This is a thought-provoking article about a major Hollywood player (Oscar-winning writer/director Paul Haggis) who says that Hollywood is “finished.” He thinks he’s just the first of many filmmakers who will flee LaLa Land and go elsewhere. Haggis believes the concentrated power leads to creative stagnation as well as abuses of the Harvey Weinstein variety and people lower on the totem pole being too afraid to speak out against them.

He also touches on another major problem killing the entertainment industry, but I’m not sure he realizes it himself. Now happily making movies outside Hollywood, Haggis says that instead of talking to the same insular crowd of Hollywood movie insiders and their circular conversations, in New York, he talks to “neuroscientists, bakers and restaurateurs,” people whose different experiences and viewpoints stimulate creative script ideas.

That’s great as far as it goes. But wouldn’t it be even better if filmmakers got out of Hollywood and instead of just going to New York, they went to the vast land area between the coasts and actually talked (and listened) to the people there? That would not only give them some fresh ideas and viewpoints, it might shatter some of their cherished elitist stereotypes about “flyover country.”


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Maybe then, they could make movies that didn’t insult Middle Americans, who might start going to the movies again. At least until Oscar time, when the stars of those movies would make speeches insulting us all while accepting their trophies.

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  • Laura Carpinelli

    10/26/2017 08:09 AM

    I like the idea of de-concentration of power in Hollywood. More importantly, someone suggested it for Washington DC, and I'd like to see that happen beginning in this presidential term.

  • Valerie Davis

    10/25/2017 08:53 PM

    I agree. I don't watch Oscars, or any other award show any more. They talk down to their consumers, and praise themselves like God's. All the while intimadating other young actors and actresses instead of encouraging and teaching them. Now that sexual alwgations going around by many towards many, puts icing on the cake. Their done.

  • Lili

    10/25/2017 07:20 PM

    I quit watching movies and tv long time ago. Too much sex, nudity and gay agenda and not even mention de demonic propagated al over tv.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    10/25/2017 06:31 PM

    I love President Trump and am very thankful God chose him to be our 45th President. He’s honest and doing a terrific job as our President.
    I do have one question. Are seniors with only SS going to get any increase at all? Since it’s our main income to pay monthly bills. We had no increase the past 4-5 years.

  • Mackie Braden

    10/25/2017 02:01 PM

    The gentleman before me, George Phelps, described my feelings beautifully. Perhaps it’s our generation, but the longer I live, the happier I am that I grew up in a time when values were real, and education hadn’t been deflated by the Progressives. I grew up in a small town in Texas which might also explain things.
    Thank you , Governor, for your wonderful daily articles. It’s a fine start to my day.

  • Mackie Braden

    10/25/2017 02:01 PM

    The gentleman before me, George Phelps, described my feelings beautifully. Perhaps it’s our generation, but the longer I live, the happier I am that I grew up in a time when values were real, and education hadn’t been deflated by the Progressives. I grew up in a small town in Texas which might also explain things.
    Thank you , Governor, for your wonderful daily articles. It’s a fine start to my day.

  • Tim Powers

    10/25/2017 01:29 PM

    Just the other day I was talking to a younger friend about the difference in comedy between today and the "old" times. Comparing Laurel & Hardy, Abbott and Costello, the Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, and Red Skelton to today's comedy, the past comedians made it funny without the sex, violence, and vulgarity. Adults loved it and it was safe for the kids. "Who's on First" is still regarded as one of the best comedy acts ever to exist. There was a time that acting was a job and actors were paid scale: if the actors weren't working, they didn't get paid and so they had to have other, real skills. My grandfather worked drilling water wells in Southern California. He told me stories about working with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy drilling water wells. Away from the camera, they were real people with real problems that could relate to common society, not like the premadonnas of today. The old Hollywood is dead and it was killed by the self-serving egos of the movie industry itself.
    Thank you Governor, God bless....

  • marcy

    10/25/2017 12:31 PM

    I stopped going since Hollywood tried to control politics . I stay home and watch Hallmark and free movies on netflix

  • Debra Sherman

    10/25/2017 11:08 AM

    My husband and I live in the "fly over" country between the Coasts and we have stopped going to "the movies." We find the content is offensive and abusive and leads to a lack of humanity and kindness. We watch television programming by Hallmark and UP which bring family friendly and wholesome movies. I would be just as happy if the movie industry (along with the NFL and their protesters) went away.

  • George A. Phelps

    10/25/2017 10:12 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    I was born in Hollywood 86 years ago. There was a time when Hollywood movie products were monitored by the Hayes Office.
    That is no longer the case. I recently wrote and essay titled "Hollywood the Filth Colony of America."
    Hollywood and other independent producers are not following any ethical code at all. Most of the movies today have sex scenes out of context with the theme of the movie and violence is ubiquitous in the movies along with cursing/swearing.
    When the Hayes office 'went away,' all bets were off.
    Now anything goes and since our young people go to these movies or watch them on television they are influenced by the immorality they are seeing.
    It's a travesty and should be stopped, although I know it won't be stopped, at least in the near future.
    I thank you for your service as Governor and as a member of Congress.
    My best to you and your beautiful family!
    George A. Phelps (Decorated Korean War Combat Veteran)
    League City, Texas
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