China Blocks Avatar
The People's Republic of China decided to drastically limit screenings of James Cameron's Avatar, allowing only the 3D version of the film to be screened. Since only a handful of Chinese theaters have 3D equipment this move acts as a de facto ban of the film.
According to the Central Publicity Department their reasonings for Avatar's block was due to that fact that the film "took too much money and has seized market share from domestic films," and that, "it may lead audiences to think about forced removal, and may possibly incite violence." Despite the fact that many in China won't be able to experience Avatar's stunning landscape, or its message to the consumer-materialist driven human culture on the big screen, many will still be able to view the film through one of the largest pirate economy in the world.