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Oliver Stone’s Mao Zedong comments touch a nerve at Beijing film fest

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:20PM UTC Oliver Stone’s Mao Zedong comments touch a nerve at Beijing film fest

By Kyle Mullin | @mulkyle Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from controversy, but the American director may have attained new heights of provocation at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) where he touched on one if China’s biggest taboos.  The outspoken auteur (who has helmed

China Film takes 1st stake in Hollywood movies

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:37PM UTC Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s state-owned film distributor is making its first investment in Hollywood movies by taking a stake in two projects by production company Legendary Entertainment. The two companies said on Tuesday that China Film would make an “eight-figure equity investment” in two upcoming films, “Seventh Son” and

‘Hunger Games’ top winner at MTV Movie Awards

By Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:07PM UTC Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence. Pic: AP.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” earned the prize for best film at Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, besting even top Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave.” “Hunger Games” stars also took home some of the night’s biggest awards. Jennifer Lawrence won best female performance and Josh Hutcherson was voted best male performer.

Indonesia and Malaysia’s love-hate relationship

By Tue, Apr 08, 2014 12:04PM UTC Vendors sell "Wayang Kulit" (shadow puppets) by lantern light in Jakarta. Pic: AP.

The Indonesia-Malaysia relationship can be described as one of the most important bilateral relationships in Southeast Asia. Both states are committed to the relationship and a great deal has been made about their similar ‘stock’ (serumpun) and much vaunted ‘sibling’ identity (persaudaraan). But over the last decade or so bilateral relations have been strained by various issues.

Malaysia bans Biblical epic ‘Noah’

By Mon, Apr 07, 2014 2:58PM UTC Malaysia bans Biblical epic ‘Noah’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has banned the Biblical epic “Noah,” joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet. The Film Censorship Board says it reviewed the movie directed by Darren Aronofsky last month and found the portrayal of the ark-building

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