China Bans ‘Rush Hour 3'
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
Apparently, the No. 1 mid-August movie hit in the U.S. is not going to make it to the big screen in China.
The communist Chinese government has tagged Jackie Chan's "Rush Hour 3" with a "fundamentally anti-Chinese" label and banned the big box-office hit.
Chinese officials claim to be upset with a family that is depicted in the film as having links to organized crime.
It could be the real reason the Chi-coms are peeved is the fact that Chan is living proof that dreams really do come true in a free market, that is.
The action movie comic pulled himself out of poverty and overcame his difficulties at school. He apparently still can't read or write but discipline and hard work go a long way when you have liberty lighting your path.
Chan's got a huge fan base and is loved the world over except for the bullies in Beijing.
Speaking of Hollywood faves, it's back to the big screen for Michelle Pfeiffer. In her movie roles, she's a villain times two.
In "Hairspray," Pfeiffer plays mean ex-beauty queen Velma Von Tussle opposite John Travolta, who dresses up as a "big beautiful woman" for his Edna Turnblad role.
And in "Stardust," Pfeiffer plays a wicked witch who's on a search for eternal youth.
Speaking of eternal youth, Michelle seems to have found it in real life.
She's also hung onto something else that in Tinseltown is quite rare her modesty.
It turns out that Pfeiffer passed on the starring role of the film "Basic Instinct."
Because she didn't want to bare it all for the camera.
Had she taken the movie part, Pfeiffer would have played scheming seductress Catherine Tramell. Instead, Sharon Stone took the risqué role and the rest is sordid cinematic history.
"I just couldn't do that one, because of the sexual parts, the nudity. My father was still alive. I'm kind of prudish," Pfeiffer is quoted as saying by Contactmusic.
The star adds, "I am not that uninhibited about my body. I'm modest."
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