“It amuses me that we are in 2013, and with the 2000 and 2010 Census under our belts and countless reports that have been stating for years the fact that Latinos are strong moviegoers, (there are) still very few studios that have dedicated the attention to understand our market,” says Luis Balaguer, CEO of Latin Entertainment and the manager of Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara. “We are definitely under-served,” says Balaguer, who called on the industry to hire more “Latino executives who have dedicated their lives to this market and can help the studio crack the code.” Some studio executives think they’re close. Instructions comes from Pantelion Films, Hollywood’s first Spanish-oriented studio and a joint venture between Lionsgate and the formidable Mexican multimedia company Televisia. Chief Executive Paul Presburger says that Instructions shouldn’t have come as such a surprise because of Derbez, a huge star in Mexican film and TV. “He’s the biggest star nobody heard of,” Presburger says. “But even in the testing (with sample audiences), we were scoring higher than we thought. It was clear we’ve just been scratching the surface of the Latino market.” Latino moviegoers are diverse That market will soon take on a more international flair. Upcoming Latino-themed movies include: Pulling Strings (Oct. 4), a romantic comedy featuring Mexican star Jaime Camil that is half-English, half-Spanish and includes bit parts by Stockard Channing and Tom Arnold. Chavez (April 4), a biopic about Cesar Chavez. The English-language film stars Michael Pena as Chavez and co-stars Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich.
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China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin , has thrown his money behind an $8.2 billion development in the eastern coastal city that will boast massive film and television studios, production facilities, theme parks and hotels. Wang and his firm Dalian Wanda Group hope the “Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis” — covering 1.5 square miles — will become a global magnet for film stars, movie studios and tourists. The company said it had reached preliminary agreements with various media giants to shoot 30 foreign films in the studios each year, in addition to plans for 100 Chinese films and television shows. The blueprint for the ‘metropolis’ includes plans for 20 studios and the world’s only fixed underwater studio . Related: China’s richest man worth $22 billion But overtaking Hollywood isn’t enough. Wang hopes Qingdao will eventually challenge Disney ( DIS , Fortune 500 ) and the Cannes film festival. Wanda Group expects crowds will flock to the city’s theme parks , celebrity wax museums, hotels and water-front bars. And plans are in place for the new facilities to host an international film festival from 2016. Wang’s Wanda Group has made no secret about its international ambitions , recently paying over $1.6 billion to buy the British yacht maker Sunseeker , which crafts vessels for James Bond films. The firm also announced plans to develop a five-star hotel and apartment complex in a prime London location. Last year, Wanda bought cinema chain AMC Entertainment Holdings in a $2.6 billion deal.
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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Cotillard, Cruz to be honored at ‘Elle’ Women in Hollywood Cindy Clark, USA TODAY 12 a.m. EDT September 25, 2013 The women will be honored at a dinner next month in Beverly Hills. Actress Penelope Cruz attends ‘To Rome With Love’ photocall at Hotel Parco dei Principi on April 13, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The actress will be honored at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event on Oct. 21, 2013. (Photo: Elisabetta Villa, Getty Images) SHARE 3 CONNECT 12 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Naomie Harris, Melissa McCarthy and Nancy Meyers are honorees at the 20th anniversary of Elle’s Women in Hollywood event on Oct. 21 at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Shailene Woodley will receive the Calvin Klein Collection Emerging Star Spotlight Award, and Eva Marie Saint will get the L’Oreal Paris Legend Award. “This is a special moment for Elle as we mark 20 wonderful years of Women in Hollywood,” says Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers in a statement. “The longevity of this annual celebratory event is a testament to the remarkable women we honor who have been setting an example in the entertainment industry with their brilliant work. We’re proud to continue championing these illustrious women in the years to come.” Last year’s Women in Hollywood honorees included Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning, Shirley MacLaine, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Octavia Spencer, Uma Thurman, Emma Watson, and Kristen Wiig. Past recipients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Julie Andrews, Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt, Katie Holmes, Barbra Streisand, Jessica Chastain, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diane Keaton, Viola Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Zoe Saldana, Jane Fonda, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and Sigourney Weaver. USA NOW
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