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Janet Yang, “Pillar” of Hollywood’s Asian-American Community, Honored at Academy Museum

Janet Yang, the veteran Hollywood producer who has been described as “the godmother of Asian-Americans in the industry” — and who is rumored to be a candidate to succeed David Rubin as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors, on which she has served as a governor-at-large for […]

China Box Office: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Headed for $15M Opening Day

Universal’s Jurassic World Dominion is headed for a so-so opening day in China of about $15 million (RMB 100 million), according to early forecasts from regional box office tracker Artisan Gateway. The Colin Trevorrow-directed film scored $673,000 (RMB 4.5 million) in midnight previews Thursday night and had earned $6.4 million (RMB 43 million) as of […]

Megan Thee Stallion’s Coachella “WAP” Performance Causes Headache for Chinese Censors

Megan Thee Stallion’s risqué Coachella 2022 performance wowed festival fans Saturday — but also proved to be a huge headache for censors in China. Monitoring site What’s On Weibo noticed that users on Chinese social media and messaging app WeChat have been live-streaming Coachella illegally, with censors trying to catch moments or performances that transgressed […]

China to Skip Oscars Broadcast for Second Year Running

For the second year in a row, the Oscars ceremony will not be aired in China. The decision from Chinese broadcasters to forgo Hollywood’s most glamorous awards show comes as another indication of the growing difficulties U.S. entertainment faces in the world’s largest theatrical movie market. Kicking off Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Academy […]

Shanghai Disneyland Shuts Down Amid Omicron Wave in China

The Shanghai Disney Resort temporarily shut its doors until further notice Monday in response to China’s worst COVID-19 outbreak since the early days of the pandemic. Disney is shutting down its entire facility in Shanghai, including Shanghai Disneyland, the Disneytown shopping and dining district, and the adjacent Wishing Star Park. “We will continue to monitor the pandemic […]

Box Office: ‘The Batman’ Gets Off to Sluggish Start in China

Warner Bros.’ The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson in his first turn as the Caped Crusader, has gotten off to a predictably slow start in China. As of 10.30 p.m. local time Friday, the film had earned $3.6 million, including some presales for Saturday and Sunday. Beijing-based ticketing app Maoyan is […]

‘The Batman’ Headed for Weak China Opening Amid COVID Outbreak, Cinema Closures

Hollywood can’t seem to catch a break in China lately. Just as U.S. studio tentpoles were beginning to return to the country at scale, a COVID outbreak spanning two thirds of China’s provinces is shuttering cinemas and casting a pall over local consumer activity all over again. Approximately 30 percent of all Chinese movie theaters […]

‘Return to Dust’ (‘Yin ru chen yan’): Film Review | Berlin 2022

Chinese writer-director Li Ruijun’s moving drama traces the evolving relationship of two outcasts who defy expectations, making the best of an arranged marriage.

Critic’s Notebook: Beijing Winter Olympics Open With Pomp, Circumstance and Genocide Denial

The second Olympics in less than a year kicked off Friday morning, with NBC struggling to find a balance between honoring the spectacle and acknowledging the controversial backdrop.

Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony Takes Place Amid Lockdowns and Boycotts

China, which used its first Olympics to amplify its international aspirations, invited the world back Friday — sort of — for the pandemic era’s second Games, this time as an emboldened and more powerful nation whose government’s authoritarian turn provoked some countries’ leaders into staying home. Chinese President Xi Jinping declared the Games open during […]

Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ Secures Surprise Theatrical Release in China

China’s film regulators are keeping U.S. distributors guessing. Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster of 2021 with $1.63 billion at the global box office and counting, still has not been granted a release date in China, where filmgoers generally turn out for Marvel movies in droves. The superhero tentpole’s lack of a release […]

Chinese Star Zhang Hanyu to Lead Suspense Drama ‘Unspoken’

Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu (The Taking of Tiger Mountain) has grabbed the lead role in Unspoken, a China-Canada co-production. Zhang, who also starred in Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, opposite Matt Damon and Andy Lau, toplines an ensemble cast for the suspense drama that includes Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Jake Abel and Vivienne Tien. […]