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Richard C. Sarafian, Hollywood Director, Dies At 83

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)

Above, Wang attends an event at a Beijing hotel. (Ng Han Guan / Associated Press / September 24, 2013) Also By Daniel Miller September 24, 2013, 7:00 a.m. 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. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club If Wang has his way, Hollywood studios would film at the moviemaking facility, part of a massive complex that would also feature a yacht club, exhibition center and hotels. Wang also predicts that China’s box-office revenue will double by 2023, overtaking the U.S. in 2018. But industry insiders says that while China’s movie business is growing quickly the country has become the second-largest film market in the world there are substantial hurdles for Wang’s plans on the creative and technical fronts. “It’s a significant announcement,” said attorney John Burke, head of the entertainment group at law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. “The difficulty is going to be working out creative controls and providing a sufficient number of A-level crews in China to make multiple studio-quality movies concurrently. The studios are going to test the waters because they need to have a Chinese partner. They will start making movies down there and see how that works out.” The movie business is increasingly reliant on the international marketplace. Last year, nearly 70% of total box-office receipts came from outside the U.S.

Reel China: Chinese film culture

. freedom, an endless road and let the cards fall where they may. In Quentin Tarantinos Death Proof, the director gave Mr. Sarafian a special thanks credit, a bow to the influence of Vanishing Point. In 1997, the Scottish rock band Primal Scream paid tribute to Mr. Sarafian by naming an album Vanishing Point. Its always been a favorite of the band, leader Bobby Gillespie explained. We love the air of paranoia and speed-freak righteousness. In the film, ex-cop, ex-racer and Vietnam vet Kowalski, played by Barry Newman, bets his drug dealer he can deliver a supercharged 1970 Dodge Challenger to California in 15 hours. The reasons for the wager are unclear, but it triggers 90 minutes worth of screaming police cruisers and an excited, crash-by-crash radio narration by Super Soul, a blind disc jockey played by Cleavon Little. Kowalski also encounters desert hippies, a rattlesnake wrangler and an alluring, naked blond woman on a motorcycle. Critics panned the movie, but Mr. Sarafian was undeterred. The beauty of Vanishing Point was that I met the challenge to physicalize speed, he told Turner Classic Movies. The son of Armenian immigrants, Richard Caspar Sarafian was born April 28, 1930, in New York City. He attended New York University but was a rotten student, he told the Armenian Reporter in 2008, until he took a course in film writing and directing: I got an A! Serving during the Korean War as a reporter for an Army news service, he was stationed for a time in Kansas City, Mo., where he met future Hollywood director Robert Altman. The two became pals and worked together making industrial films. When Altman directed a local play, Mr. Sarafian acted in it.

Hollywood Comes to Argentina: President Cristina Fernandez’s New Plan to Expand Her Country’s Film Industry

This much is obvious. The film industry generates nearly $11 million of domestic revenue in the states, and that represents box office sales only. Its one of the most powerful industrys in the world, and Hollywood is the capital. But while Hollywood serves as the worlds film hub, other cities across the globe are imitating its bright lights and allure as the land of opportunity. Everyone has big dreams, but the distance between a dreamer and Hollywood can be unrealistic. Dreams are quickly crushed as travel costs begin to rack up, weighing so heavily on your hopes and aspirations that you give up and settle for a less glamorous life. Luckily for Argentines, however, a new Hollywood will soon sit right in their backyard. Like Us on Facebook President Cristina Fernandez announced that Argentina will build its own film industry hub modeled after Hollywood on an island south of Buenos Aires, Global Post reports. The initial studios will be built on Demarchi Island, which currently hosts various abandoned industrial complexes. In addition to the new studio, Fernandez will raise the limit on Argentine film subsidies from $648,000 to $1.2 million. The president hopes her tactics will attract private developers to the project, which will be a business incubator called Polo Audiovisual. “Just like they do it in Hollywood, where support for the industry has made it possible for its content to become almost universal, we want our values and culture in Argentina to have this kind of development,” Fernandez said, according to the Associated Press . Argentinas film industry has been impressive in the past, especially in comparison to its neighboring countries. Fernandez claims that Argentina is the worlds fourth largest exporter of audiovisual content with the hopes of climbing up the ranks in the coming years.

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