The New Abnormal in the Movie Business

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Veteran Hollywood producer Lynda Obst talks about how Hollywood has drastically transformed in the past decade. In Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business, she explains what has stalled the moviemaking machine, how studios dependency on foreign markets impacts the kind of movies that get made.


Lynda Obst

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We are supposed to mourn movies like Sleepless in Seattle? And it's rest-of-the-world's fault that we don't have any more masterpieces like that? The whole world is lumped together as one big thing that likes boring and uncreative things. While "we" "here" like new and original works of art, which are what? Endless rom-com permutations of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?
One good movie that was mentioned here was Fisher King, directed by Terry Gilliam, who is a cinematic genius, and who, unlike Ms. O. is able continues to make his unique experimental features funded by "international" backers in this new "abnormal" era of filmmaking.

Jul. 07 2013 10:48 AM
Seamus from West Village, NYC

Indies are just a different tier of dumb. Quiet as it's kept.

Jun. 27 2013 01:10 PM
John A

Can we just say that dumb big movies create a dumber population? Thank-you, Indies for keeping the dream of intelligence alive.

Jun. 27 2013 12:59 PM
Seamus from West Village NYC

Ms. Obst, strange as it may seem, I think you're eminently qualified to answer this question:

If you were to undertake to create an organization that genuinely takes on and promotes genuinely good films and books, how would you go about it?

With your marketing savvy and your understanding of what's "so 2003," can't you advise us about this?

Jun. 27 2013 12:53 PM
Mia from Manhattan

I've been reading seemingly conflicting messages about women and Hollywood recently. On the one hand, The Hollywood Reporter declared in a cover story recently that things are great for women over 40 as far as film roles are concerned, and yet earlier this month, NPR reported that women (of all ages) are disappearing in prominence in Hollywood films,in the sense that women are only playing supporting roles or parts of ensembles where the main focus is on a male character or characters.

Could Lynda Obst give her take on the situation, please?

Here are the two stories to which I'm referring:

Thank you.

Jun. 27 2013 12:26 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Yes, the global market has changed that business as it has almost every other one, but could you ask your guest about the impact of video games on movie making in Hollywood? How does Hollywood deal with the rise of a competitive medium the likes of video games?

Jun. 27 2013 12:25 PM

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