Show Business: A Preview of Coming Afflictions

In Los Angeles, the Big Quake finally happens, sundering the foundations of the giant Hollywood reservoir. In San Francisco, the world's tallest building, a 136-story glass tower, explodes in flames. Vast armies of ants relentlessly eat their way across the great southwest desert. Billions of giant bees swarm malevolently through the steel canyons of New York City, and somewhere underground the survivors of nuclear warfare find their cavernous retreat invaded by hordes of vampire bats.

The dire warnings of some street-corner Cassandra? No, just a list of coming attractions at U.S. movie theaters, as...