20th Century Fox‘s “R” rated superhero movie Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds in the role he was put on Earth to play,has suffered a major Box Office setback after the censors of SAPPRFT, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China denied the film screening rights in China due to its violence, nudity and graphic language. (more…)
So how deeply can you read into a movie about giant robots fighting giant alien monsters? Well, if you’re China’s People’s Liberation Army and you’re talking about Pacific Rim, then you see it as a piece of American propaganda about how the U.S. is the world’s savior and defender, and how all other countries are powerless and victimized without American assistance.
Leaving aside the whole fantasy aspect of the film and the fact it was made by Mexican-born filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, several nationalities were well represented in the film, including the Chinese who had, arguably, the coolest robot, the three-armed Crimson Typhoon. Also, the key battle in the film was about the remaining robots defending the city of Hong Kong, a Chinese city, from being destroyed. You’re welcome, China.
Still interested in what Chinese officer Zhang Jieli has to say about Pac-Rim? Here’s some of his comments from the official paper of the Chinese military, the PLA Daily:
“Hollywood has always been the best American propaganda machine. The decisive battle against the monsters was deliberately set in South China Sea adjacent to Hong Kong … The intention was to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific area and saving the mankind … [The film pushes] American values and global strategies … Soldiers should sharpen their eyes and enforce a ‘firewall’ to avoid ideological erosion when watching American movies. More importantly, they should strengthen their combat capability to safeguard national security and interests.”
Interestingly, this seems to be the minority opinion as since being released in China a couple of weeks ago, the film was already made more money there than in the United States. At $106.2 million, the total Chinese box office for Pacific Rim accounts for more than a quarter of the film’s $397 million worldwide take. So either the Chinese army is over-reacting or Chinese moviegoers are drinking the Kool-aid. Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS KAIJUS! But I digress.
The Chinese market is becoming very important to Hollywood; China-centric scenes were added to the Chinese release of Iron Man 3, and a role in the upcoming Transformers 4 was being raffled off on a Chinese reality show earlier this summer, and that’s just two examples. And now nerdery is pegging its hopes on a follow-up to Pacific Rim on the average Chinese film-goer as the film opens in the country this week, but not all is cozy between Tinseltown and, um, Chinatown, as one might think.
Both Variety and Deadline are reporting that there’s a showdown on the horizon between Hollywood and the Chinese government over how much money America studios get back from Chinese movie tickets. As it is, Hollywood makes back 25 per cent on the all tickets sold in China, but China’s government is now thinking their getting screwed and want to send back a little less money to Hollywood with a new tax called VAT.
Obviously, Hollywood doesn’t like the idea of getting less money, so its a deadlocked dispute that’s gone nowhere fast the last couple of months. Enter a United States Trade Representative who is now working with the MPAA and their “counterparts within the Chinese government to resolve the issue.” Good luck with that because there’s only so much money, and it seems that everyone wants more of it.
As for Pacific Rim, and the odds for a sequel, things are looking up. The film made $9 million since opening on Wednesday, which is a very good number for the Chinese box office. Pacific Rim has so far made over $225 million worldwide, barely $90 million of that at the domestic box office. So all eye’s turn to China to see if they can push the film into greener territory (the film cost around $190 million to make), and Pac-Rim is still slated to open in several other markets across the globe later this month.
So hope lives! Maybe not so much for Hollywood getting more money out of China, but hey, we never thought we’d get a fourth season of Arrested Development either. Pigs can fly!
More news as it develops.
Source: Bleeding Cool
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This week on The Bastardcast, Jason and Jeremy talk about a nightmare Justice League cast, why Smurfs hate Jamie Foxx, why Guillermo del Toro (like many others) hates Michael Bay, why everybody hates Gwyneth Paltrow, and how a bunch of toys that were designed in 1979, might be the key to solving all the lingering questions from Prometheus.
Also on the show: The boys investigate what both G-Pal (we call her G-Pal now) and Iron Man smell like, what it would be like if Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced Kelly LeBrock in the Weird Science remake, how Porn Inspector would look on a resume, and why Patton Oswalt, the guy from Monk, and Superman are freaking awesome, and possibly the same person (bum! Bum!! BUM!!!).
If that gets your blood pumping, don’t miss Jeremy traumatizing his son, and Jason calling for hand job flavored cough medicine before raging about his uncapitalized upon rumble pack masturbatory aide invention and the magical vibrating underthings that are swooping in to capitalize on that market. ‘
All that and unicorn recipes that will make your head spin, on The Bastardcast.
The Bastardcast: Your mother’s dirty secret.
Yeah, so that headline doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense, so let’s decompile.
First of all you know about this thing called Avatar, a film loosely based on the story of Pocahontas (shhhhh) but set it space. It made like a billion billion dollars at the box office, or something. Anyway, for Avatar 2 (and 3 and 4 – maybe), filmmaker James Cameron is looking east, to China, to secure further financing for his 3-D opus.
According to Cameron, the Chinese market, flush and growing with cash, is a place he wants to do business, and part in parcel with that is the possibility that some Chinese actors maybe employed to play human and Na’vi roles in the films.
Here’s what Cameron told THR:
Within five years, China could easily be as big a gross-revenue market for film as North America, and there are very specific economic incentives for having both Chinese content and Chinese co-production. We are already funded on Avatar 2 and 3, but if we qualify as a co-production, there might be some incentives in the percentage of revenue we can take out of China. We are running the numbers to see if that makes sense.
For Avatar, we can certainly use Chinese actors as performance capture actors because any accent issues will hide within the Na’vi accent. So we can have Chinese Na’vi; [and in the live-action sequences] we can also have Chinese actors who speak English in the film. We are projecting a future in Avatar, and if you project that future out, it is logical that there would be a number of Chinese amongst the contingent on Pandora.
Not a new idea, the universe of Joss Whedon’s Firefly was one in which America and China founded the new solar system in a joint venture, hence the bilingual crew of Serenity. Just one question though: how can the Na’vi have different races if they’re all blue?
Think about it.
Source: Geek Tyrant
The Interwebz, where nerd art runs wild. Oh, and they draw a lot too. Sure, sometimes it’s 50 new rage faces (please stop by the way) or pictures of ligers. Why is it always ligers?
Other times? Oh those other times… it;s fantastic and magical drawings that make the imagination soar and the geek spirit reach new heights.
It’s time for a Nerd Art Dump.
ABOVE: The next time you watch Masters of the Universe remember to see it from the other perspective. He-man wasn’t the big hero that he appeared to be on TV. He was actually just another muscle bound jock picking on poor skinny Skeletor, trying to make his way through the day. What a jerk. [Geek Diaper]
Hit the jump for a Doctor Who/Peanuts mash-up, Ghostbusters and MOAR!
Today it appears that Chinese movie star Andy Lau is joining an impressive list of new talent – including Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain – to appear along side Robert Downey, Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow and Don Cheadle in the soon to go before the cameras Iron Man 3.
Lau, who may be familiar to American audiences from his roles in Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers and Detective Dee, is in negotiations to play “’an old friend of Tony Stark’ who enlists China’s own armored heroes – I didn’t even know they had any – to help fight The Mandarin,” according to Neon Punch (via Twitch). If Neon Punch is to be believed, this is the most overt mention of the character being the prime villain in the upcoming Iron Man film.
On the other hand, previous reports have said that the film, which is being directed by Shane Black, is based, at least in part, on Warren Ellis’ Extremis arc; a fact that was confirmed when Pearce was cast as Aldrich Killian. The Mandarin, however, is not in that story, so has screenwriter Drew Pearce changed the Extremis story to suit Iron Man’s main nemesis? I guess we’ll find out when Iron Man 3 starts rolling sometime later this summer.
Source: Bleeding Cool
The last time Christian Bale dealt with Chinese authorities, he was delivering an ass-kicking on the set of The Dark Knight Returns. This time, however, he didn’t have multiple takes or Christopher Nolan calling “cut” to help him out. Bale, accompanied by senior CNN correspondent Stan Grant and his camera crew, were simply trying to meet the blind human rights activist, Chen Guangcheng, in order to bring attention to his 15-month-long house arrest.
Christian and his company were assaulted by Chinese authorities and later pursued for over thirty minutes as they attempted to leave the area. The man spends 8 hours in a van only to be pushed back and practically chased away by the Chinese authorities. They should be lucky Bale wasn’t method acting at the time or his training with the league of assassins would have kicked into overdrive.
Details and footage of the dramatic events are contained in the video below which comes courtesy of Mediaite.
Via: Comic Book Movie
If there’s one thing the Chinese do bigger then weapons and MSG loaded food, it’s their buildings.
The planned Comics and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China recently announced the winner of its design contest. The honor went to a MVRDV, a Netherlands-based architecture. At an estimated $125 million dollars, this interlocking structure will be an homage to all things print and animation. The unique design consists of eight buildings, each being shaped like comic book word balloon. Text images can be projected on to the exterior making them “speak”. I give them a day before someone texts something dirty for the children to be shielded from.
According to Comics Alliance, “Hangzhou currently hosts the annual China International Comic and Animation Festival (CICAF), the largest such festival in the country.” The new comics and animation museum will allow visitors to read comics and watch animation in its library. It will also house three movie theaters (Including one IMAX) that can display films and host film festivals.
Check out this virtual tour of the new building after the jump.
A room with nothing but anime, theaters, game space and a lake tour. Looks like nerdvana to me.
Via: You Bent My Wookie
Run! it’s Skynet, they’ve finally decided that now is the time to enslave the world. Just kidding, this what happens with all the scrap metal you can find, a blowtorch and some really nerdy thoughts. The Chinese have made some awesome replicas, like that “Gundam” that they said never existed, now they add another robot developed in Japan to their army of metal statues. When you’ve got the bolts to call yourself the ‘steel legend’ (best known for his scrap metal Megatron tank) your either extremely talented or your playing D&D for way too long. Sure there not exactly 100% replicas because if Michael Bay saw these his lawyers better have their phones set to silent.
They drink motor oil and snort D batteries (more…)