Showbiz Sandbox 32: Grammys and Spirits and Comcast, Oh My!

December 7, 2009

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Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild joins us this week to talk about the 52nd Annual Grammy nominations, a subject he knows a lot about since he’s one of the writers on the awards show. If music isn’t your thing than maybe independent film is. Eugene Hernandez, editor of indieWIRE drops by to discuss the Spirit Award nominees as well as the official selections of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

In other news, Sandra Bullock continues to impress moviegoing audiences in “The Blind Side” which knocked “Twilight Saga: New Moon” out of first place in the North American box office over the weekend. Speaking of “Twilight” who would you like to see direct the fourth installment of the franchise, “Breaking Dawn”? J. Sperling Reich, Michael Giltz and Karen Woodward agree that it’s probably not going to be Tim Burton, Peter Jackson or Quenten Tarantino as Moviefone suggests. But then stranger things have happened. Kind of like Apple buying Lala. What could they possibly be planning to do with the struggling music social network? 

Singer Adam Lambert’s performance controversy gets moved back to Big Deal or Big Whoop this week where we also debate whether an Entourage movie and Alec Baldwin’s acting future are worth our attention. Finally, we end with some Inside Baseball and review Comcast’s proposed purchase of NBC Universal. Should anti-trust regulators be concerned? Is this the beginning of the end or the beginning of the beginning?

David Wild’s Book:
He Is . . . I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond

Surprise! Few Surprises In Grammy Nominations
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/04/arts/music/04grammys.html

Spirit Awards: The Nominees
http://www.indiewire.com/article/spirit_awards_the_nominees/

Fewer Films And A New Section For Sundance 2010: Competitions Lineup Announced
http://www.indiewire.com/sundance_10_competitions_lineup_announced/

5 Directors Who Could Tackle ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’
http://insidemovies.moviefone.com/2009/12/02/directors-who-could-tackle….

Apple Buys Music Service Lala At A Fire Sale Price
http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20091204/apple-in-talks-to-buy-lala/

Apple Strikes Deal To Buy Music Startup Lala
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/05/technology/….

ABC Drops Lambert From Kimmel and New Year’s Eve Slates
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-6-the-beat-goes-on/posts/abc-drops-adam….

FCC Complaint Is At Center of ABC and Adam Lambert’s Woes
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2009/12/even-though-lambert-was….

Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Quite Acting After ’30 Rock’
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/01/alec.baldwin.quits/index.html

Entourage Movie a Possibility
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news….

Sleazy Press Junket For DVD Release Of The Hangover — Let’s Go To Vegas!
http://gawker.com/5416546/warner-bros-luring-media-to-hangover-dvd….

Comcast To Buy Control of NBC Universal in $30-billion Transaction
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-comcast4-2009dec04,0,7144558.story

Comcast To Weigh revising Universal Pictures Script
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-universal4-2009dec04,0,2067327.story

Comcast-NBC Deal Raises Concerns About media Consolidation
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-regulatory4-2009dec04,0,3334398.story

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