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Published: Wednesday, June 26 2013 5:55 p.m. MDT

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When Hollywood produces a product worth viewing and the actors shut their months about political views, I'll start buying their product again!

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Sorry, you're all wrong. Hollywood is hurting because they used to rely on DVD sales to supplement box office revenues, and those have essentially tanked. The newest revenue stream is foreign sales. But foreign markets like crappy action films--the more 'splosions the better. So Hollywood is becoming more and more risk-averse, making more and more dumb movies, chasing foreign sales. And turning off a higher and higher percentage of their domestic markets. Hard to see how this plays out in the future. You can only make so many superhero movies.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

I love rated R movies because I usually don't have to put up with chatty children, and crying baby's, oh and I'm an adult who doesn't think that hollywood should cow tail to the religious crowd and make every film sterilized for 8 years olds. Last film I walked out of was "passion of the christ" nothing but a 2 hour snuff film of another Mel Gibson dream.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hollywood is in the hole because of the poor quality of the films and also internet pirating. Saying that "R" movies are losing Hollywood money is totally false. Films like "The Hangover" and "Django Unchained" are two examples of the many that profit far more than they cost.

Plus two of of the biggest flops of the last couple of years have been PG and PG-13 rated movies, "John Carter" and "Jack the Giant Slayer." If Hollywood would produce films for less and make them better with better stories and character development, their profits would increase. But sadly Hollywood produces a ton of watered down tripe like remakes and reboots, and films with endless CGI.

To debunk the claim that Hollywood is losing money because of sex and violence just look at the successful television series, "Game of Thrones." If it weren't for internet pirating, that show would be taking in even more.

Murray, UT

I wonder when Hollywood will get their bailout; for making movies no one wants to watch.
Just like US car makers got their bailout; by making cars no one wants to buy.
Remember the new capitalist system; private profits, and public risk.

Midway, UT

Movie theatres, especially those in rural areas with few screens hate the Hollywood business machine. Theatres make money mostly on concessions and very little on the ticket price. Most of the ticket price goes directly to HW. But HW dictates what shows must be shown and one or two screen theatre get tied up with low grossing R films that don't fill the theatre and sell tickets or concessions. It sounds to me that it is time for alternative film centers to compete with HW and create products people want to see.

I don't see many films anymore because there is often a gulf between my morals and HW. Sometimes it is a story that doesn't interest me or a lame production. When I do see a film it is usually on DVD so that I can easily turn off the film.

I'd sure like to see HW acting talent and production skill put to use to create productions from middle America.

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