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  1. Mario F. Kassar (Arabic: ماريو قصار ‎; born October 10, 1951) is a Lebanese film producer and industry executive who produced the first three films of the Rambo series, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, The Doors, Angel Heart, Jacob's Ladder, Rambling Rose, Basic Instinct, Universal Soldier, Chaplin, Showgirls, Stargate, among other films.

  2. Carolco Pictures, Inc. Carolco Pictures, Inc. was an American independent motion picture production company that existed from 1976 to 1995, founded by Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna. Kassar and Vajna ran Carolco together until 1989, when Vajna left to form Cinergi Pictures. Carolco hit its peak in the 1980s and early 1990s, with blockbuster ...

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    Kassar was born on October 10, 1951 in Beirut, Lebanon. Like him, his father was also an independent movie producer. Kassar is of Lebanese and Italiandescent. At the age of 15, Kassar had purchased several Italian and French films for distribution in the Far East.

    1970s and Vajna

    Kassar met Andrew G. Vajna at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. A year later, Kassar and Vajna founded Carolco Pictures. "Carolco" was a name they had taken from a long-defunct company based in Panama. "We just bought the name," Kassar later told Entertainment Weekly. "It means nothing." The first film Kassar and Vajna ventured together was The Sicilian Cross, a 1976 Italian film that starred Roger Moore. They bought the rights to the film for $130,000. Kassar flew to Asia and sold it for $220,0...

    1980s and Rambo

    In 1980, Kassar and Vajna paid Warner Bros. approximately $383,000 for the option rights of David Morrell's 1972 novel, First Blood. Even though they overpaid him, Kassar and Vajna cast Stallone as John Rambo because they knew the actor's star status could be used to secure the requisite investment. The result, First Blood, was a major hit in October 1982, and eventually made $125 million on its $14 million investment, making Carolco a major Hollywood production company. According to the Los...

    1990s and Hoffman

    Films that Kassar executive produced during the 1990s included Total Recall (1990), Air America (1990), Narrow Margin (1990), L.A. Story (1991), The Doors (1991), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Rambling Rose (1991), Basic Instinct (1992), Cliffhanger (1993), Stargate (1994), Last of the Dogmen (1995), Showgirls (1995) and Cutthroat Island (1995). Kassar also produced Universal Soldier (1992) and Chaplin (1992). During that time, relations between Kassar and Hoffman had degenerated into mi...

    Paramount and Lolita

    In the wake of Carolco's collapse, Kassar shifted his employment to Paramount Pictures. Sherry Lansing, chairman of Paramount, said: "I am thrilled that Mario will be making his new home at Paramount. Mario excels at producing major action-adventure films with high level directors and cast that have worldwide appeal. He also brings creative financial arrangements to the films he makes. We all look forward to our new relationship with him and the exciting projects he will bring to the studio."...

    C2 Pictures and Magnetik Media

    In 1998, he reunited with Vajna again and together they founded C2 Pictures, which produced I Spy (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and Basic Instinct 2 (2006). Kassar later confirmed on March 11, 2009 that as a result of the latter movie being a failure at the box office, plans for a third chapter were shelved and C2 Pictures officially ended the Basic Instinct/Catherine Tramell franchise. C2 Pictures was later disbanded afterwards and it was later revealed that Vajna and Kas...

    Late 2000s

    According to Today's Zaman, it was announced on August 7, 2008 that Kassar was reportedly collaborating with the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation on a miniseries that would recount the life of Suleiman the Magnificent. It was reported that Kassar also participated on Terminator Salvation (2009). However, it was later revealed that he and Vajna sold the franchiseto Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek of the Halcyon Group in 2007. Kassar received $30 million for the purchase.

    On January 20, 2015, it was announced that Carolco Pictures was back when Brick Top acquired its name.Brick Top Productions officially changed its corporate name to Carolco Pictures Inc. On February 17, 2015, it was announced that Kassar had returned as chairman of the board of directors of the currently relaunched Carolco Pictures. "One of my greatest joys in life was being the chairman of Carolco Pictures … I am elated to return to that position, to produce the world’s greatest movies once again under the Carolco brand for my fans and people everywhere to enjoy," Kassar said. "The major difference between now and then are the advances in technology and cinematography not previously available to Carolco Pictures 20 years ago," Kassar said. "Combined with these advances … the best movies I will ever produce are still yet to come." Alex Bafer, now Carolco Pictures’ CEO, said Kassar "is hands-down the world’s greatest producer of mega-hit films. We couldn’t be more excited than to hav...

    Kassar resides in Holmby Hillswith his wife Denise Richard-Kassar and their three daughters, Natasha, Tatiana and Anastasia. On November 14, 2013, it was reported by the New York Post that Kassar's name was apparently mentioned in an email exchange between Alec Baldwinand his stalker, Genevieve Sabourin.

    The Changeling(1980)
    Escape to Victory(1981)
    The Amateur(1981)
    Superstition(1982)
    Mario Kassar at the Internet Movie Database
  4. Mario Kassar (born October 10, 1951 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-American film producer. Life. Mario Kassar founded the independent film studio Carolco Pictures together with Andrew G. Vajna, which went bankrupt in 1995 due to the financial failure of Die Piratenbraut. Kassar and Vajna have been executive producers on most of the films .

    • Lebanese film producer
    • Beirut, Lebanon
    • October 10, 1951
    • Kassar, Mario
  5. First Blood topped the U.S. box office for three weeks in a row, and its $6,642,005 opening weekend was the best October opening at the time. The film ended as a significant financial success, with a total gross of $51 million domestically, the highest-grossing film of the fall, [21] and the 13th highest-grossing film of the year .

  6. Aug 13, 1991 · Carolco Pictures Inc. and its flamboyant chairman, Mario Kassar, are notorious for their free-spending ways. Carolco pays such stars as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone top dollar ...

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