick: a celebrity porn star would launch her own wine, with her alluring picture on the label. Savanna Samson did just that, but when it received a score of 90 to 91 out of 100 by wine guru Robert Parker, the project became serious. It turns out Samson, the star of The New Devil in Miss Jones, has produced an exceptional wine, becoming the toast of two industries: wine-making and pornography.

Samuel Jackson and Josh Hartnett are teaming up for a new drama about a homeless man and a reporter who mistakenly believes the man is a famous ex-boxer, according to reports.

Resurrecting The Champ will be directed by Rod Lurie and starts filming in June. The movie is based on a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times.

The US cable channel HBO and Britain's BBC are co-producing a television film about Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet's 503 days in detention in London in the late 1990s, the Hollywood press said Wednesday.

Pinochet in Suburbia, directed by Curson Smith, will star British actors Derek Jacobi and Anna Massey, according to the Daily Variety.

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