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September 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Chinese director Lou Ye has been banned from making movies in his home country for five years because his film was screened at Cannes in May without government approval, state media said. The main Xinhua News Agency said that Lou's movie, "Summer Palace," would be confiscated and income from it seized. The film is a sexually explicit love story set against China's pro-democracy protests of 1989, which led up to the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown.
March 1, 1985 | From the Associated Press
China will construct a city for making films in northeast China, the official news agency Xinhua reported. The film city, to be built in three years, will be in Changchun, the capital of Jilin province, 525 miles northeast of Peking. It will feature a group of complexes built in various historical styles from periods up to 2,000 years ago, Xinhua said.
July 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Chinese court ruled Friday that a Chinese science fiction writer did not have enough evidence to prove that 20th Century Fox stole his ideas when making the 2004 movie "The Day After Tomorrow." Li Jianmin, 43, had said there were at least 308 scenes in the film that were substantially similar to the concept and plots of two plays he completed in 2001 and 2002, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
October 7, 1990 | Associated Press
China on Friday successfully launched its 30th satellite, a retrievable remote-sensing device that is to be in orbit for eight days, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The launch is China's fifth this year, its busiest since China sent up its first satellite in 1970. The satellite was launched by a Long March-2 carrier rocket from the Jiuquan space center in northwest China's Gansu province, Xinhua said. It carries animals and plants whose reactions to weightlessness will be studied.
December 21, 1997
A Beijing chef named Li Enhai stretched 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of dough into 65,536 noodles in 20 minutes week before last. The noodles, which were as fine as human hair, measured 328,680 feet end to end, the Xinhua News Agency said. Noodle stretching is a Chinese technique of repeatedly stretching a lump of dough until the gluten spontaneously forms into strings.
July 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sun Yi, 100, a Chinese military commander during World War II and the communists' rise to power, died July 5 in Beijing of natural causes, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday. Born in northern China's Hebei province, Sun joined the Communist Party in 1933 and fought both Japanese invaders and Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists. Sun also participated in the epic Long March: the Red Army's 7,750-mile retreat west to escape Chiang's forces in the mid-1930s.
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