China’s Wanda Unveils $8.2 Billion Movie Fund As Hollywood A-listers Lend Support

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The ban, he said, is a slap in the face. “It’s detrimental to our image as a West Coast fashion capital and could prevent fashion houses from choosing West Hollywood,” Gold said. Despite its politically incorrect connotations, fur continues to be a mainstay on the catwalk. International fur sales were at $15.6 billion last year, including $1.3 billion nationally, said Keith Kaplan, executive director of the Fur Information Council of America, a fur industry trade group. The organization, headquartered in West Hollywood, is considering a lawsuit to block the ban. Genevieve Morrill, president and chief executive of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has received numerous calls in recent days from retailers confused about what they can and cannot sell. The ban applies only to “wearing apparel,” which includes shoes, hats and gloves but not pocketbooks and purses. It includes shearling, a sheepskin or lambskin pelt that has gone through limited shearing. Popular Ugg boots that contain shearling are banned. Leather is not banned. Fur blankets are not banned.

EDT, September 21, 2013 A flurry of excitement and a blur of bright, sequined costumes surrounded Edina McGrath as she stood backstage at the Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center. Amid trying to get performers lined up and into costume, she could hear the crowd gathering in the next room. “They get here early to get seats,” McGrath said of the audience. “And every year, we have so many great and talented performers.” This is the second year in a row that the YMCA has hosted the Snappy Senior Fun Follies Show, a mini Broadway production. And it’s grown from just an idea into a big undertaking. Performers ranged in age from 60 to 90, and the range of talent was just as wide some sang, some danced and others told jokes. The crowd of more than 300 was well entertained during the two-hour show. McGrath opened the show with her rendition of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The show also honored America with several patriotic numbers and the presentation of colors, and military veterans were recognized. Other acts including Hollywood’s own Jersey Boys singing “Sherry” and the Sexy Seniors’ performance of “Rock Around the Mop.” Ricardo Ribeiro brought the audience to its feet with his performance of “Climb Every Mountain.” Two years ago, McGrath approached the YMCA’s executive director, Rhonda Ludwig, about putting together a show of senior talent. McGrath, who has more than 10 years experience in the entertainment industry, wanted to get her fellow seniors involved in singing and dancing. “It’s just my desire to show the world that there are still seniors that have talent and want to show it off,” she said. “We find more and more talent each year. It’s such a wonderful experience.” Ludwig said, “I thought this would be something that included like 10 or 15 people, and we could have it on the pool deck.” But like last year’s inaugural show, Ludwig and other YMCA staffers found themselves scrambling to find chairs and enough seats for the guests. “This is a big deal for everyone here in Hollywood,” she said.

Hollywood Y hosts Snappy Senior Fun Follies Show

The Communist Party has identified culture as a “pillar industry” and Wang expects annual revenues of 80 billion yuan ($13.1 billion) from Wanda’s cultural business. “China’s economy is growing fast but it’s still only half the U.S. economy, but in less than 10 years it will catch up. The Chinese movie industry cannot compete with Hollywood and there is a big gap, but that also means the potential is great. The Chinese culture industry is only two percent of our economy but in America it’s 20 percent of the economy,” he said. Wang is China’s richest individual and last year he bought the AMC theater chain for $2.6 billion. The acquisition of AMC Entertainment is just the beginning of its global ambitions, he said. “My target is for Wanda to be one of the world’s biggest companies in the culture industry; this is why I haven’t retired yet,” said the 59-year-old. Also in attendance were a host of Chinese stars such as Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Tony Leung, Donnie Yen, Huang Xiaoming and Vicki Zhao. STORY:Cinema, Property Tycoon Wang Jianlin Named China’s Richest Person Others braving the stark Qingdao sun were representatives from China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Qingdao city government officials and representatives from U.S. studios including Sony Pictures, Warner, Universal, Paramount, Lions Gate and The Weinstein Company.