• ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Pulled From Beijing Film Festival
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    Variety

    ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Pulled From Beijing Film Festival

    Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” which just won an Oscar for adapted screenplay, has been pulled from the Beijing Film Festival by the event’s organizers. The festival’s removal of the gay-themed coming-of-age film – first reported by Reuters – comes as Chinese authorities tighten their control over media content. Earlier this month, China’s […]

  • China Now Has More Movie Screens Than US
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    The Wrap

    China Now Has More Movie Screens Than US

    China’s box office may not catch the U.S. anytime soon after flatlining last year, but the Middle Kingdom has just taken top billing on another notable movie metric: total screens. At a press conference Friday to open the second annual BRICS International Film Festival in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Zhang Hongsen, the deputy director of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China, which oversees — and censors — all films and television programs shown in the country, told attendees that China now has more than 45,000 movie screens, more than any other market, according to Chinese film website Mtime. The festival celebrates filmmakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

  • Alien: Covenant removes Xenomorphs from Chinese release
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    Ryan Leston

    Alien: Covenant removes Xenomorphs from Chinese release

    Don't expect to find many aliens in the Chinese version of Alien: Covenant...

  • Empires Of The Deep: The Bonkers True Story Of The ‘Most Expensive’ Unreleased Movie Ever Made
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    Ben Falk

    Empires Of The Deep: The Bonkers True Story Of The ‘Most Expensive’ Unreleased Movie Ever Made

    Four different directors, almost 10 years in the making and costing an alleged £100million, yet ‘Empires of the Deep’, China’s planned answer to ‘Avatar’, remains unreleased. “I think I’m the only one who’s seen it other than the creators,” says actor Steve Polites, who signed a three month contract in 2009 to play the hero of ‘Empires of the Deep’ (and weirdly two other characters), only to find himself still stuck in China nine months later. “[Jon has] a really good heart and the core of a great idea, but couldn’t let go of it,” says Mark Byers, a Hollywood veteran who came on in late 2007 as a producer to try and help.

  • 'Zootopia' Lego Statue an Amazing Tribute — Too Bad It Wasn't Childproof
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    Nick Schager

    'Zootopia' Lego Statue an Amazing Tribute — Too Bad It Wasn't Childproof

    Artist spends three days on Nick Wilde re-creation; it took a mere fraction of that time for an excited child in China where it was on display to bring it crashing down

  • Marvel Denies Whitewashing 'Doctor Strange' to Appease China
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    Marvel Denies Whitewashing 'Doctor Strange' to Appease China

    Studio defends its commitment to diversity in casting and says character's shifting ethnicity is consistent with backstory: "... the embodiment is Celtic."

  • Deadpool Banned In China
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    Tom Butler

    Deadpool Banned In China

    20th Century Fox’s upcoming ‘X-Men’ spin-off ‘Deadpool’ will not be shown in China when it’s released in February.