EDT China seeks to create its own Hollywood Want to see how this story relates to your watchlist? Just add items to create a watchlist now: Add or Cancel Already have a watchlist? Log In By Laurie Burkitt QINGDAO, China Executives of Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment joined Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman and John Travolta in this Chinese seaside city to meet a man who will likely play a bigger role in their future. Wang Jianlin, Chinas richest man and the chairman of property-and-entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Corp., said Sunday he is breaking ground on a 30-billion-yuan to 50-billion-yuan ($4.9 billion to $8.2 billion), mega-entertainment center that will include a theme park, a film museum, a wax museum and a massive film studio, which the tycoon promises will be the worlds largest. Reuters Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, is seeking to build a larger version of Hollywood in China. Closely held Wanda has signed agreements with four top global talent agencies to attract stars such as Ms. Kidman and Mr. DiCaprio to produce 30 films each year and attend an annual festival, the statement said. The company will also enlist 50 domestic film- and television-production companies to work with Wanda, ensuring that 100 homegrown films and shows are made each year. Mr. Wang not only wants a stronger foothold in Hollywood, he wants to re-create it in China, he said. A Chinese adaptation of the Hollywood sign is planned for the mountain overlooking the theme park-studio Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis. Its my dream, Mr. Wang said during an interview.
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I figured, Why dont I train those people? He hired his friend and former actress, Megan Blake, to write a program and teach the class with three other instructors and her dog Super Smiley. An animal trainer and lifestyle coach, Blake also has a psychology degree from Georgia State University. With more dogs racking up air miles these days, it makes sense to take obedience school to a new level, said Heidi Heubner, who directs volunteers, including airport therapy dogs, at Los Angeles World Airport. There are no numbers on how many pets are taking to the skies, but they have become essential parts of a growing number of families and traveling with them for work and play is becoming more common, said Kim Cunningham, a spokesman for the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association in Texas. It will vary by airline, but theres always a fee for cabin pets those under 20 pounds that have to stay in carriers under the seat during a flight. Workings dogs or trained service animals (most airlines also allow psychiatric and emotional support animals, too) fly free, but owners must give the airline documentation and advance notice. The animals sit at their owners feet during flights. The class doesnt address cargo pets. The class is using the same studio where parts of Bridesmaids, Kill Bill and 500 other movies were made. Television scenes from NCIS, Modern Family and The Newsroom have also been filmed there. Last year, Air Hollywood conducted a test class with 60 puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Hollywood Honors British Influence Before Emmys
So it was no surprise when the Oscar winner and Emmy nominee walked the red carpet Saturday at a tea hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “House of Cards” is one of many British imports that have inspired American television in recent years. And Spacey called its unique release the entire series was posted on Netflix at once and nine Emmy nominations a “landmark moment.” The British original aired over three seasons during the 1990s. “I think it’s a sign that things are shifting and moving into lots of different platforms and different ways for audiences to discover what they want to watch and how they want to watch it,” Spacey said. “They want to be in control so you better give them control or they’ll go somewhere else.” Kerry Washington, Jon Voight, Alfre Woodard and stars of the hit British period drama “Downton Abbey” were at the BAFTA event too the day before Sunday’s Emmy awards in Los Angeles. They ate finger foods and wore sunglasses at a posh Los Angeles hotel, shielding themselves from the California sun under large white umbrellas. Each seemed to have their favorite British television show. Allison Holker of “So You Think You Can Dance” said she loves the original British version of “The Office.” So does “Breaking Bad” star Dean Norris, who called it one of his “favorite shows of all time.” Norris said he’s also hoping to find the time to watch “Dr. Who.” Actor Reid Scott of “Veep” said he really loves BBC’s “Sherlock Holmes.” Scott even had his own theories about why Americans are embracing, and even copying, British humor. “I think American comedy has really taken a page from British comedy in that we demand intelligent comedy now,” Scott said. “It’s not so slapsticky. It’s not so bawdy anymore.” That begs the question: What will be the next British television invasion to find fans in America? Even “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes said he doesn’t know.
Scott Bowles, USA TODAY 4:57 p.m. EDT September 22, 2013 As summer fades and studios enter the fall and awards season, studios begin releasing more adult fare. ‘Prisoners,’ starring Hugh Jackman, was No. 1 at the box office. (Photo: Wilson Webb) “Prisoners” appeals to adult audiences after summer of teen fare “Insidious Chapter 2” hung on for second place “Wizard of Oz” re-release followed the yellow brick road SHARE 42 CONNECT 38 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Hollywood began its seasonal migration to more adult fare this weekend as the fall-oriented Prisoners scored a convincing win at the box office. The crime drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal collected $21.4 million, according to studio estimates from ticket talliers Hollywood.com. The haul slightly exceeded analysts’ expectations, propelled by strong reviews as Prisoners marked one of fall’s first awards contenders. According to survey site Rottentomatoes.com, Prisoners won over 79% of critics and an impressive 90% of moviegoers a strong public reaction to a dark, R-rated film that runs 2 hours long. MORE: The weekend’s top 10 films The film benefited from public hunger to get away from summer’s big-budget spectacles, says Tim Briody, analyst for ticket trackers Boxofficeprophets.com. Briody says Prisoners “found the right combination of star power and strong reviews to give audiences a reason to check out the crime thriller in what’s been a weak September at the movies.” Gitesh Pandya of Boxofficeguru.com says the film’s pedigreed cast, which included Viola Davis, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo, “played to a mature adult crowd,” often neglected in the summer gold rush for teen audiences. Alas, it was the kids left with the scraps this weekend. Insidious Chapter 2 took second place with $14.5 million in its second weekend. The Robert De Niro comedy The Family was third with $7 million, followed by the Spanish-language family comedy Instructions Not Included with $5.7 million.
Hollywood stars turn out for China’s new ‘cinema city’
Stars also may simply decline to participate. BAD: Chuck Berry is one of the misbehaving stars on the walk. Over the years, there have been numerous controversies about who is and isnt included. Among the fiercest was the fight over silent screen legend and movie pioneer Charles Chaplin . Although Chaplin had been unanimously voted into the initial group of 500, his name was removed after Hollywood business owners complained that he should be disqualified based issues with his morals he’d been acquitted of “white slavery” in the 1940s and his left-leaning politics. Chaplin’s star wasn’t added until 1972, 12 years after his son sued over the exclusion. In 1986, Times critic Patrick Goldstein puzzled over the chambers decision to bypass Chuck Berry even while less-influential inductees were green-lighted. Goldsteins article prompted an angry letter from a reader questioning why Tom Cruise had been inducted just weeks earlier, noting Cruise “must have all of five film roles under his belt.” Of course, in the more than two decades since, Cruise emerged as one of the all-time biggest box office draws. Berry, by the way, was inducted the following year. Among other big names missing from the walk: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Sean Connery, David Lean, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Leonard Dicaprio, Diane Keaton, Denzel Washington and Woody Allen. How do you determine dates of birth and death and locations? GET ME REWRITE: Research uncovered errors in Hollywood history, like Ben Alexander’s date of death. Times reporters consulted original obituaries as the starting place to determine birth and death dates.
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China’s richest man Wang Jianlin and his conglomerate Wanda Group have poured 50 billion yuan ($8.3 billion) into the sprawling complex in the city of Qingdao. Construction has already started but the complex will only be operational from 2016. Wang told a lavish and star-studded ceremony the development was part of China’s bid to ramp up its “cultural power” on the world stage and create a “Chinawood” that could one day rival Los Angeles as a global centre of film. China’s communist leaders have said the country must make greater use of so-called “soft power” to promote the nation’s values abroad. But critics say censorship is hampering the Chinese film industry’s ability to compete with Hollywood, and even those films that get a strong reception in China have difficulties in cracking the bigger US market. Sprawling across 376 hectares (900 acres) on the outskirts of the eastern port city famous for its “Tsingtao” beer, the “Movie Metropolis” will have 20 studios including what is billed as the world’s largest. It should produce “at least a hundred films a year”, according to the Wanda Group, which says it has reached preliminary agreements to ensure that 30 foreign films will be shot there each year. Local film stars such as Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li and Xu Zheng, who have themselves become international brands in their own right, were joined on the red carpet by some of the stars of Hollywood — the institution Wang is looking at rivalling. Kidman, dressed in black trousers and a cream jacket, was joined by fellow A-listers Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor and Christoph Waltz. Cheryl Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which organises the annual Oscars, also attended the gala, saying she was “very enthusiastic” that the complex could turn Qingdao into “an international centre of cinema”. Hawk Koch, the former president of AMPAS, told AFP the new development should increase cooperation between Chinese and international film industries. “I don’t think it’s a competition (with the Oscars), there is always room for great talents,” he said.