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Is Hollywood Broken?

The problem is bigger than one ‘legendary flop.’

Jul 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 42 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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In her book, Obst concludes that the system in Hollywood doesn’t work any longer, and that it will all come crashing down. Steven Spielberg said the same thing a month ago. Though they claim the problem is with the financial model, it really isn’t. Their distress is over something else: the fact that movies have lost their sexiness, their power, their position at the red-hot center of popular culture. Television is better now, and it kills them that television is better. And it should.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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