Just Who Are the Real Hollywood Stars?

It was one of the most riveting keynote speeches I had ever heard.

“Who are the real Hollywood stars?” Scott Ross asked the packed crowd filling Salon 1 of the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel during October’s annual SMPTE Technical Conference.

Then he put a list of the top 20 highest-grossing box office films of all time on the screen in front of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers audience.

“Notice that, in this whole list, only one franchise featured an established star,” Ross said. “But all of them, without exception, were powered either by massive digital visual effects or computer-generated animation.”…


Box Office Shocker: Movie Attendance Falls to Lowest Level in 16 Years

Preliminary estimates show that 1.28 billion people went to the movies in North America in 2011, down 4.4 percent from 2010 and the lowest number since 1995; the good news: foreign box office revenues are at an all-time high…