Showbiz Sandbox 15: Ferris Bueller Is A Jerk!

August 10, 2009

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Korbi Ghosh of Zap2it’s Korbi TV blog joins us again to discuss Paula Adbul leaving “American Idol,” Jeanine Mason winning “So You Think You Can Dance,” and this past week’s Television Critics Association press tour. But we begin with Box Office News:  “G.I Joe” won the weekend with over $56 million, although bad word of mouth will probably result in a steep drop by next weekend. Co-host Michael Giltz watched the movie in a packed theater and gives his review of both the movie and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum.

“G.I. Joe” was not screened for critics (never a good sign) but that didn’t stop Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal from reviewing it based on the trailer alone.  Morgenstern writes, “At first I felt shut out, but then I realized I was missing the point of a double blessing. Paramount has spared me the pain of sitting through another military-toy epic (the recent “Transformers” sequel having been a near-death experience), and the studio has set me free to reach my own conclusions—not quite groundless but close—on the basis of the ‘G.I. Joe’ trailer.”  Should Morgenstern have written a review for a movie he hadn’t seen?  Was what he wrote actually a review?

Meanwhile, Paula Abdul let everyone know that she won’t be returning to “American Idol” via a Twitter post.  What was Fox thinking?  What was Paula thinking?  And what is “So You Think You Can Dance” producer Nigel Lythgoe thinking?  Perhaps he’ll bring Abdul on as a full time or guest judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” which crowned Jeanine Mason “America’s Favorite Dancer” on this past Thursday’s finale. Was Kayla robbed?  Was Janette voted off too early?  And what the heck happens to SYTYCD winners after the show anyway?

The death of John Hughes raises some questions as well. Is it possible to live a normal life in Hollywood’s glare? Was he truly a great filmmaker? Is Ferris Bueller a jerk?

Screenwriter Bud Schulberg also passed away this week. Unfortunately, most kids today probably have no idea who he is. Listen to the podcast to find out What Makes Sammy Run, and why today’s Hollywood assistants should pay attention.

‘G.I. Joe’ Doesn’t Roll Snake Eyes
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2609&p=.htm

Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal Reviews ‘G.I. Joe’ Without Seeing It
http://online.wsj.com/article/film_review.html

Paula Abdul won’t return to Idol
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118006911.html?categoryId=2848&cs=1

Paula Abdul Got Shafted
http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/browbeat/archive/2009/08/05/paula-abdul-got-shafted.aspx

Jeanine Mason wins ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
http://www.fox.com/dance/

http://blog.zap2it.com/korbitv/2009/08/speak-up-on-so-you-think-you-can-dances-season-5-winner.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/08/07/2009-08-07_jeanine_mason_.html

John Hughes, Director of ’80s Comedies, Dies at 59
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/movies/07hughesobit.html

John Hughes Secret Pen Pal Reveals Why He Left Hollywood Behind
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2009/08/john-hughes-secret-pen-pal-reveals-why-he-left-hollywood-behind.html

Bud Schulberg, Screenwriter, Dies At 95
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/movies/06schulberg.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1

How Sammy Still Runs
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jun/05/entertainment/ca-schulberg5

Save The WME Assistants
http://industrynexus.com/content/view/1204/85/

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