|Hollywood - Back in Black|
The Goal: To demonstrate to the world that H'wood has put the issue of sexual misconduct within its ranks to death. Although no names of the most recent sex perverts were mentioned during the long diatribes doled out by the Award recipients we can all rest assured that all is right in the world of make-believe.
With gross admissions down domestically 6% I would have thought that the mourning would have been about last year's poor cinema performance - which is even worse given the fact that higher admission prices 'pushed' the boxoffice to that record decline! I truly believe that filmmakers and actors have no concept of what profound changes are taking place within their industry.
Instead of apologizing for the long-term abuse against women what we got was a confession and absolution by the glitterati for themselves. All topped-off by a semi-political speech by Oprah that was an obvious deflection needed to shield the H'crowd from a true coming clean of the ingrained perversion within the industry.
Until H'wood's old guard is replaced (along with its ideologically biases) the U.S. box office will continue to falter and gravitate more and more to a few (very few) movies making the bulk of the ever withering box office.
It's ironic to note that the top three grossing films of 2017 all featured a female lead - 'Star Wars - The Last Jedi" - Daisy Ridley, 'Wonder Woman' - Gal Gadot, and 'Beauty and the Beast' - Emma Watson.
Hollywood not only needs but is begging for new blood among its creative types - filmmakers who understand the wants of today's moviegoers. The old guard directors and actors have shown time and time again that they just can't cut it any longer.