Are Hollywood, and the Public, Tired of being Lectured?
From the Daily Camera:
Members of a Boulder-based team of filmmakers woke up to some colder-than-hoped-for news Thursday: "Chasing Ice," the documentary that gives startling visual evidence to climate change, was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Ironically, this has been going on for thousands of years each summer. Someone had the "vision" to film it and call it "global warming." Should have called it An Unhappy Feat.
Meanwhile, Matt Damon et al are making a financial mess at the box office with their anti-fracking flick, Promised Land. Guess they couldn't promise Damon it would actually do well in theaters. It also got a big splat at Rotten Tomatoes.
From Entertainment Weekly:
Three high-profile films notably expanded this weekend, each with wildly different results. Matt Damon’s anti-fracking passion project Promised Land failed to make a splash after moving from 25 to 1,676 theaters. The Focus Features film, which cost Focus and Participant Media $15 million to produce, earned only $4.3 million this weekend, giving it a terrible $2,573 per theater average.
Also of note is that Promised Land was financed by the government of Arab oil emirate Abu Dhabi – a state in direct competition with American oil and gas producers. Oops.