Hollywood Bows to Chinese Censors While Courting Investors
By Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg News
China Communist Party Officials/Swingers Orgy Sex Scandal
Movie Moral Standard According To Communist Party Of China
Commie Comrade-In-Bed: Wang Minsheng (王民生), Jiang Dabin (蒋大彬), Diao Jirun (刁吉润)
LOS ANGELES — Hollywood film studios are courting Chinese investors to gain access to the world’s most populous nation, brushing aside concerns that their new partners will seek to censor the next generation of films and TV shows.
In the latest sign of the growing mutual interest, Dalian Wanda Group said Monday it’s in talks to acquire a stake in Lions Gate Entertainment, maker of “The Hunger Games” films. Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma toured Hollywood in October seeking alliances, while Shanghai-based Fosun International invested in Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, which is making films for Sony.
Hollywood is seeking Chinese investors despite the country’s routine censorship of films and TV shows. Studios from Walt Disney Co. to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. have changed story lines, altered national identities and removed sex scenes to accommodate government oversight.
Hollywood has even partnered with the Chinese government-owned companies on movies like “Kung Fu Panda 3,” from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.
“Every mainstream studio is keenly aware of not offending the Chinese market, because it’s become such an important revenue stream,” said Tom Nunan, a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television.
Wanda is interested in buying control of Lions Gate, though the studio, run from Santa Monica, California, is only willing to sell a minority stake, Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin said Monday in an interview.
A deal would likely bring a payout to Lions Gate investors including Chairman Mark Rachesky, owner of a 37 percent stake, after the shares more than quadrupled since the start of 2012. Lions Gate rose 3 percent to $34.90 Monday in New York.
The expansion of entertainment companies like Wanda fits into President Xi Jinping’s push to increase China’s “soft power” by promoting homegrown content and the Chinese language.
“He has really put forward a new vision for China’s place in the world,” said Robert Cain, president of Pacific Bridge Pictures and an entertainment industry consultant.
Last year, Wanda announced the construction of the world’s biggest film studio in the eastern port of Qingdao, part of a $8 billlion complex that will include 20 studios, a yacht club, movie theater, hotels and a wax museum. The project will help Wanda create a Chinese cultural brand, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported at the time.
China, the largest film market after the U.S., is also among the fastest growing, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, making it the single most important opportunity for Hollywood studios to expand.
The Chinese box office grew 27 percent to $3.6 billion last year, while U.S. ticket sales rose 1 percent to $10.9 billion, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. As China looks to grow its creative industries under its latest five-year industrial plan, it is improving copyright protection.
At the same time, Xi has overseen tighter controls over the world’s largest Internet audience and urged artists to produce works of moral, rather than commercial value. At home, Wanda works under strict censorship on what films it can produce or show in its theaters.
To appease Chinese censors, and sometimes cater to local tastes, studios are making changes. Disney, based in Burbank, California, offered a separate version of 2013’s “Iron Man 3” with Chinese actors and bonus footage. It totaled $121.2 million in ticket sales in the market.
For the remake of “Red Dawn” in 2012, MGM changed the enemy army to North Korean from Chinese, the Los Angeles Times reported then. “Cloud Atlas,” the Warner Bros. film also released in 2012, had almost 40 minutes cut for the Chinese version, with sex scenes omitted, the Hollywood Reporter said at the time.
Robinov told The Wrap that he had greenlight authority over films made by Studio 8. They will be targeted to a global audience and distributed in China by Fosun.
American entertainment companies are also investing in China. DreamWorks Animation, based in Glendale, California, formed a partnership, Oriental DreamWorks, in 2012 with state- owned Shanghai Media Group, China Media Capital and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd. Oriental DreamWorks is producing “Kung Fu Panda 3,” scheduled for release in 2016, and is building an entertainment center in Shanghai for live performances.
Disney plans to open a theme park in Shanghai next year, while Comcast Corp.’s Universal Studios plans to invest 20 billion yuan to construct a park in Beijing, the company said on Oct. 14.
The international box office is now more than twice as large as the domestic market of U.S. and Canada. That’s encouraged studios to focus on fare that targets as broad an audience as possible, such as superhero films. Those films are easier to conform to Chinese tastes, said Nunan, the UCLA professor, who was a producer of the Oscar-winning film “Crash.”
“When it comes to superhero movies that’s really not that difficult,” Nunan said.
China Communist Party Officials/Swingers Orgy
The Commie Comrade-In-Bed Sex Scandal
Photos of alleged Chinese government officials at what some are calling a wife swapping party swinger party have mysteriously been leaked online. The set of 120 photos were leaked on China’s most popular version of Twitter, known as Weibo, of an orgy involving the high ranking China Communist Party officials. The leak has triggered a massive political scandal… Scores of photos of the six-person orgy went viral on Weibo along with rumors that the participants are high-ranking Communist officials. Chinese censors were quick to block the photos the site and on many other Chinese based websites. This scandal could be more than a black eye for the officials involved because in China activities such as orgies, gangbang, group sex, wife swapping and sex parties are a criminal matter that can get one a prison sentence.
Wang Minsheng (王民生)
The pictures appear to show the Communist Party secretary of Lujiang county in Anhui Province, Wang Minsheng, his deputy, Jiang Dabin, and the party’s youth leader at Hefei University, Wang Yu. The high-ranking Chinese officials are shown engaging in a hotel “sex party,” according to the reports. The unknown person who posted the pictures claimed that two of the men in the obscene Lujiang photos were Wang Minsheng (王民生), party secretary of Lujiang County of Anhui Province, and Jiang Dabin (蒋大彬), vice mayor of Lujiang County, and one of the women was Diao Jirun (刁吉润), mayor of Lujiang. So far Chinese bloggers have reposted the 6P (six person) group sex photos in Weibo many times.
The set of 120 photos show three couples in various acts of sex in a hotel room. But the shot that having everyone talking about this controversy is of five of the members posing for a pre-sex or post-sex group picture, complete with one man cupping another one’s wife with a double-hand breast grope. Particularly intriguing is Wang Yu’s wife, a pretty middle school teacher who participated in the orgies. Wang Yu is the most junior among the male orgy participants, being Deputy Secretary of the Communist Youth League of Hefei University in Anhui.
This whole sex party scandal has unfolded while the wife of former Communist official Bo Xilai is being tried for murdering a British expat underscores rising public disgust with corruption in the party. Bo Xilai was one of China’s most powerful and charismatic politicians until he was ousted as Communist Party chief of Chongqing city as the scandal surrounding Heywood’s death last November. What better way is there to get back at your enemies than posting their sexcapades on the web? According to internal party reports, Bo Xilai mounted a widespread wiretapping operation to monitor the activities of his fellow politicians in an effort to boost his own position within the party.
Bo tapped the phones at the state guesthouse in Chongqing where senior officials stay on visits to the city. The eavesdropping emerged last August, after it was discovered that President Hu’s conversations with a visiting minister were being recorded. So Bo Xilai and his allies knew the intimate details of his fellow Communist Party officials. The set of photos initially surfaced last week with the mocking title “comrades in charge,” as two of the men were thought to be Wang Minsheing, head of the Communist Party in Lujiang county, in the eastern province of Anhui, and his second-in-command. The Bo Xilai scandal has badly shaken the country’s leadership. And many see this leak of nude pictures of official asBo Xilai ad/or his allies striking back at the country’s leadership.
Sex parties and wife swapping are technically illegal in China, and participants can be prosecuted under an obscure “group licentiousness” statute added to the Chinese criminal code in 1997. And while most Chinese web browsers are actively looking for download links for the photos others are condemning the decayed morality of government officials. The scandal grew to the point that the State Council Information Office, China’s head web censor, was forced to issue an official directive that “all websites must stop following and hyping the so-called ‘Lujiang Indecent Photos Incident.'” Currently the phrases “naked photos” and “vulgar photos” are banned from Weibo.
But the government don’t want people to take the swift and total crackdown on these photos as an admission of guilt. Chinese Citizens, who think corruption in China is severe problem and prefer to believing Chinese officials live a life of luxury and debauchery, were obviously not convinced by the official account. The Communist party has vigorously denied that these are party members, even though they do share quite a resemblance, judging from pictures. At first they claimed the images were photoshopped. But then they backtracked and said the photos were real but the Party officials had been misidentified. Wang himself spoke up to clear his name, saying he was being “slandered,” possibly as payback over a corruption case he was investigating. The official line that emerged is that the photos were taken back in 2007 and feature random swingers.
However the photos are clearly real, as the third male participant, the man named Wang Yu, has confessed. Wang does have a Communist party connection: He’s the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Youth League of Hefei University in Anhui. He was tracked down by the famous Chinese internet hordes known as “human flesh search engines,” who band together to identify internet villains. Now he’s been fired along with his wife, a middle school teacher who was also in the photos. He has not say how he got involved with a wife swapping party. And Wang Yu has declined to identify the other participants in the orgy. Click on pictures to enlarge.
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