Hollywood bowing to China’s clout
“Fred Perry was a superlative ambassador for our sport throughout the world. He was a great character, big-hearted and a true champion in every sense,” said former All England chairman John Curry. “He won the affection and admiration of all those involved in tennis — the players, the fans, the media, and officials. Fred was one of those rare individuals. He was at ease with all – from the youngest fans to royalty.” Perry’s third Wimbledon triumph in 1936 was achieved with breathtaking speed, his 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Germany’s Baron Gottfried von Cramm taking only 40 minutes.
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studios to sanction alternative versions of films specially tailored for Chinese audiences, such as Iron Man 3, which debuts in theatres around the world later this week. The Chinese version features local heartthrob Fan Bingbing a absent from the version showing elsewhere a and lengthy clips of Chinese scenery that local audiences love. Thereas no secret to whatas driving Hollywoodas China policy, which has burst on the scene with meteor-like intensity in the past year. Already the second-biggest box office in the world, China seems set to surpass the U.S./Canada market by 2020 at the latest. And with traditional movie funding sources drying up, Hollywood studios increasingly see Beijing as a bankrolling destination of choice, with Chinese counterparts ponying up on glitzy co-productions, including Iron Man 3 and next yearas Transformers 4, and films without a direct China connection as well. aMovie attendance in the U.S.
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