Orange7 - "...
The problem is that the people managing Hollywood have become slaves to risk aversion. They put out formulaic movies so to avoid risk. They let independents and foreign films be a filtering system. And then they try to swoop in and lift someone else's idea if they think it will work.
Another thing is that, movies have become too tailored to specific demographics. This probably falls under the formulaic issue I mentioned above."
Re; Great post 7. I think you nailed the producer aspect (who funds what movies), but I think an even bigger problem is the absence of the art of storytelling. This starts with poor writing, moves to artistic laziness by the directors and is emphasized by lack of acting talent where going through motions (often with type-casting) instead of selling the specific character is now common.