Ricky Gervais didn’t mince his words when he opened the 77th Golden Globes earlier this month: “No-one cares about movies any more. No-one goes to the cinema ... everyone’s watching Netflix ... most films are awful. Lazy. Remakes, sequels.”

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino said this week that original film-making was in “combat” with franchise blockbusters such as Disney’s Avengers. Neither of these accusations is likely to concern Hollywood executives...

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