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China’s Film Authority Orders All Cinemas to Screen Propaganda Films at Least Twice a Week

China’s Film Authority Orders All Cinemas to Screen Propaganda Films at Least Twice a Week

Every cinema in must schedule and actively promote at least two screenings of films per week beginning this week until the end of the year, Chinese authorities have declared, announcing the first batch of eligible titles Friday.Theaters that are part of the National Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas or the “People’s Cinema” circuit — a group of more than 5,000 venues with special halls dedicated to propaganda films or that employ specific strategies like subsidies to promote such content — must screen propaganda films at least five times a week.The directive is just one of a number of...

April 2, 2021
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China Box Office: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Crushes With $70 Million Debut

China Box Office: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Crushes With $70 Million Debut

Even though Chinese consumers are arduously calling for a boycott of Western brands concerned about potential human rights abuses in the country’s Xinjiang region, they apparently had no qualms about supporting Hollywood.Warner Bros. and Entertainment’s “” crushed its competitors in this weekend with a $70 million debut, marking the biggest premiere for a foreign title in both 2020 and 2021. Its sales marked 82% of the weekend market share, coming from 42,000 screens and more than 11.8 million admissions.Its $20.9 million (RMB137 million) opening day was also the biggest for a foreign film...

March 28, 2021
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China Mulls Lifelong Ban for Actors Who Have Used Drugs

China Mulls Lifelong Ban for Actors Who Have Used Drugs

’s top law-making body will consider this week a popular proposition to ban actors who have used drugs from entertainment industry for life at its annual weeklong meeting, which kicked off Friday.The National People’s Congress, the country’s rubber stamp parliament, counts some 3,000 professionals from across the country as delegates, including directors Jia Zhangke, Feng Xiaogang and Chen Kaige, as well as Jackie Chan and Yao Ming. It meets every year in Beijing.While many proposals that end up going nowhere are bandied about ahead of the meeting by delegates with almost no pull, this one...

March 5, 2021
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China Imposes New Rules to Restrict Independent Online Content Creators

China Imposes New Rules to Restrict Independent Online Content Creators

has this week imposed its tightest restrictions to date on the publication of original content online via short video and “self-media” accounts, in the latest escalation of its ongoing crackdown on public discourse that strays from the party line.The country’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), has issued new regulations requiring bloggers, influencers and content creators on public social media accounts, known as “self-media,” to possess a government-issued credential in order to publish anything on a host of topics, which came into effect Monday. Other social...

February 24, 2021
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Michael Jordan Awarded $46,000 for 'Emotional Damages' but Not Full Rights to His Own Name in China

Michael Jordan Awarded $46,000 for 'Emotional Damages' but Not Full Rights to His Own Name in China

Former superstar still doesn’t own the rights to his own name in , but at least he’s just won a bit of pocket money heading into 2021.In the latest installment of Jordan’s years-long saga of trademark suits, a Shanghai court ruled Wednesday that a Chinese sportswear and shoe manufacturer that has used his name as its brand for decades did so without authorization and with the intention to “mislead” consumers. It did not, however, appear to revoke the company’s right to use the phoentic English spelling of Jordan’s name in Chinese translation.The Sports Company, whose name is the Chinese...

January 1, 2021
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Chinese Producer of Netflix’s 'The Three-Body Problem' Is Poisoned in Suspected Murder Attempt

Chinese Producer of Netflix’s 'The Three-Body Problem' Is Poisoned in Suspected Murder Attempt

The chairman of China’s Lin Qi, an executive producer on ’s upcoming high-profile sci-fi adaption “The ,” is currently hospitalized in Shanghai after what a police report indicated Wednesday may be a deliberate poisoning carried out by a colleague involved in managing that IP.Netflix announced in September that it will adapt all three books in the critically acclaimed “Three-Body Problem” sci-fi trilogy by Chinese writer Liu Cixin, with “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with Alexander Woo, set to write and executive produce.The streamer bought the rights to...

December 24, 2020
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How BTS and Its ARMY Could Change the Music Industry

How BTS and Its ARMY Could Change the Music Industry

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September 30, 2020
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'Mulan' Approved for China Theatrical Release

'Mulan' Approved for China Theatrical Release

nullconfirmed Monday that its live-action “” has been approved to release in Chinese cinemas “soon,” making the most significant territory where the film will receive a theatrical outing. It has not yet been granted an official release date in the Middle Kingdom.The U.S. company clearly tried hard to strike the right tone announcing the forthcoming premiere on its official Weibo social media account, writing in faux-poetic language that sought to mimic the original “Mulan” ballad’s traditional character.“When the magnolia blossom opens, it lives up to its reputation and arrives as...

August 11, 2020
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U.S. Investigating Whether TikTok Violated Rules on Child Privacy

U.S. Investigating Whether TikTok Violated Rules on Child Privacy

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July 9, 2020
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U.S. Tech Giants Suspend Co-operation With Hong Kong Authorities Following National Security Law

U.S. Tech Giants Suspend Co-operation With Hong Kong Authorities Following National Security Law

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July 7, 2020
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