China has denied a report that it has barred the release of any new American movies in the country for at least three months. The report appeared Thursday in Daily Variety, which described the decision as China's "most drastic measure ever against Hollywood." The trade publication cited unnamed sources as saying that the ban could even continue until May. However, the Associated Press quoted an executive with state-run China Film Group as saying that it is still reviewing Hollywood films. It also quoted Mike Ellis, a representative of the Motion Picture Association of America in China, as saying that the group has not received official word of such a ban. Variety had claimed that the alleged ban resulted from disagreements with the U.S. over trade policy and the fact that American films have proved to be more successful than Asian films in Chinese theaters recently.