The Culture of Hollywood

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The Culture of Hollywood Terms: High risk "The Alamo" "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" "Private Practice" High concept "Crossing Jordan" The Left Coast Blockbuster The customs and folkways of a community-- Hollywood in So Cal What is "culture"? I. Fundamental problem of the reproducibility of a product It's impossible to predict the popularity of art at a certain time-- the success of a movie or a TV series 2004 Title Cost World B.O. Loss The Alamo $125 Mil $22 Mil $103 Mil Alexander $150 Mil $79 Mil $71 Mil Home on the Range $110 Mil $50 Mil $60 Mil Around the world in 80 days $110 Mil $57 Mil $43 Mil Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow $70 Mil $53 Mil $17 Mil Point-- if people know it these movies were going to lose money they would have invested in them- they can't predict this 2004 Title Cost World B.O Profit Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $130 mil $793 mil $666 mil The Passion of the Christ $30 mil $609 mil $579 mil Fahrenheit 9/11 $5 mil $221 mil $216 mil Dodgeball $20 mil $166 mil $146 mil Mean Girls $30 mil $126 mil $96 mil Napoleon Dynamite $400k $45 mil $44 mil Point-- the people invest who invested in losing films hope it would turn up big profits but you cant predict In any given 10 films-- 5 lose money, 3 break even, 2 profits It's very difficult to predict success Once you have a success, its hard to reproduce it; therefore, the entertainment industry is fraught
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