The Academy Awards nominations attracted a routine report about winners and losers from Josh Mankiewicz--"blockbusters did poorly…instead first-timers were in Hollywood's spotlight"-- for NBC and a look at Hollywood's budding new rival from CBS' Barry Petersen. He traveled to the city of Hengdian in southern China where a dozen massive movie sets have been built to make such costume epics as the recently-completed Marco Polo miniseries. Its replica of the Imperial City is bigger than the real thing in Beijing. The magnificent sets make so much money as tourist attractions that the entrepreneur who built them allows production companies to film there for free.
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