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IRANIAN DIRECTOR FARHADI WOWS CANNES WITH THE PAST

May 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film, Passé (The Past), his first film shot outside his native country, received a warm reception from the audience at the Cannes Film Festival today (Friday), where it is competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or award. His previous film, A Separation, about a couple preparing for divorce, won the best […]

THAILAND’S PBS MAY FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES AFTER AIRING MONARCHY DEBATE

March 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service is seeking the aid of outside lawyers to defend itself against possible charges that a series of recent talk shows in which the role of the monarchy was debated violated the country’s lèse majesté law. In Thailand, criticism of the king can be punished by up to 20 years in prison. Twenty […]

HINDU FILMMAKER REACHES AGREEMENT WITH MUSLIM PROTESTERS

February 2, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Ending a row between Indian Hindu filmmakers and Muslim protesters, director Kamal Hassan said today (Saturday) that he has agreed to mute the audio in several scenes of his spy thriller Vishwaroopam that the protesters had deemed offensive. Following a five-hour mediation conference overseen by Home Secretary R. Rajagopal of the state government of Tamil […]

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW BLASTS CBS, CUTS TIES WITH CNET

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In a direct slap at CBS, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) added DISH Network’s Hopper DVR as co-winner of its Best of Show award. The Razer Edge gaming tablet had initially been announced as the winner after CNET, which usually determines the award, was ordered by CBS to exclude the Hopper from competition. The […]

CHINA CENSORS CNN REPORT

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Chinese authorities on Thursday blacked out a six-minute report by CNN International’s Hala Gorani about the New York Times‘s allegations that China had hacked into its bureau in Shanghai and Beijing. The Times said on Wednesday that the hacking coincided with its reports that relatives of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao had earned billions of dollars […]

CHINESE CENSORSHIP OPPONENTS SPEAKING OUT

January 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Opposition to China’s film censorship rules is mounting in China, and a state-owned online news service is giving it an unprecedented voice. The English-language version of China.org.cn today (Wednesday) quoted a professor at Shanghai University’s school of film & TV arts and technology, as calling for new “norms for movie censors to follow” following their […]

CHINA CUTS 39 MINUTES FROM CLOUD ATLAS

January 22, 2013 by · 7 Comments 

Three months after it debuted in most of the world, Cloud Atlas finally came to China on Monday, with 39 minutes removed by Chinese censors. That is likely the biggest chunk of footage ever deleted from a Hollywood film, but the film’s directors, Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Twyker, speaking to a news conference […]

SKYFALL FALLS VICTIM TO CHINESE CENSORS

January 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The James Bond film Skyfall is the latest Hollywood production to be subjected to the caprice of Chinese censors. In advance of its opening on the mainland on Monday (it opened in Hong Kong last November), a scene, shot in Shanghai, showing a French hitman shooting a guard in the elevator lobby of a skyscraper […]

NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS SPUR RE-EXAMINATION OF FAKE VIOLENCE

December 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Even before we record our first memories, we are entertained by images of violence. (“When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all.”) And few have ever challenged the Bible’s account, taught to a large majority of American children, of God killing off all the first-born children of […]

FOX NEWS SLAMMED BY SUPPOSED FRIENDS

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A conservative critic of Republican economic policy is claiming that he was virtually blacklisted by Fox News and the Wall Street Journal after the publication of his 2006 book, Impostor: How George W Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy. In an article appearing in The American Conservative, Bruce Bartlett, a former Treasury official […]

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