China bans rowdy game show for wanton content
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators suspended a broadcaster Friday after an unaired segment of a TV game show was leaked online showing a raucous shouting match about nudity between spectators and a woman who calls her daughter the next Lady Gaga.
The suspension of all of Jiangsu Education Television's programming -- because of content deemed vulgar and not educational enough -- marked the government's latest attempt to rein in the increasingly freewheeling media sector. China also said earlier this year it would limit American-style reality TV and other light fare shown on satellite TV.
The latest ruling was prompted by the game show "Bang Bang Bang," which has games of chance for cash prizes as well as entertainment segments with attractive women. A video clip apparently filmed by an audience member features Gan Lulu, an auto show model well-known in China for racy outfits and whose career was launched by a nude video of her posted online by her publicity-seeking mother.
The six-minute clip of the not-yet-aired game show episode, still available on YouTube, shows Gan as well audience members and the model's mother shouting and swearing after one spectator asks whether Gan's risque images have undermined China's morality.
Gan's mother, Lei Bingxia, also in the audience, stands to take up the argument, using several off-color slurs.
"Can your mom make you the sexy goddess of China?" she later shouts. "Can your mom make billions of people like you? Gan's mom can."
"I'm the best agent in China, I'm telling you. I will not only make my daughter the world's Lady Gaga, but the world's Marilyn Monroe."
Thousands still flock to 'Hunger Games' forest
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Thousands of people are still coming to visit the western North Carolina forest where the movie "The Hunger Games" was filmed.
The Times-News of Hendersonville reported (http://bit.ly/SjO33X ) the number of visitors this year to DuPont State Recreational Forest reached 327,000 by the end of October. Attendance last year was about 250,000.
Forest officials say there are no signs the surge of visitors will end anytime soon. Supervisor David Brown says attendance in November has been steady, except on the coldest days.
The film premiered in March. Crowds have traveled to see where Jennifer Lawrence, who played the lead character Katniss, crossed Triple Falls and plunged into a pool below Bridal Veil Falls.
Producer sues Pythons over 'Spamalot' royalties
LONDON (AP) -- A producer of the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is suing the comedy troupe over royalties from the hit stage musical "Spamalot."
Producer Mark Forstater wants a bigger share of proceeds from the show, which is based on the 1975 movie spoof of the legend of King Arthur.
Python members Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are to give evidence during a five-day hearing that began Friday at London's High Court.
Forstater is suing the trio and fellow Python members John Cleese and Terry Gilliam. His lawyer, Tom Weisselberg, said under an agreement made when the film was produced, "for financial purposes Mr. Forstater was to be treated as the seventh Python."
Colonie company made wave pools for 'Life of Pi'
COLONIE (AP) -- A New York-based company is making waves -- literally -- in the movie industry.
The Times Union of Albany reports that Aquatic Development Group, based in Colonie, supplied filmmakers with a high-tech wave machine that generated waves for the open ocean sequences of director Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," released last week.
The film based on a novel about a shipwrecked youth who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for 227 days.
Aquatic Development Group started out as a swimming pool contracting company but has been making waves for Hollywood films since the technology came out in the 1980s.
The company's other major movie projects include providing the wave pools for "Master and Commander" starring Russell Crowe and "The Guardian" with Kevin Costner.
Shatner backing out of Enterprise retirement gig
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- William Shatner is not attending the USS Enterprise's retirement, after all.
A publicist for the actor tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/TvNp1K) the former commander of the fictional starship Enterprise on TV's "Star Trek" is abandoning plans to attend the ceremony Saturday at Norfolk Naval Station. He announced earlier he would be attending.
The publicist tells the newspaper Shatner had to rework his schedule.
The Enterprise returned to Norfolk from its final deployment earlier this month. Saturday's inactivation will be its last public ceremony.
Attorney expects Lohan will be cleared of latest
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lindsay Lohan was charged Thursday with crimes in New York and Los Angeles, marking her latest setbacks as she tries to revive her career and avoid a return to jail.
Prosecutors in Santa Monica charged Lohan with three misdemeanors related to a June accident. Hours earlier, the actress was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, also a misdemeanor, after a woman was punched in a New York City nightclub.
Her attorney Mark Heller said he expects the assault charge to be dismissed. "Once again, Lindsay Lohan is a victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame," Heller wrote.
Trace Adkins explains Confederate flag in his ear
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trace Adkins wore an earpiece decorated like the Confed-erate flag when he performed for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Light-ing but says he meant no offense by it.
Adkins appeared with the earpiece on a nationally televised special for the lighting on Wednesday. Some regard the flag as a racist symbol and criticized Adkins in Twitter postings.
But in a statement released Thursday, the Louisiana native called himself a proud American who objects to any oppression and says the flag represents his Southern heritage.
He noted he's a descendant of Confederate soldiers and says he did not intend offense by wearing it. Adkins -- on a USO tour in Japan -- also called for the preservation of America's battlefields.