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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tinsel Town

Was reading this article about "The Summer of Sequels" and wasn't going to post on it... Hollywood isn't a regular feature here at the Conspiracy. Here's the gist of the article in a few paragraphs:

Hollywood preparing to unleash 'Summer of the Sequel'
Apr 17 03:48 AM US/Eastern
Hollywood is banking that good things really do come in threes as it prepares to unleash an unprecedented series of blockbuster sequels on the summer box-office.

In a rare alignment of the tinseltown stars, three of the most profitable franchises in history release their long-awaited third instalments next month: "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Spiderman" and "Shrek."

The trio of blockbuster follow-ups are part of a broader trend of summer sequels as Hollywood studios opt for tried and tested formulas on the basis that "if ain't broke, don't fix it."

"Somebody counted it and said there were 14 sequels this summer," Lew Harris, the editor of the respected movies.com website. "This is absolutely the summer of the sequels."

Yawn... Hollywood can't come up with any new ideas and it seems that Rocky 38 (a joke in Airplane 2: The Sequel) isn't so far fetched anymore.

Meanwhile, Hollywood wonders why people aren't flocking to the theaters anymore to pay $10 for a ticket and $15 for a soda & some greasy popcorn.

But, what prompted me to link to this article was the final few paragraphs:
Gitesh Pandya, an analyst with Boxofficeguru.com, said that while "Spiderman", "Pirates" and "Shrek" would slug it out as the biggest box-office films of the year, they would impact each other's earnings.

"May is going to be the biggest month in box-office history," he said. "You have three 800-pound gorillas stepping out at the same time.

"I don't think they're going to cannibalize each other that much. They're so important and so popular that people are going to take the time and see each of them."

Spiderman, Pirates, and Shrek are the most important movies of the Summer?

OMFG

We now resume regular blogging...

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