Is China Taking Over Hollywood?

And then there are movies that undergo more fundamental content changes for releases in all countries in order to please China. Wonder why the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 wasn’t Mandarin at all ? Or why the martial art practiced in the recent Karate Kid remake wasn’t karate at all but kung fu, with the movie set not in America but in Beijing? Or why the villainous invaders in Olympus Has Fallen or the recent remake of Red Dawn were North Koreans instead of the more plausible Chinese? The studios behind those films wanted to make sure they made the cut and were among the just 34 foreign movies permitted for import into China each year. What Are the Most Egregious Product Placements in Movie & TV History? American producers can fudge that quota by partnering with Chinese production companies. In exchange for taking on Chinese producers, investors, and story elements, an American studio can claim 43 percent of the profits from Chinese ticket sales, instead of just 25 percent. Even so, the seemingly capricious decisions of the Chinese government have made some Hollywood insiders wonder whether cooperating with China is worth it. (Or, as the Reporter put it, ” The China Clusterfk: Is Hollywood Fed Up? “) After all, RZA’s martial arts movie The Man With The Iron Fists gave China script approval and even casting approval (producers did not cast a Chinese actor who was out of favor with the government), in return for being allowed to film in China, and even after all that, China still wouldn’t import the movie for its theaters. In the case of Django, Tarantino had agreed to some mild edits to tone down the violence, but on the day the film was to open in China even as projectors had started running the government suddenly banned the film. No reason was given, but after Tarantino cut out the film’s male nudity, snipped a violent flashback sequence and toned down the ending, the film finally played for Chinese audiences. It didn’t do very well, perhaps because it was playing on fewer screens than it had been booked to play before and was now programmed opposite Iron Man 3 and The Croods .

Hollywood Casino Promotes Play for a Cause and Goes Pink to Benefit Woman’s Hospital Foundation

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if its found and treated early. During the month of October, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hollywood Casino will have a dedicated Pink Ribbon Blackjack table from which 5% of the winnings will be donated to support Womans Hospital Foundation with a minimum donation of $1,000 and a maximum of $5,000. Dealers on the casino floor will be wearing pink promotion t-shirts and other employees will wear pink ribbons in honor of this cause. Along with the Pink Ribbon Blackjack table, Hollywood Casino will be hosting the Womans Hospital Mobile Mammography Coach on Monday, October 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Womans Mobile Coach provides convenience to women in the Baton Rouge area making it easier to get screenings. The Mobile Coach makes mammography more accessible than ever before. Anyone who would like to take advantage of the convenience will need to present their insurance card and a doctors order for screening. Hollywood Casino General Manager Jim Rigot said, Helping out our local community and being a good community partner is something Hollywood Casino is committed to. By donating to the Womans Hospital Foundation, our donation will stay local and directly impact the Baton Rouge community. Turning one of our blackjack tables pink for the month is just a fun and unique way that we can support the cause. For more information about Play for a Cause, please visit http://www.hollywoodbr.com . About Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge The more than 95,000-square-foot Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge opened for business downtown as Casino Rouge in 1994 and currently employs 600 local residents.