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Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are warning that Hollywood is on the verge of a meltdown. They say that studio reliance on big budget action movies could doom them.  And so far this summer, there have been six major flops. So is the movie industry going through some soul searching? In Egypt, former president Mohammed Morsi has been jailed and charged with espionage. That’s prompted widespread demonstrations both for and against Morsi, and The Act of Killing opened last week in New York and today in Los Angeles. We talk to the director of the film, Joshua Oppenheimer.
 
Banner Image Courtesy of Raymond Twist. 

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg

Today's Talking Point Exploring the Nature of Evil in 'The Act of Killing' 10 MIN, 3 SEC
The Act of Killing is a documentary about the men who participated in Indonesia’s genocide in the 1960s.  In one year, a million people were killed -- accused of being communist sympathizers by the new military dictatorship. Unlike Rwanda, Germany, or Bosnia -- the death squad leaders in Indonesia were never held accountable. In fact, they’re celebrated to this day. And - as you see in the film - they show few signs of remorse.That is -- until the filmmakers challenge the men - fans of Hollywood movies -  to re-create what they did in their own amateur film.  The result is a bizarre mix of film noir, cowboy movie and tropical musical with the death squad leaders playing themselves killing and torturing their victims.  The Act of Killing opened last week in New York and today in Los Angeles.

Guests:
Joshua Oppenheimer, director (@JoshuaOppenheim)

Making News Egypt’s Deposed President Mohamed Morsi Charged with Espionage 7 MIN, 30 SEC
In Egypt, former president Mohammed Morsi has been jailed and charged with espionage. 
And that’s prompted widespread demonstrations both for and against Morsi.

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )

Main Topic The Summer Blockbuster Flop 32 MIN, 31 SEC
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are warning that Hollywood is on the verge of a meltdown. They say that studios' reliance on big budget action movies could doom them.  And so far this summer, there have been six major flops. So is the movie industry going through some soul searching? George Lucas and Steven Spielberg launched the era of the modern blockbuster with their movies Star Wars and Jaws.  So people took note when last month they warned that Hollywood could suffer big for its reliance on huge action movies. Indeed, there have been six big budget flops in the last few months.  The latest -- R.I.P.D. which cost 130 million dollars to make and has earned just 23 million worldwide.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)
Jason Squire, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Stacey Sher, Film Producer (@StaceySher)
Dana Stevens, Slate (@thehighsign)

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