Showbiz Sandbox 7: Talkin’ Tonys And Trailers

June 12, 2009


Michael Giltz of the New York Daily News, Huffington Post and The Advocate joins us to discuss all the winners (and losers) of this year’s Tony Awards. Stephen Garrett, the co-founder of Kinetic Trailerworks also shows up to talk about picking up a few trophies at this year’s Golden Trailer Awards. The Star Trek trailer wound up winning some of the big prizes.

Billy Elliot was a big winner at the Tony Awards picking up ten trophies including Best Musical. Gods of Carnage won Best Play, but overall Michael says the show was incredibly predictable. Pixar’s “Up” managed to fend off new comer “The Hangover” at the box office with $44.2 million, though just barely. The Will Ferrell starrer “Land of the Lost” wound up getting a distant third.

Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had a tough week. . . or did he? After making Eminem the butt of his jokes at the MTV Movie Awards he was sued by a woman who was injured during one of his promotional stunts. Meanwhile, Conan O’Brien started his new gig as the fifth host of “The Tonight Show” and NikkiFinke says that NBC execs are telling the producers of the new Jay Leno show not to book A-list guests so that Conan has a shot at them first.

The week also brought the shocking news of actor David Carradine’s untimely death in a set of strange circumstances. Microsoft plans a live Internet infomercial on to help launch their new search engine Bing. (How come they didn’t do this when their search engine was called Live). If Fox’s digital head Jon Miller has his way, you’ll be paying to watch shows on Hulu in the not too distant future. Just ask News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch. Or you could read the memo he sent out to employees last week.

Even after having their latest album, Veckatimest, pirated on the Internet before it’s release, indie rock group Grizzly Bear still managed to sell 33,000 copies during it’s first week in stores. It wasn’t enough to beat out the 211,000 copies Eminem sold of his most recent record to come in first for the week, but it was still enough to come in eighth. Maybe Internet video site YouTube can help Grizzly Bear promote their album. NPR broadcast a story which asked whether the site was the new MTV.

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A Big Night For Broadway, And Especially For Billy

‘Star Trek’ Preview Sweeps Top Golden Trailer Awards

‘Up’ Holds Down Top Spot For Second Week

Was Eminem Really Angry At Sacha Baron Cohen’s Rear In His Face?

Sacha Baron Cohen Sued Over Bruno Stint

A Heartfelt Film Within A Film In ‘Up’,0,1608686.story

Conan’s Tonight Show debut

NBC Edicts Already Killing Jay Leno by Favoring Conan

David Carradine found dead

Microsoft Plans A Live Hulu Infomercial To Hype Bing

News Corps.’ Jon Miller Continues His War Against Free; Wants Hulu To Charge

Grizzly Bear Roars Onto The Pop Chart, as Eminem Holds at No. 1

Is YouTube The New MTV

Murdoch’s Memo: “Not a time to stand still”