Nicole Kidman Backs Wang Jianlin’s Plans To Build Chinese Hollywood

Does ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Mean the End of Hollywood?

The blonde beauty showed her support for Jianlin’s plans by attending a glitzy event in the northeastern city of Qingdao that was hosted by him, the Daily Telegraph reported. The function also saw Hollywood celebs, including Ewan McGregor , Catherine Zeta-Jones , John Travolta and Leonardo DiCaprio , mixing with Chinese stars like Zhang Ziyi , Jet Li and Tony Leung. At the occasion, the country’s richest man said that his company, Dalian Wanda Group, will build a state-of-the-art film studio complex in a bid to dominate China’s rapidly growing movie market. Non-logged-in comments will go through a verification process for security reasons. Log in to post this comment Your comment Characters Remaining: 3000 Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, libellous, slanderous or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. Let’s work together to keep the conversation civil. pOST cOMMENT Post your comment We encourage you to register/login and proceed. However, if you choose to remain non-loggedin, you are required to fill up the form below and verify your email address before we can publish your comment. That way, we can verify that the email address doesn’t belong to someone else. Register/Login

Thats where a game such as GTA V breaks through. Its tempting to think of it as an open-ended movie: its written and directed by storytellers skilled in the cinematic form and produced by an expert group of visual designers. In that sense it feels like a big movie production. As the scale and complexity of these games increase — and as our ability to simulate and render nuance and emotion and ambiguity increases – – these games are starting to verge on something entirely new. Whatever one might feel about the storyline of Grand Theft Auto V, it is hard to deny that it is pushing the boundary of the form. Open world games have come a long way in a short time, but as impressive as they are, theyre still operated on rails — theme-park rides rather than free-driving cars. GTA V points the way to games with a narrated openness in which players wouldnt be presented with options so much as they would have tools to model their experience. Giving players the ability to create their own stories within the connected world of a larger story creates a natural, social evolution within the system. In this sense, Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft show us what may be coming when the mediums we have now are reimagined as virtual worlds that can grow and evolve over time. Next Generation If anyone is going to invent a new form of entertainment from this model, shes probably 15 years old right now, unbound by the conventions and assumptions of received forms. Shes growing up in a world in which a significant number of her interactions with other people are online (for better or worse). She consumes serialized programming in 13-hour blocks and doesnt really distinguish between TV shows, movies or Internet videos.

Chinese tycoon announces plans to build $8 billion Chinese Hollywood at star-studded event

Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, plans to spend $8.2 billion to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the northeastern city of Qingdao. The Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis’s 20 studios will include a permanent underwater studio and a 108,000 square-foot stage that Wang said would be the world’s biggest. The facility will also include an Imax research and development center, cinemas and China’s biggest film and celebrity wax museums. The first phase is planned to open in June 2016 and it will be fully operational by June 2017. A yacht marina, eight hotels and a theme park will be built to attract tourists. The company has signed a preliminary deal with “a number of global film and television giants and talent agencies” to shoot about 30 foreign films a year. It did not name the companies. Wang also hopes to attract more than 50 Chinese production companies to make at least 100 domestic films and TV shows a year at the studios, where sets will simulate locations from Europe, the Middle East and China’s Ming and Qing dynasties. Dalian Wanda, which operates cinemas, hotels and department stores in China, last year bought the U.S. cinema chain AMC for $2.6 billion and snapped up British yacht maker Sunseeker in June this year. The tycoon’s red carpet event in Qingdao underlined his outsized ambitions for China’s entertainment industry. Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Travolta and Leonardo DiCaprio rubbed elbows with Chinese stars including Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li and Tony Leung at the event in Qingdao, best known for Tsingtao Brewery founded when Germany colonized the city a century ago.