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Monday
Dec192011

Christian Bale 'Nauseous' over Treatment of Human Rights Activist

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christian Bale is disheartened by China's treatment of a blind human rights activist under house arrest who the actor attempted to visit last week.

A CNN crew shot the confrontation, in which The Dark Knight star was physically prevented by government guards from visiting Chen Guangcheng, who was imprisoned for four years and has reportedly been confined to his home in China with his family for over a year.

Bale says, "I just find it nauseous that such a good man, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, someone who was at one time named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world, is being treated this way."

Bale was in China to promote his new film, The Flowers of War, which focuses on a 1937 Japanese invasion of the Chinese city Nanjing.

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Friday
Dec162011

Christian Bale 'Roughed Up' Trying to Reach Chinese Dissident

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Actor Christian Bale has reportedly been “roughed up” by security guards in China while trying to visit legal activist Chen Guangcheng. The visit to China is in support of his film titled The Flowers of War, which could be an Oscar contender.

Bale was being followed by a crew from CNN as he visited Chen, who is under house arrest. He and the camera crew were allegedly jostled by security guards in plain clothes near the dissident’s home.

The Dark Knight star told CNN, "You know, I'm not being brave doing this," adding, “The local people who are standing up to the authorities and insisting on going to visit Chen and his family and getting beaten up for it, and my understanding, getting detained for it and everything. I want to support what they are doing."

Chen had angered officials in 2005 when he released details of a program of forced abortions as part of China's one-child policy. Authorities released him from a charge of “blocking traffic” in September 2010 after four years in jail.

"What I really wanted to do is to shake the man's hand and say: 'Thank you,' and tell him what an inspiration he is," Bale said.

The Flowers of War is a war drama set in 1930s China.

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Thursday
Mar172011

Producers Alter 'Red Dawn' Remake to Avoid Offending China

George Doyle/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- When MGM went ahead with the remake of the 1984 Cold War drama Red Dawn, the studio needed new invaders after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. The producers replaced the Soviets with Chinese aggressors and filmed the movie in Michigan in 2009. No problem, right?

Actually, big problem.  Last year, China had the fifth-biggest box office take outside of the United States, with 1.5 billion dollars in revenue collected.  So the last thing Hollywood wants to do is bite the hand that feeds it.  Potential distributors have since expressed concerns about being associated with the Red Dawn remake, with China as the bad guys, so MGM is moving forward with a big change.  LATimes.com reports the studio is digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from the movie and replacing them with symbols from North Korea.  Practically no American films screen in the communist nation.

Dan Mintz of DMG Entertainment, a leading producer and distributor of movies in China, tells LATimes.com if Red Dawn hadn't been digitally altered to remove the Chinese symbols, "there would have been a real backlash. It's like being invited to a dinner party and insulting the host all night long. There's no way to look good."  He adds, "The film itself was not a smart move."

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