In the early years of
the entertainment industry, there was a tighter reign on the movie stars and
their personal lives. There
was tighter control on what was publicized. For example, movie diva, Lana Turner, claims that she fell in love with Tyrone
Power who was married at the time. Because
she was not prepared to let him go and was willing to continue the
relationship, he was sent out of the country to stop their relationship. This avoided any public scandal because Lana Turner was pregnant
with Power’s child. This
example shows how the studios had a lot of power in keeping the publicity
of their stars as “squeaky clean” as possible.
This, however, started
to change in the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. For example, when movie star, Elizabeth Taylor, publicly admitted that she was
having an affair with Richard Burton, who was married, and she didn’t
care what the studios or the public thought, and she and Burton were able
to “get away with it,” this began a change where stars were no longer
as easy to control.
For instance, the
relationship between Meg Ryan, who was married, and Russell
Crowe, who was
single, falls somewhere in between. It
wasn’t controlled and it wasn’t the scandal it would have been in the
So the point of these
examples is to show that at one time, the movie stars were the focus of
entertainment. Of course,
they still are today.
But because of popular
talk shows like Oprah and Dr. Phil, there is an addition or an extension
to the entertainment industry. Individuals,
couples, families who are not movie stars, also want to become a part of
the “reality” entertainment industry. Entertainment no longer just rests on celebrities, it now has
expanded to everyday people like the rest of us.
How is this proven
true? Two great examples
include the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil. As a fan of these two shows, I continually tune in to find out more
about everyday people like myself. Why? Because it’s a different kind of entertainment. It is a curiosity to see everyday people with their “real”
problems and “real” accomplishments.
So with entertainment
being provided in the traditional forms such as movies, and in the newly
added form such as the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil, and the many, new
varied forms of reality shows including home design shows
and the Internet, history has shown that entertainment will continue to be
a big part of our human lives, and this includes everyday folks who also
want to have a chance at the spotlight--even if it means opening up their
private lives, their living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms just to be featured,
for example, on a home design show. Or to be shown eating bugs while being dumped in a pit of
scorpions. Or to discuss women's issues. Or to reveal
individual lunacies Dr. Phil hopefully can heal toward health.
You may have your own
reasons for watching Oprah or Dr. Phil. For me, first, they are great individuals who offer a lot to
society. Second, watching
their shows is a glimpse into this sometimes strange but wonderful human
species, which includes ourselves.
Not only that, you
might even find a guest who will inspire the next character in your screenplay.
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