1. ‘Furious 7’ competition drives row in Cambodia; cinema forced to backtrack

‘Furious 7’ competition drives row in Cambodia; cinema forced to backtrack

A cinema chain in the Cambodian capital has apologized for what it called a "Fast & Furious 7 Competition"...

By: | Phnom Penh | Updated: April 5, 2015 8:49 PM
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This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in a scene from “Furious 7.” (AP)

A cinema chain in the Cambodian capital has apologized for what it called a “Fast & Furious 7 Competition”, which was criticized for encouraging participants to drive fast and post online photos of their speedometers.

Legend Cinemas had launched the competition ahead of the April 13 release of Hollywood franchise film “Furious 7” in Cambodia.

It posted a message on its Facebook page Thursday that called on drivers of motorcycles and cars to photograph their speedometers and post pictures with the tagline “I’m the fastest like (hash) Fast&Furious7.”

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This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Paul Walker as Brian, and Chris Ludacris as Tej, in a scene from “Furious 7.” (AP)

A spokeswoman for the cinema said Friday it drew so many complaints that they pulled the campaign within two hours.

“We do apologize (for) our Fast & Furious Competition,” Legend Cinemas wrote in a new message later Thursday.

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