Role In Hollywood Movie Not Path-breaking: R Madhavan

Its very unique, and thats what inspires people the most. This summer, about 300 crewmembers spent two weeks at Icelands Thingvellir National Park, shooting for the upcoming fourth season. Game of Thrones producer Chris Newman told Icelandic news website Visir this summer that they were creating the Westeros world in the drama and that Iceland fits the vision for the imaginary continent. Ive been filming here and working here for 25 years working on and off and I know, having driven around so much, that theres so much landscape here to make the show just seem enormous, said Newman. The variety of locations and landscapes is a huge selling point not only for television shows, but also big Hollywood films, said Leifur Dagfinnsson, chairman and founding partner of Truenorth, which has worked on films including The Fifth Estate, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Director Ridley Scott chose Iceland as his alien planet for the 2012 sci-fi film Prometheus, choosing to shoot in Icelands northern highlands. Iceland also hosted a crew of 1,000 people for Clint Eastwoods 2006 war film Flags of Our Fathers. In addition to the wild landscapes, there are financial reasons to shoot in Iceland. Tax incentives lure filmmakers, as the government operates a generous reimbursement program. Visiting film productions could get reimbursed up to 20 percent of their production costs while filming on Icelandic soil, a substantial benefit on films costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. To qualify for the rebate, filmmakers must establish a company in Iceland, or create an Icelandic branch of an existing company. The filmmakers then send details about the film to Icelands Ministry of Industry, along with an estimate of production costs. Eligible production costs do not include wages for employees who pay tax in another country. We wouldnt stand a chance without this rebate, said Dagfinnsson. While Icelands environment is beautiful, its very unpredictable. Weather patterns change rapidly, and foreign production crews have to be ready for anything.

Pierluigi Lugano, an Abissi wine maker, checks a Primat, a bottle that contains 27 litres of sparkling wine that was brought to the surface by scuba divers on September 25, 2013 in Chiavari. Pierluigi Lugano is experimenting by storing his wine three to four years in the sea at a depth of 60 metres and some 3 kilometres offshore, where the water temperature remains constant under 6 bars of pressure with a slight deepwater current. 
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Pierluigi Lugano, an Abissi wine maker, checks a Primat, a bottle that contains 27 litres of sparkling wine that was brought to the surface by scuba divers on September 25, 2013 in Chiavari. Pierluigi Lugano is experimenting by storing his wine three to four years in the sea at a depth of 60 metres and some 3 kilometres offshore, where the water temperature remains constant under 6 bars of pressure with a slight deepwater current. 
AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

She said, she’d like to romance a younger version of Madhavan in real life. (AFP) R Madhavan, who has been part of successful films like Rang De Basanti (2006), 3 Idiots (2009) and Tanu Weds Manu (2011), will soon be seen in the Hollywood film, Night Of The Living Dead. The movie is being be directed by Simon West. But interestingly, the actor says he doesnt think it is a huge break for him. While many Bollywood actors make a hullaballoo after doing cameos in Hollywood films, do you believe that this film is a big leap in your career? First of all, my excitement is to find good films, portray new characters and surprise the audience. As far as Hollywood is concerned, I feel it was a stroke of luck. I wont say its a huge break or that is going to change my career. I cant say its path-breaking or I that I have done something extra-ordinary. Its just another opportunity. I hope that the film works and people like my work. Why is Hollywood a huge attraction for Indian actors? Lets be honest. Every actor wants to do a Hollywood film. First of all, in terms of technology they are way ahead of us (Bollywood). Also, if you are a Hollywood star, you get recognised almost everywhere.

Can China Create its Own Hollywood?

These industry changes can be seen as part of a continuum that began with the Hollywood’s import of Hong Kong talent like John Woo, Tsui Hark, Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat, and Jet Li in the 1990s. A new era dawned with the phenomenal international success of Ang Lee’sCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonin 2000 and followed by other Chinese blockbusters like Zhang Yimou’sHeroand Stephen Chow’sShaolin Soccer. It was that series of pivotal films that combined a pan-Chinese talent pool from the PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong and overseas, Hollywood finance and distribution partners, martial arts talent and cutting edge CGI technology, and A-list production values that began to transform the Hollywood-Chinese film industry relationship in new ways. One by one, major studios began opening co-production offices in Hong Kong and China and companies like Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia produced some of the most profitable films in Chinese film history, becoming major players in the local industry. With the lure of China’s burgeoning market as seen by new metroplexes opening almost every day in China and a soaring box office, Chinese new studio alliances were formed. These include the 2011 collaboration between Relativity Media and Skyland/Huaxia and the 2012 establishment of Oriental Dreamworks. Over the course of this transnational dance, we have seen Chinese blockbusters cast A-list Hollywood stars (Christian Bale inThe Flowers of War, Tim Robbins and Adrian Brody inBack to 1942,etc.) in an attempt to better market Chinese productions to an international audience as well as mainstream Hollywood films cast a growing number of Chinese actors to better access the increasingly lucrative Chinese market. Looking at the sheer scope of Hollywood franchise-based action films actively casting Chinese stars (Iron Man, The Expendables, X-Men, Resident Evil, Transformers, etc.) and one gets a sense of how pervasive these changes truly are. At the same time, we are seeing an increasing number of truly collaborative ventures, such asMy Lucky Star, written by Amy Snow with Chinese co-writers, directed by Dennie Gordon and starring Ziyi Zhang and Leehom Wang, which at the time of this writing is currently #1 at the Chinese box office. Into this complex and dynamic relationship comes the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis, which is certainly poised to further accelerate (and complicate) these changes and the very nature of Chinese cinema. I would expect that much of the studio space will most likely be used by Hollywood or other foreign film companies to produce non-Chinese themed content (i.e. the way portions ofKill Billwere shot on location in China but not set there), however, the sheer scale of the studio and capital behind it will inevitably also result in even more Hollywood-Chinese collaborations of capital and talent. Up until this point the dream of the Sino-American blockbuster featuring top stars from both Hollywood and China in a big budget co-production that breaks box-office records in China and the U.S.