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September 04, 2007


Paul Denlinger

The trouble with Hollywood, the US music industry and the US book publishing industry is that they have gravitated to the "megablockbuster" model, where name producers, actors and directors consume more than 50% of the production budget, and limiting the diversity of the product line.

At a time when the world wants diversity in the form of the long tail, they are getting less diverse and more irrelevant.

This explains the growing popularity of South Korean pop stars in China. Put simply, Hollywood does not have enough cheaper products to fill the product pipeline. The business model does not make sense.

The economics is screwed, which is why the American blockbuster model does not translate well to the global stage.


Man, Alien and Blade Runner...I can't think of a better back-to-back pair. But in recent years I've seen Ridley as more of a slick craftsman than an auteur.

I agree that multiple platforms is an opportunity for film. But I think there are few experiences that match *cinema*. That is, sitting in a darkened auditorium watching an immense screen with thundering DTS or THX sounds. Home theater is great, but until I can screen a 35mm print (or the digital equivalent) on a fifteen meter screen in my house, there will always be a reason to have the cinema itself.(Pauses for moment of nostalgia to think back on watching Star Wars in 70mm at the Coronet on Geary Street in San Francisco at age 10...)

Because of that, I am interested not only in how technology is changing the delivery channels for movies and making them more personal, but in how it is changing the cinema experience as well, logistically and economically. It'll be a shame if a proliferation of devices sounds the death knell of the movie palace.

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