Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 14th Mar 2012 07:06 UTC
Multimedia, AV By reading various media news in the last year or so, a very disturbing pattern appeared. When media providers like Amazon, Apple, Google, Netfix, Microsoft tried to license content off of Hollywood, they were either given extremely high prices, or they were being rejected altogether. Microsoft even canceled a finished XBoX360-related video product recently because they couldn't license content easily, Netflix is given harder and harder time as time goes by (notice how only a few good movies were added to their streaming service in the last few months), and even the almighty Apple had the door shut on its face numerous times.
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Foreign Films
by ozonehole on Wed 14th Mar 2012 22:48 UTC
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There is no real need to produce a lot of new content, because there is already plenty of great stuff being produced outside the USA. Not all of in English, of course, but dialog could be dubbed or subtitled.

Whether or not Americans would want to watch foreign films and TV shows is another question. I personally get pretty sick of the steady diet of violent police action/superhero junk that comes out of Hollywood. Or over-the-top special effects. But the American public is used to watching that kind of garbage, and foreign films/shows are not very accessible. Perusing the video rental stores in the USA, you don't see many foreign films on offer.

Some real competition would force Hollywood to change (hopefully for the better) or go broke.

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RE: Foreign Films
by Soulbender on Fri 16th Mar 2012 04:14 in reply to "Foreign Films"
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2005-08-18

I personally get pretty sick of the steady diet of violent police action/superhero junk that comes out of Hollywood.


As a fan of violent police movies (and action movies in general) I must say I am disappointed in Hollywoods failure to create any.
Hollywood seems to have come to the point where only 2 types of movies are made:
(Unneeded) remakes of previously successful movies
Boring superhero movies

Thank God we have the French to make great action movies.

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RE[2]: Foreign Films
by michaeljackson on Fri 16th Mar 2012 09:28 in reply to "RE: Foreign Films"
michaeljackson Member since:
2012-03-15

"I personally get pretty sick of the steady diet of violent police action/superhero junk that comes out of Hollywood.


As a fan of violent police movies (and action movies in general) I must say I am disappointed in Hollywoods failure to create any.
Hollywood seems to have come to the point where only 2 types of movies are made:
(Unneeded) remakes of previously successful movies
Boring superhero movies
"
You are forgetting a third type of Hollywood movies:

Movies about the Holocaust. Why does Hollywood always produce movies about the Holocaust and nazis?

You can mock the president, the pope, and anyone else. But if you mock the Holocaust, then God may have mercy on your soul. That is the worst thing you can do today. The holiest thing in the West today, is not God or anything. It is the Holocaust.

Have you heard about Megan Fox? She was fired from the new Transformers 3 movie, because she jokingly compared Spielberg to a nazi.
http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-06-21/entertainment/300175...

Or film director Lars Von Trier that recently joked about Nazis, and became Persona Non Grata! And was denied access to the Cannes festival where his own movie was awarded.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_von_Trier#Controversy_at_2011_Can...

Or John Galliano who said anti semitic things when he was drunk. Or Mel Gibson. Their careers are ruined.

If you say you deny the Holocaust, then you go into jail in 17 countries. There is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_denial#Laws_against_Holocaus...
There was a draft legislation to make it illegal in 28 countries in Europe, you go to jail for saying that.

You better say you are a child rapist or God hater or whatever. But dont say you deny the Holocaust. Maybe you should be able to say or joke about anything without getting punished?

Actress Whoopi Goldberg said she changed her name to something German sounding, or she would not get any work in Hollywood:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whoopi_Goldberg#Early_life
"She adopted the traditionally German/Jewish surname Goldberg as a stage name because her mother felt the original surname of Johnson was not "Jewish enough" to make her a star"
Well, it worked. She is not good looking some say, but still gets to do big movies.

Director Roman Polanski was charged of rape of a 13 year old girl. Now, entire Hollywood supports Roman, and wants the charges to be dropped.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,557286,00.html
Why is that? I wondered about this, until I read more about Roman on wikipedia.

What does Whoopi Goldberg say about Roman?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/sep/29/roman-polanski-whoopi-go...
'We're a different kind of society, we see things differently,' actor [Whoopi] says in defence of Roman Polanski. Hollywood has rallied behind Roman Polanski after his arrest in Switzerland over the weekend, with the actor Whoopi Goldberg suggesting that whatever he was guilty of it wasn't "rape-rape".

It is VERY dumb to fight this. Don't do that. Especially if you are in Finance or Media, every higher boss have german names, just check on wikipedia. Dont joke about nazis or Holocaust. Better joke about child molesting or killing the pope, that won't get you fired. Always support Israel.

When a small group of people that are very tight and have extreme wealth and power, and also see others as inferior, you dont fight them. For your own good. If they rape your daughter, dont fight them. You will fight against very powerful people, and there is no way you can win.

Just look at Strauss-Kahn, who was released for raping a woman.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Strauss-Kahn#New_York_v._Str...

With all the power from Hollywood backing Roman Polanski, there is no chance in hell Roman will go to jail.

There is no chance in hell someone will be able to seize control of Hollywood. Weird thought. Just read about Aipac, and see what enormous power Israel has. Israel citizens gets three times as much money as a US citizen - from America. US gives enormous amount of aid to Israel, much more than to any other country. No US president can go against Israel.

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RE: Foreign Films
by zima on Sun 18th Mar 2012 17:11 in reply to "Foreign Films"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

there is already plenty of great stuff being produced outside the USA. Not all of in English, of course, but dialog could be dubbed or subtitled.
Whether or not Americans would want to watch foreign films and TV shows is another question

And what's with the US "remakes" of very good films or TV series which are often not even a year old?... (typically the remake gets announced, with great fanfare, while the original still very much makes the rounds in the cinemas, WTH?)
...but are just in a "wrong" language or even just the place (say, British productions); something most of the world doesn't seem to have much problem with.

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