I'm hearing that the People's Republic of China has a really big problem with Phillip Noyce's Salt (Sony, 7.23). Not one of those "scenes must be removed before your film is allowed to play in China" problems, but a "sorry, but no amount of edits will satisfy us" problem. Meaning that Salt is apparently cinema non grata in that country until further notice -- no theatrical bookings, no DVDs, no Blurays.
Which, of course, means a huge opportunity for Chinese video pirates and a huge potential loss for Sony Pictures.
Popular VideoPeople were so furious about this Pepsi ad that Pepsi pulled it after just one day. Watch it here and decide if it's offensive:
I don't know anything beyond this nugget. What is it about Salt that China finds so objectionable? It's about a possible covert operative (played by Angelina Jolie ) -- a kind of Odd Woman Out whom everyone suspects is some kind of sociopath or double-agent ne'er -do-well, or is dangerously disloyal in some way, shape or form. What her character has to do with China or its policies is a mystery to me. And to others, I gather. The shut-out hasn't been conveyed "officially" but I'm told it's a done deal.