Skip to comments.Hollywood starts '09 with little to celebrate (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 01/02/2009 5:11:21 AM PST by abb
There is no Hollywood ending in sight in 2009 for the entertainment industry, which along with the rest of the nation is experiencing its worst economic slump in decades.
The fallout from declining local TV ad revenue, weakening DVD sales and diminishing sources of film financing will continue to pound Los Angeles' signature industry, which employs more than 200,000 people and pumps an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion into the local economy.
Many expect that will trigger further layoffs at the studios, networks, independent production outfits and other media companies on top of the thousands of job losses that have already occurred in recent months. Industry executives contend that the steep downturn will force Hollywood to fundamentally change the way it does business.
This is occurring against a backdrop of declining DVD sales, which have propped up studio profits for years. Consumer spending on DVDs, already slowing, is believed to have dropped about 5% to 7% in 2008, according to Adams Media Research, which projects a similar decline for this year. The slowdown in DVD sales reflects the maturity of the business, which began to slow in 2005, but is now exacerbated by a drop in overall consumer spending that began a few months ago, said Tom Adams, president of the research firm.
Nonetheless, Fithian acknowledged that if the recession dragged on, it could affect moviegoing at a time when consumers are getting more of their entertainment at home with their big-screen TVs, video games and the Internet. A recent study by market research firm Parks Associates found that nearly 66% of U.S. consumers altered their spending habits in the fourth quarter of 2008 as a result of the bad economy.
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Why not make a movie about Obama?
Bush and the Republicans screw up everything in the world, and then Obama the Magic... I mean, Obama comes and gets elected and reverses global warming and gives money to all the downtrodden of the world which is, after all, what they really need.
Oprah could finance it. No downside!
I had heard Will Smith was interested in making an Obama film. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/entertainment/Barack-Obama-Starring-Will-Smith.html
How about creating entertaining movies rather than left wing propaganda drivel.
We created a drinking game where we watch these movies and drink everytime there is a ‘hidden’ liberal message. On New Years Eve we rented 4 movies and were blastered half-way through the 2nd one!!!!!
There ya go! Will Smith! Obama! No brainer! It'll be a monster!
Better make it fast, though.
Maybe now, studios will stop making anti American crap that no one sees. One other question, Will the Academy Award nominees be seen by more than 1000 people?
Do they mean by not producing crappy movies w/ crappy actors?
Bingo! During the "great" depression, the standard escape was the movies, they were cheap at the time and usually had a great story or some uplifting message. Now cowboys hump and the bad guy wins. I read the news or crochet rather than go to the movies.
When woll Hollywood ask for a bailout? Are they “too big to fail”?
It was Conservative principles that fostered and maintained American morale. When that began to deteriorate, America started it's slide into the septic tank.
With all moral and Conservative guidance gone and with the current leadership in place, they will go deeper into the abyss. They now reap what they have sown.
And their movies are complete worthless trash. No wonder.
The final year of “The West Wing” was all about a minority democrat beating a western state RINO for President.
You mentioned "morons like Sean Penn, Matt Damon, and Ben Afleck making $20 million for 6 months of work." That's a big problem, and also all the 'R' rated movies being made.
High School Musical 3 is 'G' rated and made a fortune at the box office.
Here’s another thought: quit making crappy remakes of films that don’t need to be remade. It’s bad enough that they’re remaking them to begin with, but they feel the need to add their PC leftist twist to the plots. Personally, I’ll stick with the originals.
I have not watched ABC, NBC or CBS or been to a movie in years. Why...because they do not produce what I enjoy watching. The entertainment industry is the only industry that does not seem to understand that they have to produce what people want to buy in order to be profitable.
I remember an interview with Clint Eastwood where he actually said something like..many of his pictures did not make money but that was okay because he made movies “he” enjoyed and liked to make.
“flick those fleas to the curb”
For much of 2008, it looked like Obama - or at least the DNC's Ministry of Propaganda - was making a Will Smith film.
The British film makers are now leading by the way, they make films like Lord of The Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and other exciting action films without all the PC BS, or Leftist propaganda. They are blowing Hollywood away.
So, let's just shut up and let the Brits do what they are doing best. Then we can permanently say good riddance to Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, George Clooney and their ilk.
ROFLMAO!! Spot on! We've always heard that the Drive-By Media and Hollywood were the PR arm of the Democrat party. I think it's the other way 'round. The Democrat party is the political action wing of the Media, Hollywood and Academia.
Why not just read Karl Marx in the original, rather than be spoon fed by idiots who can’t grasp that he was wrong?
May the Hollywood liberals take “big hits” in their pocketbooks this year.
They gave away their money to Democrats last year and hopefully lost some to Bernie Madoff, too.
May they keep on losing in 2009.
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I absolutely loved WALL-E. My family and I bought the DVD as soon as it came out, and my little boy watches it every day. I have enjoyed everything that PIXAR has made (although I have not seen Ratatouille or Meet the Robinsons.) Pixar's productions present a good message to the kids (the folly of being superficial, humility, good triumphing over evil, admitting when one is wrong, standing to one's principles, and overcoming adversity by making an honest effort instead of making excuses).
Not everything that comes from England leads the way. The latest James Bond flick is a piece of PC, America-hating sh*t.
Overall, the death of Hollywood would not break my heart at all. But save the good eggs before throwing out the bad.
Seldom do I watch the newer Hollywood stuff. Either TCM or AMC movies are all I bother with.
I’m in the mood for a bender, which four were they?
Hollywood should try making movies that are original, clever and patriotic instead of making endless sequels (how many times do I need to see “Batman”?), politically correct drivel and films featuring constant profanity, “action”, sex and gross out humor and violence.
Pick any movie from the last 10 or 15 years. Your odds are 5:1 that it will have a hidden - or blatant - liberal message and will serve your purpose.
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1. Make movies people actually would want to see, not “films”
2. Have the theaters hire people that can keep the projector in focus
Marty Kaplan-Director of the Annenburg School of Communication:”if your still spending $100mill on pictures that have little chance of being hits,your in a business that is inherently nuts.”I agree.I enjoy war movies and westerns,but why would i pay good money to watch a movie where american military personell are portrayed as sadistic killers and the terrorists are victims?Or how bout a “cowboy” movie where the main characters are homosexuals?Why does hwood crank out movies(money losers)no one wants to see?I come up with two possibilities:1)if H-wood inundates us with anti-american films long enough we’ll eventually buy into their anti-US propaganda or 2)the directors,producers,actors,etc,etc,... sincerely believe their movies are an honest portrayal of reality.
You are 100% right in that statement.
It makes me sick to start watching a TV show and halfway through it the leftist message comes over, and I turn it off.
Movies are even worse.
The Traitor w/ Done Cheadle
Definite, Maybe w/ Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weiz
never got to the last two——to drunk from the beer
Ha. Well, those are two I said I'd never see. I'll have to get my drinking game going in some other way.
Bedroom scene (no one over 30 years old)
An other than Straight encounter (I do not use the “g” word)
Multiple murders (lots of blood)
Car chase with lots of stupid Cop crashes
Funeral in the rain
Lots of trash talk (be sure to use the “f” word much
You get my point.
Obama IS a jug-eared prince.
I even have a recently released 12 part British series (Against the Wind..made in 1978) about the colonization of Australia....it is spot on excellent.
But hard times are hitting the British film colony too...
Actually my #41 should have been directed to you :)
Hollywood has so little talent the only people holding up Hollywood are teenage boys ( yeah they’ll buy sex) and overseas monsters who feed on violence. Maybe 10 more awards shows will keep them from noticing.
Watch the money. Always follow the advertising, the financing and so forth. Since I’ve been doing these threads, I’ve tried to find articles about the money flow. None of these dinosaurs can live without food, and advertising revenues and box office revenues is what feeds them.
I can just smell something like this coming. The liberal media print will cease to exist. Then, there will be a crisis so compelling that even liberals will be shocked. And then, they will complain that they were prevented from doing their public watchdog duties because the they went bankrupt.
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Hey Hollywood! Listen up! Make movies people in the USA want to see! Make films that depict Jesus Christ as savior, Make sure American Heroes are shown as heroes (yes with feet of clay—but heroes anyway). Make movies from classic works rather than comic books. Make movies with a good STORY and not all special effects. Make movies with good acting and not a lot of sex. Make comedy’s without toilet humor.
Some ideas I give away for free! Script writers steal what you want.
1. A movie about Lt Cussing sinking the CSS Albamarle in the Civil War (he won the metal of honor for this act).
2. A movie on the voyage of the Rebel raider CSS Alabama (Ted Turner—you would love this project).
3. A movie about Cherokee Indians in the Civil War.
4. A movie about Mack Sennett the silent movie director who invented the Keystone Kops.
5. A Movie on the Perry Mason and his cases.
6. A movie on Andy Jackson and his term in Office as President of the USA.
7. A movie on Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars books.
8. A comedy re-make of Hellsapoppin
Follow tax benefits too.
He could say that because unlike almost everyone else in the movie industry, Eastwood is well-known for keeping production costs as low as possible. Remember the movie Mystic River with its all-star cast? Eastwood completed the movie in a amazingly short period and everyone involved with the production were amazed how fast and efficiently he worked on the movie.