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The Indian film ‘Dangal’ is red hot in China


The Chinese box office of the Indian film ‘Dangal’, which is based on a true story about how a father trained his daughter to succeed as a medal winning wrestler, has since 5 May 2017 recorded a wonderful USD179.8 million (still in release). The Chinese wonders include: [1] It outran the film’s domestic US$84.4 million … 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

China tells it citizens to stop hiring funeral strippers


In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers. According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners. Pictures … Continue reading

Well-known Chinese TV host forced to apologise for ‘insulting’ Mao


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports that China’s official TV media CCTV’s anchor Bi Fujian, well-known for his humour, has been denounced by Maoists across the Chinese nation for mentioning the misery Mao brought to Chinese people when he sang a tune from the Peking Opera … Continue reading

Many of China’s TV shows, films are rubbish, minister says


The CCP’s influential magazine Qiushi reports senior party official Cai Fuchao as saying that many of the huge number of TV shows, movies and publications produced in China each year are rubbish. He advocates banishing decadent themes and concentrating on uplifting their social values instead of profit making. Cai Fuchao is director of the State … Continue reading

Hong Kong music: Clockenflap and PUSH collaborate on new project


Last Saturday marked the launch of a new dance music series titled ‘Electriq,’ birthed by the creative heads over at Clockenflap and Hong Kong’s leading dance music promoters PUSH. The project was set to launch last month but with the recent events of Occupy Central, it proved that Hong Kong was not in a festive mood, and … 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

Huge discounts on Kindle version of Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements is extended internationally


China Daily Mail contributor Chan Kai Yee has announced that 70% discounts on the Kindle version of his book are now in place until the end of June 2014. The discounts are now available in the countries listed below, using the links provided. For other countries not on this list, we recommend using the United … Continue reading

Japan bans porn exports to China in retaliation for seizure of cargo ship


The dispute between China and Japan showed no signs of abatement yesterday, after Japan was reported by domestic media to have taken steps to ban the export of specialist pornography to China. Japan is believed to also be behind the blocking of all porn sites in China, which the Chinese government is reporting as domestic … Continue reading

China bans Battlefield 4 video game; declares it a “threat to national security”


Not content with banning a video game for hurting their feelings, China have banned any mention of the the game whatsoever, even to the extent of banning it in internet searches. There are different kinds of bans in the video game world. There’s the Australian ban, normally thought of as pretty extreme when a game … Continue reading

eChinacities expat website now a propaganda machine


Expat websites have recently been targetted by the CCP as propaganda machines aimed at expats in China. An example is eChinacities. Once an invaluable source of information for expats, the site is now mostly Chinese propaganda, trolls seeking to entrap expats and advertisements for illegal employment. I started working for eChinacities a few years back … Continue reading

China journalist slams state TV for airing coerced public confession


A producer for China’s state broadcaster CCTV said on Monday that he had been fired after he criticised the network’s role in a controversial crackdown on online rumours. Wang Qinglei made the statement in an open letter, which has since been scrubbed from Chinese social media. He took issue with China Central Television‘s airing of … Continue reading

With glut of lonely men, China has an approved outlet for unrequited lust


In Guangzhou, China, slack-jawed and perspiring, Chen Weizhou gazed at a pair of life-size female dolls clad, just barely, in lingerie and lace stockings. Above these silicone vixens, an instructional video graphically depicted just how realistic they felt once undressed. A 46-year-old tour bus driver, Mr Chen had come earlier this month to the Guangzhou … 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

Baidu – China’s biggest video platform?


Baidu acquires PPS for $370 million and claims it’s now China’s biggest video platform. Well, the rumors are true. Chinese search company Baidu announced May 7, 2013, that it has acquired PPS.tv’s streaming video service for $370 million. This acquisition bolsters Baidu’s video offerings (it already owns iQiyi) and puts it in a position to challenge market leader Youku-Tudou for a bigger share … Continue reading

China’s first lady and famous singer: “I am always in a subordinate position”


“Are you under great pressure that your husband is always introduced as Peng Liyuan’s husband?” Well-known talk-show host Dou Wentao asked Peng Liyuan, China’s current first lady. She was at that time much more famous than her husband Xi Jinping, China’s current president and then acting governor of Fujian Province. That is a question Peng … 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’s ‘Carrier Style’ parody of Gangnam Style demonstrates national pride in military growth


Since South Korean musician ‘PSY‘ released his ‘Gangnam Style’ song earlier this year it has gone viral around the world. Parodies have sprung up in virtually every country, ranging from individuals in their back gardens, to students from the highly prestigious Eton College in the UK. But now China is competing for the top spot … Continue reading

China attacks Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei


China has attacked Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei. A state-owned newspaper accused the veteran British singer of being ‘disrespectful’ and said his actions could lead to a ban on other Western performers putting on shows in China. The attack from China came after a concert by the 65-year-old at … Continue reading

China’s People’s Daily falls for Kim Jong-un ‘sexiest man alive’ spoof


The online version of China’s Communist party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as the sexiest man alive – not realising it is satire. The People’s Daily ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the leader, under the headline North Korea’s top leader … 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

China’s political reform on its way, says playwright Sha Yexin


“Political reform and freedom of speech are imminent on the mainland, renowned playwright Sha Yexin has told the South China Morning Post. “Sha, 73, was in Hong Kong last month to promote a rerun of his play I am Chairman Mao‘s Bitch, which the Spring-time Experimental Theatre is showing later this month. Sha, known as … Continue reading

Night Bridge (Chris H Lynn)


Night Bridge is a video in the “Reconstructing Seventeenth Century Chinese Landscape Painting” series, by Chris H. Lynn

China censors Chinese villains from Men in Black 3


Censors in Beijing cut the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Men in Black 3, by 13 minutes to remove all Chinese baddies from the film. The makers of Men in Black 3 might not have realised that setting parts of the film in New York’s Chinatown would cause offence on the other side of the world. But … Continue reading

China state television host calls to “clean out foreign trash”


Following recent high-profile examples of foreigners behaving badly in China, last week saw a spike of anti-foreigner sentiment that culminated in the announcement of a hundred day Beijing police crackdown on illegal immigration. Among the commentators who applauded the crackdown was Yang Rui, a television host on China’s state-run English-language TV network, CCTV-9. On his … Continue reading

China’s Dalian Wanda to buy AMC Entertainment for $2.6 billion


China’s Dalian Wanda Group agreed to acquire AMC Entertainment for $2.6 billion, becoming the biggest theatre operator in the U.S. by revenue. Ties between the U.S. and Chinese movie industries have warmed after China agreed in February to open its market to more American films, with DreamWorks Animation announcing a landmark deal in the same … Continue reading

News Corp to acquire 20 percent of Chinese film distributor


News Corp has agreed to buy a stake in Chinese movie distributor Bona Film Group Ltd, becoming the latest U.S. media company to expand into China‘s booming movie market. News Corp will take a 19.9 percent stake in Bona Film from founder and chief executive Yu Dong, Bona said in a statement. It gave no … 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

Off The Beaten Track Beijing: Episode 2 The Street Food Vendor


China Radio International’s Anne Gonschorek and Jessica Dowse show a China beyond the guide books. Join them to meet interesting characters and learn about Chinese culture first hand. https://vimeo.com/40498162

Off The Beaten Track Beijing: Episode 1 The Fortune Teller


China Radio International’s chief-explorers Jessica Dowse and Anne Gonschorek show a China beyond the guide books. Join them to meet interesting characters and learn about Chinese culture first hand. https://vimeo.com/41137103

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

Some Like it Hot


One of the great screwball comedies, Some Like It Hot answers the burning question: will Jack Lemmon’s romantic life actually improve if he puts on a dress? You bet. In fact, just about everybody has a good time in this fun, silly movie, with Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag, hiding out from the mob … Continue reading

Fiction Family by Fiction Family (2009)


Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins have set out to restore dude love’s lost notoriety with Fiction Family. The resultant self-titled record has plenty of charm despite lacking any “super band” qualities. Those who became enamored with Foreman’s folky acoustic solo project will eat Fiction Family right up. The record isn’t … 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

Susan Boyle Has A Makeover


It looks like the Susan Boyle makeover has begun. In one recent report about the YouTube sensation from Scotland, Boyle is said to have visited with a hairdresser to help tame her curly flyaway locks. Earlier today, she was photographed at her home in Blackburn wearing a lightweight leather jacket and a purple printed frock … Continue reading

Lorne Michaels Stalker


The case against the man accused of stalking the Saturday Night Live mastermind was placed on hold at a hearing, and will be thrown out entirely if 32-year-old Evans Pidhajecky keeps out of trouble, and Michaels’ eyeline, for the next six months. “There was no crime,” Pidhajecky’s attorney, Jack Litman said. “He never stalked Lorne … Continue reading

Britney Spears Clown Care Donation


Britney Spears knows everybody loves a circus. The 27-year-old popstar, who’s currently on her Circus world tour, is donating $100,000 to the Miami Children’s Hospital’s Big Apple Circus Clown Care program. The mother of two made a surprise, 30-minute visit with 40 sick children at the hospital on Saturday before her show at the American … Continue reading

Monkees Peter Tork Battles Cancer


Peter Tork isn’t monkeying around with his health. The erstwhile Monkee has been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of head and neck cancer, and underwent surgery to remove the growth on his tongue on Wednesday. “It’s a bad news, good news situation,” the “I’m a Believer” artist said. “It’s so rare a … Continue reading

Michael Jackson Announces London Concerts


It’s the news fans have been waiting for. Michael Jackson is looking to mount a thriller of a comeback, nearly four years since he was acquitted of child-molestation charges. The erstwhile King of Pop is aiming to reclaim his throne, announcing today at a press conference he plans to play 10 concerts in London’s O2 … Continue reading

Robin Williams Heart Surgery


Robin Williams is taking a time-out for “a little tune-up.” The madcap Oscar winner announced today that he is postponing the remaining dates of his one-man show, Weapons of Self-Destruction, to undergo heart surgery. The 57-year-old Williams announced Tuesday he was scuttling two shows in Florida this week after experiencing shortness of breath. Following a … Continue reading

Bruce Willis To Countersue


To put it in Bruce Willis terms, the last boy scout thinks a lawsuit filed against him for “walking off the set” of a movie he was supposed to direct is just a bunch of pulp fiction and he wants it to die hard. The A-lister is looking to get medieval on film company Foresight … Continue reading

Ed McMahon Intensive Care


Ed McMahon is in intensive care at a Los Angeles hospital. The 85-year-old former Johnny Carson sidekick has been hospitalized for several weeks with pneumonia, as well as other unspecified ailments, rep Howard Bragman said. The TV icon’s family is said to be at his side. McMahon has had his share of troubles in recent … Continue reading

Jerry Seinfeld Returning To TV


Jerry Seinfeld is teaming up with NBC once again to produce a reality series called The Marriage Ref. The show will feature “celebrities, comedians and athletes who will judge couples in the midst of marital disputes while recommending various strategies to resolve their problems.” The show is inspired by the star’s own experiences with married … Continue reading

Octomum or Octopussy?


Octomom needs money, the world needs alternative movies. It’s a match made in heaven. Or so think the opportunistic peddlers at adult powerhouse Vivid Entertainment, who have made Nadya Suleman a halfway decent indecent proposal, offering the cash-strapped mother of 14 $1 million plus a year of health insurance in exchange for shaking her babymaker … Continue reading

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