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China cancels release of ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’


Though Quentin Tarantino‘s ninth movie Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has dominated the North American box office since July, it’s still yet to be released in one of the world’s biggest markets: China. The two-hour, 41-minute flick was scheduled to come out in the Communist country on Friday, Oct. 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, … Continue reading

For Hollywood, the road to China is littered with broken deals – the perils of doing business with China


Hollywood talent agent Jeff Berg flew to Shanghai last summer to celebrate one of his biggest deals — a partnership with Chinese investors in Resolution, his new agency in Century City. Two hundred business executives, government officials, actors and journalists gathered at the swank Hotel Shangri-La to mark the occasion. Celebrities posed for photographs. Guests … Continue reading

Ghosts of China’s Maoist past haunt the present


The Chinese film “Red Amnesia” shown in Venice is partly a ghost story that may or may not have a ghost, but its portrayal of how the Cultural Revolution left a trail of twisted lives that haunts China today is unambiguous and devastating. The film by “Beijing Bicycle” director Wang Xiaoshuai is in competition for … Continue reading

China’s Wanda unveils global domination plans


China’s Dalian Wanda Group has unveiled plans to become one of the world’s biggest film companies. At a glitzy ceremony in the port city of Qingdao, attended by top stars from China and Hollywood as well as senior Hollywood executives, Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin broke ground on a new mega studio. He also revealed alliances with Hollywood studios and … Continue reading

China kicks off European tour at Venice Film Festival


China is increasingly looking to Europe as a potential partner in the global movie biz. That was the message delivered at the Venice Film Festival by both Beijing Intl. Film Festival topper Zhao Zhiyong, on the Lido for the first time, and Vincent Fischer, CEO of European talent agency ECI, with offices in Beijing, Los Angeles and … Continue reading

Ang Lee’s Oscar win reminder of mainland China’s film failure


Ang Lee’s best director win at this year’s Academy Awards unleashed a wave of pride on Chinese social media sites, though for some the award – Lee’s second  – was a bittersweet reminder of mainland China’s frustrated film ambitions. Taiwanese-American Ang Lee won the award for “Life of Pi,” a lushly shot 3D epic based on … Continue reading

China says Hollywood putting pinch on domestic films


China‘s films are taking a hit from a trade deal that allows for more U.S. movie imports, the country’s broadcast regulator said on Sunday, with their share of the box office take sliding even as the industry’s total revenues outpace those of last year. The movie pact, which exempted 14 films from China’s annual quota … Continue reading

Hollywood should bet on India over China


Hollywood should bet on India over China in the long term, according to Chris Dodd, the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Speaking to Business Standard on the sidelines of the inaugural Asian Film Summit at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, during September 6-16, Dodd said, “We talk about … Continue reading

In China, Foreign Films Meet a Powerful Gatekeeper


Any foreign movie knocking on China’s door must pass through powerful gatekeepers — the China Film Group and its chief executive, Han Sanping. The China Film Group functions as the Chinese government’s guardian of a film market that recently shot past Japan’s to become the world’s second-largest in box-office receipts behind the United States. On … Continue reading

SEC probes movie studios over dealings in China


U.S. regulators are investigating major U.S. movie studios’ dealings with China as the entertainment companies try to get a greater foothold in one of the fastest-growing movie markets in the world. The Securities and Exchange Commission has sent letters of inquiry to at least five movie studios in the past two months, including News Corp’s … Continue reading

James Cameron eyes co-production projects in China


“Avatar” and “Titanic” film director James Cameron said on Sunday that he was looking at co-production of films in China, but would have to weigh issues like censorship and other restrictions before making any decisions. Hollywood has begun paying serious attention to China, despite the problems of government controls and piracy, reflecting the fast-growing Chinese … Continue reading

Iron Man 3 to be co-produced in China


The next “Iron Man” film will be co-produced in China under a joint agreement between Walt Disney Co, Marvel Studios and DMG Entertainment, the latest in a series of tie-ups between Hollywood and China where movie-going is growing fast. DMG – a Chinese entertainment and marketing group – will invest in Iron Man 3, manage … Continue reading

The Apartment


The Apartment is the bittersweet, darkly comic tale of a mild-mannered office nebbish who sells little bits of his body and soul to climb the corporate ladder, falls in love on the way up and finds his way back down to redemption. Jack Lemmon will quite simply break your heart in this wry, cynical indictment … Continue reading

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)


In the crowded pantheon of comic-book-derived movie-franchise superheroes, Wolverine, as embodied by the muscular Australian song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman, always seemed kind of special. A grouchy, sensitive loner with retractable metal claws and apparently unretractable facial hair, Wolverine brooded and growled through the first three “X-Men” pictures, helping to supply them (or at least the … Continue reading

Ben-Hur


Ben-Hur was made back when going to an epic movie was an international event. Great spectaculars were made with real people, mind-boggling sets and casts of thousands, long before digital special effects made them all obsolete. Epics were shown on gigantic screens in palatial movie houses, often with overtures and intermissions, and a really big … Continue reading

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind


An awe-inspiring combination of terrific special effects and warmly human story-telling, Close Encounters of the Third Kind holds up beautifully after more than 30 years. The phenomenal success of his thriller Jaws allowed Steven Spielberg to make an expensive movie near and dear to his heart. Close Encounters is not a fifties alien nation piece … Continue reading

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