August 24, 2005

IF THEY DON'T CARE WHY SHOULD WE?:

Summer Fading, Hollywood Sees Fizzle (SHARON WAXMAN, 8/24/05, NY times)

With the last of the summer blockbusters fading from the multiplex, Hollywood's box office slump has hardened into a reality that is setting the movie industry on edge. The drop in ticket sales from last summer to this summer, the most important moviegoing season, is projected to be 9 percent by Labor Day, and the drop in attendance is expected to be even deeper, 11.5 percent, according to Exhibitor Relations, which tracks the box office.

Multiples theories for the decline abound: a failure of studio marketing, the rising price of gas, the lure of alternate entertainment, even the prevalence of commercials and pesky cellphones inside once-sacrosanct theaters. But many movie executives and industry experts are beginning to conclude that something more fundamental is at work: Too many Hollywood movies these days, they say, just are not good enough.


The question is: are they even trying to make good ones? At the point where you're cranking out remakes of The Bad News Bears, The Dukes of Hazzard and Bewitched it seems safe to assume you just don't care about the quality of the product any more.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

Perhaps it's because your friend Julia hasn't made any movies lately.

Posted by: ratbert at August 24, 2005 1:53 PM

Jessica Alba will be starring in 'I Dream of Jeannie', that will get them to the theaters.

Posted by: Dave at August 24, 2005 2:21 PM
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