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12 Filipino interns in Van Damme film

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JEAN-Claude Van Damme. AP

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has sent 12 aspiring filmmakers to Guangzhou, China, for a month-long internship on the set of a Hollywood production featuring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, FDCP chairman Briccio Santos announced during the weekend.   “They were picked by the council’s technical panel,” Santos told the Philippine Daily [...]

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Aguilera concert cancelled over Malaysia plane crash

Singer Christina Aguilera. AFP FILE PHOTO

A concert to mark Malaysia’s Formula One Grand Prix weekend which was set to feature US star Christina Aguilera has been cancelled due to a passenger jet crash, its sponsor said Tuesday.

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Popular, award-winning films in 8th Chinese fest

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JACKIE Chan (second from left) in Chan and Zhang Li’s “1911 Revolution”

In drafting the lineup for this year’s edition of the Spring Film Festival at Shangri-La Plaza mall, organizers consulted last year’s audience.

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Director Zhang Yimou fined $1.2m for 3 kids

Chinese director Zhang Yimou. AP File Photo

Chinese authorities say film director Zhang Yimou must pay more than $1.2 million in fines for the three children he had in violation of China’s strict family planning rules.

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China cracks down on ‘American Idol’-style shows

A contestant with a guitar stands near others queuing in line to take part in an audition for the ‘X Factor’ television talent show in Beijing, China. AP

Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which draw huge audiences.

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China cracks down on American Idol-style shows

This undated publicity photo provided by NBC shows Christina Aguilera during the "Blind Auditions" for "The Voice”. AP

Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which draw huge audiences.

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China finally trounces Hollywood

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“JUANA C. the Movie” seeks to light a satirical fire under traditionally apathetic Filipinos.

It took years to do it, but the good news coming from China is that its homegrown movie productions have finally become more popular, and made more money at the box office than blockbusters from Hollywood, which have traditionally ruled the roost for a really long time.

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Hollywood yielding to China’s growing film clout

In this April 6, 2013 file photo, a Chinese man uses a smartphone to take his own photo with an "Iron Man" poster together with a costumed figure, left, during a promotional event of the new movie "Iron Man 3" at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing's Forbidden City. AP

Coming soon to a theater near you: China’s Communist Party. From demanding changes in plot lines that denigrate the Chinese leadership, to dampening lurid depictions of sex and violence, Beijing is having increasing success in pressuring Hollywood into deleting movie content Beijing finds objectionable.

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‘Transformers’ plans casting call on Chinese TV

In this publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Optimus Prime is shown in a scene from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The backers of the fourth installment in the blockbuster franchise announced Thursday that four people will win roles through the “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

Reality television in China will help cast the next “Transformers” flick.

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Ang Li: ‘From China to Chopin’

Acclaimed pianist Ang Li will be featured in two shows at the Peta Theater Center on March 20. Ang Li, ranked among the world’s top 30 pianists during the 2009 Cliburn Competition, performs the music of Chopin and Liszt, as well as Chinese folk songs adapted for solo piano. “From China to Chopin, Ang Li [...]

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Jackie Chan’s China appointment draws Hong Kong ire

Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan poses for the photographers at the red carpet of 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The Mnet Asian Music Awards is one of the major K-pop music award ceremonies. AP/Kin Cheung

Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan this week joins China’s top political advisory body in a move analysts say highlights Beijing’s growing “soft power” efforts to project unity between itself and the former British colony.

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Jackie Chan wants ‘CZ12′ to tell story on sold artifacts

Hong Kong actor and director Jackie Chan, right, and South Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo smile during a promotional event for their latest movie, CZ12, or Chinese Zodiac, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Jackie Chan wants his latest film to spread the message about how China’s national artifacts are being looted and sold.

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