Wednesday, 15 May 2013


It's been a while since I've asked you, my lovely and fragrant readers, to ask me any questions about the business behind popular culture. So click the comments and ask me anything.
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  1. Blast Hardcheese16/5/13 10:37 am

    Hey D, didya know that Sony's looking to make an Angry Birds movie? Hand to God, not kidding here. Look it up.

    OK, I guess that wasn't really a question. More like leaving a flaming sack of dog poo on your doorstep. Err, sorry about that...

  2. Rainforest Giant here,

    How much is netflix spending on their original content? How do they recoup the costs? Do they anticipate the value added will bring more subscribers?

    If they can produce their own content, can they more wiggle room with negotiating with other parties?

    How do independents make a comeback?

    Finally, how much does setting a story in historical times add to the cost? ?

  3. Although it has gotten a great deal of good reviews STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is taking a lot of flak for a great deal of fan service near the conclusion. What are the dangers of fan service in movie making?

  4. Hi Furious,

    This blog does a fantastic job of detailing the incredible incompetence and ridiculous meddling and politics that go on, seemingly, behind the scenes of nearly every major Hollywood film (and most minor ones). However, there are films, every year, that are both amazingly successful, critically acclaimed, and simply good. With all of the executive suits doing their best to ruin movies, how is it possible that we still have good movies made each year?

  5. I'm now convinced after almost immediately laying off employees and shutting down productions, Disney only agreed to buy Lucasfilm because George wanted it off his hands. That, and Iger felt he needed to spend a few billion on an acquisition every four years. Did they literally only want the rights to Star Wars?

  6. Blast Hardcheese20/5/13 10:52 am

    Here's a poser. The new "Star Trek" made $70M domestically, and that's categorized as 'ooh dear, that's less than we expected'.

    I remember (back in the old days, when oil hadn't been invented yet and dinosaurs roamed) a $70M haul *total* would have been a Good Thing, let alone an opening weekend.

    But that aside, are we finally seeing the cracks in the current blockbusters-all-the-time business model for the major studios? Have we finally sated the appetite for bombastic CGI stuff?