Top 10 Things That Hollywood Doesn't Care About Anymore

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Written by Garrett Alden Film and movie buffs all over the world love to wax lyrical about the halcyon days of Hollywoods golden era, and the things that are ruining movies today! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Things That Don't Matter Any More in the Film Industry! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be the original story material, or the opinions of fans and critics? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to governmentfree for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: https://WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Things+That+Hollywood+Doesn't+Care+About+Anymore
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Tinseltown doesn’t seem to pay these things any mind these days. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things That Hollywood Doesn’t Care About Anymore.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the aspects of the entertainment and film industries that the folks in charge seem to put less value, to some degree or other, nowadays.

#10: Self-Contained Blockbusters

It used to be that blockbuster films focused on entertaining us with the story at hand. A huge film with great effects or an epic scale was enough to satisfy viewers and executives. However, in the early 21st century, sequels and cinematic universes are all the rage, meaning that Hollywood is just as invested, if not more so, in selling us on additional movies to come. While these are… well, can, be fun too, many of us miss the sorts of blockbusters that stand alone, since they often have a more unique identity.

#9: Small-Mid Budget Movies

Speaking of blockbusters, large budget films are also becoming much more popular in Hollywood, to the point where smaller budget films, or even those with a comparatively modest sum invested in them, are becoming less common than they used to be. Blockbusters may have large amounts of money devoted to them up front, but they also yield more from the box office, as well as a lot more buzz, which is what makes them more appealing to executives. Smaller films are still made of course, but not as often by Hollywood itself, so indie studios are more often rising to fill the gap.

#8: Relying on Star Power

For many years, Hollywood has used big stars to sell their films. Audiences are sometimes drawn to movies featuring movie stars they’re familiar with and some are or were big enough to act as the main draw to a new film. However, star power has waned of late. While some stars are still charismatic or famous enough to draw in audiences, the majority of actors simply aren’t enough to put butts in seats. It may be that viewers have become more concerned with the stories of the films they see or it could be a side effect of a downtrend in movie-going as a whole.

#7: Stopping Whitewashing

As progressive as many of its inhabitants are, Hollywood has been surprisingly lax about adequately representing minorities, especially when it comes to the casting of Caucasian actors in non-Caucasian roles, otherwise known as whitewashing. Despite the backlash surrounding several notable cases of the practice in the early 21st century, Hollywood seems reluctant or uninterested in addressing the issue in any meaningful way, and continues to whitewash with an unfortunate frequency. Although casting the best actor for a role is one thing, this can still be accomplished while staying true to the character’s origins and by better representing a minority onscreen.

#6: MPAA Ratings

The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, is in charge of rating which films should be seen by which audiences. Despite how draconian and arbitrary they can be, Hollywood has, until recently, been relatively attentive when it comes to rating films, as traditional wisdom holds that films that manage to skirt under the R-rating can be seen by more people and thus make more money. However, several R-rated films have proven to be surprise smash hits as of late, skewering what Hollywood thought it knew about the system. In addition, fewer mass-market films aimed at adults are given G or PG ratings, creating a more homogenized range of ratings.

#5: The American Box Office

We’re not saying Hollywood doesn’t consider making money in America unimportant. However, it’s less important than it used to be. While Americans are going to theaters less than before, those audiences overseas are far more numerous, which has led many films to gain anywhere from half to 80% of their revenue outside the US. This is also why many huge blockbusters these days feature simplistic plots, broad humor, and lots of action, as these things are not as easily lost in translation. Hollywood doesn’t always make films just for Americans anymore, which, while laudable to some degree, does beg the question – why can’t they try to appeal to everyone?

#4: Saving Big Movies for Summer

Once upon a time, blockbusters were something saved for the summer. Hollywood would hold its prized films for the summer to act as tent poles for their studios. Now, though, blockbusters have become such big business that they are basically released year-round. From a financial standpoint, this makes perfect sense – after all, with so many big names crammed into three months, the competition would be too fierce for any of them to make a profit. Spread out across the year, though, well, that means that everyone can potentially get a slice of the proverbial pie.

#3: Reviews / Critics

Although Hollywood still cares about reviews and those who write them at times, such as when poor critical reception before a release could hurt a film’s profits, most of the time studios are more concerned with what will make the most money and not with what will be the best story; even if it means pandering to the lowest common denominator. With the glut of information available online, individual critics and reviews don’t have as much power as they once did in the court of public opinion either, which means filmmakers don’t have to cater to them as much as before.

#2: Fans

To be fair, Hollywood has rarely, if ever, cared about fans. Fans of films and/or their source material are difficult to please, perhaps more so than critics. All fans have different ideas about what they want to see from a film – should it stick close to the original property, or should it be free to be its own thing? How tolerant any given fan is of those two extremes varies wildly and is virtually impossible to predict, so Hollywood rarely tries. Instead, they almost always focus on what appeals to the average moviegoer. While this is understandable, it also fails to consider that fans are a built-in audience. Speaking of which…

#1: Telling Original Stories

Nowadays, original films are few and far between in Hollywood. To the studios’ ears, the word original is just another way of saying a film is untested, risky, or a hard sell. Hollywood loves sequels, prequels, interquels, remakes, reboots, and adaptations for one simple reason – they were successful before, so they’re theoretically more likely to be so again. The only problem is that the cavalcade of rehashes and additions has left the industry and its audiences starving for new blood, and while adaptations add that after a fashion, it’d still be nice to see more original films.
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