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[ EEPI-Discuss ] Flash - Audience Slump Due to Bad Movies

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From: David Farber 
Subject: [IP] This Just in: Flops Caused Box Office Slump
Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2005 13:40:07 -0400
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From: Richard Forno 
Date: October 1, 2005 11:49:57 AM EDT
To: Infowarrior List 
Cc: Dave Farber 
Subject: This Just in: Flops Caused Box Office Slump

  Give it a week, the MPAA will blame file-sharing for this slump
and say the execs quoted in this article were quoted out of
context....../ conspiracy.

- -rick

This Just in: Flops Caused Box Office Slump Studio 

execs who pinned problems on factors beyond their control now take
responsibility.  By Claudia Eller and John Horn Times Staff Writers

October 1, 2005

One of Hollywood's basic tenets is that when things go wrong it's
somebody else's fault.

Which is why it's so startling, suddenly, to hear studio executives
and producers taking responsibility for the rows of empty seats in
movie theaters this year.

"It's really easy for all of us to blame the condition of the
theaters, gas prices, alternative media, the population changes and
everything else I've heard myself say," said Sony Pictures Vice
Chairman Amy Pascal, whose summer releases "Bewitched" and "Stealth"
flopped. "I think it has to do with the movies themselves."

After months of hand-wringing and doomsday forecasts about the
permanent erosion of moviegoing, the lunchtime chatter at Mr. Chow
in Beverly Hills and other industry haunts has turned decidedly
inward. Now, four straight weekends of crowded theaters have forced
moguls and creative executives to admit in public what they have
spent months avoiding: They were clueless about what audiences

"There's always a year when the pundits say the movie business is
over," said producer Brian Grazer, whose May release "Cinderella
Man" was a disappointment despite strong reviews. "If there's a
movie people want to see, they go see it. I just think we all have
to do our best to make better movies."

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