January 19, 2010 |
"Avatar" may be too popular for its own good in China. The communist nation's state-run movie distributor, China Film Group, unexpectedly began pulling the blockbuster science-fiction picture from 1,628 2-D screens this week in favor of a biography of the ancient philosopher Confucius. Paul Hanneman, co-president of international distribution for 20th Century Fox, the movie's distributor, confirmed the move, which the studio learned about Monday evening. According to the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, the switch was made at the urging of propaganda officials who are concerned that "Avatar" is taking too much market share from Chinese films and drawing unwanted attention to the sensitive issue of forced evictions.
January 19, 2008 |
Two English-language movies, including Golden Globe winner "Atonement," have been cleared to show in China in February, amid recent worries that Beijing has imposed a short-term ban on Hollywood films, a film company official said Friday. "Atonement," starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, and the fantasy family movie "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" will be released in Chinese theaters next month, Weng Li, a spokesman for the state-run China Film Group, the country's exclusive movie importer, said in an interview.
May 18, 2007 |
Disney's latest China strategy doesn't involve Mickey, Minnie or Goofy. It's all about an enchanted vegetable. The Walt Disney Co. China announced this week that it will release a Chinese-language movie, "The Magic Gourd," this summer -- its first co-production with the state-run China Film Group. The movie, based on a novel written by the late Chinese children's writer Zhang Tianyi, is about a boy who discovers a gourd -- a squash-like vegetable -- that grants him wishes.
December 15, 2005 |
Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday announced its first film production in China, adding to its efforts to break into the booming Chinese entertainment market. The Chinese-language film, "The Secret of the Magic Gourd," began shooting in October in the city of Hangzhou and is due to be released next year, Disney said. It is based on a popular children's book by late Chinese novelist Zhang Tianyi. Disney's partners are state-owned China Film Group Corp. and Hong Kong's Centro Digital Pictures Ltd.
January 19, 2007 |
Martin Scorsese's hot crime thriller "The Departed" -- in which Boston gangsters try to sell computer technology to ethnic Chinese villains -- won't be showing in China. A state-run distributor has rejected the film, an industry executive said Thursday.
March 6, 2011 |
Not long ago when Zhang Guomiao wanted to see a film, he'd head for the village square. There, itinerant cinema operators would unfurl a canvas screen, set up some static-filled speakers and show a grainy movie in the open air. "We had to bring our own stools if we wanted to sit," said Zhang, 47, who remembered chickens clucking by his feet and neighbors talking loudly. "You couldn't hear much of the movie. " These days he visits a new seven-screen multiplex outfitted with plush seating, 3-D screens and popcorn imported from the U.S. The rice farmer went with friends to see the best-picture Academy Award nominee "Inception," marveling at the science-fiction thriller's special effects, throbbing soundtrack — and the clean cinema floors.