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Today's entertainment news: Oscar leg jokes no bother to Angelina Jolie

Plus: Director Cameron completes journey to sea's deepest point; Mumbai to feature in Toronto film festival; Indian filmmakers in the spotlight; New album for Aretha Franklin; and Celebrity birth announcements abound.

Angelina Jolie shrugs off the attention her leg has been getting since the Oscars.
Angelina Jolie shrugs off the attention her leg has been getting since the Oscars.

In the ultimate snub to a round of post-Academy Awards hilarity about her awkward, leg-out-of-Versace-dress pose, the actress Angelina Jolie has told The Huffington Post, "I honestly didn't pay any attention to it, you know what I mean? I don't watch those TV shows and if I go online and see something about myself, I don't click on it. And the people I surround myself with don't really talk about that kind of stuff."

The leg meme, dubbed Jolie-ing, included almost 50,000 followers of the ongoing Twitter account "Check out this leg over here!"). The leg was superimposed on an assortment of images and made an appearance on the E! show Fashion Police in the form of a prosthetic that was brandished by the host Joan Rivers.

Director Cameron completes journey to sea's deepest point

On Monday morning, James Cameron, director of Titanic and Avatar, returned from his trip to the deepest point in the oceans. He used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly 11km and spent a little more than three hours exploring and filming the Mariana Trench, about 320km south-west of the Pacific island of Guam, according to members of the National Geographic expedition.

A medical team was present when Cameron, 57, emerged from the sub, according to the expedition.

One of the risks of a dive so deep was extreme water pressure. At 10.9km below the surface, the pressure is the equivalent of three SUVs sitting on your toe.

The film director has been an oceanography enthusiast since childhood and has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives. Thirty-three of those dives have been to the wreckage of the Titanic, the subject of his 1997 hit film, which is being released in a 3D version next month.

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Mumbai to feature in Toronto film festival

Mumbai will be front and centre in Toronto this September as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's City to City programme.

While the programme traditionally features how various filmmakers from a particular city have represented its urban landscape, this year the festival will showcase Mumbai's filmmakers regardless of where their films are set. "There's been an exciting evolution recently that's seen local independent films emerge to contrast with Bollywood's dazzling commercial movies," Cameron Bailey, TIFF's artistic director, said recently at the FICCI Frames annual entertainment convention in Mumbai. "Toronto audiences are in for a thrill this September." Mumbai is the fourth city to be chosen by the programme after Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Buenos Aires. The list of which films the City to City section will feature is to be announced in August, while the festival starts on September 6.

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Indian filmmakers in the spotlight

Four young Indian filmmakers are creating waves on the international film circuit. Two are directors whose 11-minute shorts have been selected to screen during the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland this week: Ritesh Batra's Cafe Regular, Cairo and Aashish Dubey's Aisa Hota Hai (It Happens). Also making news are Shivajee Chandrabhushan and Triparna Banerjee, who are jointly making The Untold Tale, the story of a young puppeteer whose travels to India unravel her true identity. The film has been selected for Cannes International Film Festival's Cinefondation's L'Atelier initiative. L'Atelier fosters 15 feature-length projects by inviting their directors to the festival to help them find international financing.

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New album for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin will be working with Clive Davis to produce a new album. The diva made the announcement at her 70th birthday party in New York on Saturday.

"I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I'm recording with Clive again," Detroit's Queen of Soul said about reuniting with the music mogul. Franklin and Davis, who sat together at her party at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, first collaborated in the 1980s. An official announcement about the deal is expected to come soon. Unfortunately, Franklin added that her planned biopic is currently on hold. "It's in a limbo position," she said. "It's just a lot going on."

Celebrity birth announcements abound

Tori Spelling's third child Hattie was born only five months ago, but on Friday, the Beverly Hills 90210 actress posted the following note on her website: "Dean, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and I are beyond thrilled to announce that another little McDermott is on the way! We feel truly blessed that another angel has found us. Love, Tori."

The announcement was accompanied by a picture of Spelling's growing bump. The baby-to-be will join Hattie (who was born in October 2011), brother Liam, 5, and sister Stella, 3, the children of the actress and reality star and her husband Dean McDermott.

Spelling, 38, wed Canadian-born actor McDermott, 45, in May 2006.

Meanwhile, the actress Hilary Duff gave birth to a baby boy last week. The former Disney star and her husband, Mike Comrie, welcomed Luca Cruz Comrie into the world on Tuesday, and the actress made the announcement on Twitter. "Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce beautiful boy."

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