November 6, 2013 |
The coming of age of horror cinema in Thailand might seem like an odd subject for the Princess of Thailand to address. But it was Halloween night, after all, and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya had good reason to single out the Southeast Asian nation's growing reputation as a hub for slasher, horror and monster films. The princess was leading a delegation of Thai officials, including the country's deputy prime minister and minister of commerce, in their first Los Angeles "road show" to promote the country's resources, talent and desirability as a film location.
September 24, 2013 |
Wang Jianlin is the wealthiest man in China, owns the biggest theater chain in the world and wants to create the world's largest movie studio in his home country. Hollywood is taking the billionaire chairman of Dalian Wanda Group Corp. seriously, but proceeding cautiously. Studio executives, talent agents and luminaries such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein stood with Wang for the Sunday unveiling of the planned Oriental Movie Metropolis - an $8.2-billion project that would include 20 film and TV sound stages near Qingdao, along with a theme park, wax museum and space for an annual film festival.
September 22, 2013 |
BEIJING - China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, announced plans Sunday to build what he is touting would be the world's largest movie studio. An $8.2-billion project to be named the Oriental Movie Metropolis, the development is to consist of 20 studios and a permanent underwater stage. It is to be located an hour outside Qingdao, a coastal city with more than 8.7 million people. Wang, 58, the son of a Red Army veteran, is the billionaire owner of Dalian Wanda Group Corp., which last year acquired movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Inc. He was ranked this month as China's richest man by the Hurun Report, which publishes its findings in Forbes magazine.
August 20, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard, who died Tuesday at age 87 due to complications from a stroke, leaves behind a remarkable legacy in publishing, film and television. The writer was best known for western and crime novels that were turned into movies such as "Jackie Brown," "Get Shorty" and "3:10 to Yuma. " He also wrote the short story "Fire in the Hole," which became the basis for the TV series "Justified. " Here are some numbers to highlight Leonard's career. 45 -- Number of novels.
August 20, 2013 |
When it comes to computer-animated movies, studios seemingly can't get enough of talking animals, planes, cars, monsters, cavemen, snails and little blue creatures who live in mushrooms. But there are signs that the abundance of animated movies may be nearing a saturation point as family audiences confront a growing number of choices over what they choose to spend their movie dollars on. "We're all sitting at a very delicate point," said Chris Meledandri, chief executive of Illumination Entertainment, which produced the hit "Despicable Me" films with Universal Pictures.
August 13, 2013 |
Major Hollywood studios have resolved a tax dispute in China that has held up hundreds of millions of box-office dollars since 2012. The months-long dispute centered on a 2% value-added tax that state-owned distributor China Film Group insisted Hollywood studios pay out of their share of Chinese box-office revenues, cutting into their profits in the world's second-largest film market. But Tuesday evening the Motion Picture Assn. of America, which represents the major studios, said the matter had been resolved.