Monday, April 16, 2012

Kate Winslet: Too Sexy For 3D

As many people know, April 15th marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The well-loved film has recently been released in 3D in theaters but China thought Titanic3D might be a bit too intense and opted to censor parts. No, I am not talking about the scenes of the Titanic crashing or the ship flooding; I am referring to Kate Winslet's nude scenes.

To cut to the chase, the Chinese government elected to censor these parts of the movie because they feared that viewers would reach out and try to grab Kate's breasts due to the "realer than most" 3D experience and make the other people in the audience uncomfortable.

Here's the official statement that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television released:

"Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing."

"To avoid potential conflicts between viewers and out of consideration of building a harmonious ethical social environment, we’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes"

The scene that bares her breasts has now been replaced with a head-and-shoulders close up (similar to what is seen above). I think we need to give the men a little more credit. Yes, I can understand a sex scene being arousing (especially in 3D) BUT I doubt they would be reaching out to cop a feel. And if they did, I think I would find it to be more funny than offensive.

I will leave you with a comment from an angry and disappointed "Offbeat China" blogger:
"I waited 15 years to see 3D boobs, not 3D iceberg."

I'm sure his heart will go on...

Monday, April 9, 2012

St. Lawrence Market: Nothing Better

Toronto's St. Lawrence Market was recently ranked by National Geographic as the world's best food market!

The complete list of National Geographic's top 10 food markets, ranked from the book Food Journeys of a Lifetime, is as follows:

  1. St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
  2. Union Square Greenmarket, New York City
  3. Castries Market, St. Lucia
  4. Ver-o-Peso, Belem, Brazil
  5. Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile
  6. Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Singapore
  7. Kauppatori, Helsinki, Finland
  8. La Vucciria, Palermo, Italy
  9. Cours Saleya, Nice, France
  10. Borough Market, London, England


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