In a summer stuffed with blockbusters aimed at young audience, arthouse films appeal to an older demographic because the stars reflect the audiences
Halfway into Warcraft: the Beginning, the video game adapted by Duncan Jones into a wannabe sci-fi franchise, Glenn Close appears as some kind of oracle. Swathed in a black cloak and with CGI-enhanced black orbs for eyes, she spouts some foreboding nonsense and then shes off.
The blink-and-you-miss-it role is quite a comedown for a six-time Oscar nominee, but at least Close got a part at all. This year, Hollywood seems to have largely shunned more seasoned actors, along with older moviegoers.
Out of the many releases by major studios to have opened this year, only one was headlined by an actor over the age of 60: Dirty Grandpa, which stars Robert De Niro and of which the Guardians Peter Bradshaw said: This gross-out comedy takes De Niro fans into a new emotional phase that I can only call post-despair. However, the film wasnt aimed at De Niros fellow baby boomers, but at the youthful fans of his ripped co-star, former High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron.
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