aising increasing concerns that China's often heavy-handed censorship policies will be reflected in the content of Hollywood movies, TheWrap.com reported on Sunday that Paramount execs asked the producers of World War Z to remove a reference to China in a scene in which the characters discuss the possible origins of a zombie pandemic that is causing worldwide chaos. According to the website, the studio advised the movie producers to drop the reference to China and cite a different country as a possible source of the pandemic. The report comes following reports that Skyfall was heavily altered to satisfy Chinese censors' objections before it was shown in that country -- now the No. 2 market for movies behind the U.S. Men In Black 3, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End and Mission: Impossible 3 were also altered for Chinese consumption. But The Changes to World War Z would appear to revise the content of the film not only in China but also in the rest of the world, including the U.S. While some analysts have argued that increased competition from U.S. films may encourage Chinese censors to relax their policies, only this weekend it was disclosed that a retrospective of Andy Warhol's work, which has begun a two-year Asia tour, will omit Warhol's portraits of Mao Tse-tung. The state-run newspaper Global Times protested in February that one of the portraits suggested that Mao wore lipstick and was therefore disrespectful. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, which has organized the Asian tour, voice no criticism of the Chinese action, saying only, We understand that certain imagery is still not able to be shown in China and we respect our host institutions' decisions.
The Ukrainian Tv prankster who crashed the stage at the Grammy Awards and received a slap from Will Smith after kissing him at the Russian premiere of Men In Black 3 was detained at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb13).
Vitalii Sediuk was stopped at the foot of the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre after police officers patrolling the event spotted him step out of a car wearing a Bjork-inspired swan outfit, carrying a basket of mini souvenir Oscar statuettes.
The Tv personality was jailed earlier this month (Feb13) after he fooled security at the Grammys and clambered up on stage to congratulate Adele as she was making her way to the podium to accept her Best Pop Solo award.
Continue reading: UKrainian Prankster Detained At The Oscars In Bjork Swan Dress
Quentin Tarantino has no hard feelings towards Will Smith after the movie star walked away from his western Django Unchained, insisting he had a fun weekend trying to persuade the Men In Black star to sign on.
Tarantino eventually cast Jamie Foxx as Django in the upcoming movie, but he admits Smith was the initial frontrunner for the role - and the two movie buffs met up to discuss the film shortly after Tarantino had written it.
The director tells Playboy magazine, "We spent quite a few hours together over a weekend when he was in New York doing Men in Black 3. We went over the script and talked it out. I had a good time - he's a smart, cool guy."
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino: 'Will Smith And I Did Not Fall Out Over Django'
Justin Bieber has landed a cameo role on 'The Simpsons' in an upcoming episode.
The 18-year-old singer will make a brief appearance on an upcoming episode of the hit cartoon comedy called 'The Fabulous Baker Boy' as a talent show Hopeful who fails to make The Cut.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Lands The Simpsons Cameo
Josh Brolin is in talks to star in Sean Penn's 'Crazy for the Storm', which is based on surfer and skier Norman Ollestad's memoir of the same name.
The 'Men In Black 3' actor has entered negotiations with Warner Bros. about the prospect of appearing in the big screen adaptation of keen surfer and skier Norman Ollestad's memoir of the same name.
The book reveals how the skills Norman's father - who Josh will portray in the movie - taught him when he was young helped him to survive a plane crash which left him stranded alone on a mountain at the age of 11.
Continue reading: Josh Brolin Is Crazy For The Storm
Quentin Tarantino knew Jamie Foxx was the ideal man to play the titular slave-turned-bounty hunter character in 'Django Unchained' as soon as he auditioned for the role.
The 49-year-old director revealed he knew straight away that Jamie was the right man to portray the slave-turned-bounty hunter in the forthcoming western movie, despite speaking to five other actors.
He said: ''Jamie was the last one that I got together with and after I got together with him, I called the other guys up and I go, 'Look, I found my Django. And no disrespect and everything and we could have taken it further and I know...' But you just know when you meet the guy and I met the guy.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino: Jamie Is A Perfect Django
Justin Bieber wants to pursue an acting career in the future.
Justin Bieber wants to pursue an acting career.
The 'Boyfriend' singer has been bitten by the acting bug and hopes to be cast in more roles in the future following his appearance on 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' in 2011.
Justin told E! News: ''I hope to do some more acting. I have only done a few things like 'CSI', but I really want to do some more acting.''
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Wants To Act
Bill Murray is not returning for 'Ghostbusters 3', his co-star Dan Aykroyd has confirmed.
Dan Aykroyd - who starred and wrote in the original 1984 supernatural comedy and the follow up in 1989 - has confirmed Bill ''won't be involved'' in the forthcoming instalment, but he believes the movie can still be ''successful'' without the 61-year-old star.
He said: ''It's sad but we're passing it on to a new generation. 'Ghostbusters 3' can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn't seem to be coming and we have to move on. It's time to make the third one.''
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Sony Pictures are planning a reboot of 1995 fantasy adventure 'Jumanji' and ''update it for the present''.
Sony Pictures are planning a 'Jumanji' reboot.
Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures - which is owned by Sony - revealed the production company are going to ''try'' and reboot the 1995 fantasy adventure movie, which stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.
He said: ''We're going to try and reimagine 'Jumanji' and update it for the present.''
Continue reading: Sony Planning Jumanji Reboot
It was a jungle out there in Movieland over the weekend as the animated animals of Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted , created by Dreamworks Animation, pounced on the likes of Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler to take in an estimated $35.5 million in the movie's second weekend at the box office. The figure exceeded analysts' forecasts, while Warner Bros.' Rock of Ages with Cruise and Sony's That's My Boy with Sandler did not, coming in well below them with a disappointing $15 million and $13 million respectively. Those were puny amounts for movies starring the two actors, who are usually regarded as sure bets. (Sandler hasn't seen a film open this low since 1996's Happy Gilmore .) Both of the new films, which finished third and fifth at the box office, were beaten out by the second weekend of Fox's Prometheus , which came in at the low end of expectations with about $20.2 million. In fourth place was Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman , which added around $13.8 million to its domestic gross, which now stands at $170 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted , $35.5 million; 2. Prometheus , $20.2 million; 3. Rock of Ages , $15.1 million; 4. Snow White & the Huntsman , $13.8 million; 5. That's My Boy , $13 million; 6. Men In Black 3 , $10 million; 7. The Avengers, $8.8 million; 8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $2.2 million; 9. Moonrise Kingdom, $2.18 million; 10. What to Expect When You're Expecting, $1.3 million.
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