NY Times — ‘Blockbuster’ and ‘The Big Picture’: I Am Large, I Contain Multiplexes: New books by Tom Shone and Edward Jay Epstein describe the seismic change in the way movies are conceived, made and marketed.
Hollywood, like the world of “Terminator 3,” seems on the verge of becoming a self-perpetuating machine, no human participation needed. The audience is obsolete. Large parts of many films are already computer-generated, so flesh-and-blood actors may become extinct too. Movies will be made on microchips and marketed to microchips, while still other microchips tally the profits. And out here in the real world we’ll go back to doing what we did before there were movies. Er, what was that exactly, anyway?
Shone’s book was also used in the February New Yorker article summarized at There’s no business like show business