China’s Wanda Unveils Global Domination Plans (In Film Industry)


SOURCE: China Daily Mail – Wanda launches movie metropolis in Qingdao


Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman among attendees at AMC Theaters owner’s studio launch. China’s Dalian Wanda Group has unveiled plans to become one of the world’s biggest film companies.

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At a glitzy ceremony in the port city of Qingdao, attended by top stars from China and Hollywood as well as senior Hollywood executives, Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin broke ground on a new mega studio. He also revealed alliances with Hollywood studios and announced a new film festival.

Wang Jianlin - Cinema & Property Tycoon
Wang Jianlin – Cinema & Property Tycoon

His $4.9 billion (RMB 30 billion) Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis will include 20 sound stages, including a 10,000 square meter studio complex, 19 smaller, related facilities and a theme park. It is set to open in 2017.

The 200 hectare Film Industry Park will also include several outdoor lots (in European, Ming & Qing dynasty Chinese and Middle Eastern styles), seven hotels, an indoor theme park, an IMAX research laboratory, a massive film exhibition unit capable of hosting a film festival, a film museum and waxworks, as well as a year-round automobile show and a yacht trading center.

Paying tribute to the financial firepower and ambitions of Wanda were Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprioNicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Travolta, Kate Beckinsale, Ewan McGregor and Christoph Waltz. A-list Chinese stars included Zhang Ziyi, Jet LiTony LeungDonnie YenHuang Xiaoming and Vicki Zhao. Senior U.S. execs included Weinstein Co. chairman Harvey Weinstein and Lionsgate motion picture bosses Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger.

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Wang, recently named by Forbes magazine as China’s richest man with an estimated fortune of $16 billion, said that China will have the world’s largest film industry by 2018. Wanda last year paid $2.6 billion to acquire U.S. cinema chain AMC and last week gave a gift of $20 million to the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

The company said that it had struck some 30 agreements with producers and talent agencies including to bring 30 foreign films and 100 local Chinese films per year to the new studio.

Wang said that the Qingdao International Film Festival will be held in the Metropolis’ exhibition area every September from 2016. It will be organized in co-operation with the Academy’s Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was also in attendance, and China Film Group.

China already has some of the world’s largest studio complexes at Hengdian, a few hours outside Shanghai, and one of the most modern at Huairou, outside Beijing. Other studio complexes have been mooted at Tianjin and Wuxi.

Source: Variety ”China’s Wanda Unveils Global Domination Plans” – Patrick Frater



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“Look for a Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Last summer, we finally set foot on Hollywood Boulevard and like most tourists we were looking for “stars” on the famous Walk of Fame. There are thousands of them (some 2,500) for people to step on . . . not for looking up!

We could see a lot of our favourite stars at our feet and we were happily clicking with our digital cameras – Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand . . . and lots of unfamiliar new stars.

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This Walk of Fame was first launched in 1960, a who’s-who’s of who’s made it in American entertainment. But unlike, say, the Oscars or the Emmys, the standards for inclusion are kept under tight wraps. So what exactly does it take to get one of these coveted pink terrazzo marble stars?

It’s a tourist attraction,” says Martinez. ”We want the tourists to come to Hollywood to see their favorite stars.” (And the people working behind-the-scenes to create their favorite entertainment, like directors and producers.) As Di Bona puts it, ”A star lets [fans] say thanks. Thank you for making my life happier or better.”

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Briefly, here’s the way to the Stars on the Walk of Fame:

  1. Produce something iconic. In theory, anyone can apply for a star – all it takes is mailing an application and a fee to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. But submissions won’t even be considered if the candidate isn’t accomplished. 

More specifically, that means that star candidates have to be famous for at least five years, and have, as Di Bona puts it, “unchallengeable” expertise in what the Chamber deems a core entertainment category – television, movies, radio, live theatre and music. Reality and Internet stars are notably excluded. As one Chamber rep famously said about Kim Kardashian, “She needs to get a real acting job then come to us.”

Also, no worries if you’re not human (though kudos for being able to read this): animals who have stars include Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, as well as fictional characters like Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Kermit the Frog.

2. Promise that you want one. All star applications must include a written statement from the star candidate, confirming that they want a star and they will attend the unveiling ceremony if their application is accepted. That’s a main reason why A-listers like Julia Roberts and Dustin Hoffman don’t appear on the Walk of Fame – they’re not interested.

3. Raise $30,000.  All star applications carry a $30,000 sponsorship fee. Half goes to the Hollywood Historic Trust, which maintains the Walk of Fame. The rest funds the creation of the star itself – breaking up the blank existing square and replacing it with a new one, printing the replica plaque honorees can take home, hiring photographers, security, and anything else related to the ceremony.

4. Wow the selection committee. Every June, a select group of Hollywood bigwigs meets to review sponsors’ applications – including, most crucially, the star biographies submitted by their personal managers. This is the place to tout key details about awards won, records sold, philanthropic work, and anything else that might sway opinions.

There are six members on the selection committee, all of whom are appointed by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and can serve a maximum of two two-year terms. David Green, head of Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, is the chairman, and only votes if there is a tie.

Stars’ applications are good for two years, but they can reapply as many times as they want.

5. Fight for prime real estate. Historically, the most coveted star placement has been in front of Hollywood Boulevard’s Roosevelt Hotel (where Julio Iglesias, Meryl Streep, Holly Hunter, and Joan Rivers reside) and the Hollywood and Highland shopping center (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon). Now that the Walk of Fame is so big, however, celebrities should consider themselves lucky to get a spot outside the W Hotel, which actually has enough room to accommodate large crowds.

Of course, most of these placements aren’t controlled by the stars themselves. It was Martinez, for example, who put Farrah Fawcett’s in front of George’s Hair Salon in 1995, “because she was so famous for her hair,” she says.Roger Moore, also known as 007, has a star at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard.

But if a star is big enough, he or she may be able to make demands: Muhammad Ali, for example, did not want people stepping on his star, so it was placed on the wall of the Hollywood and Highland shopping center.

Clint Eastwood, if you’re interested, a special place is being reserved for you. “There’s one spot left in front of the Chinese Theatre and we’re saving it,” says Martinez. “He’s been approved, but he never set a date [for the ceremony].”

6. Throw a massive party. Each star is unveiled in a grand ceremony, attended by the stars’ fans and other celebrities. The events typically attract about 600 people. J-Lo’s was on the high end, boasting 1,100 attendees.

When Oscar-winner Marlon Brando came under fire for making anti-Semitic remarks about Jewish people in Hollywood, some said the Godfather actor did not deserve a star anymore. But the late Johnny Grant, former chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee and the honorary mayor of Tinseltown, argued that celebrities get stars solely on the basis of career merit. After all, as Grant put it (according to Martinez), if stars were pulled up every time a famous person said something stupid, “we would have no stars left.”

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Garry Miles – “Look For A Star “ (1960)


The Plight Of Mankind

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The plight of mankind


The sight of human suffering & atrocities


Are all too much to bear!

Faces of human plight


A new human wave is catching on . . . to arrest this plight of mankind both near & far.


Born out of the essence of care & concern


Of people who do care


Over great human suffering


resulting from wars & conflict . . . deprivation & oppression . . .


loss of human pride & dignity . . . driven out of homes & homeland . . .


fighting hunger & survival . . . keeping body & soul together . . .

human rights & liberties . . .


the list just goes on & on. 


Alone you are weak & feeble


Together we are strong & powerful


To fight & lobby for your human rights


Not to cower before any master


Nor bend by any threat.


We stand by your human pride & dignity


And help to restore all rights & justices.


To win it . . . You’ve got to be in it.


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World’s Shortest Woman

WORLD’S SHORTEST WOMAN Jyoti Amge was recognised by The Guinness Book and Limka Book of Records as World’s Shortest Girl. She celebrates her 18th birthday on 16th December 2011 and become the Shortest Woman in the World. She measures 62.8cm (2ft 0.7in) tall and she weighs only 12 lbs (9 lbs more than she did at birth).

On 14 Sep 2012 – The 18-year-old, who is just 2ft 0.7in tall, has already appeared in a Bollywood movie and says she now plans on pursuing a career in Hollywood.

I would like to be an actress and win an Oscar.”

She was named the world’s smallest woman last year, but Jyoti Amge has no intention of allowing her size to prevent her from fulfilling her dreams.

I am proud of being small,” she said during an interview with The Sun. “I have the same thoughts and the same dreams as you.”

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‪Hollywood Walk of Fame

Where the Stars are Immortalized

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Classic Americana from 1987. Forgotten TV star, Clayton Moore aka The Lone Ranger finally gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Disney had bought the rights to the Masked Man and would not allow the real Lone Ranger to don his famous mask at the ceremony. (YouTube)

The Hollywood Walk of Fame consists of more than 2,400 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003. (Wikipedia)

Visiting Hours: Any time

Cost: No cost to stroll on your own, best way to look out for the stars

Location: Hollywood Boulevard and side streets

Duration: A short look will take a few minutes but hunting down all your favourite        stars can take a while

Best Time

to Visit: Any time, but unpeopled photos are easier in the morning

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Like all visitors to Hollywood, we found ourselves eagerly strolling along

Hollywood Boulevard & trigger-happy with our digital camera & video. We

found some of our own Aussie stars like Russell Crowe & Cate Blanchett. Of

course, it was not possible to photograph all our favourite stars.

Walking over the stars

Come to think of it, would you really like your name to be trampled upon for all eternity?

Shoes & footwear are often not fragrant!

The Hollywood Sign

Signs are designed to signal directions

They’re also able to instil inspiration

As well as hope, dream & aspiration

Ever since I was a school projectionist for our cinema club, I was fascinated & captivated by the word “Hollywood”.

One of my travel dream destinations is to see the Hollywood sign in all of its glory perched high on top of

Mount Lee in Los Angeles, little realising that in 1923, a Los Angeles real estate group first unveiled it as a massive billboard to promote their new “Hollywoodland” development. Little did they know too that their brash operation has come to remain such a lasting significant Sign.

So the Sign from “Hollywoodland” became known as just “Hollywood”.

   The Hollywood Sign is a landmark and American cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. (Wikipedia)

It’s more than just nine white letters spelling out a city’s name; it’s one of the world’s most evocative symbols – a universal metaphor for ambition, success, glamour…for this dazzling place, industry and dream we call


Although the Sign’s appearance and purpose have evolved over the years, its basic aspirational message remains the same: This is a place where magic is possible, where dreams can come true.

The Sign seen from the farmers market in Los Angeles

For many visitors to Los Angeles, there is no more coveted photo than a shot of the world famous Sign. Though it is visible from all over the city from its lofty perch on Mt. Lee, it can actually be surprisingly difficult to get a well angled shot. Many are surprised to learn that it’s actually illegal to hike to (or basically get anywhere near) the Sign, which is set well back behind restricting gates and protected by security cameras and Park Rangers.

“Live” Meeting-Up With Celebrities at Madame Tussauds


Meet the celebrities of your choice up-close & personal!

 Prince William & Kate Middleton

Madame Tussauds London, the original, is a major tourist attraction located in Central London, housed in the former London Planetarium. It is famous for recreating famous people, or celebrities, in wax.


Anna Maria Tussaud was an artist known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussaud’s, the wax museum, in London is attributed to her memory.

Now, this tourist attraction for celebrity wax figures in London is everywhere – New York, Washington, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai, and Sydney.

Welcome to Madame Tussauds located in Times Square New York, USA. Get up close and personal with your favorite celebrity wax figures at the world famous tourist attraction.

Whom do you like to meet? Political leaders, historical figures, pop stars, cultural figures, TV stars, sports stars, world leaders, Hollywood stars – you’ll find them all at the wax museum.

Here are some of the celebrities we met (Slideshow):

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