Good news for those of you who have yet to catch Avatar (and seriously, what is taking you so long?). The popular flick’s final day of screening in 3D format in China’s major cities has once again been deferred from March 14 (which we told you about last week), until March 28th—a full two weeks longer than expected.
If you manage to miss this deadline (and seriously, what is wrong with you?), then you can always pack your bags and head to Wanda Cinema in Beijing’s Shijingshan district. They’ll be screening Avatar in IMAX format until April 22nd. Kind of makes us wonder what all this hubbub was all about.
In other movie news, several of America’s Oscar winning movies have been deemed “unsuitable” for Chinese markets. According to Nanjing Daily, the award-nabbing flicks of the 2010 Oscars are low to medium budget independent films that now carry a somewhat stale release date for Chinese moviegoers. Weng Li, the spokesperson of the China Film Group Corporation (CFG), tells Nanjing Daily:
“We prefer importing new Hollywood films which we can release almost simultaneously with US cinemas, such as for example Avatar, Up and Sherlock Holmes”, Weng added. “Small and medium budget films such as the Blind Side, Crazy Heart, Precious and The Cove actually did not perform very well at the US box office and so our distributors do not want to take the risk of importing them. The decision whether or not to import a foreign film depends on the cinema audience’s taste rather than Oscar awards.”
And in other, other movie news, Li Bingbing was recently voted the most popular actress in Asia in an online poll by the 4th Asian Film Awards. Zhang Ziyi wasn’t even nominated. Speaking of Zhang Ziyi, though the actress is currently getting flack for Sichuan earthquake donations that seem to have gone awry, it’s a little hard to read this piece in the Global Times without going “yeesh”.
As the writer, Doriah Morrison (which Danwei believes to be a psuedonym), says herself “Honestly the whole donation fraud thing does not interest me. Charity is commonly used as an accessory by celebrities. Zhang might be completely ignorant of the whole donation process that is more than likely being conveniently handled by her agent and assistants.” Instead, she’s more interested in ragging on Zhang’s relationship with Vivi Nevo, Israeli media mogul, and flat out stating that Zhang is having an affair. Catty! What the heck is going on in Chinawood?
With contributions from Elaine Chow