In China, Censors Are Hollywood’s Best Friends —


— by Adam Minter: The odds were stacked against Spiderman in China. Two weeks ago, the latest film featuring the superhero, “Spiderman: Far From Home,” was slated to open against “The Eight Hundred” a highly anticipated, big-budget war movie. But, in a plot twist that’s left local filmmakers reeling, the Chinese film was canceled just days before its release, allegedly because it’d fallen out of favor with censors. In its absence, “Spiderman” had a nearly $100 million opening weekend — far beyond expectations. The U.S. blockbuster is currently China’s second-most popular draw, one of six foreign films in the top ten…

July 11, 2019


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