and whose stunt work appeared in Casino Royale, Jarhead, and Lord of War, was found by divers at the bottom of Lake Caihu. Its likely he was killed on impact, authorities say. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Yang Qing/ Yang Qing/Xinhua Press/Corbis The remains of U.S. stunt pilot David Riggs is found in Caihu Lake. Related Stories SEE IT: Tidal wave slams China coast, over 30 injured BEIJING Divers have found the body of a missing U.S. stunt pilot whose plane crashed into a lake in northeast China while attempting a tricky maneuver in the rain, the head of the team searching for him said Friday. David Riggs, whose U.S. pilots license had been suspended, had been missing since Tuesdays accident outside the city of Shenyang in which his young female Chinese translator died. Riggs was in China to take part in an air show and was apparently rehearsing one of his tricks when the accident occurred. Zhang Fang said Riggs body was found during a search of the bottom of Lake Caihu by divers from the Dalian branch of the Beihai Rescue Bureau. Its likely he was killed on impact, but we dont know for sure yet, Fang said by telephone from the accident scene. daveriggspilot.com David Riggs died when a plane he was flying crashed in China. Riggs high-performance single-engine Lancair 320 plane broke into pieces after hitting the lake and some parts had been recovered, including one of its two seats. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
(Staff photo by Eric Bojanowski) By Sara Shell, Forum Publishing Group 5:13 p.m. 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.
China’s Wanda Unveils $8.2 Billion Movie Fund as Hollywood A-Listers Lend Support
our editor recommends China’s Wanda Pushing Film Credentials With ‘The Palace’ Hollywood A-listers turned out in force in searing sunshine in Qingdao, northeastern China, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein there to show moral support for the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis complex, which is slated to open in 2017 in the eastern Chinese port city. PHOTOS:Leonardo DiCaprio’s Life and Career in Pictures The facility will include a 10,000 square-meter film studio and 19 smaller facilities, along with a theme park similar to the Universal Studios franchise. The project will also include a permanent auto show, a yacht center, an international hospital, hotels and bars. “The future of the worlds film industry is in China because we have 1.3 billion people, and we will have the biggest film business in the world by 2018,” Wang told the assembled glitterati, which also included the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, John Travolta, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Kate Beckinsale and Christoph Waltz. Wanda has signed agreements with film studios and talent agencies to have about 30 foreign movies produced at the new facility every year, as well as 100 local films. Wang, who spent 17 years in the People’s Liberation Army and is a key adviser to the ruling Communist Party, said the Academy had signed an agreement supporting an annual Qingdao International Film Festival every September starting from 2016. He said it would be one of the worlds top international film festivals within three to five years, pending government approval. PHOTOS:Exclusive Portraits of Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, and Other Stars at the Toronto Film Festival Depending on the success of the festival, he would discuss expanding the relationship with the Academy. Last week, Wanda donated $20 million towards the organization’s film museum in Los Angeles. 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.
Hollywood comes out to honor British influences before Emmy awards
So its no surprise the actor walked the red carpet Saturday at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts pre-Emmy tea in Los Angeles. He says the shows nine nominations are a sign the entertainment industry is learning how to better cater to audiences. More on the Emmy Awards Does ‘Mad Men’ deserve an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama? Hank Stuever It’s a near certainty that it will be on the top list every year, but does season 6 of “Mad Men” deserve yet another Emmy nomination for outstanding drama? The short answer, if you dutifully slogged through it, is no. Complete list of the 65th Emmy Awards Nominees Veronica Toney Other American versions of British shows were on stars minds too. Breaking Bad star Dean Norris says the original British version of The Office is one of his favorite shows of all time. And actor Reid Scott of Veep says he really loves the BBCs show Sherlock Holmes. So what will be the next British import to find fame in America? Even Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes says he doesnt know. ___ Online: http://www.bafta.org Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.