Img214590708You know how sometimes in Hollywood a celebrity will do something illegal and completely get away with it? The director of Hero had better hope the same rules apply in Beijing.

 

As we reported earlier, famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou became the subject of an incriminating rumor that he had violated China’s notorious one child-policy by having as many as seven children with four or more wives. After several months of investigation and no word on the matter from the director himself, Zhang took to his official Weibo account to address the allegations. In an open letter issued from his office, Zhang admits that he did, in fact, father more than one child with his wife, Chen Ting. The two had three children in all: two sons, and a daughter.

 

The Chinese director is now fully prepared to cooperate with the investigation, going so far as to send representatives to the family planning office in the Binhu district of Wuxi. In addition to confirming that he has one or two children too many, Zhang goes on in his letter to deny having any further children with any other women. He goes on to say that any speculation that he fathered seven children and paid the mothers off is simply people trying to bring him down. Besides, seven kids? No one but ancient monarchs and Stellan Skarsgard do that.

 

If proven guilty (which he omitted to), Zhang will have to pay what is called a “social compensation fee,” which could run him up to $26 million. And you thought your child support payments were steep.

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michael_bayBy now, you are well aware that Michael Bay decided that trilogies are for suckers and got a green light for a fourth Transformers movie. You’re also probably aware of the fact that the latest installment of giant robots vs. giant robots takes place mostly in China. What you might not be aware of is that while shooting in Hong Kong, Bay’s crew was confronted by some young Chinese extortionists. Look for it in the blooper reels.

 

If you missed it, Michael Bay was filming some non-explosion scenes for Transformers: Age of Extinction when some young men began reeking havoc on the set by playing loud music and harassing actors. Their goal was to separate Bay from roughly $13,000 to allow him to film in their territory. Later on, another man high on drugs and rage, wielded an air-conditioning unit and attempted to KO Bay himself. Fortunately, with the assistance of several Hong Kong police in riot gear, he was unsuccessful.

 

Was Michael Bay deterred from continuing to film in Hong Kong? If you think that’s the case, then you obviously don’t know Michael Bay. He made Megan Fox bend over a motorcycle once, so the man can do anything explosion related.

 

Not only is the Armageddon director going to continue filming wherever he pleases, he actually enjoys Hong Kong. In an interview with South China Morning Post, Michael Bay gushes about the time he’s spent in China and even says that Hong Kong is “a very visual city.” So Bay thinks Hong Kong is “visual.” Literally every city is visual, if you can see it. I guess if you’re used to spending your time in Los Angeles or a green-screen studio, everything else seems so pretty.

 

You may have drug-addled extortionists, Hong Kong, but Michael Bay hearts you.Transformers-4-Autobot-Cars

 

As of this post, Bay is still shooting his latest CGI infused masterpiece, which has relocated to mainland China. The next scenes will be shot in Beijing and the Great Wall, which will be blown up for your entertainment. Catch it in June 2014.

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While the Chinese/Hollywood co-production Outcast finishes shooting in China, the Con Air actor and his ponytail (no, really) sat down with CCTV to talknicolas-cage about the film, his role, and a few other things on his mind. “What ‘things?’” you might ask. One of those “things,” as you put it, was the noticeable lack of leading roles for male Asian actors in Hollywood. Perhaps Mr. Cage was too busy saying “yes” to Season of the Witch to notice any of the Harold and Kumar movies. Hm?

 

Nicolas Cage may not be too savvy when it comes to selecting the right acting role, but he does understand how the entertainment industry is slowly migrating from Hollywood to China. In addition to calling out Hollywood for not inviting Asian males to casting couches, Cage goes on to point out the possibility, and likelihood, that China will be the new face of the film industry.

 

Outcast_poster He also brought up his son, Kal-El, who Cage named after Superman’s birth name on Krypton (no, really). Kal-El (Cage’s son, not Superman) is half Korean, and his father speculates that some day he might want to be an actor when he grows up, just like daddy. Unless something changes in Hollywood, Kal-El Cage may never realize his potential in show business, but he’ll still have the coolest name ever.

 

It seems like Nicolas Cage has a very good eye on the evolution of the film industry, but one can’t help but wonder about his motives. Granted, his observations are accurate, but it may be a move to make some new friends on the winning team. That most likely isn’t the case, seeing as how Nicolas Cage’s career isn’t waning from lack of prominent roles in film, right? Right.

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iron man 3 bannerWith the Iron Man films over – Unless you count the two upcoming Avengers sequels, potential guest appearances on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.ELD., and rumors of a fourth Iron Man film – it seems like there’s nothing left for Tony Stark to do but retire his expensive superpowers. Except, wait, that’ll never happen! Given how successful the Iron Man character has been in the superhero movie world, it’s hardly likely that he’ll hang up his gold/titanium alloy tights for good.

 

That is, not as long as Disney’s holding the reins to the Marvel film franchise. And before you think they’re milking it a bit too much, count how many Pirates of the Caribbean films they’ve made/are making and get back to me. I’ll wait . . .

 

For everyone in the States eager to see their favorite metallic hero in person, prepare to either be disappointed or afford airfare to China. Hong Kong Disneyland is laying the IronManFan012213groundwork for what they’re calling the “Iron Man Experience” where Tony Stark will suit up against alien invaders in his own themed area of the park made to look like the streets of Hong Kong. That’s right, Iron Man gets his own land in Hong Kong Disneyland. If you think that’s a bit much for one character in the Marvel universe, just remember how successful Iron Man 3 was in China. If you’re having trouble remembering, it’s over $160 million.

 

Iron Man will arrive in Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016, which means you only have three years to preorder your tickets.

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J-C-jackie-chan-18739733-1280-960While the world famous kung fu star is busy filming The Expendables 3 (unless he got replaced too) with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis Harrison Ford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan is entertaining a dream to build his own theme park in Beijing. Not just any theme park, mind you, but one that one in which he is the main attraction. The proposed name for the future park is “JC World.”

 

Guess what the “JC” stands for. No really, guess. Are you guessing?

 

Anyway, it’s unclear at this point when construction will begin and what sort of attractions it will have. I know what you’re about to ask, because it’s a burning question in my mind as well: Will there be rides? As of now, however, it’s too soon to tell if this amusement will feature any actual “amusement.” So, if not rides, what will be featured in JC World? As far as anybody knows at this point, there will be a lot of Jackie Chan’s Rush-Hour-1-posterpersonal belongings. Whatever piece of antique furniture, jewelry, or other alluring artifact the actor has collected over the course of his four-decade spanning career will be on display like a giant Jackie Chan museum.

 

If you’re worried about how much coin you’ll have to drop in order to gain entrance to JC World, please relax. Admission will definitely be free, although there will be some aspects of the theme park that will charge for tickets. Basically, you can check out Jackie Chan’s suit from The Spy Next Door for free, but Rush Hour: The 4D Experience will cost you some dough. I don’t know for a fact that there will be a Rush Hour: The 4D Experience, but if anyone is interested I have a script, theater blueprints, and a crate of 3D glasses that aren’t going anywhere. Anyone?

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Wang Jianlin! Congratulations on your $14.2 billion win! China’s runner up is the third biggest beverage maker in the country and the founder of Hangzhou Wahaha Group. Congrats to you too. You’re participation trophy is in the mail.

 

So, who is Wang Jianlin? For starters, he’s the chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest commercial property developer. He’s also got his hands on several entertainment subsidiaries, which include currently underway theater building in China. Last year, Wang bought North America’s AMC Entertainment. Combining that acquisition with his other entertainment subsidiaries, Wang owns over 500 cinemas that contain 6,000 screens. If you were wondering how to get ahead in China, there’s your answer.

 

Of course, like most extremely wealthy people in the world, Wang Jianlin wasn’t always a success. He was born into a military family and joined them in the fight against Japan when he was a teenager. After being honorably discharged in the 90s, he began work in a real estate developer, which he eventually took over. The company was renamed Dalian Wanda and they’ve been expanding ever since. Expanding where? With one of America’s cinema chains in the bag, Wang now has his sights set on Europe.

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Another day, another story about how a major Hollywood Summer blockbuster goes head to head with a pacificrim_071513_1600low-budget domestic film at the Chinese box-office. More often than not, Hollywood films dominate in China, with a few exceptions here and there. Unfortunately for the Chinese film industry, not every film can be Lost in Thailand or Journey to the West, and Goliath inevitably defeats David. That recently occurred when a homegrown coming-of-age drama (Tiny Times) was forced to go up against giant robots fight giant monsters (Pacific Rim).

 

SPOILER ALERT: The robots won.

 

Guillermo del Toro’s latest raked in $9 million on its opening day in China. While that doesn’t sound like much compared to its opening in the States, this is the biggest opening for a Warner Bros. movie in China. After about a week in theaters, Pacific Rim went on to make $33.9 million, while Tiny Times only brought home $27.2 million. We previously reported on how well the Chinese film was doing, but it seems that bright star is starting to fade.

 

f2c2084a20a44623a6ad365b9922720e0df3d781The threat of Hollywood dominance in the Chinese film market has prompted the Chinese government to enforce a “black-out” period, allowing for more of China’s domestic films to have a shot at being seen without the threat of being outshined by a robot/monster punch orgy.  China did the same thing last year, which lasted a whole two-month period. With Hollywood out of the way, China’s own filmmakers will be able to screen One Night Surprise, Tiny Times II (that was fast), and Saving Mother Robot. Enjoy, China!

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I don’t know about you, but wThe-Voice-of-China-Season-2hen I think China, I think musical competition reality TV. If that’s not how you see China, apparently you haven’t been watching Chinese TV lately. In the eyes of China’s media regulators, the television airwaves in their country are saturated with singing contests and have taken measures to resolve what they feel is “uniformity.”

 

China’s State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television released a statement that satellite broadcasters won’t be producing any new televised singing competitions. In addition, any similar show that has already been completed, but yet to air, will postpone their runs to avoid conflict with shows that are already broadcasting. Of those shows currently duking it out are The Voice of China, Chinese Idol, and China’s own version of The X Factor. Of the singing competition shows in the works, seven were lucky enough to continue their run, while two were forced to postpone. Three more shows were met with termination out of the gate, including one show called China’s Red Songs Contest.

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It’s unclear at this point whether or not this new policy, which has been referred to as the “Song Restriction Order,” will have any effect on Michael Bay’s attempt to use Chinese reality TV to cast the next Transformers movie. In case you haven’t been following, Bay seeks fresh Chinese talent to cast Transformers 4 through a reality competition show called Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search (subtle, I know). Since the fourth film will take place in China, and is Chinese co-produced, the show will seek authentic Chinese actors, both professional and newcomers, to join its cast. Assuming Chinese media regulators don’t get in the way, good luck to those brave young actors vying for a shot to work with CG fighting robots.

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after-earth-jaden-smith-volcano You’ve seen After Earth, right? I didn’t think so. In fact, considering that the only actor you want to see in the film is a minor character, its director doesn’t have the greatest track record, and has obvious thematic references to Scientology, it’s no surprise that many Americans passed on it. For those of you keeping score at home, this is M. Night Shyamalan’s fifth consecutive bomb in the box-office. With such a low reception in the States, and every critic tearing it apart, After Earth’s only hope was its audiences overseas. Fortunately, it found a new home in China.

 

Perhaps due to Jaden Smith’s street cred in China for the Karate Kid remake, the Chinese moviegoers have already dropped over $30 million on the American sci-fi dud since it opened in their country on July 12. For nearly two weeks, After Earth has enjoyed the number one spot at the Chinese box office. Coming in second is a South Korean film about a gorilla that plays baseball, whereas third place goes to a Chinese adaptation of a film about a group of students who trap a spirit in a pen. Those words just happened. How a Shyamalan film beat out an ape that can throw a mean pitch and some kids who put a ghost in a writing implement is beyond me.

 

Despite being king of the cinematic hill for well over a week, it is expected that Shyamalan’s latest Channing-Tatum-White-House-Downbomb will have to surrender its Chinese championship belt to another American flop. White House Down is set to make its run in China, where it has already secured 29% of film screenings in the country. Roland Emmerich’s latest, which is retitled “A Crisis Shocking to the Heavens” in China (no really), is estimated to have already raked in almost $4 million, and it’s only just started. If this information is indicative of a Chinese trend, it is that China is fond of American cinematic table scraps. In that case case, this summer should ensure that Chinese moviegoers will not go hungry.

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Live Nation Entertainment said Thursday it has appointed Robb Spitzer as managing director of Live Nation China Concerts.

In the newly created role, he will be charged with bringing more international music acts to the country and helping the live-events giant accelerate its growth in China.

Live Nation has had a presence in China since 2005 via a joint venture with Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group. The venture has promoted such stars as The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Avril Lavigne and Jason Mraz.

Yet international economic recovery, sustained Chinese economic growth, and income increases for Chinese people have induced steady revival for the music business.

More international musicians from North America, Europe, and South Korea have trooped to China to entertain and meet their fans in recent years. This year will see the largest number of foreign singers and bands on tour in China.

More and more heavyweight musicians who have performed in major Chinese cities in recent years.

More foreign companies have now automatically added Chinese cities to the annual performing tours and calendars for their singers and bands with no need of suggestion or prodding from their Chinese partners

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