Filmart: Chinese Actors Say Farewell to Hollywood
- No longer content to play underdeveloped roles in overstuffed tentpoles, China’s screen talents are turning down Tinseltown offers in search of bigger paydays, greater exposure and meatier roles at home. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Hong Kong’s A-list talent weren’t considered true superstars until they had made their mark in Hollywood. Jackie Chan, Jet Li, John Woo, Stephen Chow and others strove to transport their careers to the larger industry pond of Southern California — and often succeeded. But the growth of the Chinese industry has brought an ironic twist: U.S. studios are more interested in the Middle Kingdom’s leading lights than ever before, but today’s top Chinese actors aren’t necessarily rushing to return the call.
Donnie Yen To Headline ‘Sleeping Dogs’ For Neal Moritz’s Original Film
March 2, 2017
- Who best to start a new IP for Neal Moritz’s Original Film (Fast and Furious) than the Ip Man himself? Martial artist Donnie Yen is set to star in a new feature from Moritz entitled Sleeping Dogs, which is based on the top-selling video game by Square Enix. Yen, who recently co-starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, follows an undercover police officer (Yen) on a mission to take down one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the notorious Triads. The movie based on an action video game is set in Hong Kong and focuses on martial arts fighting, racing, boat chases … and shooting while doing all of that.
Why China’s Screenwriters Are Thriving
- Even amid box-office swings, scribes stay in demand, with Chinese screenplays selling for as much as $1 million. Most Chinese film professionals — both above and below the line — still earn a fraction of what their counterparts in unionized Hollywood pull in. But top Chinese screenwriters are among the select few who are beginning to make Los Angeles-level money.
Chinese actors getting cast in bigger roles in US films
- With a few hours to go until the Oscars, many eyes soon will be on the red carpet. But much of Hollywood’s gaze these days is directed towards a red flag. Chinese actors are getting cast in bigger roles in US films. CGTN America’s Phil Lavelle reports from Los Angeles on why the American movie industry is looking East for some of its next big stars. Walk around Hollywood that’s about as Chinese as it gets. The TCL Chinese Theatre-a famous landmark. Delve INTO Hollywood, it’s another story. A huge Chinese star – helping save the world from aliens recently in ‘Independence Day: Resurgence.’ When Matt Damon got stranded on Mars in ‘The Martian’, NASA called on China for help. And Star Wars’ Rogue One – a huge hit – with TWO Chinese stars in major roles.
Asian Twitter Hilariously ‘Thanks’ Matt Damon For Saving China In ‘The Great Wall’
- Asians on the internet made it known that they thought the casting for the film “The Great Wall” was a great big mistake. And they were very snarky about it. This week, people took to Twitter to throw shade at Matt Damon for his lead role in the movie. They trolled the actor by sarcastically thanking him for “saving China” through the trending hashtag #ThankYouMattDamon.
How China Is Remaking the Global Film Industry
February 10, 2017
- China’s influence in Hollywood is growing rapidly as the country’s market becomes ever more vital to the success of Hollywood films. With an eye to profiting from China’s growing middle class, U.S. film studios have become increasingly willing to adjust content and casting to please both Chinese viewers and government censors. Meanwhile, Chinese investment in Hollywood and the U.S. entertainment industry has soared, with large conglomerates such as Dalian Wanda Group financing some of Hollywood’s latest blockbusters. At Time, Hannah Beech looks at the deepening interdependence that characterizes the relationship between Hollywood and China:
Chinese Tycoon Stakes His Claim in Hollywood, Snaps Up Northern European Cinemas
- Dalian Wanda Group, owned by the Chinese property and film mogul Wang Jianlin, has announced the purchase of the biggest cinema chain in the Nordic and Baltic regions. AMC Entertainment Holdings, the US theatre chain under Dalian Wanda Group, said that it would buy the Stockholm-based Nordic Cinema Group for 930 million dollars, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper.
China extends Hollywood push with $1 billion Paramount investment
Jan 19, 2017
- Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures will receive a $1 billion cash investment from two Chinese film companies, Shanghai Film Group (SFG) and Huahua Media, giving the U.S. studio much-needed cash and support as it attempts to grow. As part of the agreement, SFG and Huahua Media will finance a combined 25 percent of all of Paramount’s films for the next three years, with the option to extend to a fourth year, a source familiar with the situation said.
Legendary Entertainment CEO steps down, China’s Wanda takes closer control
Jan 19, 2017
- Thomas Tull, the founder and chief executive of Legendary Entertainment has stepped down, the firm said in a statement to Reuters on Thursday, a year after the Hollywood studio was bought by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda for $3.5 billion. Dalian Wanda insider Jack Gao will for now take the helm at Legendary, the producer behind hit movies like “Jurassic World” and the Batman “Dark Knight” trilogy, putting the Chinese firm more directly in control of the U.S. studio.
Japanese movies may set ties with China in motion in 2017
Dec 24, 2016
- Japanese movies have the potential to give fresh impetus to efforts by Tokyo and Beijing to warm political relations in 2017, as evidenced by the recent smash-hit animation “Your Name.” in China. Yoji Yamada, a prominent Japanese film director whose latest comedy’s remake is to be premiered in China next spring, is one of many who imagine that could be the case.
WWE’s China hopes rest on Bin Wang’s big shoulders
Dec 8, 2016
- Three mornings a week, 22-year-old Bin Wang, a native of China’s Anhui province, enters a beige, low-rise building tucked into an office park in Orlando, Florida, to spend hours body-slamming people. In a few weeks, the 230-pound (104-kg) Wang, who arrived in the United States in June, will be joined by seven other Chinese athletes hand-picked by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc, in the hope that one of them will become the first Chinese WWE “superstar.”