Showbiz Sandbox 11: Wild About Michael Jackson (…and Neil Diamond)

Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild joins us this week to discuss the Michael Jackson memorial.  Wild is an Emmy-nominated television writer and a best selling author. on top of his work with Rolling Stone.  He recently worked on the magazine’s Michael Jackson tribute, and was also instrumental in putting together the pop star’s memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  He explains some of the realities and feelings taking place behind the scenes at the event.  He also has a new book out titled He Is… I Say: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Neil Diamond, currently available on Amazon and other retailers.  You can follow David on Twitter at twitter.com/wildaboutmusic.

Audiences weren’t wild about “Bruno,” which won the weekend box office race, but didn’t perform as expected. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock’s “The Proposal” continues to perform well – well enough that Reynolds has been offered the role of The Green Lantern in Warner Bros’s upcoming movie. Was he a better choice over Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake?  Does anyone even care about “The Green Lantern”?  Anne Thompson addresses that, and the future of film criticism in her blog Thompson On Hollywood.

Also joining us this week is Michael Giltz, freelance writer for The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and The Advocate, among other publications. Michael is becoming a series regular at Showbiz Sandbox, and we always welcome his insight into the week’s top entertaiment news.

Remembering Michael Jackson: The Service Is A Thriller
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/07/remembering-michael-jackson-the-service-is-a-thriller.html

Sending Off Somebody’s Brother – Thoughts From Backstage At The Staples Center
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-wild/sending-off-somebodys-bro_b_227372.html

Michael Jackson: The Wounds The Broken Heart
http://theenvelope.latimes.com/news/la-me-jackson-hilburn27-2009jun27,0,3030811.story

Nikki Finke Says Enough!
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/enough/

Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night Tour Telecast
http://neildiamond.com/pages/news/684

Ryan Reynolds Is ‘The Green Lantern’
http://weblogs.variety.com/thompsononhollywood/2009/07/weekend-read-green-lantern-3-moneyball-2.html

Anne Thompson On The Green Lantern And Film Criticism
http://weblogs.variety.com/thompsononhollywood/2009/07/weekend-read-green-lantern-3-moneyball-2.html

Maura Tierney Illness Delays ‘Parenthood’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i4c5798b5271bede48df96f089f507be5

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