China’s Quota Mess: Which Hollywood Blockbusters Could Get Left Out?

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27. “Baggage Claim” (Sept. 27) Paula Patton stars in this rom-com about a flight attendant looking for love. Bonus: Seth Cohen Adam Brody as her outlandish confidant. “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2” (Sept. 27) Tying up all the loose ends from part one. “Don Jon” (Sept. 27) Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut is a funny and poignant look at relationships in the age of instantaneous gratification. (Also, porn.) Tony Danza, Julianne Moore and a scene-stealing Scarlett Johansson all co-star. “Metallica: Through The Never” (Sept. 27) Enter sandman: Metallica made a concert movie that’s not a just a concert movie.

Not that we were expecting an invitation, but we would have appreciated a save-the-date. COSTAS STARS AS SPORTS SUB Big spenders and sports legends came out to see Brian Williams and got Bob Costas instead on Monday night. Williams was slated to host the 28th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, but was pulled away by his day job as it became clear NBC would need all hands on deck to cover the government shutdown. Costas said he got the call about 3 p.m. Monday to host that evenings dinner, benefiting the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Longtime sportscaster Costas was more than up for the job. There are 1,300 people at the Waldorf, said Costas in his opening presentation. If youve been here before, you know that half of them get introduced. He then went on to introduce honorees, including former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, Queens-bred two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith and Queens-born philanthropist Stewart Rahr, who made a surprising $2.2 million donation to the cause. Also attending were super-jocks Terry Bradshaw, Dave Winfield, James Worthy and Gary Stevens. Ben Gabbe/ FilmMagic Daniel Radcliffe calls his role as Allen Ginsberg mind-altering stuff. ROLE HAS GOOD CHEMISTRY Teetotaling Kill Your Darlings star Daniel Radcliffe tells Confidenti@l his past struggles with booze dont compare to the chemical experimentations of beat poet Allen Ginsberg, whom he plays in the new film. Allen particularly was almost scientific about the way he used all that stuff, he told us at the Cinema Society and Johnston & Murphy premiere. Radcliffe says he didnt need chemical assistance to get through late-night cram sessions studying Ginsbergs writing either: I mean, Im up all night most nights anyway, just, you know, panicking. PHOTOS: BROADWAY IN THE BUFF BRIEF APPEARANCE FOR COOPER Theres no need for real bathing suits when youre built like Bradley Cooper, 38, and his 21-year-old model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse. The lovebirds were spotted taking a dip in the ocean off Hawaii over the weekend, where Cooper is set to film Deep Tiki with director Cameron Crowe.

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5:00 AM PDT 10/4/2013 by Clifford Coonan 12 Disney/Marvel Chris Hemsworth as Thor The studios and state-run China Film Group are still at odds as observers claim home-grown titles get all the advantages. Says one source, “The Chinese have done a great job of marginalizing our movies while pushing their own.” This story first appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. our editor recommends China to Lift Ban on Sales of Video Games, Consoles As Leonardo DiCaprio and Harvey Weinstein were visiting China in late September to promote Wanda Group’s $8.2 billion studio project, new tensions were brewing between Hollywood and the state-run China Film Group. Studio sources in Beijing tell THR the government’s annual quota of 34 foreign movies is perilously close to full, though it remains unclear whether that means some high-profile U.S. films will be denied coveted releases in 2013. PHOTOS:Studios’ New Box Office Pain: Homegrown Films Are Beating Tentpoles Overseas “The slots do all appear to have been filled, but it’s always difficult to tell in China whether they might allow more — you can never be certain,” says one source. Another insider says the quota is “a fluid number, not set in stone.” Relations between Hollywood and China worsened this year after China Film Group refused to hand over hundreds of millions of dollars in box-office revenue because of a dispute over tax rates. The MPAA negotiated a deal in August that requires CFG to pay $100 million to $150 million owed. But now U.S. studio releases could be sidelined. Sources say some big titles — including The Lone Ranger (October), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Thor: The Dark World (November) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (December) — already have been approved for release. But there are no slots available for other Hollywood movies, meaning such major titles as Summit/Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game and Disney’s Planes could be out. In 2012, China expanded its quota of overseas movies from about 20 to 34 a year, including 3D and Imax films. Since then, CFG has made several moves favoring homegrown titles over Hollywood fare.

He’s also a man who has also found himself in hot water with the authorities at various times in his career, falling out with UEFA, the FA and footballing power brokers of Italy and Spain. There’s only one man from Hollywood movies who can truly resemble Mourinho as a characterDon Vito Corleone, of course! Roman Abramovich / Jackie Moon Semi-Pro image courtesy of HoustonEagle.com Mark Thompson/Getty Images Given we’ve mentioned Jose Mourinho in a movie character context, we couldn’t forgive ourselves if we ignored Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. In his 10 years in charge at Stamford Bridge, the Russian has hired and fired managers like they’re going out of fashion. In total, he has employed eight different men to occupy the Chelsea hot seat, with Mourinho’s return this summer making him the ninth managerial change in total. With Chelsea’s high turnover of coaches, it has led to some suspecting Abramovich wants to run the team himself, losing patience with those he eventually deems not good enough to lead the team to glory. Having that in mind, there’s one Hollywood character who stands out from the restJackie Moon of Semi-Pro fame. Will Ferrell’s character in the hit movie not only owned the Flint Tropics basketball team, but he was coach, player and even a singer. We can only suspect Abramovich must desire at least two of those roles at Stamford Bridge. Petr Cech / Capt. Robert Hatch Escape to Victory image courtesy of YanksAreComing.com Ian Walton/Getty Images It’s perhaps an easy comparison to make as they’re both goalkeepers, but Chelsea’s Petr Cech and Sylvester Stallone’s Capt. Robert Hatch from Hollywood classic Escape to Victory share plenty of qualities. For instance, Hatch comes to the rescue of the Allies at various stages of their clash with the Nazi football teamsomething Cech is more than known for at Chelsea. And while Cech has overcome serious injury in his time, Hatch does the same in the movie to ensure for a satisfying ending.