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Jacky Chan’s Chinese theatre

But will Jackie make guest appearances?

Actors and business don’t always have the happiest history. Think Stallone and Schwarzenegger and their twice-bankrupted Planet Hollywood restaurant chain. That hasn’t put off Chinese action star Jackie Chan who will this month launch his own Beijing business empire, with a new 17-screen multiplex cinema. Its official opening on June 16 will see Will Smith and his son, Jaden cut the ribbon, with a China premiere of the Karate Kid remake – starring both Jaden (as the kid) and Chan (as his teacher). Chan has invested Rmb60 million in his flagship theatre and plans to add 15 more by the end of the year – adding to China’s 1,600 cinemas and capitalising on the rapidly growing box office. The cinemas will not only carry his name, but will show his back catalogue of movies (Shanghai Noon and so forth), and have a store selling the kung-fu star’s merchandise. Oh, and


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