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China’s richest man woos Hollywood’s A-listers

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A Chinese tycoon with the biggest cinema chain in the world launched his massive
studio complex with a £10 million A-list party. But has he got the golden box
office touch?

…the world has a new movie mogul, and the Samuel Goldwyn of our age is Chinese: a former People’s Liberation Army officer with more money than Rupert Murdoch.

Wang Jianlin, a wiry 58-year-old, became China’s richest man by building mammoth shopping centres, cinemas, office blocks and hotels. But now he wants to conquer Hollywood, and few would bet against him.

On Sunday, he threw his coming-out party, bizarre even by the delightfully tacky standards of other Chinese galas, which saw Hollywood’s finest dutifully parade down a red carpet at the site of Qingdao’s beer festival, before being driven by golf buggy back to their hotel suites. “It is the beginning of a new era,” said John Travolta, adding that Hollywood needs cash, and China does seem to have a lot of it. “I brought my family over and I want to taste Tsingtao beer,” he said.

Mr Wang paid £10 million to attract an A-list roster of stars to Qingdao, flying them by private jet and closing down one of his five-star hotels, the 348-room Le Meridien, so that they could take over its 31 suites. Mr Wang, who is the largest cinema magnate in the world, with 6,000 screens across Asia and the United States, is already so powerful that executives from all the major Hollywood talent agencies and top studios also flew out.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10331411/Welcome-to-Chollywood-Chinas-richest-man-woos-Hollywoods-A-listers.html

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

September 25, 2013 at 3:08 am

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