News Summary: China's clout felt in Hollywood

News Summary: Hollywood yielding to China's box-office clout

Associated Press

CHINESE PRESSURE: 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.

TAILORED VERSIONS: China is even getting American studios to sanction alternative versions of films specially tailored for Chinese audiences, like "Iron Man 3." The Chinese version features local heartthrob Fan Bingbing — absent from the version showing abroad — and lengthy clips of Chinese scenery.

THE REASON: Already the second-biggest box office in the world, China appears set to surpass the U.S./Canada market by 2020 at the latest.

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