Showbiz Sandbox 8: Everybody’s A Critic On The Internet

June 15, 2009

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This week “The Hangover” hung around, and “The Taking of Pelham 123” opened at lower numbers than expected. Was the film miscast?

James Cameron proves he’s King of the World, or at least of the digital age, by pushing game publisher Ubisoft to create the videogame industry’s first stereoscopic title. What does this mean for future relationships between films and videogames? In other film news, “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle signed a three year deal with Fox Searchlight; the quasi-classic “Conan The Barbarian” will be remade; and rumors abound that the director of the summer action film “G.I. Joe” was fired. Plus, DVD fans may have to wait a little longer until movies they didn’t bother seeing in the theaters are available for viewing on the couch.

Despite repeated warnings, chaos still ensued when the switch to digital TV finally happened in the United States. And though there were obvious clues about his sexual orientation, “American Idol” runner up Adam Lambert finally came out to Rolling Stone magazine. Plus, the debate rages on: Can Jay Leno survive at 10pm? Advertisers sure aren’t happy about his new time slot.

And finally: How important are film critics anyway? Just ask the new online movie review aggregator Movie Review Intelligence.

“Hangover”, “Up” Lead Box Office Again
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ie636164bd8df42b4e99a0ad58738f98b

James Cameron’s Game Changer?
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118004911.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Danny Boyle Signs 3-Year Deal
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118004862.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Marcus Nispel To Remake Conan
http://www.cinematical.com/2009/06/12/marcus-nispel-directing-conan-the-barbarian/

DVD Fans Wait A Little Longer
http://uk.dvd.ign.com/articles/994/994433p1.html

G.I. Joe Fracas
http://weblogs.variety.com/thompsononhollywood/2009/06/gi-joe-fracas-2.html

The Liberation Of Adam Lambert
http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/06/09/the-new-issue-of-rolling-stone-the-liberation-of-adam-lambert/

Adam Lambert Has Come Out To Rolling Stone, And Change Has Come Indeed
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2009/06/the-days-of-dont-ask-dont-tell-are-over-for-adam-lambert-actually-this-seasons-groundbreaking-idol-never-really-subscribed.html

Jay Leno As Adman?
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/whats-nbcus-zucker-gonna-do-now-david-letterman-tops-conan-obrien-in-last-nights-ratings/

Everybody’s a Movie Critic: New Websites and Online Readers Chime In
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/movies/13critics.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=michael%20cieply%20+%20rottentomatoes&st=cse

Movie Review Intelligence
http://moviereviewintelligence.com

Homework: Michael Cieply Reading List

Will Warner Grow Tired of New Line, It’s Pet Indie?
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/business/media/07newline.html

Mogul Ascends With Hollywood Clout
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/business/media/10emanuel.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=michael%20cieply%20+%20ari%20emanuel&st=cse

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