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Sequel shoot

Hong Kong, Sept. 2 (Reuters): Tomb Raider 2, the sequel to hit Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, will be filmed partly in Hong Kong, creating some 100 jobs in the territory’s flagging movie industry.

“About half of the film will be shot in the territory,” the government’s Film Services Office said in its latest newsletter. “If all goes well, filming will commence early next year. By that time some 50 production people from overseas will be working closely with approximately a hundred local crew members in the project,” the newsletter added.

US film crews visited the southern Chinese city to scout locations in July. The newsletter did not give details of the film but some publications have said Angelina Jolie will reprise her role as shapely adventuress Croft, this time battling a crime syndicate in China.

Soccer spell

Kinshasa (Reuters): Four soccer fans were detained in the Congolese capital Kinshasa for trying to use witchcraft to scupper a rival team’s chances in the African Cup Winners’ Cup, local media reported. Pro-government daily L’Avenir said the “sorcerers” had been caught trying to cast an “evil spell” on the pitch at Kinshasa’s main stadium to make a rival team, A.S. Vita Club, lose their quarter final tie to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca. “Naturally, they were apprehended and beaten by security agents, and won’t be released until after Sunday’s match,” the paper said. Superstition and tribal beliefs abound in the vast and war-riven Democratic Republic of Congo, devastated by decades of violence.

Jerry tribute

Los Angeles (Reuters): Comedian Jerry Lewis, hosting his 37th national telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), began on Sunday night’s show with a tribute to the International Association of Fire Fighters. “We do it tonight because it is absolutely necessary,” Lewis, 76, told an audience in a Hollywood studio, referring to the heavy losses on September 11 at the World Trade Center. Lewis has battled health problems in recent years and was swollen from the effects of steroid-based medication for pulmonary fibrosis, a lung condition. “They’ve brought me $200 million ...,” Lewis said, referring to the union representing the nation’s firefighters, many of whom were lined up in their dress uniforms on stage. Harold Schaitberger, the president of the firefighters union, appeared with Lewis to discuss the fund-raising efforts his group undertook on behalf of firefighters killed in the September 11 attacks. “The community came forward with its own vital mission to help us in our critical effort,” Schaitberger said. “We’re committed to make this year’s pledge from the IAFF the largest ever.”

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