The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018 - 278 pages
The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film

In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and the toy biz. The future of Hollywood is being written by powerful corporate brands like Marvel, Amazon, Netflix, and Lego, as well as censors in China.

Ben Fritz chronicles this dramatic shakeup with unmatched skill, bringing equal fluency to both the financial and entertainment aspects of Hollywood. He dives deeply into the fruits of the Sony hack to show how the previous model, long a creative and commercial success, lost its way. And he looks ahead through interviews with dozens of key players at Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Amazon, Imax, and others to discover how they have reinvented the business. He shows us, for instance, how Marvel replaced stars with "universes," and how Disney remade itself in Apple's image and reaped enormous profits.

But despite the destruction of the studios' traditional playbook, Fritz argues that these seismic shifts signal the dawn of a new heyday for film.The Big Pictureshows the first glimmers of this new golden age through the eyes of the creative mavericks who are defining what our movies will look like in the new era.

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The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

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For anyone wondering why the current output of Hollywood is so dissatisfying, journalist Fritz (coauthor of All the President’s Spin) has a simple explanation: greed. Drawing in large part on the ... Consulter l'avis complet

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BEN FRITZ reports on the entertainment industry for the Wall Street Journal. He has also covered Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times and Variety, and is coauthor of the best-selling All the President's Spin.

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