28 Jun '11, 6am

Indonesians bemoan Hollywood blockbuster blackout

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian moviegoers are facing a bleak year of second-rate foreign releases and lowbrow local productions as Hollywood studios, the government and movie importers remain locked in a protracted standoff. It's been four months since major Hollywood studios withdrew films from Indonesia, a nation of 237 million people, in opposition to a new levy on imported movies that was meant to protect local filmmakers. The government earlier this month announced a revised tax it says will bring back Hollywood, but film buffs remain skeptical. Another big hurdle must be overcome before blockbusters such as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" hit Indonesian theaters. The government has banned Indonesia's largest film distributors from bringing in new Hollywood movies, pending their payment of more than $30 million in unpaid taxes and related penaltie...

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