Is China Taking Over Hollywood?
(The Spare Room) Also By Jessica Gelt October 3, 2013, 10:30 a.m. The Spare Room in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has long had a reputation for serving up some of the best drinks in town. The menu was originally cultivated under the tutelage of mixologist Aidan Demarest, and gained wings thanks to the hugely creative and balanced drinks of herb-growing bartender Naomi Schimek. Now owners Med Abrous and Marc Rose are seeking to expand the fun — and brand recognition — by launching a cocktail catering program. The plan is simple: If you have a special event or party coming up, you can hire the Spare Room team to create a craft cocktail service tailored to that event. The service includes bartenders, glassware and booze and is priced in three different ways — $50, $40 or $30 per person depending on the amount of drinks, mixers, beer and wine you’d like on hand. This won’t be your typical private party set-up. The syrups are house-made, the garnishes fresh and seasonal, the spirits often small batch. If your party has a theme, the Spare Room will match it with the appropriate libations. Want to go Tiki? There’s a South Pacific punch bowl for that. Here are a few examples of autumn-themed cocktails on offer, just to get your wheels spinning about the possibilities: Thanks Grandma! (Jamaican rum, hazelnut and allspice liqueurs, cinnamon spiced pumpkin, cream, nutmeg); Robert Frost (Magic Hat No. 9 beer, amaretto, lemon, apple cider); The Spare Room Snap (rye, gingerbread liqueur, lemon, egg white). The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.(323) 769-7296; www.spareroomhollywood.com .
Sometimes, it’s a question of outright censorship. For instance, all of Chow Yun-Fat’s scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End were cut because Chinese censors considered his pirate character an offensive ethnic caricature. Chinese censors also found offensive all the Chinese-American characters who were secretly alien invaders in Men in Black 3 , so they ended up on the cutting-room floor. The funniest example is the recent Titanic 3D , which cropped out Kate Winslet’s famous nude scene out of fear that the 3D effects might inspire moviegoers to reach out and try to cop a feel. Sometimes it’s adding scenes, as in Iron Man 3 , whose Chinese prints include spliced-in scenes of popular Chinese actor Wang Xueqi as a doctor who helps Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. He’s also shown drinking the Yili brand of milk, in a blatant scene of product placement . The scenes were so superfluous that even Chinese audiences practically hooted them off the screen. And then there are movies that undergo more fundamental content changes for releases in all countries in order to please China. Wonder why the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 wasn’t Mandarin at all ? Or why the martial art practiced in the recent Karate Kid remake wasn’t karate at all but kung fu, with the movie set not in America but in Beijing? Or why the villainous invaders in Olympus Has Fallen or the recent remake of Red Dawn were North Koreans instead of the more plausible Chinese? The studios behind those films wanted to make sure they made the cut and were among the just 34 foreign movies permitted for import into China each year. What Are the Most Egregious Product Placements in Movie & TV History? American producers can fudge that quota by partnering with Chinese production companies. In exchange for taking on Chinese producers, investors, and story elements, an American studio can claim 43 percent of the profits from Chinese ticket sales, instead of just 25 percent.
Chelsea Players as Hollywood Movie Characters
View gallery Brazilian soccer star and former Cosmos player Pele waves to the crowd before the New York Cosmos game August 3, 2013 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (AFP Photo/Don Emmert) 1 hour ago Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – The story of how Pele conquered the footballing world aged just 17 is coming to Hollywood with filming under way in Rio de Janeiro, Seine Pictures said Thursday. The film, entitled simply, “Pele”, “tells the wonderful story of the rise to glory of the legendary player,” said the US company, which is producing the work with Imagine Entertainment. Pele, 72, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento and nicknamed O Rei (the king), is widely considered the greatest player of all time having helped Brazil to their first World Cup title in 1958 and then having triumphed again with an all-star ensemble in 1970. Brazilian singer “Seu Jorge” (Jorge Mario da Silva), Mexican actor Diego Boneta and Irish screen idol Colm Meaney are in the cast for a film written and directed by brothers Michael and Jeff Zimbalist. Brazilians Kevin de Paula and Leonardo Lima Carvalho play the young Pele, respectively between the ages of 13 and 17 and aged 10. Meaney will play George Raynor, who coached Sweden in the 1958 final when Pele announced his arrival as a global star. Seine is negotiating rights with Sports Licensing International, which represents Pele. Filming began in Rio last Monday, the producers said. Born on October 23, 1940 to a poor provincial family, Pele was also on the squad which won the 1962 World Cup — though he missed much of that tournament through injury — and scored more than 1,000 goals in his career. He spent the twilight of his playing days helping to popularise soccer in the United States with New York Cosmos.
Hollywood treatment for Pele
The Blues have their fair share of famous supporters, too, with Honorary Life President Lord Attenboroughwho has two Oscars to his namepretty much Hollywood royalty. But what if the Blues had a team compiled of Hollywood stars lining up for them? A team filled with characters lovedor hated for that matterthroughout the history of the movies? Looking at Chelsea’s squad, Bleacher Report has compiled a list of Hollywood alter egos to imagine how a team of movie characters could line up for Chelsea based on the qualities of their current crop. Do you have any thoughts on those we may have missed? Is there a better example for Hollywood characters who mirror the qualities of any Chelsea player? Let us know in the comments section. Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report’s lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here: @ garryhayes Jose Mourinho / Vito Corleone The Godfather image courtesy of Zastavki.com Handout/Getty Images OK, so we’ve already broken the rules and we’ve barely got started. Jose Mourinho isn’t a Chelsea player, sure, but the Blues’ manager is such a personality of the game, it was too tempting to not mention him in a list of movie characters. He’s a man who commands respect from those around him, a man who has a proven track record of success.