Steven Spielberg Hollywood imploding: How he predicted a disastrous summer at the box office. – Slate Magazine

Steven Spielberg saw it coming. In June, speaking at a University of Southern California event with George Lucas, the Lincoln director said, “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm”—forcing the industry to rethink its reliance on gargantuan spectacles. A month later, the first part of Spielberg’s prediction has already come true: The latest high-profile calamity at the box office is the ill-buzzed R.I.P.D., which followed such heavily marketed titles as Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger, White House Down, and After Earth in failing to attract its expected audience. Meanwhile, The Conjuring, a smaller, Exorcist-style chiller from Saw director James Wan, more than doubled its production budget in just one weekend.

via Steven Spielberg Hollywood imploding: How he predicted a disastrous summer at the box office. – Slate Magazine.

I was pretty much bored with the latest Star Trek which was mostly loud and noisy full of mind-numbing decibel excess.  I loved the Lone Ranger when as a kid I lay on the floor in front of our big Wards Airline console( a radio!).  It was a piece of furniture full of vacuum tubes, a 78 record player and a big monaural speaker.  Alas, I didn’t even try the latest  Lone Ranger.  The previews were enough.  It wasn’t Depp’s more savage Tonto that got to me, but the locomotive taking flight and  plummeting into oblivion from a bridge.  And Trigger landing on top of a moving box car was the final cap for me.  Too much, too much. At my age I don’t need it nor want it.

I hope the small film returns, big time.  But then my “demographic” is totally irrelevant.  David Milliken

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David Milliken has been a life-long, incurable English Major currently serving as Marketing VP for and, a provider of registered agents, incorporation services and LLC's and trademarks. Prior to that he was a professional chamber of commerce executive for chambers in Ohio, New York and Kansas. Other work includes community college PR, brick sales and community/economic development He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Idaho State University(M.A.) He attended Kansas State University for more English studies. He has not been a butcher, baker nor candlestick maker, but he has taught English and run for political office. David Milliken is an author aspiring to become a published one.

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