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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

Chinese actor Wen Zhang’s apology to wife breaks Weibo record

By Wed, Apr 02, 2014 4:21PM UTC Chinese actors, from left, Jet Li, Gui Lunmei, Chen Rui and Wen Zhang promote their 2008 film 'Ocean Paradise' in Beijing. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese actor’s apology to his actress wife following rumors of his infidelity has set a record in China’s version of Twitter for number of comments and retweets.

Engaged Johnny Depp shows off ‘chick ring’ in China

By Tue, Apr 01, 2014 12:18PM UTC Actor Johnny Depp, with a diamond ring on his left hand, attends a promotional event for his new movie “Transcendence” in Beijing, China, Monday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Johnny Depp has shown off a diamond engagement ring that he calls a “chick’s ring” — indirectly confirming rumors of his engagement to actress Amber Heard.

DreamWorks, Chinese partners unveil Shanghai plan

By Fri, Mar 21, 2014 12:18PM UTC Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, speaks at the kick-off ceremony of Shanghai DreamCenter on Thursday. Pic: AP.

SHANGHAI (AP) — DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners have unveiled designs for an entertainment complex in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood’s growing ties with China.

To urbanize, China needs more people

By Thu, Mar 20, 2014 6:51PM UTC A visitor stretches her arms as she looks over the Forbidden City through severe haze in Beijing. Pic: AP.

China is famously making an effort to spur its economy by increasing the rate of urbanization, moving as many as 250 million more people from low productivity work in agriculture to city factories and service industries in what is intended to be one of the biggest social experiments in world history.

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