To paraphrase Nietzsche, the star is dead. By that I mean buried and decomposing, not temporary pay cuts.
The end of the star is mooted by every generation as its favorites are replaced, but this time the omens seem to be in alignment.
Technically Hollywood has always been at the top of the game, but when it comes to reality it tends to dawdle.
Like the Western economies in general, Hollywood is at a crossroads.
Back in 2006 I naively wrote a piece expecting the tech revolution to transform Hollywood quickly, shake the industry from its torpor.
Let’s get the bleak scenario out of the way first. What if Hollywood doesn’t survive as a global player?
"Avatar" showed the potential audience, in near absolute terms rather than typical, but if anything its success illustrates the...