Sign Of The Times

Colorblind in Tinseltown

When Barack Obama is sworn in today, he may be causing a change where he leasts expects it: in Hollywood. Industry insiders are already foreseeing a shift in values in showbiz, where African-American films have traditionally been lower-budget and geared towards "black-only" audiences. "But will America's embrace of the son of a white mother and a black father inspire Hollywood to be less rigid about dividing the world into convenient black and white demographics?" Patrick Goldstein asked in the Los Angeles Times. "If Hollywood really wants to show some respect for the Obama revolution, it's time for the movie business to break some ground of its own."