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Hollywood blockbuster producer Lynda Obst discusses how the movie business has changed and why you cannot make great movies anymore in the current studio system.
DVD sales, the overseas market, the reliance on Superhero movies and the Lucas and Spielberg complaints about the industry are all explored in a conversation that sheds real light on the new abnormal of Hollywood.

Lynda Obst is one of the most prolific female producers in the film industry. Her hit films including Flashdance, The Fisher King, Sleepless In Seattle, One Fine Day, Contact, Hope Floats, and How to Lose A Guy In Ten Days, have received critical acclaim, and combined have amassed two Oscar wins, an additional eleven Oscar nominations, four Golden Globe wins and an additional eleven Golden Globe nominations. Her mini-series The 60's also received three Emmy nominations. She is an Executive Producer on TVLAND's Hot in Cleveland, which garnered two SAG Award nominations and one win for star Betty White. She is currently actively developing and producing both features and television and has a deal at Sony Pictures Television.

Obst is also a well-known commentator and best selling author, frequently writing and speaking about both the industry and issues surrounding women in entertainment. Her non-fiction book: Hello He Lied: And Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches debuted at #1 on the LA Times Best Seller list, where it stayed for 10 weeks and turned into an industry classic, later to be adapted into a documentary for AMC. She has given seminars on the film industry around the world, and has been a moderator and speaker at the annual LA Times Festival of Books.

Lynda has written for the's culture channel, and is a frequent contributor toThe Huffington Post. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review, LA Times Book Review, The Nation, and Harper's Magazine. Lynda wrote an Oscar dialogue for both and New York Magazine with film critic David Edelstein, and was the moderator for the November 2007 Women in Hollywood issue of Elle.

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Media Mayhem Short Clips:

00:01 Coming up on Media Mayhem.
01:08 Welcoming Lynda Obst.
02:25 The old vs. new abnormal Hollywood and DVD profits.
04:46 The cost of making movies and marketing.
10:40 Superheroes, Marvel and properties vs. scripts to market globally.
12:47 Stars and broad comedies that could be breakout hits.
16:28 Old casting vs. casting today for global audiences.
20:20 The writer's strike and studios cutting writers and producers.
24:45 How the film industry handled the internet revolution.
28:14 Forrest Gump, Driving Ms. Daisy and films that would not get made today.
28:59 African Americans in the international film market.
31:56 Titanic--the game changer of the industry.
36:17 Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict doom for Hollywood.
40:54 Reflecting on Nora Ephron.
42:57 Sleepless in Seattle production concerns.

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    Ebola TV Series in the Works From Lynda Obst, Ridley Scott (Exclusive)
    3:00 PM PST 10/16/2014 by Tatiana Siegel
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    Lynda Obst and Ridley Scott
    Based on Richard Preston's 1994 best-seller 'The Hot Zone,' the limited series is being produced by Fox TV Studios

    As the Ebola virus continues to dominate the headlines, producer Lynda Obst and director-producer Ridley Scott are bringing the deadly pathogen to the small screen with a limited series for Fox TV Studios based on Richard Preston's 1994 nonfiction best-seller The Hot Zone.

    For the past year, the pair quietly has been working on the property, which they optioned two decades ago and never let lapse, hiring Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) to adapt. But the project became incredibly timely a few months ago when the current outbreak — the deadliest manifestation of the disease to date — began to emerge in West Africa. Ebola has ravaged several countries in Africa, killing some 4,400, and has since spread to the United States, claiming one victim in Texas. Two nurses who cared for the Texas patient have tested positive for the disease, which kills about half of the people who contract it. This week, it came to light that one of the nurses flew from Cleveland to Dallas the day before testing positive, setting off a new wave of fears that the disease will continue to spread.

    Read more Ebola Panic Hits TV News Divisions: Coworkers "Wave and Keep on Going"

    “I think it's the speed with which it kills that makes the disease so frightening,” Obst tells The Hollywood Reporter. “People hoped it would stay in some remote part of the world. But that's a fantasy in the modern world. The modern world makes us one big connected family.”

    Preston is writing a piece for next week's New Yorker magazine (The Hot Zone started out as an 1992 article in the New Yorker), chronicling the current outbreak. Obst and Scott, who originally conceived the project as a film that Scott would direct for 20th Century Fox starring Jodie Foster, are in conversations to option Preston’s latest article and would work it into the series, which spans the history of the disease, including a 1989 incident in which primates at a quarantine facility in Virginia became infected with a mutated version of Ebola.

    Obst and Scott have the inside track on the new article because Preston has been working with the pair for the past year on the limited series. Scott, who would potentially direct at least the first episode, will serve as an executive producer alongside Obst, David Zucker and Jim Hart, who wrote the original feature screenplay Crisis in the Hot Zone. Once the disease’s latest twist is incorporated into the series’ script, Obst and Scott will take it out to networks.

    Read more 'Contagion' Screenwriter: The Most Dangerous Virus Is Fear

    “A limited series is a great way to do this because you don't have to limit it to a three-act structure like you do with a film,” Obst adds.

    Scott is in postproduction on Exodus: Gods and Kings, a film he directed and produced for Fox. On the TV front, he has Killing Jesus in production for National Geographic Channel (the project is based on the best-seller by Bill O’Reilly). Obst has one of the hottest films of 2014 on the horizon: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

    Vintar is repped by WME and attorney Sandy Fox.

    Twitter: @TatianaSiegel27

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    Sanitized Wiki page, most likely self-sanitized.  /Lynda_Obst