Showbiz Sandbox 10: The Death Of Pop, Pinup Girls and (Possibly) 2D Movies

June 29, 2009

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Roger Friedman, senior columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, and Showbiz411.com joins us along with writer Michael Giltz to discuss the death of Michael Jackson. Friedman has been covering Jackson since his first child molestation trial and is one of the trusted reporters covering the pop star’s life and death.

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announced this week that the Academy Awards would now nominate ten films in the Best Picture instead of the usual five. Will this allow more deserving movies a shot at the big prize, or is this blatant pandering for higher Nielsen ratings?

“Transformers 2” stormed the world-wide box office over the weekend, but that still doesn’t make it a good movie.

J. Sperling Reich was lucky enough to get a peak at footage of James Cameron’s new 3D movie “Avatar” and shares as much as he thinks the studio will allow.

And finally, the death of Michael Jackson promptly kicked Farrah Fawcett’s death into the sidebar. But whose death affected us more?

Write to us at dirt@showbizsandbox.com or call us at (888) 567-SAND (7263).

A Star Idolized And Haunted, Michael Jackson Dies At 50
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/arts/music/26jackson.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=michael%20jackson&st=cse

Roger Friedman’s Michael Jackson Coverage On Showbiz 411
http://www.showbiz411.com/tag/michael-jackson

TV Misses Out As Gossip Website TMZ Reports Michael Jackson’s Death First
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jackson-media26-2009jun26,0,1993773.story

Oscar Expands Best Pic Noms To 10
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118005322.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Two More Oscar Tweaks
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118005473.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Hollywood Studios Not Entirely Enamored With New Oscar Plan
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/hollywood-studios-not-entirely-enamored-with-new-oscar-plan/

“Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” Rises With Optimal Debut
http://boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2601&p=.htm

“Avatar” Footage In Action At Cinema Expo
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i0849a35b3cfeb85952ed517dddd406bf

“Avatar” Footage Impressions – “Everybody Just Gasped”
http://marketsaw.blogspot.com/2009/06/exclusive-avatar-footage-impressions.html

Farah Fawcett Dies At 62
http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-farrah-fawcett26-2009jun26,0,4388762.story?track=rss

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