Commonwealth Club: Blockbusters and bombs

July 25, 2006 12:00:00 AM PDT
SPEAKER: Peter Bart, Editor in Chief of Variety, author of "Boffo!" and Co-host, "Sunday Morning Shootout," American Movie Channel.

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Loving the Blockbuster and Fearting the Bomb

Why did a documentary about penguins find box-office success, while 2005's star-studded Bewitched flopped? Editor of Hollywood trade paper Variety, Bart has harnessed his industry-insider power to uncover the elusive formula for Hollywood box-office success. He shares what he learned from residents of Tinseltown - from actors and directors to studio executives.

This program was recorded live on July 25, 2006.