Richard C. Sarafian, Hollywood Director, Dies At 83

China seeks to create its own Hollywood

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. and Canada, according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America. “With the huge potential that comes with a population of 1.3 billion, the global film industry will recognize that the sooner you partner with China, the sooner you make more money,” said China state news service Xinhua in paraphrasing Wang, whose net worth is estimated at $22 billion. FULL COVERAGE: Reel China This month, Wanda, owner of theater chain AMC Entertainment, announced a $20-million donation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its forthcoming film museum. Though Wanda trumpeted a successful round of deal making with Hollywood players, it’s not clear whether any film studios, production companies or talent agencies and their clients have signed any substantial agreements with the company. Los Angeles film studio 20th Century Fox sent representatives to the event, as did Burbank’s Warner Bros. , but has not struck a deal with Wanda. Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency dispatched agents to Sunday’s unveiling but have not struck deals with the company.

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EDT China seeks to create its own Hollywood Want to see how this story relates to your watchlist? Just add items to create a watchlist now: Add or Cancel Already have a watchlist? Log In By Laurie Burkitt QINGDAO, China Executives of Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment joined Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman and John Travolta in this Chinese seaside city to meet a man who will likely play a bigger role in their future. Wang Jianlin, Chinas richest man and the chairman of property-and-entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group Corp., said Sunday he is breaking ground on a 30-billion-yuan to 50-billion-yuan ($4.9 billion to $8.2 billion), mega-entertainment center that will include a theme park, a film museum, a wax museum and a massive film studio, which the tycoon promises will be the worlds largest. Reuters Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, is seeking to build a larger version of Hollywood in China. Closely held Wanda has signed agreements with four top global talent agencies to attract stars such as Ms. Kidman and Mr. DiCaprio to produce 30 films each year and attend an annual festival, the statement said. The company will also enlist 50 domestic film- and television-production companies to work with Wanda, ensuring that 100 homegrown films and shows are made each year. Mr. Wang not only wants a stronger foothold in Hollywood, he wants to re-create it in China, he said. A Chinese adaptation of the Hollywood sign is planned for the mountain overlooking the theme park-studio Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis. Its my dream, Mr. Wang said during an interview.

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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. The directors sister came bounding backstage after he appeared, her arms opened wide. Richard, Richard! she exclaimed. You were adequate! They married (and divorced and remarried) and had five children. Helen Joan Altman died two years ago. Mr. Sarafian got his start in TV as Altmans assistant but quickly established himself as a director. The 1963 Living Doll episode for The Twilight Zone was one of his more famous efforts. He also directed Man in the Wilderness, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Run Wild, Run Free and other movies.