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Iron Man returns

One of the greatest heroes of the Maoist era was Iron Man Wang – an oilman lauded with the discovery of the huge fields in Daqing. Wang Jinxi was admired for his bravery, working with his drilling teams in temperatures as low as -30 degrees centigrade. Now China is about to get another Iron Man, but this time of the Hollywood variety. Disney will join forces with Beijing-based DMG Entertainment to make the third instalment of the action movie Iron Man. The film – starring Robert Downey Jnr and Gwyneth Paltrow – will be “made in China in an attempt at tapping the third-largest box office market in the world”. Filming starts next month, with a US release date set for May 2013. “Our collaboration with Disney and Marvel marks a milestone in the global entertainment landscape, as this signifies the first multi-billion dollar franchise to be produced between Hollywood and China,” claimed Dan Mintz, CEO of DMG Entertainment.

It will also see Paltrow spending a lot more time in China. As reported in WiC136, the actress made her first trip to Beijing last November, as a brand ambassador for Coach handbags.


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