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C'mon Hollywood #217

08.20.2009

...stop letting TV steal your thunder!
by J.A. Hamilton

When I was in High School, I often wondered what would happen once Hollywood ran out of ideas. And about ten years ago it started to happen. Back in 98 Hollywood began taking a closer look at comic books and despite Joel Schumacherís anal violation of the BATMAN franchise, they rolled the dice with BLADE. With BLADEís success came another venue to pump for mad sums of cash. In the meantime, a tremor of discontent was thundering through the acting community and another ball started to roll. In 2001 Kiefer Sutherland launched a gritty little masterpiece called 24, and with this showís stellar success (at a time when TV's popularity was at an all time low) came a the dawn a new day: The rebirth of Televison. And what a difference ten years can make.

Blade is still one of my all time favorite flicks


If youíd told me then that ten years later TV would be booming and movies would be all but in the toilet, Iíd have not only laughed at you, but probably slapped you in the face for spewing blasphemy. But here we are, some ten years later, and thatís ALMOST the case. Shows like 24, CSI, LOST, PRISON BREAK, SUPERNATURAL, HEROES, SMALLVILLE, DEXTER, ENTOURAGE and even TRUE BLOOD have amassed a very strong fan base that continues to grow, making TV all the rage. Hollywood has limped on, sucking the life out of comic book genre, scoring big laughs with Judd Apatow, converting countless novels and even managed to make a decent run of the video game turned movie franchise RESIDENT EVIL. But if this summer has told me anything, itís that sequels and comic book flicks wonít appease crowds forever.

Dexter is about the coolest serial killer EVER


What makes matters worse for Hollywood is that while theyíre scrambling to remake, reboot, re-imagine, rehash and reload every movie to ever turn a profit or attract an audience (be it old OR new), TV just finished up one of its best seasons ever. An increasing number of actors and producers are turning to TV as well, it was subtle at first, but now you rarely see shows without at least one. This seasonís LIE TO ME (for example), featuring Tim Roth was fantastic and got picked up for a second season, as did the kick ass Joshua Jackson led FRINGE. And whatís Hollywood got on the horizon? Theyíre remaking THE KARATE KID, CLIFFHANGER, ROBOCOP and THE CROW, squeezing out dozens more sequels and moving on to comic book characters that most people havenít even heard of like THE GREEN LANTERN.

If you stare at this too long, you'll go blind


Sure we have our IRON MAN 2, the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reboot and the last two HARRY POTTER flicks, but these ALL fit the demographic in question. TV, on the other hand, is sporting stuff like THE PRISONER, starring Ian Mckellan and Jim Caviezel (which admittedly is a TV series remake but still looks cool). SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND will be another guilty pleasure, especially if you liked GLADIATOR. HBOís HUNG features one of my favorite underrated actors, Thomas ďThe WangĒ Jane, and it seems to be doing well. And speaking of HBO, theyíve also wrangled up Sean Bean to lead George R. R. Martinís fantasy epic A GAME OF THRONES which promises to be THE next big fantasy hit. And these are but SOME of the aces up TVís sleeve.

Winter is coming to HBO


I never thought Iíd say this but Iím more excited about Fallís TV lineup than I am about whatís on the way to theaters. Sundayís my favorite night with TRUE BLOOD and ENTOURAGEís new seasons (which are both excellent). Now Iíll admit that TV will always have one up on movies due to an entire seasonís worth of building itís plots and intrigue, but that doesnít give Hollywood the right to just drum forward on autopilot. I enjoyed most of this summerís film lineup, but it was the underdogs like MOON, THE HANGOVER and DISTRICT 9 that really stood out in my eyes. The reality here is that Hollywood is gut shot and dying a slow, agonizing death and WE the viewers are the ones suffering for it. And yes, the good flicks are still making big bucks in theaters...for now, but Hollywood really needs to shape up because with each passing day more fans, actors and producers are defecting to TV. And honestly, I canít say I blame them.
Source: JoBlo.com
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