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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 28 Apr 2014 08:40 #40849

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I am reading Linda Obst's important book on how the movie industry has changed so deeply in the last few years: especially for USA theatres. It is chilling and immensely informative and I urge you all to read it. Why are so few studios making films that seem designed firstly to translate to China and Russia? Because they are. It's where the money is. Why did Oprah and Forrest Whittaker take 65,000.00 to make The Butler? Because if they had not it would not have been made. And why when our industry pivots, including NATO, and focuses on the "international boxoffice" and yet we don't see it is this bad for USA theatre goers and exhibitors? It's all here and without us recognizing it we were the proverbial frogs in pot of water that slowly came to boil. I'm not sure what it all means... I'm only 1/4 into it but it is a very big deal for all of us.

he veteran producer and author of the bestseller Hello, He Lied takes a witty and critical look at the new Hollywood.

Over the past decade, producer Lynda Obst gradually realized she was working in a Hollywood that was undergoing a drastic transformation. The industry where everything had once been familiar to her was suddenly disturbingly strange.

Combining her own industry experience and interviews with the brightest minds in the business, Obst explains what has stalled the vast moviemaking machine. The calamitous DVD collapse helped usher in what she calls the New Abnormal (because Hollywood was never normal to begin with), where studios are now heavily dependent on foreign markets for profit, a situation which directly impacts the kind of entertainment we get to see. Can comedy survive if they don’t get our jokes in Seoul or allow them in China? Why are studios making fewer movies than ever—and why are they bigger, more expensive and nearly always sequels or recycled ideas?

Obst writes with affection, regret, humor and hope, and her behind-the-scenes vantage point allows her to explore what has changed in Hollywood like no one else has. This candid, insightful account explains what has happened to the movie business and explores whether it’ll ever return to making the movies we love—the classics that make us laugh or cry, or that we just can’t stop talking about.www.amazon.com/Sleepless-Hollywood-Tales...siness/dp/1476727740

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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 28 Apr 2014 08:46 #40850

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send me that book
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 28 Apr 2014 09:44 #40851

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that's one!
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 28 Apr 2014 10:05 #40852

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Mike,

Please send me this book. I'm really looking forward to reading it, and then givng my comments.

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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 28 Apr 2014 10:19 #40853

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that's two!
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 28 Apr 2014 10:29 #40854

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Mike:
The Lake Street Plaza Theatres would love a copy.
230 A Lake Street Plaza
Penn Yan, NY 14527
thanks
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 28 Apr 2014 10:30 #40855

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oh..Please send me this book!!
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 29 Apr 2014 08:55 #40864

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and that's FOUR and what the hell I will send all four. LANCE: need your address.

wait a minute.... I see.... all ordered and you'll get your books soon. 6.20 each. My gift to you. Don't say I never did anything... :)
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 29 Apr 2014 13:30 #40868

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I'd like the book Mike.

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I need an address for where to send the $6.20.
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 03 May 2014 11:38 #40877

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thats all folks/ Bob I have you/ trhank you all/ the book is fascinating.
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 06 May 2014 08:06 #40884

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Book received! Thanks Mike...it is starting to be an interesting read....
Thanks again
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 03 Jun 2014 09:29 #40977

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I find the premise of this book ... and its' truthiness, the reality we are all living with.... to be absolutely terrifying for the future of the movie business as we know it.
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 03 Jun 2014 22:33 #40984

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I believe I heard a radio interview about this last year, stating sequels are in, primarily because of the name branding, which equates to less advertising dollars needed for the overseas market, which eats them up like crazy.
There was lots more, which only depressed me.

I caught her in another interview today here
www.salon.com/2014/06/03/lynda_obst_holl...bridesmaids_partner/
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 06 Jun 2014 14:02 #41022

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it was far worse than depressing. It bodes incredibly poorly for the future. As near as I can tell all of the press and NATO is enthralled with the "international" box office and not paying the least attention to any of the downside for films other than in major markets. When people ask "why don't they make good movies anymore?" they should read this book.
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"Sleepless in Hollywood" and we boiled frogs 06 Jun 2014 16:40 #41023

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Great movies are made every year. People are just bad at remembering all the crappy movies from years past. The biggest difference is that the majors don't produce great movies, they let others make them and then buy them. The majors work to produce sure thing franchises.
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