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His new film El Camino de los Ingleses (Summer Rain) features acclaimed Spanish actress Victoria Abril, with whom he starred in Pedro Almodovar's Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, and Alberto Amarilla.

DreamWorks Animation SKG and UK-based Aardman Animations Ltd. on Tuesday ended their seven-year partnership to make animated films, saying the companies' "ambitions have moved apart."

The split comes as Wall Street prepares for a loss from the two studios' latest collaboration, Flushed Away, which has taken in US$170 million at worldwide box offices.

Some analysts expect DreamWorks to take a loss of up to US$105 million on the project.

DreamWorks and Aardman have been unable to parlay the success of their 2000 joint production, the claymation stop-motion film Chicken Run, into subsequent projects.

The studios' second film, Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim but a weaker-than-expected box office performance of US$192.5 million.

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