"Django Unchained" Shackled In China

Chinese authorities have reportedly cancelled screenings of "Django Unchained" on the morning of its release, April 11, 2013 despite an onslaught of marketing for director Quentin Tarantino's bloody homage to the 'spaghetti western'.

"Django Unchained" is Tarantino's first film to be released in China, where cultural authorities restrict the number of foreign films in theaters each year.

Authorities claimed the feature had been postponed for "technical reasons", although some are speculating that a full-frontal nude scene by star Jamie Foxx freaked out the censors.

"'Django' screenings have been postponed and we can't guarantee when they will be resumed," said a spokesperson for Beijing's Sanlitun Megabox theater.

According to reports the cinema's first showing of the film had been under way for about one minute when management pulled the plug, with Chinese government-owned 'Shanghai United Circuit' issuing an emergency notice requiring the city's cinemas to halt screenings of the film and grant refunds to ticketholders.
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